Monday, July 28, 2014

Geospatial Education Initiative holds first business summit July 29

The first Geospatial Education Initiative business summit will be held July 29 at UW-Eau Claire, during which faculty and geospatial business partners will engage in discussions to progress toward the goals of the GEI to develop and promote the skills needed for today’s students entering the geospatial workforce.

The summit will run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Centennial Room of Davies Center.

In June, the GEI received a three-year $418,869 grant from the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Grants Program. (Read the full story.)

In particular, this year’s GEI business summit will seek input from the GEI’s business partners on core learning outcomes from the Geospatial Technology Competency Model of the Employment and Training Administration. The input will help UW-Eau Claire faculty in developing a comprehensive geospatial major, said Dr. Christina Hupy, associate professor of geography and GEI project lead.

Geospatial business partners participating in the business summit will be Paul Braun of Continental Mapping Consultants Inc., Sun Prairie; Adam Derringer of Ayres Associates Inc., Madison; Brian Welde of Mapper; Mike Neil and Tyler Patterson of C.H. Robinson, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and Mike Kramer of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Wausau.

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff participants will be Martin Goettl, Dr. Christina Hupy, Dr. Joe Hupy, Aaron Schroeder (student), Dr. Ryan Weichelt and Dr. Cyril Wilson, geography and anthropology; Dr. Jean Pratt, information systems; and Dr. Peter Bui and Dr. Chris Johnson, computer science.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Psychology/Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Dr. Michael Axelrod, associate professor of psychology, is the new Institutional Review Board chair, overseeing implementation of policies and procedures that protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in university research projects. More information.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Academic Skills Center/Women's Studies

Patti See's essay "Man with Dog" aired on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Wisconsin Life" July 9.


Bruce Taylor (emeritus) has had his ninth collection of poetry, titled "In Other Words," published. The book, published by Upriver Press, consists of five sections, each of which is based upon previously existing texts. Palimpsest, or a text written over another text — as on parchment or a wax tablet — is the controlling image. Whether an encyclopedia of gardening, the journals of a Trappist monk, the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci or the odes of a Persian mystic, the original writings serve as a source and inspiration for Taylor's poems, which in various ways explore the human relationship with the divine. Taylor's previous collections of poetry, including "The Longest You've Lived Anywhere: New & Selected Poems" (2013) and "Pity the World" (2005), are available at local book stores and through His poetry and translations have appeared in such publications as The Chicago Review, The Columbia Review, The Nation, The New York Quarterly and Poetry, as well as on American Public Media's "Writer's Almanac." More information about Taylor is available online.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Political Science

Dr. Justin Patchin will serve as a keynote speaker at the National Centre Against Bullying 2014 Conference Aug. 6-7 in Melbourne, Australia. The conference will bring together academics, policymakers, practitioners, educators, principals, leadership teams and youth from around the world to explore how bullying affects people of all ages and to share the latest research on strategies and solutions to help reduce the prevalence and impact of bullying and cyberbullying. More information is available online.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Charlene Burns participated in an intensive faculty seminar titled "Moral Dilemmas and Moral Choice in the Holocaust: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Pius XII as Case Studies in Religious Leadership." The seminar was funded by and took place at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies June 23-28 in Washington, D.C.


Karen Loeb's (emerita) story "The Walk to Makino," which won first place in the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters 2014 fiction contest, has been published in the spring 2014 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas. View Loeb's story and related news release.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Communication and Journalism

Terry and Liz Chmielewski each presented papers at the International Conference for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, which was held June 11-13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Liz's paper was titled "Living-Learning Communities vs. a Traditional Course Delivery System" and Terry's was titled "Toward a Theory of Eiconics." They also were interviewed by National Public Radio for their work on the Happiness Initiative. The interview was part of the Leadership for a Better World Global Summit June 17-18, which was sponsored by UW-Extension and hosted at UW-Madison. The Chmielewskis were joined by Mike Huggins, former Eau Claire city manager, for the interview and conference.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Dr. Martina Lindseth and Dr. Josh Brown had their article, titled "An Uplifting Experience: A Course Sequence Designed to Facilitate Proficiency Development" published in the spring 2014 issue (Vol. 47, No. 1, pages 49-55) of Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of German.