UW-Green Bay hosted Wisconsin Technology Council for first time

On Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, UW-Green Bay hosted the Wisconsin Technology Council for the first time. The topic was Foxconn’s Green Bay research & development center based in their recently purchased Watermark building downtown. The speaker was Foxconn’s first employee in Wisconsin, Navy veteran C. P. “Tank” Murdoch. Murdoch touted some of the opportunities for local STEAM students and local veterans in his talk about the new hardware innovation center which could employ 100 or more. The event was covered by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Public Radio and Fox 11.

STEAM Engine VIII at Neville Public Museum , Wednesday, Mar. 13

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Engine VIII event at the Neville Museum will be taking on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The STEAM Engine is an interactive event that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The events kick off at 6 p.m. with a short live music performance followed by presentations and Q & A. The social networking hour with soda, Titletown beer and popcorn rounds out the night. UW-Green Bay is a sponsor. Learn more.

Students can enroll in WITonCampus Professional Connection Program

It’s that time of the semester where students and professionals can be matched through the WITonCampus’s Professional Connection Program. Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT) is located in the Fox Valley and is dedicated to attracting, growing and retaining women in technology careers. WITonCampus is focused on supporting college students. WITonCampus’s Professional Connection Program helps college students explore and discover technology career opportunities. Students that join this program will interact with other professional women to help develop personally and professionally. Learn more about WITonCampus. Students can sign-up here. Questions can be directed towards Rachel Rosenberg at ralarosenberg@gmail.com.

Reminder: Free STEAM Engine VII at the Neville Museum this Wednesday, Nov. 14

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Engine VII event at the Neville Museum will be taking on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The events kick off at 6 p.m. with a short live music performance followed by presentations, including one from UW-Green Bay lecturer Benjamin Geisler (Computer Science), and Q & A. The social networking hour with soda, Titletown beer and popcorn rounds out the night. Learn more.

Free STEAM Engine event to take place at Neville Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 14

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Engine VII event at the Neville Museum will be taking on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The events kick off at 6 p.m. with a short live music performance followed by presentations, including one from lecturer Benjamin Geisler (Computer Science), and Q & A. The social networking hour with soda, Titletown beer and popcorn rounds out the night. Learn more.

Foxconn launches ‘Smart Cities – Smart Futures’ competition

Foxconn Technology Group encourages faculty, staff and students in Wisconsin’s universities to participate in its “Smart Cities – Smart Future” initiative. The state-wide competition enables talent across the state to make use of opportunities presented by Wisconsin’s technological innovation. The company is committing to $1 million in prize money over three years, which is aimed at generating ideas. The focus of the competition is smart mobility, building, health, energy and homes as well as quality of life, efficiency, productivity and management of resources. Read more about the competition.

WEDC CEO Mark Hogan says Foxconn, TitletownTech will attract young talent

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Mark Hogan feels good about Wisconsin’s technological development. In addition to Foxconn partnerships, Hogan acknowledges more opportunities in the region, such as TitletownTech, a partnership between Microsoft, the Packers and UW-Green Bay. “What the Packers and Microsoft are doing at Titletown, what’s happening in Milwaukee and Madison, is changing the culture,” Hogan explains. “This is a significant statement on what’s happening in the Green Bay area.” Read the full story on the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

TitletownTech wants to keep young professionals close to home

TitletownTech, a partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers and UW-Green Bay, attempts to attract and keep young talent in Green Bay. The facility will include a venture studio, innovation lab and a tech fund. Director of Microsoft Tech Spark Mike Egan says the purpose of TitletownTech is to spur up the economy. See the full story from WFRV, including an interview with UWGB student Sallie Petty.

Marketing begins for app developed by Herdman, Gallagher-Lepak

Leveraging technology to make patient assessments more efficient and effective is the driving force behind the development of a new nursing clinical decision support e-tool, developed by T. Heather Herdman and Susan Gallagher-Lepak of the UW-Green Bay Nursing faculty in conjunction with NANDA International (NANDA-I), an association of nursing professionals that develops, refines and publishes terminology accurately reflecting nurses’ clinical judgments. The decision support e-tool now available through the Google Store and the Apple Store, was funded by a grant through WiSYS (WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.) and funds from NANDA International, Inc. The cost is $42.99.

***     ***     ***     ***     ***

Creators talk about new e-tool — “Learning the language of nursing in order to explain the judgments nurses make based on patient assessments is often challenging for students,” says Prof. Herdman. “This tool will not only help with that process, but it will also help them to better communicate their knowledge. Instead of having to look up standardized assessment tools and nursing diagnoses in books after assessing a patient during clinicals, we’ve developed an interactive tool that students can use in real time, as they’re working with patients, that provides the standardized language needed for electronic health records, along with evidence-based assessment tools.” Adds Gallagher-Lepak, “When using the e-tool, they will enter basic information and the e-tool will prompt them as to what additional information is needed in order to accurately diagnose or collect additional assessment data. It doesn’t make a diagnosis for them; rather, it suggests potentials, as well as what other information they need to know or gather. Once they’ve completed the process, the student can email the information directly to their instructor for review. It really streamlines and improves the learning process.”

Bukralia is co-author of ‘Academic Analytics’ chapter, quoted in CIO

Rajeev Bukralia, director of data science outreach and a lecturer in computer science for UW-Green Bay, is co-author of a chapter in the book Reshaping Society Through Analytics, Collaboration, and Decision Support, which is volume 18 in the Annals of Information Systems series published by Springer. The title of the chapter is “Using Academic Analytics to Predict Dropout Risk in E-Learning Courses.” Bukralia and co-authors Amit Deokar and Surendra Sarnikar note both the rising enrollment in online courses nationally and the higher dropout rates, arguing that early identification of at-risk students is imperative. Their study develops a model to predict real-time dropout risk for each student while an online course is being taught. The model uses 10 variables from the Student Information Systems (SIS) software and seven Course Management System (CMS) variables to establish a “dynamic risk score” with 90 percent accuracy for predicting student dropout in online courses. A full abstract is available at http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-11575-7_6

***     ***     ***     ***     ***


‘Things CIOs Should Know About Prescriptive Analytics’ — Rajeev Bukralia was one of several industry sources interviewed earlier this year for an article published in CIO magazine. Titled “Five Things Chief Information Officers Should Know About Prescriptive Analytics,” the article emphasized the need for data integration, speed, and continuing balance between technology-driven information and human judgment. Bukralia told writer Mary K. Pratt that organizations need to be strategic in their approach to prescriptive analytics, with collaboration among senior executives. He also added, “Prescriptive analytics isn’t about technology.” Instead, it’s about people asking the right questions and knowing how to react to the findings. Read the article.