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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 1, 2010

RELEASED: Nov. 1, 2010

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Students living in residence halls will welcome faculty, staff and administrators into their living spaces Monday evening during the university's first "Eau Cares House Calls" event. University employees will volunteer to visit with students in the students' element: the residence halls. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor of Student Affairs and Debi Levin-Stankevich, wife of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, are co-chairing the inaugural event. The evening will begin with a dinner for volunteers from 6-7 p.m. in the basement of Horan Hall. Volunteers then will be given a specific residence hall and floor to visit between 7 and 8:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., volunteers will gather again in the basement of Horan Hall to discuss their experiences. For more information, contact Dr. Beth Hellwig at 715-836-5992 or hellwiba@uwec.edu.

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People getting election results from Wisconsin Public Radio can thank a group of computer science students for providing WPR with the tools it needs to provide listeners with up-to-the-minute information. WPR Election Tracker is a state-of-the-art software program created by computer science students under the direction of Dr. Paul Wagner, chair of the computer science department. WPR Election Tracker began as a class project in a software engineering course in 2007. Four students worked to create a program to help WPR aggregate election night vote totals. Their work allowed the on-air announcers to give up-to-the-minute reports on the voting results. The project was not completed that semester, but a student continued work on the project and completed the first version of the program in spring 2008. WPR used the program successfully in the 2008 elections. Since then, students from an upper-level software engineering course have continued work on the system, fixing problems and adding features. For details, contact Dr. Paul Wagner at 715-836-5901 or wagnerpj@uwec.edu.

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Research on e-mail security that Eau Claire native Michael LeMay began with a professor when he was a 16-year-old sophomore at UW-Eau Claire has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office. LeMay, who began taking university computer science classes at age 15, collaborated on the research titled "Secure Electronic Message Transport Protocol" with Dr. Jack Tan, professor of computer science. LeMay earned his computer science degree in 2005 and is now in a doctoral program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project marks the first time a UW-Eau Claire faculty-student research project has resulted in a patent. LeMay, who became interested in electronics as a young boy, began programming at age 13 and was interested in computer security issues by age 15. As a teen, projects he entered in a competition at a county fair caught the attention of 4-H judge Dr. Susan Harrison, who was then an associate professor of computer science at UW-Eau Claire. With her encouragement, LeMay enrolled in a computer science class at age 15 and became a full-time student at 16. He was among the first recipients of a Karlgaard Computer Science Scholarship and he won a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He's the only UW-Eau Claire student to receive an NDSEG fellowship, which was created by the Department of Defense to increase the number of U.S. citizens trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. For details, contact Dr. Jack Tan at 715-836-2408 or tanjs@uwec.edu or Michael LeMay at m@lemays.org.

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UW-Eau Claire will host the International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Davies Center. Visitors can sample foods from around the world, be entertained by international performers, see colorful cultural exhibits, and experience the history and languages of other cultures. Students, community organizations and university departments represent more than 40 different countries/cultures at the fair. For details, contact Krista Brown at 715-836-4411 or brownkri@uwec.edu.

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