Vol. 52, No. 30Fifteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 2, 2005

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Students, faculty receive Research Day honors

OWL Award goes to James Oberly

Katherine Schneider receives WCB award

Alumni gift offers opportunities for biology students

Panel to discuss issues facing nation's uninsured

Book drives put used texts in new hands


Students, faculty receive Research Day honors

Jane-Marie Ovanin by Student Research Day display
Senior art major Jane-Marie Ovanin and faculty mentor Michael Christopherson received first-place honors for their project, "Continuing the Craft: Contemporary Metal Boxes," displayed during Student Research Day April 25-26. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

More than 400 students and faculty members participated in UW-Eau Claire's 13th annual Student Research Day April 25-26. Junior chemistry major Lori Scardino was named the recipient of the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship. Scardino worked with faculty mentor Scott Hartsel on a research project titled “Characterization of and Exploration of Applications for a Robust Series of Fluorescent Probes Based on the Naphthalimide Fluorophore." A seven-member judging panel also selected several research projects for special recognition. The following students and faculty mentors received first-place honors in their categories (see other Student Research Day winners on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Web site):

  • Arts and Humanities: Jane-Marie Ovanin with faculty mentor Michael Christopherson, "Continuing the Craft: Contemporary Metal Boxes."
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Meghan Swanson, Mark Remiker, Nicole Zeug and Andrew Rohloff with faculty mentor April Bleske-Rechek, "Happy Babies Make Men More Attractive: Evidence for Female Preferences for Parentally-Investing Men."
  • Business and Professional Studies: Rebecca Hutchinson, Danielle Aanenson and Lindsay Duwell with faculty mentors Ruth Cronje and Marc Goulet, "Regional Research and Evidence-Based Healthcare Practice in the Countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union."
  • Natural and Physical Sciences: Darin Mohr with faculty mentors Mohammed Elgindi and Robert Langer, "Finite Difference Solutions of a Linearized Version of the Heat Equation in a Molten Polymer Flowing in a Circular Tube."
  • Graduate Entries: Melisa Cushing Davis with faculty mentors Patricia Turner, Oscar Chamberlain and John Mann, "Chippewa Valley Rosies: The Economic, Social, and Cultural Impact of World War II on the Women of the Chippewa Valley." Go to top of page

OWL Award goes to James Oberly
Dr. James OberlyDr. James Oberly, UW-Eau Claire professor of history, is the 2005 recipient of the OWL award, recognizing an outstanding UW-Eau Claire faculty member who best exemplifies the art and science of teaching adult returning students. Oberly received the OWL Award at the Student Development and Diversity awards reception April 27. "The purpose of the OWL award is to recognize faculty who genuinely value 'older, wiser learners' in their classrooms, understand that nontraditional students lead full lives, and employ a classroom strategy that is appropriately varied and flexible," said Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser. Full story. Go to top of page

Katherine Schneider receives WCB award

Dr. Katherine Schneider and guide dog Garlyn
Dr. Katherine Schneider and her guide dog, Garlyn. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

Dr. Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist emerita, UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services, has been selected to receive a philanthropy award from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind. "I'm really pleased to be receiving one of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind's philanthropy awards," Schneider said. "This organization promotes the dignity and independence of blind and visually impaired people. In my guest lecturing, public speaking and in my establishing of awards for children's books about the disability experience and scholarship for a psychology student at UW-Eau Claire who has a disability, I have similar goals." Full story. Go to top of page

Alumni gift offers opportunities for biology students
Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence graphicA $20,000 endowed gift from 1989 alumni Steve and Julie (Hintz) Henseler will create an opportunity fund grant program for UW-Eau Claire biology students. The Henseler's gift is recognized as a contribution to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign. To qualify for grants from the fund, students must develop a project proposal and a budget and establish a mentor relationship. "This will require students to understand the process of seeking and justifying the need for funding — a useful skill in many professions," said Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. "We would like to develop opportunity funds for all university departments to give as many students as possible the chance to participate in this critical thinking process and extend their learning opportunities." Full story. Go to top of page

Cover the Uninsured Week graphicPanel to discuss issues facing nation's uninsured
UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences will raise awareness about the challenges faced by Americans without health insurance during a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Potawatomi Room in Davies Center. The event is part of national Cover the Uninsured Week. Panelists will include Larry Bandoli, social worker at Sacred Heart Hospital's Emergency Medical and Trauma Center; Tom Thorsness, director of regional development and physician relations for Sacred Heart Hospital; and Jerry Barton, administrator of Chippewa Valley Technical College/UW Health Eau Claire Family Medicine Clinic Student Health Services. Full story. Go to top of page

Book drives put used texts in new hands
Books for Africa logoStudent groups announce "Books for Africa" effort
Members of the UW-Eau Claire Circle K Club and Jumpstart Eau Claire are collaborating to sponsor a book drive on campus. Items donated will go to the Books for Africa organization, which has shipped more than 10 million books to primary through post-secondary schools in 22 African nations. Those wishing to donate to the drive can drop off books outside the University Bookstore during finals week, May 16-20, or arrange to have their donations picked up from May 2-13. Full story.

SSS Advisory Board collects volumes for women inmates
UW-Eau Claire student Jue VangUW-Eau Claire's Student Support Services Advisory Board recently sponsored a book drive for the Women's Prison Book Project. The drive collected more than 600 volumes (including several boxes of withdrawn rental texts from the University Bookstore) for the organization that provides free books to women in prison around the United States. At left, UW-Eau Claire junior Jue Yang helped load boxes of books following the successful effort. (Contributed photo) Go to top of page


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