Monthly Archives: January 2014

Biology Faculty Merkel and Students Published

February 2013: “Prof. Brian Merkel of Human Biology reports the recent publication of a paper in the refereed journal for undergraduate biological research, BIOS. This paper enlisted the help of two former UW-Green Bay students, Kristy Nelson (Human Biology major) and Lynn Sternhagen, (Adult Degree). Also contributing was Prof. John of St. Norbert College. The study examined the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the immune system of mice. The title, author and citation: The Effects of Aroclor 1260 on Antigen Presentation and Superoxide Anion Production in CD2F1 mice. Brian Merkel, Kristy Nelson, Lynn Sternhagen, and John Phythyon BIOS 83(4) 121-126, 2012”

From UWGB Inside Newsroom: http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/faculty-staff/02/05/faculty-merkel-publication/

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UWGB Student Example of Changing Eigher Ed Marketplace

This item from the online publication Inside Higher Education caught our attention: “It was last December, and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay’s holiday break had begun. But Alex Stenner, a sophomore and human biology major there, spent his two weeks off earning three credits from the university. And he did it without attending a single class… at a total cost of $90.” The fairly lengthy article talks MOOCs, DSST, CLEP testing, and alternative approaches to accumulating college credits.

(From UWGB Inside Newroom: news.uwgb.edu/log-news/mediacoverage/02/04/national-publication-cites-uwgb-student-in-look-at-changing-marketplace/)

Original story can be found at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/04/free-online-course-providers-pair-credit-bearing-exams

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UWGB Faculty Display Art at Public Museum

UW-Green Bay Professor of Art and Design, Kristy Deetz, said she is eager to exhibit her artwork with that of other faculty.

The Neville Public Museum is showcasing the artwork of UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College faculty in an exhibit that opened Saturday, January 26, 2013.

“The Art and Design faculty appreciate the Neville Public Museum for creating this opportunity for us to exhibit our work. This will provide possibilities for new exchanges between faculty, students and communities of both UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert,” said Deetz.

Neville Public Museum marketing assistant, Jenny Seim, said “The Artist as Teacher Part 1: The Fine Arts” features artwork from faculty of UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College art departments. All artists have exhibition records both locally and beyond state borders. Some have been nationally recognized for their work. Participating artists can exhibit up to four pieces of their original artwork.

UW-Green Bay faculty members who are contributing artwork to the exhibit include Carol Emmons, Stephen Perkins, Toni Damkoehler, Kristy Deetz, Addie Sorbo, Christine Style, Alison Gates, Alison Stehlik, Jennifer Mokren, Mindy Wittock, Barbara Gossen, Sarah Detweiler and Minkyu Lee.

For the full story, click here: http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/close-ups/01/30/neville-museum-art-exhibit/

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Russ (Business faculty) edits international journal

February 2013: “The latest edition ( Volume 3 Issue No. 2) of the International Journal of Management and Business, IJMB, is now available. UW-Green Bay Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business is chief editor of the publication, which presents academic papers whose abstracts are offered in six languages: English, French, German Spanish, Arabic. and Italian. Among topics addressed in this issue are the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, cultural diversity, entrepreneurs’ job stress, risk disclosures, the case of American oil multinationals operating in the UK, and more. You may view this and other issues of IJMB at: http://www.iamb.net/IJMB/journal.html.”

From UWGB Inside Newsroom: http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/faculty-staff/02/01/faculty-russ-journal/

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French Students’ Teaching Internships

The French program at UW-Green By offers the opportunity to teach French in the community at a local elementary school. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice your critical thinking skills. Future teaching candidates love this opportunity as well. Contact Professor E. Nicole Meyer for further information, meyern@uwgb.edu

Hear what students had to say about their teaching internships:

Rob Alexander:
I love the internship and am having so much fun! Before coming into this, I didn’t think that 4th graders could handle too much knowledge. To my surprise, however, they’re learning so much and the challenge is trying to plan what we’re going to teach. From report: I am very glad that I had the opportunity to partake in this internship during my first year of college. It has shown me a lot about mt abilities as a teacher and my abilities in the language. It is exciting for me to think that I have the chance to do what I’m doing now during the internship as a career later on in life. If I had the opportunity to do it again, I would. I hope that there will be opportunities like this for me in the future.

Kristie Pfeil:
This was a great opportunity to learn more about children and how to communicate with them. This experience helped enhance my confidence of speaking and being in front of a group of people and it strengthened my leadership abilities. I am glad I was given this opportunity to teach children.

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French Program Speaker

October 2013: “An evening devoted to celebrating the life and works of Nobel-winning author and absurdist philosopher Albert Camus, in French, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Green Bay. Visiting international scholar Luisa Etxenike will present “En hommage à Camus” at 6:30 p.m. at Kavarna Coffeehouse, 143 N. Broadway St. The event is organized by the French program and Humanistic studies academic units. Etxenike is a novelist and faculty member from the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, who this fall is teaching courses in literature and Spanish at UW-Green Bay through the International Visiting Scholars Program. Her scholarship also focuses on French literature — in 2007 she was presented the Chevalier d’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by a ministry of the French Government. Prof. E. Nicole Meyer of UW-Green Bay’s French program says the presentation on Oct. 15 will be made in French, with questions and answers in both French and English. The program is free and open to the general public.”

According to UWGB Inside Newsroom: http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/announcements/10/02/en-homage-a-camus/

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History Professor Voelker: Example of Teaching Excellence

David Voelker, assistant professor of History, has been teaching at UWGB since 2003. His record of awards, publications, and resources demonstrates a passion for teaching excellence as well as a strong body of publication-recognized work.

Teaching-based publications:
•”Designing a Question-Driven U.S. History Course,” co-authored with Anthony Armstrong, OAH Magazine of History 27 (July 2013): 19–24.
•“The End of the History Survey Course: The Rise and Fall of the Coverage Model,” co-authored with Joel M. Sipress, Journal of American History 97 (March 2011): 1050–1066.
•“From Learning History to Doing History: Beyond the Coverage Model,” co-authored with Joel Sipress, in Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind,pp. 19–35, edited by Regan Gurung, Nancy Chick, and Aeron Haynie (Stylus Publishing, 2008).
•“Assessing Student Understanding in Introductory Courses: A Sample Strategy,” History Teacher 41 (August 2008): 505–18

Awards:
•Spring 2014 UWGB Research Scholar
•Teaching Scholar, UWGB, 2011-12
•Instructional Development Award, UWGB, 2008-09

Leadership positions held:
•Co-Director, Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program (UW System)
•Co-Director, Teaching Scholars Program (UWGB)

And, he keeps a blog about teaching in the humanities: http://www.thegraybox.net/

Sources: http://www.uwgb.edu/history/faculty/voelker/

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Graduate students work to restore Cat Island

UW-Green Bay graduate students Tim Flood and Tom Prestby, of the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program, are involved in restoration projects on Cat Island in Green Bay. Flood is working on comparing the two sides of the new barrier to see how the island’s improvements might help with reestablishing aquatic plants in the bay. He is comparing wave velocity, light extinction and vegetation growth between the two sides. Prestby spends four or five days each week during migration months at 13 sites around Green Bay monitoring shore birds to research the locations the shore birds are using most. He has found more than 30 species of birds on the island, including some that are listed as endangered. Both students were selected for the 2013-2014 Cofrin or Land Trust student research grants. See the full story here.

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Student creates app for better, faster calculations

UW-Green Bay senior Shawn Snyder has created an application for a precision-based calculator. It’s faster and more precise than a regular device, and part of a “complex physics modeling program that could be used for cutting-edge research in science” that Snyder is developing, says Associate Prof. Peter Breznay. Snyder’s app can be purchased through the Windows 8 program. You can read the full story here.

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Undergrad essay accepted for April Political Science conference

An essay from undergraduate Taylor Schmidt has been accepted for the April 3-6 Midwestern Political Science Association conference in Chicago. Assistant Prof. Dallas Blaney tells us Schmidt’s essay, “Foreign Aid, Solving Gender Inequality, and Empowering Women,” was accepted for a resources and development session during the annual gathering. Find more information here.

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