Prof. Kumar talks to about car insurance

Sampath Kumar, a Professor of Marketing at UW-Green Bay, spoke to about car insurance. Car insurance differs from other types of coverage since it covers damage from theft and third-party accidents. Drivers should balance risk management and what is affordable to them. Professor Kumar recommends that people talk to an insurance agent to better educate themselves on car insurance policies. Also, maintain a clean driving record to keep auto insurance premiums as low as possible.

Researchers (including Prof. emeritus Bud Harris) declare Fox River Clean-up Project a success

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – State leaders today touted the completion of the Fox River Clean-up Project, marking the end of 12 years of dredging operations to remove cancer-causing PCB’s from river sediment. Those whose research helped trigger the massive billion-dollar project say it’s a success. Bud and Vicky Harris have a long connection to the Fox River. Arriving at UW-Green Bay 50 years ago as a young ecology professor, Bud Harris remembers his first boat ride on the Fox River in 1971. Source: Researchers declare Fox River Clean-up Project a success.

Dr. Rai talks COVID-19 news on college campuses

Prevea Health President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai joined Action 2 News on Thursday to talk about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 testing on college campuses and a vaccine. Since UW schools have started after other schools in the country, Wisconsin has learned from the mistakes of others. The CDC advises states to be ready on November 1, 2020 for a vaccine. UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay have testing protocols to mitigate possible new cases. Source: WBAY.

Faculty note: Prof Chu gives advice on using stress appraisal techniques to control stress levels

Chair of UW-Green Bay’s M.S. in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology Program Prof. Alan Chu spoke to Virtual Vocations, a telecommuting company, and gave advice on changing the way we perceive stress and focusing on the controllable things in life in order to reduce stress during challenging times. “Much of the added stress we perceive are due to uncontrollable conditions, or conditions that are controllable by others that we may not always trust,” he said. “In order to manage stress, we need to identify what we can control in order to enhance the controllability of the situation, and then follow through to control the controllable.” Source: Virtual Vocations.

Photo of the Covid-19 virus magnified.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 5—I’m young! Why should I care?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. In this video Prof. Merkel discusses how we can get back to the life we remember.

Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, talking about why COVID-19 matters to you.

A big part of what we want to talk about is in terms of empowering you to be a part of this collective effort, to reduce the problem that is COVID-19.

We all want the economy to get back to where we want it to be. We all want to return to the lives that we used to know. So, even though you as a younger individual may have a lower risk in terms of disease and dying from COVID-19, you play a vital role in preventing the virus from being spread to someone else that have may have may have more dire consequences should they become infected.

And so, the more individuals that become infected that can’t handle the disease the greater the impact that’s going to have on the economy, The greater the burden that’s going to have on hospitals, and the harder it’s going to be for us to return to a life that we remembered before COVID-19 became a problem that it is.

So, related to all that we have to start thinking about how the virus is transmitted. This is generally thought as thought of as a respiratory disease. And what that means here is that the virus can contaminate surfaces so, we have to be mindful of washing our hands. The virus can be released when we exhale, when we sing, when we cough, when we sneeze. And the reason why those realities are important because that is the reason why we talk about face coverings. Those are the reasons why we talk about hand hygiene and keeping our hands clean. And the more we do that the greater and harder time we’re going to give the virus to continuing to infect other individuals.

And as more and more of us that do that while we wait for a vaccine, the quicker we’re going to get to be able to return to a life that we remember.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from

Part 2: Two main types of viruses

Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?