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Popular Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool concert moves off campus

The group that performed the Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool program for the UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 series in November will be repeating the concert at the Blue Opus (Bellevue) on Thursday, March 1 for two shows: 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The band is made up of UW-Green Bay faculty, alumni and friends. The November show was so popular that more than 100 fans were turned away. These two shows are ticketed ($15 per person) and are limited to 100 people each. Tickets can be purchased here for the 6:30 performance and here for the 9 p.m. performance or by visiting the Blue Opus website. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the UWGB Jazz Studies program.

Professors Currier and Forsythe teach ‘magmatic intrusions’

Prof. Ryan Currier and students' magma simulation

UW-Green Bay is known for its applied research and hands-on opportunities. The Capstone in Environmental Science Class provides both. The class is creating scaled-down magmatic intrusions in the laboratory.

“Magmas (basically molten rock) are generated at depth in the Earth, and can be transported through the crust via magma-filled cracks (dikes),” Currier explains. “Magmatic dikes feed volcanoes, melt the crust, and concentrate economically important ore deposits. However, there are significant blind spots in our understanding of dikes. Currently, the effect of solidification on dike formation and behavior is poorly understood. We are trying to better understand the effect of solidification by studying analog experiments that realistically mimics dikes in nature.”

The experiments utilize porcine gelatin (representing the crust) and wax (representing magma). The wax is injected at the base of the gelatin using compressed air. The wax intrudes into the gelatin and ascends to the surface of the tank, erupting as a lava fountain. Once the wax has completely solidified, it can be extracted from the tank and investigated in exquisite detail, unlike any magmatic dike found in nature.

“Ultimately, we are using these experiments as a lens to better understand dikes in nature,” Currier says. “Variations in morphology, distribution, and activity might all become more clear after our investigation. We repeat experiments for set injection pressures because there can be considerable variation between experiments performed at the same injection pressure. We are essentially trying to map out the range of results for different injection pressures.”

By the end of the semester, we will have used 66 pounds of unflavored, porcine (from swine) gelatin. Making it is one of the more unpleasant smells out there (think hot, wet dog, or the interior of a dog food factory in the middle of summer).

Currier says using gelatin as a crustal analog dates back to experiments in the 70s. But using a solidifying magma analog (wax) is somewhat novel.

“Although I did develop the specific experimental protocol, I was influenced by what is already out there in the scientific literature,” he says.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Hundreds of undergraduate researchers to descend on Titletown, April 19-20

Students to hear from UntitledTown speaker, author Mary Roach

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be the host institution of hundreds of undergraduate researchers and their mentors at the University of Wisconsin System’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) Symposium, April 19-20.

UW-Green Bay is partnering with “UntitledTown,” Northeast Wisconsin’s popular book and author festival, and participants in URSCA will share in the opportunity to hear from UntitledTown’s keynote speaker — international best-selling author, Mary Roach.


Mary Roach. Photo by Jen Siska |

Roach specializes in popular science and humor and is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Her presentation is from 7 to 8 p.m. at the KI Center Ballroom, downtown Green Bay.

At the heart of the URSCA event is the opportunity for UW System students across disciplines to share their research, scholarship and creative activity, including performance and visual art, to a statewide audience. Participants can tour Lambeau Field before a Thursday, April 19 “mixer” at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency, downtown Green Bay. Students and mentors will be active on the UW-Green Bay campus Friday, April 20 as they exhibit their research, display their art and present their performances pieces at the University Union. The public is invited to view the April 20, 2018 research displays.

About UntitledTown Book and Author Festival

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival, April 19-22, is in its second year and looking to exceed the already impressive success of year one that saw 5,000 attendees with more than 80 authors and 100 events. Nearly all 2018 Festival events are free and open to the public. This year’s headlining authors are R.L. Stine, Mary Roach, Hillary Jordan, Roxane Gay, Christopher Moore, Danez Smith, Lynda Barry, Kristen Radtke, Michael Perry, and Dan Chaon. For more information, visit

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit

‘Wonder of the World’ open this week at UW-Green Bay

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UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance presents ‘Wonder of the World’ Feb. 22-24, Feb. 28-March 3.

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre presents the play Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 to 24 and Feb. 28 to Mar. 3, 2017 in the Jean Weidner Theatre of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

Nothing will prepare audience members for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband’s sweater drawer. It is so shocking that the heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. It’s a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as Cass embarks on a journey of self-discovery.


  • Cass: Faith Klick, sophomore from Wild Rose, WI
  • Kip: Logan O’Leary, sophomore from Houghton, MI
  • Lois: Millie Haushalter, senior from Brillion, WI
  • Captain Mike: Chase Grabowski, sophomore from Marinette, WI
  • Glen: Alan Kopischke, guest artist from Wauwatosa, WI
  • Karla: Andrea Cornett, junior from Green Bay, WI
  • Barbara, and Waitresses 1, 2, and 3: Colleen Cline, sophomore from Appleton, WI
  • Helicopter Pilot and Dr. Janie: Lorelei Zimmerman, junior from Rosendale, WI

The play will be directed by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Prof. Laura Riddle with scene design by Prof. Jeff Entwistle and costume design by Kaoime Malloy. Student Christyna Nowakowski is stage manager and student Jenevieve Lee is property master. Lecturer Ted Rhyner will be serving as technical director and lighting designer. Sound design will be completed by student Matt Beecher.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and UW-Green Bay students in advance. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased online at, online at all Ticket Star locations, including walk-up or by phone at the Union Ticketing and Information Center, on campus: 920-465-2400. The venue opens 90 minutes prior to the performance.


Travel safely, consult the winter storm policy

Faculty, staff and students are reminded to consult the Winter Storm Policy and to monitor their own local driving conditions with respect to today and tomorrow’s predicted inclement weather (including freezing rain and icy conditions). Campus closings are rare, but the University policy recognizes that driving conditions can vary across the region; employees should use their own judgment about whether they can safely travel to campus or whether they should leave early. (The State of Wisconsin requires employees to use vacation, personal holiday or unpaid time for hours lost to inclement weather.)

Coach Borseth agrees on contract extension

The University and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kevin Borseth have agreed to a contract extension through the 2024-25 season, Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie announced on Monday. “We are very pleased to extend Kevin Borseth’s contract through the 2025 season,” said Guthrie. “Kevin Borseth is unquestionably one of the finest basketball coaches in the country. He embodies UW-Green Bay’s ongoing commitment to the development of our student-athletes. We are thankful to Kevin and his family for all they have done to this point and we look forward to our program’s bright future under his leadership.” See more at Borseth is in his 15th season overall at Green Bay and owns a winning percentage of .798 with the Phoenix. He is 213-24 (.899) all-time in Horizon League play.


Film Society, Humanities, partner to show ‘Cameraperson’ Feb. 21

The Green Bay Film Society together with UW-Green Bay Humanities will present a free screening of award-winning documentary film “Cameraperson,” this Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum. Kirsten Johnson’s film is a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. Professors David Coury (Humanities) and Jeff Benzow (Arts and Visual Design) will lead a discussion of the film afterwards. This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS

Update: CATL Game Night for tonight has been moved to Feb. 26 due to weather

CATL’s first game night game will be Sheriff of Nottingham by Sérgio Halaban & André Zatz published by Arcane Wonders. Players are merchants attempting to turn a profit by bringing their goods (and contraband) to market! It’s an easy-to-learn game of bribery, persuasion and deceit. Previously scheduled for tonight (Feb. 19), it will be moved to Monday. Feb. 26 at St. Brendan’s Inn, Green Bay.

Please attend the Innovation in Aging Competition, Feb. 23

The Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is Friday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. Eleven teams are registered to compete from various disciplines across the campus, with representation from all four colleges. Plan to stop by to view 8-minute team presentations or for the awards portion (beginning at about 3:30 p.m. Awards include a first, second and third place awards selected by the judges, as well as a People’s Choice Award selected from audience votes.