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Students recognized for political science research

RELEASED: April 21, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students have been acknowledged for research papers they presented at the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Student Conference April 8 at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. The theme of this year's conference was "Can the Globe go Green? Environmental Sustainability, Peace, and the Threats of War."

Juniors Nicholas Koerner, Eau Claire, and Tyrel Zich, Fall Creek, were awarded Leonard Gambrell World Politics awards. The awards are scholarships established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to recognize superior papers presented at the WIPCS Student Conference.

Koerner is pursuing a major in political science and minor in Middle East studies. He was awarded for his paper titled "The World Trade Organization: An Existential Threat to the Environment of the United States."

Koerner said he researched cases of the WTO undermining U.S. environmental policies and analyzed the relationship between the U.S. and the WTO as a matter of power and state sovereignty.

Zich also is pursuing a political science degree. His paper titled "China's Economy and Environment: A Case Study Measuring the Social, Political, and Economic Complexities of Development" questioned how growth is measured and the impact development has on the environment.

Zich said he used China as an example to show that traditional measures of growth and the impact of growth on the environment fails to take into account the social, political and economic realities of development.

WIPCS is an organization of private and public colleges and universities in Wisconsin dedicated to enriching academic and public discourse on issues of peace and conflict.

Dr. Leonard Gambrell, a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of political science, taught at the university from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. That same year he received the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. The recognition carried with it a cash award, which he used to establish the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Fund. Winners are selected by a committee of UW-Eau Claire political science faculty. Gambrell now lives in New Mexico.

For more information about WIPCS or the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Fund, contact Dr. Rodd Freitag, associate professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire political science department, at freitard@uwec.edu.

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