Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Living Longer Through Hormone Replacement Therapy

Craig Atwood, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine & Public Health, provides an update on what has been learned in the past ten years about hormone replacement therapy. Physiological forms of sex steroids show a range of beneficial health functions delaying the onset of age-related diseases in both men and women and increasing longevity.

Tornadoes and Derechos in Central North America

Jonathan Martin, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, explores the nature of the severe thunderstorms that spawn tornadoes and severe weather threat of the straight-line wind storms called derechoes. Martin examines the relationship between the physical environment and these potentially devastating weather events.

Bad Cell Division Doesn't Always Lead to Cancer

Mark Burkard, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison, discusses the ways cells copy themselves and what happens when the copy is bad. Burkard talks about cell division and cancer from a historical perspective and shares the story of the discovery of klerokenesis.

Is There Sex After 60?

John DeLamater, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, shares his research into the health benefits and advantages to relationships for people over sixty who participate in sexual activity.

Dictionary of American Regional English, Vol. 6

Joan Houston Hall, Chief Editor, Dictionary of American Regional English, UW-Madison, discusses the next volume of the “Dictionary of American Regional English.” Volume 6 is a companion to the first 5 volumes, containing comparative maps, the original questionnaires, and fieldwork data.

Brewing a Better Barley

Mark Schmitt, Chemist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, introduces how malting varieties are developed and offers an overview of what happens in the malting quality lab to provide the malting barley breeders with information they can use to select quality varieties of barley. Schmitt also discusses results of recent research projects at the lab.

We Are All Lichens

Scott Gilbert, Professor, Department of Biology, Swarthmore College, discusses recent molecular biology findings that most of our cells are microbial with microbes intimately integrated into our physiology and development.

Buildings of the University of Wisconsin - Madison

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.

Is Global Warming Causing Weather Weirding?

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.

Science, Technology and Public Policy

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.

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