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Results of global warming survey to be discussed during Alumni Association luncheon

RELEASED: Sept. 17, 2010

graphic image of Let's Do Lunch! postcardEAU CLAIRE — Global warming has become a hotly debated topic around the world, but how much do University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and area households know about global warming and global warming policy?

Dr. Eric Jamelske, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of economics, will present "What do students and local households think about global warming?" from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. During the "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation, Jamelske will discuss the results of a survey he and five students conducted and will highlight the similarities and differences in responses.

Two hundred and ninety-two households and 412 UW-Eau Claire students in economics, geography and chemistry classes submitted surveys. Jamelske said there were some interesting results.

"Although more than 50 percent of both groups thought that global warming was happening and that it was cause for major concern, more students than households responded this way," Jamelske said. "In contrast, more household respondents said it was not really cause for concern, and by an even wider margin, more household respondents said that global warming was not happening."

Students Isaac Borofka-Webb, Chippewa Falls; Nicholas Kuqali, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ben Ponkratz, Eau Claire; Matthew Sackmann, Clinton; and Paul Stroik, Stevens Point, worked on the project with Jamelske. The project was funded through the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development, which is part of the UW-Eau Claire economics department. CVCERD receives support from Northwestern Bank of Chippewa Fall and Xcel Energy of Eau Claire through gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. In addition, the project received funding from UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and from differential tuition.

In April, students involved in the project presented survey results at Student Research Day on campus and at the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, as well as during oral presentations in the economics department. Jamelske also presented results at Jinan University and Xi'an University in China this past June.

Jamelske teaches microeconomics, health economics and environmental economics. His current research spans a wide spectrum, including fruit and vegetable intake among elementary school students, the UW-Eau Claire first-year experience program as well as health care and global warming issues.

He received his bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Sonoma State University and his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of California, Davis. He is a member of Energize Eau Claire County and Eau Claire County Healthy Communities.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266.

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