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Weinschenk publishes A Citizens Guide to US Elections

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is the co-author of a text newly released this week by Routledge.

The book, A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, is intended for use in undergraduate political science courses as well as readership by a general audience.

Weinschenk and his co-author, Prof. Costas Panagopoulos of Fordham University, make the case that although there may be widespread dissatisfaction with politics and the electoral process, the system isn’t actually broken. Instead, they write, Americans already have the power to fix what’s wrong within the existing system, provided they roll up their sleeves and get involved; what’s missing today is consistent and meaningful citizen participation.

Weinschenk, a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of UW-Green Bay, joined the faculty in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. in political science from UW-Milwaukee. His scholarship on voting behavior, campaigns and elections, mayoral politics, public opinion, declining turnout, and political psychology has been published in leading journals. The UWGB Research Council presented him the Research Scholar Award in fall 2014 to help complete work on A Citizens Guide.

For more on the book, go to https://www.routledge.com/products/978113885879

Book draws notice from prominent insiders — The book A Citizens Guide to US Elections: Empowering Democracy in America, co-authored by UW-Green Bay faculty member Aaron Weinschenk, debuts this week with positive reviews from two well-connected political analysts.

Nationally prominent consultant Robert Shrum, who was a senior adviser to the Gore 200 and Kerry 2004 presidential campaigns and now holds a named chair in political science at USC, and political handicapper and National Journal columnist Charlie Cook offer reviews posted to the Routledge website. Cook describes the book as “jam-packed with crucial information about contemporary politics and elections” and “required reading for serious students and citizens who want to understand the electoral process and back up their opinions with facts.” Writes Shrum, “It’s enlightening, a great read for political junkies, and a good one for any citizen who cares about democracy and each individual’s capacity and responsibility to make a difference.” See https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138858794


Faculty note: Weinschenk chapter

Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, contributed a chapter to a new book (Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter, Lexington Books, November 2015). Titled “The Badger State as a Battleground: Wisconsin Politics Past, Present, and Future,” the chapter is co-authored with Neil Kraus of UW-River Falls. It focuses on explaining why Wisconsin is seen as “up for grabs” during presidential elections. It provides a historical overview of Wisconsin politics, discusses current electoral trends and results, and speculates about what is in store for Wisconsin during the 2016 election.

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Weinschenk previews GOP debate — Speaking of swing states, Prof. Aaron Weinschenk talks about the choice of Milwaukee for the Nov. 10 Republican presidential debate with NBC-TV 26.

Faculty note: Russ presents in Istanbul

Management Prof. Meir Russ, from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, presented last week at the 20th IAMB conference the paper “Writing an Academic Paper for Publication: How to Succeed?” Russ is the founding editor of The International Journal of Management and Business, IJMB (the journal of IAMB) which published its most recent issue (Vol 6, No. 1) in June 2015. The issue is available online. Other than being a member of the organizing committee of the IAMB (International Academy of Management and Business) conference, held in Istanbul, Turkey, he also chaired the judging panel awarding the Overall, Ph.D. student and Practiciaire, Best Papers awards.

Faculty note: publication by Nursing’s Vandenhouten

The following item from earlier this month was archived to the UWGB news site but might not have made it into the email version of the LOG newsletter distributed to faculty and staff. In case you missed it:
Christine Vandenhouten, associate professor of Nursing, co-authored an article in the September/October 2015 issue of the journal Public Health Nursing about the results of a national study exploring motivators and barriers for obtaining the public health nursing certification. The article, “Credentialing Public Health Nurses: Current Issues and Next Steps Forward,” found that while nursing certification is viewed by many as a means to document specialty knowledge and expertise, few public health nurses hold this credential. The authors found that, among nurses that do, they do it out of a desire to validate professional knowledge and competence with a relative few citing financial incentives as a motivating factor. (Less than 25 percent received any form of compensation for the distinction). The main barriers to certification were being unaware of the eligibility requirements, cost, and the sense that it was not valued/rewarded by their employer. Vandenhouten and her co-authors (colleagues from nursing schools at the University of Maryland and Florida State University) provide recommendations for public health stakeholders including professional organizations, schools of nursing, and policy makers for promoting this important external validation of expertise.

Faculty note: Kain publication

Kevin Kain, senior lecturer in Humanistic Studies (History), has published “Abbots and Artifacts: The Creation of National Identity at Resurrection ‘New Jerusalem’ Monastery in Nineteenth-Century Russia” and it has appeared in Ines Angeli-Muzaka ed., Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics (New York: Routledge, 2015). The book is the latest in the Routledge series Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States.

Katers, Holzem contribute articles on waste management to dairy publication

Natural and Applied Sciences Profs. John Katers (of EMBI) and Ryan M. Holzem (of the new Environmental Engineering Technology program) recently wrapped up a three-article series for the Progressive Dairyman magazine. Karen Lee, the editor, asked Katers and Holzem to address considerations for using digesters on large dairy farms. The Progressive Dairyman print and online editions reach more than 25,000 large-herd, forward-thinking producers throughout the United States. The articles are summarized below:

* “Considerations for sizing an anaerobic digester,” published online on April 28, 2015, described the need to properly quantify and characterize the manure and water sources that would end up in the digester, and use the appropriate hydraulic and solids retention times to obtain optimal digestion.
* “Four reasons why anaerobic digesters fail,” published online on June 29, examined issues of poor design and equipment selection, lack of technical expertise, maintenance, and inadequate follow-through.
* “Co-digestion considerations for anaerobic digestion systems,” published online Sept. 30, was created as a tear sheet (found at the link). The article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using off-farm substrates (i.e., distillery waste, dairy waste, food waste, energy crops, and fats oils and greases) in a farms anaerobic digester. The article ends with several important questions that farmers should ask themselves prior to initiating co-digestion with their digester.

Gurung, student publish article on exam scores, learning techniques

How students study is important, but faculty and student self-efficacy are also significant predictors of exam scores. Psychology Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung of Human Development and Brianna Bartolewski, a recent UW-Green Bay graduate in Psychology now in graduate school at Marquette, just published the article “Comparing the relationship of learning techniques and exam score.” You can see an abstract of the article published by the American Psychological Association’s Psychnet site.

Faculty note: Gurung publication

Regan A. R. Gurung, the Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology, has two chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (Dunn, 2015). One, Teaching health psychology was co-authored with UW-Green Bay Psychology major and recent graduate Elise Rittenhouse, the other is a guide to Conducting and applying the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Faculty note: Luczaj article

Geoscience Prof. John Luczaj (Natural and Applied Sciences) is a co-author on an article published recently in the journal Resources. The article evaluates the changes to groundwater quality in Northeastern Wisconsin that resulted from the 2007 Karst Task Force report and subsequent regulatory changes in certain counties. Lead author Kevin Erb is a graduate of UWGB’s Environmental Science and Policy graduate program.

Faculty note: Grubisha publication

Lisa Grubisha, Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, has published the paper “Genetic Analysis of the Aspergillus flavus Vegetative Compatibility Group to Which a Biological Control Agent That Limits Aflatoxin Contamination in U.S. Crops Belongs” in the September issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(17): 5889-5899 (http://aem.asm.org/content/81/17/5889.full ).