The Possibility of Rejection: The Framers' Constitutional Design for Supreme Court Appointments
A Retrospective Examination of LGBTQ Students' Perceptions
Building Excellence: How Has UWEC's History Been Updated?
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,
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
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
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 ofRecorded Oct. 28, 2015.
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.
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
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.
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
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.|