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Tsunamis and Earthquakes to Be Topic
of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association
Speaker Series

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The dramatic earthquake and tsunami that occurred Dec. 26 off the coast of Indonesia will be the focus of a noon-hour luncheon presentation, "Tsunamis and earthquakes: A Dynamic Earth," hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Sweetwaters Restaurant.

UW-Eau Claire's Dr. Phillip Ihinger, department of geology, and Dr. Harry Jol, department of geography and anthropology, as part of the Alumni Association's "Lets Do Lunch" series from noon to 1 p.m., will discuss what happened geologically and the social impact of this tragedy.

"This tragedy, with deaths close to a quarter million, approaches the world's greatest tragedy in terms of loss of life," said Ihinger. "Part of what we'll discuss is why such an event occurred and the likelihood of a similar event happening elsewhere in the world, such as along the Pacific coast."

The speaker series offers citizens a chance to participate in an interactive discussion with members of the UW-Eau Claire faculty.

Other "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include Katherine Rhoades, PhD., dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences, March 30, "Love, Life and Work: The Challenge of Elder Care in the Era of Hypertasking;" and Karen Maddox, R.N., M.S.N., UW-Eau Claire associate professor of family health nursing, "Adolescent Health: Building Assets, Reducing Risk," April 27.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip.

To make reservations call the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266, or send an e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu.

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