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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 6, 2006

RELEASED: Nov. 6, 2006

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire is one of just four public or private undergraduate research schools in the nation to have four or more winners of the prestigious Dreyfus teacher-scholar award on its faculty. Stephen Drucker, associate professor of chemistry, received a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award this fall from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Of the 1,200 public and private undergraduate institutions in the U.S., only UW-Eau Claire, College of William and Mary, Haverford College and Furman University have four or more Dreyfus teacher-scholar award winners. Scott Hartsel, chair of the chemistry department, says a Dreyfus winner at an undergraduate institution is similar in prestige to a large research institution with a Nobel Prize winner. Drucker is available to discuss his award at 715-836-5390 or druckers@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Five jazz students will leave for China this week to perform in Jinan University's centennial celebration. The students and Robert Baca, director of jazz studies, will be in China Nov. 10-20. They'll perform at the Nov. 17 opening ceremony of Jinan's 100-year anniversary celebration and during a Nov. 18 event. The students are music majors Jeremy Boettcher from Eau Claire; John Raymond from Golden Valley, Minn.; Ben Herpel-Dobay from Salem, Ore.; Scott Currier from Brookfield; and Sean Carey from Lake Geneva. A $12,000 gift from an anonymous donor to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will pay the travel expenses. The students are researching Chinese culture and the region in which they'll be performing. Using the research, they'll write original jazz compositions, which they'll perform in China. Baca and the students also will perform at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where Baca will consult about establishing a music program there. For details about the trip, contact Robert Baca at 715-836-4371 or bacarj@uwec.edu, or Karl Markgraf at 715-836-4411 or markgraf@uwec.edu.

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Mike Dorsher, assistant professor of communication and journalism, and his public affairs reporting class have published a Web site with student-focused information on candidates in local legislative races, major statewide races and the ballot measures on same-sex marriage and the death penalty. It also includes audio stories, a blog where students can comment on stories or post questions, and information about polling places. For details, contact Dorsher at 715-836-5729, 877-663-7660 or mdorsher@uwec.edu.

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Dan Chiras, a prominent author and lecturer on environmental issues, will give a talk at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 in Schofield Auditorium
titled "Re-Energizing America: Curing America's Addiction to Fossil Fuels." He will discuss how Americans can break their addiction to damaging fossil fuels. For details, contact biology professor Paula Kleintjes Neff at715-836-4166 or kleintpk@uwec.edu.

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The Hmong New Year Celebration will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11-12 in the McPhee Olson Addition on upper campus.

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