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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 8, 2008

RELEASED: Dec. 8, 2008

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire graduates more physics majors than most colleges in the country, according to a American Institute of Physics study. UW-Eau Claire has graduated an average of 11 physics majors per year during the three-year timeframe (2005-07) included in the study. Just 23 of the 510 bachelor's degree-granting departments at U.S. colleges and universities graduated more physics majors during that time period. The 11 graduates-per-year average is well above the national average of 4.5 physics graduates per year from other comparable institutions. The department credits the increasing numbers to strong academic programs, exceptional opportunities for students to interact with faculty, and state-of-the-art equipment. For details, contact Dr. Erik Hendrickson, chair of the department of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-5834 or hendrije@uwec.edu, or Dr. Nathan Miller, associate professor of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-3165 or millerna@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Four nursing students and Dr. Cheryl Lapp, associate professor of nursing, are looking for people for a military nurses' study. "War and Its Aftermath: A Study of Nurses Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan" will focus on re-entry into civilian life for nurses who recently served in combat or near-combat situations in active war zones. The study was inspired by the historical contributions of nurses in times of war. Researchers viewed a documentary that showed that nurses who served in Vietnam brought the war home with them as did the soldiers. With a new generation of nurses that has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, Lapp and her students want to find out if advances have been made since Vietnam. For details, contact Dr. Cheryl Lapp at 715-836-5629 or lappca@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
The Building Bridges program — a UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association partnership that brings together student mentors and Hmong students who are new to the United States — will host an activities night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at HMAA. Volunteers will read "The Polar Express" and explain the importance of literacy. The children will receive a "The Polar Express" gift set and three books. For details, contact Building Bridges coordinator Kia Lee at 715-832-8420 or bb.ecahmaa@charternet.com.

Visiting Expert
John Perkins, author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," will discuss a plan for a sustainable and stable world during a Monday, Dec. 8, lecture. The Forum will present "Geopolitics, the Future and You: A Call to Action" at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
As an economic hit man, Perkins worked to convince Third World countries to accept large loans. Once the countries were crippled with the debts, the U.S. government and international aid agencies were able to control the countries. Perkins wrote the book after 9/11. In his latest bestseller, "The Secret History of the American Empire," he examines the current geopolitical crisis. He will discuss the epiphany that initiated his personal change and the reasons he is optimistic that we can create societies our children will be proud to inherit.

Photo Idea
A student may win a semester's tuition during "Pack Zorn Night" Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Students at the 7 p.m. women's basketball game can register for a chance to play a shooting game. At half, a student will try to make a layup, free throw, three-point shot and half-court shot. If they make all shots, they win the tuition prize.

Calendar Notes
Fall 2008 classes will end Friday, Dec. 12. Students will take final exams Dec. 15-19.

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