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Tip Sheet for the week of: March 31, 2008

RELEASED: March 31, 2008

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The Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture will present "Eyewitness: Iraq" with Sami Rasouli, founder of the Muslim Peacemakers Team, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The presentation will include a slide show and a question and answer session. Rasouli, who has dual Iraqi/American citizenship, was the owner of Sinbad's Restaurant in Minneapolis. More than four years ago, he moved back to Iraq to help his country and his people, acting as an activist and peacemaker. This is the fifth trip he has made back to the United States since moving back to Iraq. He founded the Muslim Peacemakers Team. The Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture was created as a tribute to the life of Dr. Eberth Alarcón, associate professor of mathematics, who died Sept. 26, 2006, after a battle against acute leukemia. Alarcón was known for his energy and passion for teaching and social justice. For more information, contact Karen Pope at popekj@uwec.edu or 715-529-0272.

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UW-Eau Claire will host its first "Local Foods Week" April 1-5, offering a series of events to help educate the campus and greater Eau Claire communities about local foods . A highlight of the week will be a lunch buffet featuring local food products. The buffet will be offered from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at The Dulany restaurant in Davies Center. Menu items will include entrees that feature local parsnips, cheeses, potatoes, wild rice and mushrooms. Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center will give a presentation titled "Where Does Your Food Come From?" from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. The economics department and the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development have joined with UW Extension to work on a research project that will characterize the local foods landscape in Western Wisconsin. Researchers have been surveying colleges and school districts to determine the degree to which they purchase and serve locally raised food products in their cafeterias and dining facilities. They are working on a similar survey of households in the area. Researchers will share their preliminary results from 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 1 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. Local foods will be available for tasting from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 2 on the Campus Mall. For more information about "Local Foods Week," contact Dr. Eric Jamelske at 715-836-3254 or jamelsem@uwec.edu or Corey Hilber at hilbercj@uwec.edu.

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"NanoDay in the Chippewa Valley," a day to share information about nanotechnology with the community, will be held April 3. Organizers hope to help people better understand nanotechnology and the resources and expertise available in the region. Activities include presentations at elementary schools in Fall Creek and Osseo-Fairchild. There will be an open house from 6:15-7 p.m. at the Materials Science Center in Phillips Hall at UW-Eau Claire. The open house will feature nanoscience displays and the instrumentation available in the area of materials science and nanotechnology. Hands-on nanoscience displays will help illustrate important concepts in nanoscience. At 7:30 p.m., Dr. Naomi Halas of Rice University will give a talk titled "Merging Nanotechnology with light for Biomedicine" in Room 007, Phillips Hall. For more information about "NanoDay in the Chippewa Valley" or specific activities, contact Dr. Doug Dunham at 715-836-5312 or dunhamdj@uwec.edu.

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Several faculty members will lead a roundtable discussion to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr . "The World Gone Mad" will run from noon-1 p.m. April 4 in Schofield Auditorium. Faculty include Dr. Robert Gough, Dr. Steven Gosch and Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton of the history department and Dr. Obika Gray of the political science department. They will offer personal and historical perspectives on the events surrounding King's assassination, as well as the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy just two months later on June 5, 1968. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

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