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March 1 - June 9

small problems, BIG TROUBLE Exhibition

An Art and Science Gallery Exhibition of Seemingly Small Problems Leading to Big Threats

Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center
Intersection of Hwy 59W and Hwy 83N, Genesee Depot, Wis., 53149

Free and open to the public by appointment.

Sponsored by Carroll University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

For more information or to schedule a viewing, contact:
Brooke McBride
Coordinator, Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center

small problems, BIG TROUBLE (spBT) is an exhibition of 28 paintings by UW-Fox Valley Art Professor Judith Waller, accompanied by text panels written by Earth Scientist Dr. James A. Brey and several science researchers and educators.

Through spBT, Waller, Brey and their collaborators suggest that this work can lead to individual and collective planning and action of the most useful sort when it comes to our relationship with the natural world.

The paintings are each the size of a mirror, a symbol suggesting the problems depicted are those we increasingly need to face and which note our collective reflections of shared current and future reality. Naturalistic rendering and abstract form in the art helps reach a broad audience including those familiar with art and those familiar with science. The goal is that gallery visitors gain greater appreciation and understanding of both, and of the sober content of the show as a whole.

Learn more about the project contributors:

Dr. Chris Barry received his B.Sc. (Honors) in Genetics from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and subsequently received his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). He is currently an assistant scientist in regenerative biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John Beaver is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, in Menasha, Wisconsin. He has a B.S. in physics and astronomy from Youngstown State University and a PhD. in astronomy from Ohio State University. In addition to UW – Fox Valley, he has taught physics or astronomy at Youngstown State University, Ohio State University, Denison University and Wichita State University. His art photography has been shown widely in juried exhibitions in Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio and New York.

Jim Brey is the Director of the Education Program at the American Meteorological Society and Emeritus Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. At U.W. he taught a wide variety of Earth science and geography courses including Art and Earth Science in Italy, an interdisciplinary study abroad course, and Learning and Speaking about the Environment; an Interdisciplinary Learning Community. He contributed to the development of AMS Weather Studies, Ocean Studies, Climate Studies, and the AMS Water in the Earth System courses. He participated in the ORION conferences focusing on ocean education issues and served on the International Ocean Observing System Key Messages and Themes Committee. He was a participant on expeditions and workshops during 2010-2011 on the scientific drillship JOIDES Resolution in the Pacific and Caribbean. In 2011-12 he collaborated with Judith Waller on an Art and Science educational project and traveling exhibit entitled ‘Layers: Places in Peril’ an evocative new approach to educate the public about the impacts of natural and human caused hazards on the built and natural environments. He considers himself to be a broad field Earth system scientist and geographer. Brey is considered an expert in climate science, hazards, the intersections of art and science, progressive educational delivery methods and the latest in pedagogical and technical innovation. He also is committed to further development of programs that will enhance Earth and environmental science awareness and literacy. He has published and presented on new education and training approaches, work force development in Earth science fields, Earth and environmental hazards and the use of Geographical Information Systems in hazard mitigation, telecommunications and agriculture. He is the recipient of numerous education related awards and honors including the Carnegie CASE Wisconsin Professor of the Year Award, the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Rotary Club Cutting Edge Award and the U.W. Fox Valley Professor of the Year Award. Brey obtained his Associate of Arts degree from the UW Colleges Sheboygan Campus and his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Erin DeMuynck joined the faculty of UW-Fox Valley after receiving her PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois in 2014. Erin specializes in urban, social, and cultural geography. Her current research investigates what constitutes a city as “a good place to live.” She is examining assumptions and outcomes of urban policy discourses, theories, and best practice models and the ways they converge with and/or diverge from notions of quality of life held by diverse social groups. Prior to entering academia, Erin was a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and worked as a park planner and economic development practitioner.

Jamie Douglas is a licensed Professional Engineer with a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a background in hydrology. She is an Assistant Professor of Engineering with the UW Colleges.

Doug Fowler was born in what was Ohio’s steel producing region. He studied geology at the University of Montana and later physics, astronomy and mathematics at both Western Washington and Youngstown State Universities. He has taught at both Youngstown State and the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley. He continues to teach astronomy at Youngstown State. He is also an environmental educator and activist.

Caroline Geary is a Ph.D. chemist whose dissertation was funded, in part, by the Office of Naval Research to explore novel molecular recognition elements for detection of lead in bilge water. She currently teaches chemistry at UW-Fox Valley where she enjoys working in a vibrant liberal education environment.

Teresa Gonya is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Campus.

An avid virologist, basketball fan, world traveler, orchid grower, photographer and beer lover, Dave Hall grew up in the basketball Heartland – Indianapolis, Indiana. He got his B.S. in Chemistry at Butler University in Indianapolis. He did his Ph.D. and post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently teaches chemistry and biochemistry at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI where he carries out research on how the common cold virus triggers asthma exacerbations.

Michael Hamburger has been a professor of Geological Sciences at Indiana University since 1986. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics at Cornell University and his undergraduate training in Environmental Sciences and Russian Studies at Wesleyan University. His research interests center on the relation of earthquakes to global geological processes, earthquake hazards, and volcanic activity. He is the author of over sixty papers on seismology, volcanology, tectonics, hazard mitigation, and earth science education. His research in seismology and volcanology has included field investigations in Alaska, the Philippines, the South Pacific, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the central U.S., including a current project that involves deployment of 140 seismic instruments across the Midwest. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Nice (France), the UNAVCO Consortium, and the U.S. Geological Survey. He has also served as Associate Dean of the Faculties and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Indiana University. His teaching ranges from introductory-level courses on earthquakes and volcanoes to advanced courses in volcanology, seismology, and plate tectonics, as well as field courses in the Sierra Nevada and Hawaii. He has been a leader in science outreach, including the PEPP Earthquake Science Program, which brings research-quality seismic instruments to schools and museums throughout the region. Hamburger has also taken on a leading role in developing the IU Office of Sustainability, the result a major campus initiative that links academic, operational, and residential programs related to environmental stewardship, and a new undergraduate program in Environmental & Sustainability Studies.

Professor Steve Hovan is Chairperson of the Geoscience Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan in 1993 and for the past 20 years has developed and enjoys a strong commitment to undergraduate education through teaching and research experiences. He has recently served on the Science Evaluation Panel and U.S. Advisory Committee for Ocean Drilling and as panel reviewer for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program of the National Science Foundation. In the lab, his interests surround the paleoclimatic record of continental sediment input to the deep sea, particularly those involving eolian dust transport to map zonal winds patterns and understand how changing wind patterns are related to Earth’s climate system. Over the years he has sailed on more than 19 oceanographic research cruises to the Pacific and Atlantic providing expertise with coring and sediment description/interpretation and serving as the faculty research mentor to undergraduate students. He has received funding from a variety of sources through the years including the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania Dept Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the Texas A&M Research Foundation. Most recently, he has been working to develop the “Sustainable Energy” research cluster at IUP whose work involves multidisciplinary contributions to the regional shale-gas industry. Currently he is working with faculty from Geography, Physics, and Safety Sciences to identify and define abandoned gas/oil wells in western PA and assess hydrocarbon leakage. In 2007 he was named Distinguished University Professor at IUP.

Beth A. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. She earned her Ph.D. in Geology from Northern Illinois University, specializing in Quaternary Geology. In particular, she is interested in how glaciers changed the landscape of the Upper Midwest. She also has academic interests in Geoscience Education as well as the History of Geology. A proud native of Illinois, she grew up along the Mississippi River and likes to point out that the state is more than just the city of Chicago. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, and singing, the latter leading to her involvement with newVoices, a semi-professional choir in northeastern Wisconsin.

Dubear Kroening received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and is currently an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Fox Valley.

Celeste Lehrer has raised Monarch caterpillars in elementary classrooms for over 25 years. The decline has been dramatic in the search and rescue of this insect. Celeste graduated from the University of Wisconsin -Madison with a bachelor’s degree in science.

Gabrielle Lehrer-Brey is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc with an Associates of Arts and Science, and of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She currently works as an Associate Research Specialist in the Virology field at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Evelyn Li wears several hats at UWFox: instructional technologist, webmaster, IT helpdesk supervisor and computer science lecturer. Her daily tasks require her to work closely with faculty, staff and students on campus or in cyberspace. She thinks that one of her crimes in the cyber world is that she updates her computer, tablets, and smartphone regularly. Yes, she is one of the e-wasters. Evelyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan. She also earned her Master of Science degree in Computers in Education from Bank Street College in New York City.

Joy Perry, M.S. University of Wisconsin – Madison in Plant Pathology and Integrated Pest Management, is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley. She taught general biology, botany, ecology, and environmental science for more than 20 years. She has been active in local, state, and national environmental and community development organizations, and is especially passionate about issues in sustainable food production and water quality.

Martin Rudd, the Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley earned his B.Sc. degree (Hons, First Class, 1991) in chemistry and a Ph.D. degree (1994) in inorganic chemistry from the University of Warwick, England, consistently one of the UK’s top ranked universities.

He spent a year as a Royal Society European Exchange Programme Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Bergen (Norway) researching the structures of selenium and tellurium complexes with Professor Steinar Husebye. In 1996, he took a Robert A. Welch Post-Doctoral Fellowship to study at Baylor University with Professor F. G. A. Stone. From 1997 – 2002 he was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he also held summer visiting appointments at Iowa State University (1998, 1999, 2001), UCLA (2000 as a NSF Solid State Materials Fellow) and UC-Santa Barbara (2002). In 2000, he was awarded Northwestern State’s “Mildred-Hart Bailey” Award for his contributions to undergraduate research.

Jodi Sedlock, Associate professor of biology at Lawrence University, has been studying bats and participating in conservation initiatives in Southeast Asia for the past 19 years. Most of this research has been conducted in the Philippines; however, her conservation collaborations have recently taken her and her students at Lawrence University to Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition to biodiversity conservation and bat research, her B.A. in Fine Arts has inspired her to continue to seek out ways to use art as a vehicle to communicate science. Given this, she is thrilled to participate in this exciting art-science collaboration.

Eric Tollefsrud, P.G. Is a professional geologist working in the field of groundwater remediation. A resident of Minnesota, he received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Nebraska and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas. During his 25-year career he has specialized in investigating and cleaning up hazardous chemicals in the soil and groundwater environment at project sites across the U.S.

Teresa Weglarz earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology and is now an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley. She teaches Environmental Science, Ecology, Introductory Biology and Heredity and is actively involved in promoting environmental sustainability on campus. As a kid, she spent countless hours swimming and fishing in Belleville Lake and Lake Huron in Michigan.

After spending his childhood in Minnesota, the Bahamas, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin, Bob Wise received his B.S. degree (biology) from UW Stevens Point in 1977 and his Ph.D. (plant physiology) from Duke University in 1986. He held several research and teaching positions at the University of Illinois, and he has been on the faculty at UW Oshkosh since 1993.

Judith Baker Waller is a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and has featured environmental issues in her work for many years. Since the mid-1990s, she has engaged in collaborative work in both her art and teaching with individuals whose focus is in other disciplines, primarily the natural sciences. Since 2010, Judith Waller has worked with project partner Dr. James A. Brey, Director of Education at the American Meteorological Society in Washington D.C. and UW-Fox Valley Emeritus Professor on Layers: Places in Peril, an on-going educational exhibition of Waller’s paintings and Brey’s scientific text. Layers is focused on particular places in the world confronting catastrophic loss or change.

Two past interdisciplinary art/music projects were co-produced with UW-Fox astronomy physics professor John Beaver and composer, improvisational musician and Lawrence University and Renaissance school instructor Matt Turner. These productions, Keeping Time and Emergence: Into the Black, were designed for and presented in the Barlow planetarium on the UW-Fox Valley campus in Menasha.

The artist emerged in St. Louis, Missouri. As Judith Baker, she earned two BFAs at Wichita State University; one in Painting and Drawing and another in Art History and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University-Bloomington. She taught in a number of institutions (four states total) before settling in Wisconsin.


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