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Weinschenk publishes A Citizens Guide to US Elections

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is the co-author of a text newly released this week by Routledge.

The book, A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, is intended for use in undergraduate political science courses as well as readership by a general audience.

Weinschenk and his co-author, Prof. Costas Panagopoulos of Fordham University, make the case that although there may be widespread dissatisfaction with politics and the electoral process, the system isn’t actually broken. Instead, they write, Americans already have the power to fix what’s wrong within the existing system, provided they roll up their sleeves and get involved; what’s missing today is consistent and meaningful citizen participation.

Weinschenk, a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of UW-Green Bay, joined the faculty in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. in political science from UW-Milwaukee. His scholarship on voting behavior, campaigns and elections, mayoral politics, public opinion, declining turnout, and political psychology has been published in leading journals. The UWGB Research Council presented him the Research Scholar Award in fall 2014 to help complete work on A Citizens Guide.

For more on the book, go to https://www.routledge.com/products/978113885879

Book draws notice from prominent insiders — The book A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, co-authored by UW-Green Bay faculty member Aaron Weinschenk, debuts this week with positive reviews from two well-connected political analysts.

Nationally prominent consultant Robert Shrum, who was a senior adviser to the Gore 200 and Kerry 2004 presidential campaigns and now holds a named chair in political science at USC, and political handicapper and National Journal columnist Charlie Cook offer reviews posted to the Routledge website. Cook describes the book as “jam-packed with crucial information about contemporary politics and elections” and “required reading for serious students and citizens who want to understand the electoral process and back up their opinions with facts.” Writes Shrum, “It’s enlightening, a great read for political junkies, and a good one for any citizen who cares about democracy and each individual’s capacity and responsibility to make a difference.” See https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138858794


Guest lecturer’s book: for sale on campus, to be read at Readers’ Loft

In connection with the Latino American History program, copies of visiting speaker Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez’s latest collection of short stories, One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen, are available at the Phoenix Bookstore. Additionally, Vaquera-Vásquez will read and discuss themes from the book between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 25) at The Reader’s Loft Bookstore, Green Bay.

New Urban Sociology text has its fans

We came across this recently: A textbook co-authored by Prof. Ray Hutchison, Urban and Regional Studies, was made recommended reading in 2014-2015 for social-ecological researchers involved in the sprawling “Baltimore Ecosystem Study.” Hutchinson and Mark Gottdiener released the fourth edition of The New Urban Sociology in 2010. To see the BES reference to Hutchison’s work, click http://besdirector.blogspot.com/2014/09/bes-book-of-year-2014-2015-gottdiener.html


Always Climb Higher author Pagels ’87 featured in P-G 

In the most recent edition of our Inside UW-Green Bay print magazine, we highlighted alumnus Jeff Pagels’ success as an inspirational author, speaker, Olympic-caliber athlete, natural-resource manager for the DNR and all-around good guy. Pagels has used a wheelchair since 1984. His 2014 book about his comeback from severe spinal cord injury, Always Climb Higher, is the topic of a recent Green Bay Press-Gazette article.

Kaye to speak Wednesday at Fox Cities Book Festival

“Remembering FDR and the Greatest Generation” is the topic for UW-Green Bay professor and Roosevelt scholar Harvey J. Kaye, who is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday (April 22) as part of the annual Fox Cities Book Festival. The venue is the Appleton Public Library. Free and open to all.

Research Scholar Award goes to Aaron Weinschenk

The Research Council, chaired by Amy Wolf, is pleased to announce Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, as the recipient of a 2015-2016 Research Scholar Award. The selection was based on his proposal “A Citizen’s Guide to American Elections: The Success and Failure of Representation.” The project is a component of a book to be published in 2015 designed to provide a general overview of key elements of U.S. elections. It will be targeted for use in undergraduate political science courses as well as readership by a general audience. The Research Scholar Award, with funding by the Provost’s Office, provides for a 3-credit reassignment that will allow Prof. Weinschenk to complete the book manuscript as well as work on a journal article focused on public attitudes about income inequality in the United States.

Arendt, Alesch co-author book on community recovery from disasters

Lucy Arendt, associate professor and director of the Cofrin School of Business, is co-author of the newly released book Long-Term Community Recovery from Natural Disasters (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014). The book was researched and written with Daniel J. Alesch, professor emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs. The authors present what they have learned over two decades from more than two dozen community disasters in and outside the United States. Their central thesis is that decision makers must understand how communities develop or decay in the absence of an extreme natural hazard event in order to determine which parts of the community must be reestablished or made more functional to achieve long-term community viability. Arendt and Alesch argue that decision makers must understand communities as complex, open, and self-organizing social systems in order to identify the critical points for policy intervention at various levels of government. The intended audience for the peer-reviewed book includes organizational decision makers, government policy makers, and academic scholars.

Gurung contributes chapters to new book on ‘gamification’

Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung of Human Development co-authored three chapters for Gamification in Education and Business, a new book by Springer publishing. Written with collaborators across the nation, the book applies ideas from game theory and behavioral economics. Gurung contributed to articles titled A critical perspective on gaming in education; A parallel universe: Psychological principles in the language of game design; and Game-based assessment: The mash-up we’ve been waiting for.

Por favor… books for kids?

Student leaders in the campus chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi are extending an invitation to support the Spanish Book Drive for students in Cuernavaca, Mexico, running through Wednesday (Dec. 10). Help support this international effort by “Giving a book… Giving a smile!” Phi Kappa Phi student and faculty members encourage you to donate an elementary level book in Spanish. Major book stores have wide selections, organized by reading age. Prof Lucy Arendt will take the books to rural school children in Mexico as part of the month-long Cuernavaca travel course departing Dec. 27. Drop box sites are located in: RH-305, TH-335, TH-331, LS-456, MAC-B310, WH-430, ES-105, CL-207, UU-150. Contact Phi Kappa Phi for further details. Gracias por todo su ayuda!