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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


Journal-Sentinel offers report on bay’s 2015 ‘dead zone’ season

Scientists thought that portions of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay would experience a huge year of oxygen depletion because of massive volumes of early phosphorous runoff, but winds and weather combined to lessen the impact. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed a number of local experts including several UWGB research partners.

This November, wild rice is for seeding, not stuffing

Remember the grant received by Natural and Applied Sciences faculty members to pilot the restoration of native wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay? This just in: Researchers have obtained 350 pounds of rice and are targeting Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, to seed areas near the mouth of Duck Creek as a first step in returning wild rice to the bay. Adjunct faculty member and environmental researcher Patrick Robinson will head the planting team. Robinson and NAS Profs. Matt Dornbush, Bob Howe and Amy Wolf received the $225,000 federal grant to further the reintroduction of desirable plants in the lee of the new Cat Island Chain breakwater by establishing what size plantings are optimal, at what water depths, and the best means (seeding or plugs). Robinson says the 350 pounds of wild rice should seed about 7 acres of near-shore shallows.

Library candidate presentations

The staff of the Cofrin Library invites any and all who are interested to a round of candidate presentations as they search for two Research and Instruction Librarians. Candidates will present a mock information literacy session in room CL304. Candidates and their 45-minute sessions are scheduled as follows:

Erica Grunseth, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11:45 a.m.
Kelly Johnson, Thursday Oct. 29, 11:45 a.m.
Anna Merry, Monday Nov. 2, 10:45 a.m.
Rachel Hitt, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11:45 a.m.
Jodi Pierre, Thursday, Nov. 12, 11:45 a.m.
Christina Johnson, Friday, Nov. 13, 11:45 a.m.

Please direct any questions to Renee Ettinger, ext. 2543.

Extramural funding opportunities

The Office of Grants and Research shares the following list of grant programs of possible interest to UWGB faculty and staff. Interested individuals should contact the Office of Grants and Research for more information and for assistance in preparing applications.

Collaborative Research Grants
FON: 20151209-RZ
AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) , Division of Research Programs
 Notice seeking applications to support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and archaeological projects that include the interpretation and dissemination of results.
Applications are due December 9, 2015. Awards normally range between $25,000 and $10,000 per year to support full- or part-time activities for one to three years. Over the last five competitions, NEH has made an average of 10 awards per year for a funding ratio of 8 percent. All projects must include at lease one collaborator in addition to the project director.
Solicitation, Grants.gov
CONTACT: Division of Research Programs, 202/606-8200. Email: collaborative@neh.gov

DNA Forensic Technology Development
Department of State (State) , International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affair
 Notice seeking applications to aid development of forensic sciences in Central America, particularly DNA forensic technology for a project period not to exceed one year.
ACTION: Questions are due November 4, 2015. Applications are due December 4, 2015. Approximately up to $2 million is available to support one award.
LINKS: Solicitation, Grants.gov
CONTACT: Whitney Wiedeman, Email: WiedemanWS@state.gov

Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the Reach Higher Career App Challenge
Department of Education (Education)
Notice announcing a prize competition seeking concepts (or prototypes) for mobile apps to improve access to information about career and technical education, help middle school and high school students (including those with disabilities and English Learners) navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students.
ACTION: Submissions are due December 7, 2015. Approximately $225,000 is available for up to five prizes of $25,000 each.
LINKS: Federal Register
CONTACT: Albert Placios, Email: albert.palacios@ed.gov

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
 The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) , Forest Service
 Notice seeking applications to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.
ACTION: Applications are due January 15, 2016.
LINKS: Federal Register
CONTACT: Maya Solomon, 202/205-1376. Email: mayasolomon@fs.fed.us

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) , National Institute of Food and Agriculture
 Notice seeking applications to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants.
ACTION: Applications are due December 16, 2015 . Approximately $16.8 million is available.
LINKS: Solicitation, Grants.gov
CONTACT: Jane Clary Loveless, 202/720-3891. Email: jclary@nifa.usda.gov

13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
 Notice seeking applications for scientific projects and engineering designs that address the three components of sustainability: people, prosperity and the planet. The P3 Program is intended to support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet by conserving resources and minimizing pollution.
ACTION: Applications are due December 8, 2015 .
LINKS: Grant.gov
CONTACT: Cynthia Nolt-Helms, 703/347-8102.
Email: nolt-helms.cynthia@epa.gov
Gregory Lank, 703/347-8128. Email: lank.gregory@epa.gov
Anne Sergeant, 703/347-8105. Email: sergeant.anne@epa.gov

Announcement of Requirements and Registration for a Prize Competition Seeking Methods or Devices That can Quantify Drift Invertebrates in River and Estuary Systems
 Department of Commerce (Commerce), Department of Defense (Defense), Department of the Interior (Interior)
 Notice announcing a prize competition for determining a way to economically detect, count, and identify zooplankton and drift invertebrates in river and estuary systems.
ACTION: Submissions are due November 16, 2015. Approximately $30,000 is available for up to three prizes.
LINKS: Federal Register
CONTACT: David Raff, 202/513-0516. Email: draff@usbr.gov

Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems (ICARUS)
AGENCY: Department of Defense (Defense), DARPA (DARPA)
Notice seeking applications for the design and prototyping of vanishing air delivery vehicles capable of precise, gentle drops of small payloads. These precision vehicles must be guaranteed to rapidly physically disappear following safe payload delivery. Proposed efforts must integrate engineered vanishing materials into advanced aerodynamic designs to produce an autonomously vanishing, field-testable prototype vehicle by the end of the two-year program.
ACTION: Applications are due November 23, 2015.
CONTACT: Troy Olsson, Email: DARPA-BAA-16-03@darpa.mil

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
FON: 16-500
 National Science Foundation (NSF) , Directorate for Biological Sciences
Notice seeking preproposals to support decadal long research that generates extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Focus areas include the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.
ACTION: Preproposals are required and due January 25, 2016, and then annually on January 23. Proposals are due on August 2, 2016, and then annually on August 2. Approximately $750,000-$1.5 million is available to support six to eight awards.
LINKS: Solicitation, Grants.gov
CONTACT: Saran Twombly, 703/292-8133. Email: stwombly@nsf.gov

Atmospheric System Research Program
FON: DE-FOA-0001430
 Department of Energy (Energy) , Office of Science (SC)
Notice seeking pre-applications to support observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that improve understanding and model representation of processes involving Boundary Layer or Mixed Phase Clouds, Ice Clouds, and the Aerosol Life Cycle, and to study Convective Processes. Studies must draw data from existing resources in the Department of Energy’s Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility .
ACTION: Pre-applications are required and due by November 3, 2015. Applications are due by January 20, 2016. Approximately $10 million will be available.
LINKS: Grants.gov
CONTACT: Ashley Williamson, 301/903-3120. Email: Ashley.williamson@science.doe.gov

Dimensions of Biodiversity
FON: 15-611
 National Science Foundation (NSF) , Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO); Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
Notice seeking proposals for novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth in order to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.
ACTION: Proposals are due March 17, 2016. Approximately $20 million is available to support projects ranging from $750,000 to $2 million each.
Limited Submission: See solicitation for details when posted.
LINKS: Agency Website (solicitation not yet posted), Grants.gov
CONTACT: Simon Malcomber, 703/292-8227. Email: Dimensions@nsf.gov

Culture/Development Lab is looking for babies, toddlers for major study

UW-Green Bay’s Culture and Development Lab directed by Assistant Prof. Sawa Senzaki is looking for local parents interested in having their babies (5-18 months) participate in a major international study of baby’s social understanding. The study is part of a large international collaboration with Canadian and Japanese researchers. Senzaki is asking alumni, University employees and students with young children to consider volunteering for a visit. Participation is easy, with only a single 30- to 45-minute session in which the parent and the baby read some books and watch some short videos while Senzaki and her student research assistants observe. Participants will receive a small toy or a book as a token of appreciation. If you’re interested, please email Senzaki at senzakis@uwgb.edu or sign up at the website. “We really appreciate your help to have a better scientific understanding of infant development!”

Regents speak out against proposed fetal tissue ban

Members of the UW System Board of Regents took advantage of Friday’s meeting in Whitewater to publically speak out against an Assembly bill that would make it a felony to conduct research with newly procured fetal tissue. Regents from both ends of the political spectrum including Gerald Whitburn, Charles Pruitt, Michael Grebe and Regent President Regina Millner characterized the legislation as over-reach, saying that ethical, vital, state-of-the-art research, especially at UW-Madison, would be imperiled if the bill passes. The Capital Times has coverage. For more on the fetal-tissue issue, and other items of interest from Friday’s meeting, see the UW System recap.

Controversial UW-Madison flu research yields new vaccine model

A controversial technique to create flu viruses, now effectively banned, led to the discovery of a flu vaccine model that could be more reliable than today’s main method using chicken eggs, according to a study by UW-Madison scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka.

Federal officials had told Kawaoka and other researchers around the country to cease experiments that make flu, SARS and MERS viruses more dangerous in the lab. Read more.

Faculty note: Currier publication on magmatic mechanics

Assistant Prof. Ryan Currier of Natural and Applied Sciences has received word his paper will be published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. The paper “Mapping real time growth of experimental laccoliths: The effect of solidification on the mechanics of magmatic intrusion” is the first publication based on experiments performed at UWGB, some with students. The main driver of this research is that magma chambers form inside the crust, and are not typically directly observed. Even the old, cold magma chambers that are now exposed at the surface are difficult to study in full. In Currier’s experiments, he created scaled-down magmatic intrusions (using molten wax as magma and gelatin as crust) to observe how magma chambers grow through time. The results could be helpful in developing new field studies of ancient magma chambers.