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Tipsheet for Week of March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

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The Materials Science Center will host hands-on activities for kids and adults to learn about materials at the nanoscale from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Phillips Science Hall. Visitors can see the instrumentation used by scientists to investigate materials at the nanoscale. The event will bring university researchers together with science educators to create new and unique learning experiences for children and adults to explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces. Visitors will make some of their own nanomaterials, investigate super thin materials used in solar cell technology and change the color of a butterfly's wings. Other activities include an "I Spy Nano" game and real nano gold. NanoDays at UW-Eau Claire is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. For more information about NanoDays at UW-Eau Claire, contact Dr. Doug Dunham at or 715-836-5312.

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UW-Eau Claire will host the Arab World Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. Dr. James Gelvin will present "Making Sense of the Arab Uprisings," which will focus on recent democratic uprisings in Arab countries. Gelvin is a professor of history at UCLA, where he specializes in social and cultural history of the modern Middle East. This lecture series is designed to stimulate interest and strengthen knowledge about the Arab world. Gelvin also will present "Political Islam in a Time of Upheaval: A Historical Overview" at noon Wednesday, March 28, in Room 101 of Hibbard Hall. Gelvin's visit is sponsored by Arab Americans in the Eau Claire community and several UW-Eau Claire offices and programs. For details, contact Dr. Steve Fink, philosophy and religious studies, at 715-836-3167 or

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An educational researcher will offer practical steps for educators to nurture underserved students in their classrooms during the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture. Dr. Christine Sleeter, professor emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, will present "Nurturing Intellectual Work Where You Might not Always Expect to Find It" from 4-5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. Sleeter says teachers are students' most important resources for learning, and teachers can make significant differences in the lives of underserved students. She will debunk the notion that such students are difficult to teach or that problems in their home lives hinder learning. She will share strategies for teaching students from backgrounds of poverty or those from immigrant or minority families. While on campus, she also will lead a workshop for area educators and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff. The lecture series honors Martin Mogensen, a 1952 graduate who became one of the first victims of school shootings in the U.S. when he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he was principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson Brinkhaus, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and other family members and friends support the lecture series. For details, contact Dr. Marvin Lynn at lynnm@uwec.eduor 715-836-5832.

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The Student Senate Student Life and Diversity Commission will host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday March 28, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The event will focus on domestic hunger, its causes and consequences. The event will feature a free meal, guest speakers and a chance for students to connect with campus organizations that focus on topics related to domestic and global hunger. Attendees will be classified as low-, middle- or high-income, and will be served a meal according to their assigned income level. Speakers will be geography faculty member Jeff DeGrave, Rachel Keniston of the Community Table, and Christian Wise of Blugold Dining. They will address food security, food and injustice, global economics in relation to food imports and the importance of food education. Donations of clothing and nonperishable food will be collected, with clothing going to the Sojourner House, a new homeless shelter in Eau Claire that UW-Eau Claire students helped establish. For details about the event, contact Linda Lee Yeoi Lin at 715-461-0439 or

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