STEM Center Aerial Photo

Save the date: Brown County STEM Innovation Center Open House, Oct. 10

It’s nearly here! On Oct. 10, 2019, there will be an official celebration and open house for Brown County’s STEM Innovation Center, the newest building at UW-Green Bay, and home to the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. Here’s the tentative schedule. Watch your e-mail for more:

12:30 p.m. Media Event with speeches. Tours to follow. (The campus community is invited).
6 to 8 p.m. Public Open House (Please join us for an evening of STEM activities).

 

UW-Green Bay Student Research Could Be A Lifesaver | WNFL

UW-Green Bay students looking to identify new life-saving antibiotics are getting some help from the Green Bay Packers. UW-Green Bay science students are taking part in the worldwide “Tiny Earth” initiative that uses a global network of college students in 15 countries and almost every state in the U.S. to identify new antibiotics produced by bacteria in soil environments. Students will present their findings at the Tiny Earth in Titletown Symposium at the Lambeau Field Atrium on December 6th. See more via Student Research Could Be A Lifesaver.

Tiny Earth Kickoff Event

Photos: Tiny Earth kicks-off with soil from the Green Bay Packers

The next big win emerging from the Green Bay Packers’ practice fields could be life-saving bacteria. Student and faculty researchers from UW-Green Bay and area high schools will examine a soil sample from the Packers’ Clark Hinkle Field as part of the Tiny Earth project, which aims to identify bacteria in the earth strong enough to beat diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics.

According to UW-Green Bay Biology Professor Brian Merkel, about 70 percent of the antibiotics used today come from soil bacteria. But the discovery of new ones have drastically slowed. And a 2013 analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that at least two-million people contract an antibiotic-resistant infection each year.

After analyzing soil samples, including the one from the Packers’ Ray Nitschke, students and faculty will gather at the The Tiny Earth Symposium, held at the Lambeau Field Atrium, Dec. 6, 2019, to showcase their findings. At the same time, 10,000 students from across the globe are doing similar research, hoping for the next big discovery.

Merkel calls this a “student-sourcing” event. The larger the group of students, the more reasonable it is to expect a greater frequency of discoveries, he said. The kick-off event took place on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at Brown County’s STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, with representation from UW-Green Bay, the Green Bay Packers and Tiny Earth.

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Tiny Earth Kickoff

Photos by Dan Moore, Office of Marketing and University Communication

Packers provide field soil to ‘Tiny Earth’ UW-Green Bay/global research project

The Green Bay Packers partnered with UW-Green Bay as part of a global research project looking to fight against the rise of drug-resistant diseases. Tiny Earth is an initiative using a global network of college students to identify new life-saving antibiotics produced by bacteria in soil.

“Soil is a very rich trove of places where microbes live, bacteria live, and in particular bacteria and other organisms that produce antibiotics,” said Sarah Miller, executive director of Tiny Earth. This year the Green Bay Packers offered up some soil from its practice field to be used in Tiny Earth’s research with students at UWGB.

via Packers provide field soil to ‘Tiny Earth’ UWGB global research project, WBAY.

Packers, Partnership and Research — UW-Green Bay hosts ‘Tiny Earth’ kick-off event Monday, Sept. 9, 12:45 p.m.

Green Bay, Wis.—Here’s the hard-hitting fact: 700,000 people around the world die each year from drug-resistant diseases with common diseases becoming untreatable. Left unchanged, drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million people by the year by 2050. It’s a world crisis.

“Tiny Earth” is an initiative that uses a global network of college students (now in 15 countries and almost every state in the U.S.) to identify new life-saving antibiotics produced by bacteria in soil environments. This year, UW-Green Bay students will be studying a soil sample from the Green Bay Packers’ practice field.

A representative from the Packers will join faculty and students for a Tiny Earth kick-off at UW-Green Bay’s Stem Innovation Center at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Media is invited.

The second annual Tiny Earth in Titletown Symposium will follow at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Dec. 6, 2019. Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Nature’s Way, Schreiber Foods, Cherney Labs and other business and organizations, including the Green Bay Packers, are supporting the event. The 2019 research campaign has added students, teachers and administrators from area high schools (West High School, East High School, Ashwaubenon, Bay Port High School, etc.) and the symposium is expected to draw even more than the 250 participants who attended last year.

“A soil sample from the Packers’ practice field is incredibly exciting to our Wisconsin Tiny Earth students,” said UW-Green Bay Biology Prof. Brian Merkel, one of the organizers of the event. “The partnership is a testament to the good that happens when partnerships, including high schools, colleges, business and industry, including the Packers, come together for the common good.”

The UW-Green Bay student researchers will analyze the soil bacteria during the fall semester and present their findings at the Tiny Earth in Titletown Symposium.

This video features last year’s event.

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STEM Innovation Center set to open early September | WLUK

As construction continues on the new Brown County STEM Innovation Center on UW-Green Bay’s campus, those behind the initiative offered an update last Wednesday. “As part of this last phase we’re in, we’re $1.8 million from completing our full on fundraising efforts,” said Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive. More via STEM Innovation Center set to open early September | WLUK.

WTAQ also had coverage.

Chancellor Miller Speak at Einstein Project

Partners announce public campaign phase to benefit current students and future engineers

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Einstein Project Executive Director Kelly Ellis and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, gathered at the Einstein Project offices to celebrate (Wednesday, July 24, 2019), the near completion of the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus and introduce a public campaign phase. The Center is the first phase of the Phoenix Innovation Park

“I’ve personally toured the progress recently and am thrilled to see our vision taking shape,” said Streckenbach. “I’d like to thank the design team, especially Brown County representatives Chuck Lamine and Doug Marsh, for their roles in getting us to this point. We are in the closing moments and we need to finish strong with fundraising. It’s crucial for us to come together as a benevolent community to get us where we need to be for both the Einstein Project and UW-Green Bay to foster the big impact this project will have on our region for the future.”

The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will serve as the home of UW-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, which will help address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap of qualified employees to support manufacturing growth and entrepreneurship. The first day of classes will be Sept. 3 (2019).

“We have a direct link to one of the finest and most innovative programs (Einstein Project) to get young people interested in STEM fields and careers,” says Chancellor Miller. “We want the community to know that (together) we’re pushing to finish this campaign.

“In order to create the best and most robust pipeline to fill Brown County’s employee engineering gap, we need to scale up the number of students we serve,” said Ellis.

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Brown County STEM Innovation Center is on track, helping campus gain momentum

“The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be an impressive piece of design and construction, with 63,730 square feet available for the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering…” The Press Times has an update, including interviews with Chancellor Gary L. Miller and CSET Dean John Katers. Read it here.

Video: STEM Center Construction

Soon larger windows and glass will be installed, and at that point the “building envelope” of the long-awaited STEM Innovation Center will be complete. In other words, contractors are making great progress and the building should be substantially complete by August 15, 2019 with first classes starting on Sept. 4. The Brown-county-owned building is on UW-Green Bay property. We’ve got drone footage.