Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Using Genetic Engineering Against Cancer - Ep. 482

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.

Water Quality Concerns in Africa - Ep. 476

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.

The Beet Goes On - Ep. 474

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.

Brain Changes Associated with Risk for Alzheimer's...

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.

Office-Based Procedures of the Upper Airway - Ep. 462

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.

Mutualism and Pathogenesis - Ep. 452

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.

A Link Between the Rumen and Milk - Ep. 447

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.

Wisconsin's Changing Insects - A view from the Diagnostic...

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.

The Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool - Ep. 429

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.

Impact of Diseases on Field Crops and Food - Ep. 420

Paul Esker, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Paul Esker discusses how field crops fit in Wisconsin agricultural, changes in production and the impact of diseases. Plant diseases can reduce yield and quality of crops, but the likelihood of loss is affected by many factors including recent diseases from the past growing seasons that affected our corn, soybean, and wheat

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