Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Julie Lesnick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University, discusses the benefits of consuming insects as a sustainable protein source. Lesnick explores long held stigmas and talks about which countries have incorporated insects into their diets.
Shanan Peters, Professor in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison, discusses the consequences of the unsteady growth of the earth’s crust over the past 2.5 billion years. Peters focuses on water in all three forms, bimodal elevations due to moving plate tectonics, and life as a means of understanding the biogeochemical evolution.
Tim Schmit, Research Scientist at NESDIS Office of Research and Applications in Madison, introduces the geostationary environmental monitoring benefits provided by the recently launched weather satellite. Schmit discusses the technological advancements that made the GOES-16 possible.
Ahna Skop, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, shares her journey from growing up in a family of artists to her career as a scientist. Skop encourages a blending of art and science to improve scientific understanding.
Tracey Holloway, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explains how chemistry and weather affect the air. Holloway discusses using satellite data and computer models to evaluate the amount of pollution in the air.
David Gamm, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute at UW-Madison, explains how pluripotent stem cells can be genetically engineered into photo receptor cells and then used in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the retina and the eye. Gamm examines the challenges that need to be addressed before the technology can be used as a significant source for restoring vision.
Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, explains the events surrounding the sinking of the steamer “Lakeland” in Lake Michigan on December 3, 1924. The ship sank in 200 feet of water under mysterious and suspicious circumstances with a cargo of automobiles on board. Thomsen shares photos and videos of the wreck as it appears to divers today.
Shane Hubbard, Researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, discusses the increase in frequency of flooding across the United States and the subsequent impact to homes, businesses and communities. Hubbard shares innovative, cost-effective methods focused on reducing the impact of the floods.
Tom Crenshaw, Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the connection between a lack of Vitamin D in the sow’s diet and deformities in her piglets.
Leslie Eisenberg, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, Ryan Wubben, Medical Director of UW Hospital Med Flight, Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Outreach Specialist at UW-Extension, discuss their roles in finding the remains of Lt. Frank Fazekas, who was shot down in France in World War II.