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Healing habitats: Grant to build comprehensive plan for fish, wildlife

wolf-howe-top-storyMore than a dozen undergraduate and graduate students have a tremendous opportunity to work alongside UW-Green Bay Professors Bob Howe and Amy Wolf on a comprehensive plan to improve fish and wildlife habitat in the region.

Howe, Wolf and UWGB staff, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), are the recipients of a $471,000 Environmental Protection Agency/Department of Natural Resources grant to study fish and wildlife conditions and threats in what is termed the “Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern” and its immediately contributing watershed.

“This project is important for our region because it will yield one of the most, if not the most, specific plans for improving fish and wildlife habitat in the lower Bay and Fox River,” said Howe.

Howe considers the assessment, and the recommendations vital to the future regional economy and quality of life.

“Although the AOC is clearly degraded, more and more evidence has shown that this is a ‘world class’ site for freshwater fish, colonial and migratory birds, and other wildlife species,” said Howe. “I view Green Bay as comparable to Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast and San Francisco Bay on the West Coast — places where natural resources have experienced degradation, but places where these resources are still very much alive and are vital to the future local economy and quality of life,” he said.

Lower Green Bay and the Fox River below the DePere Dam comprise one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC’s) designated in 1987 by the International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States through the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The ultimate goal of the UWGB/TNC project is to help develop a strategy for improving conditions in the AOC so that it can be removed or “de-listed” from its impaired status.

Loss of fish and wildlife habitat is one of the most significant reasons why the Lower Green Bay and Fox River AOC was designated as an AOC. Documented (WDNR) causes of ecological and economic impairment of the Lower Green Bay and Fox River AOC include:
• habitat destruction and fragmentation due to urban and industrial development and stream channelization;
• dredging and filling of aquatic habitats along the Fox River corridor;
• wetland degradation from human activity and changing water levels;
• disruption of hydrologic connectivity by road construction and other human activities;
• loss of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Duck Creek delta area of the lower Bay because of turbid water and hyper eutrophication;
• destruction of barrier islands in the Cat Island Chain by high water and storms;
• reduction in underwater plants and littoral vegetation by invasive carp;
• silt deposition and re-suspension of sediments in the Lower Bay; and
spread of invasive plant species.

Alongside UWGB staff members Erin Giese, Michael Stiefvater, Kimberlee McKeefry, and Bobbie Webster, Howe and Wolf are working with students on this two-year, two-phase project to comprehensively assess existing habitat conditions and formulate a protection and restoration plan in the affected areas.

In each phase, UW-Green Bay students will be able to assist the faculty and staff members and Wisconsin DNR and TNC collaborators in their comprehensive research and development of the plan.

Phase One, the assessment portion of the project, will focus primarily on finding, organizing and evaluating existing data related to fish and wildlife populations in the AOC. Information will be compiled from a wide variety of sources, including local experts, on historical conditions, habitat dynamics, restoration opportunities and threats in the lower Bay and Fox River.

Phase Two goals include synthesis of the information, creating a blueprint for protection and restoration activities; identifying specific opportunities for protection, restoration and rehabilitation of fish and wildlife habitat; cataloging past projects to assess their contribution towards delisting thresholds and developing monitoring protocols for measuring the status of fish and wildlife habitat to document the success or failure of specific remediation projects.

Proposers say the project will “test the utility of objective metrics for the ultimate purpose of informing decision-makers at local, regional and national levels, particularly those making decisions involving the status, protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat in other Great Lakes Areas of Concern.”

Work began in fall of 2014 and will continue through August of 2016. This project is particularly significant because it adds to a long-standing and growing involvement of UW-Green Bay scientists and students in solving problems of water quality, ecological health, and economic viability of Green Bay and the Great Lakes in general. Other recent grants by UWGB Natural and Applied Sciences professors Kevin Fermanich, Mike Zorn, Matt Dornbush, Patrick Forsythe and others, demonstrates the important role of UWGB in helping improve environmental quality in the Green Bay ecosystem.

Feature story: Grad students host visit by US Fish and Wildlife Service VIP

Two graduate fisheries researchers (Rachel Van Dam and Angelena Koosmann) are featured on the regional website of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Deputy Regional Director for the Midwest Charlie Wooley visited the Green Bay area to check out the combined impact of federal, state and local restoration efforts in the Green Bay watershed. He spent time with Van Dam on the west shore checking restored northern pike spawning wetlands, and helped Koosmann evaluate and release two large muskies (and other fish) at Wequiock Creek not far from campus. Read more.

Rosewall returns from Pacific Northwest, continues case-studies tour

Prof. Ellen Rosewall of Arts Management has just returned from the Pacific Northwest, where she presented a session on “The Future of Arts Management Education” to the Association of Arts Administration Educators conference in Portland. She also spent three days teaching and conducting faculty development workshops at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and was honored at an author reception and book signing at Seattle University. As a part of her sabbatical research project, she met with arts organizations and administrators in Portland, Eugene and Seattle who are engaged in innovation and change, including the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon Ballet Theater, ADX Portland, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene), the Gallery at the Watershed, and the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle.

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Profiling the innovative arts organization – Prof. Ellen Rosewall visited several dozen arts organization across the country this semester. Rosewall says that, following publication of her book Arts Management in 2013, her next project will be to present case studies of organizations coping with the changing arts landscape of the 21st century.

List of student exhibitors at Academic Excellence Symposium 2015

The 14th annual Academic Excellence Symposium, showcasing the talent and research ability of some of UW-Green Bay best students, took place April 7. The list of Academic Excellence Symposium projects, students, faculty advisers:

Reaching Out Through Girl Scouts 

Brittany Pyatt
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

Western Policy and Influences on Middle Eastern Terrorism: Al-Qaeda
Alexander Girard
Eric Morgan, Democracy and Justice Studies

Funding the Southern Door County School District: A Policy Analysis 

Jared Spude
David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs

Assessing the Effects of Media Exposure
Shelby Vanhouten, Meghan Baker, Kayla Blochowiak, Sarah Wick
Regan AR Gurung, Human Development

Freedom House: Early Childhood 

Morgan Bolli
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

A Policy Analysis: Phosphorus Loading 
the Bay of Green Bay
Gina Vlach
David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs

Maternal Education and SES Effects on Creativity During Joint Engagement Reading
Cassandra Bartlett
Sawa Senzaki, Human Development

London Post-War Housing and the 
Festival of Britain
Joseph Taylor, Benjamin Dudzik, Hannah Giesick
Caroline Boswell and Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies

In-home Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum 

Kelly Berth
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

The Lost Connection: Benefits of Being a Bilingual Professional in the U.S. Healthcare System
Julia Rose Shariff
Cristina Oritz, Humanistic Studies

Efforts Directed Toward the Synthesis of Obolactone
Lauren Anderson, Noel Craig, Kristin Short
Julie Wondergem, Natural and Applied Sciences

Improving Engagement within the Psychology and Human Development Majors
Kortney Krajewski, Kathryn Doll, Michelle McChesney, Chad Osteen, Amanda Schartner
Jenell Holstead, Human Development

Attitudes and Perceptions of Mental Illness
Olyvia Kuchta
Ryan Martin, Human Development

Positive Body Image Program Analysis
Mackenzie Wink, Haily Hummelmeier
Kristin Vespia, Human Development

15 Locus of Control and the Stress Response
Sarah Londo
Ryan Martin, Human Development, Craig Hanke, Human Biology

Effects of Coping Style and Age on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Behaviors
Hollis Reynolds
Dean VonDras, Human Development

A Meta-analysis of Mindfulness Training as a Therapeutic Intervention for Externalizing Disorders
Destany Calma-Birling, Emily DiNatale
Dean VonDras, Human Development

On Broadway District Neighborhood Master Plan
Rebecca Ellenbecker, Sadie DiNatale
Marcelo Cruz, Urban and Regional Studies Ashley Heath, Center for Public Affairs

Children’s Edible Garden Intern with the Brown County Central Library
Sarah Tomasiewicz
Sara Schmitz, Human Biology

Meme Impressions
Chad Osteen
Kathleen Burns, Human Development

Science of Sexy? An Empirical Test of 
Dressing Recommendations
Sarah Wick, Meghan Baker, Kayla Blochowiak, Shelby VanHouten
Regan AR Gurung, Human Development

Emotions in Sports Performance 

Kayla Hucke
Ryan Martin, Human Development

Impact of Phonology and Number on Children’s Novel Plural Productions 

Katharine Bright, Kayla Hucke
Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

Exploring the Significance of Faults and Fractures in the Confined Aquifer in Northeastern Wisconsin (Brown and Outagamie Counties): Insights From Stable Isotope Patterns 

Amanda Hamby
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences

Comparison of Analytical Methods for 
the Determination of Chlorophyll a 

Ryan Badeau
Michael Zorn, Natural and Applied Sciences

Extracurricular Group Impact 

Kathryn Doll
Jenell Holstead, Human Development

The Physiologic Effects of Video and Audio Stimuli on the Human Body

Ryan Hass, Travis Ladwig, Mary Pappas, Kaitlyn Pilarzyk, Crystal Remsza, Aimee Schaefer, Bridget Schedler
Craig Hanke, Human Biology

Impact of Music Tempo on Perceived Exertion During Exercise
Katrina Schumann, Alisha Maciejewski, Hailey Mohrfeld
James Marker and Craig Hanke, Human Biology

Decisions and Personality: Self-Regulation and the Big Five
Kari Kovacs
Kathleen Burns, Human Development

Perceptions of Abuse
Monica Wysocki
Kathleen Burns, Human Development
Emergence of Cross Cultural Difference in Moral Development in Infants
Keegan Eggert
Sawa Senzaki, Human Development

Revealing Green Bay: Industry and Development in Print
Gena Selby
Chris Style, Art and Design

Vocalissimo: Creative Activities in Florence, Italy with a Musical Performance
Ashley Gutting, Evan Ash, Tori Schuurmans
Sarah Meredith-Livingston, Courtney Sherman. Music

Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, Wisconsin
Christa Kananen
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences

Senior Show Portrait Paintings
Laura Schley
Kristy Deetz, Art and Design

High schools to share research at Tuesday’s watershed symposium

Nearly 100 students and teachers from participating Northeastern Wisconsin high schools will spend the day on the UW-Green Bay campus Tuesday (April 14) for the 12th annual Student Watershed Symposium. The symposium brings together the high schoolers and UW-Green Bay faculty researchers who partner on monitoring the health of the Fox River basin through the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program. The day’s activities run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the morning presentations in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union free and open to the public. In the afternoon, participating students will have the opportunity to tour the Richter Museum and Fewless Herbarium, take part in a frog-monitoring workshop, and compete in a quiz bowl.

Among the featured high school presentations:
Duck Creek Team: Website — Students from Green Bay Southwest H.S. have created a website for their science club that showcases their involvement with LFRWMP.
Trout Creek Team: Public Awareness — Students from Pulaski H.S. have created videos promoting public awareness on issues such as nutrient pollution, dead zones, PCB cleanup and northern pike restoration.
Spring Brook Team: Nitrates by the Stream — Students from Oshkosh North H.S. have investigated the cause of high nitrate levels in “their” stream, and contacted landowners near the brook to identify potential sources.
Ashwaubenon Creek: Frogs, Their Importance and Why We Monitor — An introduction to frogs and their importance to watershed ecosystems by Green Bay East H.S. student Jermaine Toliver-Marx.

For more, see the full news release.

UW-Green Bay grad students will describe Cat Island research

The keynote presentation at Tuesday’s watershed symposium will take place from 9:15 to 10 a.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room. Chelsea Gunther, Jesse Weinzinger and Tom Prestby — graduate students in Environmental Science and Policy — will describe their research work involving the restoration of the Cat Island Chain in the lower bay. Following completion of protective islands and dikes intended to support better wetland and shallow-water habitat, Gunther and Weinzinger are finding evidence of increased aquatic plant diversity, and Prestby is documenting the return of migratory shorebird populations.

Notice: Grant Opportunities

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Multiple Directorates

Grant Program: Faculty Early Career Development Program

FON Number: 15-555
 Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: July 21, 2015
Abstract: Notice seeking proposals to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Proposals are due July 21, 2015, July 22, 2015, or July 23, 2015 depending on directorate. Approximately $222 million is available to support 400 awards. Contact: Henry Warchall, 703/292-4861.

Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Grant Program: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

CFDA Number: 66.469

Next Deadline: April 17, 2015

Abstract: In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies, EPA serves as the lead federal agency on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and supports proposals furthering protection and clean-up of Great Lakes Ecosystem, specifically the restoration and maintenance of its chemical, physical, and biological integrity. Program priorities and deadlines vary by region. Current solicitations include EPA chemical analysis in support of the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program (04/17/15). Contact: Pranas Pranckevicius, Program Officer, GLRI, 312/353-3437.

Sponsor: National Education Association Foundation

Grant Program: NEA Foundation Grants

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 1, 2015

Abstract: Provides grants to improve academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject areas. Student Achievement Grants (up to $5,000) support initiatives to improve academic achievement. Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development–$2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Higher education faculty and staff may apply. Annual deadlines: 2/1, 6/1, 10/15. Check the website for details. Contact: Jesse Graystock, Program Officer, 202/822-7839.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of State (DoS); Mission to India

Grant Program: Training program for Alumni of Online courses

FON Number: ND-RFP15-04

Next Deadline: April 30, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking applications to support efforts to run train-the-trainer programs for selected English language teachers in India by organizing a face-to-face program for alumni of State Department-run distance-learning classes. Funds support training of alumni, provide scholarships for students to implement teacher training workshops in their home regions, and support evaluation of the program. Applications are due by April 30, 2015. Approximately $40,000 is available to support one award. Academic institutions that have specific expertise in implementing professional development programs for English teachers are encouraged to apply. Contact: Grants Applications Manager.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Grant Program: BJA FY 15 Firearm Locks Distribution and Safe Storage Program

FON Number: BJA-2015-4122 

Next Deadline: April 27, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking a national provider to distribute firearm locks and educational materials on the use of the locks, as well as safety issues related to the program. Funds support distribution of locks, outreach efforts, and the creation of public service announcements and other communication materials. Applications are due by April 27, 2015. Approximately $2.6 million is available to support one award. Contact: National Criminal Justice Reference Service, 800/851-3420.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Agricultural Marketing Service

Grant Program: 2015 Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

FON Number: USDA-AMS-FSMIP-2015 
Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: May 14, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking applications to provide matching funds on a competitive basis to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system. Applications are due May 14, 2015. Approximately $1 million is available. Contact: Janise Zygmont, 202/720-5024.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Agricultural Marketing Service

Grant Program: 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants

FON Number: USDA-AMS-FMPP-2015 
Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: May 14, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking applications for projects that establish, expand, and promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing. Applications are due May 14, 2015. Approximately $13 million is available. Nonprofit corporations are eligible. Contact: FMPP Staff, 202/720-0933.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Grant Program: Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25)

FON Number: RFA-HL-16-017 
Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: May 1, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking applications to support research education activities that develop courses in contemporary biostatics. Courses must be taught during the summers of 2016-2018, and incorporate hands-on research experiences and mentoring activities. Funds do not support an in-depth basic course in the subject, or a standard introductory course in statistics. Letters of intent are requested by May 1, 2015. Applications are due June 1, 2015. Approximately $1.52 million is available to support six awards. Contact: Song Yang, 301/435-0431.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Grant Program: Health Careers Opportunity Program

FON Number: HRSA-15-042
, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: May 15, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking applications to promote the recruitment of qualified students and adult learners, including veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds into health or allied health professions programs; improve retention rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds; improve matriculation and graduation rates; and provide opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities. Applications are due May 15, 2015. Approximately $11 million is available to support up to 20 awards. Contact: Tia-Nicole Leak, 301/443-1134.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Golden Field Office

Grant Program: U.S. WIND MANUFACTURING: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs

FON Number: DE-FOA-0001214

Next Deadline: April 17, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking applications to support Research and Development (R&D) partnerships leading to innovative designs and processes for wind blade manufacturing and installation to enable deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. Concept papers are due April 17, 2015. Applications are due May 28, 2015. Approximately $1.8 million is available to support two awards. Cost Share is 20% of total project costs. Email.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics

FON Number: PD-15-7569 
Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: Between February 1 to February 15, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking to support fundamental research on the analysis, measurement, monitoring and control of dynamic systems. Funds support the development of new analytical, computational and experimental tools, and novel applications to engineered and natural systems. Applications are due annually between September 1 and September 15 and February 1 to February 15. Average awards range from $100,000-$500,000. PIs are asked to submit a project summary to the program directors before applying. Contact: Jordan Berg, 703/292-5365.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Physical and Dynamic Meteorology

FON Number: PD-98-1522 
Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: n/a

Abstract: Notice seeking to support research involving studies of cloud physics; atmospheric electricity; radiation; boundary layer and turbulence; the initiation, growth, and propagation of gravity waves; all aspects of mesoscale meteorological phenomena, including their morphological, thermodynamic, and kinematic structure; development of mesoscale systems and precipitation processes; and transfer of energy between scales. The program also sponsors the development of new techniques and devices for atmospheric measurements. Proposals are accepted at any time. Average awards range from $100,000-$500,000. Contact: Chungu Lu, 703/292-8524.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events

FON Number: PD-15-1638
 Solicitation, Grants.gov

Next Deadline: Between February 1 to February 15, 2015

Abstract: Notice seeking to support fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. Funds support multidisciplinary programs that integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. The program supports four core emphasis areas: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Applications are accepted annually between September 1 and September 15 and February 1 and February 15. Average awards range from $100,000-$500,000. Contact: Dennis Wenger, 703/292-8606.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)
CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: Jun 09, 2015

Abstract: Seeks to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. NSF funding through I-Corps Sites enables academic institutions to support teams whose projects are likely candidates for commercialization. The topical focus of a project must be in an area(s) of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) normally supported by NSF. Limited submission: one proposal per institution. Annual deadline: second Tuesday in June. Contact: Rathindra DasGupta, Program Officer, 703/292-8353.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)

CFDA Number: 47.041

Next Deadline: June 16, 2015

Abstract: Program’s goal is to increase the incentive and opportunity for small firms to undertake cutting-edge, high-risk, high-quality scientific, engineering, or science and engineering education research that would have a high-potential economic payoff if the research is successful. Requires researchers at universities and other non-profit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR (6/18/15) project. Approximately $10.8 million is available for 47 awards. Limited submission: one STTR (6/18) and one SBIR (6/16) proposal per institution. Contact: Peter Atherton, Program Director, ENG, 703/292-8772.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 26, 2015

Abstract: Supports long-term research partnerships among industry, academe, and government. Centers that are catalyzed by small NSF investment and industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in project development and evolution. Annual deadlines: required LOIs due first Monday in January, last Friday in June for planning grants; full proposals due first Tuesday in March, last Friday in September for full centers. Limited submission: one Phase II and one Phase III application per institution; no limit on multi-institution applications. Contact: Raffaella Montelli, Program Director, Directorate for Engineering, 703/292-2678.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Program: Hydrologic Sciences

CFDA Number: 47.050

Next Deadline: June 01, 2015

Abstract: Supports studying processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and stream flow; evaporation and transpiration; as well as the flow of water in soils and aquifers and the transport of suspended, dissolved and colloidal components. Studies may address aqueous geochemistry and solid phase interactions as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes as coupled to water transport. Annual deadlines: 12/5 and 6/1. Contact: Thomas Torgersen, Program Director, ESD, 703/292-8549.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Grant Program: Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

CFDA Number: 10.307

Next Deadline: April 30, 2015

Abstract: Program seeks to solve critical organic agricultural issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education and extension activities. OREI funds research, education and extension programs that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. Matching cost share is required. Contact: Mathieu Ngouajio, National Program Leader, NIFA, 202/401-4895.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Commerce

Grant Program: NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

CFDA Number: 11.008

Next Deadline: April 13, 2015

Abstract: Seeks projects that engage the public in educational activities that utilize emerging or advanced technologies to improve understanding and stewardship of the local and global environment. Program areas include: Formal K-12 Education and Informal/Nonformal Science Education. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply directly. Contact: Carrie McDougall, Program Officer, OED, 202/482-0875.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense
Grant Program: Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 23, 2015

Abstract: Supports early-stage research and development conducted by small companies working cooperatively with academic and other researchers, who must be responsible for at least 30 percent of the project. Six DoD components participate: Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, and Office of the Secretary. Air Force and Army solicitations do not require Phase I award before applying to Phase II solicitation. GRC lists deadlines one day before due date because proposals due by 6AM, ET. Contact: SBIR/STTR Help Desk, 866/724-7457.

Sponsor: Spencer Foundation

Grant Program: Research Grant Program

CFDA Number: n/a 

Next Deadline: June 02, 2015

Abstract: Foundation focuses on four areas: Education and Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Institutions; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and Purposes and Values of Education. Small Research Grants (2/5/15, 6/2/15, 8/20/15, 11/18/14) offer up to $50,000 for pilot research and the initial phases of larger investigations. Mid-Career Grants offer up to $150,000 (10/14). Lyle Spencer Awards, offer up to $1 million (LOI 5/4/15). Applications for Initiative in Philosophy in Education Policy and Practice grants are accepted any time. Contact: Annie Brinkman, Grants Manager, 312/274-6511.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education

Grant Program: Fulbright-Hays: Seminars Abroad–Bilateral Projects

CFDA Number: 84.018

Next Deadline: April 1, 2015

Abstract: Provides annual short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar’s location and duration is predetermined; therefore, participants may apply accordingly. Does not appear in the Federal Register, nor Grants.gov. FY 15 seminar is in China for K-12 educators. Contact: Carly Borgmeier, Program Officer, OPE, 202/502-7691.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice

Grant Program: Research and Evaluation on Firearms and Violence Reduction

CFDA Number: 16.560
Next Deadline: April 27, 2015

Abstract: Supports research on firearms and violence with the objective of shedding light on the relationship between guns and violence. Examples of research in this area include the effects of criminal justice interventions on reducing gun violence, improving data systems for studying gun violence, illicit gun markets, and the effects of firearm policies and legislation on criminal justice and public safety. NIJ expects scholarly products to result from each award under this solicitation. Contact: Program Administrator, NIJ, 202/307-2942.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities

Grant Program: Bridging Cultures Through Film: International Topics

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 10, 2015

Abstract: Supports projects examining international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films (30 minutes to feature length) that are analytical and grounded in scholarship. Projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside the U.S. NEH encourages innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. Grants are offered for Development (up to $75,000) and Production (up to $650,000). Contact: David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, 202/606-8308.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Program: Digital Projects for the Public

CFDA Number: 45.164 

Next Deadline: June 10, 2015

Abstract: Supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. Awards are made for a period of one to three years and may range up to $30,000 (for Discovery grants) or up to $100,000 (for Prototyping grants). Contact: Division of Public Programs, 202/606-8269.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities

Grant Program: Humanities Initiatives at HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 25, 2015

Abstract: Program seeks to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at the three types of presidentially-designated institutions: HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. These grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes. New guidelines will be posted two months before the deadline. Grants are for up to $100,000. Regional or multi-institutional projects are encouraged. No cost sharing required. Contact: Rebecca Boggs, Senior Program Officer, 202/606-8398.

Sponsor: Russell Sage Foundation

Grant Program: Research and Scholar Programs

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 1, 2015

Abstract: Supports research exclusively in the social sciences. Project Awards of $35,000-$150,000 support basic social science research to improve social policies. Program areas include: Social Inequality, Immigration, Future of Work, Behavioral Economics and Cultural Contact. Annual deadlines: 1/16, 6/1, 9/14 for required LOIs. Also offers Visiting Scholar positions (annual deadline: 9/15) and Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics/Consumer Finance (annual deadline: applications accepted anytime). Contact: Aixa Citron-Velez, Senior Program Officer, 212/750-6000.

Sponsor: Weill (Kurt) Foundation for Music

Grant Program: Grants Program

CFDA Number: n/a

Next Deadline: June 1, 2015

Abstract: Promotes the public appreciation of the music of Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein. Funding will be provided for research and travel, Dissertation Fellowships, publication assistance, educational outreach, and college/university performances. Deadlines are 6/1 (for certain college/university performance grants) and 11/1 each year. Applications for support of major professional productions/festivals/exhibitions, etc., will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis without application or performance deadlines. Contact: Janice Mayer, Director of Programs and Promotion, 212/505-5240.

Student earns state AWRA honor for ‘Best Undergraduate Student Poster’

The Wisconsin Section of the American Water Resources Association has honored UW-Green Bay student and Geoscience major Christa Kananen. She was given the best undergraduate student poster award last week for her research project on groundwater levels in the deep sandstone aquifer of Marinette County. Her poster (with co-author Prof. John Luczaj of Geoscience) was titled: “Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, Wisconsin” The award will eventually be posted at http://state.awra.org/wisconsin/studentposteraward.html.

At CATL blog, Weinschenk points to ‘video abstract’ by student Alvarez

Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk of political science and the Public and Environmental Affairs faculty has contributed an essay to Teaching and Learning at UWGB, the CATL blog. His piece, titled “Taking Student Research to the Next Level,” talks about the value of undergraduate research and the well-known opportunities here for engaged students to present at the Academic Excellence Symposium, Posters in the Rotunda and at professional conferences. He shares an additional idea. Weinschenk worked with now-graduated student Kristine Alvarez on an independent study project focusing on the effect of income inequality on voter turnout. “She produced an excellent research paper and presented at several conferences,” says Weinschenk, who then encouraged Alvarez to summarize her project via a short “video abstract,” part of what the professor says should be a move to communicate science more widely via various channels to better reach audiences outside the academy.
For the Weinschenk essay and the Alvarez video, click http://blog.uwgb.edu/catl/taking-student-research-to-the-next-level/.

Five research projects selected for Posters in Rotunda

UW-Green Bay has made public the names of student researchers who will represent the University at the annual Posters in the Rotunda showcase in Madison later this spring. The students, topics and faculty advisers are:

Katie Bright, senior, Green Bay, and Kayla Hucke, senior, Hartland
“The impact of phonology and number on children’s novel plural production”
adviser Jennifer Lanter, Human Development

Christa Kananen, senior, Sobieski
“Drawdown of the potentiometric surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer in Marinette County”
adviser John Luczaj, Geoscience

Lauren Anderson, senior, Green Bay, and Noel Craig, junior, Shawano
“Efforts directed toward the synthesis of obolactone”
adviser Julie Wondergem, Chemistry and Natural Applied Sciences

Julia Rose Shariff, senior, Green Bay
“The lost connection: Benefits of being a bilingual professional in the U.S. healthcare system”
adviser Cristina Ortiz, Spanish and Humanistic Studies

Lindsay Hansen, senior, Kiel
“Monitoring the importance of river mouth and shoreline habitats for migratory birds at Kingfisher Farm and nearby natural areas in Manitowoc County”
adviser Robert Howe, Natural and Applied Sciences