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The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the footbridge will be closed from late May to late August in both 2017 and 2018.More information
When UW-Eau Claire faculty and geography students joined an international research team that located a tunnel prisoners used to escape from the Nazis in Lithuania during the Holocaust, they accomplished much more than simply finding a hidden passageway. They helped to verify Holocaust survivors’ stories of their dramatic escape from an execution site where an estimated 100,000 people died during World War II.
Can the actions of one Blugold make an impact globally? Brian Kraegenbrink thinks so. After living with a host family in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, the UW-Eau Claire geography major now is considering how he can facilitate change through his day-to-day actions, as well as how he might use his college degree to make a difference in the lives of people living in underprivileged communities around the globe. His homestay was part of a three-week immersion program in Ecuador, an experience he says gave him a peek into the global capitalist system in which the world operates, and an up-close look at how consumer demand and westernization can leave some populations marginalized and living in poverty with little chance for change.
Hailey Nelson, a communication sciences and disorders major, knew she wanted to have an international experience during her college years, but with a packed schedule, finding time to study abroad was a challenge if she wanted to graduate on time. So when she discovered a three-week Winterim program in Ecuador she jumped at the chance to immerse herself in a new culture. The catch? The immersion program and prerequisite course, “Culture and Geography in Ecuador,” were clearly outside her usual academic sphere. She enrolled anyway, and soon discovered the impact the liberal arts could have on her future plans as a speech pathologist.
Several UW-Eau Claire faculty, students and alumni presented or were collaborators on research projects presented at the 2016 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Sept. 25-26 in Denver, Colorado.
Eleven Blugolds spent six days in Chicago working with the 2016 Chicago Marathon as part of a “Geography of the Marathon” class, giving them an appreciation of what is involved in producing a world-class sporting event that involves more than 40,000 athletes, a half of million spectators and a worldwide television broadcast.
Dr. Joseph Hupy’s work in the field of bombturbation is highlighted in Undark Magazine, a new digital science publication funded by the Knight Science Journalism Foundation. The profile tells the story of how, as a college student, Hupy was frustrated by the lack of information about the ways military battles change and shape the landscape and environment. He did his own research, and as a result, the field of bombturbation was born. Hupy now is an associate professor of geography at UW-Eau Claire.
Dr. Douglas Faulkner, professor of geography and anthropology, and several co-authors recently had a research article published.
As part of the Devroy Fellowship, Andee Erickson, a journalism and geography double major, will follow in the footsteps of many Blugold journalism students and have the opportunity to intern at The Washington Post in January.
When Alex Kleinschmidt struck up a conversation with Dr. Harry Jol during a class trip to the climbing wall on the UW-Eau Claire campus, the senior had no idea it would lead to joining a research team that would uncover a secret tunnel 80 Jews dug by hand to escape a Nazi extermination site in Lithuania 70 years ago.
Sam Loftsgaarden’s study abroad program at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland allowed him to explore new cultures and expand his circle of friends to include people from around the world. It also helped him decide on his future career.
Students interested in pursuing a career in the high-demand, cutting-edge geospatial analysis and technology fields will have a new program option at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
When Mattheus de Waard begins his internship with a Wisconsin business this summer it will be the second time the Blugold environmental geography major will put his skills to use in a real-world setting.
Alison Olmstead was preparing to study abroad in Scotland when she learned about an immersion trip to Guatemala focusing on social and environmental justice. So less than two weeks after getting back from Scotland, she left for Guatemala.
Emily Moothart has always been passionate about the environment, but it wasn’t until a sustainability course she took while studying abroad in Scotland that the Blugold knew she wanted to pursue a career in environmentalism.
UW-Eau Claire continues to help Wisconsin establish itself as a leader in finding market niches for unmanned aerial systems, while also giving Blugolds experiences that will prepare them to meet the growing demand for workers with geospatial skills.
Six alumni and one university staff emerita will receive awards Dec. 19 from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.
The West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers held its annual meeting at UW-Eau Claire this fall, bringing 114 students and 46 faculty to campus.
Syler Behrens won’t graduate from UW-Eau Claire until May 2016 but she’s already helping to shape how geospatial technologies will be used in the booming commercial unmanned aircraft systems industry.
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