UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs is co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10

The Brown County United Way Advocacy Council and the UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs are co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p. m. The format will be an interactive, roundtable discussion with local leaders.Contribute your voice in coming together around long-term solutions to support nonprofits, vital safety net services, and our community’s wellbeing during the pandemic and over the long-term. Registration is free but is required in order to receive the Zoom link to join event. Find more information and an agenda at the event website.

Presenters and Roundtable Members:

  • Robyn Davis, Brown County United Way
  • Sarah Inman, Brown County United Way
  • Kristin Jacobs, CASA of Brown County
  • Lora Warner, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Jeff Vande Leest, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Lisa Kogan-Praska, Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
  • Robyn Hallet, Literacy Green Bay
  • Amaad Rivera-Wagner, City of Green Bay

When Life Blows Up Your Well-Laid Plans – NerdWallet- with Preston Cherry

Job loss, business failure, involuntary retirement, divorce, disability or the death of a breadwinner — these are just some of the ways our finances can force us to come up with a Plan B. That’s never as simple as downloading a list and ticking off completed assignments, however.

You can help this process by discussing your emotions with someone you trust, says financial therapist Preston D. Cherry, a certified financial planner and faculty member at UW-Green Bay. Cherry says writing can help. He writes poetry, but writing in a journal is also effective. Studies have shown that expressive writing — writing nonstop for 15 minutes or so each day without inhibitions about the traumatic event or experience — can help people deal with emotional fallout. Writing can help us organize our thoughts and give meaning to what happened, which can help us break free of ruminating or brooding.

Source: When Life Blows Up Your Well-Laid Plans – NerdWallet

Faculty note: Prof. Weinschenk publishes paper in Electoral Studies 

UW-Green Bay Professor Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) recently had a peer-reviewed article accepted for publication. The paper is titled “The Relationship Between Political Attitudes and Political Engagement: Evidence from Monozygotic Twins in the United States, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark.” It is co-authored with Chris Dawes (New York University), Sven Oskarsson (Uppsala University, Sweden), Robert Klemmensen (Southern Denmark University), and Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard (Cevea, Denmark). The paper will be published in Electoral Studies.

Faculty and staff note: Congratulations to Caitlin Henriksen on her dissertation defense

Caitlin Henriksen, UW-Green Bay health educator for Sexual Violence Prevention and Deputy Title IX Co Coordinator for students, successfully defended her dissertation titled: Tangled Webs: A Test of Routine Activities Theory to Explain Nonconsensual Pornography Victimization and will graduate in December with her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

‘Don’t Ask Me Where I am From’ is the Spring 2021 MESA Book Read

Update: MESA’s supply of books are spoken for. Please consider purchasing your own book and participating. Get a jump on the Spring 2021 MESA Book Read over break. Join Cindy Johnson, MESA multicultural advisor for a virtual discussion on the book, “Don’t Ask Where I am From” by Jennifer De Leon, about a first-generation American girl named Liliana Cruz, who gets invited to attend a prestigious high school. While in high school, not only does Liliana learn about herself, she learns about family secrets while also experiencing racism and segregation at school. Find more information about the book on YouTube, 5 Reasons to be Riveted by Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon (less than 3 minutes). MESA will be purchasing a limited amount of copies of “Don’t Ask Me Where I am From.” Please complete this form if you are interested in this event by Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. More information regarding book pick up/or mailing AND the virtual book discussion that will be held during late February/early March will be sent to your UW-Green Bay that you include on the form. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindy at johnsoci@uwgb.edu.

Tiny Earth Symposium

Tiny Earth (International) Winter Symposium Offers Giant Perspective on Antibiotics and Public Health Emergencies

Green Bay, Wis.—Student researchers take the stage (virtually) for the Tiny Earth Winter Symposium, Dec. 14-15, 2020. While last year’s event was showcased at the Lambeau Field Atrium, a virtual environment makes this year’s showcase no less valuable, as this event is a centerpiece of the collaborative and innovative efforts of students across the globe, working together to mitigate the global public health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

The Tiny Earth Winter Symposium is free and open to the public with a Zoom registration at https://tinyearth.wisc.edu/tiny-earth-2020-winter-symposium/.

The Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and founder of Tiny Earth, Jo Handelsman, will kick off the symposium on Dec. 14 and a panel of experts will convene on the second day of the symposium (Dec. 15) to discuss public health emergencies and solutions to address them. The inequities and economics of public health, as well as scientific literacy, will be featured topics. Symposium participants will then have an opportunity to engage in a discussion around actions we can take in our communities to spread awareness of the challenges and solutions to address them, and most importantly, have a chance to share the research they have been working on all semester.

UW-Green Bay students join 10,000 other students from 300 other college and universities across 47 states and 27 countries, in some version of the Tiny Earth course which is aimed at discovering new antibiotics. The course started at UW-Madison in 2018. While uncovering new antibiotics is the end-goal, the discoveries made along the way are worth the effort. The course provides students with the opportunity for original thinking and scientific exploration, and can inspire them to pursue STEM careers. Last year’s event at Lambeau Field was attended by 550 citizens from the state of Wisconsin.

UW-Green Bay Biology Prof. Brian Merkel, teacher of the course at UW-Green Bay and co-chair of the international event, says the symposium is important during this pandemic.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the value of partnerships to mitigating large problems to a wide audience. For my part, Tiny Earth represents the realm of what is possible when innovative partnerships emerge for the greater good. The symposium wholly reflects the value of collaboration for this purpose.”

Students get their own soil sample to test. They isolate bacteria, conduct gene sequencing, Merkel says. “The students realize they are part of something that’s bigger than them and they’re contributing to an international effort. This goes beyond a celebration of research. This is a visionary idea to help our students get excited about their STEM careers while building an international network.”

Merkel said that without question, participation has often jump-started his students in paths toward research, medicine, and more. Merkel is available for media interviews. Reach out by e-mail at merkelb@uwgb.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,500 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.