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COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

Watch for these Center for Biodiversity 20th Anniversary Events 2019 June • Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Bioblitz September • “Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection” Art Show Prairie Festival • Art Bomb in Arboretum October • Cofrin Arboretum Anniversary Commemoration 2020 January • Panama Field Course March • Cofrin Research Symposium April • Earth Caretaker Award in partnership with the Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI) • Academic Excellence Symposium May • Peregrine chick banding • Festival of Nature More events will be added including tours of the museum and hikes at the many natural areas. Look for a winter 2020 dedication event. Subscribe to the anniversary e-mail list to keep current of the anniversary events at www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/anniversary/.

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Joe Schoenebeck, UW-Green Bay’s ‘Science Guy’ Joe Schoenebeck will lay on a bed of nails or hit himself in the hand with a hammer (using a lead brick to absorb the energy). Anything to grab a future scientist’s attention and get a laugh along the way. If it is coming from Joe, a big, infectious laugh, all in the name of science. Schoenebeck is the laboratory manager for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, but he’s quickly earning a reputation as UW-Green Bay’s “science guy,” performing science demos for, well, anyone who will watch… elementary students, his UW-Green Bay peers, his own children, prospective and current college students, because, as he says, “everybody loves cool science demos.” This year, Schoenebeck took it to another level, with about 50 performances including a perfectly placed, event prior to the Weidner Center show, “Mayumana.” The results

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were shocking. Well, at least a bit staticky. The kids and parents were delighted. And in the year ahead, Schoenebeck said he won’t be surprised if he is asked to do 100 shows. He has a few favorites. The “drinking bird” which repeatedly dips its beak in water caused by a pressure change fueled by the evaporating water. “I think it is pretty amazing,” he says. “So many concepts packed into one seemingly (not actually) perpetual motion bird. It’s lots of fun.” Schoenebeck’s “pendulum wave” took him five hours to calibrate, but he says any preparation for experiments that astound his audience and get them thinking about the “whys” are worth it. “Getting anyone to think ‘why does that happen’ is always fun and I am always looking for new, safe, transportable demos that I can make,” he says. “I really do enjoy sharing my love of science.”

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