Philosopher’s Café event to delve into Anti-Realism in Science on Wednesday, Nov. 11

Come join us Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for some fun conversation on the nature and aims of science with CAHSS and Effect! Ever since Isaac Newton’s counter-intuitive yet powerfully predictive theory of universal gravitation, scientists have had to grapple with the possibility that their theories may not explain the world, but only help us to make predictions about its future. Anti-Realism, one of the dominant views in the Philosophy of Science, maintains that scientific theories are nothing more than fictional constructs whose only aim is to make correct predictions. Asked whether electrons are real, the Anti-Realist will reply that the very question is nonsensical; because there is no way to visually verify the existence of an electron the question of its reality cannot be answered. In this month’s Philosopher’s Café, Chris Martin (University of Toledo) hosts as we will delve into the murky waters of Anti-Realism in science. Join the discussion… Philosopher’s Café: Do Electrons Exist: Anti-Realism in Science. For more information and to join the live event, visit the CAHSS and Effect website.

Assistant Professor Michael Holly funded to help predict groundwater contamination

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor Michael Holly
Assistant Professor Michael Holly

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FWC) awarded $122,000 to Assistant Professor Michael Holly (Environmental Science, Water Science) to lead a working group to investigate the environmental transport of PFAS. Research completed by the Sustainable Use of Biosolids (SUBS) working group (including PIs at UW-Platteville, Madison, and Stevens Point) will provide training and laboratory experience for undergraduate students at each campus. Completed work will help predict future PFAS groundwater contamination from soils receiving biosolids, facilitate generation of future land application guidelines to protect groundwater wells from PFAS, identify Wisconsin groundwater sources at risk, and evaluate a low-cost treatment to further minimize PFAS leaching.

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Part 3 of Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series to focus on Ecopoetics

Chris McAllister Williams
Chris McAllister Williams

Join Assistant Professor Chris McAllister Williams (English and Humanities) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020  from 4 to 5 p.m to learn about ecopoetics. Ecopoetics is more than just poems about nature. Rather, it is poetry that positions humankind in relationship to ‘the natural,’ embodying the tensions between ecological landscapes and late capitalism in, as scholar Lynn Keller terms it, the “self-conscious Anthropocene.” This talk will draw upon the work of bell hooks, Juliana Spahr, Forrest Gander, and others to situate the concerns of the Anthropocene—the proposed name for a new epoch when human activity is the dominant force reshaping the planet—alongside poetic approaches that seek to explore those concerns, culminating in a discussion about the interwoven nature of the ecological location, sustainability, and creativity.

To join the virtual event, visit the CAHSS and Effect website.

New Comm Voice article highlights working towards a better YOU

A student-written article posted to the Comm Voice introduces a new program called Silver Cloud at UWGB to help students cope with mental health. The Inclusivity and Student Affairs department sent an email informing students and faculty of the new Silver Cloud program. The program was created to assist “in the management and understanding of one’s emotional well-being.” Additionally, it is a tool for people who need extra help coping with mild to moderate mental health issues.

To read the full article, visit the Comm Voice website.

The article authors are Alexis Beck, Matthew Knoke, Mackenzie Brown and Ben Newhouse.

Chancellor Alexander talks about COVID-19 response at Board of Regents

In a summary of the UW System Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 5, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander was one of the chancellor’s selected to discuss keeping COVID-19 numbers down on campus. “UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander spoke of the university’s ongoing collaboration with Prevea Health in northeast Wisconsin to implement a rigorous testing program for the campus population. He also noted the aggressive contact tracing UWGB has done. He said a key part of their strategy is to trust students and tell them so. ‘We trust them to do the right thing,’ Alexander said. Adhering to safe practices is ‘our duty to the community, our duty to students. It’s not a burden.'”

Amari Davis lands on preseason poll, Green Bay men picked eighth

After earning Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors and shattering the single-season record for all-time freshman of the week awards (10), Green Bay’s Amari Davis has landed himself a spot on the coveted preseason first-team all-league.
Davis, who enters the 2020-21 season as a true sophomore, was the first player in program history to collect the honor of Horizon League Freshman of the Year. He also earned an all-league third team nod after averaging 15.9 PPG and 4.0 RPG.

The Trotwood, Ohio, native appeared in all 33 games for the Phoenix while starting 27 and broke the program’s all-time freshman scoring record, passing Tony Bennett and finishing with 524 points on the season. The stellar campaign placed him in the top 10 in league scoring while he finished second in the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 51.4%.

First-year head coach Will Ryan‘s team was picked to finish eighth, while Wright State was favored to repeat as conference champions for the third-consecutive season. Newcomers Robert Morris and Purdue Fort Wayne are slotted to finish fourth and 11th, respectively.