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Tip Sheet for the week of Aug. 7, 2006

RELEASED: Aug. 7, 2006

Story Idea
This year has been a banner year for UW-Eau Claire graduates seeking Fulbright Awards. Three students who went through the application process while on campus, plus one who graduated and then applied while "at-large," were accepted into the program this year. The university has never before had more than one applicant accepted in a year. Fulbright recipients include Justin Van Ness, Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Amanda Hill and Trevor Hagen. For more information about the program or the recipients, contact Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in the Center for International Education.

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UW-Eau Claire students were among the volunteers who helped with this summer's North River Fronts Park Kids' Garden in North River Fronts Park, located at the intersection of Forest St. and Huyssen St. four blocks north of Madison St. Children ages 5-10 who took summer vegetable garden classes through the UW-Extension planted gardens, which they've been tending to throughout the summer. The Kids' Garden classes at the park run from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 15. Garden plots were built by student and community volunteers in cooperation with the UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning, Eau Claire City Parks and Recreation, the North River Fronts Neighborhood Association, UW-Extension Horticulture and Master Gardeners, and the UW-Extension Nutrition Education Program. A goal of the program is to increase the willingness of the children to eat vegetables. For more information, contact Nancy Coffey, Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program coordinator with Eau Claire County UW-Extension and the Kids' Garden project coordinator, at 715-839-4712 or nancy.coffey@ces.uwex.edu.

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Dr. James Boulter, assistant professor of chemistry, received grants totaling nearly $100,000 to continue laboratory investigations of Earth's atmosphere and of Jupiter's atmosphere. Over the last 30 years there has been an increase in the frequency and/or brightness of polar mesospheric clouds, and some scientists have wondered whether these clouds are an indicator of long term climate changes. Mesopheric clouds are tiny ice particles that form at the poles during certain times of the year in Earth's upper atmosphere. Few chemists are studying the upper atmosphere, which is one reason Boulter decided to pursue such a study. Two chemistry majors are gaining hands-on experience working as research assistants to Boulter this summer: Matt Hooper, a senior from Eau Claire, and Kirsten Strobush, a junior from Altoona. For details, contact Boulter at 715-836-4175 or boulteje@uwec.edu.

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