UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) Earth Caretaker Award Ceremony scheduled for April is canceled and organizers hope to reschedule at a further date.
Thanks to the work of dedicated students (especially Jacob Woulf, Brandon Byrne, and Noah Nei), faculty mentors (Amy Wolf and Bob Howe), the UW-Green Bay IT staff (especially Ron Kottnitz and Monika Pynaker), Paul Pinkston and staff at Facilities Management, and support from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and local bird enthusiasts Paul and Annie Mueller, the nest of UW-Green Bay’s Peregrine Falcons (Mimi and Rupert) is available for online viewing. The nest, located in a converted vent near the top of the Cofrin Library, can be followed at UW-Green Bay Peregrine Falcon Nest Box LiveStream video on YouTube.
Reports Wolf, “The first egg was laid last week, and Mimi and Rupert are now incubating four eggs! We expect the young to hatch around April 24-26. We all hope that these spectacular birds will provide some enjoyment for you and others, especially during these difficult times.”
Find more about the history of this endangered pair, see our 2017 article Campus Cliffhanger: A team of volunteers bands together for successful birth and banding of Peregrine falcons.
May, 14, 2019 photo of falcon nest.
This year’s Earth Caretaker Award Ceremony scheduled for April 2020 has been canceled and will be rescheduled when deemed safe to do so.
Green Bay, Wis.—As a part of ongoing University efforts to keep students, faculty and staff healthy and safe, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today announced that it is extending alternative class delivery through the spring semester.
Students who are able to return to their primary residence following spring break are strongly urged to do so. University housing will remain open to anyone who needs residence. Communication will be sent shortly to housing residents concerning the move-out process. Plans regarding refunds are in progress and will be communicated when processing procedures are established. Information will be shared as soon as reasonably possible. Patience is requested as the University works through this process.
“We must do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus, including community spread. We do not want to look back in months or years and see that we could have done more to protect our people and our communities. This is essential and in the best interest of the UW-Green Bay family,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven.
“Students are encouraged to continue their academic path and stay on course this semester. We can’t stress this enough,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael Alexander. “During trying times, people take comfort in routine and in learning. Even though education will look different, it is continuing, and that’s a good thing.”
The decisions to continue education in alternative modes will not affect students’ ability to graduate or progress in their academic careers. Students will get credit for completing coursework. Decisions regarding the May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not be finalized until the full impact of COVID-19 is known. Alexander noted that degrees can be conferred if all academic requirements are met regardless of holding an on-campus ceremony.
“UW-Green Bay is an institution that rises to the occasion and the challenges and opportunities in front of us. I have no doubt that our faculty and staff will do just that in the weeks and months ahead,” shared Alexander.
Additionally, all University events are canceled through the end of the semester.
The University is continuing to offer, develop and share resources to support student and faculty success. For more information on resources and the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/. Frequently asked questions are available here.
If you have immediate questions regarding COVID-19, please utilize the question feature at https://www.uwgb.edu/coronavirus/.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8.700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
One professor and researcher at UW-Green Bay is studying traumatic brain injuries. He’s hoping the findings will have implications for athletes who suffer from concussions or CTE. But he’s not studying actual athletes, the subjects of his experiments are much smaller. Assistant Prof. Doug Brusich (Human Biology) studies how flies recover from their brain injures or if they recover at all. “Several successive injuries at a mild to moderate level result in the same sort of dysfunction as one severe injury suggesting that these more mild injuries, when coupled closely in time, is probably impactful toward outcomes,” says Brusich. Source: UW-Green Bay professor, researcher uses flies to study brain injuries in athletes | #wearegreenbay.com#
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in honor of International Women’s Day this past Sunday, Associate Prof. Rebecca Abler (Water Science), Associate Prof. Amy Kabrhel (Natural and Applied Sciences), Assistant Prof. Breeyawn Lybbert (Natural and Applied Sciences) and Associate Prof. Megumi Onoda (Mathematics and Statistics) held a panel discussion on Women in STEM. If you couldn’t make it in person, you can watch online now.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Water Science, Geoscience and Environmental Science) has been named the 2020 NEW Watershed Champion. He formally received this recognition on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from NEW Water and the Green Bay Water Utility during the 2020 World Water Day event.
Prof. Fermanich is a lead co-principal investigator on a collaborative project studying the links between edge-of-field water quality, soil health and field management at sites in Great Lakes priority watersheds. Additionally, he is a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.
Fermanich was recognized at the seventh annual World Water Day event hosted by NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Green Bay Water Utility at the Jack Day Environmental Education Center. World Water Day (www.worldwaterday.org) is a commemorative event launched by the United Nations in 1993 to bring awareness to global water issues. The two water entities honor World Water Day to call attention to local water issues, including aging infrastructure and impairments, and to celebrate the efforts of a local champion in caring for the watersheds of Wisconsin.
The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Water and Climate Change.” Globally, this means an increasing demand for water as populations increase, which can drain natural resources and cause environmental damage.
“The Green Bay Water Utility is adapting to address the water effects of climate change to continue to protect health and safety to our customers,” said Nancy Quirk, general manager of the Green Bay Water Utility.
The World Water Day held in Green Bay also serves to celebrate local efforts to strive toward solutions. Learn more about past Champions here.
Fermanich has worked at UW-Green Bay since 1998. Along with many partners, Fermanich and his students study water quality, watershed management, soil health, Green Bay restoration, and agricultural management issues. He is a lead co-principal investigator on a collaborative project studying the links between edge-of-field water quality, soil health, and field management at sites in Great Lakes priority watersheds. Additionally, Fermanich is a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.
“Our era faces a number of water challenges, not only globally, but here in Wisconsin as well. Dr. Fermanich exemplifies the spirit of working together to find solutions to the many vexing water challenges we’re facing today,” said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water.
This post is written in cooperation with NEW Water. Photo submitted by Tricia Garrison, NEW Water. In the photo, from left to right, Tom Sigmund, executive director, NEW Water; Prof. Kevin Fermanich and Nancy Quirk, general manager, Green Bay Water Utility
UW-Green Bay and several other UW System schools will soon offer a new online Master of Science degree in cybersecurity. The UW System Board of Regents recently approved the new 12-course, 34-credit online degree as a collaboration between the UW System Extended Campus, UW Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior. The degree will feature four unique tracks of study, allowing students to focus their education in one or more cybersecurity areas: digital forensics, cyber response, governance and leadership, and security architecture. While all graduate students can take the program, it is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, information systems or computer engineering, or students with professional experience in the IT field. Courses will begin this fall. For more information on the program, visit ce.uwex.edu/cybersecurity/. Source: UW-Green Bay, Oshkosh to offer online cybersecurity degree – Insight Publications
A panel of experts discussed the global response of the coronavirus on UW-Green Bay’s campus. The UWGB Global Studies program hosted the free, roundtable discussion Thursday. The panel included campus nursing professors, Christine Vandenhouten and Rebecca Hovarter, along with Brian Merkel, professor of Human Biology and local organizer of the Tiny Earth event to discover new antibiotics. Source: ‘Virus Without Borders’: UW-Green Bay takes a closer look at the impact of the coronavirus | WLUK
UW-Green Bay professors took a comprehensive look at the threat of and response to the Coronavirus Thursday afternoon, March 5, 2020 at the Christie Theatre. The event, called “Virus Without Borders” took place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. UW-Green Bay Professors Chris Vandenhouten (Nursing and Global Studies), Rebecca Hovarter (Nursing), and Brian Merkel (Human Biology) covering symptoms of the virus, testing and treatment options, the current state of the outbreak, the effectiveness of a quarantine, vaccine development, and other topics related to COVID-19. The panel also spoke about how the community can help prevent the person-to-person spread of the virus. Source: “Virus Without Borders:” Coronavirus discussion takes center stage at UW–Green Bay | #wearegreenbay.com#