‘Cool Chemistry’ event at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, Tuesday, April 23

Young scientists ages 5 and up are invited for a free educational, exciting and explosive evening of Cool Chemistry! The event will be taking place at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Come and experience explosions, color-changing solutions, solid foams, dry ice fog and fire. After the show, you can make your own slime. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show. Only 350 people will be admitted. For a chance to be a volunteer participant, pick up a ticket at the door. Questions may be directed to UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Associate Prof. James Kabrhel (Chemistry) at 920-663-7334 or kabrhelj@uwgb.edu. Check out the event on Facebook

WiSys Quick Pitch set for Wednesday, April 3, Green Bay Campus

The WiSys Quick Pitch will be taking place in UW-Green Bay’s Mary Ann Cofrin Hall (MAC) Room 224 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to listen to seven three-minute innovative and entrepreneurial pitches from students and learn how their research will impact the community and may one day benefit the local economy and/or society.

The students and presentations:

  • Nahida Akhtar (Chemistry) and Ben Fredeen (Chemistry) presenting on: “Magnetic Nanoparticles”
  • Alison Bahena (Psychology) presenting on: “Executive Function in a Normative Population with Psychosis-like Symptoms using ERP”
  • Halee Behrens (Biology) and Katlyn Tappy (Natural and Applied Sciences) presenting on: “Discovery of Antibiotic-Producing Soil Bacteria with Broad-Spectrum Activity”
  • Daijana Carrasco (Psychology, Human Development) presenting on: “Senior Center Cruise”
  • Akanshka Gurtu (Chemistry) presenting on: “Potable Water”
  • Charity Joy (Business Administration) presenting on: “Team Building Yoga”
  • Noah Redfearn (Business Administration) presenting on: “Do you Seriously Care About the Environment?”
  • Zach Zeutzius (Business Administration) presenting on: “Bookbates”


  • Associate Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science)
  • Assistant Prof. Vallari Chandna (Management)
  • Dean John Katers (College of Science, Engineering and Technology)

Winners of the Quick Pitch competition will receive a cash prize ($250 for first place and $125 for second place), with the first place winner qualifying to present their pitch and compete in the state final at the 11th annual WSTS Symposium at UW-Stout from July 22-23, 2019.

Mark your calendars: Spring 2019 Speaker Series at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus

Mark your calendars for the three upcoming speakers participating in the Spring 2019 Speaker Series at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room: UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Prof. David Louzecky (Philosophy)

Professors Zorn and Fermanich among ‘soothsayers’ working on predicting dead zones on the bay

“They are diverse group — a geoscientist, limnologist and natural resources educator. Also on the team is a water chemist, biologist, civil engineer and watershed scientist. As collaborators on a Sea Grant-funded effort to envision conditions in Green Bay, you could also say they are soothsayers.” 

This story by Moira Harrington of Sea Grant describes the important work of UW-Green Bay faculty members, Associate Dean Michael Zorn (Chemistry) and Professor Kevin Fermanich (NAS, co-lead investigator).

Writes Harrington, “It’s a project called ‘Transitioning Science to Management: Developing Models and Tools to Restore the Health of the Green Bay Ecosystem,’ which is seeking to understand and evaluate alternative approaches to meet water quality goals for the Green Bay watershed under current and projected climate. It builds on prior work that assembled a comprehensive set of linked models of watershed loading, biogeochemical cycling and hydrodynamics.”

“For me as a chemist, I like to see how all those things — different inputs — interact. How the prediction looks,” said  Zorn. “It really helps to visualize it through models.”

If Zorn and his six co-researchers are, in fact, termed soothsayers then they want to expand their ranks of seers. Their work will enable others to visualize watershed conditions as well

Writes Harrington, “Beyond the already extensive list of stakeholders who could directly use the models, it’s almost certain this work will resonate with average folks touched by projects such as the $7 million Bay Beach restoration in the city of Green Bay. There are plans for a new nearly 3-mile beach, beach house and boardwalk. A fishing pier will stretch into the water by 450 feet, bringing anglers that much closer to prized yellow perch and other desirable catches.

Water-quality issues have plagued this area since the 1940s and despite recent improvements, there is little to no public access to the bay. Thanks to modeling, ongoing restoration can be informed by different scenarios and projections.

You don’t have to be soothsayer to foresee this could lead to many happy people.”

Read the full story.




Reminder: UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Speaker Series to continue on Tuesday, Nov. 13

The 2018-19 Speaker Series at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (2114) with “Monsanto is a ‘Four Letter Word,’” presented by Associate Prof. James Kabrhel (Chemistry). This talk will examine the company that created Roundup and other common pesticides and herbicides, and look at the science and narrative surrounding this company and their products.

Faculty note: Prof. Bakshi has new publication

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, Natural and Applied Science) published a recent article, Keto–Enol Tautomerism of Temperature and pH Sensitive Hydrated Curcumin Nanoparticles: Their Role as Nanoreactors and Compatibility with Blood Cells, in ACS journal J of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This work highlights the synthesis, characterization and applications of Curcumin nanoparticles in food and pharmaceutical formulations.

Speaker Series at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus continues on Tuesday, Nov. 13

The 2018-19 Speaker Series will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. The presentation is “Monsanto is a ‘Four Letter Word,'” by Sheboygan Campus Associate Prof. James  Kabrhel (Chemistry). The presentation will focus on examining Monsanto, a company responsible for creating Roundup, as well as other pesticides and herbicides.

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi publishes article in ACS Omega

Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, NAS) has published an article in ACS Omega. This publication is from the research work of undergraduate student Apoorva Gurtu. The article highlights the self-assembled behavior of proteins catalyzed by the nanometallic surfaces in relevance to fibrillation and amyloidosis of proteins responsible for several critical diseases.