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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 14, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 14, Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology and we are continuing with our series on “Why COVID-19 Matters to You.”

Testing represents the eyes that we have into the extent of the problem that we’re having in any population. If we don’t test, we simply don’t know, we’re just we’re blind. But a population that we’re particularly concerned about (With COVID-19), are those 30 years and younger. These are individuals that may become infected. They may have very few symptoms and this is a problem for these individuals because if they’re not tested, they certainly have the capacity then to spread it to other members of the population, whether it’s on the college campus, whether it’s in your community and what have you.

The reason why this is all particularly important is for those individuals that cannot handle the infection, they go into hospitals. A little less than five percent of all COVID infections now end up in hospitals and we are near exceeding hospital capacity at this time. It’s never been higher. And if we don’t reverse the trajectory that we’re on in the State of Wisconsin that is a big concern as we head into the months of December and January because we don’t have the vaccines yet.

So, we have to all do our part when it comes to testing. To make sure that hospitals can do what they need to do and to make sure as always that we continue to prevent those individuals that cannot handle the virus, to prevent them from becoming infected.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Photo of an UW-Green Bay student-athlete wearing a ‘Nix the Vid face mask to help keep the UW-Green Bay community safe!

Video: Student-athletes press on to ‘Nix the Vid

UW-Green Bay student-athletes have worked together to ‘Nix the Vid and help keep the UW-Green Bay community safeIt’s been a year of pressing on during the pandemic but these Green Bay athletes are not allowing COVID-19 to hold them back! Members of the Phoenix family take pride in protecting themselves and others by following the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/. Go Phoenix!

 

 

‘Nix the Vid Mask

‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest for Students

Video: ‘Nix the Vid Mask Decorating Contest

It’s time, Phoenix family, to show your creativity! The Healthy Choices Taskforce is sponsoring a mask-decorating contest for any UW-Green Bay student from any of our four campuses. UW-Green Bay Senior (Design Arts) Lecturer (and award-winning designer) Addie Sorbo has some advice. Watch the video:

To be eligible:

-You must be a current UW-Green Bay student at any of the four campuses

-You must pick-up kits from The Wellness Center, or from the Student Services area at the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses beginning Nov. 19, 2020. Only 50 kits are available (first-come, first-serve). Kits will be delivered to students who are quarantined on the Green Bay Campus, upon request.

-You must use only the materials supplied (kit with fabric markers, rhinestones, snowflake patches and blank patches) and adhesive as needed.

-Masks have to remain wearable and washable (no holes, for instance) and the design has to be appropriate for all ages to see.

-You must e-mail a photo of your completed mask to healthychoices@uwgb.edu by 8 a.m. on Nov. 30.

-Photos will be posted on the Healthy Choices Facebook and Instagram page on Nov. 30 and voting will be open until midnight on Nov. 7. Each “like” on a photo will count as a vote. The three entries with the most “votes” will win a prize (Pass Points or gift cards for Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette participants). 

-Everyone who participates gets a new ‘Nix the Vid mask.

 

Photo of a red car turning into UW-Green Bay's main entrance past the digital marquee with the text "Covid-19 Rapid Test, free, by appointment doineedacovid19test.com."

Video: Community leaders join UW-Green Bay in promoting a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Center

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined Chancellor Mike Alexander in promoting Rapid COVID-19 Testing at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The University is serving as a drive-up testing site for the community. The “surge testing” is a partnership between the UW System and the U.S, Department of Health and is available to anyone age 5-and-older at no cost, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment at https://doineedacovid19test.com. Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms nor have close contact of someone with COVID-19 to get a test, nor do they need to live in Green Bay. ETrueNorth is under contract to administer the tests. 

Video Transcript for COVID-19 Rapid Testing Center: President Thompson from the UW System and the federal government for providing us the tests today to be able to provide for the community. We have over 12,000 tests that we’ll be able to give out. And we appreciate being able to host this on our campus and hopefully help our community to help stop the spread.

Thank you to the chancellor and his team for really bringing forward this rapid test opportunity to our area. Fifteen minutes you know you’ll have your results. This is the first time that we can actually have real-time testing taking place for the general community. And as we want to get our economy back, it’s really important for us to be able to have the ability to test and then know the results more immediately. To have that rapid testing ability, it’s not something that we’ve had previously in this community. I think it’s a good way to get a sense for what community spread actually looks like in the Green Bay area.

We need people to continue to be vigilant. We need people to continue to social distance, wear masks. Thanksgiving around the corner here to celebrate in a much different way. With just members of your own household, with your immediate family rather than those large gatherings around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because we’re at a really critical point here. This is what we need not just in Green Bay, Brown County, State of Wisconsin, this is what we need all across the country. We have positivity rates in this community and this state, that are really through the roof. Which indicates that we need more testing. We need more contact tracing and this is a huge step in the right direction.

More at https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward.

Photo of the Covid-19 virus under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why it matters: Fall break, protect yourself and others.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 13, Fall Break…Protect Yourself and Others

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 13: Thanksgiving break, protect yourself & others

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Green Bay and we’re here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

Today we want to talk about holidays like Thanksgiving and how to address celebrating Thanksgiving while doing that safely given the realities of COVID-19. One of the ways we can think about that is to think about relative risks.

The lowest risk option is to celebrate the holiday with your household family members.

The next category of risk, which we would describe as having moderate risk, would be to travel to visit family members, extended family members, or entertain extended family members at your home. The best option in that particular scenario would be to do it outside. Now that’s difficult because it is getting colder but nonetheless that is the recommendation. Some of the associated recommendations—if you were to do that outside would be to avoid sharing utensils, keeping your distance, and when not eating or drinking wearing your face covering.

The higher risk category would be larger gatherings with family members indoors, shopping, all of those kinds of things in busy areas. Those carry greater risk just because of the habits and nature of this virus. It will take advantage of those kinds of things. So, plan ahead and realize that different activities carry risk.

Self-quarantine for 14 days before visiting others over Thanksgiving. Be safe and follow the three W’s as we say at UW-Green Bay—wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Thank you.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come fromhttps://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

 

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Video: Phoenix family works to ‘Nix the Vid by wearing facemasks 

UW-Green Bay students, faculty, and staff have come together to ‘Nix the Vid! These resilient problem-solvers have not allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to hold them back. The Phoenix family takes pride in protecting themselves and others by following the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. See more at https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/.

Video by William Throndsen, Marketing and Communication Photo/Video Intern who is majoring in Mass Media Communications 

Soundtrack Lyrics “One” by Barrows and Sun

I’m turning dreams into reality
In the lab with the formula and chemistry
The memories spark and Motivate
And make the industry shake
We put the bars on the breaks
I’m talking one
One chance at best, yes
Painting pictures for the culture
Keep the brushes fresh
We flipped the color work the drummer
Passion never rest
Freedom is our teacher
Under pressure now we blessed
It’s One art
One shot
Now the future is yours, Go!
One Art One Shot Now The Future is Yours, Go!

Photo of UW-Green Bay Music students playing instruments, wearing slotted face masks, sitting 6-feet apart on the Weidner Center stage during Jazz Ensemble class.

Video: Resilient music students play-on through pandemic 

During the pandemic, UW-Green Bay’s Adam Gaines, associate professor of Music, teaches his Jazz Ensemble class on the main stage at the Weidner Center. Music students use specialized slotted masks, bell covers on brass instruments, sit six-feet apart, and leave the stage every 30-minutes for the air to disperse. Gaines said he is blown away at how resilient his music students are and watching them persevere through these pandemic challenges.

Video Transcript for Resilient Music Students Play on Through Pandemic: Dr. Adam Gaines, I’m an Associate Professor of Music. I teach Jazz Ensembles and Music Theory course and I’m the trumpet professor here. The pandemic has definitely affected teaching music at UW-Green Bay in many ways. One of which is that our theory classes and things like that can be online but jazz ensembles and things like that cannot. And so, we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments including buying slotted masks for our students to use and bell covers and we keep six-foot spacing, which is what we’re able to do because we’re on the Weidner Center stage. I’m constantly impressed with my student’s ability to adapt during this pandemic. They’ve been extremely resilient, and they roll with everything that comes their way. It must be something built into our Phoenix DNA here. 

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and Communication

Mary Sue Lavin with Phuture Phoenix Tee

Video: Phuture Phoenix program still making a difference during COVID-19

Transcript:

It’s October and you know what that means! It’s Phuture Phoenix campus visit time! Only this year, campus visits will be virtual. Students will still receive their future phoenix t-shirt but they will also receive a virtual tour put on by the Education 208 students.

Those students are putting together as close to a campus visit as they can. Students who are viewing the campus visit project will still visit the Weidner Center, the Kress Events Center, the union, the Cofrin Library, housing, and all of the great things we have here on the UWGB campus. They are also charged with trying to create a relationship with some students who will be watching their projects virtually.

Students have begun working on their project and will have everything compiled by the beginning of November and we will then roll out these projects to all of the teachers who would have brought their fifth-grade students to campus this year. Hopefully, they will have their t-shirts, they will have their virtual campus visit and they’ll have a college experience day where they can learn about the possibilities of post-secondary education, namely our great campus UWGB!

Water view of the bluffs of Baraboo Hills

UW-Green Bay science faculty go the extra distance to provide high-impact practices during Covid-19

UW-Green Bay professors and instructors, including John Luczaj (Geoscience, Water Science) is accommodating field trips this season for Natural and Applied Sciences, transforming existing and new trips into virtual interactive experiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Spring and Summer 2020, virtual field trips were offered in at least four classes two new excursions are planned for this fall. Students can virtually visit De Pere Lock and Dam, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Baraboo Hills and the Metro Boat Launch, to name a few.

John Luczaj
John Luczaj

Modern technology allowed for COVID-19 friendly virtual adaptations of the Geoscience program’s signature field trips. The goal, according to Luczaj, is for students to experience what they might have gotten in an outdoor laboratory or field trip pre-pandemic, and to give them the exposure and confidence to visit the sites on their own one day.

Assistant Prof. Shawn Malone (NAS) and lecturer Bill Jacobson (NAS) are assisting in the creation of the virtual field trips.

Luczaj explains, “Geology of the Lake Superior Region field course (spring ’20), for instance, is normally a four-day field trip in the spring. Students had seven lectures/trips on different topics throughout the region. While not all trips had video associated with them, I was able to incorporate online tools, mapping, and other information into the photo/video part of the trip for an enhanced experience.”

During the summer, Professor Luczaj was able to take his catalog of photos from past field trip stops to incorporate in the online version. For the new Water Science program, he traveled to all field trip stops around Green Bay and was able to record the footage with his cell phone. He recorded his computer screen for relevant website tools like the Great Lakes Dashboard, aerial photographs, and maps to provide videos of things students would not actually see on a bus trip.

Water Science Field Trip Fall 2020

Watch the UW-Green Bay Water Science Field Trip Fall 2020.

“The Water Science trip demonstrates various water related natural and engineered structures in Brown County,” he explains. The trip starts at the De Pere Lock and Dam along the Fox River. A full cycle of operation of the lock is demonstrated so students can see how the boats can pass through. The next few stops describe the East and Fox River systems and associated flooding.  The last stops are at the Metro Boat Launch to show the geography, shipping, and erosion from high water, followed with a discussion on sewage treatment. We make a quick stop at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary to look at their deep irrigation well.”

The new Geoscience Field Trip to the Baraboo Hills trip will cover an overview of the major mountain building events that assembled Wisconsin, how the original sandstone was deposited in Baraboo before it was turned into quartzite, site specific structural geology where students can view structural fabrics on the rocks during folding and tectonic compression and Paleozoic history. Prof. Luczaj mentored Malone, a new addition to the Geoscience program, to highlight the links between familiar tectonic processes from around the world and Wisconsin’s geologic history while introducing him to the program’s field experiences.

Luczaj says that field experiences are critical for students in the department. Keeping COVID-19 in mind, he didn’t want students who were graduating soon to miss out on opportunities they had before the pandemic.

Story by UW-Green Bay Marketing and University Communication intern Charlotte Berg.

Photos submitted by John Luczaj

 

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Video: UW-Green Bay students say ‘thank you’ to scholarship supporters

This fall, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have navigated the challenges put forth by the coronavirus pandemic with resilience and grace, and the Phoenix family has much to be proud of this year! As students continue to be challenged with financial obstacles, UW-Green Bay’s scholarship recipients are ever-so-grateful for the support. For many talented and gifted people who dream of going to college, the financial resources may not be available to help them make that dream a reality. Watch the video.

Video Transcript:

My name is Mike Alexander and I have the honor of being the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. We are thrilled at the university to be able to offer over $880,000 a year to our students in the form of scholarships. These scholarships are vital to the university’s success and they’re vital to the ability of our students to move forward in their education, not only to get a great education but also to be able to go out and serve their communities when it’s complete.

I’ve been put in a position where I’ve been able to obtain and earn an athletic scholarship which has been very helpful. I’ve worked hard and dedicated a lot of my time in the classroom, put myself in a position to earn various academic scholarships. I’ve been able to focus more on my dream of becoming a dentist and it’s been just a great, great experience in my college career.

I wanted to get into dairy farming…that didn’t happen but now I’m going into Agronomy, which is the flip side to managing the crops end of things and I really enjoy it. I think that’s the right fit for me. I first dreamed of being a zookeeper and then I realized that that’s a very dirty job and I’m not cut out for that but then I started getting into computers and then I also developed a love for the arts and for dancing and singing. I’ve kind of blended those two together and I dreamed of being a computer science rock star.

I dream about learning about computers. I’m thinking of making something like an educational platform where kids can be able to access education freely so that they can be successful because I believe education is the key foundation to success.

Everyone ultimately wants the same goal and that is for people to chase their passion and the scholarship allowed me to do that.

If I had not received scholarships I’d be working more hours than I am right now and I probably would have to find different jobs because of the jobs that you need to start out with, internships are not always the best paid
and if they get your foot in the door and the career you want, you sometimes have to take a low paying job just to get your foot in the door.

Being a mother too, it was hard for me to just up and go and purchase a laptop as an easy fix. You know, I remember saving like 20 dollars a month just trying to get to it. That scholarship alone went towards that. I was very thankful.

If somebody gives you a scholarship, that means they believe in you, that means they believe in the bright future that I hold and they feel like I’m not just throwing my money, but I’m giving to somebody who I know if I give this money to they’ll be able to be successful and they will be able to have a good impact in life.

We appreciate your support. We cannot say that enough and on behalf of the close to 10,000 people that are in the University community here, we are incredibly grateful for the support that you give us.

This part I want to get correct, I want to say thank you.
Thank you guys.
Thank you for your kind generosity, I wish I could thank you all in person.