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Briefs...........September 19, 1997

Domestic violence intervention conference planned
A three-day conference, "Confronting the Beast: Innovations in Domestic Violence Intervention," will take place October 6, 7 and 8 at Jorgensen Auditorium. The conference will examine a decade of social activism in Connecticut since the Family Violence Prevention and Response Act was passed in 1986. During the three days, participants in the conference will reflect upon what has been accomplished in the state and what still needs to be done, focusing on human service organizations, the criminal justice system, and institutions of higher learning. More than 30 legal, medical, police and social workers from throughout Connecticut, in conjunction with UConn professionals, have organized an agenda of round tables, workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions. For cost and registration information, call: (860) 486-4905 or (800) 622-9905.

Center for Health Promotion offers health evaluations
The Center for Health Promotion in the School of Allied Health is offering computer-generated personal health risk appraisals.

The center provides individuals and groups with multidisciplinary programs to prevent disease and promote health.

The appraisal includes body composition analysis, nutrition and physical activity counseling, blood pressure and pulse, height and weight, cholesterol testing, and glucose measurements. The cost is $15 for students, $30 for others.

The center is located in Koons Hall, Room 101. Appointments are available Monday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (860) 486-2812.

Volunteers sought for International Coastal Cleanup Day
It's cleanup time! Help clean up Connecticut's shoreline this Saturday. As part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers will work at 24 different locations on the Connecticut shoreline. While most begin at 9 a.m., some will begin in the afternoon.

Last September, 382 volunteers removed about 3,249 pounds of debris from more than 26 miles of shoreline. Participation was down last year because of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis-carrying mosquito scare, said Peg Van Patten, communicator for the Sea Grant Program at the Avery Point campus. She urged the University community to pitch in this year. More than 500 volunteers are expected. For more information, call Van Patten at (860) 405-9141.

Campus mourns death of research specialist Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner, a research specialist in the Photonics Research Center, died unexpectedly on September 12.

Wagner, a native of Akron, Ohio, had been a resident of Manchester since 1973. Before joining the Photonics Research Center in 1994, he worked for 20 years at the United Technologies Corp. Research Center in East Hartford.

In a written statement, faculty, staff and students of the Photonics Research Center, said "We lost more than a friend when Bob Wagner passed away. Bob was an essential part of the Photonics Research Center. We feel his loss greatly for he was part of our foundation. Bob was a builder and a fine teacher. He had an eye for design, the skills of a technician/scientist and hands that were able to nurture the growth and beauty of a garden."

Wagner was instrumental in the development of a new laboratory in the Merritt Building on the Depot Campus. "The Cleanroom laboratory could not have been built without him," the statement continued. "This laboratory is his legacy to the Photonics Research Center and to the University of Connecticut."

Wagner leaves his wife, Jane, and a son, Guy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Troop 25, Boy Scouts of America, c/o Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., Manchester, CT 06040.