Science on Tap

Science On Tap Minocqua

He's a fixture with Wisconsin Public Radio’s talk format and he's the next guest of "Science on Tap" in Minocqua. Larry Meiller talks to about 1 out of 10 Wisconsin residents each day on his radio show.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked to Meiller about his years in broadcasting...

Larry Meiller says he will be telling about his life in public radio at Science on Tap, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company. He says he has a lot of stories to tell.

Science On Tap Minocqua

Two well-known Northwoods residents will be the featured speakers at the next Science on Tap, Wednesday in Minocqua.

John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. Terry Daulton’s pastel paintings reflect her deep ties to the landscape and her background as a biologist and environmental educator.

Terry Daulton says their topic is the art of communicating science....

Science On Tap Minocqua

The next speaker at the monthly "Science on Tap" program in Minocqua has Northwoods ties and will discuss Wisconsin's land ethic.

Dr. Tim Van Deelen is a professor in the department of forest and wildlife ecology at UW-Madison. He says the core topic is what he calls the "long shadow" of Aldo Leopold's 'Sand County Almanac'. Van Deeland says he was contacted to discuss Leopold's legacy and he will filter that through his own research. He says he did an online course on Leopold's view on hunting and those recordings brought him to this event.

Van Deelen has ties here...

Science On Tap Minocqua

Is there a robot in your future? That and other questions related to robotics and artificial intelligence are the focus of the next Science On Tap Wednesday in Minocqua.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Bilge Mutlu, associate professor of computer science at UW-Madison. He leads a research program that builds human-centered methods and principles for designing robotic and other interactive and intelligent technologies...

Science On Tap Minocqua

The next Science on Tap at the Minocqua Brewing Company Wednesday evening looks at "Birds and the Northwoods: Impacts of Human Activity."

The presenters are two retired UW-Stevens Point researchers and leaders who have done extensive work on the topic here, Dr. Eric Anderson and Dr. Alan Haney.

We hear from Dr. Haney about what they will be talking about...

Science on Tap Speaker Gets A Bit Fishy

Feb 23, 2016

  If you think you know how many fish species there are and what the biggest fish species in Wisconsin is, you can put your knowledge to the test at the next Science on Tap presentation. John Lyons is a Fishery Research Supervisor for the DNR and will talk about “The Wonderful World of Wisconsin’s Fishes.” He says while most fisherman the common bluegill, walleye and northern pike, he says there’s a variety of fish out there that most people don’t know about.

The next Science on Tap in Minocqua features Dr. Patricia McConnell.

She's a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training.

Ken Krall spoke with Dr. McConnell about her work and the things we don't know about dogs and cats...

Could Jurassic Park happen? Probably not like the filmmakers portray, but a UW-Madison researcher will be in the Northwoods to say it is possible. He also says there is much to think about before it becomes more common. Ken Krall talked with Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus in Conservation at UW-Madison and Senior Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Temple is the next speaker of the "Science On Tap" series ...

Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

While debate continues over the nature of climate change, the public next Tuesday can hear from a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who says human health risks pose the largest of threats.

The next "Science  On Tap" presentation is Wednesday in Minocqua.

Dr. Jonathan Patz is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent 15 years as lead author for the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He says spewing of fossil fuels poses a significant threat to public health, especially respiratory problems.....

Pollinators will be the focus of the next "Science On Tap" presentation at Minocqua Brewing Company. The first Wednesday of most months the public gathers to hear the latest from UW researchers who also listen to questions from the public about specific topics.

September 2, Jeremy Hemberger,  a UW-Madison graduate student in entomology with specific interests in native pollinators, conservation, ecology, and invasive species dynamics will be giving the presenation.

A Look At How Forest Ownership Impacts Conservation Tools

Jun 8, 2015
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A talk this week will focus on forest ownership and conservation.


Adena Rissman is on the faculty in UW Madison, studying relationships between people and natural resources.


She says major changes in public and private land ownership patterns have shaped forest conservation.

The  speaker Wednesday(5/6) for  'Science On Tap' in Minocqua will discuss the overuse of antibiotics and what possible options might be around the corner.

Dr. Warren Rose is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. He says there has been news stories about recent lack of  development of antibiotic agents....

"...we're reaching a point where you have the emergence of antibiotic resistance at a time when there is limited new products coming out. It leaves patients at a crux of a problem that there is no treatment for them..."

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Science on Tap this week is looking at water quality in the Great Lakes.

Director of UW Madison’s Aquatic Sciences Center Jim Hurley says the nature of Great Lakes pollution has changed over the years, now coming from more diffuse sources instead of point ones. 

“We might have mercury, that used to be discharged directly from industrial sources, where dilution was the solution.  And now we’ve pretty much eliminated most of those, but we find that mercury enters the lake based on rainfall, and from the atmosphere.”

A Look At Abundant Water Systems in the Northwoods

Dec 1, 2014
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Two speakers coming to the Northwoods this week will discuss water relationships in northern Wisconsin. 

Emily Stanley from UW Madison’s Center for Limnology says the water resources here are intricately linked, and are really one resource. 

“Surface water today is ground water next year; and really trying to isolate one lake and how we think of it, and how it fits within the Northwoods – you really can’t view it in isolation, these systems really are a part of one big interactive system.” 

A dean from the University of Wisconsin Madison will visit the Northwoods Wednesday, to find out how her college can build more partnerships in the Northwoods.

Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Life and Agricultural Sciences at UW Madison.  She’s the speaker at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap.

VandenBosch says it’s part of the university’s mission to reach all parts of the state.  And she says there are several initiatives already at work in rural communities in the Northwoods that focus on natural resources.