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TIP SHEET   Week of Nov. 17, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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UW-Eau Claire students will participate in a
Geography Bee at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Room 265 of Phillips Science Hall. The event, sponsored by Geography Club and Wisconsin Geography Alliance, will be among the university’s National Geography Awareness Week activities. The awareness week is part of a campaign to help promote geographic literacy in America. It was created after studies found that many young Americans could not identify simple places on a map and/or were equally lacking in their knowledge of current events. Last year 23 students participated in the Geography Bee, which is similar in format to a spelling bee. For details, contact Tim Bawden, assistant professor of geography and anthropology, at (715) 836-5186 or

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UW-Eau Claire pre-med students will spend two weeks in January of 2004 shadowing doctors at the Marshfield Clinic as part of a pilot program designed to help them better understand the medical community. So far 17 students are interested in the voluntary pilot project. In fall 2004, the program will likely be incorporated into a biology elective, which will include a one or two-week full-time clinical or shadowing internship at the Marshfield Clinic or another regional medical center. This initiative is different from the Pre-Med Career Exploration and Service Partnership, which will offer students year-round opportunities to interact with medical professionals. Joe Eaton, a pre-med major, is available to talk with the media about the Winterim 2004 pilot program. You can reach him at (715) 831-9365 or

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Approximately 150 social work and education students will share projects relating to human relations and ethnic-sensitive social work practices during the Human Diversity Expo Thursday, Nov. 20. The expo will run from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Project examples include: “The Muslim Community in Eau Claire”; “The Changing Role of Hmong Women”; “Body Image in 7th and 8th Graders”; and “Study of Rural and City Lunchroom Behavior.” Students will be available during the expo to discuss their projects. Cynthia Gray-Mash can provide additional information. You can reach her at (715) 836-5587 or

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Updated: November 17, 2003