UW System Ranks #13 in World for Innovation

Reuters announced its Top 100:  The World’s Most Innovative Universities – 2016. The University of Wisconsin (UW) System ranks #13 in this world-wide ranking. The Reuters list relies exclusively on empirical data, such as patent filings and research paper citations. The UW System has 176 new patents from student products and discoveries and more than 9,100 academic research and development projects.

UW-Green Bay is once again a Sierra Club ‘Cool School’

UW-Green Bay is ranked 91st on Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools 2016 list. The ranking is based on colleges and universities that focus on sustainability efforts. About 2,000 four-year colleges and universities are welcome to submit data for qualification on categories such as academics, investments, food, innovation, planning, purchasing, transport, water and waste. In what areas can Eco U improve? See the rankings and compare for yourself.

UW System (and Madison) ranked in world top 10 for innovation


The news agency Reuters has ranked the University of Wisconsin System eighth on its list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities. The rankings measured such things as academic papers, patent filings and discoveries that have been commercialized. In its analysis, Reuters lauded UW-Madison, in particular, for establishing the nation’s first genetics department in 1910, performing the earliest bone marrow transplant and achieving the first cultivation of human embryonic stem cells in a lab.

‘Eco U’ makes Green Colleges Guide for fourth straight year

UW-Green Bay is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada as recognized by Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles UW-Green Bay in the 2015 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2014 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 218-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants — facts and stats on school demographics, admission and financial aid — plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile, The Princeton Review says “Eco U has historically strong academic programs in environmental science and environmental policy and planning at both bachelor’s and master’s levels,” mentions various UW-Green Bay courses and research opportunities, along with “green” building design feature and the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

UW-Green Bay is one of five of the UW System’s 13 four-year campuses to be included in the 2015 edition. The others are Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point.

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UW-Green Bay in top 20 of website’s Environmental Sciences Schools


Take it with a grain of salt — the website EnvironmentalScience.org is relatively new and lightly trafficked — but it’s always nice to see your name listed in any national ranking. UW-Green Bay appears at No. 15, right between the University of Vermont and the U.S. Military Academy on the site’s list of “Best Colleges Advocating Environmental Science.” The rating appears to be based on plausible criteria: The website took publically available data from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and sorted primarily on the basis of highest percentage of total students graduating with an environmental science degree.

At 17-3, Phoenix women climb in national polls

After a pair of nice road wins last week, the UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team continues to show well in the national rankings. The AP Top 25 poll released earlier today (Feb. 2) has the Phoenix in the “Others Receiving Votes” category, at an unofficial No. 27. In the arguably more important NCAA RPI rankings (used in March to help select and seed the NCAA Tournament field), Green Bay’s computer ranking has climbed two spots, to No. 18.
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Women travel to Wright State… and the latest on rankings and RPI


After enjoying a successful nonconference, the Green Bay women’s basketball team will tip-off Horizon League play at defending league tournament champion Wright State on Wednesday night (Jan. 7) at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, in a quest for its 17th-straight regular-season championship. Green Bay is 10-3, Wright State 11-3. The Raiders knocked off Green Bay in the Horizon title game at the Kress Center last spring.

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Receiving votes in AP, a lofty No. 9 in RPI — The latest Division I polls are out. Coach Kevin Borseth’s team is absent from the USA Today Coaches Poll, but Green Bay shows up about midway down the lengthy list of “Others Receiving Votes” for the AP Top 25.

Meanwhile, on the official NCAA computer ranking site (the RPI) the Phoenix remain in the Top 10 at No. 9. That number will likely fall regardless of wins or losses as UW-Green Bay enters Horizon League play and faces fewer nationally ranked teams, but the lofty ranking is nonetheless a very impressive achievement for a mid-major program so late in the season.

Tenzer lands first national ranking as Phoenix men’s tennis player


Congratulations to UW-Green Bay senior Michael Tenzer, who this week has become the first men’s singles tennis player in program history to be nationally ranked. Tenzer is No. 77 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Men’s National Singles Rankings for the week of Jan. 6. Said head coach Mark Thomas. “Michael had a great fall with wins over the ITA Midwest Regional Champion, Mikael Torpegaard from Ohio State, and blue chip recruit Logan Staggs from Northwestern. He continues to set the bar high.” Tenzer is the defending, back-to-back Horizon League Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. To see the full Top 100.

USA Today Coaches Poll voters continue to have Phoenix ranked lower

The NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches who vote weekly on the USA Today Coaches Poll aren’t that much in love with the 9-2 UW-Green Bay Phoenix. Ranked No. 6 in the nation by the NCAA’s official RPI computer and No. 24 in the Monday (Dec. 29) AP sportswriters poll, the Phoenix women continue to hold a much lower ranking in the coaches poll, coming in at an unofficial No. 30, well down the list of “others receiving votes.” Interestingly — and contrary to what you might think — it’s probably not a case of big-school bias. Probably three-quarters of the 32 voters are from programs outside the five power conferences.