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Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition winners bring stability to seniors

Innovation in Aging Student Group

With aging population rising, there is an increasing need for innovation to improve the lives of seniors. In an effort to address this need, nine teams came together to explore solutions. The UW-Green Bay teams then presented their ideas in the second annual Innovation and Aging Student Idea Competition, Feb. 23, 2018. The winner, Team Stability, will compete against other great ideas and inventions at the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, Saturday, April 21 in Madison.

Team members AJ Jensen (Mechanical Engineering Tech), Rosalyn Stoa (Psychology/Marketing) and Katherine Mikhail (Business Administration) designed a stabilizing cup which allows individuals with tremors to drink liquids with ease. Stability’s company description reads: “Balance. Grace. Longevity. At Stability, we believe in innovation. There are over 8 million people in the United States alone that are affected by tremors. Despite that, very few technologies combat shaking hands or give dignity to the user. We created a series of products that combine the technology of other devices to create something better, something exceptional, something new. Our solutions hide in plain sight and give users their independence back. This is Stability.”

The first-place winner at the Madison competition will receive cash prizes, up to $25,000 in funding through Ideadvance and paid travel to the International Business Model Competition May 10-11 in Provo, Utah with the opportunity to present on an international stage and win up to $27,000.

Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference

More than 30 psychology students and six faculty members presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, April 12-14, 2018. The 30+ research projects were presented on a broad array of topics such as cross-cultural development, college student mental health and the cognitive development of morality. Psychology

Dietetics students lead grocery store tours

(Left to right) Kristina Eggener, Heidi McCann, Jana Derer

UW-Green Bay upper-level dietetic students offered free grocery store tours at various grocery locations March 13 and 20 and April 10. The tours focused on encouraging healthy eating habits by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutrition education, answers to nutrition questions and free food samples were also available.

(Left to right) Kristina Eggener, Heidi McCann, Jana Derer, Jamie Freier, Trina Pachan, April Hatcher

(Left to right) Kristina Eggener, Heidi McCann, Jana Derer,
Jamie Freier, Trina Pachan, April Hatcher

Grace Talbot

Grace Talbot

(Left to right) Grace Talbot, McKenzie Besch, Lauren Sommer, Moria Timmons, Amy Benz, Wensday Freiberg

(Left to right) Grace Talbot, McKenzie Besch,
Lauren Sommer, Moria Timmons, Amy Benz,
Wensday Freiberg

Faculty note: Shelton featured in story on teacher activism

Assistant Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies) was quoted in a story featured in the April 16, 2018 issue of TIME that discusses the wave of teacher activism sweeping politically conservative states. “I think teachers in those states are fed up with austerity. They’re fed up with disinvestment in public schools.”

Faculty note: Weinschenk pens piece on the Wisconsin Supreme Court election results

Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) penned a column discussing the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court election for WisContext. “The victory by Rebecca Dallet over Michael Screnock in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election on April 3, 2018 capped off a particularly partisan campaign for what is officially a non-partisan seat. Though the outcome wasn’t particularly close — Dallet won by a margin of 56 to 44 percent over Screnock — the ballots cast across the state reflected an ongoing partisan voting trend in Wisconsin Supreme Court elections,” he writes.

Reminder: New episodes available for Bird in the Wings podcast

Bird in the Wings, the newest podcast recorded in Phoenix Studios, has new episodes available on SoundCloud, iTunes and Stitcher. Listen in as host Kelli Strickland, Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center interviews local artist Kent Hutchison. Broken down into two episodes, Kelli and Kent discuss how art affects communities and culture for both children and adults. Episodes 2 and 3—along with all episodes—are available now at