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Tip Sheet for week of Nov. 19

November 19, 2012

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UW-Eau Claire's seven-person China delegation will be back on campus this week after spending two weeks in Hong Kong, Shanghai and other parts of China. The delegation, led by Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet, included a journalism student as well as faculty and administrators. The group met with UW-Eau Claire alumni in China, as well as Chinese university students and administrators, leaders at businesses with Wisconsin connections and others. To discuss the trip, contact Interim Chancellor Bousquet at 715-836-2327 or

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Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, will celebrate his 30th year teaching at UW-Eau Claire as a Fulbright scholar in Hungary. He will conduct research at Karolyi Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. He also will teach a class on American Indian history and U.S. immigration history with a focus on the 4 million persons who emigrated from Austria-Hungary to the U.S. He will begin his teaching duties at Karolyi Gaspar University in January 2013, and the Fulbright fellowship runs through May 2013.Oberly, who is currently a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Population Research Center in New York City, is the sixth UW-Eau Claire faculty member to be named a Fulbright scholar since 2007. The highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research. You can reach Dr. James Oberly at

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A senior creative writing major from Rice Lake has taken her love of writing out of the classroom and into the literary world. Patty Benson recently has had two children's books published. In "The Nameless Child" she combines her passion for writing and her American Indian studies minor to tell the story of a Native American boy who finds himself on a journey to discover his name sooner than expected. Benson got the idea for the book after a friend told her his Native American naming story. In "Pretty Little Gipsy," she tells the tale of a little girl defying cultural norms to make her own way in the world. The book is being illustrated and will be published by the end of the year. You can reach Patty Benson at

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UW-Eau Claire alumna Dr. Erica Barrette, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, will present "The da Vinci Surgical System" Wednesday, Nov. 21, as part of UW-Eau Claire's "Ask a Scientist" series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Dr. Barrette will discuss the technology and future of the da Vinci Surgical System, a device that creates a robotic miniature extension of a surgeon's hands, allowing the manipulation of tiny, delicate instruments through a small incision with a great degree of accuracy. She also will discuss what patients could expect if the device were being used to help them. The "Ask a Scientist" program is free and open to the public.

Calendar notice

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. University offices will be open Friday, Nov. 23, during regular business hours. Classes will resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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