Professors Merkel and Pott receive recognition from MCW

UW-Green Bay Associate Professors Brian Merkel (left photo) and Uwe Pott (right photo) have each been selected to receive a teaching award from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). They have been named one of MCW’s Outstanding Medical Student Teachers for 2016-2017. Award winners are nominated and recommended faculty who “advanced medical student learning and provided added value to the program.”

MCW’s Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (CEC) awarded Outstanding Medical School Teacher pins to educators as well as a letter of commendation recognizing their excellence in teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Merkel and Pott teach under the “Infectious Agents and Host Immunity” umbrella of classes. They have been working as adjunct instructors for MCW for two-plus years, along with some of their UW-Green Bay Human Biology colleagues.

“These experiences help us be better teachers, mentors and advisors for our pre-health UW-Green Bay students that advance to medical, veterinary, physical therapy, chiropractic and other programs,” Merkel said.

“There are a variety of teaching opportunities for us,” Merkel said, including case-based workshops and lectures. Merkel described how the partnership with MCW and the opportunity to teach there impacts his teaching and classroom leadership…

“The preparation time to teach any of these activities for medical students is significant because the material has to be taught at a very high level,” Merkel said. “Though we do not teach the material at the same level for our undergraduates it helps us teach the material to them more effectively because of the rigorous preparation to teach medical students. Additionally, we have to learn new things to prepare to teach for this population — we bring these teaching “nuggets” into our classes with our undergraduates. We also teach in teams with physicians and other Ph.D.’s.  As such, we learn from them, too; and, once again, share these gems with our undergraduates. Finally, these experiences help us convey to students seeking admission into challenging programs what they need to do now to prepare effectively for the challenges that await them.”

Prof. Fermanich talks the ‘Cost to keep roads clear’ with WTAQ

UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (NAS) was featured in the news this week. “Truckloads of salt used to treat highways during our winters may be taking a toll on the environment. A recent study suggests more than 40 percent of lakes surveyed in the Midwest and Northeast have more salt than before,” reports WTAQ. Salt run-off is measured by UW-Green Bay. “We are able to see in the winter time, that during high salt usage times, that the level of salt, or conductivity, in the water does increase particularly after snow melt, or rainfall events.” That could be dangerous to fish and other aquatic life. Some municipalities are looking into reductions and alternatives to protect the environment.

UW-Green Bay hosts seventh-grade science retreat

On Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018) UW-Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology hosted 72 seventh graders for a CESA7 retreat. After a welcome from Dean John Katers, the middle-schoolers rotated through three hands-on activities that included Joe Schoenebeck’s lab sciences tour and physics demo, a dissection and physiology demo in the anatomy lab with Associate Dean Amanda Nelson and Associate Prof. Dan Meinhardt, and a LEGO robotics lab with Assistant Professors Jagadeep Thota and Maruf Hossain.
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Wisconsin educators look to cultivate a new generation of scientists and antibiotics (with Associate Prof. Brian Merkel), WPR, Jan. 23

Read the full article and listen to the interview here.

The Farmory/UW-Green Bay partnership makes the news

You will see more in a the new issue of Inside Magazine, but WeAreGreenBay, describes a new partnership between The Farmory and UW-Green Bay. Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe (NAS) is mentioned and it could mean great things for perch lovers. Watch the video.

Alumni Erdman, Prestby, Brinker, work on ‘snowy’ data collection

Look for birds and you may find Tom Erdman ’86 (Population Dynamics) and many of his proteges. The recently retired Richter Museum curator was working with a team to safely trap and secure snowy owls to be examined, fitted with a transmitter and released. The work is part of Project SNOWstorm. Research started in late 2013 to study the habits and assist with conservation of the big, beautiful white birds. UW-Green Bay alumnus Tom Prestby ’16 (Environmental Science and Policy) (pictured) is among the snowy trackers. Dave Brinker ’77 (Science and Environmental Change) is the lead scientist. Paul Smith from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the people, the process and the importance.

Local instructors join initiative to fight shortage of new antibiotics

Green Bay, WI – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is joining the push to mitigate one of the most critical public health crises facing the world: antibiotic resistance. Associate Professor Brian Merkel and Assistant Professor Lisa Grubisha took part in a week-long training to become a partner instructor in the Small World Initiative (SWI), a program founded by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Jo Handelsman with a two-fold mission: to encourage students to pursue careers in science through real-world applicable laboratory and field research in introductory courses, and to address a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics – by tapping into the collective power of many student researchers concurrently tackling the same challenge, living up to SWI’s motto, “crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery.”

To achieve these goals, the initiative leverages a network of partner institutions where instructors learn the curriculum and integrate the research protocols in their lab-based courses at universities, colleges, and high schools. SWI’s student scientists, many of them experiencing the scientific method in action for the first time, hunt for novel antibiotic organisms in soil samples. It’s a global and growing network—in 2017, the program added 40 new partner institutions. The community of instructors now encompasses 14 countries and 40 US states.

Dr. Merkel and Dr. Grubisha are part of the initiative’s commitment to engage schools, colleges, departments, and aspiring scientists across the state. To fulfill that commitment and grow the initiative in Wisconsin and underserved communities, SWI recruited five 4-year and three 2-year UW System schools, five technical colleges, one private women’s university, and one Wisconsin tribal college to become partner institutions. From January 8-12, 2018, instructors from UW-Parkside, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-River Falls, UW-Whitewater, UW Fond Du Lac, UW-Waukesha County, UW-Rock County, Northeast Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Madison College, MATC-Milwaukee, and Marian University attended an intensive five-day training at UW-Madison’s Discovery Building. “Extending SWI’s power of discovery-based learning across Wisconsin puts Wisconsin students at the forefront of the Small World Initiative’s army of student scientists tacking one of the most critical public health crises of our day,” says SWI Executive Director Sam Rikkers.

The program is also partnering with institutions reflecting the diversity of the United States. The training included instructors from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Howard University, Mississippi Valley State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore; two tribal colleges in the College of the Menominee Nation and Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College; and Sacramento State University, a Hispanic-serving institution. “A diversity of student scientists, like a diversity of soil samples, only enhances Small World’s discovery potential and impact,” says Rikkers.

The Small World Initiative training took place January 8 through 12 at the Discovery Building in Madison, WI.  Dr. Merkel and Dr. Grubisha are available for interview. More information is available at

Aurora BayCare Medical Center renews EMBI grant

UW-Green Bay’s  Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) has received grant funding from Aurora BayCare Medical Center to continue a multi-year community partnership through 2020. The arrangement, which began in 2010, provides opportunities for EMBI interns to work directly with the healthcare provider to assess and evaluate environmental performance through benchmarking and building automation monitoring. The students help to identify potential areas for improvement in water reduction, energy efficiency and waste minimization as well as assist in meeting compliance objectives. Interns work under the direction of an EMBI faculty member and facilities staff from the healthcare provider. To date, 10 students have benefited from the real-world experience provided by the grant.

Congratulations to Jen Jones and Laura Rowell on ‘Future 15′ selection

Congratulations are in order for Jen Jones, acting assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services and Laura Rowell, Dietetic Internship Program director on being named a Current- Young Professional’s Future 15 finalist! The awards gala is Thursday, April. 26, 2018 at the Hyatt on Main/KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay, but there will be many recognition opportunities leading up to the event. Watch the Log for more.

UW-Green Bay dietetics student Grace Talbot provides helpful eating tips

USA Network-Wisconsin turned to Grace Talbot, a UW-Green Bay student completing her internship to become a registered dietitian, for healthy eating advice heading into the new year.

Robots, Drones, and Cybersecurity for Increasing Computer Science Graduates at UW-Green Bay

The computer science program has recently been awarded $86,000 from the UW System Innovation Fund for Supporting Degrees in Information Technology. The equipment purchased with this funding will be used to increase UW-Green Bay’s ability to recruit and retain computer science students, with the overall goal of increasing the number of graduates from the program.

The majority of the money will be used to purchase two different types of robots (Softbank Robotics humanoid NAO robots and Sphero SPRK+ rolling robots) and a set of DJI Phantom 4 drones for use in computer science classrooms. Additional funds will be used to purchase cybersecurity-related equipment that will add to a recent donation of cutting-edge inventory from Thrivent Financial’s data center, as well as to support staff and students that will implement student recruitment activities and help transition the computer science program into the College of Science and Technology.

NAO Humanoid Robot
Sphero SPRK+Rolling Robot
DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Additional Info

The computer science program at UW-Green Bay will transition to the College of Science and Technology on July 1, 2018. The program currently has 175 majors, with an emerging Center for Cybersecurity Education and Outreach, and faculty and staff with interests in security and privacy, computing education and K-12 outreach, computer vision and pattern recognition, app and game development, automated analyses of facial and behavioral expressions, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and assistive technology.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health approved yesterday by BOR

Board of Regents (BOR) approved yesterday (Dec. 7, 2017) a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health at UW-Green Bay. The program will meet the new entry‐level master’s degree requirement recently established by the national accrediting agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

ET Students Tour PCMC

Electrical engineering technology students led by Assistant Professor M. Upal Mahfuz toured the Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In the PCMC facilities, the UW-Green Bay students had a great opportunity to see paper converting machines and the corresponding automation systems. More information on the PCMC can be found from their website

Professor Welsch receives Space Grant Consortium Award

The​ Wisconsin​ ​Space​ ​Grant​ ​Consortium ​announced​ ​that​ ​Assistant Prof. Brian Welsch​ (Natural and Applied Sciences) has​ ​been​ ​selected​ ​as​ ​a​ ​2017-2018​ ​Collegiate​ ​Rocket​ ​Launch​ ​Competition​ ​Project​ ​Award​ ​award recipient.​ ​Welsch​ ​was awarded​ ​a​ ​$675 reimbursement​ ​for​ ​the​ ​project​ ​entitled,​ ​“Phoenom.”

UW-Green Bay-led wild rice planting continues to make headlines

The efforts of area conservation professionals and volunteers in restoring the Bay of Green Bay by seeding wild rice have not gone unnoticed. This UW-Green Bay led project was featured in a news story on Amy Carrozzino-Lyon, Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator at UW-Green Bay was quoted saying, “Wild rice is one of our native plants, so we’re really interested in reintroducing the plant back into the ecosystem. One of the benefits is providing an important food source for wildlife that depend on this.”  See the video and story by the Green Bay Press-Gazette here.

Physics Demonstration

Normally, trying to stop a swinging sledge hammer with your chest would be a bad idea. And doing it while you're on a lying on a bed of nails wouldn't make it easier!  But, as Assistant Professor Brian Welsch demonstrated in his Physics lab today, you can cushion the blow ("reduce the impulse") from stopping a sledgehammer with a cinder block!  Watch the video to the right to see it in action.


Great Lakes Conference was a success

Last week, 340 scientists, resource managers, municipal planners, non-profit organizations, educators and citizens gathered in downtown Green Bay to discuss ongoing challenges and recent successes in managing and protecting water quality, habitat and species in Lake Michigan. The 2017 State of Lake Michigan Conference hosted by International Association for Great Lakes Research was held at the Hyatt Regency, Nov. 7-10. About 40 attendees were affiliated — either as faculty, staff, students or alumni — at UW-Green Bay.

Many led presentations, poster sessions and field trips. Research and analyses conducted through UW-Green Bay was on display and included topics such as beach and wetland restoration, fisheries, invasive species monitoring and management, health, and water quality in Lake Michigan, especially in the Fox River and Bay of Green Bay.

The regional conference broadens discussion of lake-specific issues by connecting researchers to resource managers to policy makers. Attendees heard from top experts in their fields, participated in stakeholder discussions, and workshops related to education, communication and policy. Three field trips to the Lower Fox River watershed and the west shore of the Bay of Green Bay highlighted conservation efforts underway to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off, PCB remediation, habitat restoration and shoreline revitalization efforts by local communities.

The 2017 State of Lake Michigan conference was the first of an annual series of conferences hosted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research with support from state and local sponsors, and was aimed at promoting linkages between the science and policy communities. Highlights from this year’s conference can be found by searching #SOLM17 on Twitter.

Photo and text by Vicki Medland, Associate Director, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

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Electrical Engineering Technology students toured the WPS Corporation

Electrical engineering technology students led by Assistant Professor M. Upal Mahfuz toured the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Corporation (, a utility company in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In northeast and central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, more than 450,000 electricity customers and more than 326,000 natural gas customers receive service from the WPS. In the WPS, the UW-Green Bay students had a great opportunity to see practical SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems in operation. The students also experienced the functionality of SCADA systems in real time and the roles of SCADA engineers in power systems application.

Lake Michigan science and policy conference coming to Green Bay Nov. 7-10

Lake Michigan will take center stage next week, when more than 300 scientists, natural resource managers, and beach health experts head to Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the 2017 State of Lake Michigan Conference. The event, to be held November 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency, will also feature the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Beach Association and other associated workshops and field trips.

The State of Lake Michigan (SOLM) Conference—a popular, biennial event dating back to 1999—is hosted this year by the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) with support from state and local sponsors. SOLM17 will be the first in an annual series of State of Lake conferences aimed at promoting linkages between the science and policy communities.

“IAGLR is pleased to promote the importance of science in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing our Great Lakes today,” says IAGLR President Erin Dunlop, a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. “The state of lake conferences provide a unique opportunity to bring together researchers, practitioners, and managers with the common goal of protecting and improving the valuable resources of the Great Lakes for future generations.”

Michael Zorn, an associate dean and professor at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and co-chair of the SOLM Program Committee, adds: “This conference is an excellent opportunity to promote current Lake Michigan research, network with fellow scientists, and contribute to policy discussions. We look forward to showcasing the important restoration and conservation efforts underway in our area, including efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment delivery to the Fox River and Green Bay.”  See the full press release here.

Wisconsin Roots Embraced Through Wild Rice Seeding

Nearly 2,000 lbs. of wild rice to be seeded in the bay of Green Bay (media welcome)
GREEN BAY – In an attempt to restore the historical aquatic ecosystem, a team of conservation professionals and volunteers from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, UW-Extension, Ducks Unlimited, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and others, are joining together to seed nearly 2,000
lbs. of wild rice in the bay of Green Bay during the week of November 13-17, 2017. 

Wild rice has both an ecological importance as a food source for migrating waterfowl and ecological diversity in coastal wetlands and cultural value for native tribes associated with harvest, preparation and nutrition. Historical records suggest wild rice grew in large expanses throughout Green Bay, but has been uncommon to the bay in recent history. Rice re-establishment is part of a series of restoration projects in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore to enhance coastal wetland habitat for fish and wildlife and to improve the health of the bay itself.

Participants will hand seed the rice at six sites in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore on the following dates:
•     Monday 11/13 – Longtail Point and Dead Horse Bay
•     Tuesday 11/14 – Lower Green Bay: Duck Creek and Peters Marsh
•     Wednesday 11/15 – Seagull Bar and Peshtigo River (Marinette County)
•     Thursday 11/16 – Oconto Sportsmen’s Club (Oconto County)
•     Friday 11/17 – Point au Sable

Media members are welcome to join on the boats, or view seeding from an observation point on land on Nov. 14. To reserve a space or to get more information about the project, contact Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator, Amy Carrozzino-Lyon, at or 920-465-5029.

Elect. Engineering Students Visit Georgia-Pacific

Electrical engineering students of the ET 342 (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) class led by Assistant Professors Dr. M. Upal Mahfuz and Dr. Jagadeep Thota toured the Georgia-Pacific (Website: ) facilities located in Green Bay last week as a part of their course. In Georgia-Pacific, the students had a rare opportunity to see and learn numerous aspects of a practical SCADA system in operation. Such an industry tour can be considered as an integral part of any SCADA course, which makes the classroom learning complete. Thanks to the Georgia-Pacific colleagues for their continuous support to the Engineering Technology program at the UW-Green Bay.

Science is Leading the UW-Green Bay records highest enrollment to date

WBAY picked up on the great news — UW-Green Bay is seeing an incline in enrollment, even as some other UW schools are struggling to enroll. UW-Green Bay’s Jen Jones and Eric Arneson were interviewed for the piece.  See the Inside Story here as it goes into more details.

Health takes precedence at UW-Green Bay Food Day

Help promote healthy eating by attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s annual Food Day event. The event will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the Union University. The event is free and open to both the campus and Green Bay community.Sponsored by the UW-Green Bay student organizations Dietetics Health Fitness Club, the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC) and Sustainable Local and Organic (SLO), the purpose of Food Day is to educate, spread awareness and motivate the campus and community to support local farmers by choosing more locally sourced whole food through a fun, educational event.
The list of activities at the event is as follows:

  • 1-3 p.m. – Presentations by local businesses, farmers and professors
  • 3-6 p.m. – Food, Health, and Sustainability Expo.
  • 5 p.m. – Free, locally sourced farm to table dinner
  • 6 p.m. – Special guest speaker Polly Dalton, community supported farmer in Stevens Point
  • Desserts and refreshments will also be served at this time

The UW-Green Bay Dietetics Health Fitness club consists of about 100 students who love nutrition and overall health. The annual Food Day is their biggest event, but they do put on others like the Spring Food Fair and the Earth Day Picnic. It is their goal to promote healthy eating and fitness throughout the campus and the Green Bay communities by providing fun and education events.

Engineering a solid investment, UW-Green Bay says

A weekend story in the Green Bay Press-Gazette explains why the time is right for engineering at UW-Green Bay. “As a community, we’ve invested in infrastructure, in the Green Bay Packers and beyond. Now, it’s time to reinvest in education,” said Dean of UW-Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology, John Katers. Katers was referencing support for the University’s hope to create a mechanical engineering degree program and a school of engineering that would encompass the new degree and the courses the university already offers in environmental, electrical and mechanical engineering technology. The engineering program is key in a plan to develop a 63-acre research and innovation park on the south end of the UW-Green Bay campus. “This should be a great place for our students to learn and for the area to retain our best and brightest while attracting more talent here,” Katers said in the story. “As a community, we’ve invested in infrastructure, in the Green Bay Packers and beyond. Now, it’s time to reinvest in education.”

Summer Research

Chemistry student Eli Broman was one of only 20 students from more than 150 applicants to be accepted into a prestigious undergraduate research experience this summer. Read his story.

Michael Draney featured in Fox 11 Facebook live video

Prof. Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Science) and his eight-legged friends were the stars of a Facebook live video this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 26) on Fox 11’s Facebook page. Draney educated viewers about common local spiders, encouraged questions and shared, “Have a happy fall, and don’t be scared of spiders. They’re not really anything to worry about.” Watch the video. The content begins at 1:29.

Geoscience Field Course Explores Parts of WI and Adjacent States During a Weekend Field Trip

Ancient Fault Zone

During the weekend of September 22 to 24, 2017, the group explored the Penokean Orogenic Belt, which is the roots of the mountain range that formed the northern half of Wisconsin about 1.8 billion years ago.  Here the group is examining an outcrop of an ancient fault zone.

Iron Mountain Iron Mine

Here the group is touring the Iron Mountain iron mine in Upper Michigan.

Schreiber Foods Visits Microbiology Class

On Friday, September 22, 2017, Schreiber Foods employees Erin Hughes (Talent Acquisition Specialist), Emily Wagner (Research Specialist and CST Alumnus), Nilay Sheth (Microbiologist), and Rachelle Madson (Laboratory Analyst II and CST Alumnus) visited Associate Professor Brian Merkel's microbiology class to discuss how students can use their science degree in the food industry, internships, and job opportunities available to CST students at Schreiber Foods.  Schreiber offers eighty internship opportunities each year to students.    

Bed Bug Banishers

BBDog-1Everyone knows about bomb-sniffing dogs, but a dog that sniffs out bed bugs? UW-Green Bay entomologist Professor Mike Draney has teamed up with alumnus Jon Sandberg ‘11 and Jon’s bed bug-sniffing dog Chester, to reduce the spread of bed bugs in Brown County. Don’t be alarmed, this is a community initiative. See more.



The College of Science and Technology Welcomes New Faculty

Mandeep Bakshi

Mandeep Singh Bakshi has been a Lecturer in Natural & Applied Sciences since August 2016.  Beginning August 21, 2017, he started as an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.

Mandeep has his Ph.D. and is actively involved with lecturing high school students.  He enjoys jogging, walking, and cooking in his free time.  Mandeep is married and is from Waterloo-Kitchener, Canada.


Douglas Brusich

Douglas Brusich was hired as an Assistant Professor of Physiology in Human Biology.  Doug earned his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Iowa and his B.S. in Biology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.  He previously was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Wartburg College.

Mark Norfleet

Mark Norfleet was hired as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics for the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences.  Mark earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin, his M.S. in Mathematics from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in Mathematics from Kansas State University.

Mark spent the past two years as a visiting Assistant Professor at Emory University.  He plays the double bass and enjoys playing jazz and classical music.  He also enjoys finding symmetries in nature and art, since it brings to life many aspects of his mathematical research.  Mark is from Wichita, Kansas.

UW-Green Bay faculty present at next STEAM Engine event, Sept. 19

Assistant Prof. Brian Welsch (Natural and Applied Sciences), Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak (College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and Nursing), and Associate Lecturer Susan Frost (Humanities) will each present at the next STEAM Engine event on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Neville Public Museum. These change makers have innovative ideas to share at this new format community sharing venue aimed at strengthening the creative economy, fostering community discussion and sharpening the collective knowledge. STEAM stands for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend, hear four short presentations and discuss ideas. More information here. It’s a free event with presentations followed by informal discussion and refreshments for purchase. Presentation titles:
-Susan Frost: Thinking Through the Humanities: The Linear vs. The Dynamic
-Mads Gjefsen and Susan Gallagher-Lepak : Innovation in Aging Model
-Brian Welsch: Weak Links vs. Strong Links: A Framework for Strategic Investment 

Named Professorship Awarded to CST Faculty

Professor Amy Wolf was awarded the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies during the UWGB Fall 2017 Convocation held on August 23, 2017.  Congratulations Amy!!!

2017 Convocation Founders Award Winners

University Staff Award for Excellence

Janet Ludke

University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement

Vicki Medland

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Robert Howe

EMBI DNR acknowledgement from Sen. Cowles

EMBI DNR acknowledgement from Sen. Cowles

Congrats to EMBI

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and the Wisconsin DNR jointly received a citation from Sen. Rob Cowles recognizing the revival of an online tool allowing users to search for recycling outlets for hard-to-recycle or unusual recyclable materials. See more.


UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Brian Welsch led “Oh, the Things You’ll See! A 30-minute Discussion of the Upcoming Eclipse,” Friday, Aug. 11 in the Christie Theatre. A total solar eclipse will be observable in Green Bay around midday Monday, August 21. Green Bay Assistant Prof. Brian Welsch led “Oh, the Things You’ll See! A 30-minute Discussion of the Upcoming Eclipse,” Friday, Aug. 11 in the Christie Theatre. A total solar eclipse will be observable in Green Bay around midday Monday, August 21.  See more....


Katers, Zorn lead travel course, present at the Universidad del Desarrollo

Dean John Katers and Associate Dean Michael Zorn (College of Science and Technology) are leading 15 students from UW-Green Bay (one undergraduate and 14 from the Master’s in Sustainable Management) on a travel course to Chile, August 8-21. In the process, they are returning to the Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Chile to present at the Second Green Innovation Conference: Water-Energy-Wastes Nexus. Zorn will give an overview of the issues impacting the Lower Fox River and Green Bay, with Katers following on the topic of food, water and waste management. A few of the master’s students will also be speaking at the conference. UW-Green Bay hosted a contingent from Chile in June. The itinerary is extensive and includes visits to landfills, sustainable vineyards, an agricultural school, the Yeso Dam and more. This is part of a long-standing partnership with UDD and also a criteria of the $25,000 “100,000 Strong in the Americas” grant from the Coca Cola Foundation.

Chile-Sustainability and Water Resources Travel Course

Students Study Sustainable Vineyard in Chile

Dean John Katers and Professor Mike Zorn accompanied the students from the Chile travel course to a sustainable vineyard in Chile and studied the efficiency of the operation through an analysis of the final products.

Professor Meinhardt to present on ‘The Complex Mosaic of Human Sexes’

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Dan Meinhardt (Human Biology, Women’s and Gender Studies, Art) will present “The Complex Mosaic of Human Sexes” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Neville Public Museum. “Oh, you had a baby. What is it?” is often the first question asked… and most think it’s a simple question with one of two simple answers, but the reality of human sexual categorization is much more interesting. Join Meinhardt as he explores the complex mosaic of human sexual anatomy, including variation that causes individuals’ sexual anatomy to change from female to male at puberty. This talk is part of the “Please Check a Box” series of events organized around UW-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery art exhibition (Sept. 7 through Oct. 5). More information will be available on the Facebook page of Positive Voice (Northeast Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ support and outreach organization).

Professor Terry talks Foxconn

In the news last week, WTAQ interviewed UW-Green Bay Director of Engineering Technology, Prof. Patricia Terry on plans for a new $10,000,000,000 manufacturing facility at an undisclosed location in Southern Wisconsin. Foxconn’s Wisconsin location is expected to initially add 3,000 jobs, with the potential of that number growing to 13,000 over time. Terry believes UW-Green Bay can provide some of those workers, saying employer feedback has prompted them to expand manufacturing-related offerings in recent years. See the interview.

Widow Watcher: UW-Green Bay’s entomologist is first call for the black widow… and ticks, and mosquitoes, and more

UW-Green Bay’s spiderman, biologist Michael Draney, has always been known for his expertise by colleagues across the nation and the world. But recent sightings of the elusive black widow spider in Wisconsin, talk of Zika Virus-carrying mosquitoes and an uptick of tick sightings, is throwing the entomologist in the public spotlight, as well. In this segment he confirms and dispels some black widow spider rumors while sharing his excitement over a recently captured black widow, now added to his collection.

UW-Green Bay’s Welsch to Share Eclipse Expertise

Join UW-Green Bay faculty member Brian Welsch for “Oh, the Things You’ll See! A 30-minute Discussion of the Upcoming Eclipse,” from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in the Christie Theatre, University Union. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be observable around midday along a path spanning the United States. While the path of totality will miss Wisconsin, the sun will be about 80% eclipsed around Green Bay. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Brian Welsch (physics) will discuss the crescent-shaped images of the partially eclipsed sun that will be visible in Northern Wisconsin, safe viewing practices and what those who travel to observe the total eclipse will see. (This includes lots of traffic, so pack extra provisions!) If you can’t make the event at UW-Green Bay, another event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at Neville Museum.

Stream Studies

ES&P graduate students are leading an effort to study the small streams and tributaries that lead to Green Bay to determine their current health. Their research will inform potential stream restoration efforts. See photos.

Greater Green Bay Chamber Highlights New Engineering School

Scroll to page 11 of the booklet to read about the new educational opportunity to be offered in the future here at UW-Green Bay.

Draney says black widow is rarely seen

The black widow spider is native to Wisconsin but rarely seen, said UW-Green Bay professor Michael Draney. “I’ve been collecting spiders pretty widely since 1999. I’ve collected thousands and thousands of spider specimens, but I’ve never myself collected a northern widow in Wisconsin,” Draney said. Usually, when black widows are found in Wisconsin, they come in on produce trucks from places like California. Those are western widows, not the northern widow native to Wisconsin, Draney said. This is one of many media interviews for Draney, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Natural and Applied Sciences program. Wisconsin Public Radio has the latest interview.

More than 50 scientists and professionals gather to assess Bay health and plan for restoration

Fifty scientists, managers and professionals will work together to assess whether currently recommended and future proposed management practices will be sufficient to restore the bay of Green Bay, which is impacted by massive ongoing changes in climate, agriculture, urbanization and development within the watershed. The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is hosting the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) Summit on the Ecological and Socio-Economic Tradeoffs of Restoration in the Green Bay, Lake Michigan Ecosystem, July 18-20, 2017. The Science Summit workshop will develop a long-term research and management framework that will help researchers and managers to better forecast future conditions in the Bay of Green Bay.  The Summit is being led by UW-Green Bay Professors Bob Howe and Kevin Fermanich and by J. Val Klump from the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and is supported by funding from the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). Teams of scientist, managers and professionals will meet to summarize the state of current understanding of ecology of the bay ecosystem and, most importantly, the gaps in this understanding. They will then work together to identify what will be needed to develop a lasting, cost effective and scientifically robust restoration strategy and plan.

Engineering Technology is featured story for UW System

The UW System took a new twist on a story from May and Engineering Technology graduate Dessi Koss is getting credit for “paving the way for a new era of academic programming at the University in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.” Read the story on the UW System website. “Our college students are to be commended. They’re working harder than ever before to maximize their investment in their education,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “They want to help our economies grow and improve community quality of life, and they know that the challenges awaiting them require a varied skill set across multiple disciplines. For some, that means a double or a triple major, or gaining ample college credits in high school so they can accelerate their education and start solving problems sooner. They are doing whatever they can now to be quick and agile learners, able to easily adapt and be successful in a world that is forever changing with rapid technology and marketplace needs.”

Engineering Tech highlighted in ‘News Around the System’

Take a look at what is happening across the University of Wisconsin with this News Around the UW System video. Engineering Technology is the featured program at UW-Green Bay.

Wolf and Howe co-authors in prestigious journal ‘Science’

Professors Amy Wolf & Robert Howe

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay Professors Amy Wolf and Bob Howe, who had their work published in Science, (June 30, 2017) the premiere scientific journal in the world (along with the British counterpart Nature). The work involves a collaboration that includes their research at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot in northern Wisconsin. Read Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale and see the related commentary:

How latitude affects biotic interactions (Comita 2017, Science)

Global forest network cracks the case of tropical biodiversity (Washington University in St. Louis)

Is this the long-sought answer to the question of tropical biodiversity? (Smithsonian News Desk)

Draney weighs in on large mosquito and tick population

Entomologist and Professor, Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Science), spoke with Fox 11 in a piece about the large mosquito and tick populations this season on Sunday, June 25. “The mild winter, there was a lot of survivorship for the parents of these mosquitoes. All you really need is warm wet weather; we’ll probably have a severe mosquito season this summer.” Watch the video.

Luczaj Leads Lifelong Learning Institute on Field Trip

Professor John Luczaj (Natural and Applied Science, Geology) led 53 participants on a day-long field trip on June 20, 2017 to the upper peninsula of Michigan for the Lifelong Learning Institute (formerly Learning in Retirement). The trip was a geology and landforms-oriented class that covered the Garden Peninsula and related parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. Main stops included the Kitch-iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and Fayette State Park along the Niagara Escarpment in the Garden Peninsula.

Medical Mission

UW-Green Bay Associate Dean Amanda Nelson and Associate Prof. Uwe Pott (Human Biology) guided a team of 18 students in the pre-health professions to Poland and Germany with a four-day workshop at the famous Plastinarium in Guben, Germany. The Plastinarium is the home of the “Body Worlds” exhibits — a scientific method of preserving tissue and vital organs for anatomical display.  See the full article and more photos here.

Engineering School Planned for UW-Green Bay

On Thursday (May 25) the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee approved a new engineering school for UW-Green Bay, an important first step in the process. Local news outlets WLUK, WBAY and WTAQ have the story.

Greater Green Bay STEM Network selected to join a national initiative

The STEM Learning Econsystems has selected the Greater Green Bay STEM Network, of which the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an active member of, to join a national initiative and receives support to build regional partnerships focused on STEM Education Pathways.  See the full press release.

UW-Green Bay Celebrates First-ever Engineering Technology Graduates on Saturday, May 13th

Fox 11 news spent some time on campus last Saturday, May 13, 2017, reporting on UW-Green Bay Commencement. The news source focused its coverage on the University’s fastest-growing program, Engineering Technology and the job market for engineering grads, interviewing Dean John Katers (College of Science and Technology) and graduate Ryan Ewert. 

EMBI Collaborates with Alliance for the Great Lakes on two newly funded projects

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) collaborated with the Alliance for the Great Lakes on two newly funded projects; Agricultural Outreach in the Lower Fox Basin and the Lower Fox Perennial Forage Project. To oversee the projects, a joint position was created in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and will be […] See more.

De Pere’s Angela Smet is UW-Green Bay’s ‘Most Outstanding’

Congratulations to Most Outstanding Student Award recipient Angela Smet who won the highest award presented by the Alumni Association to a graduating senior. The Medical College of Wisconsin-bound Smet graduates summa cum laude, or highest distinction, in Human Biology. Read her story.

UW-Green Bay’s First Engineering Technology Graduates Among 947 to Receive UW-Green Bay Degrees

Dessi Koss is doing more than graduating from college on Saturday. She is also making history. Koss, the first student to enroll in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new program in Engineering Technology in 2015, will also be the first to graduate in the Mechanical Engineering Technology track, paving the way for a new era of academic programming at the University in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. See the full story here.

UWGB students’ rocket flies in NASA-supported Collegiate Rocket Launch

Each year, the NASA-funded Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) sponsors a launch competition for rockets built by student teams from WSGC member colleges and universities. Each team must construct a rocket that meets some engineering challenge.
This fall, four engineering students from UWGB, registered as Team Phoenom, entered the competition for the first time. This year’s task was to build a payload that generated electrical power using some aspect of the flight process. The team (from L to R) – Justin Rasmussen (Team Lead),  Eric Short, James Vasquez and David Ginsburg – chose to exploit the thermoelectric effect, generating a voltage from the temperature difference between the hot side of the rocket engine and the ambient temperature inside the rocket’s body.
The students planned and built the rocket, which involved several steps: conceiving the power generation concept; modeling the rocket’s center of gravity and center of pressure to ensure its stability in flight; ordering parts to build the rocket body, its power-generation system, and its recovery system (engine-payload separation and parachute deployment); assembling the rocket; and programming electronics to monitor flight parameters and initiate the recovery system.  Team Lead Rasmussen also painted the rocket and added decals (using expertise from custom-decal business that he runs).  Assistant Professor of Physics Brian Welsch (CST/ UWGB) was their faculty advisor.
The competition was held on Saturday, April 22, at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, under clear skies.  Team Phoenom’s rocket launched successfully, attained the minimum required altitude (> 2000 ft), and successfully generated power.  Teams submitted final reports about their designs and flights to WSGC for judging on Monday, May 8.  Results of the competition will be announced in the coming weeks. 
The students are enthusiastic about using what they learned this year in future years’ competitions.

Student ScholarNapho Xiong

Congratulations to Human Biology junior Napho Xiong who has been selected to a prestigious Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) through Columbia University Medical Center in New York. The program is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. Learn more.

Tri-Beta holds Induction Ceremony

Beta Beta Beta is a national honor society for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. On April 28th of 2017, UW-Green Bay’s chapter of Beta Beta Beta inducted 31 biology and human biology majors to the society.   Over the last year, these students have donated their time and efforts to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Green Bay West High School Silent Night Event for homeless and unaccompanied students, the Door County Land Trust, the Door County Humane Society and have served as teaching assistants to science teachers at Green Bay West High School for the majority of the spring 2017 semester.  Congratulations!

Top Row (Left to Right): Adam Dziewa - Executive Officer, Emanuel Hernandez - Public Relations, Sam Engel - President, Josh Vollmar - Treasurer
Bottom row (Left to right): Brian Merkel - Advisor, Mikaela Reed - Vice President, Andrea Wians - Executive Officer, Carly Stumpner - Secretary

Chancellor pens piece for Collective Impact

The Chamber of Commerce Strategic Framework, the proposed Phoenix Innovation Park and new engineering programs at UW-Green Bay, gives Northeast Wisconsin a unique opportunity to significantly advance the economy of this region in the next decade. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller penned a piece for the Chamber’s Collective Impact. Read “Engineering Fuels Greater Green Bay’s Future: Now is the Time,” (Page 11).

County Supervisor Streckenbach says his vision includes STEM Center

“In northeast Wisconsin, Brown County needs to start to position itself to be successful in the future, and it needs to start to make the appropriate investments to do that,” Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, says. The STEM Innovation Center look promising, he says, in an editorial piece by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “…the county announced it is looking to move the center from county-owned land on the far east side of Green Bay to the UWGB campus, at the invitation of the chancellor,” the PG reported. “We liked the idea of the center at the old mental health center as a way to bring the university closer to the community. However, an on-campus location has its benefits, too, and in effect brings the community to the campus…”

Resources for Southern Door Fab Lab could mean growing interest in Engineering Technology

UW-Green Bay College of Science and Technology Dean John Katers was at Southern Door this week for a big announcement and was interviewed for the story about nurturing the pipeline for high-demand careers. (See the second of the two stories posted on the WBAY webpage for the Katers interview.) Congratulations to Southern Door High School — one of 21 districts throughout the state to receive a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Council to improve its “Fab Lab” and expand interest in fields of engineering, machining and fabrication.

Innovation on Wheels

Members of campus and the community enjoyed viewing a mobile engineering lab on April 19, built by Turbine Technologies. This climate-controlled lab houses equipment used in educational institutions all over the world. Engineering Technology faculty and students were the prime audience.  These are some of the photos taken during the day on campus.

‘The Phoenix Innovation Park' Acreage Approved

Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach said UW-Green Bay will ask the state to allocate 63 acres of land on campus for a project called The Phoenix Innovation Park, which would include the county’s planned STEM Innovation Center. University trustees approved the idea last week.

Some UW-Extension positions move to UW-Green Bay

UW Extension’s Agriculture, UW-Discovery Farms and Land and Water Conservation offices, will temporarily move to UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Sciences and Facilities Management buildings (ES 107 and 307, and Facilities 102) on the UW-Green Bay campus. This comes after the UW-Extension building in Bellevue was sold to the Green Bay Area Public School District. The UW-Extension offices will be closed on April 27 and April 28 for the move. Offices moving to UW-Green Bay will reopen May 5. Other employees are moving into space at the Neville Public Museum.

Fox 11 Interviews Assoc. Prof. Patrick Forsythe

UWGB Associate Professor Patrick Forsythe and a team of students have been tracking the trends of northern pike spawning in parts of Green Bay.  Fox 11 news was onsite to interview Patrick & Mia McReynolds, a UW-Green Bay graduate student.  See the video and article at Fox 11 News.

UW-Green Bay Students have a Field Day

Environmental Science and Biology students had a field day monitoring more than 100 fish at a restored wetland on the west shore of Green Bay. The students, under the direction of Assistant Prof. Patrick Forsythe, are analyzing, measuring and tagging fish, as well as conducting experiments to measure fish egg mortality. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy are regional partners.  See more pictures here.

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