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Tip Sheet for the Week of May 16, 2005

RELEASED: May 16, 2005

Story Idea
A 1975 UW-Eau Claire economics graduate who had a long career with the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Air Marshal Service will receive an alumni award Saturday. Carl Wahl, who will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, was with the Secret Service for 27 years before becoming the assistant to the special agent in charge of Federal Air Marshal Service in Minneapolis. He supervised the air marshal teams that provide in-flight protection worldwide. In March, he was hired as an intelligence research specialist by the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorneys Office for the District of Minnesota. Wahl, who joined the Secret Service in 1975, was a special agent in Milwaukee, Maine and Minneapolis. From 1984-87 he was assigned to Vice President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C. He has served on protective assignments with all the presidents from Richard Nixon through George W. Bush. Wahl will receive his alumni award the same day his son, Aaron Wahl, will graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Contact Carl Wahl at (612) 664-5742 or carl.wahl@comcast.net.

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UW-Eau Claire's football team will spend May 23-June 6 in Europe. The team has games scheduled May 29 in Vienna, June 4 in Prague and May 26 in Germany. To prepare, the team will practice at 5 p.m. May 20 and 10 a.m. May 21. All players will pay their own way; no state or program dollars are being used to fund the trip. For details, contact Coach Todd Hoffner at hoffnert@wuec.edu or (715) 836-3093.

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A UW-Eau Claire alumnus was selected as a 2005 Outstanding Young Scientist by the Microscopy Society of America. David Larson was the Burton Medalist, which is presented to an outstanding scientist under the age of 40 who demonstrates exceptional achievement in microscopy and microanalysis. Larson is a world-class scientist in the atom probe applications area of Madison-based Imago Scientific Instruments. He earned bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics from UW-Eau Claire in 1990 and master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. While at UW-Eau Claire, he did research with Fred King, professor of chemistry. You can reach Larson at (608) 274-6880 or dlarson@imago.com and King at (715) 836-3744 or fking@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire's Circle K Club and Jumpstart Eau Claire will sponsor a book drive for Books for Africa, which provides books to children in Africa. Students will collect books by the campus bookstore from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16-20. Contact Morgan Hansen at hansenmk@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Harry Jol, associate professor of geography, and a student used ground penetrating radar to help a family find an unmarked grave of a relative who died in the 1950s. The child was buried in an unmarked grave in St. Rose Cemetery in Cadott. Using GPR, they found two unmarked burials. Jol's investigated Native burial mounds in Wisconsin, a graveyard in Israel and graves in New Zealand. To discuss his research, contact him at (715) 836-3472 or jolhm@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
Final exams are May 16-20. Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 21 in Zorn Arena.

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