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Tip Sheet for week of Sept. 9, 2013

September 9, 2013

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Dr. Matt Jewell, an assistant professor in the Materials Science Center, received a $750,000 grant to fund faculty-student research that will seek to improve superconductor technology in the medical and science fields. The grant also will fund collaborative work with national laboratories and a research and development technology firm in River Falls, establishing new relationships between the university and the materials science industry. The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program is the first of its kind to be awarded to a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire. Jewell's research focuses on the mechanical properties of high-temperature superconductors, which are used to make the world's largest magnets. There search seeks to improve the mechanical performance of the conductor designs to increase stability and reliability as they are integrated into magnet systems. The project will help enable the creation of a new class of magnet. The large magnets are used in magnetic resonance imaging and large-scale scientific devices. The use of reliable superconductors can make the devices more accessible to medical centers and can allow scientific research facilities to perform beyond their current limitations. Jewell also is collaborating with Interfacial Solutions, a private company in Rivers Falls that specializes in innovations in the materials science field. For details, contact Dr. Matt Jewell at jewellmc@uwec.edu or715-836-3770.

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The Chippewa Valley Storytelling Festival for All Ages will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept.13-14, in Davies Center. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday in the Dakota Ballroom with "Friday the13th" storytelling. Storytellers, including students from the university's Children's literature classes, will share all kinds of mysterious and other-worldly stories: superstitions, trickster tales, ghost stories and more. On Saturday, Rob Reid will host "Family Storytelling" starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Dakota Ballroom. The festival's feature storytellers will share stories that whole families can enjoy. A complete schedule of festival events is available online.

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The Blugold Marching Band will perform this weekend at Chippewa Falls High School's home football game, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Friday's performance will be one of many by BMB this year. In the past decade the Blugold Marching Band has become one of the most active bands in the upper Midwest and the largest Division 3 band in the nation.

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