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Media Memo: Cutting-edge innovations focus of Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium at UW-Eau Claire July 21-22

July 18, 2014

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, University Communications director

DATE: July 18, 2014

SUBJECT: Cutting-edge innovations focus of Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium at UW-Eau Claire July 21-22

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be the site of the seventh annual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium July 21-22. The event, sponsored by the WiSys Technology Foundation, will showcase cutting-edge innovations — from nanotechnology to health care — and bring together researchers, entrepreneurs and investors from across the state. All sessions and presentations will be held in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center.

A nonprofit 503(c) supporting organization of the UW System, WiSys works with the 11 comprehensive UW System campuses and 13 UW colleges to facilitate technology and science research, protect and generate patentable discoveries, and foster career development and scholarship.

About 150 faculty, students, inventors and members of the business community are expected to attend the symposium. The event provides an opportunity for UW System researchers to network and partner with the business community and, in turn, advance the state and regional economy.

Members of the media are welcome to cover the Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium. Presenters of local interest include:

Zach Halmstad, 2004 UW-Eau Claire music graduate and co-founder/co-CEO of JAMF Software in Eau Claire, who will deliver the keynote address during the opening session at 9 a.m. July 21.

Also delivering remarks during the opening session will be UW System President Ray Cross and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt. Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor, will deliver closing remarks July 22 at 2:30 p.m.

UW-Eau Claire faculty members giving presentations are:

  • Dr. Jennifer Dahl, assistant professor of materials science, "Covalently cross-linked gold nanoparticle networks: Structural characteristics and applications in photovoltaics," July 21, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Dr. Michael Carney, associate vice chancellor for curriculum, internationalization and immersion, "Depolymerization of Polyesters and other compounds via various catalysts," July 21, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, assistant professor of materials science, "Smart Polymers: Switchable Systems for Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications," July 22, 9-10:30 a.m.

Presentation topics include cheese and dairy production (Michelle Farner, UW-River Falls, 9 a.m. July 22); paper processing and recycling (Roland Gong, UW-Stevens Point, 10:30 a.m. July 21, and Alex Rajangam, UW-Stevens Point, 9 a.m. July 22); and several related to environmental remediation and other green technologies (including Michael Carney, UW-Eau Claire, and Nick Robertson, Northland College/UW-Eau Claire graduate, 3:30 p.m. July 21). The symposium agenda provides a complete list of presenters.

Visit to learn more about the symposium. For assistance in covering the event, contact Julie Poquette, UW-Eau Claire director of University Communications, at or 715-836-3985.


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