Limnologist analyzes water chemistry in Lake Mendota

By: Kelsey O’Hara
Luke Loken, a doctoral student with UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology, has found a way to convert his passion for being out on the water into an opportunity to understand the hidden chemistry that lies beneath the surface of lakes and rivers.
Loken, along with other faculty and grad students, uses a newly developed technology called FLAMe, acronym for “Fast Limnological Automated Measurements,” to gather data while continuously moving through different areas of lakes or rivers. This mobile sensor system pumps water from underneath a boat across a variety of different sensors and then spits the water back into the lake.
Loken and other limnologists rely on these sensors to observe separate areas of the lake and contrast the interactions that could affect the water’s chemistry.

“Just like a thermometer is a sensor that detects temperature, we have sensors that detect what the pH of the water is, how much dissolved oxygen there is, how much nitrate is in the water, or other elements like carbon dioxide or methane,” Loken said.

The data collected from these sensors helps scientists understand the spatial patterns of the water chemistry in certain aquatic ecosystems.

Loken uses his chemistry background along with his curiosity about the operations of aquatic ecosystems, like Lake Mendota, to investigate the variability of these systems throughout time.

“We have this method figured out about understanding just how variable these systems are,” Loken said. “And by knowing how much has changed through these continuums, we are opening the door to looking into more than just a few places to fully understand how an aquatic system operates.”

Loken emphasized the relatability of limnology, especially with being a research university located on a large lake. Most people have a constant interaction with the lake and are interested how it changes along the shoreline.

“You can imagine a fisherman or someone enjoying the beach has action with the water, and they have an investment in it,” Loken said, “The people care if it’s clean and if their children are going to enjoy it.”

This research promotes a dialogue among scientists, lake managers and policy makers to seek possible ways to improve water quality in rivers or lakes across the country.

“The more we understand how these ecosystems work, the more we might be able to suggest improvement actions or work with the DNR to improve water quality,” Loken said.


UW Fashion week concludes with final runway show

by: Kelsey O’Hara

Moda Magazine wrapped up its UW Fashion Week with their annual runway show Friday night, where student designers and Madison area retailers showcased their collections at Union South.

About 500 students and residents gathered in Union South’s Varsity Hall to watch UW Fashion Week’s finale show with eight featured collections, ranging from student and local designers to boutique retailers.

The staff at Moda have hosted UW Fashion Week and its runway show for the last five years. Each year, they’ve grown in audiences, events and designers.

Jen Anderson, editor-in-chief of Moda, said the founders of UW Fashion Week sought to increase the presence of fashion coverage on campus.

“They wanted to bring international and national styles to the forefront of our campus and make fashion be appreciated as an art form,” Anderson said.

Since then, the runway show has provided an opportunity for local and student designers to develop and unveil their own collections to a wide audience.

UW-Madison student designer Em Kinville said the show is a positive experience for students to get involved with the fashion program at UW-Madison.

“I know that a lot of schools don’t have fashion programs, and many people don’t even know that UW has a fashion program,” Kinville said. “So opportunities like [the fashion show] get the word out that we have this exciting program that a lot of people put work into.”

UW Fashion Week brings recognition to the textiles and fashion design major, but Anderson said that it also raises the appreciation of fashion as an art form on the UW-Madison campus.

“When I was a freshman, fashion week [was] what made me obsessed over Moda Magazine. It made me care a lot more because I saw how fashion could be an art form,” Anderson said. “Not just something pretty to look at but something to appreciate all the artistry that goes into it.”

The runway show served as the conclusion to UW Fashion Week, as Moda collaborated with other organizations for the first two events earlier last week.

The first event was a Monday night viewing of “The September Issue,” which was hosted by Moda and WUD Film. They both also worked with the Office of Sustainability for the “Swap and Shop” event Wednesday night, where people could trade in old garments for new fashion.

Anderson said that her successor will continue to grow their audience and develop relationships with more designers within the community to make next year’s show bigger.

“We want to be a household name in the community that designers can be interested in going to,” she said. “We’ve built strong partnerships like with Moda Muñeca, and we want to get more people like that to develop strong relationships with.”

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Analyzing the editorial style of Jon Sopel

Jon Sopel was the lead anchor of the of BBC World News and BBC1 presenter before he was promoted to the corporation’s North America editor in 2014. He went from being a lead news anchor in London to covering breaking news and events in America.

Currently, Sopel is known for covering the US presidential elections and major issues across the nation: including gun control and climate change.

If you go to his blog, many of his posts and articles focus on the political realm in the United States, especially his coverage of the most recent presidential election, and incorporates broadcast videos, op-eds and in depth articles.

Sopel seems to write his blogs in the professional journalistic standard while still emphasizing the varying opinions and debates that appear in the US. One example is his coverage on President Obama’s dissatisfaction with gun control. Although this is a very subjective issue that has no clear answer, Sopel tries to approach both sides of the issue while expressing his opinions.

Another signature of Sopel’s posts are he incorporates that broadcasting element by using videos, either other broadcasts, interviews or etc, to add another multimedia element to his writing. That’s one area that I would really like to explore because I love media production and controlling was goes on the camera. And it makes sense for him since most of his career was spent in front of the camera, doing news broadcasts for BBC News in London.

One thing that I would like to grow from his work is experimenting more with digital storytelling for my articles and broadcasts. I’ve seen creative videos that use music, art, photographs and interviews to create a visual article/story for the audience to watch and engage with. I think that a lot of larger media sources are only starting to use these new methods to approach certain stories, so I would like to see it grow more and become more pronounced in our media.