Wisconsin professor (Richard Hein) helps lucky lab rats find good homes | Wisconsin Public Radio

Rats often get a bum rap. That’s why a lot of students enter his labs feeling a little nervous, said Prof. Richard Hein of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Hein uses the animals to teach first- and second-year introductory biology, and human anatomy and physiology students all sorts of lessons.The students measure how factors like temperature, exercise or even music can affect the animals’ metabolisms. Rats are also used to study the effects of hormones and even human reproduction. Biology major Stevie VanderBloomen, who just finished her second year, said she appreciated getting the opportunity to do hands-on science early in her college career. “It’s such a great way to expand your knowledge,” she said.

Source: Wisconsin Professor Helps Lucky Lab Rats Find Good Homes | Wisconsin Public Radio

Murder Hornets unlikely to reach Wisconsin

They’ve arrived in the United States with a scary nickname and they look even scarier .Vespa Mandarina murder hornet Credit: Filippo Turetta/Wikimedia But according to experts, there’s a good chance Wisconsin will never be home to the so-called “murder hornet.” Native to Asia, but recently found in the Pacific Northwest, Asian giant hornets, also known as murder hornets, are about two inches long. They are vicious predators. “They will attack honeybees and they can destroy thousands of individuals. They basically bite their heads off and then carry their bodies back to feed their babies,” says UW-Green BayProfessor Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Sciences).

Source: Murder Hornets unlikely to reach Wisconsin

Biologist (Draney) puts Wisconsinites at ease on ‘Murder Hornets’ | WLUK

There’s an insect generating some buzz in the U.S. but one local biology professor says we don’t have to worry about it coming to Wisconsin. UW-Green Bay Biology Prof. Michael Draney joined Good Day Wisconsin to discuss “murder hornets.” Or so what some are calling them. It’s real name is the Asian Giant Hornet.

Source: Biologist puts Wisconsinites at ease on ‘Murder Hornets’ | WLUK

Wisconsin history’s memorable women to celebrate in March | greenbaypressgazette.com

Emma Toft left a special mark on UW-Green Bay. Baileys Harbor was not only Emma Toft’s birthplace in 1891, but also the area she remained dedicated to for most of her life. Her father owned over 300 acres of forest, which is now considered Toft Point, according to Wisconsin Women Making History. Following his death, Toft opted to share the natural wonders of the forest and opened a summer resort called Toft Point Resort with the rest of her family.  Over the next several years, many industrial eyes turned to Toft Point, eager to see the forest destroyed in favor of a more lavish establishment, but Toft was adamant in protecting and preserving her father’s land. As a result, the forest is largely unchanged from even before Toft’s father bought it. Among her efforts to preserve Toft Point, Toft also protected Ridges Sanctuary and Ellison Bay, side by side with landscape architect Jens Jensen. Toft eventually trusted the forest to the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy, before it changed hands again. Now, Toft Point, still a nature preserve, is often cared for and used by University of Wisconsin- Green Bay students for research. Source: Wisconsin history’s memorable women to celebrate in March | greenbaypressgazette.com

UW-Green Bay faculty perform at The Blue Opus, Wednesday, Feb. 26

Known best on the Green Bay Campus as science professors, UW-Green Bay’s James Marker (Human Biology) and Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Sciences) are also accomplished musicians, and will be playing with Badgergrass, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at The Blue Opus, Bellevue. “Badgergrass performs folk, bluegrass, country and gospel songs that make America what it is today. The performers are known for their tight harmony and taking an ordinary song and making it fun!”

How fruit fries may be able to teach us about football injuries | Free | apg-wi.com

Fruit flies and humans may have more in common than you think. Flies were used during early research into human genetics, said Doug Brusich. The assistant professor at UW-Green Bay, is among a group of researchers who now use the insect to study traumatic brain injuries. Their findings could have implications for athletes. Brusich co-authored a paper published last year in the journal Fly focusing on the effects of repetitive, mild brain injuries — the same type that might be suffered by offensive or defensive linemen. The researchers found mild brain injuries in quick succession have a compounding affect, which they referred to as synergistic, and can cause the same level of impairment as a single more severe injury. Source: How fruit fries may be able to teach us about football injuries | Free | apg-wi.com

Visitors peer into the large fish tank to see the yellow peach during The Farmory grand opening of the perch fish hatchery in Green Bay.

Photos: The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

The Farmory celebrated its launch of the state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery in Green Bay on Feb. 10, 2020. The nonprofit hatchery is an indoor urban farm that focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture. The startup hatchery launched with assistance from its educational partners at UW-Green Bay. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr. WFRV has a report.

The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication