July 15, 1999/ Volume 19, Number 2
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Bullying more common in middle schools than many recognize
Forget the classic image of the lone schoolyard bully, says UI professor Dorothy Espelage. It seems most kids do at east a little bullying of their peers, if the results from a survey at a large Midwestern middle school are any indication.
 
Eating proper foods at right time after exercise can speed recovery
Athletes have been advised for years that carbohydrates and amino acids can enhance their performance. Now, it appears that timing of the right food -- in addition to fluid replacement -- may be crucial to post-exercise recovery.

Campus news

Administrative news
Trustees discuss funding needs for large capital projects
Hunter Group to manage UIC Medical Center on interim basis
       


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Bullying more common in middle schools than many recognize

By Craig Chamberlain

Forget the classic image of the lone schoolyard bully, says UI professor Dorothy Espelage. It seems most kids do at least a little bullying of their peers, if the results from a survey at a large Midwestern middle school are any indication.

The survey showed 80 percent of 558 students in the sample, drawn from a student body of 1,361, had engaged in bullying behaviors during the previous 30 days.

"[T]he findings indicated that the bullying behaviors measured (that is, teasing, name-calling, threatening and social ridiculing of peers) were common, with most students reporting some involvement in bullying others," according to an article on the survey being published next month in the Journal of Early Adolescence.

In contrast to most previous research on the topic, Espelage and her research colleagues -- Kris Bosworth, a professor at the University of Arizona, and Thomas Simon, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- looked at bullying as a continuum of behaviors, rather than singling out kids as bullies, non-bullies or victims. Instead, the researchers asked students if they had engaged in certain behaviors over the past month, without telling them they defined those behaviors as bullying. The behaviors ranged from name-calling and teasing to threats and physical aggression.

Although the highest percentage of students who said they engaged in bullying behavior reported low to moderate levels of that behavior, the results supported the researchers' perspective that adolescents don't fall into categories of either bullies or non-bullies.

In fact, in interview-based research conducted at three other Midwestern middle schools, Espelage noted, "what's interesting is that kids who bully a lot say they've been victimized too." And recent studies by others have found nearly 80 to 90 percent of adolescents report some form of victimization from a bully at school, she said.

Rather than just dealing with a few problem kids, or obvious physical aggression, Espelage said, "the research in general would support the idea that in order to impact bullying, you have to impact the school climate." But school personnel don't see most of the bullying, since it happens out of their sight, said Espelage, a professor of educational psychology. In all four schools studied, the staff seriously underestimated the problem, based on what students told researchers.

Teachers and parents might also fail to recognize and address the problem because they see a certain degree of bullying, and learning how to deal with it, as just part of growing up, she said.

Espelage will present a paper on her research at the American Psychological Association annual convention Aug. 20-24 in Boston. Additional research will be published early next year. The survey research was supported through an agreement between Indiana University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The interview research was supported by the UI Campus Research Board.

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Eating proper foods at right time after exercise can speed recovery

By Jim Barlow

Athletes have been advised for years that carbohydrates and amino acids can enhance their performance. Now, it appears that timing of the right food -- in addition to fluid replacement -- may be crucial to post-exercise recovery.

Based on a series of experiments using rats, UI scientists say swifter recovery occurs when foods containing leucine, a branch-chained amino acid, are eaten immediately after intensive workouts. Leucine is found in protein products such as meats and dairy products, as well as in protein bars and some sports drinks. The use of a pure amino-acid supplement is not recommended, because optimum dosages are not known.

"Leucine appears to have a specific, and apparently unique, impact on skeletal muscle," said Donald K. Layman, a professor of nutrition. "It stimulates muscle protein synthesis, provides fuel for the muscle and helps to maintain blood glucose. What really surprised us was that its activity is not seen when leucine or protein is consumed before or during exercise. Instead it has a dramatic impact on protein synthesis during the recovery period after exercise."

In the tests, rats were divided into five groups based on sedentary or exercised activity levels and combinations of food (leucine or carbohydrates or both). Researchers then studied muscle recovery after some of the rats ran on a treadmill. The exercised rats fed leucine and carbohydrates (a sugar and water combination) immediately after running showed quicker recovery of muscle protein synthesis.

The findings by Layman and graduate students Josh Anthony and Tracy Gautsch appeared in the June issue of the Journal of Nutrition. The National Institutes of Health funded the research.

"It appears that leucine stimulates a signaling pathway somewhat like the hormone insulin," Layman said. "It has been debated whether the action of leucine was simply confused with the action of insulin. Our research shows that there is a unique role of leucine, and that it runs almost parallel to insulin. It appears that leucine stimulates the first step in protein synthesis."

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Trustees discuss funding needs for large capital projects

By Craig Chamberlain

The UI has a dilemma as it looks at its large capital needs for the next fiscal year (2000-2001): At least three or four projects could be classified as No. 1 priorities.

So the university is looking at different ways to fund those needs, and different ways to package and present them to the state, according to administrators who spoke to the UI Board of Trustees on July 8 in Urbana.

The meeting followed a daylong board retreat July 7 at the UI's Allerton Conference Center, located 5 miles southwest of Monticello.

Among the top priorities listed by administrators: better funding of repair and renovation to academic buildings; a central chiller facility on the Urbana campus; biotechnology facilities on both the Chicago and Urbana campuses; a new building for the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), now spread among various buildings; and making progress on recently approved plans for the South Farms.

"We're talking about an amalgamation that could be in the neighborhood of $200 million," said Craig Bazzani, vice president for business and finance.

Bazzani, in presenting the various priorities, said the administration was seeking feedback from the board on the direction the administration was headed. He noted that several of those No. 1 priorities -- biotechnology and NCSA, in particular -- went beyond the university's traditional missions of teaching, research and public service, even though they had obvious benefits for those missions.

They were part, he said, of a "new fourth leg on the stool that we're calling economic development."

As such, Bazzani and President James Stukel talked about the possibility of presenting some of the UI's needs separate from the traditional route through the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The UI needs to communicate, Stukel said, that its mission is distinct, in certain respects, from that of all other institutions of higher education in the state.

Trustees seemed generally supportive of the administration's thinking, and several offered suggestions on ways to make the university's case to the state. Much of the discussion was dominated, however, by questions from trustee Gerald Shea, who asked why the university or the UI Foundation couldn't generate funds on its own to support these priorities, rather than just going to the state.

One particular concern of his was NCSA. "This is one of those things we can't afford not to do," he said.

In answering Shea's questions, Bazzani and Chancellor Michael Aiken noted that the university already was straining to meet its other obligations, and in fact had had to make cuts in faculty numbers during lean years earlier in the decade. In addition to its primary missions, Bazzani said, "it's hard for us to also do economic development for the state it ought to be the state's responsibility at some point."

Bazzani also noted that more than 99 percent of the money raised by the UI Foundation was restricted to use in funding the specific needs for which it was donated.

Aiken also noted that the new building for NCSA, estimated to cost more than $40 million, was part of a package being considered by potential developers of a new research park to be located east of the Beckman Institute. The campus was preparing to go the route of either public or private funding, or a mix of the two, within the next five months, he said.

Among other items approved by the board:

The other $25.5 million will go toward two projects at Urbana: an indoor football practice facility ($12.5 million) and a combined parking structure/fire station ($13 million).

Final actions required to issue the bonds will be brought to a later meeting.

As with the Auxiliary Facilities item, final actions required to proceed with the $65 million in financing will be considered at a future meeting.

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Hunter Group to manage UIC Medical Center on interim basis

After the July 8 UI Board of Trustees meeting, UIC administrators announced that The Hunter Group, a leading national health-care consultant, will be hired to manage the UIC Medical Center on an interim basis. It is hoped this and other steps will position the hospital for the future by improving competitiveness and market share in the rapidly changing health-care industry.

The announcement came on the heels of a report by The Hunter Group recommending that the UIC Medical Center implement sweeping changes in management structure and practices, seek strategic relationships with other hospitals and health systems in the region, and reduce its work force.

The Hunter Group was brought in by UIC Chancellor David Broski in March to examine the center's operations after the medical center experienced an $8 million deficit in the second quarter of the fiscal year. Hunter's recommended restructuring could put the hospital $15 million in the black. "Hunter Group has a proven track record of success, particularly with academic medical centers," Broski said. "We believe The Hunter Group can help give us the best chance of rapidly improving the hospital's financial performance, while continuing to offer top-quality health-care to our patients and medical education to our residents."

"Academic medical centers all over the country are experiencing severe financial difficulties stemming from changes in the health-care industry and the significant impact of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act on teaching hospitals," said David Hunter, chief executive officer of The Hunter Group.

The UIC Medical Center occupies a significant position in Illinois' medical landscape. One of every six Illinois doctors is a graduate of UIC's College of Medicine, the nation's largest, as are 70 percent of the minority physicians practicing in Chicago. Many of the college's graduates serve their internships and residencies at the UIC Medical Center.

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job market

The Office of Academic Human Resources, Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St., maintains the listings for faculty and academic professional positions. More complete descriptions are available in that office during regular business hours. Job listings are also updated weekly on its Web site at: http://webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/jobs/index.asp. Any other information may be obtained from the person indicated in the listing.

faculty

Agricultural Engineering. Assistant professor. PhD in agricultural, food or biological engineering or other engineering field with food processing emphasis. Food or bioprocess industry experience is desirable. Contact Marvin R. Paulsen, 333-7926, mpaulsen@illinois.edu. Available: Jan. 1. Closing date: Sept. 15.

Biotechnology Program. Faculty, post-genomic program (rank open; up to 25 positions). Hiring will be focused in five priority areas: bioinformatics; functional genomics of microbes, plants and animals; microanalytical systems; cellular and molecular bioengineering; and developmental and integrative biology. Appointments can be made in one or more departments in the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Medicine; or Veterinary Medicine. Available: immediately. Contact Tony G. Waldrop, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, 420 Swanlund Administration Building, MC-304.

Chancellor, Office of the. Vice chancellor for research. PhD required. Candidates must be eligible for a tenured faculty appointment in an academic unit. Available: immediately. Contact Jiri Jonas, 333-6394, chancellor@illinois.edu. Closing date: Sept. 15.

Crop Sciences. Assistant professor, plant pathology. PhD in plant pathology or a related discipline required. Available: Jan. 1. Contact Donald White, 333-1093. Closing date: Oct. 1.

Curriculum and Instruction. Visiting lecturer or visiting assistant professor (one-year position in K-12 social studies education). Master's required, PhD preferred. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Violet J. Harris, 244-8061. Closing date: July 28.

Journalism. Assistant or associate professor. Bachelor's required, advanced degree preferred. Other qualifications include significant professional broadcast news reporting and/or producing experience; proficiency in operating broadcast news equipment preferred. Available: Jan. 6 or Aug. 21, 2000. Contact Robert D. Reid, 333-0709. Closing date: Oct. 31.

Library, UI. Assistant professor of library administration and cataloger, original cataloging team. Master's from an ALA-accredited program and two years' experience cataloging online required. Knowledge of AACR2, MARC formats including the Marc Format for Holdings Data, and LC Subject Headings. Experience cataloging with bibliographic utility, preferably OCLC also required. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Allen Dries, 333-5494.

Library, UI. Visiting assistant librarian for reference and user education and visiting assistant professor of library administration. Master's from an ALA-accredited library school. Experience with providing instruction and a demonstrated commitment to providing proactive service. Salary: $33,000 minimum. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Allen G. Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: July 26.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Faculty (rank open; two or more positions). PhD. Candidates are sought in all areas of mechanical and industrial engineering including bioengineering; computational mechanics; controls; design methodology and optimization; dynamics; environmental engineering; fluid mechanics with an emphasis on experiments; human factors; and information technology. More information at www.mie.uiuc.edu. Available: May 21 or Aug. 21, 2000, or Jan. 5, 2001. Contact Richard O. Buckius, 333-1079. (Reference position 6631.) Closing date: Dec. 1.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Professor (James W. Bayne Professorship). PhD Distinguished scholar with outstanding research and teaching record. More information at www.mie.uiuc.edu. Available: May 21, or Aug. 21, 2000, or Jan. 5, 2001. Contact Richard O. Buckius, 333-1079. (Reference position 6630.) Closing date: Jan. 15.

University Laboratory High School. Teaching associate (50 percent FTE; foreign languages department). Bachelor's in Russian or teaching of Russian or demonstrated equivalent academic experience. Advanced oral proficiency in Russian also is required. Contact Paul Weilmuenster, 333-2870, wcilmuen@illinois.edu, or see www.uni.uiuc.edu. Available: Aug. 23.

academic professionals

Administrative Information Technology Services (Springfield). System engineer. Bachelor's degree and two years' experience in data processing or related areas. One year's experience developing client/server applications using Oracle and Powerbuilder is required. Available immediately. Contact Barbara Rascher 333-5782. Closing date: Aug. 9.

Beckman Institute. Assistant director for scientific research. PhD in physics or in related fields. Outstanding candidates in the areas of theoretical physics, theoretical biophysics and computational biology are encouraged to apply. Available: immediately. Contact Gila Budescu, 244-6914, gila@ks.uiuc.edu. Closing date: July 20.

Business Affairs, Office of (Chicago). Contract coordinator (2 positions). Bachelor's and two years' experience in contract processing at an institution of higher education. Available: immediately. Contact Elizabeth Aasen, (312) 996-7084, lizaasen@uic.edu. Closing date: Aug. 4.

Campus Recreation, Division of. Assistant director (membership and customer service). Bachelor's and three years' experience. While a degree in recreation, physical education, sports management or related field may be advantageous, overall proven experience in membership services, public relations and marketing is necessary. Available: Sept. 20. Contact Robyn M. Deterding, 244-6423, rdeterdi@illinois.edu. Closing date: Aug. 2.

Cell and Structural Biology. Research specialist in life sciences. Bachelor's required, master's preferred, in biology, biochemistry or a related field. Prior experience with constructing DNA clones, making site-directed mutants, cell culture and protein expression. Available: immediately. Contact Joyce Woodworth, 333-6118. Closing date: July 17.

Commerce and Business Administration, College of. Assistant dean (MBA program). PhD preferred, but advanced degrees in business administration or related discipline will be considered. At least five years' experience in similar positions is required. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Lawrence DeBrock, 333-4553, ldebrock@illinois.edu. Closing date: Aug. 6.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation. Network analyst. Bachelor's and three years' relevant experience. Also required are training in the management and support of computing technologies, knowledge and experience with current operating systems and desktop applications and hardware, experience with supporting non-technical users with a wide variety of software and hardware in networked environments and knowledge of secure Web server administration. See www.cic.uiuc.edu. Salary: $42,000 minimum. Available: immediately. Contact Sandy Williams, 333-8475. Closing date: July 30.

Crop Sciences. Senior research specialist in agriculture. PhD in plant sciences or related discipline and three years' postdoctoral experience. Available: Aug. 21. Contact G.L. Hartman, 244-3258, ghartman@illinois.edu. Closing date: July 26.

Foundation, UI. Director of development research. Bachelor's required, master's preferred, and three years' experience in development or development research, preferably in higher education; experience in prospect management; knowledge of advanced prospect research techniques and reference materials; skill in analyzing financial and statistical information; demonstrated supervisory and managerial experience. Available: immediately. Contact Ron Herman, 244-0471, harris@uif.uillinois.edu. Closing date: Aug. 1.

Geology. Resource and policy analyst. Bachelor's degree with familiarity with accounting principles. Available: immediately. Contact Jay D. Bass, 333-1018, bass@hecules.geology.uiuc.edu. Closing date: Aug. 2.

Human and Community Development. Head teacher/teaching associate (Child Development Laboratory). Bachelor's required, master's preferred, in child development, human development, early childhood education or closely related field. Experience in teaching and/or administration in preschool or child-care programs required. Contact Brent A. McBride, 333-0971. Available: immediatelyClosing date: July 23.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach, women's softball. Bachelor's required, master's preferred, and two years' coaching experience at the Division I level. Available immediately. Contact Terri Sullivan, 333-8607. Closing date: July 23.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant equipment manager. Bachelor's, one year's athletic equipment supervision and management, and certification by Athletic Equipment Manager Association or ability to be certified in one year. Available immediately. Contact Andy Dixon, 333-2063. Closing date: July 21.

Labor and Industrial Relations, Institute of. Executive director of Industrial Relations Research Association. Bachelor's required, master's strongly preferred in association management, marketing, journalism, communications, English or other related field. Must have prepared and monitored an annual operating budget. Available: Sept. 7. Contact: Susan M. Sands, 244-1482. Closing date: Aug. 2.

Labor and Industrial Relations, Institute of. Staff associate for student affairs. Bachelor's required, master's preferred. Experience in university setting, academic advising, UI Direct strongly preferred. Candidate will have a strong customer service focus, make willing contributions to the administrative team, and represent the institute and the UI to prospective students. Occasional travel necessary. Available: Aug. 16. Contact Susan Sands, 333-1534. Closing date: July 26.

Library, UI. Research programmer (Technical Services Division). Bachelor's degree and previous experience in computer systems and support required. Demonstrable knowledge and experience with current microcomputer workstation, networking and database technologies, and client-server technology required. Must have a working knowledge of online catalog systems. Available immediately. Salary: $36,000 minimum. Contact Allen Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: July 23.

Natural History Survey, Illinois State. Network assistant (50 percent FTE). Bachelor's. Four to five years' prior experience supporting MAC and PC platforms, with some UNIX experience is preferred. Familiarity with popular computer applications and university setting is required. Available: immediately. Contact Andrea Jenkins, 333-4692, ajenkins@mail.inhs.uiuc.edu. Closing date: July 22.

Natural History Survey, Illinois State. Statewide creel manager (Center for Aquatic Ecology). Master's in relevant field and experience with microcomputers and database management. Some experience with recreational fisheries and/or other scientific sampling projects is desirable. Must be willing to travel and have a valid driver's license. Salary: $26,000 minimum. Available: immediately. Contact David Philipp, 244-5055, philipp@illinois.edu. Closing date: July 22.

Natural History Survey, Illinois State. Technical specialist, assistant supportive scientist (Center for Aquatic Ecology). Bachelor's and two years' experience in Web page development and database management. Proficient in FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Office, Web publishing software or similar software packages; experienced in operating photo and slide scanners and slide makers; and experienced in coordinating and developing outreach programs including programs for children. Salary: $25,000 minimum. Available: immediately. Contact Deanne Krumwiede, 333-6889, deannek@mail.inhs.uiuc.edu. Closing date: July 16.

Natural History Survey, Illinois State. Wetland plant ecologist. Bachelor's in an appropriate discipline. Strong skills are required in the following: field identification of Midwestern vascular flora with an emphasis on wetland species, knowledge of threatened and endangered plant species including their identification and habitat requirements. Must have a valid driver's license, be willing to travel and work under adverse weather conditions. Salary: $22,000 minimum. Available: Aug. 2. Contact Allen Plocher, 333-6292. Closing date: July 23.

Project Planning and Facility Management, Office for. Foellinger Auditorium manager. Bachelor's in theater management or closely related field. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability and interest in the performing arts and theater management; good technical knowledge and practical experience in theatrical lighting, design and operation; setting up and using audio equipment, scenery construction and theatrical rigging. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Ann Swearingen, 244-4049. Closing date: July 29.

Psychology. Research specialist in life sciences. Master's in biological psychology or related areas and one year's experience working in a research laboratory setting involving animals (rabbits preferred). Salary: $22,000 minimum. Available: immediately. Contact Barbara Hartman, 333-0630, bjhartma@illinois.edu. Closing date: July 26.

Social Work, School of. Visiting specialist in education (two positions, 50 percent FTE). Master's in social work or an equivalent degree in a related field and at least five years' clinical practice experience, as well as LCSW, LCPC or other state licensure. Candidates will have knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas of practice: short-term models of intervention; mental health; substance abuse; and/or child welfare. Available: immediately. Contact Child Welfare Education Partnership Search Committee, 333-2260. Closing date: July 26.

Student Affairs, Office for. Academic adviser. Bachelor's degree, master's preferred with a minimum of two years' undergraduate student advising experience in a college or university setting. Available: Aug. 16. Contact Michael Todd McCulley, 333-6061. Closing date: July 30.

Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Visualization programmer. Bachelor's in computer science or engineering (equivalent computational experience in HPCC is a viable substitution for specific degree fields listed). Additional qualifications include two years' experience with UNIX administration and programming in C and/or C++; experience with graphics programming, including a knowledge of GL, common graphics algorithms and knowledge of graphics packages such as Explorer, AVS, Alias/Wavefront; experience with Java, HTML, Perl, VRML, Motif, Web site development; and experience using and programming for Windows NT/95 machines. Available: immediately. Contact NCSA Human Resources (Search #6629), 333-6085, career@ncsa.uiuc.edu. Closing date: July 27.

University Counsel, Office of. Network analyst. Bachelor's degree and some knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Crystal Reports, NT server and workstation software, SQL 6.5 or higher, and programming required. Some travel may be necessary. See www.legal.uillionis.edu. Contact Lori Nappe, 265-0066.

Veterinary Biosciences. Research scientist, ecological toxicology. DVM or equivalent degree, master's in relevant field, (PhD desirable). Demonstrated capabilities in experimental design and statistical analysis, a firm commitment to field research and a commitment to gaining mastery in the area of landscape analysis. Available: Oct. 15. Contact Val Beasley, 333-9360, val@illinois.edu. Closing date Sept. 15.

staff

Personnel Services Office, 52 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign, conducts open and continuous testing for civil service classifications used on campus. More information is available by calling 333-2137. Or visit its Web site at: www.pso.uiuc.edu.

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achievements

A report of honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.

Lawrence A. Bergman, professor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering, will receive the American Society of Civil Engineers' 1999 Norman Medal for the paper "Structural Control: Past, Present, Future," which appeared in the Journal of Engineering Mechanics in September 1997. He will receive this award during the society's annual convention in Charlotte, N.C., in October.

William E. Berry, research professor of communications and journalism, received a Fulbright Scholar award that will allow him to pursue teaching and research in the Dominican Republic during the next academic year.

John D. Buckmaster, professor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering and of computational science and engineering, was elected into the Institute of Physics as a Fellow and Chartered Physicist in recognition of his status in the physics community and his contributions to the institute as a member of an editorial board. The IOP is an international learned society and professional body for the advancement and dissemination of physics, pure and applied, and promotion of physics education.

Two of the most prestigious academic honors that an Illinois high-school senior can receive have been awarded to a student at the University Laboratory High School. Huibin A. "Amy" Chew has been named both a 1999 Presidential Scholar and a member of the 14th annual Chicago Tribune Illinois High School All-State Academic Team. Chew was one of two students in Illinois selected as a Presidential Scholar and was among only 10 students chosen for the Tribune's All-State Academic Team. She was the only student to receive both honors. Chew will attend Harvard in the fall.

Sung Mo "Steve" Kang, professor of and head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected as a winner of the 1998 Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award for his consistent contributions in the area of "Modeling, Simulation, and Design Guidelines for VLSI Reliability." He received the award June 30 at the 1999 SRC Board of Directors' Retreat Dinner in Vancouver. Kang also has been elected secretary/treasurer for the National Electrical Engineering Department Heads Association for the 1999-2000 term. This election will result in his serving as president-elect in 2000-2001 and as president in 2001-2002.

Michael Plewa, professor of genetics in the departments of crop sciences and of microbiology, won the Campus Honors Program's third annual Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was nominated by both CHP pre-med juniors he mentors. In nominating Plewa, the students praised his "scientific brilliance" and the way he "transfers his passion for science from the laboratory to the classroom."

Richard Powers, professor of English and the UI's first holder of a Swanlund Chair, has won the James Fenimore Cooper Award from the Society of American Historians for "Gain," his latest novel. The prize of $2,500 was awarded for the best work of historical fiction written during 1997-1998. The awards banquet was held May 11 in New York City. Powers is the author of five other highly acclaimed works.

Cathy Rix, staff secretary in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, was named the seventh Office Professional of the Year by the Secretariat. Rix was nominated by her supervisors, who cited her exceptional organizational, managerial and interpersonal skills. Rix was honored at the April 21 meeting of the Secretariat. All nominees also were recognized.

Rizwan Uddin, professor of nuclear engineering and of computational science and engineering, received the 1999 American Nuclear Society Young Member Engineering Achievement Award. Emphasis is placed on achievement demonstrating a high degree of technical merit and ingenuity. The award was presented June 8 during the ANS annual meeting in Boston.

The UI's National Center for Supercomputing Applications recently announced six Illinois faculty members chosen to participate in the first NCSA/UIUC Faculty Fellows Program. The program extends opportunities in advanced computing and information technology to Illinois faculty members by allowing the fellows access to NCSA's high-performance computers, visualization and virtual reality environments, and offering them opportunities to collaborate with colleagues at NCSA and throughout the National Computational Science Alliance.

In addition, NCSA awarded two planning grants to faculty members. These grants provide a limited amount of money to faculty members to further define their research proposals and to help them seek additional funding.

The Faculty Fellows and planning grant awardees were honored at a May 21 reception at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

This year's Faculty Fellows and their projects:

Planning grants were awarded to:

Roy A. Axford, professor of nuclear engineering, and Rizwan Uddin, professor of nuclear engineering and of computational science and engineering, received the Nuclear Engineering Students' Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award, determined by student votes, was a tie this year. The presentation was made at the April 20 awards banquet.

A WILL-TV documentary, "Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right," has received an honorable mention for best cultural documentary from the Central Education Network, a network that supplies programs to the Public Broadcasting Service. The documentary, produced by Alison Davis, aired last fall on PBS stations around the country in connection with a Ken Burns' documentary on Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right" and another WILL-TV documentary, "Mr. Shimkus Goes to Washington," received 1999 Telly Awards, national awards that recognize excellence in independent films. The Shimkus program, a look at Rep. John Shimkus' first year in Congress, won the award for best documentary. Tim Hartin produced the program. The Griffin program was a finalist in the documentary category.

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deaths

John M. Biggins
John Mathieson Biggins, a former Operation and Maintenance worker, died July 3 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 90.

Biggins retired from the UI in 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Opal; one stepson; two stepdaughters; one brother; and one sister.

Jack Butler
Beverly Jack Butler, a former UI professor, died June 29 at Mason District Hospital, Havana. He was 72.

Butler was a professor of agricultural engineering at the UI from 1958 to 1983.

While at the UI, he was awarded the W.L. Everett Teaching Excellence Award and the Stanley Pierce Award.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his mother; a son; two daughters; three brothers; two sisters; and four granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the UI department of agricultural engineering or to the Sheldon Grove United Methodist Church.

Lowell L. Diel
Lowell L. Diel, a former UI employee, died July 3 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Diel was a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. He farmed in Jasper County and raised cattle in Jasper and Champaign counties for many years. He worked for the UI for 13 years as an Assembly Hall maintenance supervisor and for seven years at the golf course.

He is survived by his wife, Carma; one daughter; six grandchildren; and one sister.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

 

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