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Sand Dunes of Antarctica to Be Topic of
UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Luncheon

RELEASED: May 18, 2007

Let's Do Lunch postcard imageEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Harry Jol, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of geography and anthropology, will discuss an international research project in Antarctica at a May 30 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Jol will present "Investigating the Sand Dunes of Antarctica" from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant. The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

Jol will talk about using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to investigate the internal structure of the sand dunes within the Antarctica Dry Valleys.

"I will be using a multimedia presentation that will include information about my preparation, including Antarctica survival training, and travel to and from Antarctica and the field site in the Dry Valleys," Jol said. "I will discuss how data was collected and what our preliminary interpretations are and show some of the stunning landscapes of Antarctica."

Jol received his bachelor of science and master's degrees from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and his doctorate degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1996, following two postdoctoral fellowships, he joined the faculty of UW-Eau Claire's department of geography and anthropology. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo and an associate researcher with the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

He has been to more than 1,200 sites in North America, Europe, Israel, New Zealand and Australia to collect GPR data. From these extensive research experiences he has developed an expertise in better unraveling geomorphic and archaeological landscapes.

There will be no "Let's Do Lunch" sessions in June and July. The August 29 "Let's Do Lunch" speaker will be Dr. Eric Jamelske, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of economics. His topic will be "The Role of University Researchers in Improving School Nutrition: An Evaluation of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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