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Going to Britain: West Indian Immigrants and the BBC

Darrell Newton, Academic Affairs

         Within this presentation, I address cultural representations
         within media via a BBC handbook for West Indian settlers during
         the postwar era. The Going to Britain booklet addresses the
         "proper manner" in which one lives in England, including an
         acceptance of racism, and squalid living conditions. The forward reads
         that the publication does not "set out to dissuade or persuade…it
         merely tries to give the facts about the difficulties which you will
         encounter in the United Kingdom," a distinctly negative subtext.
         The hegemonic power of the organization thereby influenced the
         self-definition of these citizens, creating corrective behavior, and
         Foucaultian self-policing. Recorded April 11, 2018.

Understanding Algebras Made from Polyhedra and Multi-
Dimensional Polytopes

Colleen Duffy, Mathematics

         In this talk I will give an overview of the research project my
         students and I have been working on the past several years.
         I will focus on how I have been able to involve students in my
         work when the topic itself is advanced. Generally speaking we
         study the structures of algebras arising from the Hasse graphs
         (2-D representation of the numbers of vertices, edges, faces,
         etc. of the object) of polytopes, such as the n-dimensional hypercube.
         By looking what faces are fixed under the symmetries of the object,
        we can determine the structure of the algebra associated with them.
        I will give the history of the interest in these algebras, describe how I
        have been able to get students involved, and then describe what
        work has been done by them. Recorded March 28, 2018.

Using Research Experiences to Prepare Students for Graduate
School and Careers

Melissa Coolong-Chaffin, Psychology

        The Academic Intervention Clinic (AIC) provides reading and
        math intervention services to children in local schools and on
        campus during the summer. The mission of the AIC is three-fold:
        to provide high quality intervention services to local children, to provide
        high quality learning experiences for undergraduate students, and to
        provide high quality learning and leadership experiences for graduate
        students. This presentation will describe how research and service
        activities can be used to prepare students for graduate school and
        careers. Data from student surveys and post-graduation
        employment/continuing education status will be shared
        Recorded March 14, 2018.

Giving Voice to Our Values: Increasing Confidence in Confronting
Unethical Behavior

William Miller, Accounting and Finance

        The Giving Voice to Values (GVV) framework created by Mary
        Gentile (2010) is a post-decision-making framework (and complete
        curricular offering) focusing on resolving ethical conflict by encouraging
        individuals to act on their values.  While GVV has been adopted by
        over 1,000 institutions (colleges, universities and businesses), very little
        empirical research has been conducted as to its efficacy. This presentation
        will provide an overview of the findings of Dr. Miller's sabbatical project
        surrounding the efficacy of GVV. Recorded March 7, 2018.

Creative Placemaking in Louisiana
Jessica Miller, Languages

       The people of Arnaudville, Louisiana, have come together in
       the past ten years to highlight their Cajun French identity by
       tying it to local art. This group effort successfully managed to
       bring together diverse –and sometimes politically divided –people
       to work toward a common goal: highlighting what makes Arnaudville
       special in order to help their town in disrepair. I will describe this process,
       known as creative placemaking, explain how Cajun French was used as
       one of the catalysts, and share my field observations. Recorded
       Feb. 21, 2018.  

Barriers and Facilitators of Twitter as a Pedagogical #Strategy in the
College Classroom

Thomas Sather, Communication Sciences and Disorders

      Twitter presents unique opportunities to support direct student learning
      in the undergraduate and graduate classroom. Twitter is a growing
      source of academic, instructional and content-specific curation, and
      students have opportunities to access a variety of resources, in a unique
      medium, with unprecedented recency. This interactive presentation will
      review lessons learned over the course of one year of direct implementation
      of Twitter in the classroom. Outcomes, as well as barriers and facilitators,
      will be reviewed as will implications for future use. This presentation is
      appropriate for all attendees regardless of Twitter expertise or familiarity.
      Recorded Feb. 14, 2018. 

Conducting Student/Faculty Research in Economics Using Interdisciplinary
Student Teams and International/Community Partners: The Case of Climate
Change and Childhood Obesity

Eric Jamelske, Economics

      This presentation will identify two important economic issues and outline
      research efforts to provide data and information to stimulate dialogue
      regarding how to improve these situations. Each issue will be briefly
      described leading to research questions for each issue. Additionally,
      this presentation will outline how I employ teams of interdisciplinary
      students in collaboration with community partners and international
      partners to generate data for investigation. The presentation will
      conclude with a glimpse of some of our most recent results for each project
      followed by discussion. Recorded Nov. 8, 2017.

Do Students Really Learn from Second Chances?: Outcomes of
Allowing a "Redo" in Simulation Based Learning 

Brent Opall, Management and Marketing

       It has become common practice in management education to
       use simulations to illustrate the "real world" of business. This
       research presentation examines student learning using course
       simulations, and whether providing students a second chance at the
       simulation will improve reflection and understanding within a strategic
       management course. Although the research falls in the field of Management
       this session will be of interest to anyone who uses course simulations or
       are curious as to the impact on student learning of providing 'second
       chance.' Recorded Nov. 1, 2017.

From Fleet Street to Water Street: Producing Sondheim's Sweeney
Todd at UWEC

Ken Pereira, Music and Theatre Arts

       Dr. Kenneth J. Pereira, Assistant Professor of Music and Stage
       Director of the UWEC's 2017 production of Sweeney Todd, will share
       about the creative and collaborative process of bringing this epic piece
       to the UWEC stage. Issues of genre will be explored in addition to the
       ins and outs of the production and the joys and challenges of working
       with undergraduate singing actors.
Recorded Oct. 25, 2017.

Spectral Analysis of Civil Conflict-Induced Forced Migration on Land Use/
Land Cover Change: The Case of a Primate and Lower-Ranked Cities in
Sierra Leone

Cyril Wilson, Geography and Anthropology

       This study employs geospatial technology to characterize land use/
       land cover (LULC) in a primate city and two lower-ranked cities in
       Sierra Leone with the overarching goal of elucidating changes in LULC
       conditioned by civil conflict. The study demonstrated that civil conflict
       has the capacity to trigger notable growth in urban agricultural land in a
       primate city, while the expansion of residential and industrial/commercial
       lands is more prominent in a lower-ranked city. The study further revealed
       that population expansion does not necessarily result in significant growth
       in residential area in a primate city that has experienced civil conflict.
       Recorded Oct. 18, 2017.

Human Biofield Energy and Health
Der-Fa Lu, Nursing

        Healing Touch is a nursing intervention which utilized human biofield
        energy as a tool for healing. The practitioner sets intention for the client's
        highest good and healing. With this intention and loving heart center energy,
        the energy flow goes from the universe to the practitioner and then to the
        client. This is similar to Reiki, Traditional Chinese medicine (Gi, life force)
        an Ayurvedic medicine (India, science of life). There are about 20 different
        techniques in Healing Touch that are organized by a group of holistic
        nurses. Dr. Lu is a certified Healing Touch practitioner and Healing Touch
        level 1 instructor. Dr. Lu will share her various clinical studies and results in
        applying Healing Touch to various clinical populations. There are older adults
        with joints disease, cognitive impairments, and under went bone marrow
        transplants. Recently, Dr. Lu and her research team completed a pilot study
        for implementing Healing Touch training to nursing home staff for pain
        management. Recorded Sep. 27, 2017.

The Possibility of Rejection: The Framers' Constitutional Design for Supreme Court Appointments
Eric Kasper, Political Science

       An examination of the 1787 Constitutional Convention and subsequent
       ratification debates reveal that the Framers emphasized five factors
       when deliberating over the structure of judicial appointments: nominee
       quality, nominee political beliefs, nominee representativeness, presidential/
       Senate checks and balances, and public input and feedback. The
       contentiousness that sometimes accompanies Supreme Court
       confirmation is something that the Framers expected and that can
       serve the important role of helping us to reevaluate how we interpret the
       Constitution itself. Recorded Mar. 15, 2017.

Poetry in the Era of Transnational Democracy
José Alvergue, English

       This talk addresses the impact of poets of color, and
       transnational poets whose formal innovations participate in a
       growing narrative of dissatisfaction, contestation, and/or outright
       ambivalence towards the cultural archives through which an
       American poetry, lyric in particular, is reified as the collective voice
       of an American people. Recorded Mar. 8, 2017.

A Retrospective Examination of LGBTQ Students' Perceptions
of Physical Education

Jamie O'Connor, Kinesiology

         LGBTQ students, who are coping with sexual identity development,
         are not only lacking protection and support from physical education
         teachers but from other social-ecological entities such as their peers,
         schools, and families (Morrison &L'Heureux, 2001). Given that physical
         education is one of the primary school contexts in which students are
         supposed to learn health-enhancing behaviors, it is critical for scholars
         and practitioners to understand how peer harassment impacts marginalized
         students within those classes. Therefore, the aim of this investigation was
         to qualitatively explore how LGBTQ college students perceive bullying,
         homophobic and other, within their prior physical education experiences.
         Recorded Feb. 15, 2017.

Building Excellence: How Has UWEC's History Been Updated?
Robert Gough, History, Emeritus and Greg Kocken, Library

        Building Excellence is a new history of UWEC, written as part of the
        Centennail celebration and replacing the existing 40-year old history.
        The forum will first discuss how the project was a cross-campus
        collaboration of person and offices. It will then explain how the
        problems that it raised in research and writing are similar to the
        general problems encountered by historians, especially in writing
        institutional history. It will illustrate this point by making specific
        comparisons between the new work,
Building Excellence, and the
        existing 40-year work. Recorded Feb. 1, 2017.  

Implementation of Research at the Bedside: Use of Acupressure for Prevention of Post-Operative Nausea &Vomiting in High-Risk Surgical Patients
Debra Hofmann, Nursing

        The use of acupressure in the treatment of post-operative nausea and
        vomiting evolved from a research study in a Midwestern acute care hospital.
        This presentation will discuss how a distressing patient phenomenon of
        unrelieved post-operative nausea and vomiting led to an evidence-based
        intervention now used hospital-wide with improved patient outcomes.
        Recorded Nov. 9, 2016. 

SPOCK - A System for Encouraging Student Interaction
in Online Courses

Ryan Hardt, Computer Science

     Higher interactivity in online lectures has been shown to improve learning;
     however, most online lecture environments lack user interaction features
     that are tightly integrated with the lecture, which complicates the learning
     process. SPOCK (Small Private Online Course Keeper) is an online lecture
     environment intended for use with SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses).
     It is distinguished by (1) its tight integration between timeline-based lecture
     content and anonymous student comments, (2) its use of gamification to
     encourage and assess student interaction, (3) and its loose coupling with
     lecture videos, which may be referenced from other websites like YouTube.
     Recorded Oct. 26, 2016. 

Green Business Practices: Success and Challenges of the Environmental
Practice of Businesses in a Chamber of Commerce Initiative

Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, Management and Marketing

This research presentation focuses on the environmentally sustainable
       practices of businesses that voluntarily participate in a community based
       green business initiative. Through real-life experiences of business
       managers and owners, the study explores decisions regarding practices
       to try, practices to embrace, and practices to discontinue. Recorded
       Oct. 19, 2016.   

Down-Under and Up-Above - A Comparison of Pre-Service
Elementary Teachers' Science Methods Experiences in
New Zealand and the USA

Victoria Rosin, Education Studies
      A strong focus on literacy and numeracy in elementary schools has
      diminished the time devoted to teaching science in both the USA and
      New Zealand.This comparative survey study reviews pre-service
      elementary teachers’ perceptions of science teaching during their
      practicum placements and potential areas for preparation improvements.
      Recorded Oct. 12, 2016.     

The Role of Self-Compassion in College Students' Well-Being
Mary Beth Leibham, Psychology

       Self-compassion refers to the ability to treat oneself with care and concern
       when considering personal inadequacies, mistakes, and failures. Numerous

       studies (e.g., Neff, 2009a, 2009b, 2009c;Neff &McGehee, 2010) have
       demonstrated a link between self-compassion and psychological well-being,
       including happiness, conscientiousness, optimism and decreased anxiety,
       depressive symptomatology, and rumination. This presentation will provide
       an overview of the research on this construct particularly as it relates to
       college students' psychological well-being and resilience. The results and
       current directions of a faculty-student collaborative project exploring UWEC
       students' levels of self-compassion will also be discussed. Recorded Sep.
       28, 2016. 

Time in Nature and Timing Nature: A Philosophical Account of the Benefits
of Spending Time in Nature

Matthew Meyer, Philosophy and Religious Studies     

      This presentation gives a philosophical account for why our perception of
      time in nature is different than in the built world. It begins by reviewing
      the findings of recent psychological studies which show the benefits of
      spending time in nature including slowing down time, reducing impulsivity,
      stress reduction, and others. I then give a philosophical explanation of the
      difference between “clock time” and “natural time”. I will conclude by showing
      that many of the above benefits we receive from being in nature have less to
      do with nature’s effect on our thoughts and more to do with its direct effect on
      our body. In other words, nature encourages us to be and think in a different
      way than we do in the built world. Recorded Sep. 21, 2016.

Picking the U.S. President: UWEC Student Choices, 1916-2016
Robert Gough, History, Emeritus

       Given their youth and lack of experience with voting, UWEC students have
       always been "persuadables" regarding their choices
in presidential elections

.      Therefore, their partisan allegiances have tended to change from election to
       election and not always correlate closely with state and national patterns.
       Issues, personalities, generational affiliations, and campus-level concerns
       have been among the factors that have influenced their partisanship.
Recorded Sep. 14, 2016.    

Health Challenges and Needs of New Immigrant and Refugee Populations
in the USA

Mohammad Alasagheirin, Nursing
     This presentation will focus on the impact of resettlement and immigration 
     on the health of immigrant and refugees from North Africa. The presentation
     will mainly discuss the physical and biological consequences of
     resettlement and environmental exposures on human health. Special attention 
     will be directed toward children's and adolescents' health. Recorded Mar. 9,

Self-Regulation Development and the Potential Impact on Music Education
Laura Dunbar, Music Education
Self-regulatory behavior is discussed consistently in the field of education.
     Teaching students to plan ahead, organize, and inhibit action are just a
     few of the typical facets of concern; however, these skills can be
     challenging to develop. This presentation will make connections between
     the development of self-regulation and the few studies currently in the
     literature implicitly or explicitly using music to enhance self-regulation
     skills. These skills include the internalization of standards and concepts
     while reinforcing motor, social, and cognitive skills through modeling
     and emulation. The current research base, although limited, shows the
     potential for children to develop self-regulatory behaviors through
     studying music. Recorded February 24, 2016.

Queer Insights: Using Video to Document High Impact Practices
Pamela Forman, Sociology, and Ellen Mahaffy, Communications and

      A documentary film is a vehicle for "seeing" a transformational process.
      We taught a summer LGBTQ Studies course that confronted students
      with sexual identities and politics in San Francisco. In 2013 the self-
      proclaimed Powerful Queen Warriors, a group of three students,
      learned about the FAIR Act, a law that mandates the integration of
      LGBTQ material into California's public education curriculum. By
      capturing the insights that make an immersion course both a vexing
      and powerful learning experience, we illustrate the importance of
      getting students to work together outside of a classroom. Photographs
      by Ellen Mahaffy. Recorded February 17, 2016.

Marmots in the Great Basin: Populations Persist 80 Years after Hall's Survey
Chris Floyd, Biology

      The yellow-bellied marmot - a large, burrowing ground squirrel related to
      the woodchuck - is typically associated with cool, high-elevation habitats
      in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada. However, this species is also
      found in relatively warm, low-elevation sites in Nevada and other locations
      in the Great Basin. We searched for marmots at 18 sites in Nevada where
      the species was previously documented by E.R. Hall during 1929-1935.
      Contrary to our expectations, given the substantial climatic warming that
      has occurred in the Great Basin over the last several centuries, we found
      marmots living at almost every site that we surveyed. Recorded February
      10, 2016.

A Man's Phone Is His Castle: Exploring Fourth Amendment Theory through the Lens of Riley v. CA and US v. Davis and Other Technology Cases
John Evans, Political Science
      According to the text of the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment protects
      persons, houses, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches.  This
      leaves open questions such as:  What is “unreasonable?”  What is a
      “search?”  And, where does Fourth Amendment protection apply? Answers
      to these questions depend upon theoretical perspectives to the Fourth
      Amendment. In Katz v. US, the Court adopted the theory that Fourth
      Amendment protections extend beyond persons, houses, papers, and
      effects to places where people have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” 
      Decisions in recent cases involving technology such as Riley v. CA also
      depend upon a theoretical perspective to the Fourth Amendment. Can the
      “reasonable expectation of privacy” framework address new areas of privacy
      involving technology? Developments in technology force us to look at the
      very origins and philosophy of the idea of privacy. We will explore implications
      of these and other technology cases that intersect the theory of privacy upon
      which the Fourth Amendment rests. Recorded Nov. 11, 2015.

A Survey of Reading Habits and Empathy of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Debbie Elledge, Communication Sciences and Disorders
        Existing research suggests that neurotypical individuals who read fiction
        have higher levels of empathy than those who do not read fiction. A
        predominant characteristic of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder

        (ASD) is the inability to understand the perspective of others (Theory of
        Mind) which also impairs the ability to experience empathy for others.
        This survey research examines the current reading habits and empathy
        levels of individuals with ASD and explores the potential of incorporating
        fiction reading into interventions to increase Theory of Mind and empathy. 
        Recorded Oct. 28, 2015.

Partners in Health and Safety / Compañeros en Salud y Seguridad: Providing Health Services to Immigrant Hispanic Farmworkers (powerpoint only)
Lisa Schiller, Nursing

       Partners in Health and Safety / Companeros en Salud y Seguridad is a
       program that provides screenings, immunizations, and education to farm
       workers at large dairy farms in west central Wisconsin in partnership with
       county public health departments. A shift from smaller and larger farms
       has been accompanied by an influx of Hispanic immigrants to fill the
       demand for dairy workers. Farming is among the most hazardous
       industries in the United States and is one of few in which families of
       workers (who often live on the premises) are also at risk of injury
       and illness. The program allows for outreach on the farm which has
       been historically difficult due to transportation and other issues
       affecting this vulnerable population. Recorded Oct. 21, 2015.

The Study of Air Quality over Lake Michigan: Ozone Measurements and Comparison to Models
Patricia Cleary, Chemistry

       Ozone is measured at the surface of the planet because too high of
       concentrations contribute to adverse health outcomes and ecosystem
       damage.  Many  ozone  measurements  take  place  at  sites  over  land;
       therefore, the Great Lakes pose as unique areas where ozone abundances
       are  higher  yet  few  regular  measurements  occur.  We  developed  a
       measurement strategy over Lake Michigan on the Lake Express Ferry, and
       compare  those  measurements  with  land-based  measurements  and
       models to evaluate the unique off-shore environment that promotes
       ozone  production.  Ozone  measurements  and  failings  of  the  model
       predictions will be discussed. Recorded Oct. 14, 2015.

Improving Nursing Home Quality of Care: The Effect of Complaints and Investigations
Kevin Hansen, Management and Marketing

        The quality of care in nursing homes has been evaluated from many
        perspectives, but few studies have analyzed quality in light of complaints
        made to state survey agencies by residents, their family members, or
        other individuals interacting with the nursing home.  This presentation
        will focus on analyses of complaints to survey agencies, investigations of
        these complaint allegations, and complaint-related deficiency citations
        issued to facilities, and will highlight their effect on the quality of care in
        nursing  homes.  The  presentation  will  also  address  facility  and
        resident-aggregated factors that may aid in a better understanding of
        quality in nursing homes and how to improve the care for residents.
        Recorded Sep. 30, 2015. 

Howya Feeling? Blugolds' Health and Wellness
Kate Wilson, Health Services

       Come learn about the health of our students! Last spring we conducted the
       National College Health Assessment with our students. Now we have a
       beautiful data set of their health behaviors - exercise behaviors, mental
       health, drug/alcohol use. This session will provide an overview of
       students' health behaviors. We would love to share the data set with
       faculty/staff interested in using it for research projects. Recorded Sep.
       23, 2015.

Building a Better Magnet: Fracture Mechanics of Niobium-Tin-Based Superconducting Filaments
Matthew Jewel, Materials Science Center

        Superconductors are materials that can carry electric current without
        resistance. This astonishing property makes them useful for building
        the world's largest magnet systems, such as those found in particle
        accelerators and nuclear fusion reactors. However, most practical
        superconductors are also mechanically brittle, making them susceptible
        to breakage during magnet operation. In this talk, I'll show how we are
        working towards quantifying and improving the fracture toughness of Nb3Sn,
        a composite superconductor being introduced into several large science
        projects in the coming years. Recorded Mar. 11, 2015.  

Metaphors for Homosexuality and Generational  Change in Public Opinion about Same-Sex Marriage
Peter Hart-Brinson, Sociology

        It is well known that U.S. public opinion about same-sex marriage is
        liberalizing, at least in part through generational change, but the    

        exact cultural reasons for the trend are unknown. This talk presents
        an analysis of the metaphors that two cohorts Midwestern Americans use
        to talk about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Results show that
        younger and older cohorts differ in the metaphors and analogies that they
        use to talk about same-sex marriage, and that these metaphors indicate 
        fundamental differences in whether they imagine homosexuality as identity
        or as behavior. These metaphors both express and create social
       generational change. Recorded Feb. 4, 2015.

Diarrheal Disease Risk from Swimming Pool Water Ingestion
Laura Suppes, Watershed Institute
Enteric pathogens in pool water can be unintentionally ingested during swimming, increasing the likelihood of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI). AGI cases in outbreaks are more likely to submerge their heads than non-cases, but an association is unknown since outbreak data are self-reported. In this study, head submersion in pool water was observed and analyzed for associations with pool water ingestion. Recorded Oct. 29, 2014.