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Oct. 8, 2004

UW-RF College Offers Free Lecture Series

The UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences will host several free presentations on topical issues as part of its new series this fall.

Lectures are held either at the River Falls Library, the corner of Division and Union streets, or Hudson Hospital Conference Center, south of I-94 on Stageline Road.

"Looking Up from the Bottom of the World: Viewing the Universe from the South Pole," is Oct. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the lower level of the River Falls Library. Jim Madsen, UW-RF professor of physics, will explain current scientific knowledge about the universe. Madsen has been involved in the Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA) and the international IceCube projects, which involves searching for dark matter and studying neutrinos in the South Pole.

"Voting Matters: Living and Voting in a Battleground State," is Oct. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hudson Hospital Conference Center, south of Interstate 94 and east of Carmichael Road. A faculty panel will provide insight on the Electoral College, voting participation statistics and procedures and highlights of campaign tactics. The panel includes Tracey Gladstone-Sovell, UW-RF political science professor and co-author of "The Web of Democracy: An Introduction to American Politics;" David Alperin, UW-RF political science professor; and John Heppen, noted author and researcher on political and economic geography.

"Progress into the Past: Rediscovering Our Biblical Roots" is Nov. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the River Falls Library. Steven Derfler, an instructor in art history, will journey through maps, plans and imagery of several excavations in the ancient land of Israel. Derfler has researched ancient civilizations for more than 25 years. He also teaches at the University of St. Thomas and leads study tours to several countries, including Israel and Egypt.

"Alzheimer's Disease: An Epidemic of Forgetting" is Nov. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hudson Hospital Conference Center. Alzheimer's disease affects 12 million people worldwide and 4 million in the United States. Katherine Miller, UW-RF biology professor, will discuss the biology and pathology of the disease in accessible terms and provide current information about the disease and treatment options. Information on support groups and caregivers also will be provided. Miller has been researching neurodegenerative diseases since 1984.

No reservations are needed to attend the lectures. For more information, contact the UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.


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