The Philosophers’ Café series opens this Wednesday (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. at Titletown Brewing Company’s Frost Room, with a discussion on “The Use and Uselessness of Regulation,” led by political science Assistant Prof. David Helpap of Public and Environmental Affairs. Many think of regulations as unnecessary, burdensome, and costly; many see them as necessary for regulating the environment, consumer safety, finance, or energy use. Which institutions should regulate? Which entities should they take into consideration? What should and should not be regulated? The programs organized by UW-Green Bay faculty members are free and open to all.
Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, provided context for an NBC-TV 26 news story Thursday about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign pledge to take on federal employee unions.
From September 13 through the 30th, UW-Green Bay is partnering with St. Norbert College and the greater Green Bay community to host the residency of Antxon Olabe, an environmental policy consultant from northern Spain. Olabe is an environmental economist and journalist specializing in sustainability and climate change. His visit is made possible through the generous private support of the International Visiting Scholars program. During his visit, Olabe will give several talks on both campuses and in the community. In addition, he will be guest lecturing in several classes and visiting local schools. Among his scheduled presentations:
• Wednesday, Sept. 16 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere: Building up hope, redressing the climate and environment crisis,” 7 p.m., SNC’s Fort Howard Theater
• Monday, Sept. 21 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective” as part of UWGB’s Global Studies Roundtable Discussion series, 2-3 p.m., MAC Hall 201
• Wednesday, Sept. 23 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective,” 6:30-8 p.m., Neville Public Museum
• Friday, Sept. 25 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere” as part of the Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ES 301
If you questions about Olabe’s visit, a primary contact is Associate Prof. Katia Levintova of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Political scientist Michael E. Kraft, UW-Green Bay professor emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs, continues to contribute periodic essays distributed nationally by the McClatchy news services. His latest, on President Obama’s energy policies, has appeared over the past two weeks in more than 40 newspapers including such heavyweights as the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Karen Dalke, lecturer in Public and Environmental Affairs recently presented a co-authored article with Megan Olson Hunt, assistant professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, titled “Mustangs and Domestic Horses: Examining What We Think We Know About Differences.” The presentation was made at the International Society for Anthro-zoology in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Using the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) ethogram for Free-Roaming Feral Horses, this study examines behaviors of Bureau of Land Management mustangs and domestic horses. Over 26,000 behavioral images were analyzed and sorted into 15 categories. Continuous focal sampling at one-minute intervals captured behaviors for six equids over a one-month period. Results suggest that over time, mustangs behave similarly to fully domesticated horses, indicating that adoption is a feasible option for America’s thousands of wild mustangs.
Associate Prof. Lora Warner of Public and Environmental Affairs is the author of the article “Catalytic Funding, Partnership, Evaluation, and Advocacy: Innovation Strategies for Community Impact,” published in The Foundation Review: Vol. 7: Iss. 2, (Article 8). You can read a summary at the journal archive.
Political Scientist Aaron Weinschenk is being quoted by The Atlantic as an expert on political participation following his recent interview about voter turnout in local elections across the United States. Weinschenk has written extensively about political engagement and has a forthcoming book on the topic. The article, which was published at The Atlantic’s CityLab website last week, includes a number of references and links to Weinschenk’s published work on voter turnout. Weinschenk is an assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Students in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Strategic Philanthropy course announced a $10,000 grant to Family Services’ Transitional Living Program in a ceremony Thursday, May 7.
Through this course, students are provided $10,000 by the Learning by Giving Foundation to give to a deserving organization in the community. The class focused this year on youth struggling with issues such as homelessness, alcohol and other drug addiction, and mental illness. The finalists for the grant were Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, American Foundation for Counseling Services’ Kamp Kare, and House of Hope.
Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin provides support to people in Northeastern Wisconsin communities during challenges and transitions in their lives. These services include counseling or treatment, early childhood development, crisis services, at-risk youth programs, and self-sufficiency programs. The $10,000 grant will support the Transitional Living Program, a self-sufficiency program for young adults between the ages of 17-29, which currently has a waiting list of over 100 individuals. Brown County ranks second in the state for the number of homeless youth. This program provides an innovative approach to not only addressing homelessness but also assisting in developing a plan to address many of the other issues that come along with that.
The Strategic Philanthropy course at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin, allowing students to have hands-on experiences by going through the granting process themselves. This is the third year that the course has been offered and is instructed by Public and Environmental Affairs Associate Professor Lora Warner. More information can be found on the students’ blog: https://uwgbphilanthropy.wordpress.com/
The Public and Environmental Affairs academic unit invites any and all members of the University community to feel free to join them Thursday (April 30) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Union Alumni Rooms, when the faculty and staff will be celebrating some of the program’s top students. They’ll recognize students involved in internships, research, teaching and independent studies, along with graduating seniors and community partners and supervisors. Several awards will also be handed out, including Outstanding Student, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, and Community Partner of the Year. Refreshments will also be served during the program. Those honored will include:
• Outstanding Student Award: Gretchen Klefstad
“Gretchen is a Public Administration minor who will also be graduating with a Nonprofit Management Certificate. She is a high-achieving student who has memberships in multiple honor societies… Notably, she created a ‘campus crew’ for the national nonprofit organization Love Your Melon, which operates on a ‘buy one give one’ philosophy, donating hats for every hat purchased to children battling cancer…”
• Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Gina Vlach
“Gina is a triple major in Environmental Policy and Planning, Public Administration and Political Science. She is an extremely high-achieving student who has also proven to be an asset to other students learning through her experience as a teaching assistant. This semester, Gina assisted Dr. Elizabeth Wheat in her Environmental Politics and Policy course. Dr. Wheat said Gina had been “exceptional and instrumental” in making the course a success…”
• Community Partner Award: The Village of Bellevue
“…The Village of Bellevue is a longstanding partner of the Public and Environmental Affairs department. The Village has supported our students through service learning opportunities and by serving as an internship site for students to gain quality professional experiences….”
On an invitation from Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, state Rep. Eric Genrich was on campus last week to speak to students in Weinschenk’s Congress: Politics and Policy course. Genrich provided students with information on the evolution of the state legislature and also answered questions. He spoke on a wide range of topics, including polarization, representation, redistricting, the importance of interacting with constituents, and the sources of policy ideas. Weinschenk’s class focuses on federal-level politics, but he also likes to show students what legislative politics are like at the state level. Genrich has visited Weinschenk’s class every semester that it has been offered; Weinschenk says students seem to enjoy the chance to interact with a state legislator. Genrich concluded his talk with suggestions on how students could get involved in civic life.