Helping Professions Open House is Friday, Feb. 15

On Friday afternoon (Feb. 15, 2019), the University is hosting the Helping Professions Open House, a collaborative program between five helping professions academic programs and admissions. Nursing, Social Work, Education, Psychology and Human Biology will be featured. More than 135 Green Bay Area Public School students and more than 75 prospective students and guests will be on campus to learn about a variety of helping professions majors. Please help welcome these students!

Seeking volunteers for final Echinacea study

Echinacea is a popular supplement used to reduce the severity and/or duration of respiratory infections, including the common cold. Despite its popularity, the effects of Echinacea on the immune system remain poorly understood. Volunteers in this study will take either Echinacea or placebo-control capsules three-times daily for seven days. Pre-treatment and post-treatment health surveys and blood samples (4-6 teaspoons) are required. There is no monetary compensation for study participation. Your identity will remain confidential. Volunteers may discontinue participation at any time. All are welcome to participate, including prior participants. This is the final semester of the study. To volunteer, for if you have questions, contact Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology) merkelb@uwgb.edu.

Volunteers needed for human biology study

Volunteers are needed for a human biology study focusing on Echinacea and the immune system. Echinacea is a popular supplement used to reduce the severity and/or duration of respiratory infections, including the common cold. Despite its popularity, the effects of Echinacea on the immune system remain poorly understood.  Volunteers in this study will take either Echinacea or placebo-control capsules three-times daily for seven days. Pre-treatment and post-treatment health surveys and blood samples (4-6 teaspoons) are required.  There is no monetary compensation for study participation and your identity will remain confidential.  Volunteers may discontinue participation at any time. All are welcome to participate, including prior participants. Please contact Associate Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology) via email at merkelb@uwgb.edu with any questions.

Tiny Earth, Big Impact

Congratulations to Prof. Brian Merkel, campus support personnel and everyone who took part in the Tiny Earth event at the Lambeau Field Atrium, Friday, Dec. 7. Attendance alone (about 250 attendees) was impressive for the inaugural event. In addition, UW-Green Bay students took first and third place (out of 56) for their research posters.

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First place, left to right, Halee Behrens and Katlynn Tappy

“Tiny Earth in Titletown is an excellent example of the great things that can happen when people work together to address big, complex problems for the common good,” Merkel said.

Thirty-five judges worked in teams of three to evaluate each poster presentation. Judges asked questions during a 10-minute evaluation period. Students were ranked on their ability to present the information, methods, results, conclusions, literature cited, future directions related to their research and their ability to answer questions.

Halee Behrens and Katlynn Tappy took first place for their research poster presentation, “Discovery of Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Producing Soil Bacteria.”

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Taking third place, left to right, Emanuel Hernandez and Sam Engel

Taking third place: Sam Engel and Emanuel Hernandez for their poster, “Isolation and Characterization of Soil from Kennedy Park in Green Bay, Wis.”

The prize winners will continue their research as independent study research projects, according to Merkel. One of the three is considering changing his career aspirations from veterinary medicine to microbiology. An additional benefit, according to Merkel, is that some of the event judges are leaders from micro-based companies from the region.

“There is good chance that opportunities could arise for these students because the leaders from these businesses are familiar with the student’s background and expertise in microbiology,” Merkel said.

Upon reflection, Merkel said the community partnership aspect was a personal highlight.

“Cherney Microbiological Services, led by former student, Steve Kuchenberg (Chief Operating Officer), Nature’s Way, MCW-Green Bay, Associated Bank all convening at the Tiny Earth in Titletown symposium to lending their time, expertise and financial support to student efforts to mitigate the world crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria against the backdrop of Lambeau Field made for a thrilling and inspirational evening.

Student speaker Putnam ’18 challenges peers to seek more knowledge, more kindness, more love

Lauren Putnam (Human Biology), was the Graduating Class Speaker for UW-Green Bay’s 2018 Winter Commencement Ceremony. A leader in her class and in the organizations that she works within, Putnam strives to lift up fellow students and up-and-coming high school students, to show them the careers and opportunities available in the health care fields. In her speech, she tells her peers that together, they have the capacity for more. See her remarks:

“To my fellow graduates: today we reflect. Reflect upon not only the sleepless nights, the shed tears and depleting bank accounts, but also the amazing friends and connections we have made at UW-Green Bay. Today marks a new beginning — our inaugural season. Some of you may be starting exciting new jobs and others may be going on to graduate school where you can advance your field of study. But as we move forward from UW-Green Bay, I think it is important to never forget where you came from; the people that have helped you along the way. I especially want to thank my friends, my supportive family, my faith community and the incredible faculty and staff in the Human Biology program. Thank you.

Rather than speak about my personal life, I want to focus on you all. Focus on the sacrifices you have made to be here as a college graduate. Sitting among us today, 54 percent of you are first generation college students. You all have advocated for yourselves and your education, navigating the arduous process of applications and financial aid. For that, I am so immensely proud of you. One percent of you are international students. You have made many sacrifices in order to achieve a better education. Unequal opportunities and barriers to success are everywhere; yet here you are, at the pinnacle of your educational career thus far. I hope that you continue to inspire your family, country, and community in whatever kind of work you choose to pursue. Six percent of you are veterans. Your courage, dedication, and commitment to serve our nation are appreciated. Thank you so much for your service.

While I don’t have the statistics for those of you who are married, engaged to be married or have children, I want to commend you on the tremendous love you have shown your spouses, fiancées and children. I cannot even begin to imagine the immeasurable sacrifices you all have given in the name of your education and family. Your love and endurance inspire me. There are so many other situations that I would love to recognize, but simply don’t have the time today. I just want you all to know that I understand the challenges you have overcome to be here. You are truly incredible. A big thank you goes to Dr. Jacobson with the Office of Institutional Strategy and Effectiveness for assisting me in acquiring the statistics used today.

Ephesians Chapter 3 Verse 20 states, ‘Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine…’ This verse has inspired the ‘Always More’ campaign by Audrey Roloff and affected people worldwide, including myself. Audrey’s campaign has revolutionized the way I live my life and before we depart, I want to leave it with you all.

The hard work and dedication that you all have displayed throughout your career here at UW-Green Bay should not stop today. As we move on, I urge you not to become stagnant in your lives. Remember the obstacles you have overcome to be here today. Remember that there is always more that you can do for your community.

Always more knowledge to gain.
Always more kindness to be had.
and always more love to give.
There is always. . . more.”

Congratulations Class of 2018!

‘Tiny Earth’ event is targeting global health crisis

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology) considers his students the best medicine against the antibiotic resistance crisis, which is the reasoning behind the “Tiny Earth” event taking place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at Lambeau Field. “This is really a crowd sourcing effort, more specifically a student sourcing effort because students are being put on this important task and the more of us that do it, there’s a chance that we’re going to strike gold and find something new,” he says. Watch the story by WBAY-TV.