Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Ken Cameron, an associate professor in the Botany Department at UW-Madison and the director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, presents an overview of the evolution, relationships, identity, and natural history of Vanilla orchids and other related orchids.
Nancy Keller, a professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Madison, introduces Aspergillus, a genus of fungi, well known to human kind due to the inclusion of harmful pathogens, industrial workhorses, food and beverage microbes and genetic models. This genus of fungus is known for its production of biologically active natural products that are either harmful or helpful to humankind.
Xudong Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the UW- Madison, talks about how the recent development of nanogenerators has demonstrated a promising solution for the design of self-sufficient implantable power source.
David Baum, a professor in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison, discusses Charles Darwin’s concept of common ancestry related to the idea of the “The Tree of Life.” While biologists have accepted the validity of common ancestry for one hundred and fifty years, the full implications of the tree framework have only become clear in the last few decades.
Brent McCown, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, explores the current economic situation for cranberry growers and charts out the needs of the industry. He describes UW-Madison research collaborations with growers to discover and test new ways to grow cranberries better, as well as to find new genetic approaches to grow better cranberries.
David Blehert, PhD., Microbiologist at the USGS - National Wildlife Health Center, highlights the discovery and progression of the Bat White-Nose Syndrome in the United States. Blehert discusses the studies taking place at the NWHC to determine how the fungus is transmitted from an infected bat to a healthy bat.
Greg Richards, University of Illinois.
Greg Richards explains about organisms and the kind of stresses they encounter in
their environment, how RNA molecules work to help bacteria deal with stress, and how E. coli uses a small RNA to deal with toxicity associated with sugar phosphates.
Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison
Margaret McFall-Ngai discusses her study of animal bacterial symbiosis and how the effects of certain bacteria may have important and beneficial implications for human health and disease.
David Baumler, staff scientist, Genome Center of Wisconsin, UW-Madison
David Baumler delves into the world of peppers, going all the way back into their origins and evolution to the species of peppers we know and love - and eat today.
Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.
Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.