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Tip Sheet for the week of July 27, 2009

RELEASED: July 27, 2009

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On a recent research trip to Vietnam, Dr. Joseph Hupy and two UW-Eau Claire students collected data that could be helpful in advancing the recovery of a landscape that saw intense fighting more than 40 years ago during the Vietnam War. What they are concluding as they analyze their data is proving to be controversial in the academic world, Hupy says.

Hupy, an assistant professor of geography and anthropology, and geography majors Justin Berg, Chippewa Falls, and Thomas Koehler, Appleton, have been analyzing their data since returning in June after three weeks studying the Khe Sanh battlefield where, during three months in 1968, aircraft delivered nearly 99,000 tons of munitions.

The researchers, accompanied on their trip by three Vietnam War veterans who were at Khe Sanh in 1968, are finding evidence that the landscape at the battlefield site would be largely reforested today but for land use patterns tied to economic activities like raising cattle and the creation of a large coffee plantation. Hupy, Berg (a former U.S. Marine) and Koehler are available to discuss the implications of their research findings and to share their experiences while in Vietnam, including the challenges of collecting data despite the Vietnamese government's efforts to thwart their efforts. Hupy also can put reporters in touch with the veterans who accompanied the researchers. Contact Hupy at hupyjp@uwec.edu or 715-836-2316, Berg at bergjt@uwec.edu or 715-726-1149 and Koehler at koehletj@uwec.edu or 920-475-3466.

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Each year area residents serve as hosts to UW-Eau Claire international students through the Host Family/Friends Program, and the university's Center for International Education is again seeking volunteer hosts. Hosts provide a weekend home stay Aug. 21-23 before the students move into their residence halls. Hosts and their students also stay in touch for activities and outings throughout the students' time at UW-Eau Claire. Chippewa Falls resident and UW-Eau Claire alumna Dawn Frazer has served as an international student host and is available to discuss her experience. She can be reached at Dawn.Frazer@Wisconsin.gov or 715-829-7038. For more information about the Host Family/Friends Program, contact Kathryn Hurd, community outreach coordinator in the Center for International Education, at hurdka@uwec.edu or 715-836-4411.

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This is the final week of UW-Eau Claire's 2009 Summer Events series:

  • Eau Claire native Matt Wahl will perform today's Music on the Mall concert at 7 p.m. (Rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center)
  • The Shakespeare and Others in the Park series will present poetry readings July 29 by four distinguished members of the area's literary community — Alan Jenkins, Peg Lauber, Jeannie Roberts and Nadine S. St. Louis beginning at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall.
  • The Fresh Start Farmers Mart will run from 7:30-11:30 a.m. July 30 on the Central Campus Mall.

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