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This summer WSST had two opportunities for "Science on Tap" hosted by members of Wisconsin's Green Fire.  We hope that you will enjoy and

maybe be able to use as you head back to school.  

Nitrate in Wisconsin, Your County, and Your Home

"Science On Tap". - View recorded zoom  Password: 6f*?=#7+


The first of two zoom sessions presented by WSST and hosted by members of Wisconsin's Green Fire. "Nitrate in Wisconsin, Your County, and Your Home" by Jimmy VandenBrook was shared on July 16th.  The focus of the evening was understanding nitrate in the environment, its health effects, why it is the most widespread contaminant of drinking water in Wisconsin, and management options.  Ideas for how to use this in the classroom was shared. 

Using Science to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin

Science On Tap".  View Recorded Zoom Password: VAp0y4#j


View the second session of  "Science on Tap " hosted by members of Wisconsin's Green Fire, "Using Science to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin".  Mike Foy presented an update on CWD in Wisconsin, and an exercise demonstrating science-based analysis to fight the disease and how this could be implemented.  Ways to use this in science classes will be discussed.


Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the Cervidae family, including deer, elk, moose and caribou, and is closely related to diseases such as scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle (aka mad cow disease), and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.  CWD was discovered near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin in 3 deer killed during the 2001 deer season, and has continued to increase in prevalence and distribution in Wisconsin since then.  

CWD can be spread from deer to deer through exchange of bodily fluids, and from a contaminated environment back to healthy deer.  While CWD is very hard if not impossible to eliminate once established, it can be managed by reducing disease prevalence and distribution.  Left unchecked, CWD may cause significant harm to Wisconsin deer herds, and put our deer hunting traditions, tribal heritage, rural economy, tax base and food supply at risk.

Therapy Session
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