Faculty note: Prof. Hossain paper accepted for publication

Resch School of Engineering Associate Prof. Maruf Hossain has co-authored a paper entitled “Teager Energy Operator for Fast Estimation of Three-Phase Grid Frequency,” which has been accepted for publication in the reputed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement Journal. This is an international collaborative work led by Hossain with other two professors from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and Macquarie University, Australia.

A fish elevator is improving the Lake Sturgeon, Prof. Forsythe is interviewed on WPR

An operation at a dam on the Menominee River that relocates sturgeon upriver has helped biologists in their efforts to improve sturgeon populations and has given researchers a new way to track whether those sturgeon are spawning.

About 400 sturgeon were relocated farther upstream between 2015 and 2019 thanks to an elevator installation at the Menominee Dam, located about two miles upriver from the mouth of Lake Michigan at Green Bay. Bypassing the dams means the sturgeon are able to access their historical spawning sites—an important achievement for the sturgeon whose numbers dropped to the hundreds in the past few centuries.

Lake sturgeon number about one percent of their historical abundance, said Patrick Forsythe, an associate professor of biology at UW-Green Bay who focuses on aquatic ecosystems and fish populations in the Great Lakes. Overharvesting and pollution have been particularly devastating to the populations, as well as dams that have blocked the sturgeon from getting to their spawning sites. Adult sturgeon exhibit homing behavior, which means that they return to spawn in the streams where they were born. See more via WPR.

Research identifies wetlands most important for marsh bird conservation, WPR

The most important coastal wetlands to preserve marsh birds in the Great Lakes have been identified from a recent study. Researchers from the National Audubon Society, UW-Green Bay, and the National Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. These Wetlands are critical ecosystems that provide flood protection and filtering out pollutants. Source: WPR.

UW-Green Bay Environmental Science student Jacob Derenne studying soil health and water quality.

UW-Green Bay students study water quality and soil health

UW-Green Bay Environmental Science student Jacob Derenne is part of a project team working on a study to link properties of soil health (a suite of biological, chemical and physical properties) to the quality of water that runs off the field during rain events. Last week (August 31-Sept. 1, 2020) the team was measuring the infiltration capacity of the soil and collected samples to determine the water holding capacity, the resistance of the soil clumps (aggregates) to destruction by rainfall and the degree of soil compaction, according to Prof. Kevin Fermanich.

The teams in Wisconsin are working on farms near Wrightstown and Greenleaf.

Photo was courtesy of Molly Meyers, project coordinator.

Photos of a student exercising on a treadmill and hooked up to a breathing mask, while two students monitor the male runner and a professor looks on during the UW-Green Bay's Exercise Physiology lab.

Video: Human Biology is the perfect preparation for health science careers

Caitlyn Hibner knew most of her life that she wanted to become a physical therapist. She has gone through physical therapy herself and came out with a strong desire to help others regain their life. Caitlyn really loves the hands-on labs in the Human Biology Program and how her professors “genuinely want you to succeed and want you to be successful in whatever pathway you’re taking.”

Video Transcript:

I chose the Human Biology Program here at UW-Green Bay because I’ve known that I wanted to go into physical therapy for pretty much my whole life. Going through the physical therapy process myself really solidified that for me so, I knew that I needed to get there, and the Human Biology Program was the way to go. My favorite lab that I have taken at UW-Green Bay is Exercise Physiology being an athlete myself I kind of am forced to work out a lot and this class was so engaging and we did so many cool experiments with all the incredible equipment that we have here and just to learn how the body responds to all that activity is really incredible. What I personally enjoy most about the Human Biology Program, is the professors. They don’t make you just feel like another face in their class. They genuinely want you to succeed and want you to be successful in whatever pathway you’re taking. They help you learn hard content without even really feeling like you’re learning because they make it so fun and so engaging. And I think the biggest thing that they do for you, is they give you opportunities outside of the classroom. They want you to join in on their research and they will go above and beyond to make sure that you get whatever you need whether that’s in their class or not.

A career in physical therapy has always been my dream. I really just want to help people. And since being here, I feel prepared and I feel ready and I know that I’m going to be successful at the next level because of the classes and the experience that I’ve gotten here. The Human Biology Program here at UW-Green Bay is an incredible program for anyone looking to go into the healthcare field, physical therapy, dietetics, future medicine.

So, don’t worry, come to campus and when it’s all said and done, you’re going to miss it and you’re going to want to come back.”

— Video by Sue Pischke, Office of Marketing and Communication

STEAM Engine XII coming soon with Prof. Doug Brusich

STEAM Engine XII is a free event at the Neville Public Museum, downtown Green Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 9  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are only 65 spots available due to social distancing, so please register! It will also be broadcast LIVE on Facebook if you can’t make it. Jay Shefchic will be talking about renewable gas, Georgette Heyrman is going to talk about CRISPR, and UW-Green Bay’s Assistant Prof. Douglas Brusich (Human Biology) will talk about giving concussions to flies to inform research on traumatic brain injuries. Link to FB event.


Environmental Monitor | After 10 Years, Great Lakes Monitoring Program Still Adapting

“The public knows much more about Great Lakes coastal wetlands than it did ten years ago. In those ten years, the information gathered through the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Program has led to and supported dozens of advances in Great Lakes science while helping nail down the shifting nature of ecosystem health for a vital part of the Great Lakes system.”

UW-Green Bay is a partner in monitoring.

Source: Environmental Monitor | After 10 Years, Great Lakes Monitoring Program Still Adapting

Professor Rick Hein talks rats on Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Rats are an essential component of scientific research understanding diseases and discovering new treatments. After the study is complete, unfortunately, most rats are euthanized. But there’s a movement to see those rats—and other laboratory animals— adopted as pets instead. Far ahead of this movement, UW-Green Bay Prof. Rick Hein, began running his Adopt-A-Rat program for almost 20 years and was recently interviewed on Top of Mind with Julie Rose on BYU Radio (SirusXM 143). In this interview, Dr. Hein discusses why and how his freshmen and sophomore students use animals in course research projects, the importance of animals in research, and his Adopt-A-Rat program. Listen to the interview podcast.

Top of Mind with Julie Rose is a daily, live news talk and interview show heard nationally on BYU-Radio’s satellite channel (SiriusXM 143), online at byuradio.org/topofmind and via iTunes or TuneIn Radio apps from 4 to 8 p.m. ET.

They have interviewed a wide range of people: Actor and activist George Takei; FCC Chairman Ajit Pai; Race reparations expert William Darity at Duke University; Travel guru Rick Steves; former NYPD Chaplain Imam Khalid Latif; Peter Jakab, Chief Curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake; and Broadway superstar Leslie Odom, Jr., just to name a few. SiriusXM has a national subscriber base of over 26 million listeners. Podcast downloads of the show are available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. In Northern Utah, BYURadio can be heard on 107.9 FM.