Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Jim Feldman, author of "The Buildings of the University of Wisconsin," talks about the history, construction, and diverse styles of the buildings on the UW-Madison campus.
Steve Vavrus, senior scientist at the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, discusses the weather extremes in Wisconsin and around the Midwest in 2012 which featured a mild winter, unseasonably warm March and then record drought and heat in the summer. Dr. Vavrus describes historical and projected trends in extreme weather events and their possible relationship to global climate change.
Cora Marrett, Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, discusses her interest in the interplay between the larger society, science and engineering. Marrett talks about how research, even on the most fundamental of questions, addresses problems that have significant import for the citizenry.
Patrick Remington, a professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, describes how he uses epidemiology to track the health of Wisconsin. Dr. Remington will highlight a nationally recognized program, the "County Health Rankings," and show how this information can help communities mobilize for action, toward a healthier community.
Randall Kimple, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Oncology, UW-Madison, reviews the historic and emerging causes of head and neck cancer and current treatment standards. Kemple discusses how ongoing work in the lab may be able to play a role in clinical trial design, interpretation and in improving treatment outcomes for all patients with head and neck cancer.
Michael Sussman, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, uses examples from his research of diatoms and on sequencing the genome of the electric eel, to probe ways scientists and engineers can tap into the ingenuity of nature in building networks, in making exquisite materials and in harvesting energy.
Erika Marín-Spiotta, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, applies interdisciplinary methods to examine the effects of human-driven changes in land cover and land use on biodiversity and the cycling of biologically active elements through the environment.
Bret Payseur, Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, UW Madison
Bret Payseur introduces the process by which new species originate, called speciation. He talks about speciation from a genetic perspective and addresses common misunderstandings.
Dave Driscoll and Joe Kapler, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, discuss the exhibit, "Wisconsin Innovations: from the Iconic to the Unexpected." Learn about the decision process they went through, the challenges of presenting research in a popular, artifact-based format and enjoy the stories behind some of the state's best and least-known inventions.
Gary Radloff, the director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, and Carol Barford, a research scientist in Global Ecosystems, both at SAGE, UW-Madison, discuss the important aspects of sustainable bioenergy production in Wisconsin, and highlight the balance points between environmental quality, farm management, and economic feasibility.