Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
William Bland Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison
Professor William Bland reviews the basics of groundwater then discusses the research being done to understand the linkage between the groundwater level, irrigated agriculture and pumping water. He incorporates his work over the past two years to explain and offer insight to the dwindling level of groundwater in Madison.
Bruce Christensen Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, UW-Madison
Professor Bruce Christensen presents his research of the relationship between mosquito vectors and the parasitic etiologic agents require for the natural transmission of vector born diseases. He discusses the biology of mosquitoes, the different types, and the diseases they spread in New Guinea.
Lindsey Moser, Research Assistant, Department of Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison
Lindsey Moser gives a detailed background of toxoplasma gondii, explains why it is being studied, and explores why it is such a successful parasite. She is a research assistant currently working to develop a model to study the sexual forms of this pathogen in the lab.
Ankur Desai, Assistant Professor, Dept.of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison
Ankur Desai discovered some surprising lab results about biogeochemistry. He gives a background on the subject, defining biogeochemistry and climate change, before explaining his research in the field.
Josh Hyman Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison
Josh Hyman talks about the DNA sequencing that his facility handles as well as the advancements in DNA sequencing. He gives great insight as to why DNA sequencing is important and why people should care about it.
Katherine McMahon, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison
Katherine McMahon talks about the importance of the unseen organisms in the lakes in Madison and the role they play in the local quality of water. She speaks about microbiology, environmental chemistry, and technology as well as the affects of microbes, bacteria, etc. on our water systems.
Don Waller Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison
Dr. Don Waller looks at the high deer populations and what this means ecologically and economically for our community. He points out that deer are the most popular game animal as well as source for licensing revenue for the state. On the other hand, he looks at the spread of diseases and car accidents.
Rich Hartel Professor of Food Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison.
Learn through your taste buds about the delectable world of chocolate and compound coatings with professor of food science Rich Hartel.
Susan Lederer Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison. Lederer examines how the myth and metaphor of "Frankenstein" articulate the human dilemma of modern science. She offers a historical overview of scientific research from Shelley's day, when the smallpox vaccination revolutionized immunology, to today's cutting-edge scientific developments.
David Van Sickle, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Populatoin Health Sciences, UW-Madison
David Van Sickle shares years of research on asthma, focusing on the development of a new device that would attach to an inhaler and track where and when the inhaler has been used.