Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Jennifer Stenglein, Research Scientist at the WI Department of Natural Resources, explains Snapshot Wisconsin, a project focused on monitoring wildlife through a network of trail cameras. Citizen scientists will place and monitor the cameras around the state. Captured images will be made available to volunteers world-wide who will help with identification and classification of the wildlife.
Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses how medieval medicine and the health care structures established in the Middle Ages laid the foundation for medical education, drug regulations, and the way patients are treated.
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.