Weight Stigma in Health and Fitness Settings

(1) Evaluate names and descriptions of fitness classes for evidence of weight inclusivity versus weight-centric focus; and/or
(2) Explore prevalence and content of weight-inclusive or weight-neutral articles in kinesiology academic and practitioner publications (e.g., research journals such as Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise and applied journals such as ACSM Health & Fitness); and/or
(3) Explore the availability and content of weight-inclusive or weight-neutral applied fitness resources (e.g., websites, blogs, podcasts).

Web Servers for Computing Electrostatic Solvation Energy of an Ion Channel Protein

We plan to update our two existing web servers, SDPBS (https://web.uwm.edu/sdpbs/) and SMPBS (https://web.uwm.edu/smpbs/), so that they include one new application of SMPBES in the calculation of pKa values. We then will establish a new web server for public to use our recently developed nonuniform size modified Poisson-Boltzmann ion channel (nuSMPBIC) model, an effective nuSMPBIC finite element iterative algorithm, and a related highly efficient software package for the calculation of electrostatic salvation free energies for a voltage-dependent anion channel in a mixture of multiple ionic species. This nuSMPBIC model and solvers have been published in the Journal of Computational Physics.

Consolidating and Deepening the Green Building Data Base

Starting in 2021, I have been working with SURF students and the students in several classes to assemble an extensive database of green buildings in North America and Germany. In the last year, this database grew substantially but incompletely- both because I once again spent April – June in Germany seeking out new cases and because the data base was used as the vehicle for teaching three courses in AY22-23, with students building these cases as their primary class activity. We now need to focus on consolidating these profiles and revisiting our template for creating new case studies to better reflect the diversity of topics represented by these new additions. The objective for the Fall of 2023 will be to revisit the KEYWORDS section of the entire data base to both add topics and standardize keywords that have been used in the past. This will require revisiting a significant number of cases to add a consistent level of detail to each file.