Science on Tap

Wide-Ranging Panel
10:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Science on Tap to Host Mining Forum

The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic.  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. 

Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine. 

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Quest for Habitable Planets
4:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Antigo Astronomer Searches for Signs of Distant Life

Globular cluster Terzan 7 is on the other side of our galaxy.
Credit NASA / https://flic.kr/p/jXLDrB

Maggie Turnbull lives in Antigo and works as a freelance astrobiologist.  

  It’s the study of the origin and future of life in the universe.  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.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Turnbull over the phone.  

She says the problem is that stars give out so much light, it’s hard to even see the planets that orbit them. 

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Fragmentation Helps Some, Not All
4:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wisconsin's Birds Face Changing Habitat

Black-throated green warbler
Credit Dan Pancamo / http://www.flickr.com/photos/pancamo/5682217366/sizes/m/

Anna Pidgeon is an avian ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Pidgeon about her research on how habitat loss and climate events may influence the range of some songbirds.

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Maintaining Bone Health
4:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Vitamin D Supplements May Keep Bones Strong

Vitamin D could help prevent osteoporosis and falls in older adults.  That’s the message from an aging specialist from Madison giving a talk at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.    

Winter in the Northwoods means…not a lot of sunshine.  And that means not a lot of Vitamin D.  Dr Neil Binkley is Director of the Osteoporosis Clinical Research program at UW Madison.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Dr. Binkley to find out why Vitamin D supplements might be important for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures.    

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Carnivores in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My

Bear hunting is popular in Wisconsin, with record numbers being harvested last year.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazymonkey/348519518/

Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team.  

He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state.  

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Education
9:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future

The University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to make its presence felt throughout the state.
Credit J. A. Fagan Publishing Co., Madison, Wis., 1930-1945 / Courtesy of Boston Public Library

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.  

Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. 

She’s also the guest at this month’s informal science discussion series Science on Tap. 

She says one goal of her talk is to hear from community members about what role the university should play in the Northwoods. 

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Where Science Meets Policy
4:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Seeing the Forest for the Deer

Some researchers are advocating a change in approach to the science behind deer management.
Credit Ken Thomas

This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management.  Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone.  He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.

Waller will be joined by wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen at Science on Tap…Wednesday night at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  

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Searching for Sustainability
4:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New Models for Conservation Could Mean New Jobs

Paul Robbins argues that certain kinds of agriculture like coffee farming can support a diverse ecosystem.
Credit Tarrazu via Wikimedia Commons

What do frog populations in India have to do with hunting in the northwoods? 

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Shifting Patterns of Development
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Documenting Land Use Change, Around the World

Radeloff looks at satellite images like this one of the Rospuda Valley, Poland.
Credit NASA Landsat

We turn now to a conversation with Volker Radeloff, a University of Wisconsin Professor who studies how land use policy affects wildlife.  

Radeloff was the guest at last week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski caught up with him afterwards.  

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Science on Tap is Back
3:28 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Science on Tap Brings Overseas Adventure Stories

Land-use research often relies on satellite images, like this one of Yaroslavl, Russia.
Credit NASA

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.

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