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First Fridays program to feature UW-Eau Claire physicist

RELEASED: Nov. 19, 2010

Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson
Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will explore the interesting and sometimes strange physical aspects of pressure through a wide variety of demonstrations at a Dec. 3 First Fridays program for senior citizens. His presentation, titled "Under Pressure," spotlights the pressure that is all around us, from the everyday objects we use to make our lives simpler (like a plunger), to the air molecules that surround us.

Hendrickson encourages active participation in science, taking fun science demonstrations to local schools. He received his bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and his master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. He began teaching at UW-Eau Claire in 1994 and has chaired the department of physics and astronomy since 2001.

A free continental breakfast will precede the formal program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m. For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be canceled if the Eau Claire Area School District has canceled or delayed classes due to hazardous weather.

First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts.

Now in its ninth season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler of the UW-Eau Claire Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby are First Fridays' community partners. The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship.

For more information about First Fridays or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS] or visit the First Fridays website.

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JS/DW

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