Faculty note: Prof. Meredith performs in recital

UW-Green Bay Music Professor Sarah Meredith, mezzosoprano, joined UW-Stevens Point voice faculty member, Matthew Markham, baritone and Timothy Cheek, pianist, University of Michigan, in a recital of Czech/Slovak repertoire on Tuesday evening, March 5, 2019, at the NFAC Lecture Hall on the UW-Stevens Point campus. The concert was sponsored by UW-Stevens Point’s Music Department. Prof. Cheek was on the UW-Stevens Point campus for a four-day visit to present masterclasses and lectures on the music of Czech composers. Cheek is also the pianist for the American Czech Slovak International Voice Competition that has been held at UW-Green Bay campus since 2003. The next competition will take place October 10, 11, and 12, 2019 at Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center.

Prof. Deetz receives first ‘Sustainability Teaching Development Grant’

UW-Green Bay’s Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce the first recipient of the new Sustainability Teaching Development Grant, which provides monetary support for professional development activities or projects that lead to the infusion of sustainability into any aspect of teaching. Professor Kristy Deetz (Art and Design) has received this grant for her project titled, “Visiting University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, to talk with professors and observe studio and teaching activities in the Art and Ecology Program.” Using what she will learn at UNM, Deetz plans to offer her students a rich experience integrated with sustainability concepts and practices. She is interested in developing an art and ecology class that combines studio experiences with art history and sciences — it could be offered as a general education class or first-year seminar and also serve as a requirement for the emphasis.

Class collecting donations for no-kill shelter

“The GPS Politics in Sports” class is collecting donations through April 15, 2019 for the Happily Ever After No-Kill Animal Sanctuary, which is in need of items such as Purina Dog Chow, Purina Cat Chow, paper towels and blankets. See additional items. No cash or check donations please. Donations can be dropped off at the group’s booth near the Garden Cafe during the school week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Prof. Luczaj talks with Wisconsin Public Radio about the new Water Science program

“As the world continues to deal with an increasing amount of water quality and quantity issues, there’s a growing demand for workers with a water science background. We hear about one Wisconsin university’s new effort to try and meet that demand.” Listen to host Kate Archer Kent and guest UW-Green Bay Prof. John Luczaj, as they discuss UW-Green Bay’s news Water Science degree.

Prof. Martin talks ‘anger behind the wheel’ with CBC

UW-Green Bay Associate Dean and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) talks with CBC News about why being struck in traffic makes us rant and rage. Here’s part of the post: “At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay there’s a professor of psychology named Ryan Martin. I had many questions, and he had all the answers. He studies this stuff. In fact, he’s gone as far to say that if you were an evil genius and wanted to develop a situation guaranteed to make people angry, it would look a lot like driving.” Read the story.

Elder-centric debit card concept wins WiSys Innovation in Aging competition at UW-Green Bay

The Assist team took first place in UW-Green Bay’s third annual WiSys Innovation in Aging student idea competition on March 1, 2019 with its “Scan Shield” concept of a safe debit card design specifically for the elderly.

The Assist — made up of UW-Green Bay students Jenna Bares, Emily Lautenschlager, Tommy Mlodzik and Garrett Spencer — won a $500 prize for its presentation before an audience and judges in UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre. Members of The Assist team represented the Design Lounge, a student organization, which works to broaden student designers’ knowledge of graphic design through real life experiences and involvement.

Team Health Sensor — made up of UW-Green Bay students Charles Warren, Ryan Ramminger and Andy Weigel — won second place and a $250 prize for its concept of an affordable health monitoring device. The team represented the Engineering Club, another student organization on campus. The second place award was sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Team PureSock’s idea for a monthly subscription service that delivers specialized socks designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with nerve damage in the feet, as well as promote stretching and muscle functionality in the foot, took third place and a $100 prize. The team included students Calvin Salmon, Kristen Lewandowski, Rachel Wirth and Zeyu Yan. The third place award was sponsored by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Team Futurism’s senior center cruise idea was awarded the People’s Choice Award by audience vote. The team was made up of Daijana Carrasco and Karina Mendez.

The Innovation in Aging competition challenged UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. Nine student teams, made up of students of each of the university’s four colleges, made eight-minute presentations with their creative solutions and were evaluated by a panel of judges from the community.

The student teams received mentoring assistance from WiSys, UW-Green Bay faculty members and Green Bay area community members in the weeks leading up to the event. The competition gave students an opportunity to develop important skills such as idea development, collaboration and public presentation. WiSys also instilled an understanding of intellectual property.

The event was a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.


In the photo, WiSys President Arjun Sanga and Susan Gallagher-Lepak, dean of the College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare, flank winning team members, Jenna Bares (left middle) and Emily Lautenschlager. Team members not pictured were Tommy Mlodzik and Garrett Spencer.

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Innovation in Aging Competition 2019

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication

Historical Perspective Lecture, Jillian Jacklin, March 28

Jillian Jacklin will be the featured speaker in the next Historical Perspectives Series lecture, Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. Jacklin, a Ph.D. student UW-Madison, will deliver, “Irresponsible Men and Incorrigible Women: Criminal Justice in Progressive-Era Wisconsin.” The event is free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars: Dan Kaufman, a journalist and writer from New York City, will speak on his book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics,” on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Christie Theatre.

The Historical Perspective Lecture Series is an annual series of talks at UW-Green Bay by a wide variety of historians and social scientists.


Academic staff professional development funds for Green Bay Campus exhausted

The Academic Staff Professional Development Allocations Committee no longer has funds available to assist academic staff in professional development opportunities for the remainder of fiscal year 2018-2019. All funds have been expended. If you have questions, please contact committee members Jena Richter Landers (chair), Kay Voss, Nora Kanzenbach, Joanie Dovekas or Joe Schoenebeck.

UW-Green Bay’s role in the understanding of the Green Bay ecosystem highlighted in ‘Journal of Great Lakes Research’

Over the past 50 years, UW-Green Bay has had an important leadership role in developing a scientific understanding of the Green Bay ecosystem. During this time period, current and emeriti faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students, all have made major contributions in an ongoing effort to improve our knowledge of this important environmental resource. Most recently, UW-Green Bay’s role in this scientific work was highlighted in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research, an issue which contains a special section on Green Bay Ecosystem.

Contributing authors in five of the 17 articles appearing in this special section have UW-Green Bay affiliations. Professors Kevin Fermanich and Patrick Forsythe (NAS); Hallett Harris (NAS Prof. Emeritus) and Prof. Robert Howe (NAS), are contributing authors of the opening article titled, “Green Bay, Lake Michigan: A Proving Ground for Great Lakes Restoration.” Harris, Robert Wenger (NAS Prof. Emeritus) and Paul Sager (NAS Prof. Emeritus), are the lead authors of the second article: “The Green Bay Saga: Environmental Change, Scientific Investigation, and Watershed Management.” Prof. and Associate Dean Michael Zorn (NAS, College of Science, Engineering and Technology), is the lead author of an article titled “In situ, High-Resolution Time Series of Dissolved Phosphate in Green Bay, Lake Michigan.” Howe; Erin Gnass Geise, data manager for the Center for Biodiversity and the UW-Green Bay coordinator for the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program; and Prof. Amy Wolf, (NAS), are the authors of “Quantitative Restoration Targets for Fish and Wildlife Habitats and Populations in the Lower Green Bay and Fox River AOC.” Gnass Geise, Howe, and Wolf are the lead authors of the fifth article on the UW-Green Bay list: “Breeding Birds and Anurans of Dynamic Coastal Wetlands in Green Bay, Lake Michigan.”

John Kennedy, a former staff member at the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewage Commission and an important research collaborator with UW-Green Bay faculty, is the author of the third article in the special section: “The Role of Municipal Agencies Concerning Ambient Monitoring and Overall Management of Aquatic Resources.” He is also a contributing author of two other articles, including the Zorn article cited above. “The Special Section on Green Bay Ecosystem” was edited by J. Val Klump, professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes WATER Institute, UW-Milwaukee, himself a major researcher of the Green Bay ecosystem and a collaborator with UW-Green Bay faculty. He is also a contributing author of several of the articles that appear in the special section.

Log submission by Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger