Wellness seminar for students

Prevea Sports Medicine and the Kress Center are teaming up to host “College Health 101: Healthy Body, Better Mind” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 22) at the Kress’s Special Events Room. The student-oriented seminar will touch on healthy eating and meal planning, symptoms of general illnesses and when to see a physician, illness prevention, stress and responsible financial strategies. Students should pre-register.

Friday’s NAS Seminar features Visiting Scholar Olabe


The Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series is hosting Antxon Olabe Egana from the International Visiting Scholars Program this Friday (Sept. 25). A reception will be held at 3 p.m. in Environmental Sciences Room 317, followed by the seminar “Homo Sapiens and Biosphere: Building Up Hope, Redressing the Climate-Environment Crisis” in ES 301 at 3:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. 


Reminder: Smithsonian official leads seminar on Panama partnership

On Friday (Sept. 18) at 11:40 a.m., Matthew Larsen, director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, will lead a seminar informing the UW-Green Bay community and the general public on the history and scope of STRI research. Titled “A Century of Smithsonian Science in Panamá,” the program will take place in Room 103 of the University Union. Since 2006, UW-Green Bay has developed close ties with STRI, including an annual student trip to Panama and establishment of a long-term forest research plot in northern Wisconsin. All are welcome to attend Larsen’s presentation.

Panama partnership: Smithsonian official will lead seminar here Sept 18


What began in 1923 as a small field station on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal Zone is now one of the world’s leading research collaboratives, used annually by some 1,400 visiting scientists. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution employs 45 research scientists not just in Panama’s tropics but around the world in studies of forest dynamics, coral reefs, climate change and more. Since 2006, UW-Green Bay has developed close ties with STRI, including an annual student trip to Panama and establishment of a long-term forest research plot in northern Wisconsin. These activities, funded largely through the generosity of Dr. David and Mary Ann Cofrin, have provided hands-on research opportunities for 10 to 25 UW-Green Bay students every year. On Friday (Sept. 18) at 11:40 a.m., Matthew Larsen, director of the STRI for the Smithsonian, will lead a seminar informing the UW-Green Bay community and the general public on the history and scope of STRI research. Titled “A Century of Smithsonian Science in Panamá,” the program will take place in Room 103 of the University Union. Larsen is a hydrologist/geologist who has published widely on topics ranging from landslides to global climate change, and he served previously as chair of the U.S. committee to UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme. His Sept. 18 presentation is free and open to all. For further information about Dr. Larsen’s visit contact Dr. Amy Wolf or Dr. Robert Howe.

Olabe, from Spain, is International Visiting Scholar


From September 13 through the 30th, UW-Green Bay is partnering with St. Norbert College and the greater Green Bay community to host the residency of Antxon Olabe, an environmental policy consultant from northern Spain. Olabe is an environmental economist and journalist specializing in sustainability and climate change. His visit is made possible through the generous private support of the International Visiting Scholars program. During his visit, Olabe will give several talks on both campuses and in the community. In addition, he will be guest lecturing in several classes and visiting local schools. Among his scheduled presentations:

• Wednesday, Sept. 16 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere: Building up hope, redressing the climate and environment crisis,” 7 p.m., SNC’s Fort Howard Theater
• Monday, Sept. 21 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective” as part of UWGB’s Global Studies Roundtable Discussion series, 2-3 p.m., MAC Hall 201
• Wednesday, Sept. 23 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective,” 6:30-8 p.m., Neville Public Museum
• Friday, Sept. 25 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere” as part of the Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ES 301

If you questions about Olabe’s visit, a primary contact is Associate Prof. Katia Levintova of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Friday’s NAS seminar: Changes in Wisconsin’s forests


The first Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar of the fall arrives in Environmental Sciences Room 301 at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 11) with a presentation by UW-Madison Prof. Don Waller. He’ll discuss the increasing appreciation that Wisconsin’s temperate forests, long thought to be adaptable to change and at low risk to various environmental stressors, are in fact being impacted in significant ways… by climate change, ecological succession, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, overabundant deer and atmospheric nitrogen deposition. Waller’s research revisits 1950s baseline research on Wisconsin forests by ecologist John Curtis and his students to see which habitats and species are experiencing the most change. Admission is free and open to the public.

Another semester, another series of NAS Seminars, starting Friday

The Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Committee has unveiled the Fall 2015 Seminar Series. The every-other-Friday programs will be held in Environmental Sciences Room 301 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with an informal social with the speaker in the half hour preceding each program. The lineup:

• Sept. 11 — Don Waller: Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Drivers of long-term ecological change in temperate forest plant communities”
• Sept. 25 — Antxon Olabe Egana, a guest speaker through the International Visiting Scholars Program, “Homo sapiens and Biosphere. Building up hope, redressing the climate-environment crisis”

• Oct. 9 — John Hartig, refuge Manager, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, “Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge”

• Oct. 23 — Matt Allender: College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, “Another Emerging Fungal Disease: Snake Fungal Disease Threatens Conservation Efforts”
• Nov. 6 — Mike Machesky, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois, “Often too much but sometimes too little: Phosphorus and dissolved oxygen in Illinois streams and rivers”
• Dec. 4 — Sarah Yang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, “Water Quality in Northeast Wisconsin”

Presentation abstracts may be found on the NAS seminar web site. Questions regarding the seminars should be addressed to the NAS Seminar Committee Chair, Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha.

Faculty note: Russ

Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business recently (May 19-20) presented faculty, Ph.D. and graduate-student seminars at the Department of Accounting at the Universita degli Studi Rome Tre, titled “Human Accounting and Intangibles.” Additionally, he presented the seminar “An Introduction to Human Capital 2.0” at the Link Campus University on May 22. He also advised graduate students and young faculty at the universities in regard to writing and submitting papers to international academic publications, and discussed potential collaboration in research studies.

Russ leads seminars at universities in Poland

Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business last week presented to faculty, doctoral and master’s seminars at The School of Management of the University of Silesia, Chorzów, Poland and at the Department of Education and Psychology, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. His presentation was titled “An Introduction to Human Capital 2.0,” and he also advised graduate students and young faculty in regard to writing and submitting papers to international academic publications, and addressed potential collaboration in research studies.

Reminder: Fish of Green Bay


The Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series features UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Patrick Forsythe of NAS speaking on the topic, “Reproductive Ecology and Habitat Use of Primitive and Sport Fishes of Green Bay.” His slide-illustrated lecture, free and open to the public, takes place at 3 p.m. Friday (May 1) in ES 301.