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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 17, 2005

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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A science outreach event for Eau Claire middle school students who have shown interest and talent in science is set for Jan. 18 at UW-Eau Claire. Astronomy faculty members Paul Thomas, Nathan Miller and Lauren Likkel designed the interactive "UW-Eau Claire Astronomy Adventure," which they will present from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 007 of the Phillips Science Center. The focus will be the spacecraft Cassini, which is orbiting Saturn and returning photos and observational data on the planet's atmosphere, rings and satellites. This month the spacecraft will land a probe on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Titan has a thick atmosphere and conditions similar to Earth in the ancient past. Reporters and photographers are welcome. For more information, contact Lauren Likkel at (715) 836-5034 or likkel@uwec.edu.

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Larisa Mikhaylova, a visiting professor from the Moscow State University's journalism department, will conduct research at UW-Eau Claire through August. A Fulbright Scholar, Mikhaylova will conduct research on the role of science fiction and science fiction characters in American Society. In addition to teaching journalism, Mikhaylova also is the secretary of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies and coordinates a section on gender studies on the organization's annual conferences. Mikhaylova is available to talk with the media about topics as varied as the state of American studies in Russia, the modern situation in Russia, women in Russia and science fiction. You can reach Larisa Mikhaylova at (715) 836-2616 or mikhayl@uwec.edu.

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An exhibit titled "Tea Time @ McIntyre Library" highlights tea-related items from the McIntyre Library collection including books, children's literature, government documents, and historic photographs about tea, tea parties, tea pots and the Boston Tea Party. Several staff members contributed their personal tea pots, tea accessories and boxes of tea for this exhibit. January is National Tea Month. The exhibit is open from 1-10 p.m. weekdays in the main corridor in McIntyre Library throughout January.

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The Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition will sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration Jan. 17. "A Dream for All People" is set for 5-6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. It'll include the "I Have a Dream" speech and presentations by elementary, middle school and university students. The Eau Claire Middle Level Invitational Choir and North High School Jazz Ensemble will perform. For details, contact Cynthia Gray-Mash at grayca@uwec.edu or go to the Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition Web site.

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UW-Eau Claire will be closed Jan. 17 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Offices will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Friday, Jan. 21 is the last day of 2005 Winterim classes. Spring semester classes will begin Jan. 26.

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