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'Ask a Scientist' series returns Oct. 17

October 4, 2012
Dr. Doug Faulkner and a student conduct a GPS survey of the lower Chippewa River.
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire scientists and other community experts will share their knowledge with the general public during the "Ask a Scientist" series.

Dr. Doug Faulkner, associate professor and chair of UW-Eau Claire's geography and anthropology department, will present "The History of the Lower Chippewa River" at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Faulkner is fascinated by rivers and the landforms they create. He is especially enthralled with the lower Chippewa River and the distinctive landscape of its valley. Faulkner's presentation will highlight the research that he and others at UW-Eau Claire are conducting to piece together the natural history of the Chippewa River and its valley from the time of the last Ice Age to the present.

"Ask a Scientist" will be held at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. Each event will include a 30-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session facilitated by the speaker.

The Nov. 21 event will feature a presentation titled "The DaVinci Surgical System" by Dr. Erica Barrette, a UW-Eau Claire alumna and obstetrician/gynecologist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

"Ask a Scientist" will not be presented in December. The series will resume Jan. 16, 2013, with a presentation titled "Fun with Liquid Nitrogen" by Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics and astronomy at UW-Eau Claire.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Thomas at


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