Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen, Doctoral Student in the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication, discusses the contributions Willard Grosvenor Bleyer made to journalism education at the University of Wisconsin in the early 20th century. Bleyer established the first journalism course at UW and published the “Press Bulletin” which introduced the public to classroom and laboratory discoveries.
Julia Nepper, Research Assistant in Biophysics at UW-Madison, explains how bacteria unite to form a single community called a biofilm. Nepper focuses on E. coli biofilms and the lipids found in the E. coli cell membrane.
Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services at the International Crane Foundation, discusses his work as a zoological veterinarian keeping 15 crane species heathy at the International Crane Foundation. Hartup shares stories of injuries the birds have survived.
Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at UW-Madison, explains the importance of the meat industry in Wisconsin. Sindelar discusses the vision of the meat science program and the process of designing and constructing a new building for the Meat Sciences Laboratory at UW-Madison.
Susan Paskewitz, Director of the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease, explains how the center came into being and discusses vector-borne diseases caused by tick and mosquito bites.
Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Mark Langenfeld, a Retired Attorney, discuss the history of the mines in the Baraboo Iron Range. Thomsen shares videos of her group of certified cave divers who explored the flooded mines, swimming past mining equipment that was left behind when the mine flooded.
John Hawks, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, discusses new findings related to the Homo naledi fossils found in the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. Hawks reports that the fossils indicate this primitive, extinct, human relative may have been in existence as recently as 236,000 years ago.
Sarah Traynor, Associate Lecturer of Anatomy at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explains the work of the teams who are analyzing the Homo naledi fossils found in South Africa. Traynor discusses her work determining the proportions of the upper and lower limbs of the hominin species and shares the impact these findings have on our understanding of their movements.
Ross Edwards, Visiting Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses black carbon “smoke” nanoparticles on the surface of ice sheets in Greenland. Edwards traversed the country on a solar-powered Inuit Windsled, taking samples of the black carbon left behind from fires and fossil-fuel combustion.
Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW Medical School, discusses how children with disabilities were historically treated. Schalick highlights the medical and scientific innovations inspired by the needs of the children.