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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 7, 2009

RELEASED: Dec. 7, 2009

Story Idea
Students in a hydrogeology class are helping Eau Claire County revise its comprehensive plan for managing groundwater. The Eau Claire County Groundwater Advisory Committee is updating the Groundwater Management Plan, which was written in 1994. Kirsten Cahow-Scholtes, Eau Claire County land conservation supervisor, asked the hydrogeology class, taught by Dr. Katherine Grote, assistant professor of geology, to research the 15 groundwater-related issues identified as priorities by the county. Some of the students' work involves updating information about issues that already were identified in the 1994 plan, such as gas storage tanks. Other topics relate to issues that have surfaced in the 15 years since the plan was created, such as concerns about pharmaceuticals in groundwater. Students will share their findings with county representatives during class presentations Wednesday, Dec. 9. The presentations will run from 11 a.m.-2p.m. in Room 248 of Phillips Science Hall. The students also will provide written reports that the county can incorporate into its groundwater management plan. The reports will include links to regulations and other information that will help make the plan a useful online resource. The plan currently is available only in a paper format. The research involves Web and literature reviews but also includes contacting the different management entities, such as the DNR or the health department. For details, contact Dr. Katherine Grote at 715-836-5485 or grotekr@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Dr. Tarique Niazi, assistant professor of sociology, is an expert on conflicts in South and Southeast Asia; geopolitics in South Asia; and the ethnic dimensions of conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He is available to discuss U.S. policies relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan. A faculty member at UW-Eau Claire since 2000, Dr. Niazi earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from universities in Pakistan. You can reach Dr. Tarique Niazi at 715-836-3168 or niazit@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Every classroom, department, residence hall and employee workspace at UW-Eau Claire now have an Emergency Procedures Guide to help members of the campus community react appropriately and quickly in a variety of emergency situations. The guides provide guidelines for actions associated with emergencies such as fires, severe weather, bomb threats, shooters, medical emergencies, suspicious packages and utility failures. Information in the guides includes telephone numbers and other contact information, as well as step-by-step suggestions for dealing with various emergency scenarios. The information is specific enough to be useful but general enough that it could be used in different situations. The guides also will be posted on UW-Eau Claire's emergency Web site. For details, contact Sgt. Chris Kirchman at 715-836-2402 or 715-836-2222.

Story/Photo Idea
The Dave Rudolf Holiday Show, a free comedy concert for families with kids of all ages, will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Rudolf's production of songs, humor and audience participation features kids twisting to the "Candy Cane Twist," hula hooping to "Santa's Got a Zoot Suit," some traditional holiday tunes, Christmas parodies and lots of yuletide joy.

Story/Photo Idea
Students are helping to organize the Jingle Bell Run/Walk to support the Arthritis Foundation. The event will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in Davies Center. The cross country teams and University Centers will sponsor and help organize the event. Members of the teams will help during the run/walk.

Calendar Notes
This is the last week of regular classes for the fall 2009 semester. Students will take final exams the week of Dec. 14.

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