Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Ecological Responses to Climate Changes

Jack Williams, Professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discusses risks to existing habitats due to warming conditions and climate change. Williams focuses on how to predict what changes various species will need to make as their environments change.

Heroin and Other Opioids: A Wisconsin Epidemic?

Lori Edwards, Senior Chemist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses the history of opium use in society and in Wisconsin. Edwards looks at narcotic impairment indicators and presents case studies of individuals using opioids.

The Evolution of Insects as Food

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.

Earth’s Long-Term Biogeochemical Evolution

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.

Benefits from the New GOES-16 Satellite

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.

Too Creative for Science?

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.

Air Quality in the U.S.

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.

Stem Cells for Treating Blinding Disorders

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.

The Wreck of the Steamer "Lakeland"

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.

Communities Living with Tomorrow’s Floods

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.

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