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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 26, 2006

RELEASED: Dec. 26, 2006

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Harry Jol, professor of geography and anthropology, just returned from Antarctica, where he was part of an international research team. He used ground penetrating radar to help investigate sand dunes in Victoria Valley. The research will help scientists better understand how cold climate dunes form and help them interpret dunes of similar morphology on Mars. Project information is available online. Jol has used ground penetrating radar at more than 1,200 sites in North America, Europe, Israel, New Zealand and Australia. Jol is available to discuss his latest research. You can reach him at 715-836-3472 or jolhm@uwec.edu.

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The staff at McIntyre Library and Learning & Technology Services has again raised money for the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. They donated $700, which will allow HMAA to buy more than 1,500 pounds of rice. In a letter of thanks, the HMAA interim executive director said the donation will help families with unanticipated food emergencies over the holiday season. For information about the donation, contact Jill Markgraf at 715-836-5357 or markgrjs@uwec.edu.

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The Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association awarded David Franks, recently retired UW-Eau Claire professor of special education, the Lifetime Service to Young Children and Families Award. Franks was recognized for being a pioneer in the development of services for young children with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin, and for having a substantial impact on the future of the early childhood special education profession. Franks, who came to Eau Claire in the early 1980s, was the first professor to teach his classes on site as part of the Eau Claire school district summer school program. In retirement, he is working with the Eau Claire Area School District research committee connected to four-year-old programming.

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UW-Eau Claire offices will be closed Jan. 1, 2007, in honor of the New Year holiday. Offices will be open again Tuesday, Jan., 2. Winterim 2007 classes will begin Jan. 2 and continue through Jan. 19.

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