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Tip Sheet for the week of April 7, 2008

RELEASED: April 7, 2008

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Members of the Chippewa Valley business community have a new tool available to help them locate expertise, equipment, facilities and training available in the region. The Regional Business Assistance Resource directory provides easy access to all the outreach capabilities of UW-Eau Claire, CVTC, UW-Barron County, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and WITC. ReBAR contains more than 1,000 listings from all partner institutions in the categories of expertise, equipment, meeting rooms and labs, and programs and services. Securing similar information in the past was a lengthy process that involved phone calls, e-mails and Web site visits. It will now take just minutes. Representatives from the partner institutions began developing the directory in September 2006. For details about ReBAR (www.rebardirectory.com) , call Ann Rupnow at 715-836-4526 or see www.rebardirectory.com.

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The second "Ask a Scientist" community discussion is slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. The session will feature Dr. Jim Phillips of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department discussing global climate change. He will give a 30-minute presentation and then answer questions. The "Ask a Scientist" program is a free and open to the public. The March event — the first session in the discussion series — drew a large crowd. The media is welcome.

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Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana, associate professor of foundations of education, has been named a 2008-09 Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright will allow Pastrana to work with colleagues at the Catholic University in Valparaiso in Chile. Her research will focus on student resistance to education reforms that have taken place in Chile. Chile was the first country to implement neo-liberal education reforms, reforms that are similar to the U.S.' No Child Left Behind. Understanding what has happened in public education as a result of reforms in Chile may help the U.S. anticipate what will happen here. Pastrana's areas of expertise include multicultural and intercultural education; politics and education; and globalization and education policy reform. The prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research. Pastrana is the second UW-Eau Claire faculty member to receive a Fulbright in recent weeks and the fourth in recent months. For details about Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana's Fulbright award, contact her at 715-836-4537 or pastrajp@uwec.edu.

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A junior from UW-Eau Claire is studying in China thanks to a $2,000 Freeman Award for Study in Asia scholarship. Heather Sommer is spending the spring semester at the Huawen Xueyuan campus extension of Jinan University. The English major is studying the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. While in China, Sommer also is working on a research project to develop a computer program capable of translating creative Chinese writing into English. You can reach Sommer at sommerhl@uwec.edu.

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The 51st Annual Juried Student Art Show will open Thursday, April 10, in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. An opening reception will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday. The show will exhibit the artworks of UW-Eau Claire students as selected by a nationally known artist.

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The 34th Annual Viennese Ball will be held Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, in Davies Center. The largest social event hosted annually by UW-Eau Claire, the Viennese Ball is the largest of its type presented outside of Vienna. The event funds music scholarships and international study awards while promoting positive university, community and international relations and an appreciation of the culture, history and music of Vienna, Austria. The ball will run from 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. each night.

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