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Tip Sheet for the week of May 21, 2007

RELEASED: May 21, 2007

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Katherine Nolan, a geography major from Fall Creek, was one of 35 student nationwide who received a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study Turkish in Istanbul. More than 550 students applied for the scholarships, which are awarded by the U.S. Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. The scholarships are part of the National Security Language Initiative, a federal effort designed to increase the number of Americans learning and teaching critical need foreign languages. Scholarships help undergraduate, masters and doctoral students participate in summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers. Nolan will spend eight weeks in Turkey studying Turkish at Bosphorus University. When she returns to campus in the fall, she will continue her Turkish studies via online independent study Turkish courses. She also will work with Paul Kaldjian, a geography professor who speaks the language and has done extensive academic work in Turkey. You can reach Nolan at nolankm@uwec.edu.

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New research by UW-Eau Claire faculty and students found that post-menopausal women who exercise for 30 minutes five days a week show a 10 percent increase in cardiovascular fitness and 2 percent decrease in body fat. And women who add just 15 minutes more to their routine show a 30 percent increase in cardiovascular fitness and a 5 percent decrease in body fat. Lance Dalleck, assistant professor of kinesiology, and a team of student researchers conducted their research this spring with menopausal women aged 45-75. The team started with 21 volunteers aged 52-74, with an average age of 58. Sixteen of those women completed the entire program. Volunteers were divided into two groups: one group exercised for 30 minutes at a time and one group exercised for 45 minutes each time. Students supervised the exercise programs at the university's indoor track every weekday morning for 12 weeks. The women were monitored for blood pressure, aerobic or cardiovascular fitness, cholesterol and changes in body composition. The most significant changes were in cardiovascular fitness and body fat composition. Dalleck said the biggest surprise in their findings was that with adding just 15 minutes to their routine, the women got almost triple the health benefits. Cardiovascular fitness has been shown to be a better predictor of longevity than heredity, not smoking, hypertension and other risk factors usually cited as important in improving health. Dalleck and his students have conducted several fitness studies in recent years. Their findings from a study they conducted with pre-menopausal women has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Senior Erica Borresen and junior Jeanna Wallenta received a first place award for their research paper summarizing that study at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine Spring Tutorial Meeting in March. For more information about the recent findings or past studies, contact Lance Dalleck at 715-836-3774 or dalleclc@uwec.edu.

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Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, associate professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in the departments of foreign languages and curriculum and instruction, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program Award for the 2007-08 academic year. Kharhiv National Polytechnic University in eastern Ukraine will host Reynolds. The highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, the program aims to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. You can reach Reynolds at 715-836-4067 or reynolkm@uwec.edu.

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Three-week Summer Session classes began today. The session will end June 8.

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