Prof. Aldrete has new book published with Bloomsbury Press

Greg AldreteCongratulations to UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete (History, Humanities) on publication of his new book, “The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done for Us,” by Bloomsbury Press. It is It is co-authored with his wife, Alicia Aldrete.

Says Prof. Aldrete, “This is a revised and substantially expanded edition of a book that we published in 2012 with the same title. That earlier version was a finalist for the Holton Book Award given by the Archaeological Institute of America to a non-fiction book that best conveys ‘the importance and excitement of archaeology to the general public.’ Because of the success of that version, Bloomsbury Press decided to print the current revised, expanded second edition in an affordable paperback format.”

The expanded second edition features a completely new chapter that examines problems and challenges faced by the modern world that were also concerns in antiquity, and explores how these issues were dealt with by the Greeks and Romans. Among these are: environmental issues such as deforestation, pollution, and climate change, celebrities and cults of personality, obsession with fashion trends, fashion and social status, and ancient versions of the debates around globalization and cultural imperialism.

Here is the press’ description of the book:

Book Cover The Long Shadow of Antiquity
Book Cover
The Long Shadow of Antiquity

A vivid exploration of the many ways the classical world remains relevant today, this is a passionate justification of why we continue to read about and study the lives and works of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Challenging the way the phrase “That’s just ancient history” is used to dismiss something as being irrelevant, Gregory and Alicia Aldrete demonstrate just how much ancient Greece and Rome have influenced and shaped our world in ways both large and small.  From the more commonly known influences on politics, law, literature, and timekeeping through to the everyday rituals and routines we take for granted when we exercise, dine, marry and dress, we are rooted in the ancient world. 

If you have ever wondered to what degree we still walk in the footsteps of the ancients or wanted to understand how study of the classical world can inform and explain our lives today, this is the book for you.

Aldrete is UW-Green Bay’s Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies.

UW-Green Bay’s new bachelor’s degree in Water Science to help meet demand of water sector workforce shortage

Program underscores region’s important role in addressing water quality

GREEN BAY — (Feb. 19, 2019) The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has authorized the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to establish the UW System’s first Bachelor of Science Degree in Water Science.

The major will have a principal focus on water’s role in natural processes in Earth’s systems. Students will develop a solid understanding of the chemistry, surface water hydrology, groundwater and biology of freshwater systems.

“Water is arguably the single greatest resource challenge of the 21st century,” said John Luczaj, Ph.D., UW-Green Bay professor of Geoscience. “The world faces significant challenges regarding water quality, quantity and ecological functions that are expected to worsen. The global need for water science professionals to solve critical water issues is accelerating and expected to continue indefinitely.

“From a student’s perspective,” Luczaj continued, “UW-Green Bay’s four coastal campuses cover a unique geographic region of Wisconsin that provides research opportunities in surface water and groundwater that no other University can duplicate. Graduates will be well-equipped to enter graduate school or to start a water science career.”

Many water professionals in Northeast Wisconsin voiced their support for the new program. Executives from the Green Bay Water Utility, NEW Water, the Wisconsin Rural Water Association, the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Bellevue Public Works Utility and the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, were among those who wrote letters of support.

“[Having] a source of prospective employees ‘right in our own backyard’ — at UW-Green Bay — is such a wonderful opportunity,” stated Green Bay Water Utility Manager Nancy Quirk in a letter of support to the Regents. “I can say, unequivocally, that the water sector across the United States is facing a significant workforce shortage, especially individuals who have a broad-based education in water-related scientific knowledge and research and skill-sets such as problem solving and critical thinking.”

The undergraduate program will be housed in the Natural & Applied Sciences (NAS) unit of UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. It is expected to welcome its first cohort of students as early as Fall 2019.

The water science program will be primarily designed for face-to-face delivery, but instruction is also expected to take advantage of online and in-field immersion opportunities. Students will have opportunities to work as research assistants on faculty projects, develop internships or conduct their own independent projects. UW-Green Bay faculty are very active in research on water and wastewater treatment, runoff pollution, stream hydrology, groundwater quality, limnology and aquatic ecology. Core courses will be drawn from geoscience, chemistry, environmental science, biology, physics, math and statistics, and public and environmental affairs.

“This interdisciplinary program is not only consistent with UW-Green Bay’s history of research and teaching related to water resources,” said Luczaj, “it complements a proposed freshwater initiative (the nation’s first integrated, higher education, multi-institutional program centered on serving the freshwater economy) being developed by UW-Milwaukee and other UW institutions.”

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff will be integral partners in the UW-Milwaukee-led initiative, which aims to make Wisconsin a worldwide hub for freshwater science to address real-world water-related issues. Examples like the lead contamination crisis in Flint (Mich.), the ongoing arsenic exposure in Bangladesh and the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, are examples of the global need for water expertise.

The program will also expand opportunities for collaboration in the region through engagement with business, not-for-profits and government agencies. It will prepare students for career opportunities in private industry, water utilities, geotechnical consulting, natural resource management, state and federal government agencies or environmental policy organizations.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit


Faculty note: Prof. Senzaki receives fellowship

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Sawa Senzaki (Psychology and Human Development) received an Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This fellowship is awarded to researchers with excellent records of research achievements to collaborate with Japanese colleagues. Senzaki will spend seven months as a visiting researcher at Saitama University in Japan during her sabbatical in 2019-2020.

Faculty note: Prof. Gurung publication

UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology and Human Development) is co-author on an article for the National Education Association’s journal Thriving in Academe. “Anyone who promises to show you a clear and easy path to teaching greatness in a college classroom is probably trying to sell you something. But being a model teacher is within your, and everyone else’s, grasp,” it reads. It includes “tales from real life,” “six keys to model teaching,” “how to be a better teacher,” and more. See it here.

Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is March 1

It’s the third year of the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition! Mark your calendars to attend the competition on Friday, March 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, Green Bay Campus (awards will start about 3:20 p.m.). Students from all four colleges and all four UW-Green Bay campuses have been invited to compete. Student teams are working on their “innovations.” Teams are challenged to identify a problem related to aging and design a solution to address it. Solutions, or “innovations,” are broadly defined (e.g., an application, social service, policy change, environmental redesign, etc.).

Faculty note: Prof. Nesvet publication

Rebecca Nesvet’s research article “‘Keep[ing] Time at Arm’s-Length’: Veteran and Vampyre in Varney,” has been accepted for publication in the Routledge volume The Victorian Vampire, edited by Sally Brooke-Cameron (Queen’s University, Canada.) The article explores the representation of the struggles of aging British veterans of the Napoleonic Wars in Varney the Vampyre, a definitive ‘penny dreadful’ by James Malcolm Rymer and an important precursor of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the modern vampire tradition.