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August 2016  |  Summer Update

Faculty Research: Dr. Sylvia Beyer

My research focuses on gender, self-perceptions, stereotypes, STEM, and the intersections of these topics. I have spent almost two decades investigating the causes of female underrepresentation in Computer Science, focusing on psychological factors such as self-efficacy and stereotyping. Many of my publications are on this topic. But in this short summary I want to focus on the three projects on which I am currently working. Read full article to learn more about:

  • Women's underrepresentations in STEM and how student, Hannah Yonke contributed.
  • How college students lack awareness of occupational segregation.
  • Recent graduate, Yo-Fan Callewaert's research project that would test whether females' attire would affect men's interest in them during speed dating, where the research was conducted at comic con.
Retirement: Dr. Vera M. Kolb

Vera Kolb

Vera M. Kolb received a Chemical Engineering degree and an MS in Chemistry from Belgrade University.  She pursued her chemistry studies as a Fulbright scholar, and has received her PhD from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  She came to UW-Parkside in 1985 as an Associate Professor and became a Professor in 1990.  She remained in this position until her retirement on September 1, 2016.  She was granted two sabbatical leaves, at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and at Northwestern University.

At this time she has over 150 publications, including three books and three patents, in the fields such as organic reactions mechanisms, chemistry of natural products, organic reactions in water and in the solid state, astrobiology, green chemistry, and chemical education.  She has also presented over 180 papers at the professional meetings. In 1992 she received UW-Parkside Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.  In 2002 she was inducted in the Southeastern Wisconsin Educators’ Hall of Fame, and in 2013 she has received Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award.  From 2007-2008 she was a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar. She has edited two books: “Teratogens, Chemicals Which Cause Birth Defects” (Elsevier Publisher, 1988, 2nd Edition in 1993) and “Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach” (CRC/Francis and Taylor Publisher, 2014).  Most recently, her book “Green Organic Chemistry and its Interdisciplinary Applications” was published by the CRC /Francis & Taylor Publisher (in May of 2016).  This past academic year Prof. Kolb served as the Director of the Center for the Environmental Studies. Her major hobby is music. She plays second violin in Parkside Symphony and Community Orchestra and occasionally in the Racine Symphony Orchestra.  

Prof. Vera Kolb has involved many students in her research. Read full article

Dr. Noto earns National Geographic Society grant

Melissa Acosta, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside biological
sciences and pre-med student from Waukegan, Ill., is part of a fossil dig supported by the National Geographic Society. UW-Parkside Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Chris Noto (pictured above) received the $30,000 grant to continue work originally started in 2003. Noto was first involved in 2010.

Acosta is receiving support from the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP), a program supported by the National Science Foundation that provides financial assistance to undergraduates involved in summer research.

"These conservation efforts are important for supporting the ongoing work at the AAS, but the rapid pace of development in the area means the long-term future of the site and its fossil resources is less certain," Noto said. "Therefore it is critical that we collect as many fossils and other data as possible now while continuing to demonstrate the scientific, educational, and cultural value of this site to the community."

Read complete article from Parkside News, Published June 23, 2016

Click here to listen to Dr. Chris Noto describe the signifigance of the Arlington Archosaur site.

Register for the Alumni Event

UW-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) Advisory Board is hosting the Second Annual Alumni Celebration!

Saturday Afternoon: September 24, 2016

Come and mingle with fellow CNHS alumni, current students, faculty, special guests and our hosts, the CNHS advisory board. Enjoy family activities, food, beverages, music, and an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates.

Reception: Student Center Terrace and Den
3 pm - Family Activities
4 pm - Appetizers, Cocktails, and Silent Auction
5 pm - Brief Program: Dr. Bryan Lewis, Master of Ceremonies


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Faculty Research: Dr. Sylvia Beyer

Retirement: Dr. Vera M. Kolb

Dr. Noto earns National Geographic Society grant

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New Program: Master of Health and Wellness Management


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