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Tip Sheet for the Week of Sept. 26, 2005

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2005

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UW-Eau Claire's reputation for helping women and first-generation students pursue careers in the sciences is helping the university secure federal dollars to support its faculty-student collaborative research efforts.
In the last five years the chemistry department has received more than $2 million in National Science Foundation funding and UW-Eau Claire has received more than $4.2 million in NSF funds. In the last month, the chemistry department received more than $600,000 in NSF grants. UW-Eau Claire does well in the increasingly competitive grant program partly because NSF reviewers like that UW-Eau Claire introduces the concept of becoming professional scientists to populations that typically don't consider science a career option. NSF considers the impact proposals will have on the science pipeline when deciding on funding. With its commitment to giving students experiences doing real science as early as their freshman or sophomores years, UW-Eau Claire has been successful in helping students understand what it means to be a scientist. As a result, UW-Eau Claire is a high producer of future Ph.D.s in the sciences. External grant dollars have allowed the university to buy state-of-the-art instrumentation and to support faculty-student research, resulting in experiences that are often available only to graduate students at large research institutions or expensive private institutions. For details about NSF funding, contact Chris Lind, assistant vice chancellor for research, at (715) 836-3405 or lindct@uwec.edu. For details about NSF grants to the chemistry department, contact Scott Hartsel, chemistry department chair, at (715) 836-4746 or hartsesc@uwec.edu.

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Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson will host a Chancellor's Roundtable at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.
The discussion will focus on the impact state budget cuts are having on UW-Eau Claire, where dollars come from to fund faculty positions and what is planned for the First Year Student Alcohol Awareness grant. The roundtables give students opportunities to talk directly with the Chancellor and other administrators. Reporters are welcome to attend the discussion.

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Australian paleoanthropologist Peter Brown will give a Forum presentation at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Zorn Arena.
Brown discovered an extinct dwarf human species that lived on the Indonesian island of Flores as recently as 13,000 years ago. The discovery of the species has been called "one of the most startling paleoanthropological revelations in living memory." His talk is titled "A Revolution in Evolution: Rewriting Evolutionary History." For details, call Beverly Soll at (715) 836-4419.

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A seminar titled "Sharing Strategies to Improve Healthcare in the Chippewa Valley" is slated for 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Best Western Trail Lodge in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire's Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence is among the sponsors. The event will highlight the best performance practices of health care organizations in the Chippewa Valley. Dr. Randall Linton, president/CEO of Luther Midelfort, is among the featured speakers. For details, contact Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636 or (866) 893-2423, or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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