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UW-Green Bay students to showcase research at March 12 state Capitol event

Sixteen UW-Green Bay students will represent the University during the 11th annual Posters in the Rotunda undergraduate research celebration Wednesday, March 12 at the state Capitol in Madison.   The students will be among about 150 UW System undergraduates to share their original research with legislators and other state leaders. The main event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and will be preceded by a brief 9:30 a.m. welcome from new UW System President Ray Cross.

The UW-Green Bay students representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Posters in the Rotunda are as follows:

Hannah Blum, Marleigh Fiedler, Ashley Grant, Jordan Grapentine, Kaitlin Hobbs and Alex Wilson will present “Gateways to Phirst Year Success: Navigating College by Building Relationships.” Their faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, Human Development.

Kristine Alvarez, who will present “Understanding the Relationship Between Voter Turnout, Income, and Education in Wisconsin.” Her faculty advisers are Assistant Profs. Aaron Weinschenk and Rachel Russell, Public and Environmental Affairs.

 Amarra Bricco, who will present “Nature Pictures and Stress Reduction.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Human Development.

Ashley Marshall, who will present “Gender Differences in Olympic Commercials.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Tara Schilawski, who will present “Gender Stereotypes in Today’s Popular Music Videos.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. Illene Cupit, Human Development.

Renee Simon, who will present “Poverty’s Effect on Student Achievement in the U.S. and Germany.” Her faculty adviser is Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies (German).

Shawn Snyder, who will present “Infinite Precision Calculator and Physics Modeler.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Douglas Tober, who will present “Car Diagnostics System Based on CPU Board.” His faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Peter Breznay, Information and Computing Science.

Brian Yagle, who will present “DATCP Clean Sweep Grant Program Data Analysis.” His faculty adviser is Prof. John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Linda Vang, who will present “Ant-mediated seed dispersal of three spring wildflowers in the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Arboretum.” Her faculty adviser is Associate Prof. Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

First Local Open Online Course (LOOC) begins

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will launch its first-ever Local Open Online Course (LOOC) March 5, presenting “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” through May 28.  “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” is open to any student, including those in high school, with at least high school-level algebra proficiency. The course focuses on entry-level app and game development, and is taught from a beginner’s perspective. It assumes no prior programming knowledge, although those with prior knowledge are welcome.  Taught by UW-Green Bay faculty members Ben Geisler and Peter Breznay, this LOOC is all about learning to program and develop video games and applications for mobile devices. By the end of the course, students will have created a completed game and a starter Android app. Students also will be introduced to a variety of platforms including XNA Game Studio, Eclipse (Java) and the ADK.  In addition to learning and enrichment, students who take “Beginning App & 2D Game Development” have the chance to earn college credit through successful completion of the course. Individuals who earn a passing grade will be waived past UW-Green Bay’s Computer Science 201, a three-credit course that is the first course in the University’s Computer Science curriculum.

Natural and Applied Sciences Professor Patrick Forsythe receives Wisconsin Sea Grant award

 Assistant Professor Patrick Forsythe of Natural and Applied Sciences received a $235,000 award from Wisconsin Sea Grant share to contribute to a larger study of the role wetlands play as refuge for fish including prized sport and table species such as perch and walleyes. Forsyth’s research will involve “Quantifying Coastal Wetland – Nearshore Linkages in Lake Michigan for Sustaining Sport Fishes,” and put him in company with senior Great Lakes researchers at the University of Notre Dame, Loyola of Chicago and Central Michigan. The scientists will look at the impact of wetland degradation and wetland remediation on local fisheries.