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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 7, 2008

RELEASED: Jan. 7, 2008

Campus Expert
Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of teacher education in the College of Education and Human Sciences, will be among the people discussing the future of education during a panel discussion Tuesday, Jan. 8,
in Eau Claire. Dr. Watson will provide an educator's perspective during the forum discussion. The panel discussion is slated to run from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at DeLong Middle School. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and Wisconsin State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster will lead the forum discussion. Congress is set to reform the six-year-old federal No Child Left Behind law in 2008. Tuesday's discussion will provide an opportunity for teachers, school administrators, parents and others to discuss the effects the law has had on area students.

Story Idea
More than 1,000 students are again enrolled in the three-week Winterim program, which runs through Friday, Jan. 18. Students could choose from nearly 70 courses in disciplines across the campus. Students enrolled in a biology class are studying in the Bahamas, where they're learning about marine systems and conservation, and biology and marine ecology. The students participate in daily field trips that focus on taxonomy, ecology and conservation of aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. Other Winterim courses touch on a variety of topics including but not limited to climate change, Arab/Israeli conflict, film and politics, art history, astronomy, wellness, accounting and health assessment. Provost Steve Tallant is available to talk about Winterim. You can reach Dr. Tallant at 715-836-2320 or tallansh@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Students in the fall 2007 semester's Public Affairs Reporting class created a Web site called VoteSmart, which provides in-depth, issue-based stories regarding the upcoming presidential election. The students' election stories can be read online. The stories also can be heard by downloading them onto an iPod/mp3 player. The stories focus on the election issues that students care about most — the war in Iraq, the environment, immigration, health care, tuition costs and Social Security, among others. UW-Eau Claire student and Bolivia native Claudia Lozano wrote and voiced her stories about immigration in Spanish and English. For more information about the Vote Smart project, e-mail Dr. Mike Dorsher, assistant professor of communication and journalism, at mdorsher@uwec.edu. Dr. Dorsher is teaching at Harlaxton College in England this semester but will be available to respond to e-mail questions. He also can help put reporters in touch with students who worked on the journalism project.

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