Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
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.
Bruce Johnson, Solar Farmer, discusses the tensions that come from being a solar farmer, an electric-car owner, a utility customer, and a utility stockholder. With seven years of solar energy generation behind him, Johnson shares what he has learned about the ups and downs of being a solar farmer.
Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, shows how molecular archaeology which includes the studies of proteins, DNA and other biomolecules found in human remains, can unlock secrets from their lives. Studied remains range from England’s Richard III to Switzerland’s Otzi the Ice Man.
Paul Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, describes the evolution of rapid cycling Brassicas (scientific name: Brassica rapa) which have been used for research and education for over 30 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These plants require little more than continuous fluorescent light, water and fertilizer.
Eftychios Sifakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison, introduces a sophisticated new simulator which offers surgical students the opportunity to master detailed procedures before operating on live patients. This new devise is comparable a flight simulator used to train pilots.
Jay Zambito, Assistant Professor, Geoscience, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, explains what frac sand is, how it is used, mined, processed and transported. Zambito discusses frac sand’s connection to other natural resources and the research being conducted by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.