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Yue Rong accepts EMBI’s Earth Caretaker Award

Yue Rong Earth Caretaker Award Recipient

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) awarded the 10th annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Yue Rong, ’86 (Master of Environmental Science). The annual event and awards presentation was on Earth Day, April 22, 2019.

Rong (aka, YR), a Ph.D., is the environmental program manager at the California Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has also served as the acting assistant executive officer of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in the groundwater division. Rong is in charge of site assessment and remediation of leaking underground storage tank (UST) sites, and the program of water quality control in oil and gas production fields.

The UST program contains a large number of leaking UST sites to be remediated in Los Angeles area, which was ranked in top 10 in terms of total numbers of the impacted sites. He has 29 years of experience with the Agency in dealing with groundwater contamination problems in the Los Angeles area. His expertise includes organic pollutants fate and transport in the subsurface soil and groundwater, environmental analytical chemistry and quality assurance and quality control, environmental statistics, risk assessment, and soil and groundwater pollution assessment and remediation. The projects he is involved with include collaboration with USEPA at Superfund sites in Los Angeles area, Santa Monica methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) drinking water pollution cleanup, I-710 corridor regional cleanup and water quality control at oil and gas production fields in Los Angeles area.

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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Marinette, Green Bay and Manitowoc Campuses represent at Research in the Rotunda

Research in the Rotunda 2019

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the annual Research in the Rotunda was held in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison. Undergraduate researchers from across the state, together with their faculty advisors, shared their research findings on a variety of important topics with state leaders and legislators. Take a look at this impressive list of UW-Green Bay participants:

Water Research Fellows: 

  • The Absorptive and Adsorptive Capacity of Cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) Exopolysaccharide Sheath for CR(VI): Environmental and Health Implications,” Becky Berry (Marinette), and Sarah Klemp (Green Bay), Green Bay and Marinette Campuses
  • “Walleye, Lake Whitefish, and Yellow Perch Predation on Round Goby in Green Bay,” Alexandria Keiler-Klein (De Pere), Green Bay Campus

Green Bay Campus students:

  • “Chloroplast DNA Sequencing Reveals the Presence of Two Exotic Phragmites Haplotypes in Northeast Wisconsin,” Rebecca Malcore, Brussels
  • “Discovery of Antibiotic-Producing Soil Bacteria with Broad-Spectrum Activity,” Halee Behrens, Waubeka, WI and Katlyn Tappy, Green Bay
  • “Do You Seriously Care About the Environment? Perceived Underlying Motives Can Impact Customer Relations,” Noah Redfearn, De Pere
  • “Exploring Reflectacles as Anti-Surveillance Glasses and for Adversarial Machine Learning in Computer Vision,” Ryan Jackson, Green Bay
  • “From Good to Great: The Qualities of Effective Coaching,” Austyn Everingham, Noblesville, IN and Nicholas Livingston, Two Rivers
  • “The Criminalization of Sex at the Wisconsin Industrial Home for Women, 1920-1933,” Jacqueline Grabowski, Sheboygan, WI, Whitlee Neuens, Niagara, WI and Megan Schoenauer, Green Bay

Manitowoc Campus students:

  • “Monitoring of Water Quality Restoration Area at Centerville Creek in Manitowoc County,” Nicholas Geiger, Manitowoc; Meghan Jackson, Two Rivers and Josh Steckmesser, Two Rivers

Faculty Advisers:

  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Prof. Patricia Terry (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • Marinette Campus Associate Prof. Mark Klemp (Chemistry)
  • Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Biological Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Brian Merkel (Human Biology)
  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration)
  • UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Timothy Kaufman (Education)
  • UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies)
  • UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Associate Prof. Rebecca Abler (Biological Sciences)
  • UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Prof. Richard Hein (Biological Sciences)

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– Photos by Janet Bonkowski, Marketing and University Communication

Video: UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance present Julius Caesar


Presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, “Julius Caesar” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2019 and Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, 2019 in the University Theatre, Theatre Hall, Green Bay Campus. About the play: “Julius Caesar is a conquering hero and a popular leader in Rome. So popular some want to make him King. What is the responsibility of Rome’s other leading citizens to oppose and resist this threat to Rome’s democracy? How far they will go may be influenced by their own aspirations. A vigorous staging of Shakespeare’s uncompromising look at the failures of both the leaders and the citizenry in a time of crisis.” UW-Green Bay actors have plenty to say about performing this Shakespeare classic…

See more about the cast and show. Buy tickets.

Photo gallery: Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination participants

On Saturday, April 13, UW-Green Bay hosted the 2019 Destination Imagination Wisconsin Affiliate Tournament, welcoming about 300 teams, their families and teachers from 10 regions, to campus. Congratulations to Continuing Education and Community Engagement and all the volunteers for being welcoming hosts to about 3,500 guests!

Jason Mathwig, director of camps and conferences, said overall the first-ever DI state tournament here was a success.

“Both the organizers and families had great things to say all day long. I would say that the number one thing we heard was how awesome it was to see all of the UW-Green Bay volunteers/students in the green shirts around campus both outside and inside. They were not only helpful but friendly and welcoming. This goes to show how important it will continue to be to get volunteers for this event. Organizers were extremely happy with the day.”

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– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communications

Video: STEM Center Construction

Soon larger windows and glass will be installed, and at that point the “building envelope” of the long-awaited STEM Innovation Center will be complete. In other words, contractors are making great progress and the building should be substantially complete by August 15, 2019 with first classes starting on Sept. 4. The Brown-county-owned building is on UW-Green Bay property. We’ve got drone footage.


UW-Green Bay undergraduates lead northern pike research

Pike Student-1

UW-Green Bay’s northern pike research is led by a team of undergraduate students who are enrolled in Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics class taught by Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (NAS). This is the sixth consecutive year that UW-Green Bay students are researching the northern pike spawning populations at the Suamico, Wis. site.

For the research, the team sets two fyke nets side-by-side in an agricultural ditch that leads to a wetland where the pike spawn. One net is facing the wetland, and it catches the fish going into the wetland. The other net catches the fish as they head out of the wetland, back out to the bay of Green Bay.

The nets are checked once daily until the pike migration is over, which will be towards the end of April or early May. Once the fish are taken out of the nets, biological data is collected from each fish. The length, sex, and ripeness is recorded on data sheets, along with any notes of damage to the fish. Each northern pike is then tagged with either a pink Floy tag, if it is a female, or a green Floy tag, if it is a male. Lastly, 2 to 3 rays are taken off of the anterior (front) side of the pelvic fin. These rays are then dried out and are used to estimate the age of the fish.  Towards the end of the northern pike migration, there is a smaller migration of bowfin to the wetland. The team is also interested in taking measurements and tagging these fish.

“The students have worked as technicians for me and are part of the American Fisheries Society where they have received additional training,” said Forsythe. “Our research is jointly conducted with the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and Brown County. Long-term research is important for detecting trends in population dynamics (number of spawning fish) that are nearly impossible to glean from a single year of sampling.”

This project allows researchers a good idea of the timing of the northern pike migration each year and how water levels and water temperature influences this migration. It also allows them to determine the sex ratios of the fish using this particular wetland for spawning. This is the first year collecting the pelvic rays for aging, but this will help determine what the range of ages and average ages are for the spawning population of northern pike.

“Long-term research is important for detecting trends in population dynamics (number of spawning fish) that are nearly impossible to glean from a single year of sampling,” Forsythe said.

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– Photos and text submitted by student researcher and Denmark, Wis. native Jacob Pantzlaff ’19 (Environmental Science, Biology)

Business Week 2019 presents opportunities for all UW-Green Bay students


One didn’t have to be a business student to take advantage of a number of “Business Week” events the past few weeks including Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch, the Spring Job and Internship Fair, business and elevator pitches contests, networking receptions, and more. Business Week 2019, is co-presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services and is in its ninth year. The success of Business Week depends on the outstanding community and business support which as enabled more than 1,000 UW-Green Bay students to network with business leaders and learn the finer points of interacting as business professionals. Business Week 2019 culminates with the keynote address and Networking Dinner at the Weidner Center on April 9, when business leaders and top students engage in an evening of conversation and learning. Stuart McKee, chief technology officer, state/local government for Microsoft, is the featured speaker.

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– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Weidner Center Executive Director Kelli Strickland shares her excitement for ‘Lombardi’

“Lombardi” will be performed at the Weidner Center from Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 through Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019. Weidner Center Executive and Artistic Director, Kelli Strickland, shares her enthusiasm for “this arts and culture contribution to the Green Bay Packers 100th Anniversary.”

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Photos: Winter Wonderland

Tree branch covered in snow.

Snow sure looks good on UW-Green Bay. But beautiful photos, with bright sunshine, blue skies and warm enough temperatures for camera-equipment to work, are tough to come by. Thankfully Liesl Sigourney was intern on the spot. She grabbed her camera, and made her way across the Green Bay Campus, capturing gorgeous angles of one of the Midwest’s most beautiful universities. See more.

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– Photos by Liesl Sigourney, Marketing and University Communication