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Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise answers a question from an audience member at the Town Hall meeting April 9 in the Illini Union ballroom. Wise and Ilesanmi Adesida, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the university continues to do great things despite the threat of further eroding state support.
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Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise answers a question from an audience member at the Town Hall meeting April 9 in the Illini Union ballroom. Wise and Ilesanmi Adesida, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the university continues to do great things despite the threat of further eroding state support.


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Benefit Choice enrollment is May 1-June 1

Changes to health care and other benefits – including medical care and dependent care assistance (flexible spending) plans – can be made during the Benefit Choice enrollment period, which runs May 1 through June 1. Changes must be made through NESSIE, the U. of I.’s human resources employee website. All changes will be effective July 1. The Benefit Choice Options booklet and online enrollment forms will be available May 1 on NESSIE.

Senate backs idea of students serving on conduct boards

The Urbana-Champaign Senate has backed an April 6 student-sponsored resolution calling for student membership on the hearing board that considers sexual violence accusations.

CIC, ACM receive joint $8.1 million Mellon Foundation grant

An $8.1 million grant will be used to build a two-way street between the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

CAS to host inaugural research symposium April 20-21

The Center for Advanced Study will host an inaugural research symposium April 20-21 to showcase the work of the center’s associates and fellows.


U. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awards

Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.

On the Job: Laura Manrique

Laura Manrique brought something important with her when she started working for the university 18 months ago: experience.

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Study: Amygdala encodes 'cooties' and 'crushes' in the developing brain

Scientists have found a signal in the brain that reflects young children’s aversion to members of the opposite sex (the “cooties” effect) and also their growing interest in opposite-sex peers as they enter puberty. These two responses to members of the opposite sex are encoded in the amygdala, the researchers report.

Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefits

A new study co-written by a U. of I. expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.

Program reduces bullying by students with disabilities, study finds

Bullying perpetration decreased by 20 percent over a three-year period among youths with disabilities who participated in a social and emotional learning program, a new study found.

Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversity

An ancient human skull and a jawbone found a few meters apart in a cave in northern Laos add to the evidence that early modern humans were physically quite diverse, researchers report in PLOS ONE.

HONORS

Two Illinois professors receive 2015 Guggenheim fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 2015 Guggenheim fellowships to two University of Illinois faculty members: Wendy K. Tam Cho, professor of political science and of statistics, and Philip W. Phillips, professor of physics.

Eight honored with distinguished staff award

Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 13. The award recognizes exceptional performance.

Awards recognize campus excellence in public engagement

Outstanding individual and group outreach efforts were recognized April 14 with the 2015 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement. The awards were presented by Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise and Pradeep K. Khanna, the associate chancellor for corporate and international relations.

BOOK CORNER

How we view Lincoln may say more about us than him, says scholar of photo history

Americans see a lot of Abraham Lincoln – on our money, in advertising, in photos and films. It’s easy to think we know the guy. But what we see in Lincoln may say more about us and our times than about him, said U. of I. communication professor Cara Finnegan.

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U. of I. expert linda tortorelli on funding loss for the autism program

April is Autism Awareness Month. Earlier this month Illinois lawmakers announced that $26 million in grant funding for social programs would be suspended to help close a multibillion-dollar budgetary gap. Among the programs to lose funding is the Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois, a statewide network of 13 nonprofit agencies and four universities, including the U. of I. Linda Tortorelli is the Urbana campus resource coordinator for TAP, which is a collaborative initiative of the departments of special education, and of human and community development. Tortorelli spoke recently with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about TAP and the latest research on autism spectrum disorder.