Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

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

DNA: It's Discovery, Structure, and Manipulation - Ep. 416

Dave Nelson, Professor, Biochemistry, UW-Madison

Professor Dave Nelson discusses the importance of DNA and its prevalence in art, media, and science. He gives the history of DNA from the very beginning when it was first found, to when it became interesting, to when it became a hot topic of discussion and research, until today when it can be considered absolutely central to the field of biology.

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.

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