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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 25, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2005
Research | Campus | Achievements | Briefs | On the Job | Calendar | Lost & Found | Job Market | Deaths| PDF Format
UI campus members bring hope to many during the holidays
Hundreds of people may feel like Santa Claus received their letters this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of UI faculty and staff members.
RESEARCH
Rivers on Titan, one of Saturn's moons, resemble those on earth
Recent evidence from the Huygens Probe of the Cassini Mission suggests that Titan, the largest moon orbiting Saturn, is a world where rivers of liquid methane sculpt channels in continents of ice.
Flatworm genes may provide insights into human diseases, researchers say
Could vital information about many human diseases be deciphered from genes inside freshwater flatworms?
 
Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questioned
In Wisconsin, an expectant woman can be taken into custody if police believe her abuse of alcohol may harm her unborn child. In South Dakota, pregnant alcohol and drug users can be committed to treatment centers for up to nine months.
CAMPUS
 
Student Affairs will continue to manage Assembly Hall
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will retain administrative control of Assembly Hall, but the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will oversee plans to renovate the facility and raising the funds to make those refurbishments happen.
 
Forum allows feedback on proposed department merger
Faculty members and students – including several dozen chanting protesters on the lawn – braved frigid temperatures Dec. 7 to voice their opinions about College of Engineering interim dean Ilesanmi Adesida’s proposed plan to merge the department of mechanical and industrial engineering with the department of theoretical and applied mechanics.
Senate: Committee to further evaluate campus climate and the Chief
The Committee on the Educational Effect of Chief Illiniwek has outlined a proposed plan for conducting an empirical study of how the UI’s athletic symbol affects the educational climate on campus, O. Vernon Burton, chair of the Senate Executive Committee, told the Urbana-Champaign Senate at its meeting Dec. 5.
Priceless baseball volumes returned to UI Library
The UI Library got the scholarly equivalent of a grand slam late Tuesday night.
Center links computing and humanities, arts and social science

Scholars from an array of disciplines converged at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on Dec. 9 to discuss how advanced digital tools used by scientists might be applied to research and teaching in the humanities, arts and social sciences.

Documentary, book explore icons of 20th century American art
You won’t need a Ph.D in art history to appreciate a new documentary and companion book on 20th-century American art by Jonathan Fineberg and John Carlin. The only prerequisite required of those tuning in or turning the pages of “Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art” is a genuine interest in the American experience.

NEW faces 2005
Among the many newcomers to campus are 113 tenure/tenure-track faculty members whose appointments began this summer or fall. One thing they have in common – their combined expertise will enhance the research and teaching at Illinois. Inside Illinois will feature two new colleagues in each fall issue.

Design-conference book a must-have for leading U.S. design houses

Academic conference proceedings aren’t typically regarded as must-read page-turners. But “IMPACT,” a limited-edition, illustrated book documenting an industrial design conference held last spring at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is reportedly turning heads in the design world.

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Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and found

A computer. A blood-test kit for diabetics. A violin bow. What do these objects have in common? They all wound up lost – and found – somewhere on the Urbana campus.

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English department celebrates new journal, new scholars, new honors
American literary history is being made at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – literally, figuratively and frequently.

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Former foster kids share experiences with policymakers
Amy Clay called it “serendipity.” The former foster child from Belleville, majoring in rhetoric and creative writing at the UI, walked into Mark Testa’s office in January almost three years ago. She knew Testa from her previous experience advocating for foster-care legislation and was stopping by to say “hello.” She didn’t know that Testa had been working on an idea.

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DEPARTMENTS
achievements A report on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.  More

brief notes Nominations sought for staff award… Exhibition focuses on inmates' inventions … Seminar on Shared Governance is Jan. 23 …Annual book gift guide now available onlineHoliday open skate times announced More

On the Job: Donna Zimmerman
Donna Zimmerman is a staff clerk in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her co-workers affectionately call her Radar O'Reilly for her ability to come up with creative solutions. More
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deaths
Richard J. Auth, 78, died Dec. 8 at ManorCare Health Services of Champaign. Auth worked at the UI for 26 years, retiring in 1989 as a police officer with the Division of Operation and Maintenance. Memorials: American Heart Association.

Charles John Birkeland, 89, died Nov. 28 at Meadowbrook Health Center, Urbana. Birkeland began working at the UI in 1947 as an assistant professor of horticulture. He retired in 1976, having served as head of the horticulture department since 1950.

Helen B. Frump, 95, died Nov. 22 at Centralia Manor, Centralia. Frump retired as a food service administrator for the Housing Division in 1975 after 12 years of service. Memorials: Illinois Promise Fund 340946, UI Foundation, P.O. Box 3429, Champaign 61826.

William E. Gudgel Jr., 80, died Dec. 2 at his Champaign home. Gudgel served as a fire station attendant for Facilities and Services from 1947 until 1956.

Marie Love, 74, died Dec. 1 at Heritage Nursing Center, Champaign. Love worked in food service at the Illini Union.

K. Virginia Seidel, 89, died Dec. 8 at Catonsville Commons Rehabilitation Center, Catonsville, Md. Seidel was a home furnishing specialist with UI Extension. She worked at the UI for 48 years, retiring in 1998 as associate professor emerita. Memorials: K. Virginia Seidel Scholarship Fund at the UI College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences or Seidel Family Scholarship fund at Kaskaskia Junior College.

Margaret E. Smith, 88, died Dec. 4 at her rural Champaign home. Smith was a food production supervisor for the Illini Union from 1970 until 1980. Memorials: Tolono Presbyterian Church or American Friends Service Committee.

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