Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Challenges of Cold-Weather Wine Production

Nick Smith, Enologist & Outreach Specialist, UW-College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, explains the challenges of producing wine in a cold-weather climate. Smith explores the differences in color, acidity and flavor when dealing with cold hardy grapes.

Hi-Powered Computers Improve Truck Design

Arman Pazouki, Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the use of computer generated mathematical models to design and build trucks that can drive over sand, pebbles, gravel and water.

An Ancient Iron World

Clark Johnson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how iron formations were created three billion years ago. Johnson focuses on the impact the ancient “iron world” had on the evolution of early life on Earth and still has as we continue to mine this ancient ore.

GMO Crops in the Midwest

Joe Lauer, Professor, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison and UW-Extension, talks about transgenic corn and soy crops, the quick adoption of the plants by farmers over the past 20 years and consumers reluctance to purchase them.

Biogas Production in Wisconsin

Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology, UW-Oshkosh, introduces three types of biogas facilities in Wisconsin: dry anaerobic digesters, high-solid systems and continually mixed wet systems. Kleinheinz examines the environmental and economic aspects of each system.

The Future of Allen Centennial Gardens

Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Gardens, UW-Madison, explores the history and benefits of public gardens throughout the world and shares his vision for the Allen Centennial Gardens, located on the UW-Madison campus.

Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Plan

Paul Block, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the implications of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD, and the streamflow reductions to the upstream countries of Sudan and Egypt. The dam across the Blue Nile River will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa.

Nitrate in Wisconsin's Groundwater

Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension, explains what nitrate is and explores the effects of nitrate on the environment, drinking water and groundwater.

The Missing in Action Recovery & ID Project

Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.

Preserving Native Languages in Wisconsin

Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.


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