Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
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.
Susannah Sample, Assistant Scientist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the results of a study focused on Acquired Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy in dogs. Sample explains that because dogs have a similar genome to humans, this research could add to the understanding of the Charcot Marie Tooth disease in humans.
Paul Koch, Assistant Professor in the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison, discusses the types of pesticides currently in use in urban areas and their impact on both the environment and the public. Koch offers options for reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining quality landscapes.
Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director at the WI Geological & Natural History Survey, UWEX, provides a geologic history of Wisconsin and highlights some of the outstanding geologic sites in the state. Bradbury discusses the work of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.
Tim Smeeding, Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, talks about social mobility, focusing on the advantages provided by the family you’re born into. Smeeding discusses whether less advantaged families have the same opportunities to move up and explores ways to address the inequality.
Stephanie Jones, Assistant Director at the UW Center for Sleep and Consciousness, explains the benefits associated with getting enough sleep. Jones discusses the impact sleep has on brain health, brain development and disease.
John Penry, PhD Student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how milk is processed and ultimately made available for consumers at the supermarket. Penry compares dairy production in the U.S. to production in Australia and shares ongoing research into dairy milk harvesting at UW-Madison.
Randall Davidson, Director of Radio Services at UW-Oshkosh, explores the beginnings of noncommercial radio in Wisconsin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Davidson discusses the development of Wisconsin Public Radio stations 9XM, now WHA Radio in Madison, WPAH, now WLBL in Auburndale, and commercial station WHBY, originally broadcasting out of West De Pere.
Andrea Hicks, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the history and societal benefits of artificial light. Hicks discusses trends in energy-efficiency lighting technology and their effect on energy savings.
Stephen Carpenter, Director of the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison, discusses how to predict ecological changes in lake, coral reef and ranchland ecosystems using time and spatial data. Changes in the resilience of the ecosystems can indicate a tipping point for a big change.