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Tip Sheet for the Week of Jan. 23, 2006

RELEASED: Jan. 23, 2006

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire's First Book Campus Advisory Board for Service-Learning received a grant to support literacy events for recently arrived Hmong immigrant youth. The literacy events will focus on immigration and folk tales. The first event will coincide with National Storytelling Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 4, and will be held at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. At each event, a story will be read, with translation in Hmong for parents and family members. The children also will receive a book to take home. The events will stress the value of reading, reading to each other and maintaining a home library or using the public library. First Book is a national organization aimed at improving literacy. Every month, the local group gives a new book to children in area Head Start centers and the Eau Claire Area School District's Reading Partner programs. For details about the group's literacy efforts, contact Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning and adviser to the First Book College Advisory Board, at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
An expert on geoscience education will talk with science faculty and area science teachers at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in Room 281 of Phillips Science Hall.
As part of UW-Eau Claire's Earth Science Seminar Series, Paul Morin will demonstrate the GeoWall stereo projection system, an inexpensive virtual reality system. The systems allow students of varying abilities to better understand map data. In earth science, map interpretation makes it hard for many students to learn because so much information is encoded in maps. Students who don't easily understand maps find it difficult to understand the course content. Morin, of the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics and the department of geology and geophysics at the University of Minnesota, is a 2005-2006 National Association of Geoscience Teachers Distinguished Speakers. Seminar participants will wear 3D glasses during the GeoWall presentation. For details, contact Harry Jol at (715) 83603472 or jolhm@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Changes in U.S. media and news coverage that affect the quality of the international information that people are exposed to will be the topic of a Jan. 25 presentation
hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Arlyn Anderson, assistant professor of communication and journalism, will lead a discussion from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant. His talk, titled "Crises in International Media at the Start of a New Century," will examine recent U.S. media and news coverage.

Calendar Item
UW-Eau Claire's spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 23.

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