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Political Scientist to Discuss the Nov. 4 Election

RELEASED: Oct. 21, 2008

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire political scientist will examine the latest trends for the Nov. 4 election and discuss how information from previous election cycles can help people understand what will happen in November during an Alumni Association luncheon later this month.

Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, associate professor of political science and American Indian studies, will present "Countdown to Election '08" from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 30 at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire.

The director of the Political Research Institute at UW-Eau Claire, Peterson will talk about the current polling and projections, how those projections compare to previous election cycles and the factors that are likely to come into play in terms of the final election outcome.

Peterson's primary research interests are in the fields of political behavior, elections, political communication and committee formation in legislatures. His research has appeared in a range of journals, including American Indian Quarterly, Political Behavior, The Journal of Political Marketing, Congress and the Presidency, and The Journal of Homeland Security. He serves as an official representative to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and is a member of the governing council of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in political science and psychology at Moorhead State University in Minnesota and his doctorate degree in political science from the University of Iowa. He has been a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire since 2000.

To discuss Peterson's presentation or his research, contact him at 715 836-3641 or petersgd@uwec.edu.

The Oct. 30 presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program, which is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266.

The next "Let's Do Lunch" will be a Jan. 28, 2009, presentation by Dr. Warren Gallagher, associate professor of chemistry. He will discuss the chemical detective work that led to the discovery of the correct structure for an environmentally important molecule.

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KH/JB

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