Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

The Past, Present & Future of Your Television

Bruce A. Johnson, Technical Director, University Place, Wisconsin Public Television, takes us on a fast paced romp through three quarters of a century of technological progress. Learn how new technologies are changing the ways we consume visual media.

Henry Lardy and the Institute for Enzyme Research

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the contributions of Henry Lardy at the Institute for Enzyme Research. As a graduate student at UW-Madison, Lardy helped make possible the artificial insemination of heifers and cows through his invention of the semen extender--the beginning of long career of discovery and invention.

Wisconsin's Arthur MacArthur

Kevin Hampton, Curator, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, shares the history of Civil War Colonel Arthur MacArthur, Douglas MacArthur’s father. Arthur MacArthur exhorted his soldiers at Missionary Ridge with the exclamation of "On, Wisconsin!" a phrase now near and dear to UW-Madison. MacArthur went on to serve as Governor-General in the Philippines.

The Genetics and Genomics of Cranberries

Brandon Schlautman, Honorary Fellow, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, discusses the emerging genetic and genomic technologies essential for both continuing the domestication of the American Cranberry and for generating new varieties for Wisconsin cranberry producers.

Finding Private Gordon

Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director, UW Biotechnology Center, Josh Hyman, Director, DNA Sequencing Facility, UW Biotechnology Center, and Jed Henry, Researcher and Filmmaker, discuss the mission to locate and confirm the identity of Private Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian citizen enlisted in the US Army and killed in action during the battles in Normandy in 1945.

A Brave New (Online) World: Emerging Technologies

Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, explores the future of societal debates about controversial science in our current polarized environment. Scheufele discusses how to present information to an online world which includes misinformation and opinion presented as fact.

The Science of IceCube: Beyond Neutrinos

Paolo Desiati, Researcher, Wisconsin Particle Astrophysics Center, talks about ongoing research at IceCube. Located at the geographic South Pole, it’s the largest observatory devoted to the detection of neutrinos. Observation and research findings are providing connections to Particle Physics, Heliospheric Physics, Atmospheric Physics, Glaciology and Earth Science.

Conserving Tropical Orchids

Joe Meisel, Vice President, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, discusses his work to conserve tropical orchids in Ecuador. Meisel explains the threats to the habitat, explores the locations where there is optimal orchid diversity.

The History and Science of Meat

Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, carves into the history of meat processing from ancient Roman times to present day, highlighting ways the industry developed in Wisconsin over the past 150 years.

Managing Your Lawn the Wisconsin Way

Doug Soldat, Associate Professor, Dept of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses how to grow a functional lawn while reducing the environmental impact. Soldat explains how to choose the best type of grass for your site and how to improve your soil. He also explores ways to help your lawn recover from the extreme heat and drought of 2012.

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