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 Amazon.com. 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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Faculty, staff receive grant funding

Congratulations to the following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members who recently received grant funding:
  • Dr. Michael Carney (Undergraduate Studies/chemistry) received an award for $10,700 from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.
  • Dr. Stephen Drucker (chemistry) received an award for 70,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate Research program. The project is titled "Spectroscopic Studies of Acrolein in Its T1(n,π*) Excited State." Undergraduate students will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Liz Glogowski (Materials Science Center) received an award for $50,000 from the UW System/WiSys Applied Research Grant program. The project is titled "Tuning of New Smart Polymer Surfactants for Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications." The project involves undergraduates. Dr. Glogowski also received an award for $55,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator program. The project is titled "Designing 'Smart' Polymer Self-assembling Systems by Tuning Polymer Functionality and Architecture." The overall goal is to produce "smart" materials, which provide a means of controlling polymer interactions based on an external stimulus, such as temperature, pH or ionic strength. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Karen Havholm (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs) received an award for $30,320 from UW System's Growth Agenda-Conference and Professional Development Grants program. The project is titled "Broadening the Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Success and Economic Development." The overall goal is to enable UW System-wide enhancement and expansion of undergraduate research and scholarly and creative activity.
  • Dr. Christina Hupy (geography and anthropology) received an award for $418,869 from UW System's Growth Agenda-Institutional Change Grants program. The project is titled "Geospatial Education Initiative." The goal is to cultivate and promote the skills needed for today's students entering the geospatial workforce. Undergraduate students will be involved in the project.
  • Dr. J. Brian Mahoney and Dr. Geoff Pignotta (geology) received an award for $19,527 from the U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP program. The project is titled "Assessing Basement Control on Structure and Stratigraphy in the Montana Fold and Thrust Belt South of the Helena Salient, Dillon, Montana." The award will support undergraduate summer field experiences.
  • Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk (Student Support Services) received a continuing grant for $378,511 from the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services program.
  • Dr. Crispin Pierce (environmental public health) received a sub-award for $10,000 from the University of Iowa. The project is titled "Environmental Health Sciences Research Center." Project activities will include sample collection and community education regarding sand mining. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Lisa Schiller (nursing) received an award for $8,749 from the Wisconsin Department of Public Health. The project is titled "Partners in Health and Safety." The goal is to build cultural competence among nursing undergraduates, promote agricultural health and safety, and provide health screening and immunizations for farm workers in Buffalo and Pepin counties. Undergraduates will be involved in the research.