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'Ask a Scientist' series to return Oct. 26

RELEASED: Oct. 7, 2010

Dr. Paul Wagner
Paul Wagner

EAU CLAIRE — Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as well as other community experts will share their knowledge with the general public during the "Ask a Scientist" series.

Dr. Paul Wagner, professor and chair of UW-Eau Claire's department of computer science, will present "Computer Security and Cyberwarfare" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Wagner's presentation will address issues such as the definition of cyberwarfare, its impact and relation to traditional warfare and the technological and political issues surrounding it.

"It's an important issue for individuals to consider as well, as it's more likely that those living in the United States will be affected by cyberwarfare in their lifetime than by physical warfare," said Wagner.

The monthly series was conceived in 2007 by Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy at UW-Eau Claire. Focused toward the educated layperson, the event features speakers who give 30-minute presentations and facilitate a 30-minute discussion period following the presentation. The event is typically held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Earlier this fall, Thomas received the UW System's 2010 Regents Teaching Excellence Award for his work on this series in addition to many other outstanding career achievements.

Dr. Steve Weiss, an internal medicine physician at Luther Midelfort, will present "Power Issues in the Doctor-Patient Relationship" Nov. 23. There will be no presentation in December.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Thomas at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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