Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

WeBIRD: Electronic Bird ID Database

Mark Berres, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, UW-Madison, introduces the Wisconsin Electronic Bird Identification Resource Database, a software tool that uses sound patterns to identify birds.

Virus Takeover of Host Cell Functions

Paul Ahlquist, Lead Scientist, Virology, Morgridge Institute, UW-Madison, outlines how identifying and studying virus-host interactions provides major insight into both infection and normal cellular functions. Host genes required by viruses also offer opportunities for improved control strategies to provide longer-lasting and potentially broader spectrum antiviral protection.

50 years of Newborn Screening

Charles Brokopp, Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, offers the history of screening newborns which began 50 years ago with testing for PKU, phenylketonuria. Newborn babies in Wisconsin are now screened for more than 40 disorders with early detection saving lives, improving quality of life and cutting health care costs.

High Throughput DNA Sequencing

Joshua Hyman, Director, UW Biotechnology Center Sequencing Facility, offers an overview of the technologies behind high throughput DNA sequencing and explores the impacts of this knowing this on our health, on environment and the food we eat.

Growing Grapes, Brambles & Vine Fruits in Wisconsin

Rebecca Harbut, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, travels through the history of fruit in Wisconsin; how it shapes the culture and the characteristics of fruit production in the state.

Fallout: The Making of a Radioactive Exhibit

Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, Curator, Ebling Library, UW-Madison, examines the use of radiation throughout history including: the use of x-rays in diagnosis and treatment, occupational hazards of working with radiation, the military use of x-rays, the history of tanning, a UW connection with Marie Curie, bomb shelters in the 1960s, the bombing of Hiroshima and concerns about nuclear accidents.

School Security and Crisis Preparedness

David Perrodin, Director, Student Services, DeForest Area School District, discusses the history of school violence, the three pillars of school security, and effective approaches to school crisis preparedness. Perrodin shares findings from his research into active shooting situations and recommends ways to lessen the chances of a violent attack on a school.

Experimental Epistemology

Edward Hubbard, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, UW-Madison, explores epistemology, the philosophical study of how we come to have knowledge. Hubbard discusses the focus in the middle of the 20th century on the emerging science of the mind and the questions which still remain.

UW Engineering and Biological Microscopy

Kevin Eliceiri, Director, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, UW-Madison, and Steve Paddock, Associate Scientist, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UW-Madison, explore the contributions of the UW Engineering community, and related companies, to recent improvements in modern microscopy and imagining systems.

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.

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