The next big win emerging from the Green Bay Packers’ practice fields could be life-saving bacteria. Student and faculty researchers from UW-Green Bay and area high schools will examine a soil sample from the Packers’ Clark Hinkle Field as part of the Tiny Earth project, which aims to identify bacteria in the earth strong enough to beat diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics.
According to UW-Green Bay Biology Professor Brian Merkel, about 70 percent of the antibiotics used today come from soil bacteria. But the discovery of new ones have drastically slowed. And a 2013 analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that at least two-million people contract an antibiotic-resistant infection each year.
After analyzing soil samples, including the one from the Packers’ Ray Nitschke, students and faculty will gather at the The Tiny Earth Symposium, held at the Lambeau Field Atrium, Dec. 6, 2019, to showcase their findings. At the same time, 10,000 students from across the globe are doing similar research, hoping for the next big discovery.
Merkel calls this a “student-sourcing” event. The larger the group of students, the more reasonable it is to expect a greater frequency of discoveries, he said. The kick-off event took place on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at Brown County’s STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, with representation from UW-Green Bay, the Green Bay Packers and Tiny Earth.
It starts with Move-in Day and is followed with a week’s worth of activities to help students find their way around campus, develop new friendships, and perhaps find a few mentors. See the video that captures a whirlwind first few days of the 2019-20 academic year for first-year students who are excited to begin their college journey, and the sentiment of a parent who is ready to let go.
It seems to be harder on the parents than the first-year students, but the Residence Life crew, along with faculty, staff, alumni and student volunteers (about 150 of them), made UW-Green Bay’s Move-in Day a little lighter. Later, students painted the Phoenix and about 780 students got together for the Welcome Rally in Phoenix Park.
More than 550 UW-Green Bay first-year students, mentors, student ambassadors and staff made a big difference for Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico, Wis. on Sept. 2, 2019. Can you imagine what 1,000 hours of volunteerism can do for a small, local community organization? Thanks to members of the Manitowoc and Marinette campuses for joining students and staff from the Green Bay Campus on the day. The service project was followed by a tailgate at Lambeau Field. No need to tell these freshmen to “Get Loud, Lambeau.”
The introduction to the new sculpture on the Green Bay Campus, “Phoenix Rising,” located at the Cofrin Library entrance, will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Vice Chancellor Eric Arneson, student leaders and artist Carl Vanderheyden are on the short program to speak about the sculpture. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.
First-year students started a new tradition at UW-Green Bay, taking a freshman photo with the sculpture.
Nearly 500 members of the campus community, including faculty, staff, retirees, board members and Regents celebrated Convocation in the Phoenix Rooms of the UW-Green Bay’s University Union on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The program honored those with sustained leadership, community collaboration, and recognized and welcomed new faculty and staff. It also served as Chancellor Gary L. Miller’s reflection on his five year’s at UW-Green Bay. He departs fro the University of Akron’s presidency, in October.
UW-Green Bay is a University on the rise! Opportunities have never been greater. We’re also a University on a mission—to sustain the places where we work, play and call home—in Wisconsin and beyond. Read the University’s newly approved select mission here.
It was a sweet sound to our ears in July, when UW-Green Bay hosted the Summer Music Camps, including piano, band, orchestra, choral and the Rock Academy. High School students were able to customize their experience with a wide range of choices, from music theory to pop strings and fiddling. UW-Green Bay also hosted Art Camp, Robotics and STEM Camp and Video Game Programming in recent weeks.