Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Extension, highlights changes in biotechnology, focusing on genetic research, gene transfer, gene synthesis and DNA sequencing.
Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.
John Haack, Natural Resource Educator, UW-Extension, discusses the history of harvesting wild rice by indigenous people as far back as 1000 B.C. and explains the Anishinabe (Ojibwe) migration to the “land where food grows on water.” Haack demonstrates the process of harvesting the wild rice.
Amaya Atucha, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, focuses on the history of grape growing, discusses differences between American and European species, and highlights the challenges of growing cold-hardy wine grapes in Wisconsin.
Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison, Rachael Jocewicz and Timothy Kuckuk, Research Assistants, Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison, discuss the Wisconsin Idea Outreach projects which focus on hearing loss prevention in rural workers and farmers.
Meredith Leigh, Advocate, National Meningitis Association, Sarah Van Orman, Executive Director, University Health Services, UW-Madison, and Craig Roberts, Epidemiologist and Physician Assistant, University Health Services, UW-Madison, discuss the signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis and the need for prompt diagnosis and proper treatment.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, discusses the corrupt atmosphere in the 1930s which lead to forensic scientists joining with the police to determine cause of death. Blum focuses on poisons often used in the early 20th century to commit murder.
Tim Schmit, Research Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains the advances in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) weather satellite system and how sharper images improve forecasting the weather and modeling the climate.
Norm Doll, Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses water and sanitation issues in the slums of developing countries around the world. Doll highlights work being done in Nejapa, El Salvador to create a sanitation system.
Dave Schreiner, Graduate Student, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, explores issues with viticulture in the Midwest. Concerns include cold winter temperatures, newer grape hybrids which are less well known and marketing the wines made from lesser known grapes.