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Program helps transfer students transition to UI

About 25 students are participating in a pilot program this academic year that the UI is conducting in conjunction with Parkland College to help transfer students make the transition from community college to the university. Full story

Carla Santos and Grace Yan

Chinatowns project unrealistic image of China, study shows

UI doctoral student Grace Yan was born and raised in China, but when she visited Chicago’s Chinatown to collect data for a study on identity and ethnicity issues related to tourism in that neighborhood, what she found was largely unfamiliar. Full story

Frances Kuo

The science suggests access to nature is essential to human health

Recent studies support the idea that nature is essential to the physical, psychological and social well-being of the human animal, said Frances Kuo, a professor of natural resources and environmental science and psychology at the UI. Kuo will present her own and other findings on the subject at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on Feb. 13. Full story

Eric Pop

Carbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles current

By pushing carbon nanotubes close to their breaking point, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated a remarkable increase in the current-carrying capacity of the nanotubes, well beyond what was previously thought possible. Full story

Brenda Trofenenko

Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessness

As fans of talk-show host Jay Leno’s man-on-the-street interviews know, Americans suffer from a national epidemic of historical and civic ignorance. But just because most Americans know more about “American Idol” than they do about American government doesn’t necessarily mean it’s entirely their fault. Full story

Fred Giertz

Ending stimulus as important as launching it, economist says

Pulling the plug on a government-backed stimulus plan once the U.S. economy rebounds is as important as launching one now, a UI economist says. Full story

Leanne Knobloch

Disruptions in daily routine can adversely affect a couple's conversation

Is the communication in your relationship a little frosty? It may be the little things you’re not doing in daily routines are playing a part, says researcher Leanne Knobloch. Things like forgetting to walk the dog or fuel the car or take out the trash. Full story

Andrew Leakey

High CO2 boosts plant respiration, potentially affecting climate and crops

The leaves of soybeans grown at the elevated carbon dioxide levels predicted for the year 2050 respire more than those grown under current atmospheric conditions, researchers report, a finding that will help fine-tune climate models and could point to increased crop yields as CO2 levels rise. Full story

William Bullock

UI students developing creative ways to re-use electronic waste

What’s in your closets, basement, garage or attic? If you’re like many Americans, chances are you have at least one piece of electronic waste – an obsolete or non-functioning computer, printer, television, DVD player, cell phone or other electronic device – stashed somewhere. Full story

Joseph Lyding

Scientists prove graphene's edge structure affects electronic properties

Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, holds remarkable promise for future nanoelectronics applications. Whether graphene actually cuts it in industry, however, depends upon how graphene is cut, say researchers at the UI. Full story

Andrew Isserman

Ethanol plants no panacea for local economies, study finds

Just over a year ago, the U.S. ethanol industry was still in overdrive, fueling a wave of new factories to keep pace with surging demand for the corn-based gasoline additive. Full story


Emergency-messaging system ready to go

Members of the campus community are urged to verify their contact information online for a new campus emergency text and e-mail messaging system called Illini-Alert. Full story


Accountability sought for campus energy use

The UI is in the process of acquiring a software system that will enable it to decentralize its budgeting and expenditures for energy when the new fiscal year begins July 1. Full story

Providing efficient heating, cooling is a changing game

The arctic air masses that swept through Illinois this winter have given Abbott Power Plant a workout. Abbott provides the steam that heats most campus buildings and that generates a portion of the campus’s electricity with steam-driven turbines through the process of cogeneration. Full story

Dietitian Robin Allen

UI dietitian helps students one plate at a time

Just step into Robin Allen’s Clark Hall office and it is evident that she loves what she does or that she gets really hungry on the job – or both. Full story

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Handbook serves as guide to KAM’s vast collection

David Park’s oil painting “Standing Couple” is just one of more than 150 works highlighted in the Krannert Art Museum’s just-published, first-ever collection handbook. Full story


Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering

UI electrical and computer engineering professor Kanti Jain has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the academy announced Feb. 6. Full story


Carnegie Foundation recognizes UI for community-engagement efforts

The UI has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the foundation’s 2008 community-engagement classification. Full story

Micki Ostrosky

Six Urbana campus faculty members recognized as University Scholars

Six Urbana campus faculty members have been recognized as University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence while helping to identify and retain the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers. Full story

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

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Venomous, carnivorous centipedes horrify in Insect Fear Film Festival

… 'Day of the Drum' is Feb. 24 … AsiaLENS series to present films monthly … Apply now for 09-10 child care …2009 Gryphon Award given to 'Frogs' … Faculty art on display at I Space … Public Affairs offers workshops … Training center has new name …Promotion-tenure workshop is March 5 … Pre-symposium events announced … ExplorACES scheduled for March 13-14 … Annual UPS art exhibition opens Feb. 20 …Exhibition of black girlhood on display …More

Dorlene Clark On the Job: Dorlene Clark
Dorlene Clark, administrative assistant with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has worked at the UI since August 1995. More
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Keith B. Brown, 84, died Feb. 9 at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Brown was a building supervisor at the Illini Union when he retired in 1988 after 23 years of service. Memorials: The American Heart Association and First United Methodist Church of Urbana.

Ralph Nelson, 81, died Feb. 7 at home in Ames, Iowa. Nelson joined the UI as a professor of clinical medicine in 1979. He later became the head of the College of Medicine, retiring in 1997. He was known for his research with bears, looking for treatments for osteoporosis and kidney disease. He continued his research until 2004. Memorials: Carle Foundation, Urbana.

Marvin Ted Pickett, 73, died Jan. 31 at home in Champaign. Pickett worked in the UI department of physics for 28 years, designing high-speed digital circuits in the Nuclear Physics Lab. He retired in 1990. 

Wanda I. Rollings, 66, died Feb. 2 at home in Fairland, Ill. Rollings first worked at the UI from 1976 until 1979 as a building service worker for Facilities and Services. She returned to the UI in 1984 as a linen maid with the Housing Division until she retired in 1999.

Curtis Wilson, 82, died Feb. 6. Wilson came to the UI in 1959 as a professor of agronomy and USDA researcher. He spent most of his career studying corn protein until retiring in 1991. Memorials: Crow Walk (Church World Service), Audubon Society or Community United Church of Christ.

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