Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Laura Helft, a Ph.D. student studying Cellular and Molecular Biology at UW-Madison, provides a whirlwind tour of plant pathology--how we know plants are sick, what we know about plant diseases, what we know about the plant immune system, and how microbes are able to attack plants.
Brian Hudelson, outreach specialist in Plant Pathology at the UW-Extension, talks about common (and bizarre) plant problems that arrive daily at the UW-Madison/Extension Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic. The Clinic serves farmers, greenhouse owners, gardeners and homeowners from all over Wisconsin and helps track the ebb and flow of plant diseases across the state.
Ella Braden, a Physicist at the Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison, explores the process of home brewing beer from both historic and scientific viewpoints. Some of the earliest writing contains recipes for beer and although the process of making beer is simple, the variations that lead to the many styles of beer are fascinating.
Jim Lacy, the associate state cartographer in the Department of Geography at the UW-Madison, explains that geospatial technology refers to the tools, techniques, data, and skills used to inventory and analyze the relationship of people, places, and things in our world. Virtually all of the information that you share with people has some kind of geospatial tag.
Holly Basta, a research assistant at the Institute for Molecular Virology at UW-Madison, explores the use of vaccines and their effectiveness. Basta uses computer modeling to research Rhinovirus C, a virus found to be common in asthmatic children.
Rebecca Moritz, the research compliance specialist with the Department of Environment, Health & Safety at UW-Madison, discusses some of the many steps taken to mitigate the inherent risks involved with influenza research at UW-Madison.
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, the coordinator of historical services at UW-Madison Libraries, shares stories of the sea: the eradication of scurvy, the interplay between whaling and women's health, the toll on the lives of slaves on the Middle Passage, the development of SCUBA, the impacts of chronic sea sickness on young Charles Darwin, and the mental health of seafarers.
Lieutenant colonel Todd Berge, the Commander of AFROTC Det. 925, describes the technology, design, refinements, and uses of the Flying Fortress, the B-17 Bomber, and its impact on the European Theatre in WWII. Captain Scott Mobley, from the Department of History at UW-Madison, shares the saga of The Origins and Use of the Torpedo in World War II.
Bruce Brown, a scientist with the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey of the UW-Extension, explains the basics of hydrofracking, the use and characteristics of frac sand, and the geological reasons why sand from Wisconsin is in demand.
Dick Burgess, Professor Emeritus at the McArdle Cancer Research Lab, UW-Madison, talks about making monoclonal antibodies and their use in protein purification. Burgess discusses their success in finding a way to make antibodies that would bind onto a protein, but then release it easily.