Monday, January 26, 2015

See's essay about white privilege in the north woods published

See
Patti See's piece "Hunter's Mother," an essay about white privilege in the north woods, was published in Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, Vol. 3.4, December 2014, pages 53-55.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Simek shares international experience on NAFSA website

Simek
Jodi Simek, senior international adviser in the Center for International Education, recently had her blog post "An Amazing, Career-Changing Professional Development Experience" published on the NAFSA website. NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education. Simek's post describes her recent experience as a participant in the Baden-Württemberg seminar, a weeklong training program sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. View Simek's blog post.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Faculty, staff receive grant funding

Congratulations to the following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members who recently received grant funding:
  • Dr. Ruth Cronje, English; Dr. Jim Boulter, Watershed Institute; Dr. Paul Kaldjian, geography and anthropology; Dr. Gerardo Licon, languages; Dr. Don Mowry, social work; Dr. Karen Mumford, Watershed Institute; and Peggy O'Halloran, Center for Alcohol Studies and Education; received an award from the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) AmeriCorps program. Twelve undergraduates will serve as AmeriCorps on a variety of campus-community projects. Community partners are Clear Vision Eau Claire; Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association; El Centro de Conexion de Chippewa Valley; Forest Street Community Garden; Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope (JONAH); Marshfield Clinic; and Third Ward and Historic Randall Park Neighborhood associations. Students will receive an educational stipend from WiCC after their service.
  • Dr. Stephen Drucker, chemistry, received an award of $228,693 from the National Science Foundation's Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms program. The proposal is titled "RUI: Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of Alpha-Beta Unsaturated Carbonyl Molecules in Triplet Excited States." The overall goal is to continue ongoing research on molecules in their lowest electronic excited states. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Karen Havholm and Heather Johnson Schmitz, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, received an award of $50,000 from the UW System Research & Discovery Grant program. The project is titled "Sustaining and Enhancing a Highly Effective Undergraduate Research Environment." The program includes a range of activities that reflect strategic next steps to accomplish medium-term goals of the plan developed by teams participating in UW System-CUR workshops. Undergraduates will be involved in the project though internships.
  • Dr. Jerry Hoepner and Dr. Abby Hemmerich, communication sciences and disorders, received an award of $4,000 from the UW System Office for Professional and Instructional Development Teaching and Learning Grants-Conferences program. The project is titled "UW System CSD Project Group: A 'Think Tank' for Clinical and Course-Based Pedagogies." The goal is to foster interprogram pedagogical and research collaborations across UW System CSD programs.
  • Dr. Deb Jansen, nursing, received an award of $699,953 from the Health Resources and Services Administration Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program. This program will provide traineeships that pay all or part of the costs of tuition and fees, books and reasonable living expenses for primary care NP Post-BSN to DNP students.
  • Dr. Susan Moch, nursing, received a continuing award of $5,000 from the Northern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center. The project is titled "Evidence-based Practice Projects with Northwest Region Public Health Services." The overall goal is to provide an evidence-based practice program between UW-Eau Claire and NWAHEC public health-related agencies. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, psychology, received an award of $304,029 from the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The project is titled "Hope Inspires." The overall purpose is to implement a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention in order to achieve our ultimate goal of zero suicides. Undergraduates will be involved in the research and programming.
  • Dr. Shelley-Rae Pehler, nursing, received an award of $1,200 from the NANDA International Foundation Research Grants program. The proposal is titled "Longing: A Patient and Care-giver-focused Clinical Diagnostic Validity Study." The overall goal is to more clearly define the phenomenon of longing for patients and caregivers in order to effectively develop interventions to address this human response. An undergraduate will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Crispin Pierce, environmental public health, received an award of $10,000 from the town of Cooks Valley. The project is titled "Sampling of Air Quality for PM10, PM2.5 and Crystalline Silica." Project activities will include installing a particulate sampler and collecting and analyzing samples. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Rose Theisen, chemistry, received an award of $12,500 from the UW System Office for Professional and Instructional Development Teaching and Learning Grants program. The project is titled "Investigation of Student Attitudes and Understanding in General Chemistry." Undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Kurt Wiegel, chemistry, received an award of $198,316 from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research. The project is titled "RUI: Thermoreversible hydrogen bonding in mesophase formation: enhancing stability and formation." The overall goal is to examine the area of supramolecular hydrogen bonded liquid crystalline networks. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bruce Taylor's poem appears in 'Rattle 46'

Taylor
Bruce Taylor (emeritus), English, had his poem "Good News Bad News" published in "Rattle 46." It can be read and heard online.

Monday, January 5, 2015

McAleer has essay published

Dr. Sean McAleer, philosophy and religious studies, had his essay, "Atheism and Twelve Step Spirituality," published in "Sobering Wisdom: Philosophical Explorations of Twelve Step Spirituality," edited by J. Miller and N. Plants, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2014.

Rasar honored by music therapy association

Rasar
Lee Anna Rasar, music and theatre arts, recently received the American Music Therapy Association Service Award at the 2014 national AMTA conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Rasar was recognized for her service to the association and the profession as well as her contributions to the practice of music therapy. For example, she served on the committee that wrote the Standards of Clinical Practice and chaired that committee for its first 10 years. Rasar — who has received more than 50 grants, primarily in the area of curricular assessment and design — has presented at more than 160 major conference sessions, frequently with her research students.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thurston has book published

Thurston
Dr. John Thurston (emeritus), psychology, has had his book, titled "The Thurstonian Theory of Life: There, but for the Mindless Whims of Chance, Go I," published. The book was edited by Jennifer Geiss and is available on Amazon.com and at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire. View related Volume One article. (Photo by Emily Albrent, Volume One)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thévenin has book review published

Thévenin
Dr. Dominique Thévenin (emerita), languages, had her book review of "Le cas Eduard Einstein" by Laurent Seksik published in The French Review, Vol. 88, No. 2, December 2014.