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Students selected to present research projects at Posters in Rotunda

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

NAS professors Howe and Wolf receive grant from EPA, DNR

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).

Hutchison’s text in fifth edition

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.

Morgan elected to Peace History Society board

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.

Riddle to be honored at regional theatre festival

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.

Faculty selected for UW System teaching program

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.

Zorn receives Sea Grant Award

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.

Sandmires give $1 million for scholarships

Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire have donated $1 million to provide scholarships to students who plan to enter the medical field.   The gift ties a record for the University’s largest-ever single scholarship donation.

“This generous gift will provide a tremendous boost for our Human Biology program and related areas, which are helping to prepare the medical professionals of tomorrow,” Miller said. “Our regional economy depends on training and equipping more doctors and other professionals to provide the best care possible for the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.”

The Sandmires’ gift comes at an important juncture for the future of healthcare in the region, Miller added. UW-Green Bay is a partner institution for a new Medical College of Wisconsin satellite campus that will be housed at St. Norbert College in De Pere.  “Many of our students wish to remain in the area, and the new MCW campus will allow them to do that,” Miller said. “Herb and Crystal’s generosity will help these students pursue their dreams, which truly benefits us all.”

UW-Green Bay records identify the Sandmires as having the longest uninterrupted string of annual giving — 46 years — among the thousands of private individuals who have supported the University and its students throughout the years.  An award-winning doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Sandmire was a UW-Green Bay community lecturer in Human Biology from 1968 to 1989. Crystal Sandmire, a University alumna who earned her Communication and the Arts degree in 1980, was a charter member and officer of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. The Sandmires received UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in 2006.

UW-Green Bay has made a positive contribution to healthcare in the area, Herb Sandmire said.  “Based on my affiliation with UW-Green Bay, and as an instructor in the college of human biology,” he said, “I have always been impressed with the quality of the institution’s faculty and the many students who have gone through the laboratory instruction and pursued careers in the health sciences or medicine.”

Biologist shares $60,000 USDA grant for crop-fungus research

Lisa Grubisha, assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  Her project is titled “Population Structure of Aspergillus flavus communities in Wisconsin.” The three-year project in collaboration with researcher Peter Cotty of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Tucson, Ariz., has two components. The first targets fungal communities of corn, while the second will compare microbial communities of organic and non-organic crops and vegetables.

UW-Green Bay senior earns EPA research fellowship

UW-Green Bay senior Robyn Nielsen is the University’s first-ever recipient of a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Nielsen, who is double-majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning and Environmental Science, recently received final notification of the $50,000 fellowship, which provides up to $20,700 per year of academic support for the student’s junior and senior years and $8,600 for an internship at an EPA facility in the summer between the student’s junior and senior years.

The GRO Fellowship is designed to enhance and support quality environmental education for undergraduate students enrolled in an environmentally related field. It is designed to encourage undergraduates in environmentally related fields to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level and pursue careers in fields that address environmental problems and issues. 

Nielsen’s interests include zero waste, resource recovery and recycling, as well as alternative agriculture practices.