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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 21, No.5, Sept. 6, 2001

Research |Campus | Adminstrative | Honors |Achievements | Briefs | Job Market | Deaths | PDF format

Teaching excellence: Campus Curriculum for Instructional Excellence aims to enhance faculty members’ teaching skills
The Campus Curriculum for Instructional Excellence, being initiated this fall on the Urbana campus, will give instructors the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills by learning from three of the university’s Distinguished Teacher/Scholars. Full story …
Best college teachers adaptable, like working with students
Everybody knows that good teaching is an art, but can it be improved by science? Full story …
Study shows antioxidants play vital role in protecting skin
Sun-worshippers beware: Most sunscreen products offer inadequate protection against the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
But there is hope, says a UI researcher who developed a technique to peer into the skin and study how it is affected by ultraviolet radiation.
Full story …
Hiking ticket prices to ease congestion feasible at some airports
Proposals to unclog the nation’s airports by imposing "congestion pricing" on flights during peak hours may work – so long as they are implemented with care and flexibility, according to a UI economist. Full story …
Flash Economic Index falls to 98
The UI Flash Economic Index continued its decline, falling to 98.0 in August from its 98.3 level in July. Full story …
Warmer periods in Alaskan area not confined to modern times
In the northwest foothills of the Alaska Range, the last 150 years have been warm by historical reckoning, scientists report. However, they note, two other lengthy periods of climatic warmth appear to have occurred in that region during the last 2,000 years. Full story …

Missile defense system wouldn’t deter foes, game theory shows
As Congress ponders a $3 billion increase in funding for a national missile defense system, UI professor Julian Palmore is looking at the program’s prospects for success from a mathematician’s perspective. Full story …

  • ACDIS faculty members active in ‘ongoing dialogue’
    While Pres. George W. Bush vigorously promotes plans to develop and deploy a National Missile Defense system, professors in the UI’s Program on Arms Control, Disarmament and International have been playing a more quiet, yet vital, role in the ongoing dialogue on national security issues. Full story …
Extraordinary design of unique instrument honors musician, family
"Unique" is often applied indiscriminately to things that just aren’t. But no other single word more accurately describes UI music professor Rudolf Haken’s new amoeba-shaped, five-string instrument. That’s because it’s the only one in the world. Full story …

Two electric cars join UI’s motor pool fleet
Someone poking under the hood of the motor pool’s newly acquired blue Ford Escort could be in for a surprise. Instead of a gasoline engine, the vehicle has an electric motor connected to a bank of batteries. Full story …

Grant to fund project aimed at increasing activity of older Americans
The UI, in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine, has received a grant of $568,767 from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a project aimed at making older Americans more active and healthy. Full story …  
New Faces 2001
Throughout the year, the campus welcomes many new faces to its faculty. From rising young talents to established authorities in their fields, these people enrich the academic tapestry of the university and the Champaign-Urbana community as well. As we do each fall, we feature a few of these new colleagues. More…
Eighty-four faculty members receive promotions, six tenure without change in rank
In July, the UI Board of Trustees approved these promotions effective Aug. 21. Full list …
Law dean to step down
Thomas M. Mengler has announced he will step down from his position as the dean of the UI College of Law. Full story …
New department and unit heads announced
In addition to those reported previously in Inside Illinois, many new department and unit heads on the UI campus were approved by the UI Board of Trustees at its July 12 meeting. Full story …
Gaines named to Knight Chair in Journalism
Bill Gaines, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner during 27 years as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, has been named to the Knight Chair in Journalism at the UI. Full story …

Wiltzius named director of Beckman Institute-
Pierre Wiltzius, the director of semiconductor physics research at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, has been named director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, pending approval of the UI Board of Trustees at its meeting Sept. 12-13 in Chicago. Full story …

NCSA names 2001-2002 Faculty Fellows
Thirteen UI faculty members will participate in the 2001-2002 NCSA/UIUC Faculty Fellows Program. Full story …
On the Job: Nicole Faurant
As costume rental manager at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Nicole Faurant helps outfit performers in local community theaters in Champaign and Urbana and in theater productions around the country. Full story …

achieve ments
A report on honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members. More …

brief notes
New series subscriptions accepted … Grant increases opportunities … Scholarship fund established … Road race for animals is Sept. 9 … Ally Network to host orientation … WILL-FM profiles Jack McDuff … Nominations sought for awards … Film festival is Sept. 8 … African art exhibition on view … South Asian families films featured … Imaging Technology Group forum … 'Facing the Challenge' of cancer … New undergraduate minor offered … New lab offers team approach … 'KYU' fall lecture series begins … 'Friday Forum' begins Sept. 21 … IPRH film series begins Sept. 5… Training sessions offered … Tailgate at Levis … Daily campus shuttle available …Sinfonia performs Sept. 16 … 2001 Martirano Award Concert is Sept. 20 … 60th anniversary celebration is Sept. 9…More …

Public forum scheduled to view, discuss Campustown changes More …

job market Academic Human Resources maintains listings for academic professional and faculty positions. Prospective 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


John William "Jack" Briscoe, 84, died Aug. 23 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Briscoe was associate provost and vice chancellor for administrative affairs at the UI from 1965 to 1975. He started as an instructor in the civil engineering department in 1948 and served as a professor, assistant head and associate head of the department. He returned to teaching after his administrative service and retired in 1981 as a professor emeritus. Memorials: Jack and Kay Briscoe Endowment Fund, c/o UI Foundation, Harker Hall, MC-386 or Urbana Free Library Foundation, 300 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

James G. Eagelman, 90, died Aug. 12 at Stone Ridge Health Care Center, Myerstown, Pa. Eagelman joined the UI faculty as a professor of veterinary medicine in 1960. He retired in 1975. Memorials: Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 808, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Rosalind E. McKenzie, 81, died Aug. 11 at Norton Suburban Hospital, Louisville, Ky. McKenzie retired from the UI College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 as an administrative secretary after 23 years of service. Memorials: Cunningham Children’s Home or the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

Gilbert E. Penny, 86, died Aug. 25 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Penny worked for the UI for 40 years before retiring as a building service worker foreman. Memorials: Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Richard Smith, 80, died Aug. 19 at ManorCare Health Services of Urbana. Smith retired in 1983 from the UI as a research lab shop supervisor in the department of electrical engineering. He worked for the university for 36 years starting out as a machinist in the same department.


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