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Tip Sheet for week of Feb. 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

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Each semester, UW-Eau Claire's innovative Health Care for Immigrant and Local Farmers Clinical Immersion program sends senior nursing students to 10 western Wisconsin farms to provide health screenings, and to share health and safety information with immigrant and rural farm workers. The clinical provides an underserved population with health care services and gives nursing students an understanding of the diverse populations they may someday serve. All students in the program have some Spanish skills, and many have traveled or studied abroad in Spanish-speaking countries. Five to seven nursing students enroll in the clinical each semester. Students spend the first weeks of the semester creating health and safety related educational materials in English and then translating them into Spanish. They also research the immigrant worker population to educate themselves about the workers, their reasons for being here, and health and safety concerns often associated with the farm work they do. For the remainder of the semester, one day a week the students visit three or four farms where they do on-site screenings for blood and cholesterol levels; provide immunizations for influenza, tetanus and diphtheria; provide education about issues like diet, body mass and risks for cardiac disease; and provide agriculturally specific education on things like ergonomics, and hearing and respiratory protection. The nursing students meet with an average of 10 workers at each farm. Through the program, students gain an understanding of two cultures: the Hispanic culture and the rural culture. Many UW-Eau Claire nursing graduates go to work within 150 miles of Eau Claire, so many will work in rural areas where farms and other businesses employ large numbers of immigrant workers. As a result, nurses who speak Spanish and are comfortable interacting with the immigrant population are highly valued in health care organizations in Wisconsin and elsewhere. For details, contact Dr. Susan Peck at 715-836-5375 or, or Dr. Lisa Schiller at 715-836-4911 or

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The College of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Reaccreditation by AACSB is an affirmation of the quality of the university's College of Business faculty and staff and the undergraduate and MBA programs. AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business programs. UW-Eau Claire was first accredited by AACSB International in 1980. Schools must maintain their accreditations every five years.

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Dr. Matthew Jewell, assistant professor of materials, will present "A Brief History of Materials" Wednesday, Feb. 20, as part of the "Ask a Scientist" series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Jewell says many of the necessities and luxuries of modern life, like smart phones, are enabled because of advances brought by materials scientists. During his presentation, Jewell will discuss how the processing and use of materials has developed as well as the technologies it has enabled. He then will focus on how specific technologies in our century are enabled by materials advances and what open challenges remain for future materials development.

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