Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Udder Anatomy and Physiology

Laura Hernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, explains that the defining attribute of a mammal is that it has mammary glands. Hernandez uses cow udders to show how mammary glands work and she compares the nutritional make-up of milk from cows, goats, humans and other mammals.

De-Extinction: Resurrecting Extinct Species

Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, discusses the use of biotechnology to slow the extinction of threatened species. Temple discusses whether the revival of a species is ethical and whether the de-extinction of a species is a scientific possibility.

The Promise and Pitfalls of CRISPR

Kate O'Connor-Giles, Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at UW-Madison, explores the implications of using CRISPR genome engineering technology. CRISPR can be used to edit DNA sequences to probe gene function, create disease resistant agricultural organisms and correct disease-causing mutations in humans.

Imaging Live Cells Under Viral Attack

Nathan Sherer, Assistant Professor at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, explores the advances in live cell imaging technologies, leading to a clearer understanding of how HIV-1 and other viruses attack human cells. This technology is being used to advance new antiviral strategies.

Aquatic Invasive Species in Wisconsin

Tim Campbell, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist at the Environmental Resources Center at UW-Extension, discusses the impacts of invasive species in Wisconsin’s lakes and waterways. Campbell provides a history of the aquatic invasive species in the state, discusses what has been done to manage their impact and explores ways to control them in the future.

Genetics of Complex Traits in Dogs

Peter Muir, Professor at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, explains the genome-wide association study (GWAS) which analyzes canine disease. Muir explores the parallels of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in dogs and humans.

Chemical Origins of Life Research

John Yin, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UW-Madison, explores how living systems evolve from simple chemicals.

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin

Erin Silva, Assistant Professor of Organic Agriculture at UW-Extension, discusses the history of organic agriculture, the regulations that organic farmers must follow, and how UW-Madison is supporting organic farming.

Sleep and Society

Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, discusses how industrialization has transitioned our sleep patterns into a consolidated model, where we sleep through the night. Our agrarian roots allowed for a biphasic, dividing your sleep into two periods, or polyphasic, sleeping numerous times during twenty four hours, model.

The Jet Stream

Zachary Handlos, Research Associate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how the jet stream works and its importance in the development and motion of weather systems. Handlos discusses how the jet stream was first discovered and the role UW-Madison played in the invention of the first weather satellite.

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