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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 28, 2009

RELEASED: Sept. 28, 2009

Story Idea
Dr. Derek Gingerich, assistant professor of biology, has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant was made possible by federal stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Gingerich's award was the first project at UW-Eau Claire to be funded by the stimulus dollars. Gingerich will use the grant funds, which will be distributed over three years, to continue his research related to how plants respond to light, research that will be of particular interest to the agriculture field. For details about the grant, contact Dr. Derek Gingerich at 715-836-4415 or gingerdj@uwec.edu. To discuss stimulus funds coming to campus, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research, at 715-836-3405 or havholkg@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
A program that provides behavior intervention services to children (ages 1-4) with autism will expand thanks to a $263,340 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds will help renovate the Campus Autism Program's space in the Human Sciences and Services building. The new space will allow CAP to work with more children and to provide more opportunities for students to perform clinical work in applied behavior analysis. Under the supervision of faculty, students work with children to improve behaviors, such as social and language skills, that enhance their lives. Families use CAP as they wait for the state to approve their in-home therapy requests. Approvals can take months, yet research shows children make the greatest progress the earlier intervention begins. CAP now serves four to seven families a semester. The new space will allow CAP to serve more children with autism or provide services to children who have other diagnoses, such as brain injuries or Down's syndrome. Students must complete a 500-hour supervised internship. Expanding CAP will allow more students to complete their internships on campus. Students who complete the program can take the national exam to acquire the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst credential. Many graduates go to graduate school, which allows them to seek the highest level of certification, Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Increasing the number of people with these certifications is critical because the demand for services in Wisconsin is great. In 2004-05, there were 4,361 kids (ages 3-12) in the state with autism and 19,086 people identified as having other developmental disabilities. Yet there are only nine people in Wisconsin with BCBA certification and just 12 people with BCaBA certification. Two of those with BCBA certification are on UW-Eau Claire's faculty. For details about the grant or the Campus Autism Program, contact Dr. Kevin Klatt, director of CAP, at 715-836-3995 or klattkp@uwec.edu.

Campus Expert
Dr. Jon Loomis, a critically acclaimed mystery novelist and poet, will discuss the pitfalls and rewards he experiences as a crime writer and professor during a Wednesday, Sept. 30, presentation. Loomis, assistant professor of English, will present "The Art of Killing: Crime Writing in the Academy" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant. He will discuss his experiences writing mystery novels set in Provincetown, Mass. — "High Season," published in 2007 and "Mating Season." In addition to the novels, Loomis also is the author of two books of poetry. For details, contact Dr. Jon Loomis at 715 836-4624 or loomisjr@uwec.edu.

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