Posters in the Rotunda 2009

Posters in the Rotunda 2009Wisconsin senators and state representatives mingled with talented researchers at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday (April 22), taking in the many interesting and extraordinary research projects completed by students from schools throughout the UW System.

Eight UW-Green Bay students with five research projects were among the attendees at the annual Posters in the Rotunda, sharing findings on a range of topics from bone growth in tadpoles to container shipping on the Great Lakes.

The annual research symposium brings students and faculty from UW System campuses to Madison to share their work with state elected officials, UW System Regents, government representatives and the public inside the historic Capitol Rotunda.

The event puts special emphasis on the importance of undergraduate research and education support at the state and national levels.

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Posters in the RotundaAndrew Flick, Prof. Ray Hutchison and Ryan Vandeyacht (right) meet with Sen. Dave Hansen.Elizabeth Waibel has her research poster visited by Rep. Jim Soletski. Sen. Robert Cowles discusses Ryan Vandeyacht’s study on bringing container shipping back to the Port of Green Bay. State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber spent time learning about Cassidy Chojnowski (center) and Jenna Rommelfaenger’s study on Sprint’s business model.Kari Petrashek poses with Dean Fritz Erickson, UW System President Kevin Reilly and State Rep. Kim Hixon.Cassidy Chojnowski and Jenna Rommelfaenger pose for a photo with Sen. Dave Hansen.Rep. Jim Soletski listens as Kari Petrashek explains the impact of estrogen on the bone formation of tadpoles. Prof. Ray Hutchison, Andrew Flick and Ryan Vandeyacht have been studying the possibility of container shipping on the Great Lakes and in Green Bay. Amanda Heintskill studied the history and impacts of Luxemburg immigrants in Ozaukee County, Wis., by translating nearly 130-year-old newspaper articles written in German. Jenna Rommelfaenger and Cassidy Chojnowski looked at how Sprint could possibly implement new techniques to handle inefficiencies or address barriers to success.Kari Petrashek and Prof. Angie Bauer-Dantoin studied how estrogen accelerated bone formation in tadpoles.Andrew Flick goes over details of his project with Assistant Dean of Professional Studies and Research Mike Marinetti.

The following are UW-Green Bay students who participated in the event, their hometowns, their faculty mentors, the titles of the research projects and an abstract about the projects they displayed:

  • Cassidy Chojnowski, Edgar ; Amy Evers, Appleton; and Jenna Rommelfaenger, Glenbeulah (Prof. Lucy Arendt): “Sprint: Examining Organizational Culture, Structure & Strategy”
    The project analyzed data gathered from design modules and worked systematically to identify potential design problems and develop solutions. After analysis, the trio highlighted significant issues to show where Sprint could possibly implement new techniques to handle inefficiencies or address barriers to success.
  • Amanda Heintskill, Thiensville (Prof. David N. Coury): “History and Impact of Luxemburg Immigrants in Ozaukee County”
    Heintskill, a student of German and Humanistic Studies, translated two 1881 Luxemburg Gazette articles from old “Fraktur” German. Excerpts from these articles show the struggles that the early Luxemburg immigrants had, their impact and their roles in the history of early communities in Ozaukee County.
  • Kari Petrashek, Two Rivers (Prof. Angela Bauer-Dantoin and Prof. Daniel Meinhardt): “Estrogen Accelerates Bone Ossification in Xenopus Laevis Tadpoles”
    The impact of estrogen exposure on bone ossification (the process of bone formation) was examined in Xenopus laevis tadpoles. Results from the study indicate that estrogen accelerates bone ossification in tadpoles. These findings highlight a potential mechanism whereby endocrine disruptors (xenoestrogens) may induce skeletal abnormalities in amphibians.
  • Elizabeth Eowyn Waibel, Green Bay (Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell): “UW-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix Pre-college Program”
    UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program is a coordinated effort with local K-12 school districts to inspire academic improvement and alert at-risk children starting in fifth grade to consider post secondary educational opportunities after high school graduation. Research regarding improved academic success, effective mentoring and increased school attendance will be presented.
  • Ryan VandeYacht, Green Bay, and Andrew Flick, Green Bay (Senior Lecturer Don McCartney and Prof. Ray Hutchison): “Great Lakes Marine Container Service Feasibility Study”
    This project investigates the feasibility of connecting the Port of Green Bay to ocean carriers providing global container service accessing the Great Lakes. The study will identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and the potential economic growth for Wisconsin by connecting the Port of Green Bay to global container service providers.

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