Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Mike Pavolonis, physical scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mike Pavolonis explains how large-scale volcanic eruptions, such as the April 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, disrupt daily life and international travel. He details how his organization works to ease the blow of these natural events through tracking volcanic ash clouds to prevent travel delays.
Paul Sondel, PhD, Departments of Pediatrics, Human Oncology and Genetics, UW-Madison
Paul Sondel explains the interaction between the body's immune system and cancer, focusing specifically on extensive research that has revealed how one's own immune system can be effectively directed against cancer.
Joanna Skluzacek, specialist and assistant professor, Department of Youth Development, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.
Joanna Skluzacek explains how science and society connect, discussing water quality concerns and remediation strategies for rural Ghana in Africa.
Irwin Goldman, professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison.
Irwin Goldman provides a historical account of the table beet, explaining how this and other root vegetables fits into the discussion of immigration and social justice. In this account, he also touches on the beet's health benefits.
Sterling Johnson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Sterling Johnson discusses the certain changes to the human brain that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. He also discusses the importance of his research in early detection of this degenerative disease.
Seth Dailey, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, UW-Madison.
Seth Dailey discusses procedures for voice, swallowing and airway disorders, looking at technological advances for aging populations. He also focuses specifically on practical, awake exercises for use in the office.
Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Professor, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison.
Heidi Goodrich-Blair discusses the molecular basis of symbiotic associations between bacteria and invertebrate animals. She explains this concept within several planes, from the cellular level to the evolutionary level.
Elizabeth French, Research Assistant , Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison.
Elizabeth French discusses the concept of rumen fatty acids in milk and the microbiology of the rumen themselves. She also highlights some new research on these fatty acids.
Phil Pellitteri, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW Madison.
Phil Pellitteri discusses how changes in climate, invasive non-native insects, and land use patterns are all responsible for bringing new insect species into Wisconsin. He talks about some of the new insect residents in the state and their impact.
Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D., Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, UW-Madison.
Gregg Venderheiden highlights an analysis tool that allows web producers to identify and fix content that could invoke seizures in people with photosensitive seizure disorders. He also talks about building access directly into the internet infrastructure to address physical accessibility issues.