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Tip Sheet for week of Oct. 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

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Volunteers from the campus and Eau Claire communities will gather this week for a "Help Clean Up the Confluence" event. Volunteers will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, near the Haas Fine Arts Center sculpture garden to get maps and supplies. Organizers say their goal is to bring people together to help preserve the beauty of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers. For details, contact Martin Goettl at or 715-836-4709.

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A student has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious National Center for Environmental Research Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship for Undergraduate Environmental Study. Junior Rachael Korinek, an environmental public health major, is one of just 40 undergraduates in the country selected for the fellowship. The award, which includes a paid summer internship at an EPA facility, is worth up to $48,900. Korinek's application focused on her battle with late-stage Lyme disease. After being chronically ill and undiagnosed for five years, Korinek dropped out of college. In 2011 she was diagnosed and started treatment; after a few months she began classes at UW-Eau Claire. The fellowship program encourages students to continue their education and to pursue careers in environmental fields. The program is part of an effort to help ensure that the United States meets its current and projected human resource needs in the fields of environmental science, engineering and policy. For details, contact Rachael Korinek at

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A presentation this week will help educate people about how genes affect their lives and the role that genetic counselors play when genetic tests are done. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Schofield Auditorium with a lecture by guest speaker Audrey Norby, a genetic counselor at the University of Michigan. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with UW-Eau Claire faculty, including Dr. Julie Anderson, associate professor of biology; Dr. Kristin Schaupp, associate professor of philosophy; Dr. April Bleske-Recheck, associate professor of psychology; and Dr. Charlene Burns, professor of religious studies. Panelists will discuss how their disciplines view genetics. For details, contact Eric Jennings at 715-836-4076 or

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The "Run For Your Life!" Halloween 5K run will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The untimed run will be held on the Putnam Park trail. Actors will hide along the course waiting to scare runners. Runners are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Participants will meet at Towers Hall Commons. Proceeds from this year's event will go to the Susan B. Komen Foundation in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For details, contact Noah Wiedenfeld at

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Hundreds of parents will participate in a variety of Parents Weekend events Oct. 26-28. Events range from on-campus entertainment to bike and bus tours of Eau Claire. For a schedule of events, see the Parents' Weekend website.

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