Vol. 55, No. 26Tenth Week • Spring Semester • March 25, 2008

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Math professor, chair Andrew Balas dies

Mike Dorsher receives Fulbright Scholar award

Cuban activist Ramón Colás to speak today

Science faculty to present community events

Jazz Festival to feature all-star lineup March 27-30

Expert to discuss language usage in science

Student Development and Diversity Recognition Awards nominations due
April 3

Photo exhibit features archeological sites

Senior Americans' Day receives commendation

Photo corner: While you were out


Mathematics professor Andrew Balas dies

Andrew Balas
Dr. Andrew J. Balas

Dr. Andrew J. Balas, UW-Eau Claire professor of mathematics and former chair of the mathematics department, died Wednesday, March 19, in Eau Claire after a yearlong battle with lymphoma.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, with a potluck dinner to follow.

Dr. Balas joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty 1984 as an assistant professor of mathematics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and then to professor in 1997. During his 24 years at UW-Eau Claire, his areas of interest have included differential geometry, complex analysis and teacher education.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Balas of Mondovi; two children, Willow Balas and Pippin Balas, both of Mondovi; a sister, Linda Balas Jones of Los Angeles; three brothers, Bruce (Judy) Balas of Omena, Mich., Dennis (Jackie) Balas of Seven Lakes, N.C., and Clark (Diane) Balas of Kalamazoo, Mich. Read a full obituary and memorial information. Go to top of page

Mike Dorsher receives Fulbright Scholar award

Mike Dorsher
Mike Dorsher

Dr. Mike Dorsher, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of communication and journalism, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2008-09.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dorsher will be the McGill University Research Chair in Health, Indigenous Populations, Media and Education. He will be based in Canada, working from McGill University, a leading English-speaking university in Montreal. The title of Dorsher's research project is "Wal-Mart in the Media of Canada and the United States: From the Blogs of Arkansas to the Pages of La Presse." Full story. Go to top of page

Cuban activist Ramón Colás to speak today

Ramon Colas
Ramón Colás

The Spanish Business Association at UW-Eau Claire will host a presentation, to be conducted entirely in Spanish, by Cuban political activist Ramón Colás from 5-6 p.m. today in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

Colás is the founder of the Cuban Independent Libraries Project and director of the Mississippi Consortium for International Development in Jackson, Miss.

Since 1994, Colás has been one of the leaders of the growing pro-democratic movement in Cuba. In 1998, he founded the Cuban Independent Libraries Project following Fidel Castro's declaration that in Cuba there were no prohibited books. Today, the project includes a network of more than 100 libraries throughout the island.

After repeated harassment and arrests in Cuba, Colás went into exile in the United States in December 2001. Full story. Go to top of page

Science faculty to present community events

Jim Phillips Doug Dunham
Dr. Jim Phillips
Dr. Doug Dunham

• 'Ask a Scientist' series begins Tuesday: Several UW-Eau Claire scientists will share their expertise with the Chippewa Valley through a new community event called "Ask a Scientist."

The first "Ask a Scientist" event — slated for 7 p.m. tonight at The Acoustic Café — will feature Dr. Doug Dunham, associate professor of physics and astronomy. Dunham will give a 30-minute presentation on nanotechnology and then take questions from the audience.

"Ask a Scientist" talks, planned monthly in March, April and May, will be geared toward the educated layperson on topics of current interest. The April 8 event will feature Dr. Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry, speaking on global climate change. Full story.

James Boulter
Dr. James Boulter

• Global climate change to be Wednesday's 'Let's Do Lunch' focus: A UW-Eau Claire atmospheric chemist will discuss current scientific thoughts on global climate change during an Alumni Association "Let's Do Lunch" session from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.

Dr. James Boulter will present "Climate Change: A Scientist's Perspective" at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. He will challenge some of the public and media's misconceptions about global climate change and discuss his research relating to the global climate. Full story. Go to top of page

Jazz Festival to feature all-star lineup March 27-30

Jazz in the Valley, a monthlong celebration of music, art, and events leading up to UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Festival, also continues this week. More information.
Nnenna Freelon Benny Golson
Nnenna Freelon
Benny Golson
Dave Weckl Chris Brubeck
Dave Weckl
Chris Brubeck

UW-Eau Claire will host its 41st annual Jazz Festival March 27-30. The Jazz Festival, one of the oldest and largest jazz events in the nation, includes critiqued performances, topical clinics, vocal and instrumental master classes, and concerts featuring distinguished jazz artists.

This year, the guest artists are five-time-Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, saxophone legend Benny Golson, Hall of Fame drummer Dave Weckl and trombonist Chris Brubeck with Triple Play.

The UW-Eau Claire Artists Series will present Freelon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Zorn Arena. (Read more about the Artists Series performance.) Golson and Weckl will be the featured artists at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. The State Theatre will host trombonist Chris Brubeck with Triple Play at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Read more about the Jazz Festival. Go to top of page

Expert to discuss language usage in science

Dr. Matthew Nisbet
Dr. Matthew Nisbet

Dr. Matthew Nisbet, an internationally known social scientist, speaker and writer, will present "Consensus and Conflict in Communicating Science" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall at UW-Eau Claire.

Nisbet studies the ways in which language usage in science can shape the attitudes of the public. His message — that science must be "framed" for the public to ensure science-friendly policies — has itself become a controversy among scientists and science communicators.

Nisbet is a professor in the science of communication at American University in Washington, D.C.  His blog, "Framing Science," was recognized as one of the Web's top political blogs by the New York Daily News. Full story. Go to top of page

Student Development and Diversity
Recognition Awards nominations due April 3

SDD awards artThe Office of Student Development and Diversity invites UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff to nominate colleagues who exhibit exceptional commitment to student development and learning for  Student Development and Diversity Recognition Awards, to be presented April 16. This is the fourth year of the awards program.

These awards recognize people who have shown exemplary efforts in facilitating the intellectual and personal development of students and in promoting diversity on campus. Awards will be given in the following areas: Student Development and Diversity Unclassified Staff Excellence, Student Development and Diversity Classified Staff Excellence, Student Organization, University Excellence, Student Assistant, Diversity Teacher/Scholar and Diversity Advocate.

To nominate someone for any of the awards, complete the nomination form and attach your recommendation, which should speak to how the nominee exhibits the criteria listed for that particular award. Submissions should not exceed three pages. One individual may make nominations for multiple awards. See award criteria and nomination form. For additional information, contact Amy Hobbs at hobbsaj@uwec.edu or 836-5992. Go to top of page

Photo exhibit features archeological sites
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UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library and the department of geography and anthropology have collaborated to present an exhibit of photographs of archaeological sites provided by the University of Hartford Art School titled “Sanctuaries from Asia to the Americas.” This Minnie Goldenberg photography exhibit celebrates the work of University of Hartford students Sarah Rutman, Jessica Hartke, Lenny Schwartz, Rosemary Ferreira and Dan Baird-Miller in Israel, Egypt, Mexico and Peru. The exhibit is housed on McIntyre Library's fourth and fifth floors. It will be on display through the end of spring semester. Go to top of page

Senior Americans' Day receives commendation
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Above left: Jeri Weiser of UW-Eau Claire Learning and Technology Services worked with Stan Hillestad and Dr. Stanley Monson during a class titled "I'm Not an Accountant — What Would I Ever Use Excel for?" at UW-Eau Claire's Senior Americans' Day March 20. At right, an event participant took advantage of the free blood pressure and cholesteral screenings offered by Luther Midelfort. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

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Julie Kremer from The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire pours wine for Senior Americans' Day participants during the "Wonders of Wine" workshop. Five hundred seniors participated in this year's Senior Americans' Day, which featured 51 exhibitors and involved 32 volunteers. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension has been awarded a certificate of commendation from Gov. Jim Doyle for the planning, sponsorship and support of Senior Americans' Day for the past 20 years.

Founded by the Aging Committee of the Mental Health Association in Eau Claire, Senior Americans' Day was designed to dispel the myths of aging; reinforce the positive aspects of aging; and provide information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults. Since 1998, more than 10,000 seniors have participated in the event, which features a variety of workshops, exhibits, health screenings and entertainment. Full story. Go to top of page
Photo corner: While you were out
Chippewa River snow scene
For those away from campus during spring break, UW-Eau Claire photographer Rick Mickelson, Learning and Technology Services, caught this image early the morning of March 18, when a late-winter snowfall created this peaceful scene along the bank of the Chippewa River on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Go to top of page


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