Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
John Hawks, Associate Chair in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, discusses his role in the 2013 Rising Star expedition’s discovery of homo naledi, the newest member of the human family, in South Africa. Hawks explains how the species was identified and shares footage of how the bones were discovered.
Brian Parks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between genetics and a predisposition to obesity. Parks focuses on the protein leptin which can help to regulate food intake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.