History Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete of the Humanistic Studies faculty is just back from London and an international conference called “Greek and Roman Armor Day,” hosted by the University of London and sponsored by the Hellenic and Roman Societies. He spoke about the UW-Green Bay Linothorax Project and displayed a reconstructed suit of lightweight linen armor of the type that helped Alexander’s armies dominate the ancient world. The half dozen speakers were from England, Scotland, the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel. They addressed effectiveness, production, wearability, enemy tactics and weapons, and developments over time.
Heidi Sherman presented the paper, “Staraia Ladoga and the Emporia Theses: The Anatomy of a ‘Non-Place’ in Viking-Age Russia,” at Yeast for Changes: Vikings and their Impact on Medieval Europe, May 21. The conference, which brought together Viking specialists from more than a dozen European countries was sponsored by The Institute of Archaeology, Wrocław, Poland.
Additional details are being shared about the conference “Everyday Life in the 21st Century City” to be held July 17-20 in Florence, Italy. Prof. Ray Hutchison is coordinating the conference, which will address rapidly increasing diversity and urbanization as well as issues related to huge rural-to-urban migration taking place in countries including India and China. The event is in partnership with the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco. Learn more at the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EverydayLifeFlorence2015
The fall University Staff Conference is being planned for Friday, November 6 at Tundra Lodge, Green Bay. Featured topic is “Work + Home = Balance.” More details to come.
Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business, who served as president of the Midwest Association for Information Systems for the year just ending, was among the featured speakers at the 10th annual conference of the association held at Pittsburg State (Kans.) University on May 14 and 15. In his talk, Bansal highlighted the importance of regional conferences, and how they help build bridges between IS experts and their stakeholders. He highlighted that regional conferences are relatively low-budget and facilitate relationship building with the “local” industry leaders and CIOs, community, government agencies, and university administration as well. Such bridge-building exercises are generally not possible with larger conferences which can only go to bigger cities, often cost more to attend, and are generally not accessible to undergraduate students. He stressed that such regional conferences are increasingly important in an era of declining state funding, and he emphasized the need to reinforce ties with stakeholders. He highlighted that the Information Systems discipline is unique since issues such as digitization and privacy/security involve all cross-sections of society, providing a unique opportunity to involve those various stakeholders — which happens to make Information Systems research and teaching more relevant and rigorous at the same time.
UW-Green Bay Psychology Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung, Human Development, will deliver the opening plenary address at the 22nd annual national Teaching Institute that is part of the Association for Psychological Science conference to be held May 20-24 in New York City. His talk is titled “The Class is Your Oyster: Cultivating Valuable Learning.” To learn more about the conference, and see the poster with Gurung at the top.
Professor John Stoll of Public and Environmental Affairs attended the Midwest Economics Association annual meeting in Minneapolis, recently where he served as a moderator for a session entitled, “Environmental Economics.” He also served as commentator in an another session, “Income Inequality and Air Pollution: A County-Level Analysis,” and reported on a third topic, “Impact of Communication upon the Selection of Environmental Targets, Policy Implementation, and Political Acceptability,” a continuing collaboration with Matthew Winden of UW-Whitewater and Arrington Stoll of UW-Milwaukee.
Water quality and runoff expert Kevin Fermanich, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, will co-present with Prof. Val Klump of UW-Milwaukee later this week at a major regional conference on the Great Lakes. Their topic is “Lake Michigan’s Green Bay: Why the Dead Zone? What is Needed to Prevent it?” Fermanich has been a key contributor to watershed runoff studies in the Green Bay area, examining phosphorous loading and the resulting low-oxygen conditions that yield so-called “dead zones.” Other case studies will look at Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay and Toledo’s Lake Erie drinking water problems, among other topics. The conference is the second Great Lakes Science-Policy Confluence Conference presented by The Environmental Law & Policy Center in collaboration with Loyola University and Northwestern University’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy.
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He’s also a panelist at Green Bay ‘Phosphorus Summit’ — U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble and DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp are convening a “Phosphorus Summit” to take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Neville Public Museum in downtown Green Bay. UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich is an invited panelist on the topic of curbing nonpoint pollution. Also taking part will be dairy industry and turfgrass representatives, agency water quality specialists and a representative of NEW Water.
Regan A.R. Gurung, professor of Human Development and Psychology, will be speaking as part of the Presidential Invited Symposium at the upcoming Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Philadelphia. His topic, “Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere: Multiple Venues for Sharing Psychology.” Gurung is a past national president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies has announced the call for papers for a conference on “Everyday Life in the 21st Century City” to be held July 17-20, 2015 in Florence, Italy. Hutchison is coordinating the conference, which recalls the July 2000 “Everyday Life in the Segmented City” conference in Florence that attracted some 80 participants from more than a dozen countries. This year’s event will address rapidly increasing diversity and urbanization — by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in metropolitan areas — and look at issues related to huge rural-to-urban migration taking place in countries including India and China. The call for papers is organized into five topic areas (The Right to the City, Urban Nightlife, Suburbanization and New Communities, Neoliberal Urban Policy and its Discontents, and Well-being in the 21st Century City). The complete call for papers can be viewed at the website and there also is a Facebook page where you can “like” the conference.