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Tip Sheet for the Week of June 13, 2005

RELEASED: June 13, 2005

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A $46,000 UW System Applied Research Grant will allow two UW-Eau Claire chemistry professors to continue developing better materials and simpler and more affordable procedures for fluorescence microscopy. Their work will benefit Wisconsin biotech companies that use fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to look at specific parts of a cell by using fluorescent compounds to make only the target parts of a cell visible. The probes (also known as dyes) and protocols are vital to stem-cell and other modern cell biology research. Simplifying the process will allow Wisconsin biotech companies to expand their areas of interest. The probes created by David Lewis, an organic chemist, and Scott Hartsel, a biochemist, can potentially be used for various medical and diagnostic purposes, ranging from mass screening of cholesterol-lowering drugs to stem cell or cancer research to studying metabolic diseases of lysosomes such as Tay-Sachs disease. The professors are working with WiSys Technology Foundation to patent their work. For a story about their research, see the online story. Hartsel and Lewis are available to talk about their work and its potential benefits to Wisconsin companies. You can reach Hartsel at (715) 836-4746 or hartsesc@uwec.edu and Lewis at (715) 836-4744 or lewisd@uwec.edu.

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The 28th annual Summer Institute will begin June 13 at Hillcrest Elementary School in Chippewa Falls. The program continues through June 23. About 1,000 first- through eighth-graders are enrolled in classes. Coordinated by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension, in partnership with the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire school districts, the Summer Institute offers classes in many subjects, including math, science, language arts, social studies, foreign languages, creative arts, music and theater. Classes run from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Classes emphasize hands-on experiences and interaction with peers. Nearly half of the classes are new this year. The school districts contribute classroom space, tuition and support to make the institute convenient and affordable. Instructors are teachers from area schools. UW-Eau Claire education majors serve as assistants, gaining classroom experience and keeping the student-to-teacher ratio low. A Summer Institute is planned in July in Eau Claire. For details, contact Libby Thurston, youth outreach specialist, at (715) 836-3636.

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Eau Claire's Juneteenth celebration is set for 5-8 p.m. June 16 at Mt. Simon Park in the Dells Pavilion. The oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, Juneteenth honors human rights and racial unity. The event will include food, music, children's activities and a program. Several UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and emeriti faculty are helping coordinate the event. For details, call (715) 832-4906 or (715) 834-5430.

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Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will kick off Summer Session Programs with a 7 p.m. concert June 13 on the Central Campus Mall. The free concert series regularly attracts students, faculty, staff and community members.

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