Thursday, September 18, 2014

Upcoming ORSP events

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the following presentations in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Old Library 1142:

Faculty/Staff Forums
  • Sept. 24, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Dr. Abby Hemmerich, communication sciences and disorders, "The Wavering Voice: Vocal Tremor Assessment and Treatment"
  • Oct. 1, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Dr. Phil Ostrander, music and theatre arts, "Trombone Thievery: Music Stolen and Rearranged for Trombone Ensemble"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Condolences to Jane Linstedt, University Centers, whose husband, James Linstedt, passed away Sept. 16 in Chippewa Falls. A link to an obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Investment counseling to be offered Sept. 23-24

TIAA-CREF graphicTIAA-CREF consultant Jim Soholt will be available to discuss financial matters with UW-Eau Claire employees Sept. 23 and 24 in the Oneida Room (320D) of Davies Center. Register online or call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment.

Monday, September 15, 2014

UW System offers guidance on political activities

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are encouraged to review the UW System guidelines on political campaign activities at system institutions. The guidelines are available on the government relations page of the UW System website.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flags to be flown at half-staff Sept. 11

As directed by Gov. Scott Walker, the flag of the United States and of the state of Wisconsin will be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations of the state beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset Sept. 11 — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. This will be done to honor and remember the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. More information.

Monday, September 8, 2014

McIntyre Library offers voter registration through Oct. 8

Individuals who must register to vote before the November election may register at McIntyre Library through Oct. 8. Voter registration is available at the library's reference desk from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. More information is available on the McIntyre Library voter registration page.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Michael Axelrod named Institutional Review Board chair

Dr. Michael Axelrod, associate professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, has been named chair of the Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. In his role as IRB chair, Axelrod will oversee implementation of policies and procedures that protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in university research projects.

"The IRB serves a vital role in ensuring that research projects involving human subjects follow ethical guidelines,” said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. Such research takes place across the campus, as part of course work, through student-faculty collaborative research and in collaboration with the community.

The IRB Committee includes faculty and staff members, as well as a community and student representative. This year, the committee welcomes Dr. Kaying Xiong-Vue, who received her undergraduate degree at UW-Eau Claire. Xiong-Vue was the first Hmong woman principal in the United States; she currently is principal at Locust Lane Elementary School in Eau Claire. She replaces Father H. Scott Kirby of Rice Lake, who stepped down after decades of service.

"Dr. Xiong-Vue brings an important perspective to the IRB process," Axelrod said. "Her experience in education and personal Hmong heritage will help ensure that students or community members who participate in research projects are protected."

"Conducting research that involves human participants is a privilege that includes responsibilities," Axelrod said. The chair and committee members review research projects involving humans to ensure compliance with federal requirements set by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections.

The IRB website includes details on policies and procedures; the ORSP website provides information on human participant research supported by external grants, such as the policy on research participant incentives.

For more information about the IRB process, contact Dr. Michael Axelrod at or 715-836-2373.