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Tip Sheet for the week of March 1, 2010

RELEASED: March 1, 2010

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire graduates more students with bachelor's degrees in physics than most other similar colleges in the country, according to a recent American Institute of Physics study. UW-Eau Claire graduated an average of 13 physics majors per year during the three-year timeframe (2006-08) included in the American Institute of Physics study. Just 16 of the 505 bachelor's degree-granting departments at U.S. colleges and universities graduated more physics majors during that same time period, the study states. The 13-per-year average is especially impressive considering that the AIP study shows that more than 70 percent of the physics departments that offer the bachelor's as their highest physics degree graduate five or fewer physics majors a year. Twenty-six percent of UW-Eau Claire students who graduated during the three-year AIP study period were women, a rate that was above the 21 percent national average during that same period. For details, contact Dr. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics and astronomy and chair of the physics and astronomy department, at 715-836-5834 or hendrije@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire will host a series of events in March to call attention to the historical contributions of women as part of its Women's History Month celebration. Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, will facilitate a discussion about women and the military at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. A variety of issues will be addressed, including women's historical contributions to the military, and the discussion will focus on the specific experiences and opinions of audience members.

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The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire is teaming up with local restaurants and bars to distribute educational materials related to alcohol consumption. The campaign targets off-campus students. Dooley's Pub, Mogie's Pub and Restaurant and the Pioneer Tavern will allow blood-alcohol concentration charts to be hung in restrooms. Wallet-size cards also will be available for students to take with them. The posters and cards display the specific blood-alcohol concentration levels related to weight and number of drinks, with one version for men and one for women. Several phone numbers for local taxi services are provided. The goal of the campaign is to offer alcohol consumption information and encourage responsible drinking. In addition to the cards, Buzzy's Pizza Emporium, Erbert & Gerbert's, and Jeff and Jim's Pizza will put stickers with responsible drinking messages in their takeout food bags or containers. CASE is involved with numerous alcohol awareness activities throughout the year, teaming up with the county health department, the Eau Claire Area School District and neighborhoods through the Bridge Campus-Community Coalition. For details, contact Jennifer Lee at leejs@uwec.edu or 715-836-5111.

Story Idea
The department of education studies is sponsoring a visit by six graduate students and two faculty members from Japan's Hyogo University of Teacher Education Feb. 26-March 7. UW-Eau Claire has had a partnership with Hyogo University of Teacher Education since the late 1990s. The contingent will learn strategies and techniques for teaching English as a foreign language to middle school students in Japan. They will observe local middle school teachers and their students, attend faculty development sessions, and gather information pertaining to continuous international partnerships. The visitors will have time to take campus, local and regional tours, and will stay with community members to get an authentic cultural experience. For details, contact Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of the teacher education program and chair of the education studies department, at watsondc@uwec.edu.

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