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Tip Sheet for the Week of Feb. 13, 2006

RELEASED: Feb. 13, 2006

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Bill Frankenberger, a UW-Eau Claire psychology professor who's done extensive research on the use of medication to treat ADHD, is available to discuss a recent recommendation by a federal advisory committee that federal regulators require prominent warnings on stimulants like Ritalin.
The advisory committee concluded that the stimulants could have dangerous effects on the heart, and federal regulators should require manufacturers to provide written guides to patients as well as place prominent warnings on drug labels describing the risks. The committee action came after FDA medical officers described reports of 25 sudden deaths among people taking stimulants. The deaths were mostly children. You can reach Frankenberger at (715) 836-5020 or frankewr@uwec.edu.

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Two UW-Eau Claire students recently won the Junior Women's Curling National Championships
in Duluth, Minn. The students and two teammates will represent the U.S. at the World Curling Championships in Jeonju, Korea. Ten countries will compete in the event, slated for March 11-19. You can contact Megan O'Connell and Jackie Mueller at oconneme@uwec.edu and muelle@uwec.edu.

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Business leaders will hear about the benefits of having an intern or apprentice during the Internship & Apprenticeship Informational Breakfast set for 7-8:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Holiday Inn Campus.
The program is a partnership among UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire Area School District, Manpower and Ruder Ware law firm. For details, contact Jeanne Skoug, Career Services director, at (715) 836-5358 or skougjm@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will offer two new Master of Education in Professional Development programs in fall 2006. One program is designed for new teachers and the other for experienced educators.
The Initial Teacher Program will allow first-year teachers to begin earning credit toward a master's degree. Students can earn their master's and submit their professional development plans for re-licensure within four years. The Professional Educator Program will allow experienced teachers to focus on best classroom practices and student outcomes, while earning their master's in two years. The programs combine online and weekend classes. For details, contact Julie Aminpour at UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension, at (715) 836-3636 or ce@uwec.edu.

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Students from 18 western Wisconsin high schools will participate in the 24th annual regional Mathematics Meet Feb. 18 at UW-Eau Claire.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. in Hibbard Hall. Thirty-two teams will compete for team championships and individual honors by solving mathematics problems. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:20 p.m. in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. The meet is hosted by the UW-Eau Clare mathematics department.

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