UW-Eau Claire creates Materials
Nursing community relationships
Jazz Festival set for April 2-3
UW-Eau Claire to host symposium on
University, Marshfield Clinic researchers
conduct joint study on evidence-based medicine
Campus Campaign update
Signe Ortiz dies at age 91
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creates Materials Science Center
|Doug Dunham, assistant professor
of physics, collaborates with senior physics major Sara Chamberlin
using equipment in the Material Science Center at UW-Eau Claire.
(Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC) View
Science faculty at UW-Eau Claire are pooling resources
to provide students with more opportunities to work on research relating
to materials science and to create new ways for the university to assist
UW-Eau Claire’s newly created Materials Science Center will support
research, facilitate collaboration among science faculty across disciplines,
promote interactions between the university and local industries, and
encourage undergraduate students to do research, said Doug Dunham, assistant
professor of physics and director of the new center.
“Faculty in the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, physics
and astronomy already are working with students on research projects
that focus on materials science,” Dunham said. “Our students
are already conducting research using instruments that are often found
only at large research institutions.”
But the new center will provide a more coordinated approach to research
and course work, and make it easier for industries to seek help from
the university, Dunham said, adding that he hopes it also will help
faculty secure funding to acquire additional state-of-the-art instruments.
Nursing community relationships
at UW-Eau Claire
Kelly Gruber, senior nursing student
and CPR instructor, spent part of her Spring Break with seven
members of the Little Red 4-H Club. The students learned CPR and
developed a better understanding of what nurses do. Here they
are shown watching Gruber treat a wound on Sim-Man, the patient
simulator. (Photo by Bob Lieske, School of Nursing)
set for April 2-3
UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the 37th
annual Jazz Festival this Friday and Saturday, April 2-3.
Festival events will include critiqued performances, guest artist clinicians
and three evening concerts featuring the Airmen of Note, the David Berkman
Quartet, the Andrew Neesley Quintet and UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble
I, under the direction of Robert Baca, associate professor of music.
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to host symposium on Eastern Europe
The ninth annual symposium on Eastern Europe will be held April 2 and
3 at UW-Eau Claire.
The free conference titled “East Europe in the Age of Uncertainty”
will feature eight experts on East European politics who will discuss
the ongoing debate over the identity of the East European states.
keynote address will be presented by Ronald Asmus, former deputy assistant
secretary of state in the Clinton Administration and senior transatlantic
fellow at the German Marshall Fund. As a top aide to Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright, Asmus was an early advocate of the NATO expansion
to Central and Eastern Europe. Full
Marshfield Clinic researchers conduct joint study on evidence-based
|Ruth Cronje, English, said the goal of
the research is to find out how clinicians understand EBM and what
they think of it.
UW-Eau Claire and Marshfield Clinic are conducting
a joint study dealing with evidence-based medicine, known as EBM.
The primary researchers are Ruth Cronje, an assistant professor of English,
and Jim Freeman, D.O., a family physician in the Urgent Care Department
at Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center.
Researchers are surveying Marshfield Clinic’s 1,200 physicians,
physician assistants and nurse practitioners via a Web-based survey
on EBM, using online survey software developed by faculty and students
in UW-Eau Claire’s computer science department. The data collected
will be used to compare and contrast changes over time as Marshfield
Clinic clinicians and others embrace EBM in their medical practices.
Campaign update: Faculty, staff campaign contributions top half a million
Claire faculty and staff have been generous in their support for the
UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s ongoing comprehensive fund-raising
campaign — to the tune of more than a half million dollars as
Since the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign
began in 2000, faculty and staff total contributions to Campus Campaign
have averaged more than $146,000 each fiscal year, said Heidi Fisher,
director of annual giving and donor relations. Campus Campaign contributions
are recognized as gifts to the comprehensive campaign.
As of mid-March, faculty and staff campaign gifts
and pledges since 2000 totaled $584,672, Fisher said.
“Our campus community has been a strong force
in the ongoing success of the university’s first-ever comprehensive
campaign,” she said. “Their gifts are benefiting departments,
programs and scholarships that in turn have direct, positive impacts
on students. At the same time, their generosity has shown other potential
donors that employees at this university are 100 percent committed to
All faculty and staff gifts to the Foundation
through June 30 will be recognized as contributions to the 2003-04 Campus
Campaign, Fisher said. Pledge cards for the 2003-04 Campus Campaign
are available from the Foundation office, 214 Schofield Hall. Employees
can have a pledge card sent to them via campus mail by calling 836-5630.
dies at age 91
Ortiz, associate professor emerita of art at UW-Eau Claire, died March
19 in Walnut Creek, Calif. She was 91.
Ortiz, who lived in Eau Claire until the summer of
2003, taught in the UW-Eau Claire art department from 1959-79. While
on the art faculty and following her retirement, Ortiz completed numerous
commissioned weavings and fiber sculptures for display both in and outside
of Eau Claire, including pieces for Eau Claire’s Midelfort Clinic
(created in memory of Ortiz’s father, Dr. Christian Midelfart,
the clinic’s founder), Grace Lutheran Church and the Ecumenical
Religious Center adjacent to the UW-Eau Claire campus. Her works also
were displayed at St. Olaf College and Carleton College in Northfield,
Minn., and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Ortiz is survived by her sons, Mark Ortiz, Kannapolis,
N.C., and Victor Ortiz, Walnut Creek, Calif.
A memorial service and interment will be this
summer in Eau Claire at a time and location still to be determined.
to the University Bulletin — "Did you know?"
In this issue of the University Bulletin, we introduce a new section
called "Did you know?" where you might learn a few things
you didn't know about a place you may know a lot about — UW-Eau
In addition to general campus trivia, we invite you to share little
known facts/stats about something that the campus community might not
know about your department/office, staff, students or alumni. To submit
a "Did you know?" item for consideration, send e-mail to the
University Bulletin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 300-man detachment of Army Air Corps cadets was housed and trained
on campus during World War II.