The most important coastal wetlands to preserve marsh birds in the Great Lakes have been identified from a recent study. Researchers from the National Audubon Society, UW-Green Bay, and the National Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. These Wetlands are critical ecosystems that provide flood protection and filtering out pollutants. Source: WPR.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – State leaders today touted the completion of the Fox River Clean-up Project, marking the end of 12 years of dredging operations to remove cancer-causing PCB’s from river sediment. Those whose research helped trigger the massive billion-dollar project say it’s a success. Bud and Vicky Harris have a long connection to the Fox River. Arriving at UW-Green Bay 50 years ago as a young ecology professor, Bud Harris remembers his first boat ride on the Fox River in 1971. Source: Researchers declare Fox River Clean-up Project a success.
UW-Green Bay Environmental Science student Jacob Derenne is part of a project team working on a study to link properties of soil health (a suite of biological, chemical and physical properties) to the quality of water that runs off the field during rain events. Last week (August 31-Sept. 1, 2020) the team was measuring the infiltration capacity of the soil and collected samples to determine the water holding capacity, the resistance of the soil clumps (aggregates) to destruction by rainfall and the degree of soil compaction, according to Prof. Kevin Fermanich.
The teams in Wisconsin are working on farms near Wrightstown and Greenleaf.
Photo was courtesy of Molly Meyers, project coordinator.
The virtual panel: COVID Conversations: Ask the Experts was designed to answer questions of UW-Green Bay students specific to life at UW-Green Bay during the pandemic. Students emailed their COVID-19 related questions in to be moderated anonymously and answered by panelists. This is a live recording from Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.
- Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO Prevea Health
- Dr. Jeremy Metzler, Prevea Health; Medical Director for Phoenix Athletics and The Wellness Center
- Prof. Brian Merkel, Immunologist, UW-Green Bay
- Amy Henniges, Counseiing Director at The Wellness Center, UW-Green Bay
- Gail Sims-Aubert, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate
- Moderator: Caitlin Henriksen, Health Educator, UW-Green Bay
Students with any further questions regarding COVID-19 are encouraged to email email@example.com.
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, NAS) published the “Independent Study” work of Charlie Croxford in “Canadian Journal of Chemistry.” This work highlights the synthesis, characterization, and applications of zein nanoparticles in food and pharmaceutical formulations.
Associate Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, NAS) published a recent article along with his post-doc in ACS high impact journal “Langmuir.” The work proposed a new methodology based on magnetic nanomaterials for purification of contaminated industrial effluents.
Prof. Robert Howe (NAS) and Erin Giese ’12 from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity have been participating in the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program for the past 10 years. A documentary recently made for this program, titled “Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes’ Coastal Wetlands,” has just won an Emmy in the Photographer Non-News category. The documentary features how coastal wetlands help in keeping the Great Lakes healthy. You can watch the documentary online on PBS.
Prof. Howe is one of the principal investigators for the Great Lakes Coastal Monitoring Program, and Giese coordinates the field work for Prof. Howe’s crew. They have recently published an article in the Journal of Great Lakes Research on how Great Lakes coastal wetland bird and anuran communities vary across ever-changing water levels and geography in the bay of Green Bay using this project’s data set.
Researchers say two consecutive years of record rainfall in Northeast Wisconsin have shed light on the impact to both rural and urban landscapes.
Water monitoring stations on local creeks are playing an important role in gathering data.
Considering the Green Bay area receives, on average, around 30 inches of rain a year, the last two years have been eye-opening for researchers like University of Wisconsin-Green Bay environmental science professor Kevin Fermanich.
“From July 1st of 2018 to right now, June 29th of 2020, so basically two years, we’ve had 89 inches of rain, so typically that would be 60 inches of rain or 59 inches of rain, so we’ve basically received three years worth of rainfall in a two year period,” says Fermanich.
On behalf of Emeritus Professors Paul and Thea Sager and the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, Prof. Bob Howe is pleased to announce the co-recipients of this year’s Sager Award for Excellence in Scientific Scholarship: Ruchita Patel and Brooke Breitrick, for their poster presentation entitled Evaluating Synergism Between Vitamin D and ω-3 Fatty Acids in Ovarian Cancer Cells. Their work, which was presented at the annual Wisconsin Posters in the Rotunda event, was supervised by Human Biology faculty Paul Mueller, Debra Pearson and Georgette Heyrman. The Sager award, officially named The Paul and Thea Sager Award for Excellence in Scientific Scholarship, is in memory of Edward W. Weidner. It provides a $1,000 award and recognition as the 12th recipient of this honor, which aims to promote undergraduate research in the sciences at UW-Green Bay.
Honorable mention for this year’s competition are LeeAnn Bellow and Jacob Harper (Chemistry), Natasha Clark (Biology), Natalie Gawron (Human Biology), Akanksha Gurtu (Environmental Science), Makenna Pucker, Olivia Claybrook, Kyle Deacy, and Jacalyn Crom (Biology), Claire Stuart (Biology/Environmental Science) and Norah Swenson (Biology).
Congratulations to all participants in undergraduate science research at UW-Green Bay during 2019-20, including CSET faculty judges for the Sager Award, faculty advisors, and campus leaders who continue to cultivate a rich environment for high-impact learning experiences like that recognized here.
UW-Green Bay mourns the loss of UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Tian You Hu. He passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 after a battle with COVID-19. He was a Mathematics professor and served as former chair of the program. He retired from Natural and Applied Sciences in 2016 after 25 years of dedication and service to UW-Green Bay.
His daughter, Lori Hu, sent an update regarding his passing, memorial service and scholarship fund in his name:
“Dr. Tian You Hu, a loving father and husband, passed peacefully from this world on May 22, 2020 after a brave, month-long battle with COVID-19. He was 71.
Tian was born on Jan 23, 1949 in Enping, China. Following the Cultural Revolution in China, he studied at Zhongshan University and then completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Tian was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for over 25 years, from 1990 to his retirement in 2016. He was a lifelong scholar, read widely and was actively writing research papers up until his illness.
Tian was a simple man, and embodied gratitude and wisdom. He did not care for things like money or power, but treated everyone with respect regardless of their status in life and gave without expecting anything in return. He let things go, forgave easily and looked outward at life. He found great joy and honor in fatherhood, and made every sacrifice to give his children a better life. Like all immigrants, he survived grueling physical and mental challenges to come to the U.S. and provide for his family, and achieved a life beyond his wildest dreams.
He is reunited with his father, Hu Jie Yu; mother, Zheng Feng Chun; and elder brother, Hu Tian Xi. He is survived and missed by his wife of 37 years, Bao Qin He; eldest daughter, Lori Hu; and youngest son, Alex Hu.
In his memory, the Dr. Tian You Hu Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established to support aspiring students at UW-Green Bay.”
Online donations can be made to the GoFundMe account, https://www.gofundme.com/f/dr-tian-you-hu-memorial-scholarship. Tax-deductible donations can be made with a check payable to:
UW-Green Bay Foundation
2420 Nicolet Drive
Cofrin Library Suite 805
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Please note the Dr. Tian You Hu Memorial Endowed Scholarship
A memorial service will be held over Zoom on Thursday May 28, 2020 for family, friends and colleagues to share their memories. Immediate family will be present at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54302.
Meeting ID: 858 1910 8325
- Chinese portion: 10 a.m. Central Time / 11 p.m. China Time
- English portion: 1 p.m. Central Time