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July 2, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 1)
Allie Urbanik, right, a third-year veterinary student who is co-manager of the Wildlife Medical Clinic, and Meghan Armstrong, an undergraduate student who volunteers at the clinic, prepare a red-tailed hawk to be returned to the wild June 19. The hawk was released near Memorial Stadium where it had been discovered on June 2, dehydrated and suffering from a parasitic infection. For more than two weeks, clinic volunteers treated the infection and provided other supportive care leading to the hawk’s recovery.

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Joyce Seay-Knoblauch


Going home
Allie Urbanik, right, a third-year veterinary student who is co-manager of the Wildlife Medical Clinic, and Meghan Armstrong, an undergraduate student who volunteers at the clinic, prepare a red-tailed hawk to be returned to the wild June 19. The hawk was released near Memorial Stadium where it had been discovered on June 2, dehydrated and suffering from a parasitic infection. For more than two weeks, clinic volunteers treated the infection and provided other supportive care leading to the hawk’s recovery.


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Parking to use technology, not hangtags, for lot rentals

The campus parking process will become more user-responsive, thanks to a new high-tech enforcement system soon to be unveiled by the U. of I. parking department.

Task force to help develop strategies to address funding cuts

The Campus Budget Advisory Task Force was commissioned June 29 and calls on faculty and staff members and students to help develop long-term strategies to address the impact of to-be-determined cuts in state funding.

Jump Simulation Center coming to new College of Medicine

A $10 million gift will launch the Jump Simulation Center in Urbana and help train a new type of doctor uniquely equipped to transform health care. The center will be part of the new College of Medicine, a partnership of Carle Health System and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first medical school in the nation focused from the beginning at the intersection of engineering and medicine.

Marketing strategy at center of campus communications review

The chancellor’s marketing and branding committee is searching for new ways to present a cohesive campus message.


Killeen to head Illinois Science and Technology Coalition board

U. of I. President Timothy L. Killeen has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, a statewide association that promotes research and innovation to foster economic growth for the state.

U. of I. finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown named dean of College of Business

Jeffrey R. Brown, the William G. Karnes Professor of Finance and the director of the Center for Business and Public Policy at the University of Illinois, has been named dean of the university’s College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 23 meeting in Chicago.

Chodzko-Zajko named Illinois Graduate College dean

Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, the head of the kinesiology and community health department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2005 and past president of the American Kinesiology Association, has been named the new dean of the U. of I.'s Graduate College.

Berg appointed Illinois State Geological Survey director

Richard C. Berg has been appointed director of the Illinois State Geological Survey and the 13th Illinois state geologist. Berg has served as interim director since May 2014 and was previously the chief scientist. The survey is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I.

Slater appointment as Media dean extended

The appointment of Janet Slater as the dean of the College of Media will be extended for an additional three years, contingent upon approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Programs help current, future leaders network, build skills

Not only is the U. of I. a place that attracts great leaders, it also is a place where great leaders are developed and made. Many of the university’s current leaders started on the Urbana-Champaign campus and have worked their way into leadership roles here – and at other universities (see chart ).

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Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

Study: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food security

Thirsty cities, fields and livestock drink deeply from aquifers, natural sources of groundwater. But a study of three of the most-tapped aquifers in the United States shows that overdrawing from these resources could lead to difficult choices affecting not only domestic food security but also international markets.

Paper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparations

A novel approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals who participate in large-scale pillage operations, such as controlling a mine whose minerals were used to help fund the conflict, says a paper from a University of Illinois expert in international criminal law.

New technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focus

Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye could enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment for degenerative eye and neurological diseases.

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Former Corps Members offer look inside Teach For America

Jameson Brewer graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in education in December 2008, just as the U.S. economy tumbled into the Great Recession. When the recession, coupled with Brewer’s limited experience as a student teacher, stymied his efforts to find a teaching position, he eventually signed on with the alternative certification program Teach for America, hoping the two-year commitment would provide the experience he needed to jumpstart his career.

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Historian Sundiata Cha-Jua on Mass shooting in a South Carolina Church

On June 17, a young white man sat for an hour in a Bible study in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, then opened fire on the parishioners, killing nine. It was only the latest mass shooting in the U.S., but had additional significance given a long history of terrorist violence against African-Americans, including the bombing and burning of black churches. News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain discussed the incident with Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American studies at Illinois, whose expertise includes the study of lynching and other racial violence going back to the Civil War.