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Tip Sheet for week of Oct. 14, 2013

October 14, 2013

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Geographers from the Upper Midwest will be on campus Oct. 17-19 for the conference of the West Lakes region of the Association of American Geographers. Nearly 150 professional geographers, academics, and undergraduate and graduate students will attend. UW-Eau Claire will host the conference with the Association of American Geographers and will co-host special events with the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. The conference will include a morning workshop for K-12 teachers Oct. 19; talks by two award-winning authors — New York Times bestselling, local author Michael Perry and graphic novelist Gene Yang; and walking tours led by UW-Eau Claire geographers. Sessions that may provide story/photo opportunities include:

  • Walking tour of the Putnam Park, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, starting on the east side of Davies Center. The tour will explore the northwest end of the 200-acre park and will introduce the park's geomorphic setting (including a cliff-top view of the Chippewa River) and its biogeographic diversity. The tour will be led by geography faculty members Dr. Doug Faulkner, Dr. Garry Running and Dr. Harry Jol.
  • Opening presentation by Michael Perry, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Ojibwe Room, Davies Center. Perry, a New Auburn native, UW-Eau Claire alumnus and rural Wisconsin resident whose bestselling works include "Population 485," "Truck: A Love Story," "Coop" and "Visiting Tom," will discuss his Upper Midwest explorations of people and place.
  • "Settlement Geography of Eau Claire" walking tour, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, starting on the east side of Davies Center. The tour will be led by UW-Eau Claire geography faculty member Dr. Ingolf Vogeler.
  • Presentation by 2013 National Book Award nominee Gene Yang, 1-3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 19, in the Dakota Room, Davies Center. Yang's graphic novel "Boxers & Saints" is up for a 2013 National Book Award. His talk will explore issues of identity, race, heritage and perspective.

For details, contact Dr. Paul Kaldjian, chair of the geography and anthropology department, at 715-836-2321 or kaldjian@uwec.edu.

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The Chancellor's Centennial History Series will be presented periodically through 2015, the start of the university's centennial year. Dr. Robert Gough, professor emeritus of history, will present the first session of the series, "Harvey Schofield: From Tramp Athlete to College President," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Menominee Room, Davies Center. Schofield was the first president of what was then called the Eau Claire State Normal School. He led the school from 1915-1940. The first campus building, originally named Old Main, was renamed Schofield Hall in his honor after he died in 1941. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Gough at goughrj@uwec.edu.

Campus expert

"The Role of 'Frac' Sand in the U.S. Energy Portfolio" will be the topic of an "Ask a Scientist" presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology,will discuss unconventional hydrocarbon resources, primarily natural gas,and explain how these resources are a critical component in a changing national energy portfolio. "Ask a Scientist" talks are free and open to the public.

 

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