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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 16, 2009

RELEASED: Nov. 16, 2009

Story Idea
Students in several geology and astronomy classes will be able to hold a piece of the moon in their hands. Dr. Beth Johnson, a visiting assistant professor of geology, is using the materials — on loan to her from NASA — in the geology class she teaches for education majors. It's good for future educators to see the lunar materials because when they are teachers they can work with NASA to borrow similar materials for their classrooms. Faculty teaching other geology and astronomy courses this semester also are using the lunar materials in their classes. The samples include microscope slides and a disk that contains small rock and sediment samples about the size of a thumbnail. The materials include lunar basalts and impact debris. The samples were collected by astronauts from all Apollo missions that landed on the moon. Johnson will share the materials with the public later this week during an event at Hobbs Observatory at Beaver Creek Reserve. "Stars, Dust, and Rockets" will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Johnson and Dr. Elisha Polomski, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will lead the presentation. Polomski will discuss infrared astronomy. Johnson will explain the origin of the moon and the significance of the lunar material. For more information about the lunar material, contact Dr. Beth Johnson at 715-836-2958 or johnbeth@uwec.edu. For information about the Nov. 21 event at Hobbs Observatory, contact Dr. Polomski at 715-836-6023 or epolomsk@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Wisconsin Youth Success Program (formerly named the National Youth Sports Program and later the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program), a free five-week summer camp that has served nearly 11,000 Chippewa Valley youth over the past 29 years, must raise $30,000 by Feb. 15, 2010, if it is to operate next summer. Each summer WYSP, held on campus and run by University Recreation and Sport Facilities staff, has provided more than 400 area youth ages 10-16 with opportunities to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. Many of the youth served by the program are part of under-served populations that may not otherwise have opportunities to attend programs on campus. Federal funding for the award-winning program was eliminated in 2008, but UW-Eau Claire continued it and renamed it. WYSP has since relied on community partnerships and private funding for support. It's had long-standing partnerships with the Eau Claire Area School District and its Building Bridges program, as well as the Altoona School District. Other partners have included the UW-Health/Family Medicine Clinic in Eau Claire, which has provided free medical exams to participants, and the Chippewa Valley Technical College dental hygiene program, which has offered campers a free dental screening and cleaning. Lisa M. Schuetz, WYSP activity director, is available to talk about the program and its impact on thousands of Chippewa Valley youth, as well as its funding needs. Contact Schuetz at 715-836-2400 or schuetlm@uwec.edu. Two former camp participants, both Eau Claire natives who later worked as WYSP staff members, also are available for interviews. Contact Talia Steuding, a 2008 UW-Eau Claire graduate, at 715-563-0287 or talia.steuding@gmail.com, or Steven Bader, a current UW-Eau Claire student, at 715-497-4571 or badersl@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Connie Bengston, coordinator with the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom program of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will discuss the needs, specifically medical, of veterans of current or recent combat situations. "Returning Veterans: How Can We Help?" will run from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. The OIF/OEF program emphasizes community-based, early-intervention services focused on the needs of veterans who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Kuwait and East Africa.

Story Idea
A panel discussion featuring campus veterans will run from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. P.J. Kennedy, director of Counseling Services and a veteran, will facilitate the discussion.

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