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Faculty in the News

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's faculty are experts in their field. They are extremely involved in the community, research, and publishing. This page was created to highlight and celebrate the their accomplishments.

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Spring 2016

John Luczaj

March 13th, 2016

Professor Luczaj

In an article circulating in some papers regarding strontium research, that is part of the water series done by the Wisconsin Center for INvestigative Journalism, UWGB's John Luczaj says why this could be a "big deal." Currently strontium levels in water are unregulated & and its health affects are unclear. However, limited studies have found some connection between elevated strontium exposure and adverse health affects - especially for infants, children, and young adults.

In an article posted on, the research of Professor Luczaj and Kevin Masarik is used to explain how strontium regulations (if approved) could have a big impact on much of eastern Wisconsin.

Regan Gurung

Announcement: March 4th, 2016

Professor Regan Gurung

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psychology, Human Development) was published recently in American Psychologist®, the official peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the American Psychological Association and one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the field of psychology. The article — Strengthening introductory psychology: A new model for teaching the introductory course — is published in the February-March 2016 issue of the journal.

Introductory psychology is taught around the nation to more than 1.4 million students, according to Gurung, yet psychology educators have limited knowledge about what is covered in the class, or to the extent to which content reflects the current scope of the discipline. “Introduction to Psychology is ubiquitous in U.S. colleges and universities with approximately 13,000 instructors teaching the course and up to 1.8 million students taking it,” said Gurung. “For most students it is the only exposure to psychology they get. The contemporary Intro Psych course structure rarely reflects the current scope of the discipline, which has evolved with significant technological and methodological innovations and new areas emerging and pre-existing areas merging.”

In the journal article, Gurung, the lead author, proposes that common content across intro courses provides a singular message to students and the public about what constitutes the field of psychology. On the flipside, the lack of a common core for the intro course poses substantial challenges for instructors who teach this course as well as the discipline of psychology. Students in different institutions, sometimes even within the same institution, are not being exposed to the same content. “The new model will greatly aid assessment of course learning outcomes,” he says.

The journal goes out to over 80,000 APA members, worldwide. The UW- Green Bay name is going to be on a lot of people’s minds this week. It is an extraordinary accomplishment that has the potential to reshape how Introductory Psychology is taught across the country,” said Prof. Ryan Martin, chair of UWGB’s Psychology program. “A publication like this is not only a credit to Regan’s dedication to teaching psychology, but also to the quality of his work.”

To read other publications by Professor Gurung please visit his ResearchGate profile.

Lucy Arendt

February 17th, 2016

Professor John Katers

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” were key values according to our country’s founders. So what would they think, then, of our 24/7 work schedules, the outsized value we place upon work and material consumption today, and the fear that drives many to acquiesce to organizational demands that run counter to their own values and needs? Have our individual rights and freedoms been sacrificed to the organizational value system.”

These were a few of the questions explored by Austin E. Cofrin School of Business Professor Lucy Arendt to a packed house of UW-Green Bay students, faculty members, staff and community members. One of her areas of expertise lies in understanding how leaders within organizations make their decisions as well as the consequences of those decisions, on both the organization and the individuals who work within it. Her lecture, title “Made to Serve: The Tragic corruption of America’s Founding Values,” spoke to a trend she says she has seen through her research on the subversion of individual rights and freedoms to organizational goals, including profit.

Arendt’s lecture was the fourth of six in a series featuring UW-Green Bay professors giving capstone lectures on topics in their area. The Last Lecture Series was created as part of UW-Green Bay’s 50th anniversary. Arendt’s lecture was also the first in the series to be filmed by PBS for the University Place program. When production is complete in a few months, Arendt’s lecture will be featured on The Wisconsin Channel of PBS as well as located in the online University Place lectures archive. UW-Green Bay will provide links to the lecture at that time. Please check-out the full Inside feature here.

Fall 2015

Susan Gallagher-Lepak

December 4th, 2015

Professor Gallagher-Lepak

Professor Susan Gallagher-Lepak of the MSN program contributed a thought provoking article in the Green Bay Press Gazette just before the holidays. The article, Powerful gift for people with dementia: music, gives the reader a peak at recent research around music and dementia. Says Professor Gallagher-Lepak, "Musical memory is different than other types of memory when it comes to Alzheimer's disease, even in advanced stages of the disease." Read more at:

To read more publications by Professor Gallagher-Lepak visit her ResearchGate profile.

John Luczaj

Professor John Luczaj

November 2015

Professor Luczaj was quoted in several articles in Wisconsin publications on water quality. "Some wells that once tested negative for arsenic may now be tainted because of draw down, according to John Luczaj, a groundwater expert at UW-Green Bay." quoted from the Appleton Post Cresent.

August 26th, 2015

Professor John Luczaj was honored with the 2015 Founders Award for Excellence in Community Outreach. Honorees are selected by a campus wide committee from among nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The awards have been a fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975.An authority on the geology and bedrock of Northeastern Wisconsin and related groundwater issues, Luczaj has provided guidance to technical groups on vital groundwater issues and advised varied stakeholders on aquifer protection strategies. In addition to working with UWGB students, he has connected with the community through geoscience presentations to family and K-12 groups as well as to UWGB Learning in Retirement audiences.