Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Catherine Jackson, Assistant Professor in the History of Science, and Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower in the Department of Chemistry, at UW-Madison, explore the collaboration between chemists and glassblowers in understanding the natural world. Jackson discusses how glassblowing technology aids in understanding molecules in three dimensions. Drier demonstrates how to create glassware.
Eric Hooper, Research Astronomer in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, discusses black holes and the computer simulations that show their activity. Hooper talks about the connection between the supermassive black holes and galaxies.
Laura Albert, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison, explains industrial and systems engineering and how they can be used to analyze and solve problems in the public sector as well as creating brackets for sports tournaments.
Brad Herrick, Ecologist at the UW-Madison Arboretum, shares the history of the arboretum, the development of the Curtis Prairie, and the restoration the arboretum has undergone. The UW-Madison Arboretum is considered the birthplace of restoration ecology.
Mark Berres, Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, discusses junglefowl, four species of birds, which are possible ancestors of the modern chicken. Berres traces the domestication and cultural influences of the bird.
June Dahl, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of opium and opioid analgesics and their use, the types of opioids that are currently in use and how to manage pain.
Joshua Mezrich, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UW School of Medicine, discusses the history of transplant surgeries on animals and humans. Mezrich describes how donors are chosen and the risks they face.
Mutlu Özdoğan, Associate Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, discusses using satellites to photograph and monitor crops from space. The satellite photos offer information on crop-management practices and a look at global changes.
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.