Friday Features - Dec. 23, 2016

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Friday Features
December 23, 2016

Larson discusses Driftless Oaks project with WPR

Evan LarsonDr. Evan Larson, associate professor of geography at UW-Platteville, recently discussed research he and several other researchers conducted on oak trees in southwest Wisconsin that could improve predictions about climate change with John Davis at Wisconsin Public Radio out of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The show, which aired Dec. 8, can be viewed at:

The purpose of the Driftless Oak Project, conducted from 2012 to 2015, was to gain a better understanding of long-term changes in how much moisture is available in the Driftless area. Because many of the oak trees in the study are more than 300 years old, their research data provides a much longer history of moisture levels for the region than are available from weather instruments. The broader temporal window opened onto past climate by this research can help farmers and water resource managers better understand the full range of historical moisture conditions to improve predictions about how climate may change in the future.

“This study fully embraced the Wisconsin Idea by connecting students, staff and faculty from UW-Platteville with regional stakeholders in research that has fundamentally advanced our understanding of the history of drought in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin,” said Larson. “This information will help us plan for the future and be better stewards of our environment.”

Larson served as lead researcher on the project, while Sara Allen, a Department of Geography graduate in 2013, contributed efforts as a post-baccalaureate fellow working on the project. In all, 46 different undergraduate students participated in fieldwork and laboratory research for the project.

Conducted through the university’s Tree-Ring, Earth, and Environmental Sciences Laboratory, this project catalyzed the creation of the high-impact practices that enrich the education of UW-Platteville students. This research was made possible through funding from the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute and the generosity of over 250 private landowners across southwest Wisconsin who proactively offered access to their property for the researchers to seek out ancient oak trees.

Krugler discusses his spy thriller with WYCC PBS Chicago

David KruglerDr. David Krugler, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, recently discussed his spy thriller, “The Dead Don't Bleed,” with WYCC Public Broadcasting Service Chicago. The interview aired Friday, Nov. 25, during WYCC’s Thanksgiving Day Weekend mystery marathon and can be viewed at:

Krugler’s novel, published by Pegasus Books in June 2016, is a World War II spy thriller set in Washington, D.C. in 1945. In the novel, Lieutenant Ellis Voigt, an investigator for the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Sabotage, Espionage and Counter-subversion section, goes undercover to investigate and solve the murder of a colleague and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America’s atomic bomb project.

A historian of the modern United States, Krugler has published nonfiction books on several different topics: Cold War propaganda, nuclear warfare and racial conflict in the United States. He is the author of “The Voice of America and the Domestic Propaganda Battles, 1945-1953” (University of Missouri Press, 2000); “This Is Only a Test: How Washington, D.C. Prepared for Nuclear War” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); and “1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back” (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


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