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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 3, 2011

RELEASED: Jan. 3, 2011

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Three students and a faculty member from the communication and journalism department will be in Moldova Jan. 3-26 to help Peace Corps volunteer and Eau Claire native Monika Hartsel train local students to run a public radio station housed in a village school. The UW-Eau Claire team also will conduct research that explores the question "How does exposure to democratic journalism influence public perceptions of journalism credibility in a former Soviet republic?" Journalism majors Elizabeth Dohms, Wausau; Scott Morfitt, Amery; and Alex Luedtke, Mosinee; joined Jan Larson, associate professor of communication and journalism, on the Moldova Community Radio project, led by Hartsel. Hartsel, a graduate of Memorial High School in Eau Claire, is serving as a Peace Corps English education volunteer in Giurgiulesti until July. While in Moldova, the group will lead a two-week radio journalism camp for students in grades 5-12, and for teachers and community members. Moldova is a former Soviet Socialist Republic and the poorest country in Europe. While the country's constitution guarantees free speech, the independent media there has experienced harassment, beatings and jail in several high-profile corruption cases. For details, contact Jan Larson at larsoja@uwec.edu; Monika Hartsel at monikahartsel@gmail.com; or Elizabeth Dohms at dohmsen@uwec.edu.

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An Eau Claire native was among a team of UW-Eau Claire physics majors who ranked highly in the international University Physics Competition. Seniors Justin Vasel, Eau Claire, and Nick Brewer, Clintonville; and junior Andrew Bartlein, Mequon, placed in the top 10, earning a silver medal for their work. The international contest is for undergraduate students who worked in teams at their home universities all over the world. They spent 48 hours analyzing a scenario using the principles of physics and writing a paper describing their work. The UW-Eau Claire team had to find the best alternative route for placing a spacecraft into orbit around the planet Neptune using the process of aerobraking. For details, contact Vasel at vaselja@uwec.edu.

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Thirty-one UW-Eau Claire students are in Miami this week as part of a Circle K club Alternative Winter Break trip. Students will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity project from Jan. 1-9. Circle K is an international service organization for college students sponsored by Kiwanis International. The UW-Eau Claire club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire. For details, contact trip organizer Melissa Rowe at rowemg@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire Winterim classes began today. The Winterim session will continue through Friday, Jan. 21.

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