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TIP SHEET   Week of May 3, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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William Jeffrey, a senior director in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, will give a talk, titled “Homeland Security: The Role for Science and Technology,” at 3 p.m. May 7 in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall. A physicist, Jeffrey has worked extensively on science and technology issues during the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to working at the White House, he worked in public and private sectors related to the U.S. Department of Defense. He was to visit campus last spring but canceled because of the war in Iraq. The media is welcome to attend the talk. For details, contact Michael Carney, associate professor of chemistry, at (715) 836–3500 or

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A UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of physics and astronomy is working with Madison researchers to study the star Spica. A grant from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory enabled Nathan Miller to have observation time on the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory. The observation was completed in March. Spica is one of the brightest stars in the spring sky. Its X-ray emission has never been observed in this much detail. The observation is part of a program to understand why stars much hotter and more massive than the sun emit X-rays. Students are involved in the analysis of the Chandra observations. You can reach Miller at (715) 836-3165 or

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UW-Eau Claire junior accounting major Kelly Bender recently was named the national champion in persuasive speaking at the National Forensics Association forensics tournament. Members of UW-Eau Claire’s Forensics team regularly place high at regional and national competitions. You can contact Bender at (715) 379-3820 or or Forensics coach Karen Morris at (715) 836-3305 or

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Graduates of UW System schools will join a statewide UW Spirit Day celebration Friday, May 7. Grads will wear their school colors, clothing with their alma mater’s logo or “I am UW” buttons. The goal is to show that UW System grads are making a difference in communities and businesses throughout Wisconsin. John Bachmeier, alumni relations director, is available to discuss the first-of-its-kind event. You can reach him at (715) 836-5189 or

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Updated: April 30, 2004