Tag: Democracy and Justice Studies

Lones, Blake pursue competitive summer research opportunities

lorenzo-top-storyWhile some students will spend summer in relaxation mode, UW-Green Bay’s Lorenzo Lones will be working in a lab at one of the top research programs in the nation.

Likewise, UW-Green Bay junior Tresavoya Blake, a History and Democracy and Justice Studies major, will be interning at Loyola University Chicago in its Multicultural Affairs Division this summer as part of a National Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Each are mentored and encouraged by Justin Mallett, the director of UWGB’s American Intercultural Center.

Lones, a double major in Psychology and Human Biology, will be participating in the University of Iowa Summer Research Opportunity Program throughout June and July. The eight-week program is designed to prepare participants for future doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

While at the University of Iowa, Lones will be working with Dr. Andrew Pieper, MD, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiation Oncology.

“One of the things that interested me is that the professor I will be working has a very diverse lab team,” said Lones, “He has women, Latinos, African-Americans, so it is just a very diverse team. Also, his research is closely aligned with the type of research I want to do in my career.”

Lones will be working with Pieper to study the effects of two chemicals on mice: One that helps create new brain cells in the memory center of the brain and one that helps stop cell death.

“We have a lot of psychiatric medication that deals with symptoms, but his lab is actually looking at what is causing the symptoms and trying to change the course of the disorder in the brain instead of just alleviating symptoms,” Lones said.

This experience will be a first for Lones who says he has never worked directly in a lab such as this before.

“This will be the first time I’m in the lab actually manipulating things,” he said, “As far as animals are concerned too, I’ll be working with the rats. So that will be a pretty nifty hands-on experience for me.”

Entering UWGB, he thought he would someday be a school psychologist. “I took Prof. Dennis Lorenz’s physiological psychology class and started studying the nervous system and then realized I really like understanding how the brain works.”

He followed that with a molecular biology course with Prof. Uwe Pott, and is honing his career path to research.

“What I want to study is not necessarily the act of giving treatment, but looking at what is the course of treatment… instead of of being a doctor, doing medical research that doctors can benefit from.”

Blake-storyFor Tresavoya Blake, the fellowship is an extension of involvement at UW-Green Bay. She laughs as she begins her list… “Women of Color, Black Student Union, the Diversity Taskforce…”

Her involvement provided a strong case for acceptance into the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program through the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the benefits associated with it — such as the eight-week fellowship at Loyola.

“I’ll be actually working with the different staff in different departments, working on any projects they might want me to do,” she said, “Basically learning more about the student affairs field and narrowing down which department or division of student affairs I would be most interested in pursuing when I go to graduate school and eventually start my own career in student affairs.”

Both Lones and Blakes said they understand the need for mentoring and appreciate the faculty and staff who support and encourage them.

“After my experiences here at Green Bay, especially in the American Intercultural Center, and seeing how they helped me just stay here and become more comfortable in the university, that’s the kind of impact I want to make on students in general,” Blake said. “In my future, I want to be the person that helps students of color, underrepresented students, and students in general, navigate through college.”

Lones said he is grateful to the faculty and staff that have helped him prepare for this opportunity, including Prof. Kris Vespia, who worked with him over winter break to help prepare his personal statement.

“The multicultural advisors, Crystal, Justin, and Mai, they do a really good job at keeping me on a straight path,” he said, “The faculty here at the school have been tremendous. They’ve been extremely supportive. I don’t know where I’d be without them.”

Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern

Kaye: Roosevelt would have wanted $15/hour


UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies shares some history and adds a little opinion in an essay posted to the liberal activist website Campaign for America’s Future. In it, the noted author and FDR scholar recounts the progressive legislative achievements of the New Deal and then argues Roosevelt would be the first one today to demand a $15/hour minimum wage.

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.

Faculty note: Kaye writes on FDR anniversary for Daily Beast

UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, Democracy and Justice Studies, spent much of last week in the New York City area, marking the 70th anniversary of April 1945 and the passing of President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a series of invited talks and media appearances. Kaye also submitted a guest essay on the topic to the national online news-and-opinion site, the Daily Beast.

Whirlwind week for Kaye includes talk at Marist

UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, Democracy and Justice Studies, is speaking Thursday night (April 9) on the scenic campus of Marist College (overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) as part of that institution’s Academic Lecture Series sponsored by the political science and history faculties. Kaye’s topic: “Great Presidents Need Great Citizens.” A noted FDR scholar and author, Kaye is in New York for this weekend’s Roosevelt remembrance at Four Freedoms Park.

Roses for Roosevelt: Kaye speaks Sunday at FDR remembrance


FDR scholar Harvey J. Kaye of the UW-Green Bay Democracy and Justice Studies faculty is an invited speaker this Sunday (April 12) at “Roses for Roosevelt,” a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that will take place at the new Four Freedoms Park in New York City. The event will include a wreath-laying ceremony, music from the period, and brief remarks. Kaye is the author of the well-received book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

Kaye goes conservative


(Thought that headline would get your attention.) In truth, Prof. Harvey Kaye — the peerless populist, progressive promoter — is going conservative only in the sense he’s doing some right-leaning radio this week. A popular guest on a number of nationally syndicated political talk shows in connection with his Thomas Paine and Franklin Roosevelt scholarship, the UW-Green Bay professor has already appeared this week on the conservative Chuck Morse Speaks program, in a 90-minute conversation that aired Tuesday. At 9:15 a.m. CDT Thursday (April 9), he’ll talk FDR and the Four Freedoms with progressive/moderate host Nicole Sandler. On Friday (April 10), he’ll do a third FDR-themed conversation, this time on the conservative Hudson Valley Radio 1450, at 7 a.m.

Mayor Schmitt, others join for Common Theme ‘Phoenix Talk’ on Thursday

A panel discussion regarding connections between UW-Green Bay and its community is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (Mac) 210. Speakers include Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and his chief of Staff Andy Rosendahl, Karen Faulkner of Golden House, students Sarah Wanek and Lydia Schwertfeger and Professors Regan Gurung, Katia Levintova and Alison Staudinger. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and UWGB’s campus Common Theme committee. Free and open to the public.