Tag: Information and Computing Science

In the news: Clampitt offers context for story on viral arrest video

Video of a recent aggressive Green Bay Police arrest has been making news all week, and WBAY, Channel 2 reporter Michelle Clemens turned Thursday (May 1) to Prof. Phil Clampitt for some context. The video has been viewed more than 123,000 times, and more than 27,000 individuals from all over the world have signed a petition calling for the involved officer’s removal. Clampitt spoke with Clemens about why the video and the issue have resonated with so many people — even those who live far away from Northeastern Wisconsin. “We’ll always have more scrutiny of that,” Clampitt said, “and probably more outrage about an authority figure doing something that we might see (as) questionable or we might see as potentially problematic because we always think, ‘that could be me.’ ” Full story.

Reminder: Friday’s signing ceremony


Julia Wallace, UW-Green Bay’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Aver Informatics CEO Kurt Brenkus will sign a memorandum of understanding at 1:30 p.m. Friday (March 28) in the 1965 Room of the University Union. Members of the Information and Computing Science faculty extend an invitation to all interested members of the campus community to attend. Refreshments will be served.

UW-Green Bay students to showcase research at March 12 state Capitol event

Sixteen UW-Green Bay students will represent the University during the 11th annual Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research celebration Wednesday, March 12 at the state Capitol in Madison.

The students will be among about 150 UW System undergraduates, many with their faculty advisers, who will fill the Capitol Rotunda to share their original research with legislators and other state leaders. The main event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and will be preceded by a brief 9:30 a.m. welcome from new UW System President Ray Cross. Also speaking at the welcome will be representatives from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Wisconsin Technology Council, which are sponsors of the event.

“This research helps connect students to real-world problems,” Cross said. “The creativity and curiosity that propel the students’ academic research also help prepare these undergraduates for the workforce, or for pursuing graduate-level work. Ultimately, these experiences will lead to exciting, innovative careers that benefit the larger community.”

The UW-Green Bay students who will display their research at Posters in the Rotunda are as follows:

Hannah Blum, Marleigh Fiedler, Ashley Grant, Jordan Grapentine, Kaitlin Hobbs and Alex Wilson will present “Gateways to Phirst Year Success: Navigating College by Building Relationships.” Their faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, Human Development.

Kristine Alvarez, who will present “Understanding the Relationship Between Voter Turnout, Income, and Education in Wisconsin.” Her faculty advisers are Assistant Profs. Aaron Weinschenk and Rachel Russell, Public and Environmental Affairs.

Ben Lindberg, who will present “An Analysis of Trust Lost in an Insider Privacy Breach Incident.” His faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration.

Amarra Bricco, who will present “Nature Pictures and Stress Reduction.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Human Development.

Ashley Marshall, who will present “Gender Differences in Olympic Commercials.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Tara Schilawski, who will present “Gender Stereotypes in Today’s Popular Music Videos.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Renee Simon, who will present “Poverty’s Effect on Student Achievement in the U.S. and Germany.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies (German).

Shawn Snyder, who will present “Infinite Precision Calculator and Physics Modeler.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Douglas Tober, who will present “Car Diagnostics System Based on CPU Board.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Brian Yagle, who will present “DATCP Clean Sweep Grant Program Data Analysis.” His faculty adviser is Prof. John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Linda Vang, who will present “Ant-mediated seed dispersal of three spring wildflowers in the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Arboretum.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

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Look! A LOOC! Local Open Online Course makes debut today

Wednesday is a milestone day at UW-Green Bay with the official launch of the University’s first Local Open Online Course (LOOC), a course titled “Beginning App & 2D Game Development.” The course to be taught by Computer Science faculty members Ben Geisler and Peter Breznay had 175 particpants pre-registered as of yesterday, Provost Julia Wallace reports. Free and entirely online, the offering was advertised primarily to high school students with interest in math and science. Such a LOOC can be viewed as a community service somewhat similar to an Outreach offering; in this case it also generates interest in, and familiarity with, UW-Green Bay’s Information and Computing Science academic programs among potential, future undergrads. Individuals who earn a passing grade can be waived past UW-Green Bay’s Computer Science 201, a three-credit course that is the first in the University’s Computer Science curriculum. More detail about the project can be found in our earlier news release.

Clarification on Garcia, Staudinger and UW System Teaching Fellows and Scholars

Congratulations are still in order for Adolfo Garcia, associate professor of Information and Computing Science, and Alison Staudinger, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, who have been selected as UW-Green Bay’s 2014-15 participants in the UW System Teaching Scholars and Fellows programs. The blurb we shared yesterday, however, erroneously stated that both faculty members were selected for the Fellows program. In truth, the Teaching Scholars program that Garcia will complete is for veteran and/or tenured educators with at least 10 years of college teaching experience. The Teaching Fellows program that Staudinger will complete is for untenured faculty members who show outstanding promise and interest but are relatively new to college-level teaching. The full announcement has been corrected on our news website.

Garcia and Staudinger are UW System Teaching Scholars/Fellows for 2014-15

Congratulations are in order for Adolfo Garcia, associate professor of Information and Computing Science, and Alison Staudinger, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, who have been selected as UW-Green Bay’s 2014-15 representatives in the UW System Teaching Scholars and Teaching Fellows programs, respectively. The twin programs are sponsored by the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) to give both early- and mid-career faculty members an opportunity for intensive inquiry into teaching and learning.

The Teaching Scholars program that Garcia will complete is for veteran and/or tenured educators with at least 10 years of college teaching experience. The Teaching Fellows program that Staudinger will complete is for untenured faculty members who show outstanding promise and interest but are relatively new to college-level teaching.

Participation in the programs involves attendance at “faculty college” in the spring and other meetings and activities throughout the year, as well as public dissemination of research results from the participant’s year-long project. The UW System professional development initiative has gained national recognition for its approach to developing innovative and diverse communities of teacher-scholars across the UW System.

Mokren, Garcia start ‘little free library’

UW-Green Bay faculty members Jennifer Mokren and Adolfo Garcia have established a little free library at Sunlight Park in Allouez. True to their name, little free libraries are designed as “take a book, leave a book” gathering places where neighbors can share their favorite works. Garcia built the library himself, in the hope of emphasizing the importance of reading and sharing among children and others in the community. It’s located in Sunlight Park at Arrowhead/Park Drive. More info

Pondering privacy: Clampitt offers take on social media bill

WFRV, Channel 5 turned to UW-Green Bay Prof. Phil Clampitt Wednesday (Nov. 6), seeking perspective on a social media privacy bill being floated in the state Legislature. The proposal would prohibit employers from accessing the social media accounts of prospective and current employees, something many already are doing. Clampitt asks job applicants what he’d find if he looked them up on social media, he said, but he doesn’t actually look at the accounts. Still, he can understand why some do. “If you represent a particular organization and you have an employee who says ‘I am from that organization,’ ” Clampitt said, “and you’re saying negative things about them and you’re representing as being part of that, that organization has a legitimate right to monitor that.” Full story.

Meacham and Mokren, Garcia, Gurung, Martin and Rybak team up for Fall 50

Interdisciplinary fitness! One team of husbands and one team of wives — including a half dozen UW-Green Bay faculty members — raced in the Door County Fall 50 on Saturday, Oct. 26. The five women of team “Moxie,” including Profs. Jennifer Mokren and Rebecca Meacham, finished the 50-mile course in 9 hours and 42 minutes. The five men of relay team “Combo Geek Package,” including Profs. Regan Gurung, Ryan Martin, Adolfo Garcia and Chuck Rybak, finished the course in 7 hours and 27 minutes. For a near-the-finish-line group photo and more on the unique ultra-marathon and/or relay race, click here.

UW-Green Bay teams make it to finish line of Fall 50

Door County Fall 50 Run, UWGB teams
One team of husbands and one team of wives — which included a total of six UWGB faculty members — raced in the Door County Fall 50 on Saturday, Oct. 26. The five women of team “Moxie,” including Profs. Jennifer Mokren and Rebecca Meacham, finished the 50-mile course in 9 hours and 42 minutes. The five men of relay team “Combo Geek Package,” including Profs. Regan Gurung, Ryan Martin, Adolfo Garcia and Chuck Rybak, finished the course in 7 hours and 27 minutes.

The UW-Green Bay contingent is pictured above at the finish line at Sturgeon Bay’s Sunset Park. The course route for the Fall 50 begins at the northernmost tip of the peninsula and travels down the western shoreline along  back roads to the city of Sturgeon Bay. Participants in the event include both dedicated ultra-marathon athletes, who run all 50 miles solo, and the relay teams. The top soloists this year were and Mark Thompson in 5:55:44 and Carolyn Smith in 6:29:36.