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New Web Site Shares UW-Eau Claire Science Education Outreach Programs

RELEASED: Nov. 14, 2005

science education outreach participantEAU CLAIRE — Area schoolteachers and those working with young people now have a convenient way to learn about science education programs available from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Thanks to the generosity of a UW-Eau Claire alumna, the university has created a new Web site that provides detailed information on demonstrations, tours and speakers available from the UW-Eau Claire departments of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology and physics.

The Web site is an easy, one-stop way for the public to see what science education opportunities are available from the university, said Dr. Don Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The site provides a brief description of each offering, including its age appropriateness, optimal audience size, costs (if any), scheduling and contact information. The Web site provides all the information in one location, making it easier for educators, youth leaders and others to plan a community science education program.

"This site is a great tool to help with public science education," said Christian. "The United States leads the world in its scientific capability, while we rank at the bottom of industrialized nations in the scientific literacy of our populace. I am very proud of the science outreach efforts of faculty and staff and the positive effect they have on broadening the understanding of science in our region. This site will make it easier for people to know about and access the science education resources the university can provide."

The site is part of an overall science education outreach effort supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Gritzmacher Science Education Fund. The Gritzmacher Fund, established by Christine A. Gritzmacher, who graduated with a degree in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1972, provides two scholarships for students coordinating science education outreach programs. A stipend is also paid to a faculty member who serves as a student adviser and mentor and additional money is provided for material support.

The first recipients of the Gritzmacher awards are Kelly Nornberg, Plover, a senior biology major, and Samuel Jensen, Bloomington, Minn., and Casey Guinn, New Richmond, seniors majoring in biochemistry/molecular biology, who will spit the second award. Nornberg will conduct tours of the biology greenhouses and the Clark Bird Museum in Phillips Science Hall. Jensen and Guinn will be assisting with the presentation of the Chemistry Demo Show for elementary schools.

Gritzmacher's support is recognized through the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive fundraising campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.

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