Science on Tap http://wxpr.org en Science on Tap to Host Mining Forum http://wxpr.org/post/science-tap-host-mining-forum <p>The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic.&nbsp; Instead of hosting one speaker at a brewpub, it’s assembled a panel at a large venue to discuss the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:00:13 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19159 at http://wxpr.org Antigo Astronomer Searches for Signs of Distant Life http://wxpr.org/post/antigo-astronomer-searches-signs-distant-life <p>Maggie Turnbull lives in Antigo and works as a freelance astrobiologist. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s the study of the origin and future of life in the universe.&nbsp; Turnbull has gained international recognition for her work cataloging star systems that could support life, and is now working with NASA on a telescope to better look at those systems.&nbsp; WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Turnbull over the phone. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 17904 at http://wxpr.org Antigo Astronomer Searches for Signs of Distant Life Wisconsin's Birds Face Changing Habitat http://wxpr.org/post/wisconsins-birds-face-changing-habitat <p>Anna Pidgeon is an avian ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion. &nbsp;</p><p>WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Pidgeon about her research on how habitat loss and climate events may influence the range of some songbirds.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 15080 at http://wxpr.org Wisconsin's Birds Face Changing Habitat Vitamin D Supplements May Keep Bones Strong http://wxpr.org/post/vitamin-d-supplements-may-keep-bones-strong <p>Vitamin D could help prevent osteoporosis and falls in older adults.&nbsp; That’s the message from an aging specialist from Madison giving a talk at this week’s Science on Tap discussion. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Winter in the Northwoods means…not a lot of sunshine.&nbsp; And that means not a lot of Vitamin D.&nbsp; Dr Neil Binkley&nbsp;is Director of the Osteoporosis Clinical Research program at UW Madison.&nbsp; WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Dr. Binkley to find out why Vitamin D supplements might be important for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 13833 at http://wxpr.org Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My http://wxpr.org/post/wolves-cougars-and-bears-oh-my <p>Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.&nbsp; He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team. &nbsp;</p><p>He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.&nbsp; WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12832 at http://wxpr.org Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future http://wxpr.org/post/wisconsin-idea-past-and-future <p>The Wisconsin Idea is a guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin System, that says the university should have an impact in all parts of the state. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kate </span>VandenBosch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison.&nbsp;</span></p><p>She’s also the guest at this month’s informal science discussion series Science on Tap.&nbsp;</p><p>She says one goal of her talk is to hear from community members about what role the university should play in the Northwoods.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:29:07 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11462 at http://wxpr.org Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future Seeing the Forest for the Deer http://wxpr.org/post/seeing-forest-deer <p>This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management.&nbsp; Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health. &nbsp;</p><p>WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone.&nbsp; He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10247 at http://wxpr.org Seeing the Forest for the Deer New Models for Conservation Could Mean New Jobs http://wxpr.org/post/new-models-conservation-could-mean-new-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do frog populations in India have to do with hunting in the&nbsp;northwoods?&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:40:38 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8739 at http://wxpr.org New Models for Conservation Could Mean New Jobs Documenting Land Use Change, Around the World http://wxpr.org/post/documenting-land-use-change-around-world <p>We turn now to a conversation with Volker&nbsp;Radeloff, a University of Wisconsin Professor who studies how land use policy affects wildlife. &nbsp;</p><p>Radeloff was the guest at last week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.&nbsp; WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski caught up with him afterwards. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 7716 at http://wxpr.org Documenting Land Use Change, Around the World Science on Tap Brings Overseas Adventure Stories http://wxpr.org/post/science-tap-brings-overseas-adventure-stories <p>After a summer hiatus Science on Tap is resuming Wednesday, with a discussion of land use…but with a bit of a world traveler twist.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:28:52 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 7430 at http://wxpr.org Science on Tap Brings Overseas Adventure Stories