Photos of a student exercising on a treadmill and hooked up to a breathing mask, while two students monitor the male runner and a professor looks on during the UW-Green Bay's Exercise Physiology lab.

Video: Human Biology is the perfect preparation for health science careers

Caitlyn Hibner knew most of her life that she wanted to become a physical therapist. She has gone through physical therapy herself and came out with a strong desire to help others regain their life. Caitlyn really loves the hands-on labs in the Human Biology Program and how her professors “genuinely want you to succeed and want you to be successful in whatever pathway you’re taking.”

Video Transcript:

I chose the Human Biology Program here at UW-Green Bay because I’ve known that I wanted to go into physical therapy for pretty much my whole life. Going through the physical therapy process myself really solidified that for me so, I knew that I needed to get there, and the Human Biology Program was the way to go. My favorite lab that I have taken at UW-Green Bay is Exercise Physiology being an athlete myself I kind of am forced to work out a lot and this class was so engaging and we did so many cool experiments with all the incredible equipment that we have here and just to learn how the body responds to all that activity is really incredible. What I personally enjoy most about the Human Biology Program, is the professors. They don’t make you just feel like another face in their class. They genuinely want you to succeed and want you to be successful in whatever pathway you’re taking. They help you learn hard content without even really feeling like you’re learning because they make it so fun and so engaging. And I think the biggest thing that they do for you, is they give you opportunities outside of the classroom. They want you to join in on their research and they will go above and beyond to make sure that you get whatever you need whether that’s in their class or not.

A career in physical therapy has always been my dream. I really just want to help people. And since being here, I feel prepared and I feel ready and I know that I’m going to be successful at the next level because of the classes and the experience that I’ve gotten here. The Human Biology Program here at UW-Green Bay is an incredible program for anyone looking to go into the healthcare field, physical therapy, dietetics, future medicine.

So, don’t worry, come to campus and when it’s all said and done, you’re going to miss it and you’re going to want to come back.”

— Video by Sue Pischke, Office of Marketing and Communication

STEAM Engine XII coming soon with Prof. Doug Brusich

STEAM Engine XII is a free event at the Neville Public Museum, downtown Green Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 9  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are only 65 spots available due to social distancing, so please register! It will also be broadcast LIVE on Facebook if you can’t make it. Jay Shefchic will be talking about renewable gas, Georgette Heyrman is going to talk about CRISPR, and UW-Green Bay’s Assistant Prof. Douglas Brusich (Human Biology) will talk about giving concussions to flies to inform research on traumatic brain injuries. Link to FB event.


Alumnus talks about heat-related injuries during summer physical fitness

A number of organized sports and exercise programs with trained leaders were canceled because of COVID-19, so people of all ages are creating their own regimens. Add to the mix hot and dry weather, and you have a recipe for injury. Kevin Miller (Human Biology), an Athletic Training Program faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, is well informed on heat-related sports injuries. Some recommendations from Miller include consulting a healthcare professional, setting goals, and staying positive during this time. Source:  The Morning Sun


Niagara Women’s Club scholarship recipients plan to attend UW-Green Bay  | The Daily News

The Niagara Women’s Civic Club awarded $500 scholarships to two senior girls and one adult woman returning to school. Elsa Champeau, daughter of Joe and Shanna Champeau, will study Human Biology at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, then attend graduate school for occupational therapy. Anne Nanninga, daughter of Robert and Janet Nanninga, will study Business Administration at UW-Green Bay.

Source: Niagara women’s club awards scholarships | The Daily News

UW-Green Bay Nutrition student named Most Outstanding in Wisconsin

Garcia with her award

Spring 2020 graduate Elena Garcia (Human Biology, Nutrition Science emphasis) was named this year’s Outstanding Dietetics Student in an accredited undergraduate program by the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award recognizes an emerging student leader for their achievements as a nutrition and dietetics student. Garcia will begin a dietetic internship this fall at UW-Green Bay with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This is the sixth time in eight years that a UW-Green Bay nutrition student has been selected for this state-wide award.

UW-Green Bay students play key role in calling for change

UW-Green Bay students have been playing key roles in many protests across the city of Green Bay, calling for change amid the Black Lives Matter movement. Zoe Betancourt (Democracy and Justice Studies), Hannah Beauchamp-Pope, Sierra Slaughter and Jordyn Cook (Human Biology) are inspiring examples of UW-Green Bay students dedicated to bettering their community. See this selection from the Green Bay Press-Gazette story…

Zoe Betancourt

Betancourt was one of the students who helped organize a protest. She wants to work in public policy and has a specific passion for health care, education policy and civil rights. She is involved on the UW-Green Bay campus and participated in the Jump Start Program, a mentorship program from MESA for first-year multicultural students to get acclimated to a UW-Green Bay.

Zoe Betancourt
Zoe Betancourt

Betancourt is excited to see non-black people attending these protests and their understanding of injustices in society, but also wonders why this realization took so long for some.

“I’m grateful, no doubt, people are finally coming to this realization, but in the back of my mind I’m just wondering what changed,” Betancourt said. “These things have been happening for years. So what was the tipping point?”

Hannah Beauchamp-Pope and Sierra Slaughter

Slaughter and Beauchamp-Pope at a Green Bay protest.
Slaughter and Beauchamp-Pope at a Green Bay protest.

Both aspiring lawyers, Beauchamp-Pope and Slaughter have been attending many protests lately and speaking to crowds.

Both are hoping their contributions will have a large impact, especially in reflection of the history their black family members have partook in contributed to.

“My grandfather fought in the Vietnam War. My dad has faced a lot of discrimination here in Wisconsin,” Beauchamp-Pope said. “So when I think about that, when I think about those people, and then I think about the people who will come after me — my daughter, my granddaughters — I don’t want the next generation to keep fighting the same fight my parents fought. That my grandparents fought.”

“My grandpa on my black side protested in the civil rights movement, and I think everything has just changed since then,” Slaughter said. “And hopefully, for us protesting, it can also change even more.”

Jordyn Cook

Hannah Beau champ-Pope (left) and Jordyn Cook (right). Photo by Miranda Copeland
Hannah Beau champ-Pope (left) and Jordyn Cook (right). Photo by Miranda Copeland

Cook, a UW-Green Bay women’s soccer player, has been speaking to the crowd at protests. She plans on obtaining a master’s degree in athletic training. She looks at herself as someone with passion for what she believes in.

“I’m part of this movement,” Cook said. “I think I’m doing my part to be a part of this movement. A whole is only good as the sum of its parts.”

She sees the movement as an opportunity for non-black community members to take a stance and encourages everybody to vote, especially in city and state elections that determine how communities are policed.

“And despite — because of my color, you should still love me. We should still be equal, regardless of that. So don’t say, ‘I don’t see color.’ That’s not the point. It is to see it, and love it regardless. To not treat it like less than.”

Source: Black youth activists and leaders play key roles in call for change in Green Bay amid Black Lives Matter movement | Green Bay Press Gazette

Jackson-area high school seniors reflect on recent events, look to future (includes UW-Green Bay-bound freshman)

JACKSON, MI—Graduation ceremonies were supposed to start on Thursday, May 21, around Jackson County (Michael.). But, with the novel coronavirus, plans have changed.

While senioritis was setting in big time for this group, most say they have learned from the past couple of months of the stay-at-home order. Here is a look at 31 seniors from 13 Jackson area high schools, their plans for the future and their outlook moving forward.

Libby Van Wagnen, Jackson High School

Van Wagnen, 18, is attending University of Wisconsin Green Bay to major in human biology on the pre-med track. She is also playing on the women’s soccer team.

“The corona pandemic canceled a lot of activities that I looked forward to,” she said. “I was set up to compete in the DECA national business competition in April. This summer was going to be my first season playing with a semipro soccer team. I was also booked for some very fun traveling experiences. Mostly I miss my friends and my sport.”

Source: Michigan Live.

UW-Green Bay students face fierce competition but 100 percent land dietetic internships

Every one of the 15 senior students applying for a dietetic internship (DI) program this year received a placement, according to Sara Wagner, MS, RDN, director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. The DI is the next step for graduating seniors to fulfill 1,200 required practicum hours and gain the skills necessary to take the registered dietitian examination.

“Competition for dietetic internships is fierce with only 50 to 65 percent of national applicants receiving a match each year,” said Wagner. “This year all 15 senior applicants earned a match, with many of our students matched to their first choice program.”

Over the last six years UW-Green Bay has matched 82 of the 90 seniors applying (91%).

“Our success is a testament to the dedication of our students, the quality and rigor of the Nutrition and Human Biology Programs, the mentoring provided by our faculty, and high impact practices in and out of the classroom,” Wagner said.

Below is the list of students and their internship sites:

Paige Gorges– Nicholls State University, LA+
Gildardo Martinez Juarez – Viterbo University, La Crosse
Brooke Martin – Priority Nutrition Care, Boston (distance track)
Carly Herr – Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
Carolynn Claussen– North Oaks Medical Center, LA
Sydney Walker – University of Kentucky Hospital, KY
Kennedi Verhoof – University of Northern Colorado (distance track)
Eric Schley – Marywood University, PA
Kirsten White – University of Houston, TX
Corey Haack – Wellness Workdays (distance track)
Emily Joppe – UW-Green Bay
Amanda Burkel – UW-Green Bay
Tad Taggart – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
Rachel Rice – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program
Elena Garcia – UW-Green Bay Pre-Select Program


UW-Green Bay professor, researcher uses flies to study brain injuries in athletes |

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 |