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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 26, 2009

RELEASED: Oct. 26, 2009

Story Idea
An international conference on the works of Dr. Tess Onwueme, distinguished professor of English, will be held next month in Nigeria, Onwueme's native country. The high-profile event is expected to attract participants from throughout the world. "Staging Women, Youth, Globalization and Eco-Literature" to be held Nov. 11-14 at the University of Abuja will focus on Onwueme as a playwright, scholar, activist and producer. Onwueme's works explore a range of social, political, historical, cultural and environmental concerns. Having an international conference dedicated exclusively to her work is an indication of how respected Onwueme is throughout the world, said Dr. Jack Bushnell, chair of the English department. One of the best known and most prolific women playwrights of African descent, Onwueme has received many international awards, including the African Literature Association's Fonlon-Nichols award. You can reach Dr. Onwueme at 715-836-4041 or onwuemto@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Career Services' "Explore Your Possibilities" week (Oct. 26-30) will focus on community involvement, the green movement and growing a resume while in college. A kick-off party will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Career Services, Schofield 230. Throughout the week employers, faculty, staff and alumni will discuss majors and careers, how to gain work experience and the job search. Speakers will include representatives from many businesses and organizations, including Target, Wipfli, Luther Hospital, Wells Fargo, Federated Insurance, Manpower, The Children's Cancer Research Foundation, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and Cargill. For details, call Jesica Witte at 715-836-5358.

Campus Expert
Heather Mishefske, owner of emBARK, will lead a "Ask A Scientist" presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. During her presentation, titled "Teaching your Dog ESL," she will discuss how people communicate with animals that do not speak our language.

Campus Expert
A biologist will discuss his research on fish habits in the lower Chippewa River Wednesday, Oct. 28. Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology, will present "Linking Channel Stability and Fish Habitat in the Lower Chippewa River" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. He will discuss the Chippewa River, which has a diverse abundant fish life. Lonzarich's research on fish biology has taken him to rivers, lakes, estuaries and coral reefs throughout the U.S. and Bahamas. For details, contact Dr. Lonzarich at lonzard@uwec.edu or 715-836-3260.

Visiting Expert
Dr. Douglas Tallamy, chair of the entomology and wildlife ecology department at the University of Delaware, will give two presentations Thursday, Oct. 29. He is the author of "Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens," a book about the importance of maintaining insect diversity with native plants to sustain the food web. Tallamy will present "The Impact of Alien Plants on Food Webs" at 4 p.m. in Room 413, Phillips Science Hall. His public talk, "Bringing Nature Home," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100, Schneider Hall. The Conservationists student group will sell his book as a fundraiser before the evening presentation. For details, contact Lynn Janik at 715-836-3523.

Visiting Expert
In honor of Pink Ribbon Day, UW-Eau Claire will host two sessions about cancer Monday, Oct. 26. Georgia Smith, director of Cancer Care Services at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, will present "Breast Cancer Awareness: The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon and Balloons" at noon in the Eagle Room, Davies Center. "Cancer? Isn't that for Old People? A Cancer Primer for College Students" will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. She will discuss several cancers and their relevance to college students. For details, contact Abby Vercauteren at 715-836-2693 or vercaual@uwec.edu.

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