UW-Green Bay hosts new Innovation in Aging student idea competition, March 3

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its first-ever Innovation in Aging student idea competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Christie Theatre, University Union. Teams of three to five students will compete to create an innovative solution that combats challenges and improves quality of life for an aging public.

“To respond to the demographic shift toward an aging population, and contribute to older adults living healthy, independent and productive lives, we need to think differently and more creatively about aging challenges,” said Susan Gallagher-Lepak, UW-Green Bay’s Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare.

The competition will help students further promote skills in areas such as idea development, collaboration, public presentation and they will gain an understanding of that which defines intellectual property.

The WiSys Technology Foundation is providing information and resources to teams throughout the competition. Executive Director Arjun Sanga is excited to be working with the UW-Green Bay community to host this event.

“This is a great example of providing students with the practical experience to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world problems,” said Sanga.

Student teams represent a number of disciplines across the campus including health communication, computer science, human biology, psychology, nutrition science, business, human development, accounting, social work, environmental design and others. Several teams represent student organizations on campus as well.

It is the hope of the planning committee that this event will be an annual UW-Green Bay event, according to UW-Green Bay Prof. Dean Von Dras (Psychology).

The judging panel is composed of two faculty members and representatives from Green Bay’s Aging and Disability Resource Center  and Curative Connections (Green Bay), and Fresco Services (New London). The top award is a $500 prize.

Attendees are encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and enjoy food and refreshments.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Holzem gives introductory talk on Environmental Engineering Technology

UWGB Assistant Prof. Ryan M. Holzem (Natural and Applied Science) welcomes you to a talk at 5:15 p.m. Wed., Sept. 28 in MAC Hall 225, entitled “Introduction to Environmental Engineering Technology.” Since joining UWGB in 2015, Holzem has been involved with the startup of the new engineering technology program, teaching various engineering courses, conducting research into the biological, chemical and physical processes of drinking water and wastewater treatment, and securing external funding to support undergraduate research.

Faculty note: Holzem speaks on Manure Management research

Prof. Ryan Holzem (Natural and Applied Science) attended the American Society of Civil and Environmental Engineers (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI) World Environmental and Water Resource Congress, held in West Palm Beach, Florida, from May 22-26. Holzem gave a talk evaluating the research he completed with Prof. John Katers on advanced manure dewatering and water treatment technologies for large dairy farms in Wisconsin, and analyzed this information from both economic and non-economic standpoints.

Katers, Holzem contribute articles on waste management to dairy publication


Natural and Applied Sciences Profs. John Katers (of EMBI) and Ryan M. Holzem (of the new Environmental Engineering Technology program) recently wrapped up a three-article series for the Progressive Dairyman magazine. Karen Lee, the editor, asked Katers and Holzem to address considerations for using digesters on large dairy farms. The Progressive Dairyman print and online editions reach more than 25,000 large-herd, forward-thinking producers throughout the United States. The articles are summarized below:

* “Considerations for sizing an anaerobic digester,” published online on April 28, 2015, described the need to properly quantify and characterize the manure and water sources that would end up in the digester, and use the appropriate hydraulic and solids retention times to obtain optimal digestion.
* “Four reasons why anaerobic digesters fail,” published online on June 29, examined issues of poor design and equipment selection, lack of technical expertise, maintenance, and inadequate follow-through.
* “Co-digestion considerations for anaerobic digestion systems,” published online Sept. 30, was created as a tear sheet (found at the link). The article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using off-farm substrates (i.e., distillery waste, dairy waste, food waste, energy crops, and fats oils and greases) in a farms anaerobic digester. The article ends with several important questions that farmers should ask themselves prior to initiating co-digestion with their digester.