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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University Bulletin Vol. 50, No. 12
Twelfth Week
Fall Semester
Nov. 4, 2002
 Asha Sen receives Women of Color Award
A UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English received a 2002 Women of Color Award from the UW System.
     Asha Sen was among those honored Nov. 2 in Madison as part of the 8th annual Women of Color Awards Event at the UW System's annual Women's Studies Conference.
     "The UW System recognizes your contributions to UW-Eau Claire, your community, and in particular, women of color," Helen Klebesadel, director of the UW System Women's Studies Consortium, stated in a letter to Sen. "You are an exemplar of commitment to educational excellence through diversity."
     Sen, who joined UW-Eau Claire's English faculty in 1996, teaches classes in "third-world" women's literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, 20th century British literature and composition.
     Sen uses her teaching and scholarship as a means to help create a more equitable climate for cultural diversity on campus, Provost Ronald Satz said in his nomination of Sen for the award. Satz noted Sen has created several significant courses that focus on women, including "Introduction to World Literatures: Women Writers of the Indian Subcontinent," a globalized version of "Images of Women in Contemporary Literature" and an interdisciplinary Honors course on "Postcolonial Representations of Women."
     "Despite the inherent challenge of postcolonial studies, which requires students to learn historical and cultural perspectives that radically critique their own basic assumptions, Dr. Sen's courses thrive, and students frequently leave her classes with an independent interest in educating others about the complex intersections among gender, race and nationality," Satz said.
     UW-Eau Claire faculty gain as much from Sen's work as the students, Satz said, citing her work on the Women's Studies and English curriculum committees.
     Sen currently is faculty adviser to the Multicultural College Women's Association, which is dedicated to the success of minority women in higher education.

Program to feature update on chronic wasting disease
Chronic wasting disease and other animal prion diseases will be the focus of an upcoming UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education program.
     Mo Salman, director of the Animal Population Health Institute of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, will be the featured speaker for "Prion Diseases: An Update" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Eau Claire.
     Other presenters will include Tom Hauge, director of the Bureau of Wildlife Management for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Donald Baker, a veterinarian with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture's food safety division.
     The program will interest environmental and public health professionals, occupational health specialists, DNR staff, wild life managers, educators and others interested in learning more about prion diseases in general and chronic wasting disease in particular.
     Salman's background is in veterinary medicine, preventive veterinary medicine and comparative pathology. He has written more than 130 scientific journal articles and chairs the U.S. Animal Health Committee on Foreign and Emerging Diseases. He currently has two research projects under way related to chronic wasting disease in deer and elk.
     In the morning, Salman will give background on prions and animal health and examine the epidemiology of prion diseases, including chronic wasting disease. He will share his view on prion disease surveillance in animals through diagnostic testing. The afternoon program will focus on Wisconsin's perspective of prion diseases including chronic wasting disease and issues in the food safety of processing wild game.
     The workshop is certified for .5 Continuing Education Units and application has been made for Department of Public Instruction clock hours. Registration is $85; preregistration is encouraged. For more information, contact Rhonda Stokes, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at, 836-3636 or 1-866-UWEC4CE.

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Updated: November 4, 2002