Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Samuel Muñoz, Doctoral Graduate, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, explores the mid-11th century Cahokia civilization, a major political, agricultural, ritualistic and artistic center in the central Mississippi River valley near what is now St. Louis, Missouri. The disappearance of the civilization around 1200 has mystified archaeologists and geographers for decades.
Dustin Rubinstein, Facility Director, Translational Genomics, UW-Madison, discusses the innovative CRISPR-Cas9 system being used to transform genetic research. The systems is one of the fastest growing techniques currently being used in genetics.
Sanjay Limaye, Senior Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison, explores the findings of the New Horizon spacecraft’s survey of Pluto and its moons. Pluto is a member of a class of icy, rock and small objects which comprise the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt.
Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, discusses Burkitt’s Lymphoma which is caused by Epstein-Barr virus. Sugden discusses the discovery of the disease and the work being done to develop therapies to treat this common cancer.
Susan Paskewitz, Medical Entomologist, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the biology of deer and wood ticks, the prevalence of tick-borne disease in Wisconsin, and the ongoing research on tick control.
Carolyn Rock, Natural Resource Educator, Wisconsin DNR, explores the multitudes of shipwrecks around the Door County peninsula. Rock explains that maritime archeology is the preservation of our cultural heritage providing a glimpse into the economics, culture, industry and daily life at the time of the shipwreck.
Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology, UW-Oshkosh, explores concerns about beach contamination and focuses on the environmental, public health, economic and social benefits of healthy beaches in Door County.
Zen Miller, Agriculture Dairy/Livestock Agent, Outagamie County, UW-Extension, explores modern farm animal feeding operations and production systems, the evolution of these practices and the technologies available today.
Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Extension, highlights changes in biotechnology, focusing on genetic research, gene transfer, gene synthesis and DNA sequencing.
Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.