Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Tom Givnish, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, reports on new findings regarding bromeliads, a family of flowering plants native to the American tropics. Givnish discusses their relationship to other plant families and the geographic spread of the bromeliads over the last hundred million years.
John Doebley, Professor, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison, discusses the history of corn beginning with its domestication in Mexico 10,000 years ago through to its use as a world-wide commercial crop in the 21st century.
Eric Carson, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UWEX, suggests the lower Wisconsin River valley was occupied by an eastward flowing river during the Cenozoic Era. The Wyalusing River followed the upper Mississippi River as far south as the modern confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers then flowed east along the valley now occupied by the lower Wisconsin River.
Brooke Norsted, Assistant Director, Geology Museum, UW-Madison, highlights the challenges and rewards in creating the new astrobiology exhibit at the UW Geology Museum. The exhibit, titled “Biosignatures: What Does Life Leave Behind,” looks at clues to the beginnings of life through the study of fossils.
Laura Knoll, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison, discusses immunotherapeutics, the targeted stimulation of an immune response to fight both infectious diseases and cancer. Knoll is developing novel immunotherapeutics by harnessing the natural ability of microbial proteins to stimulate immune responses.
Bruce A. Johnson, Technical Director, University Place, Wisconsin Public Television, takes us on a fast paced romp through three quarters of a century of technological progress. Learn how new technologies are changing the ways we consume visual media.
Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the contributions of Henry Lardy at the Institute for Enzyme Research. As a graduate student at UW-Madison, Lardy helped make possible the artificial insemination of heifers and cows through his invention of the semen extender--the beginning of long career of discovery and invention.
Kevin Hampton, Curator, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, shares the history of Civil War Colonel Arthur MacArthur, Douglas MacArthur’s father. Arthur MacArthur exhorted his soldiers at Missionary Ridge with the exclamation of "On, Wisconsin!" a phrase now near and dear to UW-Madison. MacArthur went on to serve as Governor-General in the Philippines.
Brandon Schlautman, Honorary Fellow, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, discusses the emerging genetic and genomic technologies essential for both continuing the domestication of the American Cranberry and for generating new varieties for Wisconsin cranberry producers.
Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director, UW Biotechnology Center, Josh Hyman, Director, DNA Sequencing Facility, UW Biotechnology Center, and Jed Henry, Researcher and Filmmaker, discuss the mission to locate and confirm the identity of Private Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian citizen enlisted in the US Army and killed in action during the battles in Normandy in 1945.