Author Archives: Sue Bodilly

Reminder: Racial Battle Fatigue webinar, Friday, Sept. 22

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are encouraged to attend an upcoming webinar, “Racial Battle Fatigue: Shift Your Campus to Better Support Students, Faculty & Staff of Color.” This webinar, sponsored by the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, will challenge racism on campus by educating attendees on Racial Battle Fatigue and explaining how to help shift the culture on campus to better support racially marginalized groups. No RSVP required. Questions can be directed to Anna at maiera@uwgb.edu. Webinar Dates/Location:

-Friday, September 22, 2017 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Rose Hall 220
-Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Rose Hall 220

Humanities students volunteer at Walk for Wildlife

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UW-Green bay students in HUS 198 Animal Studies volunteered with their professor Sarah Schuetze (English) at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Walk for Wildlife on Saturday, Sept. 16. They helped sell more than 1,300 raffle tickets to benefit the R-Paws program, which supplies food and medicine to injured and orphaned wildlife. One of the raffle items included tickets to Green Bay basketball games, donated by Green Bay athletics.

APA gives UW-Green Bay’s Virtual Psychology Museum coverage this week

UW-Green Bay’s Virtual Psychology Museum received some impressive coverage from the American Psychological Association (APA) this week. The online museum features famous studies, interactive content, videos, demonstrations and podcasts. The Virtual Psychology Museum combines original content with various psychology-related resources from across the Internet. The museum is designed to feel like a physical space and to give visitors the sense that they are actually at a museum. To do this, visitors start with an interactive map that includes five primary exhibit halls and a “great hall” that includes some of the most significant contributions to the field. Worth a stroll! See the post by the APA.

Mark your calendar: Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair is Oct. 5

Please mark your calendar to attend the annual Benefits & Wellness Fair on Thursday, October 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.

The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period, October 2 – 27, is the only annual opportunity you have to make changes to most of your benefits unless you have an eligible life event (family status or employment change) during the year.  Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2018.

Watch for emails regarding benefits changes and your enrollment opportunities. The emails will be sent beginning in mid-September from the address: UWSystemHR.  You will also receive benefits-related emails from our office before and during ABE.

New this year, we are excited to introduce ALEX, an online personalized benefits counselor designed to simplify your ABE benefits election process. Through a series of easy, intuitive questions, ALEX will walk you through benefits options and suggest appropriate plans based on your answers. ALEX is in the final development stages, and the link will be released soon.

There are several things you can do now to prepare for ABE:
-Review your current benefits and visit the ABE website wisconsin.edu/abe for a preview of 2018 benefits changes.
-Plan to attend UW-Green Bay’s Benefits Fair on Thursday, October 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union to meet with health plan representatives and other benefits and wellness vendors.
-Plan ahead if you currently participate in a plan that requires re-enrollment each year to continue participation.

Plans include:
-Flexible Spending Account (FSA) including Health Care FSA, Limited Purpose FSA, Dependent Day Care FSA

-Health Savings Account (HSA) requires that you enroll every year you are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).

-State Group Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive

If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

New: Psychology Brown Bag Research Talks

The first in a series of Brown Bag Research Talks by UW-Green Bay Psychology faculty begin Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in MAC 303. Assistant Prof. Jason Cowell will be leading the discussion on morality and the brain. This is the first of a new monthly series of which psychology faculty will meet with colleagues and students for an informal discussion of their work. Free and open to the public. To prepare, you may want to skim this article

Washington Post responds to Weinschenk column/research

On Monday, the The Washington Post published a piece co-written by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk: Did James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election? Today the Post followed up with analysis on the column. Here is an excerpt:

A pair of political science professors are out with a seemingly significant study: Despite Hillary Clinton saying she would be president if not for James B. Comey — and FiveThirtyEight, among others, lending credence to that claim — “We don’t think so,” declare Costas Panagopoulos and Aaron Weinschenk, who wrote up their study for the Monkey Cage.

It would seem a pretty big counterpoint to a popular bit of emerging conventional wisdom on the left. But in reality, it’s not all that contradictory. Their conclusions may be different in tone, but their research largely confirms that Comey may have indeed tipped the scales — with the key phrase there being ‘may have.’

While FiveThirtyEight and others have said it’s likely that Comey did, Panagopoulos and Weinschenk were basically unable to prove that he did. They were looking for a statistically significant impact late in the 2016 election, and they didn’t find it. But by that standard, basically nothing in the final month-plus of the campaign truly mattered, because nothing moved the needle that much.”


Buggers of Brown County — Prof. Draney and friends fight to control bed bugs in Northeast Wisconsin

Chester the Bedbug Sniffing Dog

Watch out Northeast Wisconsin bed bugs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s entomologist Mike Draney is coming after you.

If news about bed bugs makes you itch, just think if Draney, his friend Jon Sandberg ’11 (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Jon’s faithful bed bug-sniffing dog Chester, weren’t on the job.

They are members of the Brown County Bed Bug Task Force, with a focus on getting the word out to the public about this problem of epic proportions, with an end goal of reducing the spread of bed bugs through increased awareness.

BBDog-1Before you ask the question… No, this story isn’t about bed bugs at UW-Green Bay. No, there hasn’t been a problem on campus. This is a story about a UW-Green Bay faculty member and alumnus using their expertise to make a different in the community.

“Beg bugs will never be eliminated. There is no silver bullet,” Sandberg says. “In fact, there is evidence that they existed and were documented in 1352 B.C.”

Bed bugs aren’t a terrible medical problem, according to Draney. “They are not known to transmit any human diseases, and they don’t drink much blood. But, they are real social problem, because if there are bedbugs in your house, they can be moved to others’ houses.   The reason they are getting to be a problem in Wisconsin is because they have become so resistant to so many pesticides used to control them, that they are now difficult to eliminate.   And treatment can be very expensive.”

That’s where the high-energy Chester comes in… the approximately four-year old former stray was given a new lease on life when he showed the propensity to be trained as a bed-bug sniffer. The part Australian cattle dog, part terrier mix has a high “prey drive,” is good-natured and eager to work for his reward (food). He is also a great size, about 30 pounds, to get in tight spaces (such as under beds).

It turns out Chester is the perfect compliment to Sandberg, a veteran and a runner who is always on the go, and was looking for such a dog as he started his business, Sandberg K9 Solutions LLC, about three years ago. Unfortunately for Brown County, it’s a business, that is booming.

“We do about 800 inspections per year,” Sandberg says. “Bugs don’t discriminate,” he says. “They don’t care if you are rich, poor. One day we went from Section 8 housing, to assisted living to a $700,000 home. One time last September we were called to inspect a semi-load full of upholstery. An astute employee saw something suspicious. We were able to identify the bugs. Can you imagine if that upholstery had gotten into the shop? Thousand of dollars in fabrics would have been ruined and the potential for spreading to cars, trucks, classic cars…”

Using bed bug biology to control the problem

So why did UW-Green Bay Prof. Mike Draney get involved?

“The real harm that bed bugs cause is from people trying to manage them,” he explains. “People can damage their property and poison themselves and their environment with do-it-yourself treatments. I’m especially interested in the situation because awareness of bed bugs and knowledge of bed bug biology is key to dealing with them. For example, it is very bad practice to get rid of bed bug infested furniture by putting it out on the curb; you will very likely give the bed bug problem to the next owner.”

Draney said that although Brown County doesn’t have the acute bed bug problems of some of the big cities, they are spreading throughout the United States, and one is never completely safe from the threat of bed bugs.

“They have become a much larger problem in the Green Bay area in the last decade.”

Draney advises that the most important thing is to avoid introducing them into your home, which happens mainly when you travel. Here’s some helpful advice for those instances:

-Learn to look for bedbugs and their signs (their feces looks like dried blood), especially between mattresses and between the bed and the wall.

-Do a bed bug check before you move into a hotel room, and don’t stay in a suspicious room.

-When you return, put your travel clothes directly into the laundry to minimize the chance of any insects moving in.

For Facebook users, Draney asks that you “like” the Brown County Bed Bug Task Force Facebook page, both on your individual Facebook page, as well as your organization’s page. Secondly, inform your friends and coworkers to do the same and share any Brown County Bed Bug Task Force posts with your Facebook friends. If possible, post a link to the Brown County Bed Bug Task Force Facebook page to their organization’s website.

And if Brown County works to eliminate bedbugs, poor Chester is out of a job, right? “Not likely, Sandberg said. “So often (maybe up to 90% of the time, people never see a thing. In fact, they often don’t feel bites, either. When bed bugs bite they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. People will present raised red itchy welts (think like a mosquito bite x 10) after, but even about one-third of the population will not show any signs of being fed off of. Combine that with how well the bugs hide and this allows an infestation to grow.”

That is where Chester comes in. He trains extensively and daily to keep his nose sharp… And talk about sacrifice… bed bugs eat blood. In order to keep a live supply at his house for training, Sandberg has to provide his own blood as food.

“People say they give their blood, sweat and tears to a job… but do they really,” he jests? “It’s the sacrifice I make to do this. While others are home on a Saturday night, Chester and I are training in a vacant warehouse somewhere… but it’s the lifestyle we’ve chosen.

“We take the responsibility seriously,” he says. “There is an immense amount of pressure to get it right.” While Sandburg won’t say that Chester is 100% accurate, he said (as he knocks on wood) that in three years, he has never had a call that said he and Chester got it wrong.