Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, discusses the glaciers, volcanoes and tropical seas which created the landscapes of Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail, across Wisconsin, provides examples of the various geological periods and formations.
Joel Knutson, Interim Educator, Oneida County, UW-Extension, discusses using citizen science as a means to collect data about where bats live in the state. Knutson introduces equipment the Wisconsin Bat Project uses to record the locations and sounds of the bats.