These experts from the UW-Madison faculty and staff have agreed to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments and trends in their areas of expertise. If you need help arranging interviews, email University Communications.
Experts on today’s news…
Christopher Olsen on: Bacteria in saliva of cats and dogs
Two separate but recent cases of a bacterial infection that killed one Wisconsin woman and resulted in limb amputations for another Wisconsin man have raised questions about the bacteria, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which in both cases may have been spread in the saliva of dogs. The bacterium is relatively common, and harmless in cats and dogs, but it can make people sick. Olsen can talk about it.
Monica Turner on: Wildfires in the West
Turner has studied wildfires in the American West since 1988, when Yellowstone National Park experienced some of its largest and hottest fires in its history. She has spent her career trying to better understanding how forests recover from fire. However, while fire is a natural part of the ecology of the West, drought and a warming climate have changed the rules under which they burn and under which the forests recover. Turner can talk about fires in the California, in national parks like Yellowstone, and elsewhere. A new video - here - describes her work.
Lori Lopez on: "Crazy Rich Asians"
While there’s always pressure to deliver at the box office, the stakes are even higher for this movie, says Lopez, an associate professor of media and cultural studies. If the film does well, that success can be used to leverage future projects for Asian Americans.
Jean-Michel Ane on: Nitrogen-fixing corn
Jean-Michel Ané can comment on his group's discovery and verification of indigenous corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, that can cooperate with bacteria to incorporate nitrogen from the air into its tissue. This nitrogen-fixing ability has been sought for decades, because it may be a path toward reducing fertilizer need in this important crop.
Jonathan Temte on: H1N1 Virus
Temte is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and can discuss the H1N1 vaccine.