Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Hydroecology in Sierra Nevada - Ep. 545

Steven Loheide, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explains the hydrologic processes and how the movement of water through the landscape, over the land surface, and through the subsurface affect ecological processes. Loheide focuses on Tuolumne Meadows in the California Sierra Nevada mountains.

Wind Turbine Generators: The Basics - Ep. 541

Mitch Bradt, Program Director, Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW Madison.
Mitch Brandt presents the basics of wind turbine generators explaining everything from the physics involved in determining the angle of the blade to how electricity is created and distributed.

Picture the World with Kaleidoscope Dyes - Ep. 540

Stephen Paddock, a microscopist in the Department of Molecular Biology at UW-Madison, describes how using fluorescent dyes attached to antibodies, DNA, RNA or other molecules enables scientists to see and map their locations in cells. Recent advances in microscopy also produce strikingly beautiful images that celebrate the excitement of discovery and the power of scientific information.

A New Theory of Everything: Climate, Energy, and the...

James Pawley, professor emeritus in the UW Department of Zoology, explains the need for a new theoretical basis for complex systems such as climate, energy and the economy. During the Industrial Revolution, science gained a reputation for mathematical accuracy and precision. We have entered the Age of Chaos where accurate predictions are impossible and, therefore, we must create a new theory.

The Science Constellation at UW-Madison - Ep. 536

Dave Nelson, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, the outreach program manager at the UW Biotechnology Center, share the stage to discuss community outreach activities on campus from 1862 to the present. Zinnen introduces the UW Science Constellation--an invitation to experience science, within and with a community of researchers.

Mobile Devices for Research and Learning - Ep. 529

John Martin and David Gagnon from the Department of Information Technology at UW-Madison discussexamples and stories of new media technology, apps, and mobile devices, and how they are being applied to educational design and educational research.

Testing Chromosomes to Detect Diseases in Children - Ep. 526

Jennifer Laffin, Co-director of the Clinical
Genetics Laboratories at the
State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Jennifer Laffin discusses her work with cytogenetics and molecular genetics to detect diseases in children. She talks about the types of testing she does and what the specimens reveal.

How the Brain Makes Up the Mind - Ep. 518

Michael Koenigs, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Join Michael Koenigs as he discusses how the brain makes up the mind and how the brain contributes to decision making.

The Progress of Genetics From the 1930s to Today - Ep. 514

James Crow, Ph.D

James Crow relates his knowledge of quantitative genetics as he shares the history of genetics through the years.

Innovations for Screening Newborns - Ep. 515

Charles Brokropp and Mei Baker, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Charles Brokropp and Mei Baker introduce their work with SCID,
the severe combined immune-deficiency
disease of newborn children and how to test for it in newborns.

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