UW-Green Bay alumnus Tom Sieber ’98 (Environmental Science), who is running for State Representative in Wisconsin’s 88th Assembly District, was recently profiled by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Read more about Sieber, a Brown County Board supervisor since 2012. Read the full story.
A conference room in the Environmental Science building on the Green Bay Campus will now carry the name of an engineering pioneer, committed community advocate, visionary business leader and treasured friend of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay — Robert (Bob) G. Bush.
Friends, family and campus supporters dedicated Room 317F in honor of Bush, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The event recognized Bush’s longtime support and engagement of UW-Green Bay. In fact, the former Chairman, CEO and President of Schreiber Foods, Inc. shared that he was on campus for the original groundbreaking (and even has dirt saved from the event!).
Bush has been a member of the Council of Trustees since its very beginning — in 1998, and served as the trusted group’s secretary for many years. He was granted emeritis status in 2013, but returned to serve shortly after until his final resignation in February of 2018, when he was returned to emeritus status and cited by the board for his exceptional leadership.
The celebration on Sept. 18 included the reading of an official resolution from the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees that reads:
WHEREAS, Bob Bush is known throughout the Green Bay community as a visionary leader and staunch supporter of the non-profit community as evidenced by his many board and committee leadership roles over the years with a wide array of organizations; and
WHEREAS, Bob Bush served on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Council of Trustees with devotion and distinction and served as a Phoenix Fund board member, capital campaign cabinet member, Foundation board member and was elected to the Phoenix Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Bob and Carol Bush deserve recognition as long-time University supporters for athletics. Their leadership gift to the Kress Center campaign yielded a naming gift for the Main Court Arena, affectionately known as “Carol’s Court”. Their dedication and support of their beloved UWGB Women’s Phoenix Basketball teams throughout the years is legendary; and
WHEREAS, Bob and Carol Bush generously supported the arts at the Weidner Center and contributed to bringing the resplendent Dale Chihuly chandelier to the Weidner Center’s main foyer for the community to enjoy; and
WHEREAS, Bob Bush’s reputation as a devoted community member, business leader, and ambassador for the community will be long-remembered, and his persistence and leadership in advocacy for the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay is unrivaled.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this, the 18th day of September 2018, in honor and recognition of his valuable and devoted service to the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and its Council of Trustees, the Council of Trustees officially thanks and recognizes Bob Bush and wishes him only the best of things in his next endeavors.
Louis LeCalsey, III Gary L. Miller
Chairman, Council of Trustees Chancellor, UW-Green Bay
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It’s the first week of school and UW-Green Bay alumnus Richard Kendrick ’08 is excited… When the students return from summer break to Madison Area Technical College, Kendricks’ day kicks into high gear. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kendrick is a mathematics instructor, math adviser and a member of the honors faculty for MATC. It’s safe to say that his students need him.
“Most of the students I deal with come from underrepresented areas within the city,” he says. “The best part of my day is speaking with a student about how to be a successful college student. After all, I was a returning adult student myself. I came from the south side of Madison, which has been given a bad reputation by most. I am enjoying the fact that Madison College is now building a south side campus which will ultimately cater to the residents of the neighborhood.”
Kendrick says he models his mentoring based on some of the faculty and staff at UW-Green Bay, especially as he spends a good majority of his time at MATC’s Student Achievement Center, tutoring math students.
“As far as the faculty that helped me achieve my dream of being a first generation college grad, I give many props to (Professors) Greg Davis and Patricia Terry. For me, it wasn’t always about academics. I felt I could go to them for support in learning how to be a college student, while gaining insight into who I would become after I graduated. I ended up graduating in 2008 as a Mathematics major (Environmental Science minor) with roughly 174 credits; well-rounded to say the least. I enjoyed learning about so many subject areas: computer science, nuclear engineering, materials engineering, and mathematics, to name a few.”
When he wasn’t in the classroom, his peers could likely find him at the Phoenix Sports Center (the predecessor to the Kress Events Center) where he even received an invitation from men’s basketball coach Dick Bennett to try out for the team as a walk-on. He also spent some time in the Phoenix Club, managing to garner a few recreational billiards championships.
In spring of last year, Kendrick returned to campus for a visit.
“My impression of the campus now is, WOW, how things have changed! I have definitely gotten older,” he joked.
He describes his job as his calling. “I enjoy waking up every day to come into work,” he says. Seeing the advancement of his students as they work towards graduation is his greatest reward.
“It is so amazing to learn that some students who started their math classes with me have completed their degrees. I have written numerous reference letters to date for my students. The last day of classes, I always give out my business card just in case they made need anything else to advance their careers.
And he is likely to share his favorite quote… “It is not what you know when you get here, it is what you know when you leave.”
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UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of award-winning faculty member Joseph Moran (Natural and Applied Sciences). Services are Monday. According to the obituary, Moran, 74, died peacefully Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in Ledgeview.
He began teaching at UW-Green Bay in 1969 as an instructor of meteorology in the College of Environmental Sciences and retired as a professor of Natural and Applied Sciences in 2001 with emeritus status. In 1993 he received the Founders Award for Teaching Excellence. Also in 1993 the UW System Regents Teaching Award, cited Moran for his “profound ability to communicate subject matter effectively and inspire in students an enthusiasm for learning.”
“His humor and occasionally exaggerated Boston accent kept his students engaged, whether he was teaching meteorology, earth science or environmental science,” the obituary reads. In 1991, Moran was named the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professor of Natural Science and in 1994 received the Boston College Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence and was included in the American Men and Women of Science.
Moran consistently received high rankings in student and peer evaluations. In a statement of his teaching philosophy, Moran explained “I learned to respect students as people, to recognize their strengths, to deal honestly with their short-comings, to encourage them to tackle things that they didn’t think they could do, to be ever vigilant for the late-bloomer and to encourage them to keep their university experience in its proper perspective.”
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Conservation Partners Roundtable at UW-Green Bay on Thursday, April 19 discussed wildlife, wetlands and the weather. Fox 11 had the story. The experts who attended were particularly concerned about this spring’s migration due to Blizzard Evelyn. Gary Van Vreede, U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist explained, “A lot of the species have come back. And all this snow. I don’t think they know what to make of it. But it will definitely set them back a few weeks, in terms of nesting.”
The late spring was just one of the topics discussed during 4th annual Green Bay Conservation Partners roundtable. Fast-paced presentations coupled with frequent breaks allowed the 90 participants to stay in the environmental mix.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people working in the conservation field to come together, show what they’ve been doing, network and come up with new projects to improve our wildlife, and fish habitats,” said Nicole Van Helden, The Nature Conservancy.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will award the ninth annual Earth Caretaker Award to UW-Green Bay alumnus Douglas McLaughlin, Ph.D.
McLaughlin received two degrees from UW-Green Bay — his bachelor’s degree in 1983 in Science and Environmental Change (emphasis in Biological Resources Management) and a Master’s of Environmental Science in 1985 (Aquatic Biology emphasis). He received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1994. Today, McLaughlin is a principal research scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), a non-profit environmental research organization near Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, he provides scientific expertise and research that address questions affecting surface water quality and management.
He began his career in 1985 as an environmental scientist with Fort Howard Corporation in Green Bay after completing his degree and being mentored under the guidance of UW-Green Bay faculty member H.J. “Bud” Harris. At Fort Howard, he worked on projects related to characterizing and improving wastewater quality, and led several studies designed to better understand and reduce concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mill wastewater. McLaughlin has worked on water quality issues relevant to the pulp and paper industry for most of his career, including five years as a consulting scientist responsible for the design and implementation of technical studies at PCB-contaminated sediment sites.
Over the last several years, he has focused on the science supporting the development of numeric water quality criteria for nutrients and other pollutants. These criteria are a central part of water quality management in the U.S. under the Clean Water Act and represent potentially important sustainability goals for guiding human interactions with aquatic ecosystems.
The Earth Caretaker Award recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas.
By invitation only, the award ceremony and reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. on April 19, 2018 in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union.
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Iron Mountain residents (or there-a-bouts) have had an unusual visitor this winter. A white turkey. The bird is not an albino, but has a condition noted as leucism — documented in a wide number of birds, from penguins in the Antarctic to barnacle geese in Norway. See photos. “But it seems to turn up more frequently in urban populations, researchers say. Perhaps being in an area fairly removed from natural predators allows these oddities to thrive, rather than have their coloration make them an easier target, said UW-Green Bay Prof. Robert Howe (Biology) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.” He added that leucistic robins, spattered in white, have become fairly common. This is not the same mechanism that turns snowshoe hares, arctic foxes or several of the weasel varieties white in the winter. That is genetic and seasonal, while a leucistic individual will retain the white year-round and show this spotting from early on. Read the story.
Imogene Johnson, widow of Samuel Johnson, passed on March 3, 2018. She and her late husband were community-minded and philanthropic and are the donors for the Herbert Fisk Johnson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence and the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies (currently held by Prof. Amy Wolf) in honor of Samuel’s late father. See more.
Registration for the annual Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup is now open. The event is on Saturday, April 21, 2018, and the goal is to register 1,000 or more volunteers. Reclaim our waters, support the community, and join the fun. Register here.
UW-Green Bay is known for its applied research and hands-on opportunities. The Capstone in Environmental Science Class provides both. The class is creating scaled-down magmatic intrusions in the laboratory.
“Magmas (basically molten rock) are generated at depth in the Earth, and can be transported through the crust via magma-filled cracks (dikes),” Currier explains. “Magmatic dikes feed volcanoes, melt the crust, and concentrate economically important ore deposits. However, there are significant blind spots in our understanding of dikes. Currently, the effect of solidification on dike formation and behavior is poorly understood. We are trying to better understand the effect of solidification by studying analog experiments that realistically mimics dikes in nature.”
The experiments utilize porcine gelatin (representing the crust) and wax (representing magma). The wax is injected at the base of the gelatin using compressed air. The wax intrudes into the gelatin and ascends to the surface of the tank, erupting as a lava fountain. Once the wax has completely solidified, it can be extracted from the tank and investigated in exquisite detail, unlike any magmatic dike found in nature.
“Ultimately, we are using these experiments as a lens to better understand dikes in nature,” Currier says. “Variations in morphology, distribution, and activity might all become more clear after our investigation. We repeat experiments for set injection pressures because there can be considerable variation between experiments performed at the same injection pressure. We are essentially trying to map out the range of results for different injection pressures.”
“By the end of the semester, we will have used 66 pounds of unflavored, porcine (from swine) gelatin. Making it is one of the more unpleasant smells out there (think hot, wet dog, or the interior of a dog food factory in the middle of summer).”
Currier says using gelatin as a crustal analog dates back to experiments in the 70s. But using a solidifying magma analog (wax) is somewhat novel.
“Although I did develop the specific experimental protocol, I was influenced by what is already out there in the scientific literature,” he says.
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