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August 2017  |  Summer Update 

Student Success: Siva Shankar  
Physics Major and Published Undergraduate!

Siva Shankar, a physics major with a pre-health concentration and a passion for healthcare.

Physics major, Siva Shankar, is sharing his newest research project with us. Note, this in not the first research project for this ambitious, obviously intelligent, UW-Parkside senior. Last summer Siva focused his energy on the pendulum. Specifically “Damping of a simple pendulum due to drag on its string”, which he presented to the community on Science Night last May. He is also a published author on the subject. The opportunities this young man has created, with the support of his two advisors has been impressive. If you would like to hear more of Siva's story and meet him in person, please join us at the SC Johnson Integrated Lab opening.

One of the things that makes UW-Parkside unique is the research opportunities for undergraduate students. What has been your experience with this learning opportunity?

I definitely feel like research is amazing at Parkside. Being a smaller school, there's loads of contact with faculty, even on a day-to-day basis. That being said, approaching a faculty member about conducting research is extremely easy and rewarding.

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Dr. Melissa Gregg: Perception, Cognition, and Neuroscience Lab at UW-Parkside

Assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Melissa Gregg, with students.

In the Perception, Cognition, and Neuroscience Lab at Parkside, we investigate the psychological and neural mechanisms by which human listeners process auditory and visual information, including its perception, recognition, and encoding into memory.  To this end, we combine methods from neuroscience and cognitive psychology to explore how the human brain processes information. We have many ongoing research investigations, such as an examination of the capacity and fidelity of visual and auditory memory, the plasticity of sensory and memory systems, the time-course of information extraction from auditory and visual objects, neural processing involved in actual and illusory perception, the perceptual consequences of covert attention, and the psychological consequences of exposure to a virtual reality environment.

Parkside students play a big role in research in the lab: students present their research all over the country at conferences, are co-authors on scientific publications, and have received external and internal funding to conduct their research.



Dr. Zhaohui Li: Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award Winner - Twice!

Professor Dr. Zhaohui (George) Li, discussing his prolific research career.

A quick review of my research highlights starts at New Mexico Tech where I worked as a postdoc, for three years before I joined the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in the fall of 1998. During my 19 years career at Parkside, I published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 chapter articles, and received more than 10 fundings to study the interactions between Earth materials and contaminants. I received the Excellence in Research and Creative Activity award twice (in 2001 and 2011). 

Among the 150 plus papers, more than 60 UW-Parkside students (from geosciences, and biology) co-authored the published research. Many of these students were able to advance their studies at the masters’ or even at the Ph.D. education level. They were hired as researchers and in other professional jobs because of their hand-on training at UWP.

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SC Johnson Gift Supports Science Education

The SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab opening next Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Fisk Johnson and SC Johnson have announced a gift of $500,000 to support science education at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The donation is the largest single gift to the College of Natural and Health Sciences at UW-Parkside.

In recognition of the gift, UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford and her Leadership Cabinet approved naming the newly established science learning space in Greenquist Hall, the SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab.
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Join us next Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
Lab tours and equipment demonstrations will be available at that time. For more information contact Alyssa Williams at (262) 595-2189.


CNHS Annual Celebration

The College of Natural and Health Sciences invites you to attend the third community event. This event is intended to reconnect with alumni and to provide an opportunity for a fun evening for you and your colleagues and peers.  It is also a way to help support the College Advisory Board Scholarship fund and to offer networking opportunities for students. This year the event will take place on Thursday evening, October 12, 2017, at 5:30 and will be a sit-down dinner.  

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In This Issue

Student Success: 
Siva Shankar

Faculty Feature:
Dr. Melissa Gregg
Dr. Zhaohui (Geroge) Li 

SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab

Community Celebration: 


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