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TIP SHEET   Week of April 12, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Science faculty 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 help local industries. The new Materials Science Center supports research and promotes interactions between the university and local industry. Materials science involves the study of the structure and properties of materials, the creation of new materials and tailoring materials for specific uses. It includes things like metals, ceramics, plastics and semiconductors. Advancing materials and developing new materials are important to economic development, including in areas such as microelectronics, nanotechnology, homeland security, national defense and commercial products. The center will make it easier for industry to use campus resources because there will be a central place to access all the science disciplines. An open house is planned for April 22 to introduce the business community to the Materials Science Center. The open house will run from 3-5 p.m. in room 124 of Phillips Science Hall and will include a tour of the facilities. Doug Dunham, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, can discuss how the Materials Science Center can help regional businesses and industries. You can reach him at (715) 836-5312 or

Story Idea
Kevin Klatt, assistant professor of psychology, is on a Governor’s task force charged with identifying issues important to in-home interventions for children with autism. He is a nationally certified behavior analyst who has done extensive research in areas relating to autism, including teaching communication skills to children with autism. Klatt is available to talk about the task force and the role in-home therapy plays in helping children with autism. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Contact Klatt at (715) 836-3995 or

Story/Photo Idea
A group from Jinan University in China will perform martial arts, folk dancing and singing from 2-3:30 p.m. April 18 in the Eau Claire Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. The performers are here to celebrate the long-standing exchange partnership between Jinan University and UW-Eau Claire. Translators will help the audience ask questions after the performance. The group also will perform from noon-1 p.m. April 20 in Schofield Auditorium on campus. For details, contact Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education, at (715) 836-4411 or

Calendar Note
There are no classes Monday, April 12, because of the April recess. Administrative offices are open. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. April 13.

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Updated: April 9, 2004