Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

History of Neurology at the UW

Andrew Waclawik, a professor in the Department of Neurology at UW-Madison, introduces clinical neurology by way of its historical background. Waclawik reviews the origins of the new clinical specialty in the 19th century in major European medical centers, and presents the history of neurology at the University of Wisconsin.

Living Solar in the Suburbs – Ep. 764

Bruce Johnson, the technical director for “University Place” on Wisconsin Public Television, discusses the process he went through to install solar power panels on his house, shows how to meter the generated electricity, and discusses the advantages of driving an electric car.

The Bugs Have Gone Crazy – Ep. 762

Phil Pellitteri, a faculty associate in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between unusual climate events, such as the recent drought, and the bugs that are being spotted around the state.

World Wide Network of Lake Researchers – Ep. 742

Luke Winslow, a research assistant at the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison, explains how his research, which focused on building buoys to collect data in lakes and ponds in Wisconsin, has become a global network.

The Future of the Allen Centennial Gardens – Ep. 741

Ed Lyon, the outreach specialist in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about the future of the twenty-year-old garden. Lyon focuses on the rejuvenation of the existing gardens and how to deal with invasive plants.

The Camp Randall Memorial Arch – Ep. 739

Daniel Einstein, the historic and cultural resources manager in Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison, presents the history of the Camp Randall Arch. For 100 years, the arch has offered a gateway to a 5-acre memorial park honoring the 70,000 Union soldiers who received military training at the site during the Civil War.

Exploring the Impacts of Wildlife Diseases - Ep. 730

F. Joshua Dein, a veterinary medical officer, USGS, National Wildlife Health Center in Madison,explores the current and potential effects of wildlife diseases on the public, the economy and the environment. Learn what steps you can take to increase our knowledge about wildlife diseases, and minimize their impact.

Crystalline Polysaccharides to Biofuels - Ep. 727

Raghu Yennamalli, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses using crystalline polysaccharides to create biofuels.

Why Plants Are Weird - Ep. 726

Christopher Day, a faculty associate in the Laboratory of Genetics at UW-Madison, delves into the differences between plant and animal cells, focusing on chromosome counts, genetics and other cell differences.

Clostridium Difficile Infections - Ep. 725

Nasia Safdar, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison, examines the efficacy of novel interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infection. These interventions include the use of probiotics for reducing colonization by Clostridium difficile and by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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