Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Jim Kerns, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison
Jim Kerns tells about his position as an extension specialist who works with grass and turf including golf courses, athletic fields, and even home lawns. When turf is dying of a disease or other problem, he is called in to solve the problem. He speaks about diseases in plants and what he does to alleviate the problem.
Philipp Simon, Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Professor Philipp Simon talks about carrots and agricultural development before discussing the historical development of crops and agriculture to learn more about our modern use of crops. He explains the relationship between plants and people as well as the nutritional compounds of carrots and carotene.
Mike Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, UW-Madison
Mike Arnold explores the idea of converting sunlight into electricity. Although the sun is abundant and free energy, we have no way to collect and convert it. What we know right now is a insufficient collection system that lacks efficiency and is expensive.
Lynn Gilbertson PhD Student - Department of Communicative Disorders, UW-Madison
Lynn Gilbertson explains what autism is and touches on some issues when it comes to diagnosing autism. She discusses the research and work being done at UW Madison before talking about what she is doing in relation to her graduate program.
Ian Orland, Research Assistant, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison
Graduate student Ian Orland explores the general interest in global warming by looking at marine, polar, and terrestrial records of climate changes as well as explaining his own research of high resolution analysis of Sorek Cave stalagmite.
Christine Marsh, Content Manager, NBII-Wildlife Disease Information Node. Milton Friend, USGS Emeritus Scientist, USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Majority of infectious diseases start with wildlife. Learn about biological and other impacts for society associated with wildlife disease and adjustments needed if society is to dampen the global wave of infectious disease.
Clark Johnson, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison
Professor Johnson gives a broad insight of the ins and outs of astrobiology. Everything there is to know about astrobiology from a brief overview, to our own personal participation in it.
Tom Link, son of UW-Madison biochemist Karl Paul Link and Dave Nelson, UW-Madison Professor of Biochemistry
Explore the history behind the drug, Warfarin- how it went from a rat pesticide to helping prevent blood clots- and the life of the scientist behind it, Karl Paul Link.