Remember the grant received by Natural and Applied Sciences faculty members to pilot the restoration of native wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay? This just in: Researchers have obtained 350 pounds of rice and are targeting Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, to seed areas near the mouth of Duck Creek as a first step in returning wild rice to the bay. Adjunct faculty member and environmental researcher Patrick Robinson will head the planting team. Robinson and NAS Profs. Matt Dornbush, Bob Howe and Amy Wolf received the $225,000 federal grant to further the reintroduction of desirable plants in the lee of the new Cat Island Chain breakwater by establishing what size plantings are optimal, at what water depths, and the best means (seeding or plugs). Robinson says the 350 pounds of wild rice should seed about 7 acres of near-shore shallows.
Associate Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of Humanistic Studies shares word of a sizeable grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to help fund “The Culture of Fusion” project organized by UW-Green Bay. The $10,000 award will support activities during the first half of calendar year 2016, including:
- A concert and lecture on Latin Jazz with Chilean saxophonist Aníbal Rojas and UWGB faculty members Adam Gaines and Clif Ganyard
- A talk and performance by Dominican singer/songwriter Roxiny (Revoluna) Rivas, fusing Latin sensibilities with a global electro/dream pop aesthetic
- A special screening of the new documentary “Rubble Kings” followed by a Q&A with director Shan Nicholson in which he’ll talk about the ways that the rise of hip-hop defused the street gang anarchy that defined the South Bronx through much of the 1970s
- A presentation on urban planning, food sustainability and the heterogeneity of Peruvian cuisine (along with a cooking demo and the screening of Finding Gastón) hosted by architect and planner Manuel de Rivero, a founding member of the urban think tank Supersudaca and professor at the Catholic University of Peru.
Saxton-Ruiz says the second-semester events will be a logical extension of this fall’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” programming, funded by a separate $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. “Our thought is that after the community has had an opportunity to learn about the historical background of the various Latino groups who have immigrated to the United States, we would now explore personal stories expressed in music… in the culinary arts… and in art.” (Also among the spring programs will be a previously scheduled youth workshop on Latin American and Latino painting and collage art to be led by Cuban artist Eduin Fraga.) “The unifying element,” Saxton-Ruiz says, “is that all of these diverse manifestations of culture have in common the idea of fusion, or how the contact of different groups creates new cultural expressions. It is our hope that the community members will then get inspired to reflect on, create and/or seek out local and regional examples of new cultural forms whether they’re Latino-influenced or not.”
Biologist Bob Howe, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences and director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, and Erin Giese, the Center’s data manager, are UW-Green Bay’s participants in a newly announced, multi-state, multi-university grant of $10 million to monitor coastal wetlands around the Great Lakes Basin over the next five years. This project expands an existing grant that has involved Howe, Giese and more than 20 UW-Green Bay undergraduate and graduate students since 2010. Coordinated by researchers at Central Michigan University, the project allocates $222,000 to support field activities and data analysis by UW-Green Bay staff and students. The basin-wide coastal wetland monitoring program evaluates ongoing and future wetland restoration efforts, as well as fish, invertebrates, birds, amphibians, plant communities, and chemical and physical variables at the majority of coastal wetland areas throughout the Great Lakes basin. Results will be used to prevent further wetland degradation and to set priorities for future wetland protection. Along with Central Michigan and UW-Green Bay, the initiative includes collaborators from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, UW-River Falls, Lake Superior State University, University of Notre Dame, Grand Valley State University, University of Windsor, State University of New York at Brockport, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Geological Survey, Environment Canada, and Bird Studies Canada.
Nearly $600,000 is being awarded to police and sheriff’s departments in communities across Northeast Wisconsin to fund extra patrols targeting drunk drivers. Recipients of $10,000 grants as part of the initiative were the campus police force divisions at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. WBAY-TV 2 carried a news feature earlier this week about the effort.
The series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues this week with the screening of another film segment and a talk by Ohio State University history professor Lilia Fernández, who will facilitate discussion during a program beginning at 6 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 1) in Theatre Hall 210. Fernández’s research interests include history, immigration, race and ethnic identity formation, urban renewal and gentrification, and women’s history. Her book Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012), documents the overlapping migrations of the late 1940s. Fernández will talk about her experience and introduce the one-hour “War and Peace” episode of the 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans, followed by Q&A. Thursday’s free public program is the second in this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
Jennifer Schanen, lecturer and BSW field coordinator in Social Work, was awarded a Wisconsin Campus Compact Program Innovation Grant. The award will help fund a program evaluation project being conducted by senior-level Social Work students in her Program Evaluation course sequence. Students are partnering with Wise Women Gathering Place to assess the effectiveness of its White Bison program, a national program that utilizes cultural healing techniques to help people find closure in unresolved relationships and generate new paths to wellness. For more information about the program, contact Schanen.
Here is clarification on Friday’s announcement that UW-Green Bay is the recipient of a sizeable grant — nearly $128,000 from the Aurora Health Care foundation — earmarked for educational initiatives related to sexual violence. The Log initially reported that Amy Henniges, director of the Counseling and Health Center, is the point person on the project. While it is true that Counseling and Health will hire and train the new campus health educator, we should have mentioned that it was Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill who led UW-Green Bay’s grant application and planning process. The team included Amenson-Hill, Lidia Nonn, Mark Olkowski, Joanie Dovekas, Tom Kujawa and Henniges. The complete story, and a link to more, is archived.
There was good news Friday (July 31) regarding UW-Green Bay educational efforts on issues related to sexual violence. Aurora Health Care announced grants to two dozen community organizations in eastern Wisconsin (including UWGB) totaling $3.4 million from Aurora’s community-focused Better Together Fund. The $127,786 grant to the University will be used to develop the “Relationship and Sexual Violence Program.” Specifically, funding will allow the University to hire and train a campus health educator, create an increased online and social media presence around the topics of healthy relationships, sexual assault and bystander intervention, and expand educational programs to students, faculty and staff. Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students, is the point person on the project, having led UW-Green Bay’s grant application and planning process. The team included Amenson-Hill, Lidia Nonn, Mark Olkowski, Joanie Dovekas, Tom Kujawa and Amy Henniges. To read more about the Aurora grant program, and to see a full list of recipients.
“One of our (objectives) is to promote healthy relationships,” Amy Henniges told WBAY-TV 2 reporter Ellery McCardle about a $127,786 Aurora Health grant to UW-Green Bay. “One of the big things that our campus has never had before is a health educator, so we’re going to use a good part of that money to hire a health educator for the next couple of years to help us with our sexual assault awareness and prevention effort and increase our services to students who have been affected by sexual assault or sexual violence.” For the full story.
A collaborative effort by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members has resulted in a $10,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The grant will fund “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a series of public events, presentations, discussions and showings of a PBS series on the Latino American experience in North America. The local event is part of a larger, national NEH and ALA initiative called The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. The UW-Green Bay organizing committee — consisting of faculty members Marcelo Cruz (project director), Aurora Cortez and Gabriel Saxton Ruiz and staff members Paula Ganyard, Mai Lo Lee and Lidia Nonn — has proposed a series of communitywide events at various local venues. The group will work with Neville Museum, Brown County Library, Casa Alba and other community organizations to bring the series and discussion to the greater Green Bay community. Details on the showings and the events will be forthcoming for the fall semester.