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Tip Sheet for the week of Feb. 5, 2007

RELEASED: Feb. 5, 2007

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Todd Wellnitz, assistant professor of biology, has received a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation that will enable him to study questions that relate to how much water a stream needs to maintain the ecosystem it supports. Wellnitz received a five-year, $740,000 NSF Career Grant, which recognizes a young researcher's commitment to scholarship and education. Additional support from the UW-Eau Claire Provost's Office, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the biology department brings the project's total funding to $820,000. Wellnitz is available to discuss the grant and his research. You can reach him at 715-836-3021 or wellnita@uwec.edu.

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The U.S. Department of State has invited English Professor Tess Onwueme to India as part of its speaker program. She is scheduled to deliver keynote addresses and seminar presentations Feb. 23-March 10 to several universities in India on issues of cultural diversity, African-American literature, race and gender. Onwueme also has been scheduled by the State Department to give media interviews during her time in India. For details, contact Onwueme at 715-836-4041 or onwuemto@uwec.edu.

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Issues of privilege, oppression and social inequality will be addressed during "Privilege, Power and Difference," a presentation by sociologist Allan Johnson at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in Davies Theatre. Johnson, a writer, teacher and public speaker, has worked on unraveling the knot of social injustice for more than 30 years. He's worked with more than 150 schools and organizations in 34 states.

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Former MTV Real World star Mohammed Bilal will present "12 Steps Toward Appreciating Diversity" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Bilal has helped thousands of people move beyond the sheer tolerance of difference. His fun, interactive presentation includes scholarship, hip-hop and self-reflective narratives that help people better appreciate the diversity around us.

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More than 75 employers will visit campus during Internship Mania, which will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 7 in Zorn Arena. Employers meet with students to network and discuss internship opportunities. Organizations include large and small companies and non-profits. Participants include local, regional and national organizations.

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A panel discussion titled "White Male Privilege" will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Arrowhead Room, Davies Center. The discussion will focus on how white male privilege is defined and why it's important to recognize it. Panelists include Martin Wood, chair of the English department, and students Aaron Brewster and Phil Kaveny. Panelist will share their perspective as white males and explain how this privilege affects their lives. For details, contact Erin Polnaszek, of the Women's and Gender Equity Center, at 715-836-2693 or wage@uwec.edu.

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Two members of the creative staff of The Onion will give a Forum presentation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Zorn Arena. The talk by story editor Todd Hanson and graphics editor Mike Loew is titled "Inside The Onion." A question-and-answer session and reception in Zorn Arena will follow the formal presentation.

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