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Tip Sheet for the week of April 4, 2011

RELEASED: April 4, 2011

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Two western Wisconsin natives will be among the seven UW-Eau Claire students presenting their research this week in Madison to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni. Heather Harris, Stanley, and Danielle Ryan, Eau Claire, will present their research Wednesday, April 6, at the state capitol during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research." The title of their research project is "UWEC Students' Scientific Literacy and Attitudes Toward Science and Technology as a Function of Gender, Discipline, and Year in College." They worked on the faculty-student collaborative research project with Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, associate professor of psychology. For details, contact Dr. April Bleske-Rechek at 715-836-4641 or bleskeal@uwec.edu.

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The artwork of a retired UW-Eau Claire art professor is featured in an exhibition in the artist's home country of Estonia. Tiit Raid's exhibit "Estonian Art in Exile" is now on display at the Tartu Art Museum, in Tartu, Estonia, Raid's hometown. Raid was just 3 years old in 1944 when he, along with 100,000 other Estonians, escaped from his homeland as the Russian Army was pressing into Estonia. Raid has visited Estonia four times since 1994, when the country became free. This is the first time his work has been exhibited in his native country. Raid was one of 70 artists who displayed artwork during the three-month exhibition. Raid taught at UW-Eau Claire from 1967-2002. For details, contact Tiit Raid at raidt@uwec.edu.

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The 12th annual Symposium on East Europe will be held Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at UW-Eau Claire. The topic is "Twenty Years After: What We Have Learned and What We Have Failed to Learn." The two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Empire and the economic, political and social changes that have occurred have been replete with opportunities realized and lessons missed. Visiting dignitaries — all of whom are shapers of policy and academic specialists in East Europe — will share their analyses of the resurgence of Russia, U.S. policies, and the economic and political uncertainties ahead. It has been two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Empire, yet the 50-year Soviet domination still casts a shadow over the people, says Dr. Paulis Lazda, professor of history and chair of the symposium. People overthrowing oppressive authority to reclaim their freedom and to deal with the complexities of reestablishing democratic traditions has special relevance today as the world witnesses the struggle for democracy and the overthrow of dictators in the Middle East, Lazda says. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Friday with remarks by Lazda and Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. The speaker schedule can be found online. For details about the symposium or to arrange for interviews with the visiting professors and diplomats, contact Dr. Paulis Lazda at 715-836-4735 or lazdapi@uwec.edu.

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Dr. Debra Barker, professor of English and American Indian studies, received a UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award from the UW System. Barker's scholarship and research studies focus on American Indian literature, culture and political representations of American Indians in textbooks. Barker is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Nation). Her publications include articles on the Indian boarding school system, Lakota women's life writings, and the literary production of Louise Erdrich. A theme of Barker's work addresses the political and moral necessity of Act 31 compliance to ensure that Wisconsin children grow into a broader understanding about the history and cultures of Wisconsin Indians throughout their public school education. Since joining UW-Eau Claire in 1993, Barker has worked closely with the university's American Indian studies program. For more information, contact Dr. Debra Barker at 715-836-2028 or barkerdk@uwec.edu.

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