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Marshfield Clinic Funds UW-Eau Claire
Biological Sciences Speaker Series

 MAILED:  Oct. 14, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and faculty in the biological sciences will have the opportunity to meet with scientists on the cutting edge of research from across the United States thanks to a $5,000 gift from Marshfield Clinic.

The Marshfield Clinic Biological Sciences Speaker Series will include biweekly technical talks at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Phillips Science Hall in which scientists will present results of their research to students, faculty and members of the community. The upcoming speaker Oct. 28 in room 319 of Phillips Science Hall will be Michelle Kettler, Ph.D., UW-Eau Claire associate professor of biology. Her topic will be "Calcium and Equine Lameness."

The series also will include at least one or two evening seminars featuring nationally or internationally recognized biologists who will address broader scientific issues and societal implications. The entire series will be open to the public.

"The speaker series will really help us instill scientific literacy in our students and let them hear and meet scientists they can aspire to become," said Paula Kleintjes, biology department chair. "It will expand the horizons and strengthen the intellectual development of students and faculty."

The gift from Marshfield Clinic, noted Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president, is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the Foundation's ongoing campaign for the university's people and programs, and will give UW-Eau Claire students and faculty the opportunity to learn more about current scientific research.

"The speaker series is a wonderful opportunity for an educational experience for students and a great partnership with Marshfield Clinic," said Halberg. "It's a chance for students to see how scientists communicate and how biological research has potential implications for everyone in society."

Research is an important part of Marshfield Clinic's mission and one of the reasons the clinic looks forward to partnering with UW-Eau Claire on the Biological Sciences Speaker Series, said Dr. Anselmo Nunez, division medical director for Marshfield Clinic.

The collaboration is a natural extension of the commitment both Marshfield Clinic and UW-Eau Claire have toward research, Nunez said.

"In today's world, there is no shortage of information on new advancements or research findings. The challenge has been identifying the best means of communication," he said. "The speaker series will be a unique venue to share information and encourage new learning. By working together, Marshfield Clinic and UW-Eau Claire can provide the resources to offer students an extension of their classroom learning, and help educate the community as well."

Information on the series' future speakers, dates, times and locations will be available on the UW-Eau Claire biology department's news and events Web site.

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Updated: October 18, 2004