Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how penicillin was discovered, how it works and how the penicillin was produced in large quantities to treat soldiers during World War II.
Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, discusses the characteristics of ancient DNA, the sources the DNA is extracted from and what can be learned from the information.
Mark Cook, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, analyzes the use of antibiotics in poultry production and describes alternatives that he and his colleagues have developed. Cook looks at the impact of new poultry housing regulations in California.
Darlene Konkle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the state and federal responses to the avian influenza in Wisconsin. Konkle shares the timeline of events, the elements of an emergency animal-disease response and the lessons learned in dealing with this highly pathogenic incident.
Craig Atwood, Research Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, UW School of Medicine, examines the results of a study which indicates that the combination of the drug therapies Aricept and Lubpron Depot could stabilize memory loss in women who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Kelli Engen, Public Health Officer, Barron County, and Tim Jergenson, Agricultural Agent, Barron County, UW-Extension, discuss the impact of the avian influenza on the Wisconsin poultry industry and on human health. This April and May 2015 occurrence resulted in the loss of a million chickens and turkeys.
Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, Graduate Students, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discuss their research projects as Food Scientists. DeJong and Warren share how they prepared for the reality television show “The Amazing Race” and talk about their experiences on the show.
Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, anticipates the opening of the Madison Science Museum in downtown Madison during the summer of 2015. The museum will highlight the history of science in Wisconsin, and will feature hands-on learning opportunities, historic artifacts, exhibits that demonstrate cutting-edge science, and art.
Stefan Westerhoff, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, introduces us to the next generation gamma ray detector at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Puebla, Mexico. The HAWC is a large field of view instrument capable of continuously monitoring the northern sky at energies between roughly 100 GeV and 100 TeV, the highest gamma-ray energies observed so far.
Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how testing the urine in preterm babies can reveal signs of serious illness. This knowledge allows doctors to individualize nutrition plans for premature babies to help reduce their risk of infection and to aid in their growth.