UW-Green Bay students Carol Brehmer, left, and Ebanie Schmidt explain their innovation “PIVOTAL”—a belt designed specifically for outdoor hobbyists and blue-collar workers—during the WiSys Innovation Showcase during WSTS at UW-Stout.

UW-Green Bay students and faculty shine at WSTS

MENOMONIE—UW-Green Bay students and faculty made a big impact at WiSys’ annual celebration of research and innovation, known as WSTS, on July 22-23 at UW-Stout. Some of the UW-Green Bay highlights include:

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain received the Innovator of the Year Award.

Student Akanksha Gurtu’s poster “Sustainable Conversion of Contaminated Water into Potable Water” won third place in the annual Poster Symposium. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Mandeep Bakshi is Gurtu’s faculty advisor.Poster Abstract: Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) belong to a unique class of nanomaterials with enormous interesting applications in environmental sustainability and in health care. Iron oxide NPs are the most common and widely studied nanomaterials. They are much easier to synthesize at low cost and mainly exist as a-Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 known as hematite and magnetite, respectively. Hydrothermal synthesis is the most common route to synthesize iron oxide NPs. To achieve successful applications, NPs should exist independently in the aqueous phase to provide a maximum surface area. This can be achieved by producing “surface-active magnetic NPs” which is a relatively new class of nanomaterials with little information available in the literature. Surface activity helps the NPs to exploit their applications at immiscible interfaces such as that of the bacterium cell membrane in an aqueous medium. “Surface-active NPs” can be chemically modified to interact with the bacterium cell membrane and hence, they can be employed to remove bacterial contaminations from freshwater simply by applying the external magnetic field. The aim of the present study is to design sustainable biotechnology by using “surface-active magnetic NPs” for removing bacterial contaminations at low cost with high efficiency.

Students Carol Brehmer and Ebanie Schmidt took second place in the Innovation Showcase with their innovation “PIVOTAL.” See more.

Students Emily Lautenschlager, Jenna Bares and Thomas Mlodzik presented their idea for “Scan Shield”—a safe debit card designed specifically for the elderly.

Students Halee Behrens and Katlyn Tappy competed in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final.

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2019 UWGB at WiSys' WSTS

– Photos submitted by WiSys.

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.


Continuing education providing workplace violence safety workshops

Overall, roughly two million workers a year are affected by some form of workplace violence. That’s an estimate from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and includes everything from verbal abuse to physical assaults to homicide. Todd Priebe, former Sheriff of Sheboygan County, will conduct training in 4 key areas:

Management Policy Training

  1. Workplace Violence
  2. Responding to an Active Shooter
  3. Facility Security/Employee Safety Assessment

Classes are available three dates/three UW-Green Bay locations:

Friday, Sept. 27, Green Bay Campus
Friday, Oct. 4, Marinette Campus
Friday, Nov. 8, Sheboygan Campus

Interested? Get more information and register, here.

Hand-Carved Woodcut Prints at UU Gallery – Door County Pulse

Printmaker and former UW-Green Bay Prof. Chris Style is the featured artist in Stories and Inspirations, the August exhibit at the UU Gallery in north Ephraim. It features a selection of prints from her “Stories from the Heart” woodcut series and large-scale prints created for steamroller print events. Some works that inspire Style will also be shown alongside her work, including Indian miniature paintings, a Chitraker hand-painted scroll from India and photographs of India’s Nek Chand Rock Garden.

After teaching at UW-Green Bay for 30 years, Style retired this year and is now a professor emerita of art and design who lives and maintains a printmaking studio in Green Bay.

Style highlights hand-carved woodcuts in this exhibit. Images designed for carving woodcuts must be reduced to black and white and, therefore, often have a graphic quality. She has been involved in numerous steamroller printmaking events, including those at Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery. The UU Gallery is free and open to the public.

via Hand-Carved Woodcut Prints at UU Gallery – Door County Pulse.

Weidner Philharmonic Preconcert Dinner

Reminder: Weidner Philharmonic debut has dinner option

A festive dinner will take place in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall prior to the Weidner Philharmonic’s New World Symphony concert, Sept. 28, 2019. Enjoy a delicious dinner catered by The Hyatt Regency Green Bay. Tickets are $40/person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. Cash bar is available. Please indicate your dinner selection when purchasing tickets. Please note that separate tickets are available for purchase for the events on Sept. 28, 2019.

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UW-Green Bay gets ‘shout-out’ in story on award-winning actor Tony Shaloub

Even if it isn’t entirely accurate, it is interesting that UW-Green Bay got a shout-out from backstage.com, in a story about famous actor and Green Bay native, Tony Shaloub. The magazine credits, at least part of his under graduate degree to the University. The truth, according to UW-Green Bay records, is that Shalhoub didn’t actually attend UW-Green Bay — but he did star in the University’s 1973 production of “Captain Jack’s Revenge” as a high school senior. The late Prof. Jack Frisch (Communication) directed the young Shalhoub, recalling him as “very good” in a “tour de force” role.


Green Bay’s Jessica Lindstrom enjoys dominant first pro season

“If anyone was shocked former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball star Jessica Lindstrom was named MVP of the Global Women’s Basketball Association championship game earlier this month, it certainly wasn’t those who know her best. Lindstrom and winning always seem to come as a package deal.

“I don’t think anyone in our department was surprised to see her win the MVP, given the success she had here at GB,” said Joey Daniels, the school’s assistant athletic director for strategic communications. “It’s great to see her doing so well at the professional level, and I know she still has a huge following that keeps tabs on her and others as they go on in their careers.” More via UWGB’s Jessica Lindstrom enjoys dominant first pro season, Green Bay Press-Gazette.

New presidents or provosts: Belmont, Empire, Everett, Hastings, Ottawa, Tallahassee, UNC, Asheville, UWGB, Washington State, Winthrop

Michael Alexander, director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, has been selected as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. See more via New presidents or provosts: Belmont Empire Everett Hastings Ottawa Tallahassee UNC Asheville UWGB Washington State Winthrop, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 21.

Faculty note: Work of Alison Gates on exhibit in Appleton, Sept. 6

The work of three Wisconsin-based textile artists will be on exhibition at the Feather and Bone Gallery, located in The Draw, Appleton, Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay Prof. Alison Gates (Art) (Appleton), Patricia Filzen (Appleton) and Heidi Parkes (Milwaukee). “Through the historical perspective of craft and ‘women’s work,’ the pieces in the exhibition will at times speaks on feminism, environmentalism, and politics, while at other times pull back remembrances of home, comfort, and familiarity.”

Exhibition reception: Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Artist talk: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Free.
Exhibition will be installed September 6-28, 2019. Free.

The curator is UW-Green Bay alumnus Cristian Andersson ’13 (Art and Design), also a frequent teacher in the UW-Green Bay Summer Art Camps.