Katers, recent grad Grossmeier talk women in STEM for Press-Gazette story

One of UW-Green Bay’s newest alumni (a cum laude grad and Chancellor’s Medallion winner, to boot) was featured in a Saturday (May 17) Green Bay Press-Gazette cover story about the trends on women in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Corinne Grossmeier, who graduated this weekend with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science, spoke with reporter Patti Zarling about her early interest in the sciences, talking about positive influences from her parents and sometimes not-so-positive feedback from peers. NAS Chair Prof. John Katers also is quoted, saying he tells students that jobs and opportunities are there — regardless of gender. The story also looks at some interesting statistics pertaining to women in STEM at UW-Green Bay. Full story.

Alumna’s project spurs discussion on perceptions, portrayal of female beauty

A December 2011 UW-Green Bay grad’s efforts to shatter the notion of the “ideal” female appearance and shed light on how women are portrayed in the media were featured in a weekend story in the Press-Gazette. Kayla Schroeder, who earned her degrees in Biology and Design Arts, gave her first talk on the perception and portrayal issues at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, prompting six girls to volunteer as photo subjects. Photos of the girls were displayed during a May 5 event and the girls posted comments — initially more critical of their own pics, versus those of peers — using sticky notes. More girls volunteered for a second shooting to further the discussion, and photos from both shoots will be on display and open for comments beginning at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Harmony Café, 1660 W. Mason St. “My hope is that the girls will gain a new outlook on their beauty and that this project will have a persistent effect on their self-confidence,” Schroeder said. Full story.

Kaye on radio to talk Paine

Fresh off an appearance Monday on the nationally syndicated Thom Hartmann Radio Show, Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies will be interviewed at 10 a.m. CST this Saturday (Dec. 13) on progressive radio outlet AM 880 in Asheville, N.C. His topic will be “Thomas Paine and Americans’ democratic spirit.”

Transition complete: Cofrin Library now one stop for media needs

The transition is now complete, and the Cofrin Library is your one-stop shop for media needs. Not only can you check out a book (paper or electronic), read a newspaper or journal, watch a video or listen to a CD, but the Cofrin Library is now also the spot to get your media equipment. If you need a laptop, projector, camera, camcorder… the media equipment collection is available for checkout whenever the Library is open.

Chancellor declines interviews while ETF review is pending

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden declined several media requests for interviews Thursday, citing a desire to defer to an independent review of the Maki rehiring by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). Harden and University officials likewise had no comment on a press release issued Thursday by a Whitewater-area legislator critical of the University’s handling of the matter. The Chancellor has previously offered assurances he is confident any objective review of the sequence of events will confirm ETF policies and procedures were followed. “I also remain confident that in rehiring (Tom Maki) we acted in good faith and in the best interest of this University, our students and Wisconsin taxpayers,” he said. Harden reiterated he was personally unaware of his CBO’s intention to retire until Maki had already signed and submitted his retirement papers.

Smoke the hot topic on campus

A major forest fire 300 miles to our northwest is making its presence known today (Tuesday, Sept. 13) not only on the UW-Green Bay campus, but across Northeastern Wisconsin.

Atmospheric conditions including an approaching cold front and a strong northwest wind have made the strong odor of smoke — actually, many casual observers have described it as smelling as much like burning plastic as wood smoke — a very noticeable presence here. The smoke is originating with a massive fire near the Boundary Waters wilderness area near the Minnesota-Ontario border.

Prof. Steve Meyer of Natural and Applied Sciences is among the faculty experts giving interviews today on what is, thankfully, a relatively rare phenomenon. In the meantime, he shares this satellite time lapse that shows the approaching smoke plume:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/2011/mn-fire.gif.