Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Raluca Scarlat, Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, discusses why we should consider using nuclear energy, our role in global energy production, the future of nuclear technology and the energy research taking place at UW-Madison.
Christy Remucal, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses the use of chemicals designed to kill the larva of invasive sea lampreys and focuses on the environmental impact of the lampricides. Remucal presents research results showing the amount of time it takes the chemicals to be degraded by sunlight.
Derrick Herndon, Assistant Researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at UW-Madison, explains the basics of hurricanes including how they form and the challenges of predicting their paths.
Martin Foys, Professor in the Department of English at UW-Madison, discusses an online resource, Digital Mappa, which allows anyone to upload images or text then link, annotate, search and share the collections. Foys explains how this project is can be used and walks through the process.
Dhanansayan Shanmuganayagam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, and Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, discuss the use of swine to study human diseases. Pigs have a similar anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to humans and can be studied to find effective diagnosis and therapeutic technologies.
Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director of the WI Geological & Natural History Survey at UW-Extension, explains the connection between wetlands, surface water, and groundwater and the ability of the water systems to change over time. Bradbury discusses how the glacial geology of the upper Midwest effects the groundwater and the wetlands.
Dipesh Navsaria, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the importance of interactions between child and parents during the first 1,000 days of life. Navsaria focuses on the lifelong impact early adversity has on children and offers suggestions for addressing the issues.
Byron Caughey, Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explores how prions, or misfolded proteins, can produce neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Pamela Caughey, a Studio Artist, discusses her art installation, Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens, which consists of electron micrographs of the prion pathogens.
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.