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Six undergraduate research projects were presented by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students at the April 22 Posters in the Rotunda in Madison.

The annual event is aimed at showcasing undergraduate student researchers from across the UW System. Students, along with their faculty advisers, shared their findings on a variety of topics with legislators, state leaders, other students and others.



Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm after her father dies. Through harvest, drought and poverty she struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie all while keeping her three younger brothers together until they are ready to stand on their own. In the process, she makes a place for herself in a male-dominated, early 20th century community through her intellect and strong will.

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Headshot of Geology professor Eric HiattGeology Professor Eric Hiatt will spend four months in Brazil doing research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 2015 and 2016 as a Fulbright Scholar.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program operating in more than 155 countries sponsored by the U.S. government. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

“Fulbright Scholars serve as links between our country and another—in this case Brazil. This means Eric will serve as something of an ambassador for the U.S. and for UW Oshkosh,” Bill Mode, chair of the Geology Department, said.

Hiatt is one of nearly 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2015–2016. He is one of several UW Oshkosh faculty to receive a Fulbright grant, in addition to the University hosting Fulbright Scholars from other institutions.

“The research support that both the campus and the Fulbright Program provide is essential to the professional development of our faculty members and to their ability to maintain active involvement with the latest advances in their field,” Lane Earns, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said. “They then bring this expertise to the classroom and share their knowledge with students as part of their continuing effort to advance student learning outcomes.”

Hiatt, who has worked at UW Oshkosh for 15 years, will be researching the transition between the last major “Snowball Earth” event, and the interval that followed when animals first evolved. This interval also marks the transition from deposition of Earth’s last large iron formation to the first major phosphate deposits.

“Brazil is concerned about having phosphate resources to make fertilizer because they are a major agricultural producer, supplying 80 percent of the world’s beef,” Hiatt said. “My research will help geologists in Brazil better understand two of their most important economic resources—iron and phosphate.

In addition to research, Hiatt will also visit several universities to give research presentations, teach a short course, give guest lectures and advise graduate students.

UW Oshkosh Student Krista Kroeninger doing research with Hiatt in Brazil

UW Oshkosh student Krista Kroeninger worked on research in Brazil with Professor Eric Hiatt last summer.

“Many undergraduate geology majors have collaborated with Eric on research projects that are outgrowths of his many research interests,” Mode said. “Having such a research experience gives UW Oshkosh geology graduates a real advantage in competing for jobs and graduate school appointments.”

Previously, Hiatt was awarded two Endowed Professorships, as well as a UW Oshkosh Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Dr. Hiatt’s research and publication record over the years has not only brought him widespread personal recognition, it has helped focus attention on the impressive faculty research that is being done in his department and across campus,” Earns said. “His selection as a Fulbright Scholar expands the recognition of our faculty research even further.”

“It’s a big honor and really promotes the University on a global stage,” Hiatt said. “The University is always looking to bring international students to UW Oshkosh, and this research really highlights the University.”


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38744973-50a3-49f5-9b01-ddd73ba19ab2University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna and retired  Human Resources Director Elizabeth (Beth) Heuer ’86 and ’90 MBA, returns to campus Thursday, April 30, to take part in a panel discussion, following a free screening of The Hunting Ground, a startling new documentary about rape on U.S. college campuses.

The event, sponsored by Heuer, the Women’s Advocacy Council, Alumni Relations, Women’s Center and CARE, takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Sage Hall, room 1214.

The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and released in theaters in March, explores the reality of sexual assault on campuses and the devastating impact on the victims and their families

A panel discussion about the proactive steps that the UW Oshkosh community is taking to promote safety and inclusion on campus will follow the screening. Panelists include Ameerah McBride, Equity and Affirmative Action director; Jennifer Haese, assistant Dean of Students; and Heuer, who retired from UWO in 2009.

Heuer will share her personal story of rape during college and how she has healed  from this and other personal tragedies. During her 42-year professional life, Heuer helped others develop, learn and become more self-reliant and joyful in their lives.

In retirement, she has taken on many projects, including developing her House of Roz jewelry business, founding Women Who Care–Greater Oshkosh Area giving circle and writing two books, including her 2014 combination self-help and memoir Healing a Wounded Heart: A Journey to Wholeness, Freedom and Joy.

“In Healing a Wounded Heart, I identify and explain seven core issues of ‘wounds’ that result from life experiences: fear, guilt, shame, grief, loneliness, wearing a mask and attachment,” she explained. “I then use these stories to illustrate how I healed my wounds, resulting in an integrated and purposeful life.”

Heueur also recently started a consulting business, Sharing Our Stories, for those who would like assistance with writing their own book, editing and publishing.

“We each have stories to tell, stories that express our life experiences, hopes and dreams,” she said. “These stories connect us to each other in community; it’s how we find purpose amid the complexities of life.”

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GLATA 2015 2This summer, three University of Wisconsin Oshkosh athletic training students will participate in the final round of Quiz Bowl, a Jeopardy-style trivia competition put on by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Students Mike Deal, Daniel Meyer and Brandon Yach will be heading to St. Louis in June for a chance to be crowned national Quiz Bowl champions. This is the second time in three years that UW Oshkosh has reached the national level of the competition; this honor comes after a win earlier this spring at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting.

Deal said that he joined the Quiz Bowl team because he thought it would be a great way to study for his athletic training certification exams while also representing the University.

“I like that I, along with my team, can represent UW Oshkosh as well as all of Wisconsin,” Deal said. “It feels as though we are doing something big, and I am really enjoying this type of responsibility.”

The group’s faculty adviser, Kim Calvert, said the questions at Quiz Bowl can vary greatly, covering things from anatomy and physiology to rehab and administration. She said because of this wide variety of questions she doesn’t have the students focus strictly on knowledge alone.

“I always tell them that the practice we do isn’t about filling gaps in their knowledge,” Calvert said. “It’s really just so they can figure out how to function as a team. If you don’t know the answer, you don’t know the answer. I’m not trying to cram knowledge into their brains at the last minute.”

If the team wins in June they will each receive a pair of high-quality athletic scissors, something Calvert said is essential for every athletic trainer. In addition the program will receive $500 in funding from NATA.

“No matter what happens they did a great job and they’re representing the program really well,” Calvert said. “That’s all I can ask for.”

Celebration-UWO-Web-BannerThe breadth and depth of subjects available to study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh—from art and anthropology to physics and psychology—will be well-represented Thursday at the 22nd-annual Celebration of Scholarship in Reeve Memorial Union.

More than 60 undergraduate and graduate students will give presentations, display their artwork and show their research and project posters at the daylong event.

“This is a great opportunity for UW Oshkosh students to think outside the classroom walls,” said Susan Surendonk, Oshkosh Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Program administrator.

Graduate student Andrew Mannebach kicks off the presentations at 9:30 a.m. in Reeve 214, with his study “A War for Manhood: An Interregional Comparison of 19th-Century Masculinity and Football.” He worked with history faculty member Michelle Kuhl on the project.

Two undergraduate history students mentored by Stephen Kercher follow Mannebach: Kelley Teague, “This is Thriller!” and Nathan Wolff, “Rhoda: A Realistic Depiction of a 1970s woman.”

At 9:30 a.m. in Reeve 215, two other presentations will take place: graduate student Nana Adjoa Coleman’s “Fraudulent Billing and Improper Medicare and Medicaid Payments: New Solutions to Old Problems,” with public administration faculty member Anna Filipova; and Tristan Greening’s “Mating Behaviors of Captive 13-Lined Ground Squirrels,” with biology faculty member Dana Merriman.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., graduate student Irineo Medina and undergraduate Valeria Sacco will offer their visual art presentations “Broken Spanish,” and “Atmos,” respectively, in Reeve Ballroom 227. Medina works with art faculty members Jeff Lipschutz and Gail Panske, while Sacco is paired with Lipschutz.

In addition, dozens of students will take part in the poster session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Reeve Ballroom 227: Samantha J. Anderson, geology, “Lateral and Vertical Homogeneity in a Single Lava Flow, Southern Cascades;” Sara Arafeh, biology, “Inactivation of Sucrose Synthesis in the Cyanobacterium for Increased Production of Isoprenoid Hydrocarbons;” Linda Backus, nursing, “Clinical Microsystem Readmission Project;” Lauren Bane, geology, “Biogeochemical Marine Minerals Formed Below the Seafloor Off the Coast of Peru, South America: Implications for Phosphate Deposits and Ancient Analogs;” Scott Bender, geology, “Evolution of Porosity in Dolostones Due to Recrystalization and Cementation: An Example From the Oneota Formation, Ripon, Wisconsin;” Travis Brace, psychology and chemistry, “Connecting Isolated Female Faculty in the UW System;”

Elizabeth Cable, sociology, “Living in the Dorms: The Quality of Life in College;” Rhiannon Carr, biology, “Targeting Synthetic Genes to Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 for Production of Pinene as a Biofuel Feedstock;” Maame Esi Coleman, psychology and chemistry, “Connecting Isolated Female Faculty in the UW System;” Alexandria Ebert, psychology, “The Impact of State Mindfulness on Affective Forecasting,” and “Author Numbers and Genders Over Forty Years in Teaching of Psychology;” Julia Elkins, English, “The Metamorphoses of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring in Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left and Dennis Iliadis’s The Last House on the Left;” Jeffrey Farvour, biology, “The Role of CCL25 and CCR9 in Intestinal Immune Cell Changes During Hibernation;” Thomas Charles Gehrman Junior, physics and astronomy, “RR Lyrae Stars in the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy Globular Cluster Arp 2;”

Maria Graf, nursing, “Evidence-Based Strategies to Enhance New Faculty Orientation; Xiaoyi Gu, psychology, “Kinship and Judgments of Helping Behavior;” Courtney Heling, biology and geography, “The Spatial Distribution of Benthic Invertebrates in Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin;” Heather Hollander, nursing, “Evidence-Based Strategies to Enhance New Faculty Orientation;” Shelby Kelso, psychology, “The Impact of State Mindfulness on Affective Forecasting;” Thomas Kenote, sociology; “The Mamāceqtaw and the Education System: A Qualitative Case Study on the Educational Experiences of Menominee Indian Students;” Anna Kinderman, sociology, “Dog Personality Matching and Its Effects on Successful Adoptions and the Commodification of Dogs;” Patrick Klepp, biology, “Hymenobacter Species Dominate Freshwater Biofilms;” Allison Knoch, sociology, “Is There an Association Between Tattoos and Social Class?”

Thomas Kuborn, biology and chemistry, “Novel Method for the Identification of Deinococcus and Hymenobacter Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography;” Ryan Kussow, sociology, “UW Oshkosh Academic Success Project” Amanda Leichtfuss, chemistry, “Natural Gas Halogenation Using Metal Halide Photocatalysts and Renewable Energy;” Steven Lund, physics and astronomy, “Multi-Wavelength Study of the Star-Forming Field in the Constellation Cygnus, the Swan;” Addela Marzofka, sociology, “Extracurricular Involvement at UW Oshkosh: The Impact on Academic Achievement;” Franki Mayer, biology, “Inactivation of the CpcB Light-Harvesting Protein in Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 Cyanobacteria for Increased Cell Density and Bioproduct Yields;” Samantha Miller, psychology, “Kinship and Judgments of Helping Behavior;” Kaitlyn Nielsen, biology, “Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Alter Mucosal Associated Bacteria;”

Michaela Otto, criminal justice; “Women in Law Enforcement: An Examination of Female Interest in Policing;” Timothy Pionk, psychology, “Emotional Callousness and Emotional Responses to Those in Need: A Direct Replication Study;” Piper Poe, geology, “Textural Alteration of Late Permian Brachiopods: Implications for Understanding Replacement Reactions in Biomineralized Skeletal Material;” Sharayah Preman, psychology, “The Influence of Player Character Role, Game Choice, and Fantasy Tendency on Aggression Following Violent Video Game Play; Tulio Ribeiro, geology, “Bedding Dip Patterns in the Southern McMurdo Sound Drill Core (AND-2A), Victoria Land Basin, Antarctica;  Erik Robinson, physics and astronomy, “Multi-Wavelength Study of the Star-Forming Field in the Constellation Cygnus, the Swan;

Taylor Rydahl, computer science, “Algorithm Visualizations for the λ-Calculus;” Shariah Salahaladyn, criminal justice, “African American Males in College: Following Their Educational Journey at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh;” Elizabeth Schmidt, criminal justice, “History of Marijuana Laws in the United States;” Lucas Schulz, biology, “Pilot Study of Microbial Gut Diversity of Meadow Voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) Born in Captivity as Compared to Those Caught in the Wild; Ryne Scopp, criminal justice, “Target Absent vs. Target Present Police Lineups and the Issue of False Positives; Yuqi She, chemistry. “Quaternary Metal Oxide Investigation for Water Splitting;” Zoe Smith, sociology, “The Effects of Technology on Academic Libraries;” Steven Steinert, psychology, “Emotional Callousness and Emotional Responses to Those in Need: A Direct Replication Study” and “The Impact of Personal Relevance on the Continued Influence Effect;”

Nicolette Stemo, sociology, “Project Success and Education;” Joshua Stuver, sociology, “Reverse Migration of Generation Y and Their Impact on the Segregated City;” Nicole Swenson, psychology, “The Effect of Child Intelligence on Public Perception of Highly Structured Parenting Practices;” Sitha Thor, biology, “Unraveling the Antiviral Properties of Hmong Green Medicine, Tshuaj Ntsuab;” Rebecca Timmins, psychology, “Author Numbers and Genders Over Forty Years in Teaching of Psychology;” Chelsea Vosters, geology. “Photogrammetric Reconstruction of the Late Jurassic Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry of Central Utah;” Caitlin Weihing, psychology, “The Impact of Personal Relevance on the Continued Influence Effect;” Keaton Wigg, biology, “The Connection Between the Presence of Woodland Voles and Recovering Bur Oak Openings;” Andrew Wildish, chemistry “The Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Catalyst to Recycle Carbon Dioxide;” Jimmy Willing, psychology, “Kinship and Judgments of Helping Behavior;” Brooke Wollner, English, “Peace, Justice, and Understanding in Northern Ireland;” and Pearl Wright, religious studies and anthropology, “Internet Religion: Exploring Community Formation on Wiccan Web Sites.”

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CDCyLd3UUAAPTZ6University of Wisconsin Oshkosh human services alumni show students there is more to their field of work than traditional, nonprofit routes.

On Wednesday, UW Oshkosh Career Services and the Human Services Leadership Program are hosting a 3 Under 30 event, which allows human services students to network with peers and alumni. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, room 213.

“We wanted it to be a networking event exclusive to human services majors,” said Loryn Cornette ’13, of Oshkosh, human services leadership career adviser.

The alumni on the panel are: Devon Hudak ’14, of Wisconsin Rapids, director of communications at ARC Contracting; Kayla Riekkoff ’11, of Appleton, vocational coordinator at Goodwill Industries; Alli Thompson ’13, of Milwaukee, a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee who also counsels students at Whitefish Bay High School. A fourth participant, Taylor Lodewegen ’14, of Chicago, Ill., program manager for Best Buddies in Illinois, will Skype into the presentation.

Cornette said the 3 Under 30 event was something that had been done in the past and Career Services Director Jaime Page Stadler wanted to bring it back.

Jennifer Berry, of DeForest, is a human service leadership advanced intern in the Career Services Office and is helping plan the event. She attended last year and felt the experience was eye-opening.

“Human Services is such a broad field,” Berry said. “There are so many things you can do with it, I feel like it’s kind of hard for students to know what they want to do in the path. 3 Under 30 gives them a more clear vision of what they can do with the major, and they see how other professionals have gotten there and what other paths they can take.”

Cornette added that the event demonstrates to students that they are not restricted to the title of their major as their career.

“The individuals we’re bringing in kind of have unique titles and it’s good for students to hear different situations of how different alumni have gotten into the positions that they’re in and not just the standard ones they think, hear and know about while in the program,” Cornette said.

Berry said the event is a great setting for students because it’s not intimidating and students can be around peers and recent graduates who have unique positions within the human services field.

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A student research club within the newly piloted Undergraduate Ambassadors Program will be attending and volunteering at the Celebration of Scholarship on Thursday, April 23.

Co-presidents Alexandria Ebert, of Appleton, and Kyle Dobson, of New Berlin, started URECA! (Undergraduate Research Experiences and Creative Activities), to promote research projects that students are working on to a larger audience.

“We want to provide an avenue for students to get information from mentors on how to go about getting involved in projects, getting grants for ongoing projects and the various ways in which students at UWO can pursue research,” they said.

The Oshkosh Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Program (OSSCAP) launched the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors program in March.

Ebert and Dobson were two of 10 ambassadors appointed to the program. They will be working with history professor Stephen Kercher and Nana Adjoa Coleman, a graduate student.

The process for selecting the ambassadors was competitive. The students had to apply and were chosen based on experience and the research they had done within and outside of the classroom.

The 10 students chosen were: Christopher Christopherson, of Green Bay;  Dobson; Ebert; Dylan King, of Two Rivers; VeiJzahn Knigh, of Oshkosh; Samantha Mitchell, of Oshkosh; Christina Nelson, of Fond du Lac; Kelly Szczepanski, of Sobieski; Devin Venden, of Waterloo; and Molly Wirz, of Eau Claire.

OSSCAP Board Chair Jonathan Gutow said the Office of Student Scholarly and Creative Activities (OSSCA) does the administrative work, such as funding, to help run the ambassadors program.

For example, Gutow said students can apply for funds for the summer, the school semesters or for grants for different materials needed for their research projects.

Kercher, who also is the faculty adviser for URECA!, said the club is a great way for students to do research above and beyond the “boundaries” of their major.

“It’s not just about encouraging students in different disciplines to pursue research, but it’s also about getting students to understand the exciting possibilities that exist in other disciplines,” Kercher said.

URECA! was formed to recognize the opportunities outside the classroom that UWO has to offer. Ebert and Dobson wanted an easier way for students to engage with professors with research and creative activities.

“We would like to create a network of support for students who are interested in, or may already be involved in, scholarly activities while also uniting and facilitating the exploration of the projects created by peers of every major at UWO,” they said.

Kercher said the club and the ambassadors program represent the University’s values well.

“We are a comprehensive university,” Kercher said. “And that means a university that not only engages in teaching but also research, and these people chosen as ambassadors really do exemplify what our best students are doing, which is not just taking classes but engaging in research… That’s what a university is and that’s what we do.”

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