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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 21, No.15, March 7, 2002

Research | Campus |On the Job |Achievements |Briefs |Job Market | Deaths | PDF format

Cross-campus initiatives
Faculty retreat focuses on collaboration, innovation
Innovative research applications and interdisciplinary collaborations were the focus of discussions at a Feb. 27 faculty retreat at Levis Faculty Center.
Full story

New resource guide deals with violence prevention from birth to 18
Bullies, video carnage, uncaring parents, access to guns. All have been pegged as a major cause – even the only cause – of violence among children and youth.
Full story

Are there medical implications of geomicrobiology?
If microbial life is found on Mars, will it be native to the planet or something carried there from Earth? Either way, will it be safe to return samples of such organisms to Earth? Astrobiology, the search for life elsewhere, says a UI microbiologist, is making us look a lot closer at microbial life on Earth – how it adapts and its relationship to emerging infectious diseases. Full story
New theory says cooperation, not competition, drives primate behavior
One of the most basic assumptions about primates is under attack. Two American primatologists are challenging the current and dominant theory that competition – mainly over access to food and sexual partners – is the driving force of social behavior in primates, both human and non-human. Full story
Bankruptcy reform bills would allow Enron-type ‘off-book’ deals
One way to test Congress’ resolve in resisting the blandishments of special interest money is to see how a conference committee handles the bankruptcy bills now before it, a UI expert says. Full story
Meeting reviews university’s economic development activities
Although the university is entering the second phase of construction of the South Research Park, the university is lagging behind some of its Big Ten peers in economic development activities, UI officials said at a Feb. 26 town meeting. Full story
Governor’s budget address confirms lean year
Since last month, university administrators have predicted a decrease in state funding for next year. That forecast became more likely after Gov. George Ryan unveiled his proposed budget in his State of the State address Feb. 20. Full story
UI designer had hand in opening ceremonies of Winter Olympics
A designer from the UI’s Urbana campus, Benny Gomes, helped light up the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Full story
Education center provides unique hands-on learning opportunities
The UI’s Fred and Donna Giertz Education Center at Krannert Art Museum is a portal to the world for many Central Illinois students and educators. Full story
Students getting hands-on experience designing unique tours
For students enrolled in UI professor Bruce Wicks’ leisure studies seminars, just learning about tourism can be an adventure. Full story
Generous gift
The UI Asian Library added to its collection with a gift of more than 1,200 Chinese language books from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago. Full story
MFA candidates display art
KAM exhibition runs through April 7
UI students will exhibit new works in the annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at the UI’s Krannert Art Museum March 9-April 7. Full story
On the Job
A 22-year employee of the UI, Artice James is a subforeman in the sheet metal shop in the Operation and Maintenance Division. James also is the president of the Champaign chapter of the National Council of African-American Men. Full story
achieve ments A report on honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.  More
brief notes David Kinley Lecture is March 7 … Social to be held March 12 … Scholarship applications due April 8 … 'Take Our Daughters to Work Day' … New center offers consulting … EH Conference will be April 1, 2 … Brass Quintet will perform March 10 … Health conference to be May 12-14 … UI Press director to speak March 14 … 'Green' conference to be March 26 … Conference to be held April 4 -7 … Art displayed through March 15 … Screenwriting seminar is March 9… Concerts continue at Beckman … Applications sought for fellows … More
ACES Open House is March 8 and 9
Come to the Open House and send a plant to jail. That’s what creators of an entertaining and educational exhibit hope children do when they identify invasive plant species at the exhibit, part of the ACES Open House at the UI’s Urbana-Champaign campus. Full story

Bill Nye the Science Guy among guests at Engineering Open House March 8 & 9
Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robots fighting for possession of a bowling ball, lively talks by Bill Nye the Science Guy, and more than 150 fun-filled exhibits are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 82nd annual Engineering Open House at the UI. Full story

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

Ora Bialesckhi, 80, died March 1 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Bialesckhi worked as a painter for the Division of Operation and Maintenance from 1960 until he retired in 1984. Memorials: Carle Hospice or Grace Baptist Church, Urbana.

Phyllis Danner, 57, died Feb. 25 at Provena Covenant Medical Center. She was the librarian of the Sousa Archives for Band Research and an associate professor of library administration. She began working at the UI in 1984. She also was a flute soloist for a concert performance by the UI Wind Ensemble. Memorials: Mark Christopher Danner education fund.

Bruce E. Miller, 49, died Feb. 20 at his Tolono home. Miller had been a painter for the Division of Operation and Maintenance since 1989. Memorials: to the family.

Earl James Smith, 92, died Feb. 11 in Minneapolis. He was a furniture repairman for the Division of Operation and Maintenance from 1963 until his retirement in 1976. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Betty J. Kendrick Stevenson, 78, died Feb. 16 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. She worked as a typing clerk III for the Division of Operation and Maintenance and the Institute of Aviation from 1965 to 1967. Memorials: American Cancer Society.


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