Vol. 54, No. 19Second Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 29, 2007

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Todd Wellnitz receives $740,000 NSF Career Grant

Study abroad program earns national honor

Program to serve young clients with Asperger's

Research examines success of Super Bowl-advertised movies

Students' research adds to Civil War knowledge

Campus Campaign: Promoting university-community discourse through the Chancellor's Fund for Community Dialogue

Black History Month kicks off this week

Author Michael Fedo to open spring Forum series

Social injustice to be guest speaker's focus Feb. 5

Blugold Organizations Bash, Community Action Day Fair encourage student involvement

Alumna to discuss recent Peace Corps experience

McIntyre Library offers start-of-semester tours

 

Todd Wellnitz receives $740,000 NSF Career Grant

Todd Wellnitz
Todd Wellnitz

A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation will enable Dr. Todd Wellnitz, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of biology, to study how much water a stream needs to maintain the ecosystem it supports.

Wellnitz received a five-year, $740,000 NSF Career Grant, which recognizes a young researcher's dual commitment to scholarship and education. Wellnitz's project, "Linking heterogeneity to the contributions made by species for ecosystem processes," will combine research and teacher education in Colorado and Wisconsin streams. Full story. Go to top of page

Study abroad program earns national honor
globeA national organization has recognized UW-Eau Claire's commitment to helping more undergraduate students study abroad.

UW-Eau Claire's "Education Abroad: Removing Barriers and Extending the Reach" program received an Honorable Mention in the study abroad category for the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education. It's one of four programs in the nation to receive the prestigious award.

"We have a very successful international program but several years ago we recognized that few students of color or students who major in education and nursing study abroad," said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. "We did research to determine what was keeping those students from having an international experience and then we developed the 'Removing Barriers' plan to address those issues." Full story. Go to top of page

Program to serve young clients with Asperger's

Kristine Retherford Angie Sterling-Orth
Kristine Retherford
Angie Sterling-Orth

This spring UW-Eau Claire's Center for Communication Disorders will launch a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to help area teens and young adults with Asperger's syndrome develop the skills they need to succeed in work and life settings.

Through the "Facilitating Functional Social-Communication Skills in Adolescents" program, faculty and graduate students in communication sciences and disorders will work directly with eight teens and offer support services to another 10 teens and young adults who have Asperger's, said Angie Sterling-Orth, a lecturer in the communication sciences and disorders department. Those receiving services will be between the ages of 14 and 24, she said.

The program, funded through a $60,000 grant from Wisconsin's Medicaid program, is unusual because it will be housed at UW-Eau Claire but will involve numerous community service providers, said Dr. Kristine Retherford, communication sciences and disorders department chair. Full story. Go to top of page

Chuck Tomkovick
Chuck Tomkovick
Rama Yelkur
Rama Yelkur

Research examines success
of Super Bowl-advertised movies

The best predictor of the overall success of a new movie advertised during the Super Bowl is the release date of the movie, according to new research by UW-Eau Claire marketing professors.

"We found that the further away the release date is from the Super Bowl, the more likely it is that the movie will be a U.S. box office success," said Dr. Chuck Tomkovick, who, with Dr. Rama Yelkur, has conducted extensive research on Super Bowl advertising since 1998.

In addition to the release date, other significant factors that help predict the total U.S. box office revenue of Super Bowl-promoted movies were USA Today's Super Bowl Ad Meter, which measures how a group of volunteers reacts to the ads, and the movie's production budget, Tomkovick said.

Research relating to how effective Super Bowl ads are has become increasingly important as the cost to advertise during the game has continued to climb in recent years, with 30-second ads now selling for more than $2.5 million, Yelkur said, noting that the rates have increased more than 5,000 percent since ads were sold for the first game in 1967. Full story. Go to top of page

Students' research adds to Civil War knowledge

history students with Robert Fogel
UW-Eau Claire student historians had the opportunity to meet with University of Chicago Professor Robert W. Fogel, the 1993 Nobel Prize winner in economics, during a trip to Chicago to present the results of their Civil War research. The research used data compiled by Fogel. Pictured from left to right with Fogel (far right) are students Jack Brooks, Nicholas Halter, Paul Huset, Joseph Carlson, Allen Ramsey and Adam Otto. (Contributed photo)

Student historians at UW-Eau Claire have come up with some new theories about why Confederate General Robert E. Lee was wrong when he advised against sending reinforcements to the Confederate garrison at Vicksburg in May 1863 during the American Civil War.

The students began the work in History 436, "Sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction," but did much of the work outside of the semester, said Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, who worked with them on the faculty-student collaborative research project using data compiled by University of Chicago Professor Robert W. Fogel, the 1993 Nobel Prize winner in economics.

The students met with Fogel and presented their findings to his colleagues at the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago on Jan. 19. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign: Promoting university-community discourse through the
Chancellor's Fund for Community Dialogue

This is the second in a series of articles exploring ways faculty and staff can support UW-Eau Claire's people and programs through Campus Campaign 2006-07.

'Empowering Lives Together' Campus Campaign logoWhen he arrived at UW-Eau Claire in June, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich challenged the university community to find ways to promote open community discourse on a wide variety of issues. He believes so strongly in this approach that he established the Chancellor's Fund for Community Dialogue as part of his inauguration celebration and committed his own gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for this fund. The Foundation board responded by designating $10,000 in honor of the chancellor's October 2006 inauguration to endow the fund and ensure its future. The fund will encourage campus initiatives focused on meaningful community discourse.

To foster community-university interaction through the new fund, an annual theme will be announced each spring for the next academic year, starting in May 2007 for the 2007-08 academic year. Departments, faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to plan activities reflective of the theme. Key activities on campus such as the opening meeting, faculty and staff orientation, Forum lectures and other public and university events also will incorporate the theme. Full story. Go to top of page

Black History Month kicks off this week
UW-Eau Claire will offer a varied lineup of presentations and activities in honor of Black History Month in February. The celebration will kick off a few days early, with several events on Jan. 30 and 31. Black History Month events during the coming week include:

Jabali Afrika
Jabali Afrika

   • Tuesday, Jan. 30: University Activities Commission concert, Jabali Afrika, 7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.

   • Wednesday, Jan. 31: Alumni Association "Let's Do Lunch" presentation, "Black Baseball and Beyond: Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson and Other Greats," with Mark Clark, professor of education; noon, Sweetwaters Restaurant.

   • Wednesday, Jan. 31: Noon and 1 p.m. African American history class presentations by Michael Fedo, who also will give an evening Forum presentation (see next item).

   • Wednesday, Jan. 31: Forum presentation, "A Life Informed by a Lynching," by Michael Fedo; 7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium (see related story below).

   • Thursday, Feb. 1: Office of Multicultural Affairs Black History Month reception, 3:30-5:50 p.m., Tamarack Room, Davies Center.

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' poster   • Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 1-4: University Activities Commission film, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," 6 and 8:30 p.m., Davies Theatre.

  • Monday, Feb. 5: University Activities Commission presentation, "12 Steps Toward Appreciating Diversity" with Mohammed Bilal; 7:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

More information about Black History Month events. Go to top of page

Author Michael Fedo to open spring Forum series

Michael Fedo
Michael Fedo

Duluth, Minn., native Michael Fedo, a former correspondent for The New York Times, will tell the 1920 story of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary moment of violence at his Forum presentation Wednesday at the UW-Eau Claire.

Fedo's program, titled "A Life Informed by a Lynching" - drawn from his book, "The Lynchings in Duluth" - will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. A coffee-and-cookies reception, also in Schofield Auditorium, will follow The Forum, and Fedo will be available to answer questions and to sign books.

Formerly a professor at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minn., Fedo has written five nonfiction books in addition to "The Lynchings in Duluth." His writings have appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Christian Science Monitor. Full story. Go to top of page

Social injustice to be guest speaker's focus Feb. 5
'Privilege, Power and Difference' graphicIssues of privilege, oppression and social inequality will be addressed during "Privilege, Power and Difference," a presentation by sociologist Allan Johnson at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre. The free event is open to the public.

Johnson, a writer, teacher and public speaker, has worked on unraveling the knot of social injustice since receiving a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. After almost 30 years of teaching, he now devotes himself to writing and public speaking and has worked with more than 150 schools and organizations in 34 states. Full story. Go to top of page

Blugold Organizations Bash, Community Action Fair encourage student involvement
Two UW-Eau Claire events this week will focus on encouraging student involvement in activities outside the classroom:

  • Blugold Organizations Bash logoThe Blugold Organizations Bash, a member recruitment fair for UW-Eau Claire student organizations, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Organizations that would like a table at the event must register by today at the Student Organizations Complex, 132 Davies Center. More information.

  • Community Action Fair posterVolunteer opportunities, internships and careers in the common good will be showcased at the Community Action Fair Thursday, Feb. 1. A collaborative effort of the Center for Service-Learning and the Activities and Programs office's Community Action and Lifelong Learning program, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. More information. Go to top of page

Alumna to discuss recent Peace Corps experience
Kristina Storck, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire French graduate, will give two presentations on her experience in the Peace Corps Thursday, Feb. 1, in Davies Center.

Storck, who worked in Kenya from 2004-2006 and now works as a recruiter with the regional Peace Corps office in Minneapolis, will have a booth at UW-Eau Claire's Community Action Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Zorn Arena, but she will make special presentations from 1-2 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center and from 4-5 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. She will share photos and information about her time working on HIV/AIDS awareness and poverty alleviation in Kenya and also will speak about the benefits of volunteering with the Peace Corps. Go to top of page

McIntyre Library offers start-of-semester tours
McIntyre LibraryThe McIntyre Library faculty invite UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students to take a short tour of the library at the start of the spring semester.

Tours will be offered this week and next at the following times: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 3 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and noon Thursdays. To join a tour group, meet in the Library Grand Corridor couch seating area outside the library, near the display cases. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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