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September 30, 2013

High percent of deer ticks in Wisconsin carry Lyme disease-causing bacteria
A faculty-student research team found that a significant number of deer ticks in Wisconsin carry Lyme disease-causing bacteria. Dr. Lloyd Turtinen, professor of biology, led the study, which examined the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative bacterial agent and insect vector of Lyme disease) in deer ticks. The researchers conducted a DNA analysis on 341 adult female deer ticks collected from 21 counties in Wisconsin. Dr. Turtinen developed a chemical process to extract the DNA from a deer tick. The process allowed researchers to determine if ticks carried the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Key findings from the study include:

  • An average of 35 percent of the deer ticks tested from 2010-13 test positive for the bacteria and insect vector of Lyme disease.
  • The prevalence of positive ticks significantly increased each year of the study, with more than 50 percent of the ticks testing positive in 2013. In 2010, the prevalence from all counties was 21.6 percent, which increased to 32.4 percent in 2011, 40.9 percent in 2012 and 51.2 percent in 2013.
  • Counties with the highest infected tick prevalence rates were Chippewa (66.7 percent), Dunn (44.4 percent) and Eau Claire (36.5 percent).

For more information, contact Dr. Lloyd Turtinen at or 715-836-3506.

Professor available to discuss Affordable Care Act
Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, associate professor and program director of Health Care Administration, is available to discuss the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Johs-Artisensi includes the ACA in several classes she teaches, including "Overview of the U.S. Health Care System: A Policy Perspective" and "Health Care Organization and Delivery." She's knowledgeable about aspects of the ACA that have been implemented and those scheduled for 2014. She can discuss how consumers and employers will be affected by ACA, and how changes have or may influence our health care delivery system. She also can discuss the challenges the health care system faced prior to the health reform debate and ACA legislation. You can reach Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi at or 715-836-3589.

Professors available to discuss U.S.-Iran relations
Two political science professors who co-authored an article on foreign relations between the U.S. and Iran are available to talk with the media. Dr. Stephen Hill and Dr. Ali Abootalebi teach classes dealing with world politics, international conflict and U.S. foreign policy. Both share an interest in U.S foreign policy toward Iran. Dr. Abootalebi was born in Iran; he came to the U.S. in 1977. Their article, "Diplomacy in the Service of Nonkilling: The Imperative for a U.S.-Iranian Rapprochement," focuses on potential for improved U.S.-Iranian relations. You can reach Dr. Hill at or 715-836-2092, or Dr. Abootalebi at or 715-836-5969.

The Forum kicks off with Holocaust survivor
Gerda Weissmann Klein's Forum presentation, "One Survivor Remembers," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Schofield Auditorium. Weissmann Klein is a Polish-born American writer and human rights activist. Her autobiographical account of the Holocaust, "All but My Life," was adapted for the 1995 short film "One Survivor Remembers," which received an Academy Award and an Emmy Award. She met her husband, Kurt Klein, on May 7, 1945, when as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army's 5th Infantry Division he liberated her and others from Nazi captivity.

Eau Queer Film Festival to celebrate diversity of LGBTQ communities this week
The Eau Queer Film Festival will take place Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 2-6, in Woodland Theater in Davies Center. The event will celebrate the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning communities through screening and discussing documentaries, features, comedies and shorts. For details, contact Lukas Boehning at boehnils@uwec.eduor 715-305-5017.

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