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Tip Sheet for week of Feb. 4

February 4, 2013

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Spring semester shows in L.E. Phillips Planetarium will begin this week. The planetarium helps visitors learn about space, the solar system and stars in the night sky. Presenters discuss sky motions, help visitors identify constellations and answer questions about astronomy. Dr. Lauren Likkel, professor of physics and astronomy, is the planetarium director. Shows scheduled for February are "Constellations, Myths and Legends" and "Lifestyles of the Stars." More information is available online or by calling 715-836-3148.

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UW-Eau Claire will host its annual Career Jumpstart event, a panel and networking opportunity for multicultural students, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The event will run from 5-7 p.m. in the Two Rivers Room of the Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire. Multicultural students will network with employers to learn about internships and job opportunities. Company representatives will serve on a career panel to a talk about how students can successfully market themselves to perspective employers. For details, contact Jane Holme at or 715-836-4542.

Visiting Expert

Michael Shermer will present "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts, Gods, and Aliens to Conspiracies, Economics, and Politics — How the Brain Constructs Beliefs and Reinforces Them as Truths" during a Forum presentation Wednesday, Feb. 6. Shermer, the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, writes a column for Scientific American and is executive director of the Skeptics Society. He has appeared on such shows as "The Colbert Report," "20/20," "Dateline," "Larry King Live," "Oprah" and others. He has been interviewed in documentaries aired on PBS, Discovery, the History Channel, the Science Channel and TLC. Shermer also was co-host and co-producer of the Family Channel television series, "Exploring the Unknown." His presentation at UW-Eau Claire will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Schofield Auditorium.

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Black History Month events will continue this week with a student panel Monday, Feb. 4. During the panel — "Why did I Come to UW-Eau Claire?" — students will discuss why they came to UW-Eau Claire, how they feel about the campus climate and what they love about the university. The session will run from noon-1 p.m. Monday in the Ho-Chunk Room, Davies Center. For more information about Black History Month, contact Demetrius Evans, Black Student Alliance president, at

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