Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Scott Gilbert, Professor, Department of Biology, Swarthmore College, discusses recent molecular biology findings that most of our cells are microbial with microbes intimately integrated into our physiology and development.
Jim Feldman, author of "The Buildings of the University of Wisconsin," talks about the history, construction, and diverse styles of the buildings on the UW-Madison campus.
Steve Vavrus, senior scientist at the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, discusses the weather extremes in Wisconsin and around the Midwest in 2012 which featured a mild winter, unseasonably warm March and then record drought and heat in the summer. Dr. Vavrus describes historical and projected trends in extreme weather events and their possible relationship to global climate change.
Cora Marrett, Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, discusses her interest in the interplay between the larger society, science and engineering. Marrett talks about how research, even on the most fundamental of questions, addresses problems that have significant import for the citizenry.
Patrick Remington, a professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, describes how he uses epidemiology to track the health of Wisconsin. Dr. Remington will highlight a nationally recognized program, the "County Health Rankings," and show how this information can help communities mobilize for action, toward a healthier community.
Randall Kimple, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Oncology, UW-Madison, reviews the historic and emerging causes of head and neck cancer and current treatment standards. Kemple discusses how ongoing work in the lab may be able to play a role in clinical trial design, interpretation and in improving treatment outcomes for all patients with head and neck cancer.
Michael Sussman, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, uses examples from his research of diatoms and on sequencing the genome of the electric eel, to probe ways scientists and engineers can tap into the ingenuity of nature in building networks, in making exquisite materials and in harvesting energy.
Erika Marín-Spiotta, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, applies interdisciplinary methods to examine the effects of human-driven changes in land cover and land use on biodiversity and the cycling of biologically active elements through the environment.
Professor Richard Staley, Associate Professor, Department of History of Science, UW-Madison explores the role of science in the First World War. Specifically, he looks at two major tests conducted after the war which expose some of the characteristic features of scientists' engagement in the war. He looks at Alfred Binet's intelligence tests and Arthur Stanley's expedition.
Bret Payseur, Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, UW Madison
Bret Payseur introduces the process by which new species originate, called speciation. He talks about speciation from a genetic perspective and addresses common misunderstandings.