Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Groundwater in Central Wisconsin: Understanding the...

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.

Mosquito-borne Diseases: From the Laboratory to the...

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.

Microbes in the Litter Box - Ep. 404

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.

Biogeochemical Surprises in a Changing Climate - Ep. 401

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.

DNA Sequencing and Beyond - Ep. 391

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.

Water Quality in the Madison Lakes - Ep. 389

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.

The Deer Dilemma - Ep. 383

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.

Chocolate and Compound Coatings - Ep. 382

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.

Biomedicine and Mary Shelley's Monster -Ep. 377

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.

Asthma Research - Ep. 364

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.

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