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TIP SHEET   Week of May 17, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
Several UW-Eau Claire students and faculty members had their article, titled “Effects of Information on College Students’ Perceptions of Antidepressant Medication,” accepted for publication in the Journal of American College Health. The research looks at the impact pharmaceutical companies’ advertisements have on college students’ perceptions of depression and their perceived need to treat depression with antidepressants. The study found that 40 percent of the female students who read pharmaceutical company advertisements (instead of scientific information) rated themselves as having clinically significant levels of depression, were more likely to believe that depression required treatment with antidepressant medication, and were more willing to suggest antidepressant treatment to others. For details, contact Bill Frankenberger, professor of psychology, at (715) 836-5020 or frankewr@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Sixteen 7th and 8th grade students from Altoona, Northstar and South middle schools will be on UW-Eau Claire’s campus for a Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth class. Students in “The Science of Science Fiction” class will meet Wednesday morning, May 19, in Room 219 of Schneider Hall. Students read science fact articles and science fiction stories to help them think about science, scientists and attitudes toward science. The class is mostly online but students do meet three times on campus for face-to-face sessions. Andrew Swanson, a lecturer at UW-Eau Claire in mathematics, teaches the class. This is the first time WCATY has had a course in area schools. For details, Carole Nobiensky of WCATY at (608) 271-1617.

Photo Idea
The first graduates of UW-Eau Claire’s online MBA class will gather for a reception at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center. The online MBA grads will participate in the afternoon commencement ceremony. Some online students will make their first visit to campus for graduation.

Calendar Note
Students are taking final exams this week. Commencement is Saturday, May 22.

Student Note
UW-Eau Claire student Becky Haker, who is studying at California State University-San Bernardino as part of the National Student Exchange Program, will appear on “The Price is Right” May 22. Haker reported that she was selected as a contestant and won a car. About 40-50 UW-Eau Claire students study at campuses around the country each year as part of the exchange program.

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Updated: May 12, 2004