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Tip Sheet for the week of May 24, 2010

RELEASED: May 24, 2010

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Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology, will discuss the life cycle and necessary habitat of the endangered Karner Blue butterfly and report on the success of the Wisconsin Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan during a Wednesday, May 26, luncheon. Kleintjes Neff will present "Blue Butterfly or Butterfly Blues? Habitat Conservation Matters" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. During the presentation she will discuss the wild lupine, the sole larval host plant of the Karner Blue butterfly, as well as the ecology and status of the endangered butterfly. Kleintjes Neff, a member of the Wisconsin Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Team, studies insect habitat conservation and restoration. Her research uses butterflies as measures of success for various land management practices in locations that range from the mountains of New Mexico to the prairies and agricultural lands of Wisconsin. For details about her May 26 presentation or her research, contact Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff at kleintpk@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire alumni can learn business manners during a professional business etiquette dinner Wednesday, May 26, in The Dulany of Davies Center. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres. The dinner and program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sheryl Poirier, coordinator of the Student Professional Development program for UW-Eau Claire's College of Business, will present the etiquette program. The program will include advice on what to wear, what to say, what to do and what not to do during a business meal. For details, contact the Alumni Association at 715-836-3266.

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Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, assistant professor of biology, has received a $307,477 Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health. The grant program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The goal of Lyman Gingerich's research is to provide insight into the links between cilia signaling and human health, including heart development, fat storage and obesity, and polycystic kidney disease. Understanding the mechanisms involved in cilia function can better equip scientists to search for ways to improve human health. For details about her research, contact Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich at lymangjs@uwec.edu or 715-836-3020.

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Dr. Jerry Young, professor of music, will receive the first Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship from the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. He will be honored at the ITEA conference today (May 24) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Young joined the music and theatre arts department faculty in 1983.

Calendar items

  • Three-week Summer Session classes will begin today, May 24. Classes will continue through June 11.
  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will open again Tuesday, June 1.

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