Science on Tap

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. 

Oneida, Vilas Counties Hotspots for Bald Eagle Recovery

Sep 2, 2014
Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

It’s no longer uncommon to see a bald eagle in the Northwoods. 

Oneida and Vilas counties have the highest number of pairs of bald eagles in Wisconsin, according to the most recent DNR survey in 2013.

After disappearing from most areas of the state in the mid-20th century, there are now more than 1300 pairs of eagles in Wisconsin. 

Ron Eckstein, a retired DNR Wildlife Biologist, worked on eagle conservation efforts for more than 25 years.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Eckstein to hear more about bald eagle success story.

Science on Tap to Host Mining Forum

Jun 2, 2014

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.