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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 9, 2006

RELEASED: Oct. 9, 2006

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UW-Eau Claire received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the "Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" scholarship program. The initiative will support about 20 students who major in science or mathematics and show financial need and academic potential. Scholars will receive scholarships of up to $10,000 a year (renewable up to four years) and support through mentoring, research opportunities, capstone and independent study classes, career counseling, and service-learning and internship opportunities. Increasing the number of graduates in science and mathematics will increase the number of skilled workers who can enter high-tech fields. That's good news since high-tech industries say they can't find enough qualified Americans to fill jobs in the U.S. The scholarships will allow students to concentrate on their academics and take advantage of opportunities available in the science and mathematics programs. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has committed to raise another $100,000 to support students who receive funding from the NSF grant. The NSF program was very competitive. Michael Howe, associate professor of mathematics, is the program director and author of the grant proposal. You can reach him at 715-836-3366 or hower@uwec.edu.

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"SUPERvision: Responding to the Rise of Surveillance Technology," a new exhibit in the Foster Gallery, will open Oct. 12 with a reception from 7:30-9 p.m. A national juried exhibition curated by Theresa Downing, associate curator of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, "SUPERvision" explores how advances in mapping and surveillance technologies provide new ways of seeing and interpreting the world. Nineteen artists from across the U.S., including Gail Schellinger of Eau Claire, will exhibit works in various media, including paintings, photography, sculpture, video projection, interactive art and installation art. Downing conceived the idea for the show after noticing that the use of surveillance for security purposes has increased dramatically in the post-9/11 world. Artists are questioning the role of surveillance and its affect on our consciousness, and exploring the phenomena of watching and being watched. Paintings in the show depict scenes from Web cams; hidden video camera-stills reveal private interactions in public places; and watercolors show birds nesting among surveillance cameras. Some works use live surveillance footage from within the gallery. For example, one work encourages museum goers to check on their own belongings while being watched via infrared camera. Downing will give a juror's presentation at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 in the Foster Gallery. For more information about "SUPERvision," contact Downing at 612-414-3649. For information about other gallery exhibits, call Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at 715-836-2328.

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UW-Eau Claire's annual Career Conference will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct.12 in Zorn Arena. The conference offers students and alumni a chance to discuss career plans, exchange resumes and make contacts with organizations. Employers can then follow up with formal interviews on or off campus. More than 1,200 students and 100 employers attend the conference each year. For details, contact Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, at 715-836-5358 or skougjm@uwec.edu.

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