Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

The Bionic Ear

Ruth Litovsky, Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, shares ongoing research into the electrical stimulation of the ear in people with hearing loss. Litovsky discusses the progress and challenges of cochlear implants in patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly.

Plant and Microbe Symbiosis

Jean-Michel Ané, Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, discusses the mutually beneficial relationship between soil microbes and plants and delves into agricultural sustainability and development in developing countries.

Homo Naledi and Becoming Human

Alia Gurtov, PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, reports on her experience as a member of the Rising Star Expedition that excavated the remains of Homo naledi in South Africa. Gurtov explores the adaptations that distinguish the earliest known members of our genus with those who came before.

The Storm That Sank the Edmund Fitzgerald

Steve Ackerman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, analyzes the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the captains piloting ships on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.

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.

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