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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 20, No.11, Dec. 7, 2000

Campus | Research | Administrative | Honors | Brief Notes | On the Job |Job Market | Deaths | PDF format

"Cool" finds

‘Cool’ finds
Geology professor digs finding Antarctic fossils

Geologist Dan Blake is not dreaming of a white Christmas. In fact, he’s dreading snow in December. That’s because Blake, a professor from the UI, hopes to be collecting fossils on a small island off the Antarctic Peninsula, and a blanket of snow would stop his work cold. Full story …

Increased consumption of soy protein may help lower cholesterol
People with total cholesterol levels exceeding 240 could benefit substantially by eating 25 to 50 grams of soy protein daily, according to a scientific advisory directed to health-care professionals across the United States.. Full story …
Brian Wansink People’s soup choices reflect their personality types, professor says
You not only are what you eat, you also are what you slurp, at least according to Brian Wansink, who has done a study that links soup choices to personality types. Full story …
High-resolution acoustic system detects objects buried in soil
Archaeologists soon may be using sound waves to survey potential building sites for significant cultural artifacts, say researchers at the UI. They recently demonstrated a high-resolution acoustic system capable of detecting and imaging small buried objects. Full story …

Any physical activity, at any age, is better than remaining sedentary
The new year awaits, but many senior citizens, along with their younger counterparts, have given up on any resolution to start an exercise program. … But any physical activity is better than none, at any age, even if it doesn’t fit common notions of exercise, says a UI professor and leading advocate for efforts to encourage "active aging." Full story …


Out of this world
Scott Altman, right, an astronaut and alumnus of the UI’s Urbana campus, visited the Alumni Association offices Nov. 30 to return some donated UI items that he took with him on a recent Space Shuttle mission. Loren Taylor, the president of the Alumni Association, shows Altman an "Illio" yearbook from 1981, the year Altman graduated.

Single software system to replace UI’s outdated business systems
It’s hard enough keeping up with the fast pace of changing technology, but UI’s aging business systems on its three campuses don’t stand a chance, considering some of them are almost 30 years old. More …
UI negotiating new contract with American Express
UI employees who have a corporate American Express card may be affected by changes that the university and the credit card company are renegotiating. More …

Committe charged with developing plans to improve campus diversity
Chancellor Michael Aiken and Provost Richard Herman have charged a new campuswide committee with developing plans for improving diversity on campus. More …

Senate to review rejection of book by teaching associate
The Urbana-Champaign Senate voted overwhelmingly Nov. 27 to have its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure look into why "Dancing at Halftime," a book by Carol Spindel, was rejected by the UI Press. Spindel is a visiting teaching associate in the department of English. More…
Ten Urbana faculty members honored as University Scholars
Ten faculty members at the UI at Urbana-Champaign have been chosen to be the 2000-2001 University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence while helping to identify and retain the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers. More …
brief notes
O&M offers holiday shutdown tips … Holiday rec memberships on sale … UI faculty musicians to perform … O&M offers free holiday cleanups … Art of architecture featured … UI German Choir performs Dec. 10 … Brochure deadline is Dec. 22 … Nominations sought of UI women …Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund seeks donations … Share the gift of nature … More …

Holiday schedules and services More …
Janette Bradley On the Job: Janette Bradley Wright
Janette Bradley Wright started working at the UI 12 years ago as clerk typist and has worked her way up witM three promotions and is currently working on achieving the title administrative secretary. more …
job market Academic Human Resources maintains listings for academic professional and faculty positions. Propspective employees also may subscribe to the academic jobs listserve (look under Career Information) and receive e-mail notification of open positions.

Personnel Services maintains listings for staff openings


Francis "Jack" Althaus,
64, died Nov. 16 at his Urbana home. Althaus was employed for 30 years by the UI dairy microbiology department. He retired in 1990. Memorials: Provena Covenant Hospice Program or the American Cancer Society.

Donald Bollman, 68, died Dec. 2 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Bollman was a steam fitter in the UI’s Division of Operation and Maintenance. He retired after 35 years of service. Memorials: American Heart Association.

Florence Edmison, 70, died Nov. 22 in Bloomington. Edmison retired after 16 years as a secretary at the UI. Memorials: St. Joseph’s Medical Center Foundation Council or the American Diabetes Association.

Violet Gaschler, 96, died Nov. 28 at her Urbana home. Gaschler was a secretary at the UI for 35 years before she retired in 1974.

Van Norman, 94, died Nov. 30 at the Carle Arbours, Savoy. Norman served as the assistant director of Housing at the UI for many years. Memorials: The Carle Hospice or the building fund of First United Methodist Church of Champaign.

Kathryn Thornberry, 89, died Nov. 19 at the Mark Twain Caring Center, Poplar Bluff, Mo. Thornberry taught in the English department at the UI for more than 40 years. Memorials: Crisis Nursery, Urbana; Humane Society, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037; or American Cancer Society.


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