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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 21, No.11, Dec. 6, 2001

Research | Campus | Honors | Briefs |Benefits Briefs|Job Market | Deaths | PDF format

Grad Student protest
Members of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) and supporters picket on the UI Quad during a two-day work stoppage Nov. 28 and 29 organized to demand collective bargaining rights. Between 180 to 240 classes scheduled to meet in Davenport Hall, the English Building, the Foreign Languages Building, Gregory Hall and Lincoln Hall (3 to 4 percent of scheduled classes) were canceled by the instructors in connection with the protests, according to a departmental survey by the provost’s office.
RESEARCH
Human cancer-detection test showing promise in pets, too
An early-detection technique developed to look for cancer-associated enzyme activity in humans is showing dramatic sensitivity to malignant tumors in cats and dogs.
Full story …
Stratospheric polar vortex influences winter cold, researchers say
A mechanism to explain how the behavior of the stratosphere may affect tropospheric weather patterns has been proposed by scientists at the UI. If correct, the idea could be included in models to better understand the climate system and predict the weather. Full story …
System helps determine type of human error in aviation accidents
A new crash analysis system is helping accident investigators shed more light on the main causal factor of aviation accidents: human error. Full story …
CAMPUS
Campus Rec student referendum passes
A proposed student fee increase to support expansion of campus recreation facilities was overwhelmingly passed in a student referendum on the Urbana campus Nov. 12 and 13. Full story
Task force lobbies for expanded on-campus child-care services
Having her only child when she was a teen-ager was the smartest career move she ever made, according to Abigail Salyers, professor of microbiology. If Salyers hadn’t become a mother as a teen-ager, she said she probably wouldn’t have borne children at all, given the tremendous demands of advanced study and a career in the sciences.Full story …
Ceramics class makes bowls for Empty Bowls fund-raising event
Round and round and round it goes. When the wheel stops, all James Kearns knows is that the two pounds of clay he’s been working will ultimately take shape as somebody’s one-of-a-kind chili bowl. Full story …
Construction and security among agenda items for board of trustees
Construction projects, campus security, military leave and public relations activities were among the business brought before the UI Board of Trustees at its Nov. 14 and 15 meetings in Urbana. Full story …
Senate discusses state budget, other issues in final meeting of semester
The future of the Post-Genomics Institute and the past as it related to the creation of the Research Park were hot-button issues at the Dec. 3 Urbana-Champaign Senate meeting. Full story …
Greenough appointed CAS director
William T. Greenough has been appointed director of the UI’s Center for Advanced Study. A professor of psychiatry, of psychology, of bioengineering and of cell and structural biology, Greenough had served as interim director since 2000. Full story …

New initiative to foster high school students’ knowledge of other nations
Educators at the UI believe that now, more than ever before, there is a critical need for Americans to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of international issues. And one way to accomplish that in Illinois is through the new International High School Program. Full story …

HONORS
Three UI faculty members receive Fulbright Scholar grants
Three UI faculty members have received 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar grants. They join about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who have received the grants in order to lecture or conduct research abroad. Full story
Six of campus’s most talented faculty honored as ‘Scholars’
Six faculty members at the UI’s Urbana-Champaign campus have been chosen to be the 2001-2002 University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence while helping to identify and retain the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers. Full story
On the Job
Julian Parrott started his career with the UI as a graduate assistant adviser in the General Curriculum Center in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 10 years ago. He is now the director of the center and assistant dean of the college. Full story …

brief notes Ally meeting to be Dec. 7 … UI German Choir to perform Dec. 9 … Carpool to stop daily shuttle services … IUB offers discounts Dec. 6 … O&M offers holiday shutdown tips … Campus profile on Web … Deadline for nominations is Feb. 4 … 'Communiversity' needs instructors … Applications for Child Development Laboratory now being accepted … Spring rec memberships for sale … Holiday dinner buffets Dec. 6-8 … UI pianist to perform at Second Sunday Concert … More

Holiday schedules and services
More information about holiday schedules and services is available on the Web at www.vcadmin.uiuc.edu/holiday2001.html

benefits briefs
New tax law offers employees tax-deferred savings opportunities
The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) allows UI employees to take advantage of higher contribution limits under the UI’s 403(b) Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan (TDRP) and the 457(b) State of Illinois Deferred Compensation Plan. 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

deaths

Frank Connor, 73, died Nov. 24 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur. Connor was a garage foreman for the UI garage and car pool. He started working for the UI in 1984 as a garage attendant. Memorials: the Hammond United Methodist Church.

Stella Josephine Ferguson, 79, died Nov. 29 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Ferguson started working as a clerk typist III for agricultural administration in 1978. She retired in 1994. Memorials: Arthur Public Library.

Wilkin Freeman, 89, died Nov. 21 at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Systems, Danville. Freeman was a cook for UI food services from 1970 to 1975. Memorials: building fund at Salem Baptist Church.

Harold W. "Hank" Hannah, 90, died Nov. 20 at Crossroads Community Hospital, Mount Vernon. Hannah taught law at the UI from 1935 to 1971, when he retired. He held spring semester appointments from 1972 to 1974. Memorials: Rotary Foundation or the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Charles Knights, 85, died Nov. 15 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Knights was a building service worker at the UI physical plant, retiring in 1977 after 30 years of service.

Francis McCoppin, 49, died Nov. 24 in Bement. McCoppin was a crop-testing specialist for the UI for 27 years. Memorials: Ivesdale Emergency Medical Service.

Marjorie McQueen Monkman, 71, died Nov. 15 at Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine. Monkman was a professor in the School of Social Work at UI from 1965 to 1990, when she retired. She established the Marjorie McQueen Monkman Research Fund at the UI, which provides an annual award to a junior faculty member and is designed to assist in social work research, in 1995. Memorials: Monkman Research Fund in care of Diana Stroud, School of Social Work, MC-140; the Glen Allan United Methodist Church Building Fund; or an organization of the donor’s choice.

Jacob Morenz, 87, died Nov. 23 at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Morenz worked at the UI as a building service worker for 11 years, retiring in 1979. Memorials: St. Paul’s or the Champaign County Nursing Home Auxiliary.

Stuart S. Nagel, 67, died Nov. 19 in Champaign. Nagel started working at the UI in 1962 as a professor of political science. He retired in 1997. He founded the Policy Studies Organization, a public policy research group. Memorials: Lymphoma Research Foundation, 8800 Venice Blvd., Suite 207, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

Winifred McCue Norton, 89, died Nov. 10 at her Urbana home. Norton worked in the UI College of Agriculture Library from 1950 to 1963, first as a library assistant and later as an assistant agriculture librarian. She was a visiting instructor in the Graduate School of Library Science in 1964. Memorials: Community United Church of Christ, Champaign.

Doris M. Norwood, 86, died Nov. 30 at ManorCare Health Services of Urbana. Norwood worked as a fountain attendant helper at the UI from 1965 to 1985. Memorials: American Diabetes Association or Bible Baptist Church.

Carl D. Piatt, 85, died Nov. 28 at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, Texas. Piatt started working as a construction laborer for the Division of Operation and Maintenance in 1963. He retired in 1980. Memorials: Parkinsons’ research or donor’s choice.

Clareta Walker, 94, died Nov. 10 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. For more than three decades, Walker worked with the UI Cooperative Extension Service. Memorials: McKinley Presbyterian Church, Champaign or an organization of the donor’s choice.

 



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