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Tip Sheet for week of April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

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Six students — including three from western Wisconsin — will present their research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni during "Posters in the Rotunda: UW Research Powers Wisconsin," Wednesday, April 17, at the Capitol in Madison. Student presenters from the area and their projects include: Jordyn Beranek, Rice Lake, music and theatre arts, "L'heure du Mystére: Cécile Chaminade in America"; Samara Gaitan, Arcadia, Dean of Students Office, "Blugold Beginnings Multicultural Learning Community: A Comparison of Campus Involvement and Persistence"; and Ashley Van Galen, River Falls, chemistry, "The Structural Characterization and Copper-binding Properties of Methanobactin Derivatives Isolated from the Methane-oxidizing Bacteria Methylosinus Trichosporium (mb-OB3b) and Methylocystis Strain SB2 (mb-SB2)." At UW-Eau Claire, 25 percent of seniors report working on a research project with a faculty mentor outside a course. For details, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, at or 715-836-3405.

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Events promoting appreciation for and education about Hmong culture and history continue this week. Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month events include:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 5-7 p.m., Towers Hall social lounge. Participants will learn to cook Hmong dishes.
  • Thursday, April 18, 5-7 p.m., Hibbard Hall, Room 102. Student researchers and community members will present their work regarding Hmong communities.

Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month was established by Mai Neng Vang, a senior psychology major from Eau Claire. Media can contact Mai Neng Vang at

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UW-Eau Claire's Pow-Wow will be held Saturday, April 20, in Zorn Arena. Doors will open to the public at noon, grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the feast will begin at 5 p.m. Indian Nations from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota will attend. The annual event provides an opportunity for Native American people to gather and celebrate the importance of their heritage and culture, and for UW-Eau Claire to recognize and honor its American Indian alumni. For details, contact Odawa White at 715-836-5840 or

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The leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture that aims to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities will give a Forum presentation, "The Good Food Revolution," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Schofield Auditorium. Will Allen is the founder of the nonprofit Growing Power, Milwaukee's only urban farm, an international model for intensive urban agriculture and community food systems. His work is guided by the recognition that the unhealthy diets of low-income urban populations, and such related health problems as obesity and diabetes, can be attributed to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. A 2008 MacArthur Fellow, Allen helped First Lady Michelle Obama launch "Let's Move," her national initiative to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America.

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