Professor Gregory Aldrete, Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies, has been awarded the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Aldrete has been teaching at UW-Green Bay since 1995. He regularly teaches eight different courses of approximately 450 students per year, as well as numerous independent studies. Recently, he developed an innovative interdisciplinary course on military history in which students learn through “living history.” An example was the multi-year Linothorax Project, in which his students re-created and tested the linen armor that Alexander the Great wore during his conquests. The published results garnered international attention. His teaching methods include analyzing primary documents, holding debates, role-playing, and other hands-on activities. He has written and recorded dozens of video lectures for The Teaching Company, with the first series entitled, “The History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective.” Aldrete gives frequent public lectures, including local venues as well as Iowa State University, Boston University, and the University of Manitoba in Canada. His students frequently comment on his depth of knowledge and passion for the subject of history and for teaching. Aldrete was selected in 2012 as Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE). In 2009, he received a national award of merit from the American Philological Association as one of the nation’s top teachers of classics.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is currently enrolling students for fall of 2015 in three new Engineering Technology programs. The new programs in Electrical, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering Technology will lead to a bachelor of science degree and are designed to make a high-demand field more easily accessible to students in the New North region while also addressing manufacturers’ demands for well-prepared engineering graduates. The program offers students “multiple points of entry.” Students pursuing any of the three majors will be able to begin their academic studies at any one of 12 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) institutions and colleges. Whether they start at a two-year UW College, the College of the Menominee Nation, an area technical college or a four-year university, all students complete the bachelor’s degree program at either UW-Green Bay or UW Oshkosh. NEW ERA institutions will deliver the Engineering Technology programs collaboratively. This collaboration provides a breadth of faculty expertise, conceptual and hands-on learning opportunities, and access to state-of-the art laboratory equipment, technology and facilities.
The Environmental Science program at UW-Green Bay ranks #15 in the country out of 50 according to EnvironmentalScience.org. Factors considered in the ranking were location, think green, faculty, study abroad opportunities, teaching methods, program breadth, degree levels offered, and renowned research. Go to http://www.environmentalscience.org/top-schools for more information about the ranking. Click here more information about the UW-Green Bay environmental science program.
The following student researchers will researchers the University at the annual Posters in the Rotunda showcase in Madison on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The students, topics and faculty advisers are:
• Katie Bright, senior, Green Bay, and Kayla Hucke, senior, Hartland
“The impact of phonology and number on children’s novel plural production”
adviser Jennifer Lanter, Human Development
• Christa Kananen, senior, Sobieski
“Drawdown of the potentiometric surface in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer in Marinette County”
adviser John Luczaj, Geoscience
• Lauren Anderson, senior, Green Bay, and Noel Craig, junior, Shawano
“Efforts directed toward the synthesis of obolactone”
adviser Julie Wondergem, Chemistry and Natural Applied Sciences
• Julia Rose Shariff, senior, Green Bay
“The lost connection: Benefits of being a bilingual professional in the U.S. healthcare system”
adviser Cristina Ortiz, Spanish and Humanistic Studies
• Lindsay Hansen, senior, Kiel
“Monitoring the importance of river mouth and shoreline habitats for migratory birds at Kingfisher Farm and nearby natural areas in Manitowoc County”
adviser Robert Howe, Natural and Applied Sciences
Natural and Applied Sciences Professor Bob Howe and Associate Professor Amy Wolf are the recipients of a $471,000 Environmental Protection Agency/Department of Natural Resources grant to study fish and wildlife conditions and threats in what’s termed the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Area of Concern and its immediately contributing watershed. Collaborating with The Nature Conservancy, Howe and Wolf will undertake a two-year, two-phase project to comprehensively assess existing habitat conditions and formulate a protection and restoration plan in the affected areas. Phase one, the assessment portion of the project, will address regional habitat needs of priority Area of Concern fish and wildlife populations and watershed-based threats related to non-point pollution (i.e., excessive phosphorous and sediment loading).
Professor Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies is co-author of the fifth edition of The New Urban Sociology, published last month by Westview Press. Fellow co-authors include Mark Gottdiener and Michael Ryan.
Eric J. Morgan, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, was recently elected to the board of the Peace History Society. Founded in 1964, the Peace History Society was created to encourage and coordinate national and international scholarly work to explore and articulate the conditions and causes of peace and war and to communicate the findings of scholarly work to the public. The 12-member Board advises the executive officers of the interdisciplinary Peace History Society, whose members include anthropologists, economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists and other scholars and students of movements for peace and social justice.
Laura Riddle, professor of Theatre and Dance, will be honored with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s most prestigious regional award Saturday, Jan. 10 during the KCACTF Region III Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Riddle will be one of three regional educators to receive the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion, considered one of the great honors in theatre education. Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and production of theatre and who have dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the annual theatre festival. Honorees have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre.
Associate Professor Kathleen Burns and of Human Development and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Wheat of Public and Environmental Affairs have been selected to participate in the 2015-16 UW System Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Burns and Wheat were chosen UW-Green Bay’s designees through a competitive selection process. Each will receive a stipend and S&E support from the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development. Each participant will take part in program events throughout the year including a “faculty college” in May, and to undertake a significant project related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, to be shared publically at the conclusion of the year.
Professor Michael Zorn of UW-Green Bay’s Natural and Applied Sciences program is the recipient of a two-year, $221,961 grant from the Wisconsin Sea Grant program. His project is titled “Extreme Events, Watershed Loadings and Climate Change: Implications for the Management and Long Term Health of the Green Bay, Lake Michigan, Ecosystem.” With co-investigators Kevin Fermanich of UW-Green Bay and J. Val Klump of UW-Milwaukee, Zorn’s team will seek to understand the dynamics of the pulse delivery of nutrients (particularly phosphorus) to Green Bay. The researchers will deploy sensors at strategic locations in Lake Winnebago, the Lower Fox River and Green Bay to more precisely measure dissolved nutrients and monitor algae growth, particularly harmful algae, in light of climate models that indicate more frequent and more severe rainfall events. Zorn’s project seeks data to better inform land management within the watershed by documenting the severity and frequency of major runoff “pulses” and their impact on algae populations, and perhaps suggest paths to attenuate those impacts.