Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.
Matthew Lazzara, Researcher, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, UW-Madison, shares the history of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s more than fifty year involvement in observing the conditions on Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Recent observations of the continent show a warming in the central west.
Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.
Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, Professors, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
UW-Madison, discuss winter weather statistics and how they relate to climate change. They also offer a look behind the scenes of their monthly appearances on “The Larry Meiller Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.
Michael Cox, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how to make E. coli resistant ionizing radiation through a process of directed evolution. Cox also discusses his research into genetic repair, or recombination, of DNA.
Jamie Hadac, Research Assistant, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the advantages of using mice to study colon cancer. The mouse model allows researchers to discover molecular markers that aid in the prediction of colon tumor invasion and response to treatment.
Aaron Bird Bear, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, School of Education, UW- Madison, explains how the UW-Madison campus landscape can serve as a classroom and can address learning goals for students. Bird Bear highlights the archaeological sites on campus and discusses the transformation of the land from Dejope (Four Lakes) to Madison.
Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how structural biology uses x-rays and high energy magnetic fields as “microscopes” to look at protein atoms-- which are about 1/100,000th the size of a grain of salt.
Thomas Kaminski, Professor, Madison College Industrial Maintenance Program, explains how to build an unmanned aeronautical vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone. Kaminski provides shows videos of each generation of drones produced by his students.
David Combs, Professor, Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison, explains the importance of the fiber digestibility of foraged plants as feed for cattle and sheep. Combs discusses an in vitro method to predict the rate and extent of fiber digestion that greatly improves the ability to predict how ruminants will perform on forages.