Wild Things: Natural Resources Board Approves Whitefish Emergency Rule – Door County Pulse

seven-year effort led by Northern Door commercial fisherman Charlie Henriksen is finally coming to fruition on Green Bay.Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) unanimously approved an emergency rule allowing an increased quota for whitefish this season in commercial fishing Zone 1 (Lower Green Bay) during an online meeting April 14. Henriksen, president of the Wisconsin Commercial Fisheries Association, said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff changes, funding issues and COVID-19 issues have delayed something that should have happened years ago.“This increase is long overdue,” Henriksen told board members via Zoom on April 14. “There’s plenty of fish for everybody, and the lake is big enough for everybody.”Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes District fisheries supervisor, said the rule takes a very conservative approach and requires the use of an electronic fish-reporting system – something Henriksen and other large producers have been using for several years.

Source: Wild Things: Natural Resources Board Approves Whitefish Emergency Rule – Door County Pulse

Rats make wonderful pets, really! Ask Prof. Hein who is putting them up for adoption

UW-Green Bay Prof. Richard Heim is once again running his Adopt-A-Rat program. The Anatomy and Physiology students at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus have been working with laboratory rats over the year, and 11 females are up for adoption that have been raised since they were a few weeks old. This year they are a particularly friendly bunch, although a bit shy until they get to know you.

This strain of rat makes wonderful pets; they are docile (will not bite), friendly, social, and very intelligent.  They are not the albino laboratory rats you may be familiar with, but have black and white markings and are quite cute (like mini Holstein cows, see picture below).  They make much better pets than either hamsters or gerbils due to their docile nature.  The only drawback is that they only have a lifespan of about 2-3 years.

Since they are social, they are best adopted in pairs or more (they are currently housed in groups of 2-3).  If you are interested in providing a good home to a pair (or more) of rats, please contact Hein at heinr@uwgb.edu.

Adoptions will be on a first-contact, first-adopt basis so let me know early so that I can get you on the list (they will be available beginning May 7).  Please also feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in providing a good home.  The rats, students, and I thank you!

Professor Brian Merkel receives National Residence Hall Honorary of the Year Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Brian Merkel (Human Biology) was selected for a National Residence Hall Honorary of the Year Award for the category of Institution Faculty/Staff.

NRHH is an organization that recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty and show great leadership throughout the campus community. The organization strives to provide recognition for the individuals on campus who have shown outstanding leadership and service. His commitment to the welfare and advancement of the UW-Green Bay community does not go unnoticed. Here is what one nominator said,

Professor Merkel has an amazing style of lecturing that I hadn’t seen before. He truly sees the student’s perspective and constantly addresses it while teaching. In an online format where students cannot ask questions as the lecture is taught, he frequently pauses and addresses possible questions or confusing statements that he thinks students could be wondering at home. He breaks up the content into small, digestible pieces that can be reviewed quickly to cement a core theme or process into our brains. In the very first lecture video, Professor Merkel took almost 30 minutes to make sure we had the tools and strategies to succeed before we even started on Chapter 1. I could tell right from the start that he really cared about how we did in his class, and that it mattered to him how we perceived what he was teaching. His level of care really touched me as a student and made me want to score high on his tests to give back to him for his efforts… I can confidently say that I have never felt a professor or teacher care more about the students succeeding not only in their class, but in the student’s careers as well.”

2021 EMBI Earth Caretaker Award Ceremony, April 22 (Virtual Ceremony)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, cordially invite you to a reception honoring the 11th Earth Caretaker Award recipient, Linda Parker ’85. This reception will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from noon to 1:00 p.m. via a Microsoft Teams Live event.

Linda Parker
Linda Parker ’85

The Earth Caretaker Award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy or other closely related areas. Linda Parker received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biological Resource Management and Biology from UW-Green Bay in 1985. Linda is the Forest Ecologist on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, where she is responsible for several large programs including ecology, botany and climate change.

Serving in this position since 1991, Parker provides leadership and expertise on rare plants, non-native invasive plants, fire ecology, landscape ecology, natural areas, ecological restoration, pollinator management and climate change adaptation.

Wisconsin Teaching Award Winners

UW-Green Bay Faculty Recognized with Regents Top Teaching Awards

Ekaterina Levintova and Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics Honored

Green Bay, Wis.— The UW System Board of Regents today (April 5, 2021) announced the recipients of its 29th annual Teaching Excellence Awards. UW-Green Bay received two of the three top honors, and awardees will be honored at the next Regents meeting, April 9 via videoconference, along with the 28th annual recipients.

Receiving the honor at UW-Green Bay will be Ekaterina Levintova (Political Science and Global Studies) and the Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics program and its members: Professors Deb Pearson and Leanne Zhu, Lecturer Sara Wagner and Program Internship Director Heather Masters.

Last year’s award ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19. The awards recognize outstanding teaching and are the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and instructional academic staff. Each recipient is awarded $7,500intended to recognize and reward an academic department or program that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to teaching and learning. It pays tribute to the impressive dedication of the department and the ability of its members to inspire enthusiasm in students for learning in general, and for making interdisciplinary connections in the classroom and beyond.

Each award recipient demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching and learning, uses effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning, and makes a significant impact on students’ intellectual development. More about the recipients:

Ekaterina (Katia) Levintova (Pronounced KAH-tia Lev-IN-toh-vah)
Professor of Political Science and Global Studies (Democracy and Justice Studies)

Prof. Levintova joined UW-Green Bay’s faculty in 2007 and teaches first-year seminars to upper-level political science courses. Her innovative, student-focused teaching blends discussion and lecture with simulations, such as asking students in upper- and lower-level courses to stage public opinion polls and a mock political campaign. Levintova co-edited a book, Gender in the Political Science Classroom, published by Indiana University Press in 2018. She is co-editor of Syllabus Journal, a peer-reviewed publication showcasing course syllabi, syllabi best practices, and assignment design. A recipient of several research grants, she is a former Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and has authored several articles and book chapters on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as well as the political sociology of post-communist transitions. She is faculty adviser for UW-Green Bay’s Model European Union student organization. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Levintova supervises independent research projects, directs honors projects, and supervises internships. She earned the UW-Green Bay Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019, the same year she earned an alumni achievement award from her Ph.D. institution.

“When I see Dr. Levintova, she is usually right in the mix of her students—meeting with them individually or talking to small groups working on activities. As demonstrated in the tagline of one of her publications, Global Citizens are Made, Not Born, Dr. Levintova centers her pedagogy around development—both intellectual and intercultural,” said Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Kate Burns in her nomination letter. “Katia takes risks and believes in students when no one else has, who were previously at the margins of our institution, and the results are apparent. She has transformed students’ lives by giving them the skills and confidence to pursue graduate programs, when they did not even believe that they would successfully complete a bachelor’s degree. Countless current and former students cite her as their mentor. Former students explain that her inspiration and support are the reasons for their career trajectory and love of learning. Dr. Levintova is a passionate advocate for her students.”

Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics Program, UW-Green Bay

The Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics program is an emphasis within the Human Biology major and currently enrolls 73 students. Three faculty members contribute to the teaching of this program—Professors Deb Pearson and Leanne Zhu and Lecturer Sara Wagner; with Program Internship Director Heather Masters. The instructors teach first-year seminars, general education courses, and courses for the nutrition science emphasis.

The program’s mission is to provide high-quality interdisciplinary courses and learning opportunities that focus on biological, physiological, and behavioral aspects of humans with an emphasis on the role that food and nutrition have in maintaining and improving health. The program received a competitive university grant in 2019, allowing its faculty to leverage best practices for online and hybrid instruction. For example, the program used a state-of-the-art Food & Nutrition lab in the Brown County’s STEM Innovation Center on campus to continue community outreach during the pandemic, offering virtual interactive Culinary Adventure healthy cooking demonstrations to local Girl Scout troops, and teaching virtual food and nutrition courses to socially distanced students. The program has an 85 percent placement rate of its students employed in food, nutrition, and dietetic-related professions within six months of graduation. Its students have a 98.3 percent pass rate on the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam. The program is launching a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health in fall 2021.

Interim Provost Burns recommended the Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics Program to the Regents Teaching Excellence Award Committee.

“This small, but mighty program has been recognized across the campus, state, and country for their teaching efforts,” Burns said in her recommendation. “Their faculty have won several teaching awards, including the outstanding Dietetics Educator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Pearson; 2017), and the Margene Wagstaff Fellowship for Innovation in Dietetics Education (Wagner; 2019). The program uses high-impact practices to engage students in deep learning, while simultaneously serving our communities, from 4K student to our campus-run farmer’s market,” Burns added.

The mission of the Nutrition/ Dietetics emphasis is to provide high quality interdisciplinary courses and learning opportunities that focus on the biological, physiological, and behavioral aspects of the human organism with an emphasis on the role that food and nutrition have in maintaining and improving health. This program integrates evidence-based scientific principles and critical thinking skills needed to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, graduate studies, and employment in food and nutrition-related fields.

Also receiving an award was Renee Redman, senior lecturer, Department of Biology, UW-La Crosse.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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On The Move In The Waters Of NE Wisconsin | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM | Green Bay, WI

SUAMICO, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) – The northern pike spawning run is underway in some areas. Last year, the pandemic stalled research efforts at the site in Suamico, but this spring, crews are back in the field. Over the past eight years, a fyke net off Lineville Road in Suamico has been the center of a science project on northern pike spawning activity.“This is one of the few areas where you could actually monitor the entire spawning run. You can get a lot of great information about their ecology,” said Patrick Forsythe, assistant biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Forsythe, along with student volunteers, checked these nets Sunday for fish coming and going to spawning grounds in the wetlands nearby. Fish are measured, and a clipped fin is used to help determine the pike’s age. “What changes from year to year? Those are important questions I think that the (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) and UWGB would really like to answer,” said Forsythe.

Source: On The Move In The Waters Of NE Wisconsin | WTAQ News Talk | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM | Green Bay, WI

Spawning run presents opportunity to study northern pike | WLUK

SUAMICO (WLUK) — A popular sport fish is on the move in the waters of Northeast Wisconsin. The northern pike spawning run is underway in some areas. Last year, the pandemic stalled research efforts at the site in Suamico, but this spring, crews are back in the field.Over the past eight years, a fyke net off Lineville Road in Suamico has been the center of a science project on northern pike spawning activity. “This is one of the few areas where you could actually monitor the entire spawning run. You can get a lot of great information about their ecology,” said Patrick Forsythe, associate biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: Spawning run presents opportunity to study northern pike | WLUK

UW-Green Bay Leading Regional Efforts to Locate National Estuarine Research Reserve on Green Bay

Public kick-off event is April 12 (and again April 15)

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, in partnership with local and national agencies, is leading efforts to recognize local waters as a national reserve—an important next step in the region’s 30-plus-year effort to protect one of the largest surface freshwater systems on earth.

Upon site selection within the Green Bay estuary, the NERR designation (National Estuarine Research Reserve) will use locally relevant and nationally significant research to address local coastal management issues and help protect the world’s largest freshwater estuary.

The University, along with local officials and representatives of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), invite interested organizations and members of the public, to join with them to learn more about the NERR designation and what it will mean to the region. A virtual event will be held April 12, 2021 at 4 p.m. and it will be repeated April 15 at 7 p.m. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Congressman Mike Gallagher will take part in the event. There will be a live question and answer opportunity at each event. Each event will have live captioning.

Registration for the event and more information is available at this website or https://www.uwgb.edu/national-estuarine-research-reserves/.

The importance of Great Lakes estuaries cannot be overstated. These are semi-enclosed areas where the Great Lakes waters mix with waters from rivers, streams and bays. Estuaries are distinctly responsible for filtering sediments and pollutants from rivers and streams, providing cleaner water for humans and wildlife. Estuaries have tremendous economic and cultural impact on a region; providing transportation, recreation, commerce and food. The water issues surrounding Northeast Wisconsin in recent years make a project like the NERR even more significant for area waterways.

“Ducks Unlimited (DU) is excited to be part of the partnership to bring a NERR to Green Bay and even more excited to add the resources associated with the Reserve to an already very effective conservation community,” says Brian Glenzinski, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited. “Green Bay is an incredibly important area for migratory birds and a priority for DU and we have, therefore, established a conservation delivery program with partners in the area. One of the most useful partnerships is with UW-Green Bay, in which we can immediately study and evaluate the conservation practices installed to gain a better understanding of restoration efforts in the Bay and apply findings to future projects. The GB-NERR has great potential to elevate and expand this cycle for benefit of Green Bay, the Great Lakes and beyond.”

The NERR designation will help UW-Green Bay and its partners bring in funding—more than $1 million per year—for water-focused scientific research, education, stewardship and training, and will include a visitor center for hands-on and place-based education, lab space, conference area, and a boat launch.

The goal of the Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is to be the most technologically-advanced NERR in a network of 29 reserves covering more than 1.3 million acres throughout the U.S. The reserve would be non-regulatory, state-owned and managed entity, with program guidance and technical assistance from NOAA.

“In June of 1971, Newsweek was the first national publication to coin UW-Green Bay as Ecology U. For decades, this University has been committed to its ‘Eco U’ roots—studying, preserving and protecting this region that includes the largest freshwater estuary in the world,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “The opportunity to bring this type of national attention and support to the region and help solve some of the challenges facing our great waterways is an effort we are proud to lead.”

See more at the UW-Green Bay NERR website. Media calls should be directed to Sue Bodilly, bodillys@uwgb.edu.

Requests for more information about the NERR or the event should be directed to Emily Tyner at tynere@uwgb.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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