Using Stable Isotope Ratios to Determine Surface Water-Well Interaction at Cedarburg Bog

The interaction of surface and groundwater (e.g., the recharge of precipitation into the groundwater aquifer and the dynamics of groundwater levels) is of paramount importance in the sustainable use of groundwater resources and the prevention/remediation of groundwater contamination. The main objective of this research is to use stable isotope (i.e., H-2 and O-18) to quantify the dynamic interactions of surface and groundwater at Cedarburg Bog. Using the experimental data, the student will use appropriate hydrological models that he has learned in the Environmental Surface Hydrology class to simulate the interactions between surface water (including rainwater) and groundwater.

SHARP Literacy Program Pilot Evaluation

SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a program tailored to help K4 through fifth grade students build reading, writing and researching skills by using the visual arts as the primary tool for learning. During the 2017-2018 school year, SMART Literacy will pilot curricular updates with three Milwaukee Public Schools. This study surveys teacher and student participants to evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum updates and inform any further revisions before scaling up to all 35 Milwaukee area schools served by SHARP Literacy.
Of particular interest are teacher and student perceptions of SHARP Literacy, Inc.’s workshop leaders’ use of instructional strategies during field trips and classroom visits. These strategies include disciplinary literacy strategies, student engagement strategies, critical thinking strategies, and culturally responsive teaching through arts integration. 3rd-5th grade teachers whose classes participate in SHARP Literacy workshops will identify which strategies they saw used with their students. Selected teachers will be asked to participate in a follow up interview at the conclusion of the school year. Student participants will respond to brief short answer questions to describe their experiences.

UWM Outreach/ArtsECO

UWM ArtsECO is a social sciences research project that examines how programmatic supports affect student behavior (recruitment and retention) and teacher satisfaction (competence and confidence). Programming includes ArtsECO Pre-College, which brings Milwaukee area art-interested high school students onto the UWM campus for instruction in art and design, exposure to the rigor of college level art, and information on careers in the arts. UWM pre-service teachers includes the ArtsECO Interns and ArtsECO Fellows programs, as well as ArtsECO Teacher MeetUps. In-service teachers participate in ArtsECO Teacher MeetUps, ArtsECO Mentors, and the Art Teacher Certification Cohort (ATCC). Program effectiveness is measured through participant surveys, focus groups, and by tracking participation across programs over time. The goals for the program are to attract and retain teachers that are confident and competent to teach in and through arts and cultures