Skip to main content

If you missed it

Faculty forum

The Faculty/Academic Staff Forum highlights research performed by UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff. It has been in session since 1992. More recently, we have hosted our colleagues from UW-Eau Claire-Barron County and Mayo Clinic. Some Forum presentations are recorded, included below.

Spring 2022 Forum

Dr. Abby Hemmerich (Communication Science & Disorders), Dr. Thomas Kemp (Economics), and Dr. Rahul Gomes (Computer Science) Feb. 16th

"Exploring Avenues for Embedding Research in Your Curriculum" 

Dr. Hemmerich: The department of Communication Sciences & Disorders implemented a bundled course pair in undergraduate research. An information literacy IDIS course, taught by a library faculty member and a research CSD course, taught by a CSD faculty member, were offered as co-requisites in fall 2021. This presentation will outline the planned learning outcomes and preliminary student response to this course bundle. 

Dr. Gomes: Comprehensive programming provides a rigorous, broad-based computer science education for students seeking industry careers or further graduate study.  Through collaborative effort, our work focusses on promoting student-faculty collaborative research and incorporate research in the Computer Science curriculum.

Dr. Kemp: Department of economics has launched a comprehensive and scaffolded effort to integrate research into the department curriculum. This has involved a collaborative effort to better understand how we can build basic research ideas such as hypothesis construction and data acquisition into first year courses and independent and group student led research into upper division courses.   


Dr. Jidong Zhang (Accounting and Finance) Feb. 23rd

"The Strategy of CPA Firms in Merger & Acquisition: Greed or Ethics?"

CPA firms played essential due diligence roles during M&A transactions for the acquirer and the acquiree. Our research examined the effect of the choice of CPA firms on post-merger performance. We found that the M&A long-term performance showed a significant decline if the acquirer and acquiree hired the same CPA firm, but M&A short-term performance demonstrated a significant increase. This result would be most meaningful if this same CPA firm were one of the Big4s. We explained the results through Social Network Theory. We suggested separating CPA firms from the acquirer and acquiree was necessary to reduce CPA firm rent-seeking opportunities, resulting in ethical behavior from CPA firms.


Dr. Lesley Mayne (Communication Sciences & Disorders) March 2nd

"Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understanding the Mask of Attention"

Why does it seem like attention is so challenging for a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Come learn about what researchers are discovering about the neurobiological basis of attention. See how this research and field experience yielded a protocol designed by Dr. Mayne, titled the Autism Spectrum Disorder Attention Profile. By attending this presentation, you will learn about ASD, the factors contributing to the mask of attention, and a framework professionals may add to their repertoire to analyze communication behaviors including attention for a person with ASD. 


Dr. Analisa DeGrave (Languages, Latin American and Latinx Studies, & Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies) March 16th

"Expressions of Protracted Trauma and Resistance to Authoritarianism and Patriarchy in 21st Century Nicaragua"

With roots that revealed their grit in and beyond Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, Nicaraguan women continue to work across multiple spheres—activism, the arts, education, grassroots resistance, law, public policy, and transnational alliances—to defend “women’s human rights [and those of] all people that experience any kind of discrimination or injustice” (Meza 2019). This presentation will discuss some of the ways in which women’s human rights organizations in Northern Nicaragua employ art and performance in the public sphere to express the protracted trauma of living under authoritarianism and patriarchy in 21st Century Nicaragua.


Dr. Lenita Davis (Management and Marketing) March 30th

"Mass Incarceration and Consumer Financial Harm: Critique of Rent-Seeking by the Carceral State"

This research highlights the rent-seeking behavior and the pursuit of extra budgetary revenues by carceral agencies. The presentation will discuss the factors that contribute to the unethical practice of leveraging government's market making authority to seek rents from incarcerated persons.


Dr. Bradley Carter (Biology) April 6th

"Exploring the Impact of Environmental Factors on Brain Formation Using Zebrafish"

Brain development is the result of complex genetic and environmental interactions. My research team investigates the impact of environmental exposure to chemicals during brain development using zebrafish. Our current projects focus on (1) environmental factors associated with autism spectrum disorders and (2) freshwater contaminants in Wisconsin. I will discuss the usefulness of zebrafish in these investigations, the phenotypes we measure (growth/morphology, behavior, gene expression), and data generated by UWEC students on the impact of specific chemicals on brain formation. 


Dr. Ryan Weichelt (Geography & Anthropology) April 13th

"Observations and Analyses of the 2020 Elections: A Spatial Approach"

The 2020 Election was by no means a normal election.  From COVID19, to race relations, to defunding police, and claims of voter fraud, these were but a few of the many issues voters faced in 2020.  This presentation will focus on spatial perspectives of the 2020 Election using maps and information from the forthcoming 2020 Atlas of Elections. 

Fall 2021 Forum
Roderick Jones & Angela Passero Jones, Special Education & Inclusive Practices (Sept. 22)
"Reimagining Early Education Leadership: Spiritual-Based Leadership Meets Democratic

We present a critical disability case study conceptions of normality were ensnared in enrollment and disenrollment decisions made by private preschool leaders in publicly funded prekindergarten programs. Findings unveiled ways preschool leaders utilized discourses—policy and otherwise—and deferred to their sense of identity to engage in practices which created an education consumer. Through policy enactments and various organizational practices conducted by private preschool leaders, the child(ren) and parent(s) were (re)constructed as a consumer of and a commodity on the local preschool education market. For some leaders in this study, spirituality offered a counter-discourse to inclusionary practices that were in direct conflict to the exclusion of children with disabilities utilized within the local market. We reimagine early education for all children and families through the leadership within framework for school leaders and a democratic experimentalism market framework.

Michael Walsh, Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering (Sept. 29)
"Using Light to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Cancer and Fibrotic Disease."

We are developing a new label-free, automated and objective technique to improve diagnosis and prediction of disease outcome based on how tissues absorb and modify light. Using mid-infrared (IR) light to examine tissues for a wide range of diseases such as cancer, liver diseases, diabetes and organ transplant disorders, the mid-IR imaging is an attractive technique to interrogate cells and tissues as different regions of the mid-IR are absorbed by key biomolecules such as proteins, lipids, DNA, collagen, and glycosylation. This leads to the acquisition of an IR spectral signature or “biochemical fingerprint” which we have shown is unique to different cell types and disease states. Furthermore, we have shown in several diseases that the biochemical fingerprint of cells and tissue can be altered before there are any indications of disease using conventional medical techniques. Using mid-IR technologies coupled with advanced computational techniques, such as artificial intelligence, there is the exciting potential to improve disease diagnosis, better understand a patients disease course, and identify diseases earlier allowing for more timely treatment.

Elizabeth Glogowski & Dr. Jeremy McBride M.D., UWEC - Mayo Clinic Research Collaboration (Oct. 6)
"Injecting Biocompatible Foams for Ablation and Other Clinical Applications."

The collaboration between Dr. Jeremy McBride, an interventional radiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire, and Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, an associate professor in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at UW-Eau Claire, with undergraduate researchers has led to the development of an injectable biologic foam for use during percutaneous ablation. This procedure is one method for treating tumors guided by computed tomography (CT) using either ice or heat. The biologic foams are injected to separate and protect healthy tissue within the ablation zone and must be biocompatible, insulative, and stable over the course of the ablation procedure.

Damir Kovačević, Political Science (Oct. 20)
"Don't Cry No More: A Comparative Study of U.S. Domestic and Foreign Restrictions on Riot Control Agent Use."

What was the catalyst for the changing status of riot control agents use in wartime and is that same catalyst causing domestic policy change for RCAs today? We investigate the causes of this shift from permissive to restrictive normative applications. We use a comparative case study to analyze the normative shift for tear gas use in war and the ongoing shift that is occurring within domestic U.S. policing mechanisms. We seek to determine what role utility, norms, salience, and social pressures play in both cases. Particular attention is paid to major historical movements and the writing and understanding of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Dr. Nicole Ploeger-Lyons, College of Business (Oct. 27) 

(Presentation starts around 3:40 marking)

"Confronting Idea Stealers in the Workplace: The Unfortunate Moral Credentialing Granted to Power Holders."

The focus of this research presentation is to explore experimental data about how and when employees confront one another for stealing their ideas. Moral
licensing theory is the theoretical lens used to explain workers' responses to an unethical actor who presented the worker's ideas as the unethical actor's own.


Rushit Dave, Computer Science (Nov.3)
"Continuous Authentication Using Mouse Dynamics Based on Machine & Deep Learning Algorithms."

One would think that with the current strength of general cybersecurity - such as encrypted passwords, two-factor authentication, and increased public knowledge about online safety – that devastating attacks of both small and large scales are rare and extremely difficult. However, as the field of cybersecurity has evolved, so have the attacks used by nefarious users to crack security protocols. Therefore, this research aims to utilize the strength and capacity of a deep machine learning algorithms for user classification and furthermore to exhibit its potential to improve the security of our volatile and ever changing cyberspace to classify distinct users based on their mouse dynamics.

Kristin Schaupp, Philosophy & Religious Studies (Nov. 10)
Risky Consensus: What Engineering Disasters Tell Us about the Epistemology & Ethics of Collective Decision-Making Procedures among Professionals.

The decision-making process that led up to the explosion of NASA’s Challenger Space Shuttle has long puzzled members of both the scientific and non-scientific communities. Recent work on disagreement and consensus provides new insight into how apparent consensus proceedings encouraged silence and obscured the nature and extent of the dissent, thus allowing its significance to be undervalued and dismissed. Not only does this research yield a more complete understanding of factors leading to disasters such as the Challenger, Columbia, and Boeing 737Max, it highlights what is at stake and helps us to identify specific guidelines for good epistemic practice among those who engage in collective decision-making.

Xiaoyu (Shawn) Yang, Management and Marketing, College of Business (Nov. 17)
"CEOs in the National People's Congress of China"

This study investigates the effects of Chinese business leaders’ membership in the National People’s Congress (NPC) on government subsidy, strategic change, and labor inefficiency. The results suggest that NPC membership has a positive effect on government subsidy, and negative effects on strategic change and labor inefficiency. After conducting a post-hoc analysis, we found interesting interaction effects of NPC membership and firm ownership upon strategic change and labor inefficiency.

Spring 2021 Forum
Nishant Saran, Mayo Clinic (Feb 17)

"Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Current Trends and Conduit Selection"

Coronary artery bypass grafting is the most common heart surgery performed for blocked coronary arteries in patients who have chest pain of have suffered from heart attacks or now have poor heart function. The debate for more than 60 years has been about what conduit should we use to bypass the blocked coronary arteries and what risks it would involve for different patient groups.


David Schaffer, Economics (Feb 24)

"Time Flexibility, Women's Wages, and the Gender Wage Gap"

Women are paid less per hour than men, even after controlling for differences in occupations, hours worked, and education. this may be due to discrimination against women. Alternatively, many women (versus men) may put a higher value on finding jobs with "time flexibility" because women more often have a "caregiver" role at home. However, have found that workers given "flexible Hours" are less productive. Therefore, employers offer, and caregivers accept, time-flexible jobs, but only at lower pay. We did a large-scale empirical analysis that showed that the time flexibility idea explains only a small amount of the wage gap.


Matthew Haffner, Geography & Anthropology (Mar 3)

"Reproducible data Acquisition"

The ability to replicate findings is a major foundation of scientific research. Yet, many academicians simply cannot reproduce previous studies. In this presentation, I highlight one part of the "reproducibility crisis", that of data acquisition, with a focus on spatial data.


McKenzie West, Mathematics (Mar 10)

"Mathematics for Cryptography"

To protect our internet security, computer scientists and mathematicians are working together to build unbreakable cryptographic tools. Number theory is the field of mathematics used to study integers that are used to encrypt data online.


Roxanne Backowski (Mar 24)

"Curricular Choices, Library Resources, and Diversity Initiatives at UW-Eau Claire"

Instructors at UW-Eau Claire are assigning students more reading material related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). This growth is partly explained by the introduction for the Responsibility outcomes in the Liberal Education Core framework, as well as University expectations of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. This research explores the use of library content since the implementation of the LE Core and EDI initiatives, finding concurrent demand for curricular and library content related to EDI. Audience members will learn how EDI content needs have affected course curricula, and how libraries are working to respond.


Yom Bui (Mar 31)

"Terrorist Attacks and Corporate Payouts"

Terrorist attacks have been a growing and intensified concern over time, especially in recent years both in the U.S. and around the world. While there has been extensive literature on the impacts of terrorist attacks at the micro-level. To the best of our knowledge, our study is the first to examine the impact of terrorist attacks on corporate payouts to shareholders.


Cheryl Jimenez-Frei (Apr 7)

"Sculpting the Past, contesting the Future: Monuments, Memory and Identity in Argentina"

While debates over monuments have recently made headlines in the US, contentions over public historical commemorations have long played out in areas across the globe. This presentation focuses on these issues in Argentina, with a discussion by Dr. Cheryl Jimenez-Frei of her book manuscript on monuments in the capital city of Buenos Aires. Her research examines the history, iconography, and debates behind key monuments in Buenos Aires, to demonstrate how these works served to construct and contest shifting notions of national identity and memory, based both in a particular vision of the past and of the future.





Fall 2020 Forum
Kaia Lea Simon, English (Sept. 30)

"Translating a Path to College: The Literate and Rhetorical Skills Multilingual Students Bring to our Classroom"

Too often, multilingual writers are perceived to be at a deficit when it comes to writing in college. This presentation will counteract that perception. Based on literacy history interviews with adult Hmong women from the upper Midwest, I will share findings that reveal the advanced literate and rhetorical skills that develop when a child serves as a language broker and translates and interprets for their parents. I will discuss how these skills can later be leveraged in college classrooms.

David Sparkman, Psychology (Oct. 7)

"Identification with Humanity and COVID-19: Taking a Social Identity Approach to Health-Related Behaviors during a Global Pandemic"

This presentation takes a social identity approach to understanding health behaviors, examining the association between identification with all of humanity and behaviors that reduce the risk of contracting, transmitting, or causing harm to others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results using a sample of adults from across the United States will be shared, including the extent to which identification with all humanity uniquely predicts one's (1) attempt to influence others to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, (2) social distancing, (3) mask wearing, and (4) overbuying or "hoarding" of goods.

Wufeng Tian, UW Eau Claire-Barron County (Oct. 14)

"Undergraduate Mathematical Research and its Application"

In this talk, I will introduce you to some of the collaborative Mathematical undergraduate research projects I have worked on at the UW-EC - BC campus. These projects provide STEM students with an opportunity to apply mathematical research to practical real-word problems, such as the optimization of energy in the state of Wisconsin, or what goes into making a helpful Amazon review. Participation in this research is a great way for undergraduates to prepare for industrial careers by learning and applying advanced math skills.

Kao Nou Moua, Social Work (Oct. 21)

"It's a constant push and pull": Conceptualizations of Youth among Young Hmong American Women

In Hmong American communities, the concept of ib tug hluas(youth) refers to more than biological age. Rather, ib tug hluas reflects a range of cultural, social, and linguistic nuances. This presentation describes what is means to be ib tug hluas among young Hmong American women, focusing on the complexities, intersections, and self-determination of lived experiences.

Kranti Dugar, Kate Kim & Jennine Fox, Marketing (Oct. 28)

"Ok Google, What Makes an Object Smart?:Consumers' Perceptions and Experiences of Smart Objects: An Exploratory Sequential Scale Development Study"

Dr. Kate Kim, Dr. Kranti Dugar, & Prof. Jennine Fox conducted an exploratory study to render conceptual clarity to Smartness of Things (SoT), to identify the characteristics of a smart object/thing, to explore SoT under the tenets of existing theories of human intelligence, and to lay the groundwork for a scale development study of SoT. Thirteen dimensions of smartness of an object from consumers’ experiential point-of-view were identified from 400 open-ended survey questions in two different samples. The dimensions included: Two-way Communication, Gateway, Anthropomorphic, Environmental Agility, Visual Appeal, Novelty, Performance Quality, User Friendliness, Autonomy, Upgradable, Learning, Real-time Information Processing, and Ability to Cooperate. This research endeavor extends the existing literature by introducing a more comprehensive conceptualization of SoT from consumers’ perspectives whilst providing strategic marketing mix cues to managers.

Heather Ann Moody, American Indian Studies (Nov. 4)

"Wisconsin Act 31 Compliance: Reflecting on Two Decades of American Indian Content in the Classroom"

Wisconsin Act 31 was established as a response to treaty rights issues and racism in the 1970s and 1980s. The Act requires that all public schools and pre-service education programs provide students with basic information regarding Tribal sovereignty, treaties, and cultures of federally recognized Wisconsin Tribal Nations. However, educators continue to struggle to incorporate relevant content into their classrooms extending beyond stereotypes, misconceptions, and generalizations. Over the last two decades, Native Nations, educators, and allies throughout the state have created curricular materials and recommendations to provide a proper understanding of American Indian peoples' history, culture, and complexities within contemporary society.

Jason Beckerman, Mayo Clinic (Nov. 11)

"Mesenteric Ischemia-Bridging the Gap Between Open and Endovascular Surgery"

Mesenteric ischemia occurs as a result of decreased blood flow to intestine. It is a relatively uncommon condition which in the emergency setting has high mortality rates. Historically most parents were treated with open operations requiring large incisions and lengthy post-operative recovery. In the past 2 decades endovascular therapy has provided options that are less invasive, allow patients to recover faster, and decrease mortality. We will explore the technology that has allowed this evolution of patient care.

Nathan Miller, Physics and Astronomy (Nov. 18)

"Spacecraft Observations of the Hot Star Zeta Puppis"

Spring 2020 Forum
Carter Smith, Languages

"Increasing Students' Active Participation In and Outside of the Classroom through a Community-Based Course"

This presentation describes and details the positive effects that a community-based Spanish course has had on increasing students’ willingness to communicate in the target language both in and outside of the classroom. Drawing upon the theoretical framework of willingness to communicate (WTC) provides a model to demonstrate the benefits of community-based experiences in second-language programs and, potentially, other disciplines.

Lousia Rice, History

"On the Development Path:" Social Science Research and the Colonial Origins of Development Policies in Francophone Africa, 1945-1960"

At the end of the Second World War, colonial powers sought to reconfigure their regimes. Naked exploitation was no longer possible, and instead both Britain and France shifted, at least officially, to a focus on "development" endeavor. Drawing on archival material from Britain, France, and the United States, and Senegal, this project examines the new global discourse of "science-based" development emerging after 1945. By focusing on social-science work carried out in West Africa after the war, I reveal that the imperial frame was very much shaping the new turn toward development, despite claims to the contrary.

April Bleske-Rechek, Psychology

"Perks and Perils of Mentoring Undergraduate Scholars"

Dr. Bleske-Rechek will describe some activities and structural elements she has used to maintain an active research lab that keeps students at front and center, as well as some of the (often unanticipated) challenges she has confronted. There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Fall 2019 Forum
Mike Carney, Academic Affairs

"Got a Health Care Related Research Idea? Ever Considered a UW-Eau Claire-Mayo Research Collaboration?"

This presentation will outline the UWEC-Mayo collaborative research agreement and how we can help connect faculty with potential Mayo collaborators, and describe the overall proposal submission and review process. There will also be time for Q and A.

Kristen Benedini, Criminal Justice 

"From Child Maltreatment to Adolescent Substance Use: Different Pathways for Males and Females"

This study uses prospective longitudinal data project to assess the relationships between childhood physical abuse/sexual abuse and adolescent substance use. Whether there are gender differences in these direct and indirect relationships is also addressed. Note: Due to SD card errors, the first few slides were not recorded. Here is a link to Benedini's full slideshow. 

Sarah Vitale, Geology

"Source to Sink Analysis of Phosphorus Transport: The Potential Role of Groundwater Discharge in Lake Eutrophication Events in Western Wisconsin"

Phosphorus loading in Wisconsin is responsible for significant lake eutrophication throughout the state, with severe societal and economic impacts. Historically, phosphorous source has been attributed to agricultural inputs delivered by surface water runoff; however, ongoing investigations at UW-Eau Claire suggest that phosphorus occurs in high concentrations in groundwater, and may originate from both agriculture and naturally-occurring phosphorus in the bedrock. Understanding the potential role of groundwater in lake eutrophication is critical for effective lake management and land use practice regulations.

Kel Kanter and Robin Miller, Institute for Health Sciences & McIntyre Library

"Making the World a Better Place: Incorporating a Wikipedia Project Into the Classroom"

Academics love to hate Wikipedia. Undergraduates are conditioned to avoid referencing it, with warnings that it is unreliable or false. Nonetheless, Wikipedia is highly indexed by Google and many people refer to Wikipedia entries before any other source of information. Improving Wikipedia articles with current, credible information is a small but meaningful way to make the world a better place. Editing a Wikipedia article requires students to evaluate information, synthesize classroom material and appropriate scholarly literature, and communicate for a general audience. Using tools provided by Wiki Education, we have collaborated for three years to incorporate a Wikipedia project into Epidemiology (ENPH 450). We will share bibliometric data to show the outcome of student contributions and survey data to assess students’ attitudes, and we will describe how the assignment has evolved. 

Dalete Mota, Nursing

"Phlebitis: Producing Evidence to Improve the Care of Cancer patients Receiving Intravenous Chemotherapy in Brazil"

The most common way to administer intravenous chemotherapy around the world is by peripheral catheters. A frequent complication of this route of chemotherapy infusion is phlebitis (inflammation of vein characterized by pain, edema, hyperemia, hyperthermia and/or a palpable fibrous cord). This session will describe the results of a research conducted in Brazil during an international fellowship immersion program (Summer 2019).


Eric Torres, Education Studies

"Locally Grown, Globally Engaged: Developing Critical Multicultural and Intercultural Competencies through Undergraduate Research"

See how student researchers grapple with ethical dilemmas as they narrate their global experience and choose to represent the experience of the self not in isolation but in relation to global others. The challenge is translating increased awareness about race, culture, intercultural relations, language difference, power and identity in the global commons into effective teaching practices conducive to the development of individual global competencies, institutional global capacities, and a critical global community.

Spring 2019 Forum
Emily Elsner-Twesme, Business Communication

"Let’s Chat! The Positive Impact of Supervisor Motivating Language and its Impact on Employees (and Students)"

Want to better motivate your employees or students? Motivating language theory can help! Dissertation results from a survey and training experiment will be discussed. Participants will also learn about motivating language theory - and how this language could be applied when communicating with staff and students. Practice time and handouts will be provided!

Ming-Li Hsieh, Political Science

"Theorizing ATM Hacking: An Application of Routine Activity Theory"

Despite Routine activity theory (RAT) has subsequently been applied to
predictions of predatory criminal or victimization events, little is known about
whether RAT could address automatic teller machine (ATM) hacking in a virtual
space. The current study applies RAT in order to examine a high-profile case of
European hackers programming ATMs in Taipei to “spit out” cash netting the
thieves $2.6 million dollars. The results indicate that the Taiwanese case is well
covered by the doctrine of RAT. Moreover, this study bolstered the neo-ideology of
“cannikin law” within cyber crime.

Kirstin Rossi, Special Education

"Faculty Global Citizenship Opens Doors for an Inclusive Bi-Lingual Society: Research Collaboration Provides Increased Access and Decreased Barriers for Preschool Children with Disabilities in an English Immersion Program"

This presentation will focus on the process of building relationships with international partners through faculty-led, student immersion trips beyond the high impact practice for students into additional collaborative research opportunities for faculty leaders and partners.  Discussion of the process, implementation, continued work, and positive impact of our research on increasing access within the Czech Republic for preschool children with disabilities within an English immersion program will be discussed. 

Sue Patrick, UW-Eau Claire-Barron County

"Rice Lake (WI) Enters the Great Depression: Grocery Prices as a Barometer"

At the beginning of 1930, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, a “city” of about 5,000 people, had at least 15 stores that sold groceries. Most were locally owned, but three were chains. Mining the advertisements from these grocers, as they were published in the weekly Rice Lake Chronotype between January 1929 and December 1933, allows tracking of the onset of the Great Depression. This presentation will focus on a few products, such as Gold Medal Flour, Hills Brothers Coffee, Proctor and Gamble Soap, and Van Camps Pork and Beans, as well as beef roast. In addition, articles about the stores and their owners or managers, including information about stores going out of business or being sold, help round out the picture. This presentation will look at the rate of decline and the size of the decline in prices.

Robert Lodge, Geology

"The Geology of Wisconsin’s Sulfide Mineral Resources: What have we Learned? What do we NEED to Know?"

Northern Wisconsin has one of the largest unmined copper-zinc-lead-gold-silver districts in the world with several large and economically valuable mineral deposits that were discovered in the 1960’s and 70’s. Wisconsin’s “Prove it First” mining law prevented most of these deposits from becoming a mine and many companies have left the state. However, competitive exploration by companies and state legislation that doesn’t require donation of complete exploration records has resulted in a fragmented or completely lost record of geology of these deposits. Student-faculty research over the past 5 years has begun to “revive” our knowledge of the geology of these resources at a critical time when state mining laws are changing. This presentation summarizes the results of these research efforts and why this research is important for mineral exploration investment in the state.

Joe Wildenberg, Mayo Conic

"Intelligent Medical Imaging: How Artificial Intelligence is Augmenting Physicians to Improve Care"

From medicine to self-driving cars, “Artificial Intelligence” has continued to over-promise and under-deliver. Focused algorithms in image processing are finally starting to augment a physician’s ability to provide more accurate, timely and (eventually) cost-effective healthcare. Come see examples of computers and image-intensive physicians working together – both existing tools and those on the horizon.

Jeanette Oslen and Colleagues, Nursing

"Creating a Culture of Civility"

Incivility is a problem in academic as well as health care and other work environments. It negatively affects performance, well-being, the organizational culture, and patient outcomes. This session will describe how a team of faculty and students used an Action Research framework to identify incivility as an issue in nursing education and develop a quality improvement educational program to equip students and faculty with skills for responding to incivility in both academic and practice settings. Examples of teaching strategies and learning activities used in the project that could be adapted by other departments and organizations will be shared.

Fall 2018 Forum
Bob Nowlan, English

“I Never Realized the Lengths I’d Have to Go, All the Darkest Corners of a Sense I Didn’t Know”: Ian Curtis, Joy Division, and Critical Theory--an Empathetic Embarkation

In my teaching and scholarship I connect critical theory with cultural practices and social activities exercising substantial influence, impact, and power throughout a great many people’s lives. In my own life, and that of countless others, engagement with popular music has proven extraordinarily compelling. I have to date taught seven upper level English and Honors classes focused on popular music as cultural studies, the last four focused on exploring and inquiring into connections between ‘the cultural phenomenon of [pioneering Manchester, England post-punk musicians] Ian Curtis and Joy Division’ on the one hand and significant issues of recurrent concern in modern to contemporary critical, especially social, theory on the other hand. In this presentation I address how and why I have long found the life and work of Ian Curtis and Joy Division immensely meaningful. Recorded Sept. 12, 2018.

John Stewart, Music and Theatre Arts

"Programming Repertoire for the 21st Century Music Student: A Need for Diversity"

Current research on programming trends in professional orchestras and college bands has raised an awareness of a need to program compositions written by living composers and historically underrepresented composers (O’Bannon, 2015; Stewart, 2017). With this in mind, there is a need for teacher-conductors to evaluate current programming practices to meet the needs of the 21st Century Music Educator. In this session, we will look at programming trends of the UW - Eau Claire Concert Bands, discuss ways to provide more diversity in programming, programming ideas, and learn how we are working towards programming more compositions by historically underrepresented composers. Recorded Sept. 19, 2018.

Ezra Zeilter, Geography and Anthropology

"Geographies of Landscape, Race, and Power Through the Lens of Team Name Mascot Use in Secondary Schools"

Team names and mascots representing high school sports teams and other activities play a central role in galvanizing communities through a collective sense of place and pride. There are nearly 22,000 public and private high schools in this country, and 1,493 use controversial race-based team names and mascots relating to Indigenous People or the Confederate States of America. This presentation highlights the locations and characteristics of these schools and utilizes a content analysis of imagery documented in their halls, gyms, and athletic fields, to suggest that these hegemonic spaces promote ideologies that have no place in our nation’s learning environments. Recorded Oct. 21, 2018.

Tim Nelson, Mayo Clinic

"Regenerating the Pediatric Heart for Congenital Heart Disease"

This presentation will address the current state-of-the-art for pediatric congenital heart disease and the emerging applications for stem cells and regenerative medicine. We will discuss the rationale for why stem cells and regenerative medicine may be the future for rebuilding congenital heart diseases. We will conclude with updated information on the ongoing clinical trials that are aiming to establish a new treatment paradigm for congenital heart disease. Recorded Nov. 7, 2018.

Spring 2018 Forum
Thomas Sather, Communication Sciences and Disorders

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

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.

Darrell Newton, Academic Affairs

"Going to Britain: West Indian Immigrants and the BBC Booklet"

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.

 Jessica Miller, Languages

"Creative Placemaking in Louisiana"

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.

Bill Miller, Accounting and Finance

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

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.

Using Research Experiences to Prepare Students for Graduate School and Careers

"Using Research Experiences to Prepare Students for Graduate School and Careers"

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.

Colleen Duff, Mathematics 

"Understanding Algebras Made from Polyhedra and Multi-Dimensional Polytopes"

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.


Fall 2017 Forum
Cyril Wilson, Geography and Anthropology 

"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"

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.

Kenneth Pereira, Music and Theatre Arts

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

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.

Brent Opall, Management and Marketing

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

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.

Eric Jamelske, Economics 

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

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.

Der-Fa Lu, Nursing

"Human Biofield Energy and Health"

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.

Spring 2017 Forum
 Robert Gough, History 

"Building Excellence: How Has UWEC's History Been Updated?"

Building Excellence is a new history of UWEC, written as part of the Centennial 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.

Jamie O'Connor, Kinesiology

"A Retrospective Examination of LGBTQ Students' Perceptions of Physical Education"

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.

Jose Alvergue, English

"Poetry in the Era of Transnational Democracy"

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.

Eric Kasper, Political Science

"The Possibility of Rejection: The Framers' Constitutional Design for Supreme Court Appointments"

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.

Fall 2016 Forum
 Debra Hofmann, Nursing

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

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.

 Ryan Hardt, Computer Science

"SPOCK - A System for Encouraging Student Interaction in Online Courses"

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.

 Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, Management and Marketing

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

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.

 Victoria Rosin, Education Studies

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

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.

 Mary Beth Leibham, Psychology

"The Role of Self-Compassion in College Students' Well-Being"

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.

 Matthew Meyer, Philosophy and Religious Studies  

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

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

 Robert Gough, History, Emeritus

"Picking the U.S. President: UWEC Student Choices, 1916-2016"

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.

Spring 2016 Forum
 Mohammad Alasagheirin, Nursing

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

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, 2016.

 Laura Dunbar, Music Education

"Self-Regulation Development and the Potential Impact on 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.

 Pamela Forman, Sociology, and Ellen Mahaffy

"Queer Insights: Using Video to Document High Impact Practices"

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.

 Chris Floyd, Biology

Marmots in the Great Basin: Populations Persist 80 Years after Hall's Survey

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.

Fall 2015 Forum
 John Evans, Political Science

"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"

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.

Debbie Elledge, Communication Sciences and Disorders

"A Survey of Reading Habits and Empathy of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

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.

 Patricia Cleary, Chemistry

"The Study of Air Quality over Lake Michigan: Ozone Measurements and Comparison to Models"

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.

Kevin Hansen, Management and Marketing

"Improving Nursing Home Quality of Care: The Effect of Complaints and Investigations"

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.

 Kate Wilson, Health Services

"Howya Feeling? Blugolds' Health and Wellness"

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.

Spring 2015 Forum
 Peter Hart-Brinson, Sociology

"Metaphors for Homosexuality and Generational Change in Public Opinion about Same-Sex Marriage"

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 us 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.

Fall 2014 Forum
 Laura Suppes, Watershed Institute

"Diarrheal Disease Risk from Swimming Pool Water Ingestion"

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.

We want to hear from you

Please enter your name

Please enter a valid email address

Please enter a valid phone number

Please enter a message