Earth Week and Virtual Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay

A cross-University committee has compiled online Earth Week Events and educational resources as well as an online/virtual event on April 22, 2020, Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay. The day includes presentations and discussions from the University community, including live videos and panels to celebrate the 50th Earth Day, together, virtually for the Eco U community.

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Earth Day Events

Here is the current line up for Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay, Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

10:30 a.m. – Historical Perspectives on Earth Day, Panel Discussion with Faculty Emeriti

UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus H.J. “Bud” Harris (Biology and Environmental Science) 2020 Wisconsin Academy Fellow, Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger (Mathematics and Environmental Science) and long-time collaborator with the School of the Environment at Beijing Normal University, Prof. Emeritus  Michael Kraft, (Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs)  and U.S. environmental policy expert, Prof. Emeritus John Stoll (Economics and Public and Environmental Affairs) was as UW-Green Bay student at the time of the first Earth day and the co-founder of  Environmental Business & Management Institute (EMBI) and Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Environmental Science and Water Science) and soil and water resources extension specialist, serving as moderator.
Join the discussion via Blackboard Collaborate


Noon – A Virtual Nature Walk

Join Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges live on Facebook


1 p.m. – ‘Earth Talks’

  • Michael Draney, “My life with Earth Day”
    I was 2 ½ years old during the first Earth Day in 1970 so Earth Day and I have gone through life together. I want to reflect on how it’s doing as we enter our fifth decade together.
  • Vicki Medland, “Is nature slipping away?
    Earth Day was in part a response to an environment that the organizers no longer recognized. Today, we are shocked by what seems to be a sudden and massive loss of biodiversity and natural landscapes. Why do we not notice these massive changes to our environment?  
  • David Voelker, “Earth Day 2020 in Perspective”
    How can we understand the 50th Earth Day and the environmental movement that it helped launch in historical perspective, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Bill Davis, “A New Water Agenda for Wisconsin.”
    What would a system look like that could achieve our human health and ecology goal regarding water?
  • Kevin Fermanich, Moderator

‘Earth Talks’ Speaker Biographies:

  • Michael Draney is professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
  • Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and teaches courses related to environmental science and sustainability.
  • David Voelker is a Professor of Humanities & History at UW–Green Bay. He teaches courses in environmental history and humanities, and he is the program coordinator for the 2020 Common CAHSS conference, which will focus on the theme “Beyond Sustainability.”
  • Bill Davis is currently the senior legal analyst for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has worked in the environmental movement since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and a law degree both from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as the executive director of three environmental advocacy organizations: Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade (now Clean Wisconsin), Citizens for a Better Environment, and the State Environmental leadership program.

Join the discussion on Blackboard Collaborate.


2 p.m. Sustainability in Action – What are you doing?

Guest speakers include Kevin Fermanich, Vicki Medland, John Arendt and Ericka Bloch
Join “Sustainability in Action” via Blackboard Collaborator

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. Renee Richer seeks election to 108th Michigan House seat | Daily Press

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Natural and Applied Sciences) is seeking election to represent Michigan’s 108th State House District. Read more about Prof. Richer’s desire for election and her qualifications via Richer seeks election to 108th Michigan House seat | Daily Press.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. hosts public talk on Jan. 22 | The Daily News

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus’s Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Natural and Applied Sciences) hosted a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 on the relationship between water quality and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease. More via Bay hosts public lecture on Wednesday | The Daily News.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Assistant Prof. selected to attend residency | The Daily Press

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Natural and Applied Sciences) has been selected to attend fully funded residency held at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. The seminar will focus on how faculty can develop a more equity-based mindset and educational experience for students. Read more via Renee Richer selelcted to attend residency | The Daily Press. 

Stocking stuffer? Associate Prof. Steve Meyer provides salsa exchange for scholarship contributions

Looking for that perfect stocking stuffer (albeit you will need a really sturdy stocking)? Are you hosting a holiday party and have not decided on the appetizers/snacks (hint: red is the perfect color this holiday season)? Thinking about what to serve your guests when you host your “Fill-in-the-blank” Bowl Game party?  How about some of Associate Prof. of Natural and Applied Science Steve Meyer’s salsa?

Meyer always has a supply of mild, medium, hot and “hot +” salsa in his office. For a contribution to the Katie Hemauer Memorial Scholarship, you can take home a pint or two (or an entire case) of salsa. Mix and match various levels of salsa hotness and see who can tolerate the “hot +” salsa at your New Year’s Eve party! It is all for a great cause—UW-Green Bay students—while remembering and honoring one of our outstanding alums!

 

Assistant Prof. Renee Richer selected to participate in Deep Teaching Residency

Renee Richer
Renee Richer

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Assistant Prof. Renee Richer (Natural and Applied Sciences) was recently selected to participate in the Deep Teaching Residency in January 2020. The Deep Teaching Residency analyzes how an instructor’s ability to provide an inclusive teaching experience in a STEM classroom can be impacted by various components. The Residency will be from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, 2020 at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi publishes article

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, Natural and Applied Science) recently published an article titled “Multifunctional photo-physiochemical properties of tetronic 304 in aqueous phase: Mechanistic aspects of Au(III) reduction into Au(0)” in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry. This work demonstrates the applications of star polymers for the synthesis of desired shape and size nanomaterials at an industrial scale.

Faculty note: Prof. Brusich and undergraduate students publish lab article

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Douglas Brusich (Human Biology) and four UW-Green Bay students recently published an online article. The article covers their findings on traumatic brain injury model in fruit flies. The four undergraduate authors are Ashley Willes, Brooke Kalata, Nathaniel Disher and alumna Lauren Putnam. The article can be found here.

UW-Green Bay Student Research Could Be A Lifesaver | WNFL

UW-Green Bay students looking to identify new life-saving antibiotics are getting some help from the Green Bay Packers. UW-Green Bay science students are taking part in the worldwide “Tiny Earth” initiative that uses a global network of college students in 15 countries and almost every state in the U.S. to identify new antibiotics produced by bacteria in soil environments. Students will present their findings at the Tiny Earth in Titletown Symposium at the Lambeau Field Atrium on December 6th. See more via Student Research Could Be A Lifesaver.