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First Fridays presents program on global climate change

RELEASED: Oct. 23, 2009

Dr. Jim Phillips
Dr. Jim Phillips

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's First Fridays program for senior citizens will continue its fall season with a Nov. 6 presentation titled "Clearing the Air: The Scientific Basis for Global Climate Change" by Dr. James Phillips. Phillips, professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department, will present the scientific evidence in support of the global warming hypothesis, highlight issues that are still somewhat uncertain, and even touch on the ethical aspects of climate change.

Phillips teaches general, physical and environmental chemistry and maintains an active, externally funded undergraduate research program. He grew up in the Twin Cities and received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Middlebury College in Vermont. Phillips earned his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Minnesota and spent two years as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration postdoctoral fellow in climate and global change at University of Colorado at Boulder. Phillips joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1998.

A free continental breakfast will precede the formal program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m. For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be canceled if the Eau Claire Area School District has canceled or delayed classes due to hazardous weather.

First Fridays programs are held the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts.

Now in its eighth season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler of the University Centers' Activities and Programs office, and is hosted by Robert Rademaker, the dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby are First Fridays' community partners. The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship.

For more information about First Fridays or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS].

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JS/DW

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