Acupuncture for Animals; Vertical Farming; the story of Warfarin; The Art of Discovery.

Coming Up:  Animal Acupuncture, Vertical Agriculture, Warfarin, & a New Mural


“Wednesday Nite @ The Lab” Public Science Talks

Wednesdays at 7pm CT

Room 1111 Genetics Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall, Madison WI, 


Stream by zoom at



For 28 September 2022    


Hi WN@TL Fans,


This week’s missive is already long, so I will be brief:

we have four WN@TL presentations delightfully jammed into the next three Wednesdays.


There’s a juxtaposition with every one:

Acupuncture, but applied to animals;

Agriculture, reaching vertical rather than spreading horizontal;

A rat-killer that then became a human-life-saver;

Art on a wall, to inspire unbounded discovery in us all.


It’ll be a good idea to mark your calendars as we move into the heart of autumn and the season of the Wisconsin Science Festival, October 11-16.





On September 28 Lindsey Snyder of the School of Veterinary Medicine will speak on “Acupuncture in Animals – What’s the Point?”

Description: Acupuncture has been a therapeutic modality for thousands of years. What does science say about this ancient therapy? I will present a look at acupuncture in the field of veterinary medicine and how it incorporates into modern treatments. I will discuss the history of acupuncture and its mechanisms of action. Additionally, the traditional basis for treatment will be presented.

Bio: I was born and raised in the Kansas City area (Kansas, not Missouri). I attended Kansas State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. After receiving my DVM in 2000 from K-State, I moved to Los Angeles for a one-year small animal internship. Following LA, I went to Ohio State University for my residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia, ultimately becoming a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. During my residency, I concurrently obtained a master’s degree looking at various modalities to decrease general anesthesia in dogs. Following a year in private practice, I have been at UW since! As a member of the Anesthesia and Analgesia service I spend a great deal of time teaching young future veterinarians, producing manuscripts and editing textbooks with colleagues. When not at work, I spend most of my time as a busy hockey mom!

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On October 5 Johanna Oosterwyk of Horticulture and the Division of Extension gives us a look from top to bottom on “Vertical Agriculture.”  Some of the pros & cons of going vertical are familiar to gardeners who have to decide whether to grow pole beans or bush beans.  Going beyond the garden to the greenhouse or the hoop house, or growing crops on the walls of buildings (outside or inside), throws some new variables into the pot.  Johanna will give us a wide-ranging analysis of the relative costs and benefits of going vertical.




On October 12 we have a Special Double-header for Wednesday Nite @ The Lab on the Wednesday of the weeklong Wisconsin Science Festival.



Register here for this free event.  Or watch the Zoom feed at or at the WN@TL YouTube site.


At 4:00 PM come to the courtyard just west of the Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, for the groundbreaking ceremony for a new National Chemical Historic Landmark as recognized by the American Chemical Society and commemorating the development of warfarin.  At 4:15 move inside to Room 1211 Biochemical Sciences (440 Henry Mall) for a presentation “The Warfarin Story” by biographer Doug Moe on warfarin pioneer Karl Paul Link.


Then at 7:00 PM come to our regular home, Room 1111 Genetics Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall, for a presentation by Sharon Tang, artist and researcher with the Cellular and Molecular Biology program, entitled “A Landscape of Wisconsin Discovery – The Making of a Mural Bridging Art, Science, and Technology.”  Then stay for a panel discussion with fellow artists Amy Zaremba and Alicia Rheal.  This presentation follows the opening reception of the new mural in the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard, from 4 to 5 pm.


Description:  Commissioned by WARF, the newly installed “Discovery Mural” at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery celebrates notable Wisconsin scientific innovations, highlights diverse scientific fields, and features underrepresented scientists from the past, present, and future. Join artists Sharon Tang, Amy Zaremba, and Alicia Rheal to learn how they intentionally integrated details into the design and how they hand painted a mural that lies at nexus of art, science, and creative fusion. They will also share the process for how they incorporated QR code technology, allowing the mural to serve as an interactive living portal for educational content delivery and dynamic viewer engagement.





Sharon Tang, lead artist and speaker

Sharon Tang is an artist and scientist in Madison, WI. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Queens, NY, Sharon took the scenic route while making her way to the Midwest. After completing her undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Russian Studies in upstate New York, she taught kindergarten and 1st grade in Washington, D.C. for several years and then earned her masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology in Baltimore. She finally landed in Madison in 2013 and has made it home ever since.


Sharon creates her own oil and acrylic paintings in her home studio and is broadly driven by the intersections found in discovery, creativity, communication, and connection with others. She is thrilled to combine these interests through mural making to help communities engage in the spaces around them. In addition to painting and designing murals, Sharon is currently a cell and molecular biology PhD candidate at UW-Madison studying wound healing in Staphylococcus aureus bacterial infections of the heart. She believes there is incredible potential to enhance the accessibility of science through art and finds a beautiful balance swapping between petri dishes and paint brushes every day.





Amy Zaremba is a Wisconsin native who spent her childhood enjoying the lakes and forests of the beautiful Northwoods and now makes her home in Madison. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2005 and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law. Amy is a muralist and painter through her business, Zaremba Art, and a lead community muralist with Dane Arts Mural Arts.


Amy was coping with non-creative career choices before finally picking up a brush for a living in 2015. The decision to follow a dream comes with a great awareness of the power art has to enrich our lives. Her personal work reflects on the beauty and small joys we can find in the everyday when we take the time to look. Amy’s deep held belief in the great importance art holds in a happy and healthy society led her to pursue work in public art and community murals. Amy has designed and painted murals for over six years and her bright and colorful designs are intended to captivate, celebrate and bring a burst of joy to any space. Her work can be seen on walls in and on businesses, schools, libraries and community centers.





Alicia Rheal, a native of New York, has been painting professionally since 1986 when she created her company Rheal Imagination. At the start, the business specialized in painting custom designs on clothing, until 1989, when Alicia started painting backdrops and sets for opera, ballet, television and theater. Since then, Alicia has continued to work as a Scenic Artist for theater, as well as move into the world of Custom Murals and Collaborative Art.


In Wisconsin, she has designed and painted murals for homeowners and businesses, including the Prairie Bookshop in Mt. Horeb, the Iowa County Chamber of Commerce, the Cross Plains Public Library, and EPIC Systems Corporation in Verona. Alicia has also initiated and led many community art projects, including ones for the Walls of Wittenberg, Grandview and the PEC Foundation, and Folklore Village.




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Hope to see you soon, in person or by zoom, at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab.


Tom ZinnenBiotechnology Center & Division of Extension, Wisconsin 4-H



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2. The WN@TL YouTube channel

3. WN@TL on the University Place broadcast channel of PBS Wisconsin

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