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March 5 Tip Sheet

March 5, 2012

Story/Photo Idea

Art students are raising sustainability awareness by building 3-D sculptures entirely out of recyclables. The installations will be displayed March 5-9 throughout Davies Center. The project coincides with RecycleMania, a nationwide recycling contest. Forty-five students enrolled in a three-dimensional art course are working in groups of three on 15 installations. The sculptures are inspired by microbiology, insects and deep sea creatures. Displayed with each installation will be a list of the artists and a curator's note, including annotations about the environmental impact of waste minimization, recycling and composting. For details, contact Amy Zagar at or 715-892-1168.

Story Idea

When Gregory Kocken examined UW-Eau Claire's archived photograph collection last year, he found more than 2,000 photographic prints in folders and drawers. Kocken, head of Special Collections and Archives, now is organizing the collection and giving users easier access to the photos, many of which date back to university's earliest days. He is digitizing the images and creating Flickr sets based on the collection's themes. The galleries will be posted online, giving people the opportunity to view images that illustrate UW-Eau Claire's recorded history and culture. Special Collections and Archives, located on the fifth floor of McIntyre Library, serves nearly 1,000 university patrons and members of the public each year. For details, contact Gregory Kocken at or 715-836-3873.

Visiting Expert

Award-winning fiction writer Lorrie Moore will read at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Moore is the author of three short-story collections and three novels, including one that was named a 2010 finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Moore is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the REA Award for the Short Story. She also has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times and the Paris Review, among others. She is the Delmore Schwartz professor in the humanities at UW-Madison.

Campus Expert

Dr. Kim Pierson, professor of physics, will discuss a new, more efficient hybrid braking system at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the conference room of Towers Hall. Pierson will present "Harvesting electrical energy — a new braking system" as a part of Trash Talks, a lecture hosted by Housing and Residence Life's office of sustainability. Pierson will share information about sustainability issues, emphasizing regenerative braking technology and research into a more efficient system. Regenerative breaking systems use an electric generator to slow the vehicle and store the electrical energy in a battery so that it can be reused. A patent recently was issued to a company to use a new electrical energy storage system call a supercapacitor. The company claims the small SUV they are using could get 150 mpg. Pierson's research areas include renewable energy projects involving harvesting electrical energy from low-voltage sources and projects interfacing sensors with computers to reduce energy consumption in buildings. To discuss his research, contact Dr. Pierson at 715-836-5009 or

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