Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Myelin Wrapping of Nerve Cells

John Svaren, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison, discusses his research of myelin, an electrical insulator which helps to speed up the response of nerve cells. Svaren focuses on the myelin-producing cells of the peripheral nervous system, including cells called Schwann cells.

Strategic Planning in the College of Agriculture

Kathryn VandenBosch, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences , UW-Madison, looks at the university’s land and water resources and their relationship as resources for food, fuel and fiber.

Astrobiology and the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Clark Johnson, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how life begins and evolves, whether life exists elsewhere in the universe and the future of life on earth and in the universe.

Innovation for our Electricity Infrastructure

Dale Burmester, Manager, Economic Planning, American Transmission Company, provides an overview of where we can find the highest quality renewable resources in the United States and discusses the need for improved transmission infrastructure to deliver the resources to where they are needed.

The Phosphate Crisis in Agriculture

Patrick McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW-Madison, discusses his concerns about the dwindling supply of phosphorus, one of the key nutrients for growing green plants.

Living Longer Through Hormone Replacement Therapy

Craig Atwood, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine & Public Health, provides an update on what has been learned in the past ten years about hormone replacement therapy. Physiological forms of sex steroids show a range of beneficial health functions delaying the onset of age-related diseases in both men and women and increasing longevity.

Tornadoes and Derechos in Central North America

Jonathan Martin, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, explores the nature of the severe thunderstorms that spawn tornadoes and severe weather threat of the straight-line wind storms called derechoes. Martin examines the relationship between the physical environment and these potentially devastating weather events.

Bad Cell Division Doesn't Always Lead to Cancer

Mark Burkard, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison, discusses the ways cells copy themselves and what happens when the copy is bad. Burkard talks about cell division and cancer from a historical perspective and shares the story of the discovery of klerokenesis.

Is There Sex After 60?

John DeLamater, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, shares his research into the health benefits and advantages to relationships for people over sixty who participate in sexual activity.

Dictionary of American Regional English, Vol. 6

Joan Houston Hall, Chief Editor, Dictionary of American Regional English, UW-Madison, discusses the next volume of the “Dictionary of American Regional English.” Volume 6 is a companion to the first 5 volumes, containing comparative maps, the original questionnaires, and fieldwork data.

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