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Volcanic plume with lightning

Rotation is key to understanding volcanic plumes, scientists say

A 200-year-old report by a sea captain and a stunning photograph of the 2008 eruption of Mount Chaiten are helping scientists at the University of Illinois better understand strong volcanic plumes. Full story

Christy Lleras

Social skills, extracurricular activities in high school pay off later in life

It turns out that being voted “Most likely to succeed” in high school might actually be a good predictor of one’s financial and educational success later in life. Full story

Brian Quick

TV news on organ donation says little about need, how to become a donor

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, and an average of 17 die waiting each day, according to UI communication professor Brian Quick. But you’ll rarely hear those facts in organ donation stories on TV network news, says Quick, the lead author of a study published this month in the journal Health Communication. Full story

Yonghui Zhang, Rong Cao & Eric Oldfield

New drug agent knocks out multiple enzymes in cancer pathway

A team of 24 researchers from the U.S., Europe, Taiwan and Japan and led by UI scientists has engineered a new anti-cancer agent that is about 200 times more active in killing tumor cells than similar drugs used in recent clinical trials. The study appears this week in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Full story

Arnab Chakraborty

Most effective zoning policies take regional concerns into account

“Traditional approaches of local governments doing local zoning policy in isolation has not worked in the past 50 years,” a UI researcher, who believes the key to better planning is greater cooperation among regional governing bodies. Full story


Governor’s budget proposal includes more for higher education

The fiscal year 2010 budget proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn on March 18 was welcome news for officials at the UI and other public universities. Quinn proposed an increase in funding for higher education next fiscal year rather than the decrease that many people were expecting because of the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.  Full story


Senate task force to propose new structure for Global Campus

A task force has been assembled to propose an alternative structure for the Global Campus online degree program, one of three possibilities for the future of Global Campus that President B. Joseph White will present to the UI Board of Trustees at its May meeting in Chicago. In addition to reconfiguring Global Campus, White and the trustees will consider the possibilities of forging ahead with Global Campus in its present form or shutting it down. Full story

Maria Spies

Two Illinois professors honored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Two University of Illinois professors, Martin D. Burke, a professor of chemistry, and Maria Spies, a professor of biochemistry, have been named Howard Hughes Medical Institute early career scientists. Full story

Ruth McCauley

Six academic professionals honored with CAPE award

Six academic professionals received the 2009 Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence award at an April 1 campus reception. Now in its 21st year, the program honors contributions made by academic professionals on campus. Full story


brief notes

Petals & Paintings benefit is April 17-19 … KAM to host Art After Hours on April 4… Book-collecting contest entries due May 1 … Speaker to discuss relevance of Illinois education in global economy … AsiaLENS hosts final spring screening … Human rights lecture is April 7… Alumna to address youth and reading in Haiti …New York artist to discuss his work April 6 … Workshop offers retirees coping skills …More

Changes in income tax withholding announced by IRS

The IRS has issued new tax tables to reduce federal tax withholding required by the new economic stimulus law, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay provision of the stimulus bill provides a reduction in withholding of $400 for those claiming single on the Form W-4, and $600 for those claiming married on Form W-4. Full story

Ebertfest 2009: Woodstock, vampires, animation and politics

The films will run from the strikingly visual to hard luck reality at the 11th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, April 22-26 in Champaign-Urbana. Full story and schedule

Mike Kobel On the Job: Mike Kobel
Mike Kobel is a crash rescue specialist coordinator at Willard Airport. He says his love of planes helps keep his job exciting. More
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Thelma Irene Barkley, 76, died March 28 at her Tolono home. Barkley worked at McKinley Health Center for 14 years, retiring in 1995 as a clerk III.

Ralph H. Geeseman, 67, died March 25 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Geeseman worked at the UI for 29 years, retiring in 1998 as a research programmer in the department of kinesiology. Memorials: ALS Association or MDS Foundation.

Jack Kenneth Goodner, 75, died March 27 at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville. Goodner worked at the UI for six years, retiring in 1997 as a building service worker in Facilities and Services. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Unit at the veteran’s hospital, American Legion Post #210 or the Vermilion County War Museum.

Donald Frederick Hansens, 73, died March 27 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Hansens worked for F&S for 33 years, retiring in 1996 as a locksmith foreman. Memorials: St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.

Thomas Woodley, 82, died March 15 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Woodley was a professor of military science, retiring in 1975. He then taught general engineering until his second retirement in 1994. Memorials: St. Matthew’s Endowment Fund.

Memorial service

A visitation for Leroy Louis Dreyer will be from 3 to 9 p.m. April 2 at Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois Road, Affton, Mo. A chapel service will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 3 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis. Dreyer, 83, died March 18 in Stockton, Calif. From 1952 to 1968, he worked in the Biophysics Lab and the Gaseous Electronics Lab as an electronics engineer; from 1968 until 1971, he worked in the Center for Electron Microscopy as an EM engineer/instructor. Memorials: Lee Dreyer Memorial Fund, PMB 119, 4719 Quail Lakes Drive, Suite G, Stockton, CA 95207-5267. 

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