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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 31, 2011

RELEASED: Oct. 31, 2011

Story Idea
The world's population hit 7 billion today. While mathematicians don't think 7 billion is a big number because it is finite, hence countable, Dr. Robert Andersen, associate professor of mathematics, did put the milestone population number in context by noting that 7 billion seconds ago it was the year 1789 — the year that George Washington was first inaugurated president of the United States. In other words, the U.S. has had a president for only the last 7 billion seconds. Andersen can be reached at 715-836-2838 or andersrn@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2011-12 U.S. Fulbright fellows, according to a Fulbright Program list. The university is one of 14 schools in the master's institution category on the list of schools that produced the most U.S. Fulbright fellows. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school on the list of top Fulbright producers in the master's category. Three UW-Eau Claire students have received Fulbright awards this year. An alumna also received an award for 2011-12. Fulbright fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American faculty to do research, lecture and teach overseas. Dr. Crispin Pierce, associate professor of environmental public health, received a Fulbright Scholar award. He will teach and conduct research at the University of Eastern Finland in spring 2012. (See related news release.) For details, contact Cheryl Lochner-Wright at 715-836-4411 or lochnecb@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
Signs prohibiting firearms and other weapons are posted at entrances to all buildings on the UW-Eau Claire campus. They are in compliance with Wisconsin Act 35, which allows the concealed carry of firearms and other weapons by licensed permit holders. The new law takes effect Nov. 1. The prohibition of concealed-carry weapons is effective for campus buildings only. For details, contact David Sprick, University Police chief, at 715-836-2222.

Visiting Expert
The Forum will feature social innovator Bill Strickland Tuesday, Nov. 1. "The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp., Strickland has spent 30 years transforming the lives of thousands of adults and teens through his arts and vocational training centers. He founded the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild while an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Strickland is the author of "Make the Impossible Possible," which includes his journey from an inner-city childhood to lecturing at Harvard University and serving on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo Idea
Kids can trick-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. today (Oct. 31) in residence halls on upper campus. Children can go door-to-door in Oak Ridge, Chancellors, Bridgman, Sutherland, Governors, Towers and Murray halls. Towers Hall will offer tours starting in the main lobby. Participating rooms will have a decoration posted so children know to stop. For details, call 715-836-3674.


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