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Nov. 17, 2014



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Pioneer in using unmanned aerial systems in rescue missions to speak on campus

A world-renowned expert on using unmanned aerial systems in search and rescue missions will be on campus this week as part of the university’s Geographic Information Systems Day (Nov. 20) and Geography Awareness Week celebrations. Gene Robinson’s keynote address will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Woodland Theater on the third floor of Davies Center. Robinson, founder of RP Flight Systems Inc., is interviewed regularly by national media about the use of UASs to find missing people, as well as to assist law enforcement and other agencies in multiple ways. You can learn more about Gene Robinson online. In addition to giving Thursday’s keynote, Robinson also will join Dr. Joseph Hupy as he gives the university’s November "Ask a Scientist" presentation. Dr. Hupy’s talk, titled "Unmanning Aerial Systems: A Geospatial Revolution," will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. More UW-Eau Claire students are receiving training and developing skills in GIS thanks to the university’s new Geospatial Education Initiative funded through a $418,869 grant from the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Grants Program. Geospatial technology refers to the technical tools used in GIS, global positioning systems, computer cartography, remote sensing and field sensors that help in acquiring, storing, processing, analyzing and communicating information connected to a specific location. Geospatial skills are highly valued in industry and government, which is leading to growing interest among current and future students. University faculty and students will share information about the projects they already are doing inside and outside of the classroom that relate to the geospatial initiative during an open house beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Room 268 of Phillips Science Hall. For more information about the geospatial initiative, contact Dr. Christina Hupy, associate professor of geography, at hupycm@uwec.edu. For details about all GIS and Geography Awareness Week events, contact Martin Goettl at 715-836-4709 or goettlm@uwec.edu.

Faculty to discuss 'Fear and Ebola in America: Civil Liberties Implications of Public Policy Choices'

Dr. John Evans, political science; Dr. Chris Gabel, Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies; and Dr. Eric Kasper, political science; will present a panel discussion titled "Fear and Ebola in America: Civil Liberties Implications of Public Policy Choices" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Room 1614 of Centennial Hall. For details, contact Dr. Eric Kasper at kasperet@uwec.edu or 715-836-4802.

UW-Eau Claire partnership with Visit Eau Claire receives statewide honors

Visit Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire's facility usage agreement has received the Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Partnerships. The award recognizes outstanding marketing and partnership efforts that also help to increase the visibility of Wisconsin's tourism industry and destination marketing organizations. Chancellor James Schmidt says the university's partnership with Visit Eau Claire creates opportunities to make Eau Claire more of a destination location, not only for existing performances and events, but by creating new possibilities. The honor represents UW-Eau Claire's efforts to collaborate with the community and region on important cultural, quality of life and economic development initiatives, Schmidt says. The partnership allows Visit Eau Claire to bid for events that it previously had not been able to go after, and could serve as a model across Wisconsin.

Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang to read from new work during English Festival

UW-Eau Claire's English Festival will present award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang as a part of the Blugold Visiting Writers Series. Yang will read from her new, unpublished work, "Still, Fluttering Heart: The Second Album," at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Room 2614 of Centennial Hall. Yang is author of the award-winning book "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," which depicts her family’s personal journey from Laos to Thailand, and finally, America, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Her work is the recipient of several awards, including the 2009 Minnesota Book Award and the Minnesota Readers Choice Award. For details, contact Emily Spence, English Festival president, at spenceer@uwec.edu.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tours comes to campus this week

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be featured at UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 17-18, in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. The film and book festival originates in Banff, Alberta, Canada, at the beginning of November before it tours internationally. The Banff Mountain Film Festival brings together a number of works concerning the outdoors, the environment and various sustainability issues. For details, contact Olivia McCarthy at 608-449-7935 or mccartog@uwec.edu.

Native American Heritage Month: American Indian Student Panel

As part of the university’s Native American Heritage Month celebration, the American Indian Student Panel will present "Ask an Indian" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. The event will give students the opportunity to anonymously ask American Indian students questions on topics they may be unsure of. The panel will address everything from sovereignty to beliefs to mascots. For details, contact Dr. Heather Ann Moody, assistant professor of American Indian studies, at 715-836-4690 or moodyha@uwec.edu.

Chancellor's Centennial History Series to focus on the campus' environmental history

Dr. Karen Mumford, assistant professor, Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies; Dr. Kate Hale-Wilson, senior lecturer emerita of English; Dr. James Boulter, associate professor and director, Watershed Institute; and Greg Kocken, assistant professor and head, McIntyre Library Special Collections and Archives; will present "Little Niagara Big Picture: Exploring Streams of Campus Environmental History, 1916-2014" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Dakota Room (Room 340) of Davies Center as part of the Chancellor's Centennial History Series. Presenters will share information about the past, present and future of sustainability initiatives at UW-Eau Claire.


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