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Tip Sheet for the week of May 23, 2011

RELEASED: May 23, 2011

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A business finance major who works in UW-Eau Claire's Biology Greenhouse has created an epiphyte display to replicate plants that grow in tropical rainforests. The display includes a variety of plants — such as orchids, bromeliads and tillandsias — that will help greenhouse visitors better understand the beneficial relationships between plants and organisms. Joseph Peterson, a junior from Edina, Minn., created the display during the spring 2011 semester. He hopes it promotes an appreciation for currently threatened tropical rainforests. As the epiphyte plants establish themselves, Peterson hopes the display will become an advanced artificial ecosystem that replicates the tropical conditions present in rainforest canopies. The university's greenhouse is regularly visited by members of the UW-Eau Claire campus community, as well as area school groups and other community members. For details, contact Joseph Peterson at petejos@uwec.edu.

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Two programs will be in place this week to help keep neighborhoods close to campus cleaner as thousands of students move from apartments and houses at the end of the spring semester. Daily curbside trash pickup will be offered through Saturday, May 28, in neighborhoods with large student populations. The annual "Don't Dump It, Donate It!" program will run Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, at the corner of Second Avenue and Water Street in UW-Eau Claire's Water Street parking lot. Students living off campus can donate clothes, household items, furniture and nonperishable foods during the two-day event.

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The recent social protests in Arab countries and what they mean for democracy in that part of the world will be the topic of a Wednesday, May 25, luncheon. Dr. Ali R. Abootalebi, professor of Middle Eastern and global politics, will present "Arab Upheavals 2011: 1989 redux or something else?" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Abootalebi, who was born in Iran, will share his cautious optimism toward the idea that the social protests in Arab countries could mean the end of authoritarian rule by Arab states and the arrival of democracy. Abootalebi, who came to the U.S. in 1977, has taught courses in Middle Eastern and global politics for 20 years. An executive council member for the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, he has published extensively on issues pertinent to Islam and politics, Islam and democracy, the Arab-Israeli conflict and Iran's political economy.

Calendar Items

  • Three-week summer session classes will begin Monday, May 23. Classes will continue through Friday, June 10.
  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, May 30, in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday.

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