Day: October 28, 2020

Photo of the Covid-19 virus enlarged under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why Huge Covid-19 spike in Wisconsin.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 12, Why huge COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

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. 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 COVID-19 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 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Hello, Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology UW-Green Bay and we are here today to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

Specifically, we want to address the current spike that we’re having in COVID-19 in Wisconsin. I think one of the best examples of why we should be so concerned about the spikes that we’re currently dealing with in Wisconsin, has to do with the reality that we just opened up a field hospital in Milwaukee.

Now that’s something as an educator at UW-Green Bay, that I used to talk about just in history books with the pandemic problem of 1918. Never in my life would I ever thought for a minute that we would be doing something like that now.

So, here we are. We have this terrible spike in Wisconsin now. In terms of explanations, it has to do with large gatherings and people not following the prescribed safeguards. The challenge is compliance and so we strongly encourage people to realize and there’s empowerment to this because the more each of us does our part to comply with the prescribed safeguards, the better off we’re going to be, and the more likely we’re going to get a good handle on this virus.

We strongly encourage you to wear masks, wash your hands, and keep your distance, and avoid large gatherings and please stay at home when you’re sick.

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?

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask?

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year?

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine?

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information?

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Video: UW-Green Bay professor (Brian Merkel) answers coronavirus vaccine questions – FOX11

UW-Green Bay Professor of Human Biology Brian Merkel talks about why it takes time to develop a vaccine, how health professionals will know it works and if the general public should feel safe taking it once it becomes available. Source: UW-Green Bay professor answers coronavirus vaccine questions – FOX11

Innovation in Aging Kickoff Event is Wednesday, Nov. 4

On Nov. 4, 2020, from 4 to 5 p.m., UW-Green Bay and WiSys invite UW-Green Bay students, faculty, and community members to join a discussion about key issues affecting older people and their communities, including combating ageism, healthy aging, age-friendly environments. No need to prepare! The event is designed to inform and educate anyone interested in these topics. Learn about the WiSys Innovation in Aging student competition (February 2021), competition team ideas, and networking opportunities to create teams for the competition. Any questions can be answered by Brad Ricker, WiSys,, 608-316-4126  or Ryan Kauth, UWGB,, 920-465-2004. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after you register, here.

Richwoods grad CJ Elger is part of Tampa’s World Series effort – Canton Daily Ledger

UW-Green Bay alumnus CJ Elger’s ’19 (Master of Data Science) went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, “And it’s not because of anything he did on the field.” Elger combined his life-long love of baseball with a passion for computer science and is now is in his fourth season working with the Rays verifying and analyzing statistical data for the team.

Source: Richwoods grad CJ Elger is part of Tampa’s World Series effort – Canton Daily Ledger

Virtual Q and A with Counseling Team is next week

The Counseling Team from UW-Green Bay will answer your questions about mental health support and resources available to UW-Green Bay students. A session for parents will be held Monday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. Parents can join the Teams meeting at this link. A session for students will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students can join at this link.


  • Amy Henniges, Counseling Director
  • Lissa Balison, MSE, LPC, Senior Counselor
  • Theresa Weise, MA, LPC, CSAC, Senior Counselor
  • Michelle Gauger, MS, LPC, CSAC, Counselor
  • John Cheslock, MA, LPC, Counselor

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Clarinetist goes travelin’ with finesse in Green Bay

Monday evening, a university professor traveled with his clarinet and took listeners along on a Livestream concert. The program, “Travel in Place with Clarinetist Eric Hansen,” was a travelogue in a broad sense. The first work covered a lot of places with musical pictures. The second work was a trip of the mind. The third work took listeners soaring with birds. And the final work envisioned flourishes of exhilarating dance.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Clarinetist goes travelin’ with finesse in Green Bay –

ZINE (Rhymes with Quarantine) poster art

Video preview: ‘ZINE’ at Lawton Gallery

The Lawton Gallery is proud to present “ZINE (Rhymes with Quarantine)” an exhibit of zines from the University’s collection. The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, 2020. Associate Prof. Sarah Detweiler will give a presentation about the collection on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. The gallery is still open with social distancing in place including a restricted number of people in the space at once. The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation: New ownership, old favorites in place at Leicht’s Waldo Café

Among the main goals of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay are to supply keen insight, useful tools, and proven knowledge to assist budding entrepreneurs in realizing their business-ownership dreams. With the SCEDC and the SBDC at UW-Green Bay playing a key guiding role, Parnell native Christina Leicht, along with her husband Brad, who grew up in rural Sheboygan Falls, recently assumed ownership of the newly renamed Leicht’s Waldo Café, located at 235 North Depot St. in Waldo.

According to Leicht, SCEDC, and SBDC at UW-Green Bay Business Counselor Ray York have gone the extra mile to help make the ownership transition roll off as smoothly as possible.

Source: Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation: New ownership, old favorites in place at Leicht’s Waldo Café

Battle for the seat: 108th State House District – WLUC

Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee Counties are included in Michigan’s 108th District, an area that has been represented by Republican Beau LaFave for the past four years. This election, his opponent is Renee Richer, a farmer from Gladstone who also teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The state’s COVID-19 response is one of the key issues for Richer, saying it is vital to stop the spread.

Source: Battle for the seat: 108th State House District -WLUC

UWGB students in the hardwood swamp at Point au Sable Natural Area

Cofrin Center for Biodiversity receives a grant for restoration at Point au Sable

UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity received a $12,715 grant from the WI DNR and USFWS for the project entitled, “Lower East Green Bay: Habitat Restoration Sub-award.” The project is a sub-project of a land acquisition by Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust of property adjacent to Point au Sable, just off Nicolet Drive a few miles from campus.

Point au Sable is a rich outdoor lab for student and faculty researchers. It is one of the few unmodified estuarine wetlands in the entire Lake Michigan ecosystem. Each spring and fall, thousands of migratory waterfowl, gulls, terns, shorebirds, and passerines pass through Point au Sable on their way south. Recent studies have documented more than 200 bird species on or near Point au Sable during a single year.

The restoration will occur in a “sedge meadow,” which, according to the Center’s Natural Area Ecologist Bobbie Webster, is a “wonderful type of wetland community most typically dominated by tussock sedge (Carex stricta) and Canada bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis). The remnant sedge meadow at Point Sable fits this characterization; it also has lake sedge (Carex lacustris), prairie cord grass (Spartina pectinata), water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia), and joe pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum), iris (Iris sp.) and more.”

Sedge meadow was historically a very important community type in the lower Green Bay, and especially at Point au Sable. At Point Sable, there was likely 30 or more acres of sedge meadow but now there is only about 3 to 5 acres of true sedge meadow left. The rest has been taken over by invasive grasses like reed canary grass and Phragmites, as well as hybrid cattail, a hybrid of the native cattail and a non-native cattail. (Typha x glauca).

The combination of low water, excess nutrients from the watersheds flowing into the bay, and habitat fragmentation resulted in the sedge meadow at Point Sable becoming invaded and dominated by non-native, invasive species such as giant reed grass (Phragmites australis) and hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca).

Photo 1

In photo 1: the edge of the sedge meadow with prairie cordgrass on the left, water smartweed blooming, Canada bluejoing and tussock sedge beyond, and then encroachment of Phragmites and Typha (tall vegetation) beyond ( you’ll have to crop out the hand).





Photo 2

In photo 2: UWGB students in the hardwood swamp at Point au Sable Natural Area, preparing to map vegetation in the nearby sedge meadow.





Photo 3

In photo 3: Heart of the sedge meadow with a few Typha in the center of photo, and a wall of Phragmites in the background.





Photos by Bobbie Webster