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Workers install John Adduci’s “Diss-Connections,” next to the Wright Street entrance of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The sculpture consists of three simple bronze wire connectors sitting atop twisted stainless steel wires.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Sculpture installation
Workers install John Adduci’s “Diss-Connections,” next to the Wright Street entrance of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The sculpture consists of three simple bronze wire connectors sitting atop twisted stainless steel wires.

 

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U. of I. expands Coursera partnership, online offerings

The U. of I. is expanding its pioneering two-year partnership with online course content provider Coursera, announcing Oct. 15 a new cohort of classes and a unique approach for delivering them.

ON THE JOB: Jennifer Barnhart

Jennifer Barnhart is a confident person, but she was just being honest with herself when she asked: Am I still capable, after 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, of holding down a full-time job?

Campus HR: Know your rights about unionizing

In light of the recent campaign to unionize specialized faculty and an ongoing effort by the Campus Faculty Association to form a union of tenure-system faculty members, campus human resources officials are receiving questions from faculty members about the unionization process and their rights under the Illinois labor law.

Campus group to visit Taiwan for global issues forum

The U. of I. will solidify its relationship with National Taiwan University in November when a group of about 30 campus leaders travels there for a global issues forum titled, “Smart Cities, Healthy Cities.”

International video exhibition and Japanese vampire film coming to Krannert Art Museum

In the age of YouTube it’s hard to imagine, but once there was a day when video was something new and rare outside of broadcast studios, and so was video art.

Long list of activities set for U. of I.'s 2014 Homecoming Week

Homecoming Week 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will take place Oct. 18 (Saturday) through Oct. 26 (Sunday).

Long-serving staff members, retirees recognized

Recently retired and long-serving staff employees will be honored at the 2014 Staff Service Recognition Program Oct. 22 at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The program will honor 219 employees who retired between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. In addition, employees will be honored for service completed during that time: 88 employees who completed 25 years during that time, 29 who completed 30 years, four who completed 35 years, and one who completed 50 years. A website for the recognition program is accessible through the Staff Human Resources home page at shr.illinois.edu/service/. Retirees and service honorees are listed alphabetically by name, department or number of years served. For questions about this year’s program, call 217-333-3101.

COMMITTEE ROSTERS AVAILABLE

The annual summary of committee members on the Urbana campus can be viewed online. In an effort to provide the most accurate information, Inside Illinois has compiled a list of URLs for units that appoint committees.


NEW FACES 2014

Among the newcomers to the Urbana campus are faculty members whose appointments began this summer or fall. Inside Illinois continues its tradition of introducing some of the new faculty members on campus and will feature at least two new colleagues in each fall issue.

  • Elena Fuchs, assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Alexei Tchistyi, associate professor of finance, College of Business

Chamber music series to blend visual arts, music at Krannert Art Museum

Works by Mozart and Mendelssohn as well as arrangements by jazz pianist Chick Corea and Stephen Sondheim will be performed this fall as part of a new chamber music series at Krannert Art Museum.

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Trails, pickleball popular with Illinois fitness enthusiasts, survey says

Illinoisans want more trails, interest in pickleball is on the upswing, and some communities are pulling the plugs on their aging swimming pools, according to a recent survey of the organizations and municipalities that operate public recreation facilities in Illinois.

Study: Talking while driving safest with someone who can see what you see

A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cellphone or to a passenger while driving affects one’s performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving simulator and videophone to assess how a driver’s conversation partner influences safety on the road.

Study: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitors

The big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world’s worst invasive ant species. As the name implies, its colonies include soldier ants with disproportionately large heads. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, researchers report that big-headed ant colonies produce larger soldiers when they encounter other ants that know how to fight back.

Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soil

In addition to providing renewable energy, grass crops like switchgrass and miscanthus could store some of the carbon they pull from the atmosphere in the soil, according to a new study by U. of I. researchers.

Labor expert: Hospitals at risk of no-show health care workers during Ebola outbreak

Hospitals and other health care agencies are at risk of doctors, nurses, janitors and other essential workers walking off the job during an infectious disease outbreak, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.

Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnastics

When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics.

Educator using animated cartoons to reshape geometry instruction

In a unique research project funded by the National Science Foundation, education professor Gloriana González at the University of Illinois is developing animated cartoons to help geometry instructors become better teachers.

HONORS

Entomology professor May Berenbaum awarded National Medal of Science

University of Illinois professor of entomology May Berenbaum has been awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology, according to an announcement from the White House Press Office.

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U. OF I. EXPERT John Kindt ON PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AND GAMBLING

In a dramatic break from both his predecessor and the other three major professional sports leagues in the U.S., NBA commissioner Adam Silver last month said legal gambling on professional sports is “inevitable.” Kindt spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about the present and future of gambling on professional sports.