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- New satellite data to assess role clouds play in climate change
- A wealth of information on the physical properties and global distribution of clouds -- soon to be collected by a recently launched satellite called Terra -- could help scientists better predict climate change, says a UI researcher involved with the project.
- Rate of sound impulses markedly affects ability to perceive volume
- Measuring hearing ability may not be as clear cut and predictable as specialists have long thought. UI researchers are beating a new drum, saying that responses of brain cells to single isolated tones don't predict how sounds in the real world are processed.
- From molecules to mice: : Research looks at link between genes and pain response
- Is it nature or nurture? Why does one medication give relief for one person but not for another? Is it the same for men and women? The "it" is pain, and research is providing an improving handle on how to deal with it.
- Cholesterol levels not always indicative of cardiac health
- Cholesterol levels may reflect a person's diet, but they say little about cardiac health, researchers say. In a new study, cholesterol levels were found to be under so-called danger levels for 750 men and women who had serious blockage of coronary arteries -- and had bypass surgery -- after complaining of chest pains and undergoing cardiac catheterization.
Urbana campus NCA accreditation extended
Usual Republican and Democratic strongholds breaking with tradition
'Anyone Can Lead' -- Initiative ambitiously expands student leadership development
More UI Couples
ACES Open House educates and entertains 'Beyond 2000'
Demonstrations, exhibits and design competitions highlight Engineering Open House
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A wealth of information on the physical properties and global distribution of clouds -- soon to be collected by a recently launched satellite called Terra -- could help scientists better predict climate change, says a UI researcher involved with the project.
"Terra is the flagship of NASA's Earth Observing System Program, an international effort to monitor Earth's climate over the next 15 years," said Larry Di Girolamo, a professor of atmospheric sciences. "During the satellite's six-year lifetime, its five instruments will help scientists understand how clouds, aerosols, air pollutants, oceans, vegetation and ice cover interact with each other and impact the climate we live in."
Di Girolamo's research focuses on clouds. "From a climate-modeling perspective, clouds contribute the largest uncertainty to climate change," he said. "Clouds may have a warming or cooling effect on the planet, depending on the cloud properties. Because clouds are so variable, their effect on global climate has been difficult to quantify."
One of the instruments on Terra is the Multi-angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer. MISR will be the first instrument to make global, high-resolution, multi-angle, multi-spectral radiometric measurements of Earth from space. The instrument will characterize cloud, aerosol and surface properties in a manner no other satellite has been capable of.
"It's MISR's ability to look at the same scene from different angles at a high resolution that makes MISR so unique," Di Girolamo said. "You get a lot more information about an object when you look at it from different angles than you do when you look at it from a single angle."
Unlike traditional meteorological satellites that have only one camera, MISR has nine cameras that will successively view portions of the planet in four spectral bands. "By combining spectral and angular signatures, we can gather more information about atmospheric or surface features than spectral signatures alone," Di Girolamo said. "The use of multiple cameras also permits stereoscopic imaging, allowing us to look at clouds in 3-D."
Di Girolamo has been involved with the MISR project for the past decade. As a graduate student, he worked on new techniques for studying clouds from multi-angle data, which helped set the instrument specifications. More recently, he developed the cloud-detection and classification algorithms that will process the complex data needed to better understand the role that clouds play in Earth's climate system.
Lofted into orbit on Dec. 18, the Terra instruments are being rigorously tested prior to measurements of scientific data. For more information on the Terra and MISR missions, visit http://terra.nasa.gov, a Web page maintained by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Measuring hearing ability may not be as clear cut and predictable as specialists have long thought. UI researchers are beating a new drum, saying that responses of brain cells to single isolated tones don't predict how sounds in the real world are processed.
In the January issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology, the UI team reports that little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) did best picking out sound that simulated sonar echoes from the fluttering wings of their favorite insect prey when the sound was offered in rapid chains of pulses.
"In the real world, sound rarely occurs in isolation," said Albert S. Feng, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology and a neuroscientist at the UI Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. "Sound usually occurs in a continuous stream. It is never simple."
In recent years, researchers have begun to recognize that the central nervous system can actively control how neurons process sound -- or frequency -- vibrations. The paper by Feng and postdoctoral students Alexander V. Galazyuk and Daniel Llano is believed to be the first to show that the rate of stimulation can markedly affect the ability to perceive sound amplitude, or volume.
Bats actively adjust their sonar emission rate to enable them to "tune in" to the volume of echoes that is known to be proportional to the target size. By doing so, they can obtain a higher resolution of target size, which is useful for target discrimination.
"We are getting the idea that the hearing system is dynamic and under active control," Feng said. "With this new revelation, we no longer think that the system is passive or static. Until our paper, people thought you could characterize the basic properties of the hearing system by looking at the response to isolated sounds, or single tones, given slowly."
The research -- funded by the National Institutes of Health -- focused on neurons in the bats' inferior colliculus, located in the midbrain where many audio pathways converge. This processing center is important for sending information upstream to higher brain centers for sound perception, and also downstream for the indirect regulation of hearing sensitivity in the ear, whose role had long been thought to be passive.
The new findings, Feng said, are basic in nature. When the underlying cellular mechanisms are understood, he said, scientists will have obtained new and efficient building blocks for constructing better hearing aids.
Feng is part of a Beckman Institute team working to develop an "intelligent" hearing aid, one that will allow a person with hearing impairments to accurately extract and localize sounds in the environment.
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Is it nature or nurture? Why does one medication give relief for one person but not for another? Is it the same for men and women? The "it" is pain, and research is providing an improving handle on how to deal with it.
With 62 studies behind him, Jeffrey Mogil of the UI is narrowing the search for specific genes responsible for a person's response to pain. In a speech Feb. 19 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C., he said he had established two principles regarding the link between genes and pain response:
o A relationship exists between initial sensitivity to pain and subsequent response to different drugs. Mice more sensitive to pain will be less responsive to analgesics, such as morphine, and vice versa. "They're either doubly lucky, or doubly unlucky," Mogil said.
o Involved genes are different in males and females. Sex differences have been known about but considered only in quantitative ways. "In addition to these apparent differences in magnitude, there appears to be fundamental neurochemical and genetic differences," he said. "Both feel pain, but they are responding differently, by activating different circuitry in the brain."
Researchers and therapists recognize that variability plays a major role in assessing and treating pain -- the latter of which has depended on derivatives of willow bark (anti-inflammatory drugs) and poppy juice (opiods). "Arthritic people try over-the-counter remedies. Some work, some don't," Mogil said. "This implies that there are responders and non-responders. Wouldn't it be great if we could figure out why?"
Mogil, a professor of psychology and neuroscience, studies the genetic variability of pain, using inbred mice and rats doing "tail-flick tests" in hot water, for example.
Mogil has found that 50 percent of animals tested both feel and respond to pain, while 50 percent don't feel it or better tolerate it. He has found huge differences between strains -- some barely tolerate it, and some seem not to mind at all. Part of the differences, he said, reflect such factors as experience, age, stress and diet; part are from genetic biological inputs such as sex, hormones and stress; and part reflect genotype (inherited genes).
"Our technique tells us about where the pain gene is located, but it doesn't tell us what gene it is or exactly where it is located," Mogil said. "If the genome is the United States, I know that for a particular gene trait there is a gene living in Iowa that is responsible. But I don't know what city, what neighborhood or what house. We can do more focused searches. Mostly, we are consulting Iowa's phone book to see what genes already known to live in Iowa look interesting."
The big phone book -- the Mouse Genome Project (like the human effort, an attempt to sequence the entire genome of this species) -- may speed the search, he said. Based on research to date and on the promise of findings to come, Mogil said there are three implications for the understanding and treatment of pain.
o Because of the variability of response, scientists know that some people really do or really don't feel pain when confronted by the same stimulus. "It seems this knowledge should lead to a destigmatization toward people who are pain sensitive," he said. "There really are differences in our responses to pain."
o A pre-operation blood test may soon help to determine a person's genetic response to pain, allowing for the correct strategy for treating post-surgical pain.
o When the "volume knob of pain" is located, gene therapy could deliver a "better, more advantageous form of a gene" to an affected area to reduce or eliminate chronic pain.
Mogil in 1998 received the John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award from the American Pain Society and the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience in October 1997, Mogil identified a chromosomal location linked to pain response specific to female mice.
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Cholesterol levels may reflect a person's diet, but they say little about cardiac health, researchers say. In a new study, cholesterol levels were found to be under so-called danger levels for 750 men and women who had serious blockage of coronary arteries -- and had bypass surgery -- after complaining of chest pains and undergoing cardiac catheterization.
Researchers also found that elevated levels of four oxysterols -- metabolic products of cholesterol made in the liver -- were present in the patients with seriously blocked arteries. They conclude that plasma cholesterol levels should not be relied on as a measure for potential heart disease. Their findings appear in two studies in the March issue of the journal Atherosclerosis.
"If you have a chest pain, you better have it checked out thoroughly, and don't be satisfied with even a treadmill run or an EKG [electrocardiogram]," said Fred A. Kummerow, a professor emeritus of food chemistry at the UI. "Have a cardiologist check you out. You cannot depend on your cholesterol level to indicate heart disease. You cannot depend on your HDL-LDL ratio."
Kummerow and colleagues from the UI and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill., studied 1,200 patients who were cardiac-catheterized. Sixty-three percent had at least 70 percent of their arteries blocked -- enough to warrant bypass surgery. Of the 506 men who had a bypass, only 71 (14 percent) had plasma cholesterol levels above 240; 50 percent had levels below 200. Thirty-two percent of the 244 women who had bypass surgery had levels above 240; 34 percent were below 200.
The second study looked at the plasma of 105 of the catheterized patients who had angina (chest pains). All of them had elevated levels of four oxysterols. When these oxysterols were added to blood taken from a control group of angina-free patients, there was a marked influx of calcium infiltration into arterial cells -- similar to that found in the patients with chest pain. Calcium infiltration is the hallmark of heart disease.
"This study has identified why members of families in apparent good health may suddenly develop angina," Kummerow said. "Failure to recognize angina as a warning signal contributes to needless deaths from heart disease. Cardiac catheterization can determine if bypass surgery is needed."
To date, a 3-to-1 ratio of LDL (bad cholesterol) to HDL (good cholesterol) is a low heart-disease risk -- with a total cholesterol of less than 200 being the most desirable. However, in this study, Kummerow noted, 51 percent of the catheterized men had levels below 200 but needed a bypass.
Eating a well-balanced diet remains the best medicine to protect against heart disease, he said. Antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and those in vegetables and fruits can reduce oxysterol production and slow down calcification, but they won't reduce existing problems, he added.
The Wallace Research Foundation of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the Carle Foundation in Urbana, supported the research.
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The NCA evaluation team also raised issues about the campus's continued use of Chief Illiniwek as a symbol for its athletic teams, saying that the issue has become divisive and controversial among faculty members, students, administrators and trustee members.
"I am confident that the board of trustees will promptly address that issue, which it has, in fact, already begun to do," said Chancellor Michael Aiken.
Aiken said he was pleased Illinois has been accredited for another 10 years, and he pointed out the report highlights many of the campus's accomplishments and achievements.
"I am heartened that the reports underline the very high quality of this distinguished institution," Aiken said.
The report also emphasizes the need for consistent and improved funding in order to maintain the status quo but also to attain some of the improvements, such as the Research Parks and the South Campus expansion. The NCA evaluation team pointed out that 10 years ago, there were pervasive financial constraints on the university, forcing faculty members and administrators to make difficult choices with long-term consequences. The report notes the loss of 249 full-time faculty positions since 1988-89.
Finances within the state have improved recently and the campus is benefiting. The evaluation team complimented the administration for its focused effort to improve faculty pay in order to preserve the quality of its faculty and to help recruit top junior faculty. It noted that in the past five years, the UI has launched a multi-year $10 million "Faculty Hiring Initiative" to restore the lost faculty positions.
"The current team offers strong encouragement for the university to continue to work with its partners in the legislature so that these concerns are addressed in a productive and ongoing way," the report said.
The NCA received more than 100 letters, petitions, e-mail messages and other communications opposing the use of Chief Illiniwek during the evaluation process. No letters in support of the Chief were received, according to the report.
The NCA has required the campus to prepare a progress report by Jan. 1, explaining what it is doing to address the Chief issue. In addition, an NCA team will revisit the campus in 2002-03 to see if progress has been made in resolving the controversy.
The NCA did not order the campus to stop using the Chief, but did raise the issue of how the campus can have a fair racial diversity policy that it uses for students and employees, and yet have an athletic team mascot that many have called racist. The NCA asked the UI to explain those inconsistencies.
As for the issues raised concerning the Chief, Aiken said that while he disagrees with the evaluation team's emphasis on the Chief issue, the matter will be pursued.
The UI Board of Trustees already has started to address the issue. Last month, the trustees announced they will re-open dialogue with the public about Chief Illiniwek. The trustees will solicit opinion at an April 14 meeting -- and also by mail -- and will hold a session in the fall in which they will respond to the issues presented to them.
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools' evaluation team comprised three members: a dean from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a professor from the University of Kansas; and an associate professor from Arizona State University.
In addition, there was a 10-member consultative team comprising university faculty and administrators from around the country.
The 74-page report is available in its entirety at the UI Library and on the Web at www.uiuc.edu/admin2/nca_report.
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It has all the earmarks: The U.S. senatorial race in New York should be one of the most interesting races in the country. "It also could be one of the most expensive senate races -- not just in New York, but ever," says campaign-watcher Michael Krassa.
According to Krassa, a professor of political science at the UI who also is a political consultant, the candidates may spend $60 million between them -- "as much as some presidential runs." While the first lady has "some impressive fund raising," Krassa said, "much of her money comes from out-of-state. That could become an issue. It would if I were Giuliani."
Where the great interest comes in, Krassa said -- aside from the fact that Hillary Clinton is the first lady and also had her own "health insurance fiasco," and Rudy Giuliani has been "a perpetually controversial mayor" -- is with the idea that their campaign "is turning some of the usual logic around."
"New York City usually goes Democratic, but Giuliani is very popular there. However, he is hurting in the suburbs and upstate -- traditional strongholds for Republicans. Seen as "a brash outsider" by upstaters, "Giuliani is, in a sense, as much a carpetbagger upstate as Hillary," Krassa said. "Also, with his positions on gays, guns and blacks, he may have some trouble with upstate conservatives. And, Giuliani's support of gays, abortion rights, gun and rent control, and of some liberals, could cost him dearly. It makes the typical upstate Republican distaste for all things NYC even greater."
Meanwhile, the first lady, unlike almost all Democrats, finds support in the heavily Republican suburbs of New York City. Most of that is from the strong backing of working women.
"She needs to shore that up," Krassa said, "and drive the wedge deeper between Giuliani and upstate. But I wouldn't advise her to focus too heavily on 'women's issues' because, even though it might play in the city's suburbs, she needs to focus on economic development problems upstate."
Still, Clinton's popularity is falling, "like a rock," Krassa said. This is because she is so "ill defined and she is letting others define her. Her artificially high popularity, because she did some good things as first lady and did so well through the Lewinsky thing, is over, and the attitudinal and informational vacuum needs to be filled. She can do it herself, or the Republicans will do it for her."
Also, Krassa would advise Hillary Clinton to "put a stop to her rising negatives."
"Her negatives are rising and popularity falling because she hasn't done that much. She spent a lot of time on a 'listening' tour, but never really forged an identity in voters' minds. If she is smart, she would use her declaration to basically say, 'I've spent a few months getting to know New Yorkers and now know that I want to live here and represent you. Now I'm going to tell you what I am all about.'
"In other words, it's time she began a real campaign and reshaped herself based on issues," said Krassa, a consulting partner with SouthEast Analysis Group, based in Florida.
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It's no secret that academically speaking, UI students "rock," to use the vernacular. Their achievement in the classrooms, labs, fields and studios is nothing short of superb.
Recently, however, UI undergrads garnered a new realm in which to shine. In February, the campus launched an ambitious pilot program to help students develop their leadership skills, including emotional intelligence. Regardless of what they know, or don't -- whether their leadership skills are well-honed or nonexistent or somewhere in between -- students will be able to sign onto "Anyone Can Lead." Proponents believe that the new model will not only help the individual in her or his academic life, but also catapult students into their career lives.
"The sky's the limit for what we can do with this initiative," said Lauren Sykora, a senior in speech communication and a member of one team of students, faculty members and administrators from the Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Commerce and Business Administration; Engineering; Fine and Applied Arts; and Liberal Arts and Sciences that crafted and fine-tuned the initiative.
About 75 students began the first phase of "Anyone Can Lead" on Feb. 25. Core I encourages self-development skills, including self-awareness and self-management. Core II emphasizes interpersonal development; Core III, organizational and group development; and Core IV, transitional development. Eventually as many as 1,500 students a year will be involved in all four Cores.
Woven into the fabric of the leadership program are "pathways" that students can follow to put their new skills into practice in student organizations in colleges, Greek chapters or volunteerism and service.
One day in the not too distant future, hopes Patricia Askew, vice chancellor for student affairs and the driving force behind the initiative, incoming students routinely will develop two sets of plans: one for their academic program, the other for their leadership program.
One day in the not too distant future, she expects, the new program will "make Illinois known not only for having students who are superb academically, but also for being a campus that develops students' emotional intelligence and leadership skills."
The leadership model is one piece of a large initiative to enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience at Illinois. Over the past several years, a number of programs have been launched toward that end, including First Year Impact, Discovery courses and the significant expansion of living-learning communities.
"Students are telling us that these kinds of experiences are really helping them with their transition to campus," Askew said, "This program is part of the provost's vision of what an Illinois experience, a total Illinois experience, would be."
According to Richard Herman, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, bolstering the initiative is research that demonstrates that today's students more than ever before are interested in "what the individual can do for their community."
The new program, therefore, "fits quite clearly our service mission of bringing the talents of our graduates to bear for the public good. It fits the mission and it captures students' interest."
According to Askew, the new program also meshes with the needs of the new workplace -- the workplace of the 21st century.
"What employers are saying today is that our students are superb in terms of their academic preparation -- the rigor of it, being cutting edge -- but what many of them need more of is the development of their emotional intelligence, which largely is leadership skills: communication, interpersonal development, how to build community, how to maximize or optimize their creativity, how to learn to take risks. Those are the kinds of things companies need today from our students."
Askew said that in planning for the new leadership program she spoke with a great many successful professionals who say it "will put students that they hire from Illinois on the fast track. They have told us that this new initiative is so consistent with what they are trying to do in terms of staff development that this will just catapult our grads further into the organization."
A large part of the genesis for this new vision for leadership development came from talking to student leaders who raved about various leadership institutes they had attended.
"Our major role has been to think outside the box and to do something new, something cutting-edge," said Sykora of Naperville, Ill., who first got involved in leadership in high school.
At Illinois she's been active in Volunteer Illini Projects and the Student Alumni Association, the latter as president, and she's served on a variety of campus committees for student affairs. Sykora also has worked with various community organizations; currently she is a crisis counselor for the Champaign Mental Health Center.
When the model is fully developed, students with less leadership and service experience than Sykora will be able to take a test of sorts -- an assessment tool -- and from it "get a sense of where they are in the development of these skills, which of the core programs they should participate in," Askew said.
Ray Price, the William Harrison Severns Chair in engineering, has modified an assessment tool he first started using in his class on Engineering Emotional Intelligence. Originally designed for business, the tool now focuses on areas important to college campus leadership.
Price said that studies looking at performance find that "what distinguishes the average employees from the truly outstanding employees is in 90 percent of the cases their emotional intelligence skills and capabilities." The professor defines EQ (emotional quotient) as "the ability to a) understand your own emotions and manage them, and to be able to understand what's going on with someone else, and b) to be able to influence somebody else positively."
Jonathan Dolle, a senior from Cincinnati, had thought a lot about EQ and leadership even before he started working with Price on the Engineering Emotional Intelligence course.
"Because I found service to be such a fulfilling activity in high school, I made it a priority when I arrived here at the UI," said Dolle, who's double majoring in general engineering and philosophy.
As a freshman, Dolle got involved with the Alternative Spring Break, a UI/YMCA program that sends students across the country during spring break to work on projects such as youth violence and intervention programs in Detroit, migrant farm worker unions in Texas, and environmental preservation in Virginia.
"Perhaps the single most important lesson I've learned from ASB is the power of experiential-based learning, especially when linked with community service," Dolle said. "I have yet to encounter an experience I've seen more actively engage and impassion a student. And the result? When that student returns to the classroom, new connections are made and new lessons are learned -- his or her experience becomes a 'mental laboratory' for processing classroom material. Thus, the classroom becomes a more effective means of developing student leadership.
"And that's something that I really like about this new leadership program. They are trying to build levels of skills. They see it as a continuing process all interrelated and all important."
What Dolle finds particularly important and challenging about this new philosophy of leadership is the UI's effort to "really expand the circle -- to go beyond the standard chorus of 100 to 150 student leaders who typically attend all the standard leadership programming, and to reach out to -- if not actively engage -- the other 99.5 percent of campus in the new programming. This requires tremendous effort on the part of the university, as these leadership development activities will have to meet the needs of an eclectic student body."
Leadership is a process of mutual influence directed at achieving purposeful results. The development of leadership begins with personal initiative and awareness - understanding one's passions, motivations, strengths, limits and personal values. The process of self-discovery is ongoing, and the pursuit of leadership requires perseverance and a commitment to perpetual learning.
Building trusting relationships is essential for the work of leadership. Leadership never happens alone. By incorporating the diverse skills and viewpoints of others, individuals are empowered and group energy is mobilized to pursue collective goals. The practice of leadership is ethical in nature and includes a responsibility for the rights and welfare of those inside and outside of the group.
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From faculty members to academic professionals to staff members, UI couples abound on this campus. Although it's not known how many married couples work at the UI, the numbers would probably be surprisingly high. Some met here while others moved here together, but all seem to agree there are great advantages to sharing the same employer. Here are the final two couples we're featuring in our UI couples series.
They've been working together since 1994, and so far haven't encountered difficulties having the same orange-and-blue employer.
"It works out well for us," Les said. "Even though we're in the same building and the same department, we aren't doing the same kind of work. So we really don't have a lot of interaction during the day. We can go pretty much all day and not see each other.
"And we only have to take one car into work," he added.
Rita said she won't answer for her husband or keep track of him for co-workers.
"The standing joke is that if somebody comes in and wants to know if I can answer a question for him I tell them jokingly that I didn't know it was my day to watch him," Rita said.
"For the most part," she said, "they don't see us as interchangeable."
Rita's training was in library science, but she started with WILL-TV in 1981 as a traffic manager. She's now membership director and one of her duties is to oversee the radio and TV fund drives.
Les worked in sales for WDWS-WHMS radio from 1981 until 1994 when he joined WILL as corporate support director.
The two have been married for 26 years, and have two daughters. Elaine, 24, is working on a Ph.D. in physics at the UI, and Jess, 21, is about to graduate with a bachelor's in theater. They love to tell everyone that Jess played Juliet in Krannert's "Romeo and Juliet" last fall.
Les and Rita met while in college at Joliet and after they both had graduated they carried on a long-distance romance for about four years. He eventually took a radio job in Springfield, and they married, lived for a while in Crawfordsville, Ind., and then settled in Champaign-Urbana 19 years ago.
They never once considered their careers would put them on the same path, let alone in the same building.
"That's kind of weird," Rita conceded.
But because of his background in broadcasting, he was a big help to her when she joined WILL, and especially when she had to make on-air appearances for fund drives. Les appears on camera during the fund drives also, but Rita said she avoids scheduling shows where they will appear together.
"I think that's too cute." she said. "There's something about that that kind of smacks of a sitcom or something."
In their free time, the couple commits murder. For about a year they've been members of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Co., which puts on murder mysteries in the area. In addition, they are avid moviegoers and Rita said she loves to drag Les to museums.
Since they both work for the UI, they admit they do have a lot of pride in it and they often feel like they represent the university.
"I'm really interested in things that happen at the university and I sort of identify that way," Les said. "And I've always felt this was a good community to raise our kids in. The university brings that to this community -- it has that sort of small-town feel yet because of the university influence there are a lot of cultural things available."
Rita agrees. '"I enjoy hearing about the things accomplished at the UI," she said. "You can't help it. When the university scores a really nifty grant, I'm like 'Yeah!' And when you think about the fact that we're one of the only supercomputing centers in the U.S. When certain other large companies take a look at it and decide this is a good school to be affiliated with -- it's a good feeling. And it's always nice to hear those kinds of things."
Cleo is a professor of crop sciences and Steve is a professor of finance.
They came to the UI in 1978 after Cleo had finished work on her master's and doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While she was in graduate school, Steve worked in Madison as an actuary with a large insurance company.
When she took the position at the UI and they moved to Urbana, it was Steve's turn to get his master's and doctorate, which took about four years.
The two met at a residence hall meeting while undergraduates at Harvard University. She explained that in the second semester of her freshman year her all-female residence hall decided to experiment with coed living. So eight women moved out and eight young men volunteered to move in and take their places. Steve was one of the volunteers.
"It was very different from living in a dorm with all guys in it," he laughed.
At one of the first residence hall meetings, the two noticed each other.
"I was one of the officers [of the residence hall] and I was running part of the meeting, and he asked me some pointed questions about why we ran things the way we did," Cleo said. "And I gave him some pointed answers. That was how we met.
"And we dated off and on, all through college," she said.
They were married after she graduated in 1973.
"He said the other day that we've known each other 30 years," Cleo said. "And I pointed out to him that when we met I was the age that our daughter is now. He couldn't believe that!"
Their daughter, Meriden, is a senior and their son, Grant, is a sophomore, both at Urbana High School. The couple spends a lot of time attending swim meets, musical performances, soccer games and other activities of their children.
They're also longtime Illini sports fans. They hold season tickets to football and women's basketball. And they also go to nearly every home game of the baseball team.
"We've been going to women's basketball games since you could get in free," Steve said. "You could sit in the front row of the Assembly Hall because there were only 300 people there, so you got to know the coach, the team and the other fans. We also go to some men's basketball games, but we don't have season tickets -- we don't have time for season tickets -- but we can usually follow them on television and radio. But we try to be loyal to the women's team and the baseball team, which is again a smaller group of fans and you get to know the people."
They've had season tickets for football through the "thick and thin," starting in 1978 when they had student tickets in the east upper deck.
"We were in the upper deck in the student section but after a couple years, we decided we were too old to sit there and help pass the girls up through the crowd," Cleo laughed. "So then we got staff tickets."
They haven't gone to football bowl games yet, but plan to.
"That's a post-kid activity," Steve said.
"We have our goals for the time when the nest is empty," Cleo added.
They also attend many events at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the entire family goes to the Broadway series at the Assembly Hall. Both their children are percussionists and enjoy musicals.
Like many out-of-staters who come to the UI, they never intended to stay for long. Both are New Englanders who now realize that after 22 years here, the university and Champaign-Urbana are home.
"It's been a great community," Cleo said. "We have marvelous positions here. We both love to teach. And although our disciplines are very different, we can share all kinds of ideas about teaching and talk about our classes -- what worked, what didn't."
"This has been a really nice place to live and raise a family," agreed Steve. "It's a really good community in that way. It doesn't take long to get to work, and you can live in nice areas with reasonable housing costs. And the schools are good here. There's enough parent involvement and a good school system so the public schools are top notch here."
Steve and Cleo have gotten to know a lot of people in the community and across campus after their two decades here.
"The university really does seem like a small community," Steve said, especially after a walk across the Quad, where they frequently meet students, colleagues and neighbors.
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ACES Open House educates and entertains 'Beyond 2000'
Want to get your hands on a strand of real DNA? Visitors can pretend to be a molecular scientist March 3-4 at one of several exhibits that reflect the "Beyond 2000" theme of this year's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Open House at the UI.
Open House hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The gateway to the 11th annual ACES Open House will be the Plant Sciences Laboratory.
Inside the building, a hands-on, easy-to-use demonstration set up by the Biotechnology Center and the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics will give visitors a simple introduction to biotechnology, including photographs of the 3-D molecular structure of DNA. In addition, from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. both days, visitors can mix real DNA in solution in test tubes and actually pull out a long strand of the genetic building block of life.
"ACES Open House gives us an opportunity to educate and interest our visitors on the many new ways we're helping to shape our food, human and natural resource systems," said Scottie Miller, associate director of development and director of special events for the college. This year, the Open House will have many new exhibits, she said.
In addition to the Plant Sciences Laboratory, exhibits and demonstrations will be set up in the Stock Pavilion, the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building and the National Soybean Research Center. Also open will be the Meat Science Laboratory, where visitors can purchase beef, pork and lamb products to take home.
Plenty of orange-and-blue Illini ice cream, sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available in the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building and Plant Sciences Laboratory.
In addition to the new exhibits scattered throughout the four main buildings, many of the usual favorites will be back. Visitors can milk a cow; see leaf-cutter ants at work; plant seeds; watch a sheep-shearing demonstration; and pet pigs and other animals. ACES deans and faculty and staff members will be on hand to answer questions about UI educational programs, research and outreach, as well as about the plans for the new South Farms and the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, now under construction.
Visitors traveling in groups of 10 or more can get assistance at the Stock Pavilion. Prospective ACES students also can arrange organized walking tours around campus.
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Demonstrations, exhibits and design competitions highlight Engineering Open House
Remote-controlled robots rescuing "hostages" while running an obstacle course, wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, and more than 150 exhibits ranging from spacecraft design to shape-memory metals are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 80th annual Engineering Open House at the UI.
The event, organized by UI engineering students, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4. The UI Engineering Open House is one of the largest technological showcases of its kind in the nation, attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year. This year's theme -- "Dawn of a New Age" -- attempts to describe the engineering progress of the past millennium and express the promises of the next one.
Visitor guides containing a campus map and descriptions of the activities and exhibits will be available at the EOH headquarters booth in the Kenney Gymnasium Annex. All events are free and open to the public.
"Engineering Open House gives students an opportunity to showcase their work and to show the public what science and engineering are all about," said Clifton Chang, a UI engineering student and this year's open house director. "We do this through informative and entertaining demonstrations, exhibits and design competitions spread across the engineering campus."
Highlighting this year's celebration will be the 13th annual W.J. "Jerry" Sanders Creative Design Competition, sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and named for the company's founder, a UI alumnus. The theme for this year's competition is "Mission 2000" and involves a race through a multi-level obstacle course in which student-built, remote-controlled vehicles must find and rescue three small "hostages."
"Racing two at a time, the vehicles must navigate around 130 randomly activated 'mines,' climb a water slide, traverse a pit filled with foam blocks, pass through simulated corn fields and then scale a mountain," said Steve Hunia, a computer science major and this year's contest director. "The students will be competing for over $5,000 in prizes."
Approximately 25 teams will compete in the contest, which will be held both days in the Kenney Gymnasium Annex.
In the high school design competition, students will pay homage to Rube Goldberg, a satirical cartoonist best known for his designs of ridiculously complicated gadgets that performed the simplest tasks in whimsical roundabout ways.
"The task this year will be to fill and seal a glass jar -- a time capsule -- with models of significant inventions from the 20th century," said Ryan Chmiel, chair of the high school design contest. "We encouraged the students to dig through their attics and junk drawers to find the weirdest things imaginable to use on their machines, but no flammable objects or live animals will be allowed."
Each machine must use at least 20 steps to accomplish the task, Chmiel said. Approximately 15 teams from central and southern Illinois high schools will compete in the contest, which will be held on March 3 in the Kenney Gymnasium Annex.
Younger visitors, too, will have an opportunity to test their creativity as they learn about science and engineering. On March 3, students in seventh and eighth grades will race mousetrap-powered cars constructed from recycled food containers. Grade school students will build towers of drinking straws capable of supporting golf balls. Both events will be held in the Illini Union.
A special on-site design challenge will be open to visitors of all ages on March 4 in the Kenney Gymnasium Annex. Supplies for the building projects will be provided.
"The heart and soul of Engineering Open House are the many exhibits featuring student research and projects sponsored by engineering societies," said Brian Pokrzywa, this year's exhibits director. "The exhibits will be located throughout the engineering campus. To help visitors find specific exhibits, we will place building maps at entryways."
More than 150 exhibits, from chemistry to car crushing, will convey the technological wonders of the past millennium. For example, demonstrations of an automated robot that can walk on two legs, an online optical microscope, and recent innovations in software, computer vision and networking will take place at the Digital Computer Lab.
The Physics Society will demonstrate the "fun"damentals of electricity and magnetism, fly a hot-air balloon, and use liquid nitrogen to turn a banana into a hammer in the Loomis Lab.
Also in Loomis, the Float'n Illini will describe their experiment in micro-gravity research while members of the Illini Space Development Society show how to create model spacecraft from paper plates, cardboard tubes and soda cans.
The Society of Automotive Engineers will host the Illini Timber Nationals, a race modeled after the popular "Pinewood Derby" sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. The competition will be held both days in the first-floor auto lab of the Mechanical Engineering Building. Several of the Formula SAE team's miniature Indy-style race cars will be on display, along with Eco-Car, a student-designed, series-type hybrid electric vehicle.
As in years past, food and entertainment -- featuring local bands, singing groups and dance teams -- will be located in "Area 51" at the south end of the Engineering Quad.
Special laboratory tours of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, including virtual reality demonstrations, also will be offered during the two-day event.
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Five honored as Swanlund Chairs
Five UI professors have been chosen as Swanlund Chairs, the highest endowed title that can be awarded to a UI professor.
The endowed appointments, made possible by a gift from alumna Maybelle Leland Swanlund, are given to people who have made outstanding contributions in their fields.
Selected as the newest Swanlund Chairs are Leon Dash, professor of journalism and of Afro-American studies; Laura Greene, professor of physics; Ian Hobson, professor of music; Benita Katzenellenbogen, professor of physiology and of cell and structural biology; and Larry Smarr, professor of astronomy and of physics and the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Dash, who began his 34-year career at the Washington Post, working first as a copy boy and then as a general assignment reporter, joined the UI faculty in 1998. In 1995, he won the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for his series on living in poverty in Washington, D.C. Dash is the pioneer of "immersion journalism," which involves the reporter living among the subjects of the story and conducting interviews over a number of years. A panel of professional journalists named his series one of the top 100 examples of reporting in the 20th century. Dash earned a bachelor's degree in history from Howard University.
Ron Yates, the head of the journalism department, said Dash's appointment recognizes not only his excellence in serving the journalism and Afro-American studies departments, but also the revolutionary journalism he did while with the Post.
"The incredible and excellent work he's done before he got to the university, and continues to do at the university, make him an excellent choice," Yates said.
Greene, who joined the UI faculty in 1992, has made "profound and lasting contributions to condensed matter physics and the physics of novel materials, particularly superconductors," according to David Campbell, the head of the UI physics department.
"That she will continue her meteoric rise is indicated by her recent discovery of broken time-reversal symmetry in superconducting tunnel junctions -- her most notable single research contribution to date," Campbell said. This discovery challenged the Nobel Prize-winning theory that there is a left-right symmetry to particle motion.
Greene is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the American Physical Society. She received the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the APS and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award.
Greene received a bachelor's degree and a master's, both in physics, from Ohio State University. She also received a master's in experimental physics and a doctorate in physics, both from Cornell University.
Katzenellenbogen, a UI faculty member since 1971, has done award-winning research on how certain hormones and chemical signaling agents in cells affect the growth of cancerous tissues. While her work is directed at revealing fundamental biological mechanisms, she is equally interested in applying research discoveries to practical problems. Her laboratory is heavily involved in researching the development of anti-estrogen and tissue-specific estrogens for breast-cancer treatment and menopausal hormone replacement. She has received a MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute, which provides long-term funding to select scientists whose research is considered of exceptional quality and importance.
"She is truly an outstanding scientist who has, over many years, established a reputation for international prestige," said Philip Best, the head of the department of molecular and integrative physiology. "[She has a] very long history of very significant contributions not only to science, but to the scientific community."
Katzenellenbogen, a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, received a bachelor's degree from the City University of New York, and a master's and a doctorate, both from Harvard University. She did postdoctoral work at the UI.
Hobson, a UI professor of music since 1975, was the youngest person to receive recital diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Academy of Music, at the ages of 18 and 19 respectively. Since then, he has built an international reputation for his ability to master a wide repertoire and memorize complete cycles of obscure works that he has brought or restored to the attention of the musical public, according to nominator James C. Scott, the director of the UI School of Music.
Hobson also has extended his musical domain by developing an international reputation as a conductor. With his own Sinfonia da Camera and with orchestras around the world, he has brought his two "instruments" together for important appearances as pianist and conductor, Scott said.
"It is as a pianist, though, that Ian Hobson has made his greater mark on the profession. His ability to play virtually anything written for piano has given him an edge in Rachmaninov's works and the notoriously difficult transcriptions of Godowsky, which very few pianists ever attempt," Scott said.
Hobson received a bachelor's degree from Cambridge University, and two master's degrees and a doctorate from Yale University.
Smarr, a member of the UI faculty since 1979 and also the director of the National Computational Science Alliance, has been a leader in the creation of a national information infrastructure to support academic research, governmental functions and industrial competitiveness.
With the help of Professor Ken Wilson of Cornell University, Smarr lobbied the National Science Foundation to make a massive investment in supercomputing. According to William Schowalter, dean of the UI College of Engineering, Smarr is one of the few people who had the foresight to understand the important role computers would play in people's lives.
"Would this revolution have occurred without Larry Smarr?" Schowalter wrote in his nominating letter. "The answer is probably yes, but it would have happened in a less organized and slower way, and it might not have happened with its center so convincingly fixed in the United States."
Smarr earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri, a master's at Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Texas, and conducted postdoctoral work at Princeton, Yale and Cambridge universities.
The first recipient of a Swanlund Chair was English professor Richard Powers, an award-winning novelist who was selected in 1996. (See list for a comprehensive listing of the campus's honorees.)
Swanlund, who died in 1993, provided the $12 million dollar endowment for at least 10 Swanlund chairs to attract leaders in the arts and sciences to the university or recognize current faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in their field. The awards are for five years and then they are up for renewal by the university. Swanlund, who received a degree in library studies in 1932 from the UI, donated $2.5 million for the construction of the Lester H. Swanlund Administration Building, named after her late husband, and $3.5 million for the renovation of Harker Hall, which houses the UI Foundation.
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The Urbana-Champaign Faculty Senate agreed unanimously Feb. 21 to a proposal to give former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon the honorary degree of doctor of public administration. Simon will be the featured speaker at UI commencement ceremonies May 14.
The matter now goes to the board of trustees for approval at its meeting this week in Urbana.
Simon, who retired from the Senate in 1997, is a professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, teaching political science and journalism classes. He served in the Senate for 12 years and was Illinois' senior senator prior to his retirement. In 1987-88, he made a bid for the Democratic nomination for president.
Also Monday, senate members considered for the first time proposed revisions to University Statutes concerning the dismissal of academic professionals. The issue had been scheduled for discussion at the senate's Feb. 14 meeting, but that meeting went beyond the 5:15 p.m. limit, so members reconvened Feb. 21.
Since it was the first time to consider the proposed revisions, no vote was taken. A few senate members expressed concern about language that said "sanctions can include, but are not limited to the following ."
Without limits on causes for sanctions, the door is open and an employee can be sanctioned for anything, said Peter Loeb, a professor of mathematics.
Vera Mainz, a representative of the Professional Advisory Committee, said the proposed revisions were e-mailed to about 2,000 academic professionals on campus. Only 15 commented and about half of those comments concerned that same clause that indicated there would be no limits on causes for dismissal, she said.
Jenny Barrett, chairwoman of the Association of Academic Professionals, expressed concerns about the definition of "cause" for dismissal because it referred to omissions of duties. She said if job descriptions are not clearly explained, employees could inadvertently be omitting duties. She also was concerned about sanctions for extramural and off-duty activities.
"Does that include participating in a demonstration at Swanlund?" Barrett said. "What if an employee is arrested on her vacation day for participating in a sit-in? What about protesting university policies?"
Barrett also raised concerns about the language that requires only 10 working days for an employee to request a hearing after receiving written notice of proposed dismissal.
The matter will be considered again, possibly for a vote, at the senate's March 20 meeting. If approved, the revisions will go to the senates of the two other UI campuses for their consideration and approval, and then the final draft will be presented to the University Senates Conference. To become effective, revisions in UI statutes have to go through the UI president and be approved by the board of trustees.
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Waldrop will succeed Richard Alkire who returned to the faculty in August. Waldrop has been holding the position on an interim basis since fall. He would assume the permanent job March 3.
"I believe that Tony has done a superb job as interim vice chancellor for research, within the office of the vice chancellor, throughout the rest of the campus and in external arenas," said Chancellor Michael Aiken.
"He has played a key role in the development of plans for the new research park and I am impressed with his excellent ideas on ways in which to increase the amount of federal and corporate research dollars coming to campus."
Waldrop received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and came to the UI in 1989. He is a professor of molecular and integrative physiology and has served in several administrative capacities since 1993.
Waldrop will continue to serve as interim dean of the Graduate College until a new dean is named. He also will hold the rank of professor of molecular and integrative physiology on indefinite tenure.
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Thomas M. Siebel endows computer science facility at Illinois
Siebel Systems Inc. and the UI announced Feb. 24 that alumnus Thomas M. Siebel agreed to donate $32 million to the university to construct state-of-the-art facilities for the department of computer science at the Urbana campus.
The new building, to be called the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, will house one of the nation's leading programs in computer science, and will allow the department -- one of the largest in the nation -- to greatly increase the size of its faculty and the number of students they educate.
The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science will encompass more than 270,000 square feet of testing facilities, laboratories and classrooms incorporating "intelligent" technology that anticipates and responds to student and staff activity, and enhances education and accelerates research efforts.
"We are truly grateful for Tom Siebel's extraordinary vision and generosity," said UI Chancellor Michael Aiken. "This gift will not only have a significant impact on the education of generations of students, but also will profoundly influence the development of computer science in this nation and throughout the world. The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science will act as a catalyst for a comprehensive program that extends our leadership in education and research."
Interacting components in the building will continuously negotiate with one another, adapting to changing inputs and context -- for example, the building would know when a person entered the building while on a cell phone, and that phone conversation would automatically shift to a wall-sized video display. All classrooms will be fully automated and equipped with digital audio/video capture, intelligent whiteboards, wireless networking and HDTV displays.
"The UI at Urbana-Champaign is recognized as a global leader in information technology," said Siebel, the chairman and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems Inc. "I am one of the many, many people who have benefited greatly from this leadership. It gives me great pleasure to be able to play a role in the enhancement of this great resource."
"It is our hope and our expectation that the Siebel Center for Computer Science -- in combination with the other great wealth of information technology facilities on this campus -- will constitute an education and resource facility that is second to none," Siebel said.
Groundbreaking for the Siebel Center is expected in 2001, and the building is expected to be ready for occupancy no later than 2003.
Faculty members and students from the UI department of computer science designed the groundbreaking ILLIAC IV, the world's fastest computer; and a model for HAL, the intelligent computer in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey"; and they helped create the Internet revolution with the Mosaic Web browser. The university also is home to research efforts of national import, such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
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The free concert begins at 2 p.m. March 12 at the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, and also will be broadcast live on WILL-FM (90.9/101.1 in Champaign-Urbana) with host Roger Cooper.
Heiles performs frequently as a pianist and harpsichordist in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. He teaches an international class of students ranging from undergraduate majors to doctoral candidates.
On March 5, excerpts from the Kunqu musical plays "The Peony Pavilion" and "On the Water Margin" will be presented at 2 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. The heroines of the plays will demonstrate varied elements of 'woman' in Chinese thought. English translation will be projected during the performance.
The performances are part of the lecture and performance series "Gendering Area Studies: The Arts and the Boundaries of Identity" and are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, International Programs and Studies, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Chinese American Association of Central Illinois and the Ford Foundation.
Applications are available electronically at www.pso.uiuc.edu/sac/. Hard copies are available at the Personnel Services Office, Operation and Maintenance Division and the Benefits Center. They also may be obtained from civil service representatives Gary Fry, Bernard Hettinger, Bob Schweighart or Tim Wood.
Established in 1984, the program usually funds eight scholarships each year. The scholarships are equally divided between employee and dependent applicants unless there are insufficient applications in either category. The number awarded and the value of each scholarship will depend on the interest earned from the endowment fund. Recipients will be selected in May and honored at an awards ceremony in June.
On March 29, "Overview of Ethical Considerations in Survey Research" will examine key ethical issues that researchers should be aware of when conducting social and epidemiologic surveys. Informed consent, confidentiality, subject recruitment, collection of sensitive information and research with vulnerable populations will be included. Ethical codes of several survey organizations also will be presented and discussed.
On April 5, SRL will host a "Questionnaire Design Clinic." Participants are encouraged to submit, prior to the session, copies of previous or current drafts of questionnaires. These samples will be used to highlight principles of question and response wording, type, order and questionnaire formatting. Participants should submit questions or questionnaires for review by March 29 to Diane O'Rourke, SRL, 909 W. Oregon, MC-036.
Both seminars will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. To register, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 333-4273. Participants will be notified of the room assignment upon registration. A basic understanding of survey research methods is recommended as a prerequisite. Notes for seminars will be available from the SRL Web site, www.srl.uic.edu, just prior to each seminar.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide information to animal-shelter staff members, teachers, community leaders, students and pet owners about humane education and the direct and indirect benefits of companion animals for the community. Topics include the link between violence to people and pets and developmental benefits of interacting with animals. Speakers include representatives from the American Humane Association, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Aurora Animal Control, Purdue University, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and Linda Case, a lecturer in the UI department of animal sciences.
The all-day seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of $20 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch and an evening reception. The registration deadline is March 17. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.ansci.uiuc.edu/humane, or contact Susan Helmink at 333-2629 or email@example.com.
Any person or group who is part of the university community is eligible for the awards. Preference will be given to students or student groups. Recipients will each receive $200, and also will be honored on a permanent plaque located in the Counseling Center lobby at the Fred H. Turner Student Services Building.
Nomination forms are available at the Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Building, by phone at 244-3356, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for nomination is March 27.
On March 27, Stephen Hunt, director of the Internet Math Consortium (iMath), will discuss iMath, which works in partnership with educational and commercial organizations to enhance math education and math applications. More information can be found at www.imath.org/.
"New Features in Mallard" is the topic of the April 10 brown bag. Donna Brown, UI professor of electrical and computer engineering and the creator of Mallard -- a Web-based tool for testing and classroom management, will discuss new features and how to incorporate them into teaching.
Topics covered by the presentations include air quality engineering and science, aquatic biology and ecology, environmental chemistry, environmental systems analysis, hazardous waste and subsurface science, water quality microbiology, and water quality process engineering.
The event is open to the public. The schedule of symposium sessions will be available on the Web at www.uiuc.edu/unit/EnvEng/symposium/symposium.html. For additional information, contact Matthew Larson, student symposium chair, at email@example.com or 333- 4457.
The one-day conference, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., features a keynote address by Andrew "Flip" Filipowski, one of today's most successful high-tech entrepreneurs, philanthropists and industry visionaries. In addition, local high-tech entrepreneurs will share their success stories. There will be panel discussions on starting, running and funding a high-tech business as well as opportunities to visit with conference speakers and other entrepreneurs.
To register online visit www.techCommUnity.org. For more information, contact Sue Hendrix at 351-6605.
A detailed copy of the request for proposals and submission guidelines is available on the Web at www.wmrc.uiuc.edu or contact Julie Hafermann, project officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-7269. Proposals are due April 7.
"Illinois Gardener" host Dianne Noland and other experts will be on hand in the lobby of Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication to answer questions. The clinic will air live on WILL-TV, and many gardeners who come to ask questions will appear on the program.
The clinic will feature Jim Appleby identifying insects and how to control them; Denny Schrock analyzing perennials and trees; and Mike Brunk discussing trees, shrubs and pruning. Other experts include John Bodensteiner, ornamentals and heirloom vegetables; Sandy Mason, general horticulture; Kaizad Irani, landscaping; Jack Humphries, trees and lawn; and Gloria Young, perennials and vegetables.
"Illinois Gardener," which airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays, includes a call-in segment each week, but Noland said that this is the first opportunity for people to bring in plants or clippings from plants they'd like to have identified or analyzed. "It's so much easier to identify a problem if we can see the actual plant or clippings from the plant," she said. Noland suggested those who attend might want to bring a particularly beautiful plant to show on the air.
Parking for the clinic will be available in UI lot B-22 on Clark Street just north of Campbell Hall. Those attending the clinic should enter the north door on Clark Street.
Note that the floating holiday must be taken before June 30, and may not be carried over to the next fiscal year.
Civil Service employees with questions about the floating holiday should contact Labor and Employee Relations, Personnel Services Office, at 333-3105. Academic staff members should contact the Office of Academic Human Resources at 333-6747.
Prospective volunteers are encouraged to contact Tamzin Holman, outreach associate, at 333-2127 or 762-2721. Job assignments can vary according to the interests of the volunteer and hours are flexible.
As the inaugural winner of the competition, graduate student Mei-Fang Lin will perform the winning composition in a program that takes place at 8 p.m. March 8 in the Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Lin also will play a selection of other original compositions, along with works by composers who have influenced her musical development.
The new award, which will be given annually to a musician-composer at the graduate level, was established through a gift to the music school by Richard Anderson and Jana Mason. Anderson is a professor of educational psychology at the UI; Mason is professor emerita of educational psychology and in the Center for the Study of Reading, and is a senior in painting in the School of Art and Design. The couple's goal in founding the award program is to perpetuate the creation of traditional piano music and encourage patrons of the musical arts to expand their understanding of the art form by listening to new works.
The new Community Practice Unit was designed to meet the everyday needs of companion animals and their owners as well as play an important role in the teaching mission of the hospital. Headed by Dr. Kent Davis, the unit will provide veterinary students in the early years of the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program an opportunity to gain practical clinical experience.
Appointments are scheduled from noon until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. An advantage of the unit is the accessibility to experts in veterinary specialties and high-tech medical equipment, if those services are needed.
Clients need to allow extra time for appointments than for visits to other veterinarians. Patients seen in the Community Practice Unit, like all service units at the teaching hospital, will first be evaluated by students before Davis sees the animal. Davis will staff the community practice service at all times, so clients will see the same doctor, though different students, from visit to visit.
"We will perform all the functions that a private practice would," says Davis. Annual vaccinations; examinations and health certificates; new puppy and kitten wellness examinations; and minor surgeries and laceration repairs are among the services offered.
Another feature of the community practice unit is an online pet health reference service. From the community practice Web site, www.cvm.uiuc.edu/vmth/cp, pet owners can e-mail their questions and receive a response within a few days from the community practice staff.
To reach Davis or the Community Practice Unit, call 333-5300.
An opening reception for both exhibitions is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. March 3 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.
I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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CAS/MillerComm lectures continue throughout semester
Lectures sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study and MillerComm continue throughout the semester, ranging from topics such as the gender gap to environmental governance. An established campus forum for sharing scholarship and ideas from a range of disciplines, the series is supported with funds from the George A. Miller Endowment and various campus co-sponsors. The remaining lectures:
All lectures, unless otherwise noted, take place on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center. More information about the events listed will be available on the Web at www.cas.uiuc.edu or by calling the Miller Events Line, 333-1118.
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The Office of Academic Human Resources, Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St., maintains listings for faculty positions. More complete descriptions are available in that office during regular business hours. The Employment Center lists the academic professional positions available on all UI campuses at www.uihr.uillinois.edu/jobs. Faculty job opportunity information is updated weekly and can be found on the AHR Web site at: http://webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/jobs/index.asp. More information about the listings below may be obtained from the person in the listing.
University Laboratory High School. Teaching associate, Japanese. Graduate degree in Japanese or foreign language education with an emphasis in teaching Japanese required. Experience with authentic language teaching strategies, knowledge of Internet and multimedia instruction opportunities, experience teaching gifted students, obtaining educational grants, conducting workshops for teachers, superior oral proficiency in Japanese, and high school level teaching experience in the United States desired. Teaching certificate in Illinois required. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Paul Weilmuenster, 333-2870 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 17.
University Library (Law Library). Assistant professor of library administration/foreign, comparative and international law librarian. J.D. from an ABA-accredited program and willingness to complete a master's in library science within three years of employment or MLS/related degree from an ALA-accredited program (or foreign equivalent) and significant library experience working with non-U.S. legal materials required. Working knowledge of two foreign languages, preferably German and French, and knowledge of foreign, comparative, international and U.S. legal research also required. Competence in additional languages, demonstrated teaching ability, record of publications and participation in regional, national or international professional associations preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Janis Johnston, Albert E. Jenner Jr. Memorial Law Library, 142M Law Building, MC-594. Closing date: April 14.
University Library. Visiting assistant professor of library administration/visiting Illinois newspaper project cataloger. Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school required. Must be able to analyze collections and be familiar with AACR2 rev. and LCSH. Competence in public speaking, knowledge of serials cataloging, working knowledge of Windows applications, OCLC and MS Office preferred. Knowledge of preservation of microfilm desired. Available: May 21. Contact Joyce Lowder, 333-8168. Closing date: May 5.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Clinical assistant professor. DVM degree required. Experience and expertise in food animal production/population medicine, epidemiology with bovine emphasis (dairy preferred), herd health, nutrition, computer record keeping and advanced training or board certification desired. Available immediately. Contact: Dr. Morin, 333-2000. Closing date: March 10.
Admissions and Records, Office of. Assistant to the director. Bachelor's degree and one year's experience in student recruitment, development, marketing, alumni relations or related area required. Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling or related and two years' experience in student recruitment, development, marketing, alumni relations or related area preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Chair of Search Committee, Campus Visitors Center, 333-0824. Closing date: April 1.
Alumni Association. Vice president of alumni relations and associate chancellor for alumni relations (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, two positions). Bachelor's degree required, master's and five years' experience in alumni advancement field or not-for-profit organization preferred. Available immediately. Contact Karen Tow, 333-9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: March 15.
Applied Life Studies, College of. Director, budget and resource planning. Bachelor's degree in finance, higher education administration, public policy, accounting or related field and five years' administrative experience in higher education, complex budgeting, and financial and computerized information systems required; master's preferred. Knowledge of UI organization/environment desired. Available: May 21. Contact Joyce Wolverton, 333-2131 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 20.
Applied Life Studies, College of. Associate dean, academic affairs. PhD and demonstrated excellence in scholarship and teaching required. Administrative or leadership experience in educational programs and research administration, an understanding of the mission of a land-grant university and a demonstrated record of success in dealing with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines also required. Knowledge of the UI organization and the Urbana-Champaign campus desired. Available: Aug. 1. Contact Joyce Wolverton, 333-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: May 1.
Aviation, Institute of. Aviation education specialists (one or more positions). Bachelor's degree, certified flight instructor certificate with airplane and instrument ratings required; master's or PhD and research interest and qualifications desired. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Pilot Training Office at Willard Airport, 244-8606. Closing date: June 1.
Beckman Institute. Research programmer. Bachelor's degree required. Experience with Macintosh and PC systems support, experience with technical user support, including hardware and software troubleshooting, familiarity of Microsoft programs, including FrontPage, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, and knowledge of HTML language and graphic utilities desired. Available immediately. Contact Kate Wood, 244-1176 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 10.
Campus Recreation. Coordinator, ice arena. Bachelor's degree, preferably in recreation, physical education, sports management or related field, and two years' experience in facility and staff management required. Available: June 5. Contact Robyn Deterding, 244-6423 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: April 10.
Computing and Communications Services Office. Research programmer. Bachelor's degree and one year's relevant experience, including system administration experience (Novell, NT) and one year's programming experience in C, C++, PERL, JAVA, CGI, HTML or shell scripts required. Available immediately. Contact Steve Zydek, 244-7468 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 13.
Engineering. Resource and policy analyst. Bachelor's degree required. Experience in financial management and knowledge of campus policies and procedures desirable. Available immediately. Contact Donna Cutsinger, 2-137 Engineering Sciences Building, MC-266. Closing date: March 17.
Housing Division, Family and Graduate Housing. Resident director, graduate halls. Master's degree in student personnel, or closely related field and one year's residence hall experience required. Professional experience with international and graduate students preferred. Available: June or July. Contact Jeanette Weider, 333-5656. Closing date: April 12.
Housing Division, Student Affairs. Coordinator for housing contacts and assignments. Bachelor's degree and three years' full-time experience in housing or university administration or related field required. College community-living experience preferred. Available: June 21. Contact Alison Barber, 244-9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: April 7.
Housing Division. Assistant director for multicultural education and programs, undergraduate residence halls. Master's degree in college student personnel or related field and three years' full-time experience working in higher education with a diverse student population required. For more information, www.housing.uiuc.edu/reslife/profjobs/. Available: June 1. Contact Michael Herrington, Office of Residential Life, 300 Clark Hall, MC-548. Closing date: April 10.
Information Technology and Communication Services. Media/communications specialist, instructional materials. Bachelor's degree and five years' experience teaching agriculture in high school or community college or equivalent experience required; master's preferred. Knowledge of Windows desktop computer applications desired. Available immediately. Contact Ken McPheeters, 333-0005 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 15.
Information Technology and Communication Services. Network analyst. Bachelor's degree required. Experience working with a Windows environment preferred. Available immediately. Contact Nancy Mickenbecker, 244-0477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: March 15.
Instructional Resources, Office of. Coordinator of classroom support and training. Bachelor's degree, preferably in instructional technology, vocational education or related field, required. Must have experience in developing and implementing training sessions and writing training manuals. Available: March 27. Contact Jean Prentice, 333-0506. Closing date: March 10.
Intercollegiate Athletics. Compliance specialist. Bachelor's degree and previous experience with the certification of student-athlete eligibility at NCAA Division I institution required; master's and previous experience monitoring award of financial aid to student-athletes preferred. Must have knowledge of NCAA rules and computer proficiency. Available immediately. Contact Vince Ille, 333-8605. Closing date: March 8.
Intercollegiate Athletics. Head varsity coach, men's golf. Bachelor's degree required; master's preferred. Expertise in planning and directing a men's golf team; ability to select, recruit and develop student athletes; knowledge of personnel management and staff development financial planning required. Computer literacy and previous coaching or professional golfing experience preferred. Available immediately. Contact Kelly Landry, 333-2687. Closing date: March 15.
Physics. Coordinator, recruiting, advising and special programs. Bachelor's degree in physics or related science and thorough knowledge of computer databases and Web publishing required. Available: April 1. Contact Gary Gladding, 229 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, MC-704 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 15.
Residential Life, Office of. Area coordinator, undergraduate residence halls. Master's degree in college student personnel or related field and three years' residence hall experience required. Knowledge of student learning, first-year student initiatives, and creating safe and welcoming communities desired. For more information, www.housing.uiuc.edu/reslife/profjobs/. Available immediately. Contact Michael Herrington, Office of Residential Life, 300 Clark Hall, MC-548. Closing date: April 10.
University Administration. Coordinator for human relations. Law degree or master's degree in human resources administration, labor relations, business administration or related field; two years' experience in human resources administration or related experience and knowledge of state and federal employment law required. Experience in employee relations, labor relations or equal opportunity and knowledge/experience in human resources systems preferred. Available: April. Contact Mary Beastall, 333-7925 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: March 13.
University Audits, Office of. Specialist, enterprisewide auditor. Bachelor's degree, plus professional certification of CPA or CIA; master's preferred. PC competence using applications involving word processing, spreadsheet and relational database knowledge. Available immediately. Contact Michael Moody, (312) 996-2748 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 13.
University Library. Research programmer. Bachelor's degree (computer science or related field preferred) and one year's relevant experience required. Additional experience installing and administering Windows NT or UNIX servers, programming C, C++, PERL, JAVA or shell scripts in UNIX and/or Windows NT environment, Web programming using HTML and CGI or ASP also required. Experience with Solaris or AIX operating systems, deploying, managing and developing relational database management systems and SQL-based applications, IIS web server, administering full-function TCP/IP LAN's, UDMS or other report writer, and familiarity with library applications desired. Available immediately. Contact Susan Edwards, 333-8168. Closing date: April 7.
Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of. Associate vice chancellor for research. Master's degree and five years' experience in university administration required. Understanding of the research mission in higher education and knowledge of the Urbana-Champaign campus preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Judy Hansens, 333-0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Extended closing date: March 6.
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A report on honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members
Denzin also has been appointed editor of the newsletter of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
Louis Wozniak, professor of general engineering, received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Power Engineering Society's Prize Paper Award of the Energy Development and Power Generation Committee. The 1995 publication, "Efficiency Based Optimal Control of Hydrogenerators," co-written with graduate student Phil Schniter, was recognized at the 1999 summer meeting of the PES. Wozniak, a fellow member of the institute, is currently serving the first year of a three-year term as editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
The 43rd Competition for Films and Videos on Japan awarded David Plath, professor emeritus of anthropology, the Silver Prize for his entry, "Makiko's New World." Plath received the award at the award presentation ceremony in December.
Christopher Bardeen, professor of chemistry, was awarded a Research Innovation Award by the Research Corporation. Bardeen was recognized for "using shaped pulses to perform four-wave mixing experiments in microscopic sample volumes, with application to organic electronics." The Research Corp., a foundation for the advancement of science, presents the award to encourage research that offers promise for significant discovery by beginning faculty members.
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on the job: John Sudlow
Interview by: Becky Mabry
JOB: Project Coordinator of the UI's Motorcycle Rider Program, located on Gerty Drive next to the Fire Service Institute. The UI, through a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation, offers free novice and experienced rider-education programs on campus and at 13 other sites in a region that extends along the Illinois-Indiana border through Cook County. The program served about 3,000 motorcyclists in the region last year, and 7,000 statewide.
The UI has been the most efficient and effective of the universities in the state and IDOT tells us repeatedly that we are the flagship program for their statewide program. This is our 23rd consecutive contract year with IDOT to offer these courses.
We live just outside of Oakwood down in the Salt Fork River bottoms, a very peaceful rural setting. We're pretty secluded and we're really happy where we are.
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Edward Broghamer, 89, died Feb. 12 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Broghamer taught mechanical engineering at the UI for 39 years.
Phyllis C. Elbs, 61, died Feb. 24 at her Villa Grove home. Elbs had worked as a clerk II in the crop sciences department since 1996. Memorials: Villa Grove VFW Post 2876 Ladies Auxiliary or the Villa Grove Summer Recreation Program.
Robert Hadfield, 68, died Feb. 22 at his Champaign home. Hadfield retired in 1986 as a preparator for the UI's Krannert Art Museum. Memorials: Carle Hospice or Urbana Masonic Lodge 157.
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