Every Wednesday Night, 50 Times a Year 7:00 p.m. in Room 1111, Genetics/Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall Parking available in Lot 20 at 1390 University Ave
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April 23- Swallow Safe, Swallow Strong: Maximizing Nutrition and the Dining Experience
JoAnne Robbins, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health
How many times do you swallow in a day? Do your mouth muscles decrease in strength from the beginning to the end of a meal? Do healthy swallowing muscles get weaker with age?Come explore the physiology of swallowing foods and liquids and how clinician researchers at UW Swallowing Speech And Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) Program are developing new beverages that increase swallowing safety with taste appeal. You be the judge! Also delve into new devices invented and patented at UW to strengthen swallowing muscles and improve health.
JoAnne Robbins, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Medicine and Public Health with affiliations in the Departments of Medicine, Radiology, Nutritional Sciences, Food Science and Biomedical Engineering. She is Associate Director of Research for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Robbins is the founder and Director of the UW/VA Swallowing Speech And Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) program and is known internationally as a leader in the area of swallowing disorders and dysphagia rehabilitation.
April 30- Robotic Catheters for Interventional Cardiology
Mike Zinn, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
May 7- Robots that Fly – Drones for Everyday Use
Thomas Kaminski, Professor, Madison College Industrial Maintenance Program
The availability of inexpensive Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) has made environmental sensing a common and inexpensive reality. Every modern cell phone or game controller is equipped with MEMS sensors to sense angular and spatial position and magnetic orientation. One result of the explosion of sensors is the concurrent development of inexpensive six and nine degree of freedom inertial navigation systems (6-DOF and 9-DOF INS). These inexpensive INS components have made it possible to build an inexpensive multi-rotor flying robot that can stably negotiate a three dimensional space. Applications for these devices abound from aerial photography, to remote sensing to automated transportation and construction. One aspect of the emerging technology is the use of Open Source hardware and software that is state-of-the-art, allowing researchers to build a community-based platform for all to use.
Manufacturing Systems Classes at Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) designed, built, and flew a variety of multi-rotor vehicles to learn about this emerging technology and to assess the technology for potential application. The applied research was sponsored by the Madison Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers with additional support from local companies interested in the technology.
Tom Kaminski has been an electrical engineer for over 45 years and is is currently an Instructor in the Industrial Maintenance Department at Madison College. In 1971, received his BS in Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1972. After working for five years at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, he moved to Madison to attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin specializing in Computers and Controls. He currently teaches technicians electrical, electronics, and automation subjects. His primary interest is automation systems with emphasis on instrumentation and control. Tom has many years of engineering experience in instrumentation and digital systems and has spent the last 15 years as a teacher, helping technicians to understand the increasingly complex automation systems used in modern manufacturing.
May 14- Rumen for Numen Lumen: A New Assay to Estimate Conversion of Dairy Cattle Feed into Milk
Dave Combs, Professor of Dairy Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab is organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Science Alliance @ UW-Madison and by BioTrek, the outreach program of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison/Extension.