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Tip Sheet for the Week of May 15, 2006

RELEASED: May 15, 2006

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Five students will present their research to the Chippewa Valley Museum to use in designing a traveling history exhibit for the Eau Claire County Sesquicentennial Commission. The students will present their research from 5-6:30 p.m. May 18 in the museum's auditorium.
The students have spent the semester working on the research for a public history class. Their panels illustrate themes in the 150-year history of Eau Claire County government and its efforts to serve citizens. Topics include roads; the sheriff's department; the Mount Washington Sanatorium; forests and parks; and care for orphans, the poor and the mentally ill. For details, about the project, contact Chad Ronnander, who taught the public history course, at (715) 836-5276 or ronnancd@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire is one of a handful of schools in the nation at the forefront of developing undergraduate programs in computational science, a multidisciplinary field that's emerged in the last decade.
Merging computer science and applied mathematics, it focuses on the application of computing to solve problems in other disciplines, particularly in the natural sciences and engineering. Examples of applications include molecular modeling, planetary systems study, seismic modeling, geographic information systems, and atmospheric and oceanic circulation models. Many of the applications are vital to issues of public health, national security and economics. In the past, students didn't get involved in computational science until graduate school, but that's changed as the use of computers to solve problems or model outcomes have become more common in the sciences. For details, contact Paul Thomas, physics and astronomy professor, at (715) 836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu; or Marc Goulet, associate professor of mathematics, at (715) 836-3517 or gouletmr@uwec.edu.

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John George, nursing home administrator at St. John's on the Lake in Milwaukee and a leader in culture change in elder care, will be the keynote speaker at the May 19 Aging Summit.
The summit, "Person-Directed Care Across the Continuum: Making Choices Available to Seniors and Families," will run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel & Suites. The program is designed for long-term health and aging services professionals, community leaders, policy makers and others concerned with person-directed care. It will explore environments where elders, individuals with disabilities, and those who work with them can thrive. For details, see Continuing Education Web site.

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Commencement exercises for 1,151 UW-Eau Claire students will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 20 in Zorn Arena.
Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton will deliver the "Charge to the Class." Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson will receive an Honorary Alumnus Award to recognize her love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. A reception will follow both ceremonies on the Central Campus Mall.

Calendar Notes

  • UW-Eau Claire students will take final exams the week of May 15-19.
  • Classes for the three-week Summer Session will begin May 22.

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