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Tip Sheet for the Week of Nov. 14, 2005

RELEASED: Nov. 14, 2005

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Dr Jason Halfen, a chemistry professor, is an author on an article published this month in Science, one of the premier science journals in the world.
The groundbreaking research described in the paper is the result of work by an eight-person research team from four universities. The paper describes the preparation and characterization of a compound that mimics the behavior of a key liver enzyme, cytochrome P450, which is responsible for the metabolism of many chemical compounds and toxins that people put into their bodies. It's the first time that some key features in this enzyme have been duplicated. The Science article also was selected for advance electronic publication on "This week in Science Express," part of the Science Web site. It's rare for a professor at an undergraduate institution to publish in the prestigious journal Science. Halfen, who is often the chemistry department's top-rated classroom instructor, has worked in his research lab with 17 different students. These students receive detailed laboratory training and many travel to national meetings to present their results. You can reach Dr. Jason Halfen at (715) 836-4360 or halfenja@uwec.edu.

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Patti See will discuss her experiences donating a kidney to a stranger during a presentation from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse.
Her presentation is titled "Got 2, Give 1: Living Kidney Donation." In July, See donated a kidney to a stranger at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. She was the 33rd non-directed donor accepted into Fairview's world-renowned transplant program. See is a senior student services coordinator and teacher of developmental education and women's studies at UW-Eau Claire. You can reach Patti See at (715) 836-4826 or seepk@uwec.edu.

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Itai Tennenbaum, who represents Israel in the Twin Cities as the shaliach or "emissary" of the Jewish Agency for Israel, will present "Journey into the Heart of Israeli Society" at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Room 119 of Phillips Science Hall.
He'll discuss the birth of Israel as a modern nation state in 1948 and its continuing struggle to defend its right to exist and protect its citizens while maintaining a national culture that's democratic and concerned with issues of morality and human rights. For additional information about the presentation, contact Dr. Helaine Minkus, department of geography and anthropology, (715) 836-5481.

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