‘Be the change’: UWO alumni couple (one a UWGB faculty member) upend careers to help bring equity to healthcare | UW-Oshkosh Today

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni and married couple had each spent about a decade following a traditional career path in northeast Wisconsin. Kou, a 2009 accounting grad, climbed from rung to rung on the corporate ladder at two global corporations, most recently Kimberly-Clark Corp. Sheng, who graduated with a criminal justice degree in 2010, went on to earn a master’s in clinical social work and work for Outagamie County, then a startup behavioral health clinic. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2018.

Source: ‘Be the change’: UWO alumni couple upend careers to help bring equity to healthcare | UW-Oshkosh Today

Dean Rybak, others, awarded ‘Best Digital Humanities Response to Covid-19’

Dean Chuck Rybak (CAHSS) is one of many contributors to the Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities project, which was awarded “The Best Digital Humanities Response to Covid-19” as part of the annual DH Awards. One of the project’s features is a list of digital pedagogy resources organized by keyword, with Rybak creating the entry on Poetry.

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.

Prof. Shelton provides input on current teachers unions | The 74

When Chicago educators hit the pavement last month with picket signs demanding police-free campuses, they challenged a security strategy that teachers unions have long embraced — and one that continues to divide school staff nationwide.

“It’s not a coincidence” that teachers unions are calling for police-free schools in cities like Denver and Los Angeles, where raucous educator caucuses committed to social movements and anti-racism platforms have gained significant influence, said Jon Shelton, an associate professor (Democracy and Justice Studies) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “They’re more militant; they’re willing to galvanize their members and go on strike,” such as in the recent “Red for Ed” protests demanding more money for schools. “And these unions have largely been winning,” he added.

Source: Teachers Unions Historically Supported Campus Cops. George Floyd’s Death — and a Wave of ‘Militant’ Educator Activists — Forced Them to Reconsider | The 74

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Chu quoted on a podcast episode about small acts of kindness and the ripple effect of sending gratitude letters

Assistant Prof. of Psychology and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Alan Chu’s idea about the ripple effect of sending gratitude letters and small acts of kindness was quoted in the most recent episode of the Calm and Connected Podcast hosted by Janine Halloran, a licensed mental health counselor, where she shares a visual activity to help kids see how kind acts can spread and make a positive impact.

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Chu shared his insights on teaching online courses as instructors and “test driving” them as students

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Alan Chu (Psychology) shared his insights with EduMed, a higher education resources website, on teaching online courses as instructors and “test driving” them as students. Read it here.

Prof. Michael Draney discusses mosquito population | WLUK

University of Wisconsin Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences professor Michael Draney says there are about 50 different mosquito species in the state.

“There’s a reasonable number of mosquitoes, especially this mosquito called the Northern House mosquito,” Draney said. “[It] is kind of a small mosquito that flies and bites in the daytime, and it seems to be pretty abundant in this neighborhood.”

Draney says this year seems to be worse than average, because we’ve had a wet spring.

“They sometimes are attracted to your car, if your engine is running, because it’s warm and it’s giving off carbon dioxide,” Draney said.

Source: Mosquito population in Wisconsin increases after a wet spring | WLUK

Prof. Shelton discusses teacher strikes in light of COVID-19 | Education Week

As the start of the school year approaches—and the pandemic rages on—many teachers are reaching a breaking point. They’re scared to go back inside school buildings. They’re frustrated with state guidance, which they feel leaves more questions than answers. And they feel like their voices are not being heard in the push to reopen schools.Over the past couple years, teachers have organized strikes and walkouts in more than a half-dozen states and at least five big cities to fight for higher wages and more school funding. Even so, any labor action on a national scale would be “wholly unprecedented,” said Jon Shelton, an associate professor in the department of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who studies teacher strikes.

In most of the country, teacher strikes are illegal. And even in the 15 states where strikes are legal or not covered by statute or case law, teachers still have to follow a process before they go to the picket lines. Strikes are typically the last resort in a contract negotiation process between the local teachers’ union and the district, after negotiations and mediation fail.

“There’s virtually no state where there’s just an unqualified right to strike,” Shelton said.

Source: Teachers Are Scared to Go Back to School. Will They Strike? | Education Week