UW Campuses still ramping up COVID-19 surveillance testing of dorm residents (UW-Green Bay reporting low positive rate), WPR

Some campuses, including UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and UW-Superior have posted relatively small numbers of positive COVID-19 cases via university or UW System dashboards, though total test numbers have also been small compared to other campuses. UW-Stout started antigen testing this week. Classes began last Wednesday. The campus testing dashboard shows a total of 86 tests between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11, including 18 positives. That works out to a total positive rate of nearly 21 percent. Antigen test results have not yet been reported. Source: WPR.

A fish elevator is improving the Lake Sturgeon, Prof. Forsythe is interviewed on WPR

An operation at a dam on the Menominee River that relocates sturgeon upriver has helped biologists in their efforts to improve sturgeon populations and has given researchers a new way to track whether those sturgeon are spawning.

About 400 sturgeon were relocated farther upstream between 2015 and 2019 thanks to an elevator installation at the Menominee Dam, located about two miles upriver from the mouth of Lake Michigan at Green Bay. Bypassing the dams means the sturgeon are able to access their historical spawning sites—an important achievement for the sturgeon whose numbers dropped to the hundreds in the past few centuries.

Lake sturgeon number about one percent of their historical abundance, said Patrick Forsythe, an associate professor of biology at UW-Green Bay who focuses on aquatic ecosystems and fish populations in the Great Lakes. Overharvesting and pollution have been particularly devastating to the populations, as well as dams that have blocked the sturgeon from getting to their spawning sites. Adult sturgeon exhibit homing behavior, which means that they return to spawn in the streams where they were born. See more via WPR.

UW-Green Bay alumnus Beau Thomas is in the spotlight; mural artist is brightening the region

UW-Green Bay graduate Beau Thomas is in the news. He has designed and painted many of the murals people see around the city of Green Bay. The 2016 graduate, created the “Green Bay” and “Enjoy the Ride” murals on Main Street, the “Dream” mural on Pete’s Garage on North Broadway and the “Weidner Center” mural inside of the Weidner Center on UWGB’s campus. One of his first public murals is on the exterior of the Studio Arts building on campus and celebrates UW-Green Bay’s history. Read his story in the Press-Gazette.

Case graduate (UW-Green Bay student) shares why he protests, Journal Times

A student from Racine is adjusting to college life at UW-Green Bay. Kejuan Goldsmith, a sophomore majoring in Environmental Policy, Planning and Theater studies and minoring in Democracy and Justice Studies is an active member of the Black Lives Matter protests. Having organized some of the many events, he wants to spend his life helping people and make the world a better place to live. Source: Journal Times.

 

Research identifies wetlands most important for marsh bird conservation, WPR

The most important coastal wetlands to preserve marsh birds in the Great Lakes have been identified from a recent study. Researchers from the National Audubon Society, UW-Green Bay, and the National Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. These Wetlands are critical ecosystems that provide flood protection and filtering out pollutants. Source: WPR.

UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series goes virtual Broadway World

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music’s 6:30 Concert Series is virtual for the 2020-21 season. The first concert is at 6:30 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with Luis Fernandez. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 the series will be livestreamed from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center. All concerts will remain free to the public. Source: Broadway World. The story is also in the Iron Mountain Daily News.

UW-Green Bay officials hope ‘aggressive testing’ helps limit Covid on campus, WFRV

Heavy Coronavirus testing has been underway on campus at UW-Green Bay. Every two weeks students who live in the Residence Halls get tested and campus officials are prepared for those that receive positive results. Any student testing positive is put into isolation housing, receives meals and has academic accommodations. Source: WFRV.

Making Good Choices: Thinking about Ethics Beyond Sustainability with Prof. Alison Staudinger

On Sept. 24, 2020 from 6 to 6:55 p.m., in Microsoft Teams, Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies) will lead this discussion which will explore the difficulty of ethical action in the face of (multiple) crises, drawing on the work of Alexis Shotwell, whose book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times, argues that alongside the temptation to give up on ethics altogether is a desire to remove ourselves utterly from messy, complex systems through completely pure action. She suggests that both approaches are unsustainable, and that instead, “if we want a world with less suffering and more flourishing, it would be useful to perceive complexity and complicity as the constitutive situation of our lives, rather than as things we should avoid.” Drawing on her work, Staudinger calls on us to think together about what “good choices” might be possible in conditions of complexity and complicity, and offer some reasons why trying to make them might be worth it, and necessary for life “beyond sustainability.” (Even though we’re likely to make mistakes). It’s free. See more.