Tag: natural and applied sciences

Student-Nominated Teaching honorees are Schmitz, Katers

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Student Nominated Teaching Award recipients. Recipients will be presented their award at the University Leadership Award ceremony on Friday, May 15.

• Early Career Award Recipient — Sara Schmitz, Lecturer, Human Biology, director of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

• Experienced Teacher Award Recipient — John Katers, Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, NAS chair, Environmental Science chair

From CATL: “Congratulations and thank you for exemplifying outstanding teaching at UW-Green Bay.”

Dornbush to lead Baird Creek wildflower hike on May 9

On Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m., Mathew Dornbush of UW-Green Bay’s NAS faculty will lead a spring wildflower hike as part of the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation’s ongoing series of nature hikes through the greenway. Dornbush will lead participants on a hunt for skunk cabbage, marsh marigolds, and many other beautiful and fascinating wildflowers, some of which only show themselves in the spring. Remember to bring your camera! The gathering place is at Christa McAuliffe Park, 3100 Sitka St. Free and open to the public, with no RSVPs required.

This week’s NAS Seminar: Fisheries biologist Patrick Forsythe

The next installment of the Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series features a timely topic — it’s the opening of Wisconsin’s inland sportfishing season this weekend — as UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Patrick Forsythe of NAS speaks on the topic, “Reproductive Ecology and Habitat Use of Primitive and Sport Fishes of Green Bay.” His slide-illustrated lecture, free and open to the public, takes place at 3 p.m. Friday (May 1) in Room 301 of the Environmental Sciences Building. Forsythe cover the great ecosystem changes of the last century and the fact fish mangers know much more than they used to but still not as much as they’d like about the vast Green Bay fishery. He’ll outline ongoing and future research plans within the UW-Green Bay Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Laboratory, and address population characteristics, reproductive behavior, and habitat preferences of top predators including northern pike, walleye and musky and recovering native species including whitefish and sturgeon. A social follows at approximately 4 p.m. in ES 317.

UW-Green Bay heirloom plant sale is May 16

UW-Green Bay heirloom plant sale

On your mark, get set, let’s garden! Organizers are busy growing thousands of plants in the Laboratory Sciences Greenhouse to be ready in time for the annual University of Wisconsin-Green Bay heirloom vegetable plant sale.

The Natural and Applied Sciences academic department at UW-Green Bay will host the sale Saturday, May 16, at the Laboratory Sciences Building located on campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive. Doors open at 9 a.m. with numbers passed out starting at 7 a.m. for those who don’t want to stand in line. The event is a fundraiser in support of student research projects and guest speakers in the NAS program.

Most plants are $1.75. Those looking for a specific variety of peppers, herbs or flowers often arrive early, but sale organizers say they always have a good selection of tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables for those who wait until later in the day. The sales closes up at 3 p.m.

The UW-Green Bay sale features unique and rare heirloom varieties, introducing local gardeners to new varieties and promoting the concept of agricultural biodiversity. This year the sale features at least 57 different varieties of tomatoes (4,000 or more plants), and 34 varieties of peppers (1,800 plants), including eight different bell peppers, as well as mild, medium, hot and scorching hot peppers.

Additional vegetable offerings are new this year, with more and varied eggplants, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, tomatillos, cucumbers, melons, squash, Swiss chard, kohlrabi and lettuce. Also for sale are herbs, including seven kinds of basil, and 15 varieties of old-fashioned flowers. Lists of plants offered and links to descriptions can be found at www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/.

The sale is noteworthy because it offers 150 open-pollinated “heirloom” varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers that were developed by gardeners over the last two centuries to satisfy the needs of most Wisconsin gardeners. The names of some of the sale’s favorite varieties – WI 55, King of the North, Wisconsin Lakes, Minnesota Midget, Pride of Wisconsin, Sheboygan and Wautoma – reflect dedication to sourcing varieties best adapted to northern growing conditions. Plants unlikely to be found elsewhere include ground cherries and garden huckleberries, old-time flowers like “Love Lies Bleeding,” and tomatoes and peppers for salsa crafters, home canners, and sandwich and salad artists.

The wide array of tomato choices includes “Dancing with Smurfs” cherry tomatoes for the kids. The success of “Blush” in gardens last summer led to the offering of more small artisan tomatoes including Green Tiger, Bumble Bee and a new Siberian tomato called “Korol Gigantov,” which translates to “King of Giants” and in one trial averaged 17 pounds of tomatoes from a single plant.

Expanded offerings of sweet and medium peppers are in store, although very hot tropical peppers from South America will remain available. New northern melons and squash varieties will join other newcomers including a distinctive purple cauliflower called Purple of Sicily, a “Flamingo” pink Swiss chard, and a tricolored edible “Poinsettia” amaranth.

The annual sale began in 1994 with 300 plants for sale. Students benefit from the proceeds that are used to bring in scientists and other speakers that students otherwise would not be able to meet, and to support student research projects as well as travel to conferences where they can present results of their research and meet scientists in their fields. Last year’s sale supported research on the bay of Green Bay, local well-water quality, local biodiversity, and magma flows in Antarctica. The funds also allow students to travel to scientific meetings, and brought internationally recognized scholars to UW-Green Bay for the NAS seminar series.


Photos: UW-Green Bay at Posters in the Rotunda 2015


Seven standout student researchers from UW-Green Bay were selected to join fellow students from across the state in exhibiting at the 12th Annual “Posters in the Rotunda” spotlight event at the State Capitol in Madison on April 22.

Undergraduates from each of the System’s 26 campuses set up poster displays to share the findings of their diverse research subjects which, in many cases, are the culmination of multiple academic years of study and collaboration with faculty mentors and community partners throughout Wisconsin.

The UW-Green Bay delegation was led by Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Provost Stephen Fritz and faculty members Jennifer Lanter and Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz. Students presenting were:

  • Lauren Anderson of Green Bay and Noel Craig of Shawano, Efforts Directed Toward the Synthesis of Obolactone, faculty adviser Julie Wondergem, Natural and Applied Sciences;
  • Katharine Bright of Green Bay and Kayla Hucke of Hartland, Impact of Phonology and Number on Children’s Novel Plural Production, faculty advise 
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development.
  • Lindsay Hansen of Kiel, Monitoring the Importance of River Mouth and Shoreline Habitats for Migratory Birds at Kingfisher Farm and Nearby Natural Areas in Manitowoc County, faculty adviser Robert Howe;
  • Christa Kananen of Sobieski, Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, faculty adviser John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences;
  • Julia Rose Shariff, of Green Bay, The Lost Connection: Benefits of Being a Bilingual Professional in the U.S. Healthcare System
, with faculty adviser Christina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies.

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Photos by Cassie Alfheim, Office of Grants and Research

Prof. Fencl one of six named to lead UW System ‘Faculty Collaboratives’

Six faculty members from across the state have been selected to lead the UW System’s Faculty Collaboratives project, which will work in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and four other states to make student learning outcomes and proficiencies key measures of student success. Supported by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, the UW System team will create a state-based, faculty-led “innovation hub” focused on advancing curricular reforms that lead to deeper student engagement, and higher retention and graduation rates. Physics Prof. Heidi Fencl of UW-Green Bay’s Natural and Applied Sciences unit is among the six. The others are political scientist Peggy James, UW-Parkside; political scientist Timothy Dale, La Crosse; chemist Caroline Geary, UW-Fox Valley; political scientist Tracy Slagter, Oshkosh; and geographer Dale Splinter, Whitewater.

Think spring… by pitching in at greenhouse at transplant time…

It is true that April is the cruelest month. Today’s rain, cold and snow showers provide the evidence. Why not warm things up with a trip to the campus greenhouse over at Laboratory Sciences? This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (April 22-24), between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Vicki Medland and friends are welcoming volunteers to help transplant baby tomatoes and other heirloom plants. Research has shown, Medland says, that hugs, gardening, and giving gifts will boost your oxytocin levels and help to stabilize and elevate your moods: “You can get all three oxytocin boosts when you join friends to give the gift of your time to transplant plants and support the NAS Heirloom Plant Sale!” For more information contact Medland, call ext. 2342.

… or, think spring by planning for May 16 heirloom vegetable plant sale

Natural and Applied Sciences will host the annual heirloom plant sale Saturday, May 16, at the Laboratory Sciences greenhouse. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event is a fundraiser in support of student research projects and guest speakers in the NAS program. Most plants are $1.75. Those looking for a specific variety of peppers, herbs or flowers often arrive early, but sale organizer say they always have a good selection of tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables for those who wait until later in the day. The sale closes at 3 p.m. We’ll have more on this year’s hot new (actually, old) varieties, and a link to our news release, in an upcoming issue.

‘Eco U’ makes Green Colleges Guide for fourth straight year

UW-Green Bay is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada as recognized by Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles UW-Green Bay in the 2015 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2014 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 218-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants — facts and stats on school demographics, admission and financial aid — plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile, The Princeton Review says “Eco U has historically strong academic programs in environmental science and environmental policy and planning at both bachelor’s and master’s levels,” mentions various UW-Green Bay courses and research opportunities, along with “green” building design feature and the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

UW-Green Bay is one of five of the UW System’s 13 four-year campuses to be included in the 2015 edition. The others are Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point.