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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 26, 2009

RELEASED: Jan. 26, 2009

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Human service professionals in western Wisconsin will soon be able to earn a master's degree in social work by taking weekend classes at UW-Eau Claire. The UW System recently approved a plan that will allow the UW-Madison's master of social work program to be available on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Social work faculty say it's exciting to respond to a long-standing regional need during these difficult economical times. The program also is an excellent example of how higher education institutions are working together to meet regional needs in the state. Students will take classes at UW-Eau Claire but earn their master's degree from UW-Madison. The part-time master's program was created after years of planning and surveying human service professionals. Those surveyed expressed interest in a program that would not require travel to the Twin Cities or Madison, and in weekend classes that would allow them to remain employed full time. All courses will be offered on Saturdays. Two cohorts of 24 students will be admitted to the program each year. For details, contact Dr. Gloria Fennell, associate professor of social work and the program's co-director, at 715-836-5101 or fennelgl@uwec.edu.

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Hybrid guru Chris Schneider will present an Alternative Fuel Vehicle seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at UW-Eau Claire. A video discussing alternative fuel vehicles will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Davies Theatre of Davies Center, followed by a question-and-answer session with experts on electric and natural gas technologies. A natural gas vehicle and a neighborhood electric vehicle will be on display on the Central Campus Mall. Schneider is an expert on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. He has toured the Midwest advocating the benefits of choosing transportation that will have the least impact on the environment and building a new American energy future. For more information or to schedule an interview with Schneider, call 608-784-6440 or e-mail chris-hybridguru@centurytel.net.

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A new service sponsored by UW-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Technical College, the Eau Claire Area School District and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce helps employers explore the possibilities of offering internships to students in the Eau Claire area. Launched in fall 2008, Chippewa Valley Internship Central is a Web site designed to help businesses create and offer internships to area students. The service provides employers with an internship road map and helps them understand the capabilities of interns. The site was created at a time when more schools and businesses require internships as part of their graduation requirements or to become employed. The resource offers project planning worksheets, lists of possible job duties and other resources. It also features an e-mail link, which offers additional assistance. For more information, contact Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services, at 715-836-3345.

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A chemist will describe how research carried out at UW-Eau Claire led to a revised chemical structure for an environmentally important molecule. Dr. Warren Gallagher, associate professor of chemistry, will present "Chemical Detective Work Leads to Molecular Structure Discovery" from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 28 at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. The research he will discuss illustrates the classical scientific method of observation, hypothesis and chemical detective work. Gallagher will talk about how he and an undergraduate collaborator used two of UW-Eau Claire's state-of-the-art instruments — a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer — to determine a different chemical structure for the molecule methanobactin. To discuss Gallagher's presentation or his research, contact him at 715-836-5388 or wgallagh@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's spring 2009 semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 26.

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