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- Divorce and work: Longer hours don't necessarily increase likelihood of divorce
- The evidence that long working hours are responsible for a couple divorcing is far from conclusive, according to John H. Johnson IV, a professor of economics and of labor and industrial relations.
- New book catalogs existing works of Renaissance music scribes
- In addition to serving as a treasure trove for Renaissance music scholars, a new book edited by UI musicologist Herbert Kellman doubles as a fact-packed read for anyone interested in the music, art and cultural history that dominated the courts of northern and western Europe in the 16th century.
- Archives provides for study of Renaissance music
- Fitness crazes, sports booms often figments of media's imagination
- John Kelly, a professor emeritus of leisure studies and co-author of a new book, "Recreation Trends and Markets: The 21st Century" (Sagamore Publishing), says the sports boom of the '80s and '90s never happened.
- Study of rats' brains indicates brain continues to grow after puberty
- A simple study of rat brains has added more substance to the idea that the adult brain is still a work in progress, even well after puberty, say UI researchers.
Ebert brings more 'overlooked films' to town April 26-30
Supporters and opponents debate Chief Illiniwek in daylong hearing
Construction to begin on South Research Park
Construction update and street closings
Classics Library receives $85,000 NEH grant
Concert features Indonesian music
Camp combines math, science, fun ... Credit union offers workshops ... Donate used records, CDs to WILL ... Campus Rec Web site offers advice ... UI German Choir performs April 30 ... Rare chemistry books on display ... 'Jewish Brigade' examined ... 'On The Rocks' is April 27-29 ... Illinois Science Olympiad is April 29 ... Correction: Fiscal year 2000-2001 holidays ... Clarification ... Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund seeks donations
Divorce and work: Longer hours don't necessarily increase likelihood of divorce
Does working long hours contribute to divorce?
Sure it does, the popular literature says. Best-selling books such as Juliet Schor's "The Overworked American" make the claim that families are under heavy stress because of demanding jobs and a shortage of family time together.
"Proposals to alleviate the possible negative effects of long work hours range from day care centers in every community to companies allowing more flexibility in scheduling," notes John H. Johnson IV, a professor of economics and of labor and industrial relations at the UI.
But the evidence that long working hours are responsible for a couple divorcing is far from conclusive, according to Johnson.
In the first detailed analysis of the possible relationship between hours worked and divorce, Johnson analyzed 13,015 married couples who were tracked and interviewed at four-month intervals by the U.S. Census Bureau between 1991 and 1995.
Johnson said he found no evidence that Americans overall are working longer hours. "The work weeks for the majority of Americans were clustered at 40. Those who work long hours are a fairly select group -- generally highly educated, high-income persons in the private sector." The legal profession topped the list with an average work week of 51.4 hours.
Adding 10 hours to a wife's work week raised the probability of divorce by about 11 percent, and for a husband working the same extra hours about 4 percent. By contrast, being previously married increased the probability of divorce by at least 30 percent for both men and women. Income levels also appeared to have a more direct influence on divorce than long working hours, especially among women with a high income level.
What is difficult to determine, the UI researcher said, is whether "work schedules impact on divorce or whether problems leading to a divorce cause husbands or wives to put in more work hours."
In fact, Johnson found quite a bit of evidence suggesting that women who plan to leave an unhappy marriage take a job to gain some income protection prior to a divorce. There was a positive correlation between a wife working at night or on weekends and the probability of divorce. It also appeared from the data that spouses in a troubled marriage work more hours to avoid their mates.
On the other hand, night and weekend work for men had no effect on the probability of a couple divorcing.
About 82 percent of the married couples in the survey had children; the average length of the marriages was 11 years. The average age in the group was 36.8 years for men and 34.5 for women. More than half of the sample had attended some college, and 12 percent were minorities. The couples were tracked over a 32- to 36-month period by interviewers at the Census Bureau.
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New book catalogs existing works of Renaissance music scribes
In addition to serving as a treasure trove for Renaissance music scholars, a new book edited by UI musicologist Herbert Kellman doubles as a fact-packed read for anyone interested in the music, art and cultural history that dominated the courts of northern and western Europe in the 16th century.
At the heart of "The Treasury of Petrus Alamire: Music and Art in Flemish Court Manuscripts 1500-1535" (University of Chicago Press) is a catalog of full-color reproductions of the 51 extant manuscripts and 10 fragments filled with music and miniatures, produced by the workshop of music scribe and designer Petrus Alamire. The catalog includes detailed source material and historical notes about each work. More general historical considerations pertaining to the manuscripts, their creators and commissioners are documented in eight scholarly essays, including one by Kellman, who co-founded the UI School of Music's Renaissance Archives and has directed it since 1975.
"While some of these books were known in the 19th century, and virtually all were known by the 1970s, the scholarship on them has appeared in little bits and pieces in various journals, and only a few manuscripts have appeared in facsimile," Kellman said. "But nowhere has there been a complete survey of every one of these books, describing them in detail, with illustrations of their art and calligraphy. Each individual description has a wealth of information, which makes the book an extremely valuable working volume" -- for scholars as well as Renaissance music ensembles seeking source material for performance.
The surviving manuscripts -- most of them copied onto parchment -- contain more than 600 musical compositions, including masses, motets and secular songs by some 70 northern composers, among them Josquin des Prez, Pierre de la Rue and Jean Mouton. Kellman said the oversized manuscripts functioned as choir books that could be placed at the front of a chapel on a lectern in view of the choir.
"Forty-two of the 51 surviving manuscripts are illuminated to one degree or another, the decoration of folios ranging from ornate initials to elaborate miniatures, borders and coats of arms," Kellman noted in his essay.
Highly valued, the manuscripts were created by the elite, for the elite. Kellman said the books were prepared for five categories of recipients attached to the Burgundian-Habsburg courts, among them members of the dynastic family and nobles who served in one of the courts, as well as foreign rulers with political or personal relations with the courts.
"The Treasury of Petrus Alamire" was issued in conjunction with an exhibition of the manuscripts and a scholarly conference organized last fall by the Alamire Foundation, Center for the Study of Music in the Low Countries, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. The UI was well-represented at the conference. Kellman was keynote speaker; six of his graduate students participated in the meetings; and six choral students, under the direction of UI music professor Fred Stoltzfus, were featured in a choral concert held in conjunction with the conference.
"Two-thirds of the songs [on the program] had never been performed before," Kellman said, adding that the selections were drawn from manuscripts in the new book and transcribed by his graduate students.
The students' participation in the conference -- as well as production of Kellman's book -- was supported by International Programs and Studies and several other UI units.
The conference, exhibition and other related activities were planned to coincide with Belgium's yearlong 500th anniversary commemoration of the reign of Habsburg Emperor Charles V.
Archives provides for study of Renaissance music
For more than 30 years, UI musicologist Herbert Kellman has been going about his business at the School of Music library -- quietly assembling the world's leading research facility for the study of Renaissance music.
In the early years of the building process, Kellman worked in partnership with former UI professor Charles Hamm. The pair founded and co-directed the Musicological Archives for Renaissance Manuscript Studies in 1968; the name recently was shortened to the Renaissance Archives.
The Archives can be traced to casual, yet collegial, discussions between Hamm and Kellman that took place when they were both working on Renaissance projects in a seminar.
"We were graduate students at Princeton together," Kellman said. "We were both interested in manuscripts and both frustrated because there was no single place where information about those sources, and microfilm copies of them could be found." They vowed that if they ever ended up on the faculty of the same institution, they would launch such a center.
Less than a decade after those discussions, that's exactly what Hamm and Kellman did. Hamm joined the UI faculty in 1963, and soon wrote to his friend to suggest that he interview for an opening in the musicology division. Kellman, who was teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo at the time, couldn't resist the invitation.
Once Hamm and Kellman were reunited, they began cultivating their dream. Soon after the groundwork was laid, the Archives was authorized by the Board of Trustees, and graduate research assistants were employed to help with the effort. Hamm and Kellman oversaw the development of the Archives together until 1975, when Hamm left the UI. Since then, Kellman has been responsible for keeping the work going.
During the past three decades, "the focus of the Archives has been to collect the materials and data essential for research concerning the original manuscript sources of Renaissance music," Kellman said. "Such research is basic to modern editions, performances and recordings of this rich repertory, and is undertaken by dozens of scholars and performers worldwide, many of whom each year come to our campus to work in the Archives, or are assisted by mail."
The Archives' collection -- which is unequalled anywhere in the world -- includes files with up-to-date, unpublished information for every one of the 1,600 extant Renaissance manuscripts, and a microfilm of each.
What makes the UI Archives unique, Kellman said, is the fact that it is a repository for ongoing, unpublished research. In exchange for using the Archives' resources, scholars are asked to share their findings, which are added to the UI collection.
"The only other place that rivals us," Kellman said, "is Harvard's Isham Library, which has an excellent collection of microfilms"-- but lacks the wealth of unpublished material available at the UI.
The Archives also have an active publication program. Publications include the five-volume "Census-Catalogue of Manuscript Sources of Polyphonic Music, 1400-1550," which Kellman said, "is now the standard handbook in the field." It was prepared under a 10-year, $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Another publication in the same series is "The Polyphonic Office Hymn from 1400 to 1520: A Descriptive Inventory," by UI musicologist Tom Ward.
Two new volumes, edited by Kellman, are expected to appear later this year and next. The first, "Printed Music Collections to 1550: Their Contents," is a two-volume catalog for a global cataloging project of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries. The other is a three-volume catalog of all sources of the music by Josquin des Prez, the leading Renaissance composer. It will be published jointly by the American and the Royal Netherlands Musicological Societies.
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Fitness crazes, sports booms often figments of media's imagination
From Jane Fonda in the mid-1980s to "Just Do It" in the '90s, Americans were on a fitness craze. Or were they?
A UI sociologist says it never happened. "It was clearly a media concoction," says John Kelly, a professor emeritus of leisure studies and co-author of a new book, "Recreation Trends and Markets: The 21st Century" (Sagamore Publishing).
"Looking back on it now from the data that we've analyzed, to a large extent there was just a little bump. Our trend lines show exactly that: just a little bump," Kelly said. "There was allegedly also a sports boom, and the ironic thing is that the sports boom was taking place at the very time that our trend data now show there was a reduction in tennis and in a lot of team sports." The only sports boom, he noted wryly, has been in front of the tube.
Kelly and co-author Rodney Warnick, a professor of recreation studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, base their conclusions on annual surveys of 15,000 to 23,000 households done between 1976 and 1996. Produced by the Simmons Market Research Bureau as a resource for media planners and advertisers, the survey data is "far and away better than anything else that's available" for getting a true picture of adult participation in various forms of recreation, according to Kelly.
The book, an update of one by Kelly published in 1987, includes statistics on more than 100 recreational activities -- as varied as aerobics, casino gambling, cooking for fun, golf, listening to music, model railroads, reading books, travel, visiting museums and windsurfing.
Adult participation in most sports or fitness activities during the last two decades has held largely steady or drifted downward, Kelly said. When trends occur, they are often short-lived, and often tied to an "Olympic effect," he said. "After you get a lot of television time and promotion, you get an increase in participation, and then it goes down. It lasts, at the most, two years, and usually less than that."
Of the significant trends identified in the book, the most prominent are probably in golf, walking for exercise and gambling. The first two reflect the aging population, Kelly noted, with golf almost doubling, from 8 to 15 percent, between 1976 and 1996, and fitness walking doing the same, from 18 to 35 percent, between 1988 and 1996. Casino gambling went from 13 percent in 1979 to 28 percent in 1996.
As for reasons more people aren't "just doing it" fitness-wise, Kelly suggested that too many people may be getting the message too young that they're not good enough and drop out. "There's too much stress [in youth sports] on the competition rather than on participation." Also, investment dollars tend to flow toward areas of higher return or profit, "and that tends to be entertainment of various kinds," he said. "We're building Las Vegas, we are not building very many good walking paths to some extent, people are just responding to what's available, what's supplied."
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Study of rats' brains indicates brain continues to grow after puberty
A simple study of rat brains has added more substance to the idea that the adult brain is still a work in progress, even well after puberty, say UI researchers. While overall size may not change, the composition of nerve fibers in a key area does.
The scientists looked at the cellular makeup in the splenium, the thick, round, back portion of the rat corpus callosum, a mass that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, at 60, 120 and 180 days of age. Well after puberty's onset at about 40 days, axons (nerve fibers) continued to be wrapped by myelin -- white matter that both insulates axons and speeds the transmission of impulses between neurons. The number of unmyelinated axons decreased at the same time presumably because they are turned into myelinated axons.
The study -- reported in the March 16 issue of Developmental Brain Research -- was the first demonstration "that the area occupied by myelinated axons increases until 180 days of age" and likely beyond in the rat. There had been indication in the literature that myelination continues in adult cats.
"People have thought that myelination stopped during development, probably at about age 12," said Janice M. Juraska, a neuroscientist and professor of psychology at the UI. "This study is part of a rethinking on the growth of the brain. It is becoming clear that the corpus callosum changes in size at later ages than previously believed."
By 120 days of age (about in the mid-20s in humans), the area analyzed appeared to have stabilized in the amount of blood vessels and glial cells, but there was a significant decrease in the area occupied by unmyelinated axons and glial bodies. "An increase specifically in splenial myelination in the adult rat may lead to increases in the amount of visual information transferred between the hemispheres," the researchers wrote.
Axons that have not become myelinated can exchange communication signals with each other, but at a slower pace than myelin-covered axons. If axons later lose their myelin sheaths, communication is disrupted. A breakdown of myelin is associated with demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis as well as many other metabolic and inflammatory disorders.
"The majority of work in humans is done with MRI [magnetic resonance imaging]," said Joseph L. Nunez, a doctoral student in the neuroscience program. "We, however, were able to look at the splenium and fibers within it, which cannot be done in humans. Human work has suggested that structural changes later in life within the brain involve language acquisition, but we are seeing changes in a primary sensory region. How this relates to the rest of the corpus callosum, we don't know."
The National Science Foundation, UI Research Board and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences funded the study through grants to Juraska and Nunez.
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Ebert brings more 'overlooked films' to town April 26-30
Next week, parts of the UI campus and community will resemble a mini-Cannes -- without the mountains and Mediterranean, to be sure -- but jumping nevertheless with film screenings, stars, filmmakers, producers and directors, and of course, Mr. Two-Thumbs-Up himself, film critic Roger Ebert.
Ebert's upcoming second annual and ironically named "Overlooked Film Festival" is set for April 26-30.
Like last year's event, this year's festival will feature a cross-section of films the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic regards as "important but overlooked by audiences, critics and distributors." Fourteen films will be shown in 12 screenings, and two dozen producers, directors and actors will take part in the offbeat, off-the-beaten path festival created by Ebert, a UI journalism graduate, TV host, newspaper columnist and author.
Like the first festival, the second is unlikely to be overlooked. Last year some 8,000 film aficionados from Boston to Los Angeles to Australia jammed the inaugural festival at the UI and the historic Virginia Theater in Champaign. The festival is a nonprofit production of the UI College of Communications.
Ebert said he believes all of the selected films "deserve a second look and a second chance." They will get that second look through screenings and through four academic panel discussions, moderated by Ebert and featuring festival filmmakers and scholars. Panels, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the second floor general lounge of the Illini Union. (See schedule at below.)
All films (see schedule at below) will be shown at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park St., Champaign. Ebert and guests will be on stage before and after each film, and will engage the audience in discussions about the films.
Tickets, which are $6 for each screening or $40 for the entire festival, are available at the theater box office at 356-9063; the Springer Cultural Center, 398-2376; and the Bresnan Meeting Center, 398-2550. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.ebertfest.com. For more information, contact Melissa McKillip at email@example.com.
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Supporters and opponents debate Chief Illiniwek in daylong hearing
Louis Garippo, a former circuit judge in Cook County, and eight members of the UI Board of Trustees listened to heartfelt pleas for and against retaining Chief Illiniwek in a daylong hearing April 14 in Foellinger Auditorium.
Outside on the Quad, Native Americans and their supporters from across the country and campus emphasized their objections to the chief with speeches and music and drums.
Garippo is charged with presenting a report to the board of trustees on the comments made that day, as well as more than 10,000 letters and e-mails that have been received on the controversy since Jan. 13. Some speakers who were not able to get on Friday's agenda videotaped their comments at the auditorium. The judge will read transcripts of those comments at a later time.
It was obvious Friday that Chief Illiniwek is an issue that people feel deeply about. Some were moved to tears during their comments, and many times audience members stood to give loud ovations in support of speakers. At other times, Garippo had to ask the audience to stop heckling and interrupting speakers they disagreed with.
Those in favor of retaining the chief spoke of the dignity and honor they believe he represents. They said he is not a mascot, but a symbol of a part of this state's proud heritage and that his performance is considered almost reverentially. They said his dance is a celebration of a strong spirit and it serves to unite the UI students, faculty and alumni.
Rick Legue, a 1968 UI graduate and former Chief Illiniwek, called the chief an artistic portrayal and artful symbol. He said the portrayal of the chief is done with the highest regard and honor toward the Native American people.
"There are 10 mascots in the Big 10, but there is only one chief," said Legue of Barrington. "Our chief is not a mascot. He is not running up and down the sidelines waving his arms. The chief's performance is an honored event. And it portrays a spirit with dignity and honor."
Other supporters noted that when in costume the chief is not allowed to speak, that he does not sign autographs or interact with the cheerleaders, or show up at grocery-store openings.
Dawn Neisen of the Students for Chief Illiniwek said he inspired her to learn more about Native Americans and she said she spent spring break volunteering at an Indian reservation.
"I urge the UI to use Chief Illiniwek as an educational tool for the past, present and future," Neisen said.
Mike Drish of the same organization said there are 4,000 members in Students for Chief Illiniwek, which is about 10 percent of the student body. He said the numbers are growing every day because of the controversy.
Jean Edwards of Citizens for Chief Illiniwek said she created the organization because she believes someone has to speak up for those who love the chief. She said his performance honors all Native Americans.
"The intent is to honor and appreciate the Native Americans who lived on this soil," she said. "It is not meant to be derogatory. Our state is full of cities and landmarks and sites with Indians' names. Can we not perpetuate the Native American history with pride?"
But it's not an honor when those you are honoring don't like it and ask that it be stopped, said Brooke Anderson, a UI senior with the Progressive Resource-Action Cooperative.
She said Native Americans and others find the chief offensive because he is not authentic and his costume and dance are pure Hollywood. She said it is an injustice to Native Americans to mock and degrade their culture with the mascot.
Christine Red Cloud of the American Indian Center, Chicago, told Garippo and the trustees in very simple terms that the chief is not an honor to Native Americans.
"You say you are doing it out of respect for Native people. But you apparently don't respect us enough to listen to us," Red Cloud said. "We are not honored.
"Somehow you believe that this is keeping Native American traditions alive," she said, but she pointed out that his dress and costume are not accurate.
"He's not keeping Native American culture alive. He is keeping a stereotype alive," she said.
Michael Haney, a frequent visitor to campus and trustees meetings to protest the chief, brought a scroll signed by 478 Native American tribes asking that the chief be retired.
Haney, of the American Indian Arbitration Institute in Oklahoma, said the signed document proves that the objection to the chief from Native Americans is overwhelming.
"The chief is a derogatory, negative stereotype that reflects negatively on Native Americans," Haney said. "The new chief of the Peoria Tribe says Chief Illiniwek is a clown."
"We will never give up until this institution recognizes that we are human beings," Haney said. "We will keep coming. We will keep coming. We will keep coming until this is over."
Pressed by Garippo, Haney did say there may be some middle ground, at least temporarily, between the two sides.
Earlier, Debbie Reese of the Native American Student Organization, suggested the UI could show it respected Native Americans by taking steps to educate students and the public about Native American history and culture. Her group has asked that there be a Native American studies department and a scholarship fund to encourage Native Americans to attend the UI. They also would like to see a cultural house that could serve the Native American student population.
Haney and Reese each suggested that by educating people about Native Americans, over time the public would understand that Chief Illiniwek is an inappropriate mascot that is offensive to Native people.
Another speaker who wants to see the chief tradition end said that the chief was born 74 years ago in an era that also produced the offensive Black Sambo image.
Imani Bazzell of Women Against Racism said that those who favor keeping the chief say it is a positive image, but she said positive stereotypes are no better than negative ones.
"That's like saying that all Asians are math wizards or that all African Americans are basketball players," she said.
Bazzell likened the affection for Chief Illiniwek to the affection earlier generations felt for Aunt Jemima.
"Stereotypes cannot be reformed, they must be eliminated," Bazzell said.
Several faculty members also asked the chief be retired. Stephen Kaufman, professor of cell biology, presented a petition demanding the chief be retired that was signed by 793 faculty members, including 24 department heads.
Brenda Farnell, assistant professor of anthropology, said the chief compromises her research and is an embarrassment to her and students when they visit with students and faculty members from other universities.
"The chief promotes cultural biases and prejudices," she said. "Rightly or wrongly, this campus is perceived as hostile to Native Americans. Native American faculty will not come to this campus."
And though she acknowledged that the chief is a long-standing tradition for alumni and people of the community, she said he is no longer a fitting representation for a state university.
"American traditions work best when they change with the times," Farnell said.
This summer Garippo, who served the circuit court in Cook County from 1968 through 1980, will prepare a report to the board consisting of an executive summary of the arguments from both sides. The report will include a distillation of those arguments into particular points the board will address at a Special Response Session in the fall, and an appendix containing a transcript of the April 14 hearing and the videotapes, letters and e-mails.
Garippo, now in private practice with Cahill, Christian and Kunkle Ltd., may advise the board on procedural questions but will not make a recommendation on the status of Chief Illiniwek.
Trustees who attended the meeting were board Chair William Englebrecht, Martha O'Malley, Roger Plummer, Judith Reese and Kenneth Schmidt. Student trustees David Cocagne of Urbana, Arun K. Reddy of UIC and Melissa R. Neely of UIS also attended.
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Views from windows across campus are as varied as the people sitting in the offices behind the windows. We asked readers to share their vantage points with us. This is the second series of entries. We'll continue to run them in the next issue.
"I have a wonderful view. My office is Room 143 of the Art and Design Building and my whole north wall is a window -- top to bottom and left to right.
"I love it for the natural light, which is most essential for a secretary who is in the office all day every day. It also makes you feel more in touch with the outside world and not confined or claustrophobic.
"I think everyone should have a window, especially those of us who are in their offices all day. It can make a huge difference in your outlook every day (no pun intended)."
"When I look out the window of my office, I feel I have 'the best seat in the house.' From my office in the French department in the Foreign Languages Building I get a view of an oak tree, currently without leaves, and a pine tree to the right of it. Also I see a good view of the Quad sidewalk, the curved area in front of the Foellinger Auditorium and Lincoln Hall. I see students going to and from classes, prospective students and parents on tours, and occasionally someone who may be getting their first look at a college campus like the young girl playing with a yo-yo who just passed by. A couple of weeks ago, it was someone dressed as a tomato. Last fall, when that window happened to be open, I saw and heard the Marching Illini play on Quad Day and got a good view of the other Quad Day activities. No, I don't spend all my time looking out the window, but it does give me a break now and then and, more importantly, it reminds me that I, as a staff member on campus, have an important role in seeing that the students get the education they've come here for."
"Even though my office overlooks the loading dock/parking area behind Davenport Hall, it is the most beautiful view imaginable to me! Between 1994 to 1999, my days were spent in a converted lab space in Morrill Hall, on an inside hallway with no windows. I had to go to the bridge connecting Morrill and Burrill halls to look outside. As a person who loves the outdoors, it was very hard for me. I hung framed collages of photos I had taken of sunsets and ocean views on my walls to compensate for the lack of windows.
"In October, all that changed. I was moved to Davenport Hall, where I have not one, but four beautiful windows! Even on the coldest days, I open the window by my desk a crack so I can breathe in the fresh air. I am now able to watch the trees change color in the fall, see the snow fall in the winter and I look forward to watching the thunderstorms roll through this spring and seeing the greens of summer through the multi-paned frames. Although in my office's current configuration, my back is to the view across the small parking lot off South Mathews to RAL and the Medical Sciences Building beyond, I can still see the sun, feel the wind and hear the birds calling amidst the traffic sounds. I wouldn't change it for the world!"
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Construction to begin on South Research Park
Over the next 10 years, this campus will undergo a striking growth spurt with new buildings and parks and farms.
In just a few weeks, construction will start in the new South Center of the University Research Park, southwest of the Assembly Hall, as Motorola Inc. puts up its new 75,000-square-foot building. And two other buildings in the park are being put up by the Fox/Atkins Development Corp. Those will be leased to as-yet unnamed corporate tenants.
All three of those buildings are to be completed and occupied by late winter, according to David Dressel, associate vice chancellor for administration and director of the Office for Project Planning and Facility Management.
And because the state legislators agreed with Gov. George Ryan's belief that the UI should be a leader in biotechnology research and information technology, the new state budget provides money for a new "incubator" building to be built on the South Center site now occupied by the Illini Union warehouse.
Last weekend, legislators approved $3 million for planning of the $8 million building.
Another building proposal is for a Post-Genomics Institute, which is sometimes referred to as Beckman South. The legislators included $7.5 million for the planning of this building in this year's budget.
The Post-Genomics Institute will be a common research facility for scientists and researchers from the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The institute would allow the scientists to do gene research across the disciplines and would keep the UI at the forefront in this fast-growing, innovative field.
It will be one of the largest buildings on campus with about 235,000 square feet, or about two-thirds the size of the Beckman Institute, according to George Freeman, assistant director of the Office for Project Planning and Facility Management.
The majority of the space will be assigned to the various research teams from the colleges. There also will be a substantial centralized biotechnology service area, and also a smaller amount of space for administrative offices and some public outreach areas, such as auditoriums and meeting rooms, according to Freeman.
Locating the Post-Genomics Institute is a big challenge, according to Dressel, because officials would like to have it centrally located on campus to accommodate the researchers who will be working there and in the labs and offices in their own colleges.
"We've been looking at sites on the east side of campus in the vicinity of the Goodwin Avenue corridor," Dressel said. "But it's such a big building that it's difficult to find a big enough site to get all that accomplished. Goodwin Avenue is pretty well built up right now and it's possible we will have to demolish some buildings and relocate some people to get this building appropriately located.
"The most viable sites right now are between Green Street and Gregory," Dressel said. "I think four sites in that area can be made available, but some of them at a very high cost."
In addition to the space needed for the Post-Genomics Institute, an ancillary building would be built to house a bio-engineering department. Plans call for a 30,000 to 40,000 square-foot facility to hold another 15 major researchers and teaching labs and administrative space.
Dressel and Freeman believe that in order to get all of that into a limited amount of space, the Post-Genomics Institute will have to be five or six stories tall.
"It's an important building and it's going to be a large building, so I think it's safe to say that it will be an imposing building and that the architecture will match its status," Dressel said.
With the planning money approved by legislators, architects and engineers can be hired soon, but such a large project will probably require about five years to complete, according to Dressel.
Legislators also appropriated $3 million for planning of a new building for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. That will be a $30 million building of about 74,000 square feet.
It will be located on the north campus, probably facing across a quad from the new Siebel Center for Computer Science. The Siebel building is being constructed with a $32 million gift to the UI from alumnus Thomas M. Siebel. The Siebel Center will be a state-of-the art facility with more than 270,000 square feet.
Legislators promised $8 million to the UI for planning construction of the Siebel Center.
UI officials have wanted an NCSA building for a long time, according to Dressel.
"NCSA is now in about seven different locations, this will consolidate them into three locations," Dressel said.
The Siebel Center, the new NCSA building, and the North Center of the Research Park will bring about 2,600 new people to the north side of campus, and that will require additional space for parking, Dressel said.
Campus planners are looking at putting a large parking deck near University Avenue, east of the Beckman Institute. And the new deck may offer office and retail spaces for lease to bring in income to pay for the deck, as well as provide services needed in that area, like restaurants, coffee shops and copy shops.
"If we build everything we say we're going to in the north and south, we're looking at about 2 million square feet of space, which is about 15 percent of the square feet we have on this campus today. That's a big number," Dressel said.
"That new space could accommodate as many as 8,000 new employees that aren't here now, which is a 7 percent increase in the population of the twin cities. And that number just considers the workers. If you multiply that 8,000 by a figure that includes children and spouses, you're looking at well over 20,000 people. That's a 20 percent increase in the population.
"The research parks are going to do a tremendous amount for us," he said. "But we're doing a tremendous amount for the corporate world by developing the research parks. They will be a wonderful place for corporations in any kind of technological field to locate because we produce the best graduates in the nation.
"When we had the groundbreaking for the South Center of the Research Park, Chancellor Michael Aiken said that 73 percent of our graduates in engineering and related studies end up being employed outside the state of Illinois. We can stop that bleeding and the corporations will understand that and they will come here for these students."
Construction update and street closings
Installation of chilled-water lines for the campus's new chilled water plants have resulted in several street closings in the campus area. Here are some of the most recent closings, many of which will affect traffic, according to UI Traffic Engineer Jim Trail.
The chilled-water project requires the installation of water lines around the entire campus. A chiller on the north campus already has been funded and is operational, Trail said. Funding for the south campus chiller plant was not included in the governor's proposed budget this year, but Trail said chilled-water lines will continue to be installed on the south campus to prepare for the time when the project is funded.
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Classics Library receives $85,000 NEH grant
A collection of rare, priceless and perishable 19th century European dissertations and other short scholarly works on Latin and Greek literature, history and civilization, will get a new life -- and a wider readership -- thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to the UI Classics Library.
The grant of $85,000 over two years will allow the Classics Library to microfilm -- and then circulate -- more than 3,000 items in its Dittenberger-Vahlen Collection, the combined private collections of two prominent 19th century German classicists. The grant is part of a $885,000 NEH grant, announced in early April, to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Center for Library Initiatives. The CIC is a consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago.
The UI Library acquired the private collections of Wilhelm Dittenberger (1840-1906) and Johannes Vahlen (1830-1911) in 1907 and 1913, respectively. Dittenberger's collection consists of 5,600 books and 2,000 pamphlets; Vahlen's consists of 10,000 books and 15,000 pamphlets.
According to classics librarian Bruce Swann, who will direct the UI preservation project, "the vast majority of the titles in the scholars' collections are in Latin and German and on topics pertaining to the classics, but there is also a surprising range of topics, including modern German and English literature."
Among the titles to be microfilmed are (translated from original languages): "Aristotle's On the Soul," by Christian Belger, 1878; "The Palatine Hill," by T. Desjardins, 1874; "The Influence of Horace's Art of Poetry on German Literature of the 18th Century," by J. Bintz, 1892; and "The Latin Quotations in the Plays of the Most Important Predecessors of Shakespeare," by Alfred Dorrinck, 1907. Some of the pieces include the notations of Vahlen or earlier owners in them.
Dittenberger was an eminent epigraphist, or scholar of classical inscriptions, and a professor at Halle University in Halle, Germany, for more than 33 years. He also extensively studied the style and language of Plato and Aristotle. Dittenberger believed that the study of inscriptions was not an end in itself, but a means for attaining more accurate knowledge of the history and public life of ancient Greece.
Vahlen was a classical philologist, or scholar of the Greek and Latin languages and literatures, primarily at Humboldt University in Berlin. He wrote about a wide range of Greek and Latin authors, including Aristotle, Ennius, Plautus and Horace. The National Union Catalog of pre-1956 Imprints lists more than 200 titles by Vahlen. His intention was to gather all minor and easily perishable contributions to classical studies.
Vahlen's efforts have resulted in an exceptionally comprehensive collection, which dramatically documents an 80-year period of German scholarly activity on all levels of classical instruction. One of his best students, Theodor Mommsen, went on to become a great historian of the Roman world.
When the project is completed, scholars and others will be able to request microfilmed copies of the material and access bibliographic information about it online.
Classics scholars close to home prize the Dittenberger-Vahlen Collection. Howard Jacobson, UI classics professor, described it as "priceless," noting that it is not uncommon for him to find items in it "that, according to the National Union Catalog, do not exist anywhere else in the U.S.A."
His colleague, William M. Calder III, said that the collection "contains papers of the highest philological expertise concerning authors and subjects of continuing concern to those active in the serious study of the ancient world."
Yet another UI classics professor, David Sansone, noted that he has been able, "merely because of my presence at the UI, to locate and profit from works of scholarship that are unavailable to many (in some cases, to all other) scholars."
The microfilming will be done at the UI Library.
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Concert features Indonesian music
Javanese gamelan ensemble and Balinese gamelan beleganjur featured
Audiences attending a campus concert of Indonesian music April 22 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will get plenty of bang for their bucks.
In addition to performances by the UI's 10-year-old Javanese gamelan ensemble, the program, at 8 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theater, will feature music by the Balinese gamelan beleganjur. The Balinese group -- dubbed "Ekasruti Illini," meaning Illini unison -- was formed this semester as the practical arts component of the university's Ford Foundation-sponsored program "Gendering Area Studies: The Arts and the Boundaries of Identity." The program and the concert also are supported by the Office of the Provost, International Programs and Studies, and the colleges of Fine and Applied Arts and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Charles Capwell, professor of ethnomusicology and the guiding academic force behind both orchestras, said the concert will begin with a dramatic, head-turning procession. Overall, the program promises to be a richly textured spectacle, certain to awake auditory and visual senses alike. The musicians will be outfitted in colorful attire -- both men and women will be in traditional wraparound skirts -- and some selections will feature masked dancers and singers.
For those who have never witnessed a gamelan performance, Paul Wolbers, a graduate of the UI musicology program, offers the following definition in the concert's program notes:
"Gamelan is a generic term that is widely used in Indonesia to denote musical ensembles of various size and composition. In a more restrictive sense, the word is applied to the large court orchestras of Java and Bali, two Indonesian islands with highly developed musical traditions that date back many centuries."
Percussion instruments are dominant in a gamelan, he noted, and include metallophones of various shapes and sizes, gongs, chimes and drums. The sound from metallophones comes from striking a wooden hammer against metal.
There are two types of gamelan music: soft style and loud style. Soft style is less raucous and incorporates instruments such as the fiddle, zither, flute and xylophone and frequently features a chorus and a female soloist.
Distinguishing between the two flavors of gamelan that will be performed April 22, Capwell said the Balinese is "loud, blaring, noisy and robust, while the Javanese tends to be more stately and sedate."
"Both have long been studied in academic circles for the last 50 years," Capwell said. Ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood at the University of California at Los Angeles formed this country's first gamelan ensemble in the 1950s; today, Capwell estimates that there are about 200 such groups in the United States.
The first gamelan ensemble believed to have performed in the United States did so in 1893 -- at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The instruments are now housed in Chicago's Field Museum.
The UI professor organized the UI's first gamelan 10 years ago. Since then, a number of Indonesian graduate-student assistants have directed the group. Currently, the Javanese orchestra is directed by Raharja, who has studied gamelan since he was 4 years old under the tutelage of his father.
The Balinese ensemble is directed by I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a composer and performer affiliated with the Indonesian National College of the Arts in Denpasar, Bali. He is assisted by Sang Nyoman Putra Arsa Wijaya, a musician and dancer at the college. Both are visiting the campus this semester with support from the Ford Foundation grant. Capwell said the study of Indonesian gong chime cultures meshes well with the theme of the program supported by the grant.
"Instrumental music in Indonesia is almost always masculine, and gamelan beleganjur in particular has been considered exceedingly masculine because of the energy of its style and volume of its sound," he said. "But in 1994, women started to play it as well. It was started in part as a government initiative to demonstrate women's emerging role in society."
The trend proved to be "ephemeral," he noted. "It has come and gone already."
Fourteen of the students participating in this semester's gamelan performance course will get the opportunity to learn more about the musical culture during a month-long study-abroad trip to Bali this summer.
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Two named CAS professors
Benita Katzenellenbogen and Richard Powers honored with campus's highest recognition
Two UI professors have been recommended by Chancellor Michael Aiken for appointment as professors in the Center for Advanced Study -- the highest form of recognition the campus bestows on faculty members for outstanding scholarship.
The new CAS professors are Benita S. Katzenellenbogen, molecular and integrative biology, and College of Medicine; and Richard S. Powers, English. The permanent appointments, effective Aug. 21, were approved by the UI Board of Trustees during its April 13 meeting in Chicago.
CAS professors continue to serve as full members of their home departments while participating in a variety of formal and informal activities organized by the center.
Katzenellenbogen, who also was appointed to a Swanlund Chair in February, is known for her scholarly work that addresses fundamental issues in cell biology concerning how hormones and other chemical signaling agents regulate cell function. Specifically, she is investigating the structure and function of steroid hormone receptors and their involvement in the regulation of gene expression and the growth of normal and cancerous tissues.
Katzenellenbogen received a bachelor's degree from the City University of New York, and earned master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Since joining the UI faculty in 1971, her research has been published in more than 170 journal articles, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and fellowships. Among them, she has received the MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and the Jill Rose Award for outstanding research from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Katzenellenbogen recently was elected president of the Endocrine Society, the world's largest professional society for endocrinologists.
Powers, a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowship in 1989, is widely considered to be among the most innovative and important American writers. To date, he has written six novels, with another to be published later this year.
Powers earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English at the UI, in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and was named to the UI's first Swanlund Chair in 1996. A fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was recognized last year by Esquire magazine as one of the 21 most important thinkers for the 21st century.
The appointment of Katzenellenbogen and Powers brings the total number of CAS professors to 19.
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Hoddeson awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
UI history professor Lillian Hoddeson has been selected to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, an annual award that recognizes outstanding accomplishments and future potential for achievement.
Hoddeson was nominated for her work chronicling the life and science of physicist John Bardeen, a two-time Nobel Prize winner and UI professor of physics and of electrical engineering from 1951 until his death in 1991. Bardeen won his first Nobel Prize in 1956 for the invention of the transistor -- a fundamental component of many products in the information age -- and his second in 1972 for the theory of superconductivity.
"While [the superconductivity theory] doesn't have the same ramifications for technology," Hoddeson said, "in the world of physics it is an even greater discovery."
Despite his monumental accomplishments, Bardeen is not as well known as other scientists.
"I began to wonder why no one had ever heard of John Bardeen," Hoddeson said. "What I've decided is that he doesn't fit the popular image of a genius. He wasn't interested in appearing anything but ordinary."
Hoddeson's book, which she is co-writing with UI graduate student Vicki Daitch, is tentatively titled "True Genius: The Life and Science of John Bardeen."
Although trained as a physicist, Hoddeson, who also is a senior research physicist at the UI, considers herself a "historian of science." She also is a historian for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill.
Begun in 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has awarded more than $192 million to nearly 15,000 people for their exceptional work. From the more than 2,900 applicants this year, 182 artists, scholars and scientists were chosen to receive awards totaling $6,345,000.
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Trustees approve formation of iVentures
The UI is combining its research and business savvy to help start companies commercializing university technologies.
The project, appropriately named Illinois Ventures, or iVentures, will provide high-potential companies with start-up services, including technology transfer activities and matching seed funds.
Chester Gardner, interim university vice president for academic affairs, said the idea for the project came from a group of UIC faculty members and administrators who asked the university to establish a technology office. Gov. George Ryan has been heavily promoting the use and creation of technology in Illinois.
"The governor's office began to ask how the UI could play a role in the development of technology in Illinois," Gardner said.
There are many advantages to the project, Gardner said, including:
Gardner said it will benefit faculty members and researchers to have a university office that can help them turn an an idea into a profitable reality.
"It doesn't benefit us if the faculty needs to leave teaching or research to chase capital," he said.
The UI Board of Trustees approved the university-related organization April 13 at its meeting in Chicago.
"Our vision is to pick business concepts that have a high potential for earning," Gardner said.
Taking a business from conception to start-up to the early stage can be costly and require an entrepreneur to go to many places for different needs.
The university could put up the capital in exchange for equity in the start-up business.
The university has several offices that could aid in starting a new business, such as the Intellectual Property Office at UIC. Research parks are located near both campuses.
Gardner estimates it will be about six months before iVentures is ready for clients.
The initial funding for the project will come from royalties and patents from previous inventions associated with the university.
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Susan Fowler named new dean of Education
Susan Fowler has been named the new dean of the UI College of Education, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees at its May meeting. Fowler is a UI professor of special education and associate dean for academic affairs in the college.
She succeeds Mildred Barnes Griggs, who has served as dean for the last five years. Griggs will retire in May.
Fowler distinguished herself among a field of strong candidates for the dean's position, according to Provost Richard Herman.
"She brings to the post a very high level of scholarship, as well as an intimate understanding of the college and the role it needs to play in education issues both within the state and nationally. Professor Fowler combines this knowledge with an open and consultative style. She has my confidence and my strong support."
Fowler received a doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas in 1979. Her bachelor's and master's degrees were earned at the University of Kansas and the University of Notre Dame, respectively.
Among her honors is a Distinguished Senior College Scholar award from the UI College of Education in 1997 and a Distinguished Service Award from the Division for Early Childhood in 1997, and a Career Teaching Award from the UI College of Education in 1995. She holds membership in several honorary societies ranging from Phi Beta Kappa to the Society for Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
She came to the UI in 1990 as associate professor and head of the special education department. She was named professor in 1993 and associate dean of academic affairs in the college in 1996.
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GAMES Summer Camp will be conducted Aug. 6-12. The registration fee of $550 will cover all required supplies, housing, meals, field trips and social activities. Information and an application form can be obtained on the Web at www.engr.uiuc.edu/wie/games/summer camp5a.htm or by contacting the Women in Engineering Program, the camp sponsor, by phone at 244-3517, by fax at 244-4974, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications also may be requested by mail at: GAMES Summer Camp, Women in Engineering Program, 322 Ceramics Building, MC-272.
All workshops begin at 7 p.m. and will be at the Credit Union, 2201 S. First St., Champaign. Reservations are required. Call 333-8047 or e-mail email@example.com.
To arrange for drop-off of used audio or stereo equipment, call 333-1070. Records, audio and VHS tapes, and CDs can be dropped off at the following locations:
The Vintage Vinyl Sale will take place June 10 at the former Black's Hardware Store at the corner of Randolph and Green in Champaign.
The exhibit, "From Alchemy to Chemistry: 500 Years of Rare and Interesting Books," runs through April 28 in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library, 346 Main Library. It is free and open to the public.
Co-curators Tina Chrzastowski, chemistry librarian; Gregory Girolami, professor of inorganic chemistry; and Vera Mainz, spectroscopy lab manager in chemical sciences, culled through hundreds of rare and fascinating books owned by the Rare Book and the Chemistry libraries before choosing their top 36. The books range from Hieronymus Brunschwig's "Liber de arte distillandi" ["Book of the Art of Distillation"], (1500) -- a precursor to today's PDR -- to Linus Pauling's "The Architecture of Molecules," (1964) -- one of the last "coffee-table chemistry books," Mainz said.
The curators purposely brought items of human interest into the exhibit.
"There's hopefully something interesting about the author as well as a little bit about what the book represents for science," Mainz said, "so, viewers will get a laugh or an insight into some of the people who changed chemistry."
The UI Rare Book and Special Collections Library is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cooper, a 1949 UI graduate and retired president of Chicago-based Helene Curtis Industries, wants to enlighten people about this unique band of soldiers. Cooper's foundation underwrote the documentary and he served as producer along with Matthew Palm and Chuck Olin of Chuck Olin Associates.
The young volunteers of the Jewish Brigade had to overcome great prejudice just to be allowed to fight in the British army as Jews. Then after the war, soldiers in the brigade formed secret vengeance squads to assassinate Nazi officers in hiding and engineered the rescue and illegal movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine.
Cooper and his wife, Nancy, have made a significant gift to the Jewish Studies program at the UI. Their gift supports research on the movement to bring Holocaust survivors to Palestine.
The plays are "A Corporate Carol," written and directed by Lindsay Krussow; "F. Scott and Zelda," written and directed by Sarah Noceda; "Mike and Mick and Murder," written and directed by J. Edward Stahl; and "Theater in the Round," written by Thomas Ferrone and directed by Jocelyn Smith.
Performances take place at 9 p.m. April 27-29 in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor amphitheater. Admission is $3; tickets can be purchased on performance evenings in the lobby. For more information or for rain location information, call 333-3552. KCSA is a nonprofit student-run organization that supports the performing arts.
"Approximately 1,100 of the top technical students from around the state are expected to participate in the event," said Howard Guenther, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who is university liaison and site coordinator for the Olympiad.
Area schools that qualified for the competition are Bloomington High School; Tuscola High School; St. Matthew School, Champaign; Edison Middle School, Champaign; and Urbana Middle School.
The competition covers a diverse assortment of disciplines with events such as designing and building a rocket from a two-liter bottle to be launched with compressed air and judged by the time aloft, and designing and building a device to transport an egg 8 to 12 meters as quickly as possible in a straight line. Other events include cell biology, water quality and crime science.
Most of the competition will take place on the Quad or in nearby buildings. A schedule of activities will be available in 161 Noyes Lab. An awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium.
One room, for example, will show visitors how it felt to be a Jew in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Students acting as Nazi soldiers will confront the visitors and shout at them to get on trains so they can be sent to the camps.
"It gets pretty intense," said Kipp Cox, an assistant director for the Housing Division who has seen a Boxes and Walls program at another university. "You get frustrated," he said. "You feel the oppression but that's what it's all about."
The other rooms will offer information on the discrimination faced by minority communities including African Americans; Asian/Pacific Americans; the disabled; Latino/Latina Americans; lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered Americans; Native Americans; and women.
After seeing this program work at other universities, Pamela Graglia, an assistant director for Housing and the coordinator for Boxes and Walls, thought staging one here would be a good way for UI students to be active in sending a message that hate had no place on the UI campus. About 80 students are volunteering with Graglia.
The program continues in the basement of the McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St., Champaign through April 21 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. daily. Tours of 12 to 15 people begin every half-hour and generally take an hour and 15 minutes. More information is available on the Web at www.stophate.uiuc.edu/boxeswalls/Welcome.htm or from Graglia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 333-0770.
The traditional spring break holiday and a designated holiday (formerly Dec. 29) are being converted to floating holidays that can be taken anytime during this fiscal year. However, the scheduling of these two holidays is subject to departmental approval and may not be carried over to the following year.
Inside Illinois regrets the omission of architecture professor Rebecca Williamson's name from a "brief notes" item that appeared April 6. Williamson teaches the Architecture 372 course that presented a collaborative performance-installation involving dance, cinematography and physics students and faculty members.
In the past year alone, the fund has provided financial assistance to 40 employees with one-time grant of up to $400. Although each person's story is different, the assistance provided is always a welcome relief at a time of great stress. The fund has assisted employees with a rent or mortgage payment, utilities, medicine or medical bills, and food or clothing during times of crisis such as a serious illness in the family or a house fire.
Contributions of any amount are encouraged. Checks should be made payable to UIF/UIUC Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund and mailed to the UI Foundation, 400 Harker Hall, MC-386. Donations also are accepted through payroll deduction. To request a payroll deduction form, contact Donna Jessee, 244-3618, or Terri Palumbo, 333-6797, co-chairs of this year's fund drive.
Eligible faculty and staff members may apply for emergency assistance at any time. All contacts are confidential and assessments are free. If you or someone you know might be eligible for assistance from the fund, call 244-5312 or write to Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, 121 Observatory, 901 S. Mathews, MC-190.
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The Office of Academic Human Resources, Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St., maintains listings for faculty positions. More complete descriptions are available in that office during regular business hours. The Employment Center lists the academic professional positions available on all UI campuses at www.uihr.uillinois.edu/jobs. Faculty job opportunity information is updated weekly and can be found on the AHR Web site at: http://webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/jobs/index.asp. More information about the listings below may be obtained from the person in the listing.
Atmospheric Sciences. Scientific computing specialist/systems support, computer services. Bachelor's degree in physical or computer science or related field, prior UNIX administration/user-support experience, and proficiency in basic desktop system support and networking issues required. Available immediately. Contact David Wojtowicz, 333-8390 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 24.
Beckman Institute. Research programmer, machine learning and imaging. Bachelor's degree in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering or related field and experience with C programming and UNIX required. Available immediately. Contact Clint Potter, 244-0170 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: May 1.
Commerce and Business Administration, College of. Assistant director of development. Bachelor's degree and two years' work experience in development required. Available immediately. Contact Mark Neville, 244-6446. Closing date: April 30.
Commerce and Business Administration, College of. Program coordinator. Bachelor's degree and basic computer skills required; master's preferred. Available: May 15. Contact Jane White, 333-4546. Closing date: April 21.
Computational Modeling Lab. Visiting research programmer. Bachelor's degree in relevant field and previous C++ programming experience in numerical analysis, distributed computation or advanced GUI/graphics required; master's preferred. Available immediately. Contact Patty Sarver, 333-7429. Closing date: April 26.
Counseling Center. Program coordinator. Master's degree, demonstrated experience in higher education administration and experience in providing training for undergraduate paraprofessionals required. Available: June 15. Contact Dennis Vidoni, 333-3701. Closing date: April 27.
Educational Psychology. Visiting research data analyst. Bachelor's degree in psychology, management or related field required. Managerial experience in research setting, and knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing and statistical programs also required. Available immediately. Contact Gary Ladd, 244-3346. Closing date: May 1.
Illini Union. Media/communications specialist (graphic design emphasis). Bachelor's degree in graphic design or related field required.Proficiency in QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia FreeHand and Adobe Illustrator; understanding of retail advertising; and ability to prepare Web-ready images also required. Available immediately. Contact Susan Pile, 333-3660. Closing date: May 17.
Illini Union. Media/communications specialist (editorial emphasis). Bachelor's degree in communications-related field required. Proficiency in QuarkXPress; strong writing and proofreading skills; knowledge of print-production process; and understanding of marketing principles also required. Available immediately. Contact Susan Pile, 333-3660. Closing date: May 17.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant equipment manager. Bachelor's degree, three years' athletic equipment supervision and management and certification by Athletic Equipment Manager Association, or ability to be certified in one year, required. Available immediately. Contact Andy Dixon, 333-2063. Closing date: May 9.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach, women's gymnastics. Bachelor's degree required. Available immediately. Contact Bob Starkell, 333-7974. Closing date: April 24.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach, women's soccer. Bachelor's degree and three years' coaching experience at Division I level required. Available immediately. Contact Tricia Taliaferro, 244-9720. Closing date: May 4.
Materials Research Laboratory. Research engineer, accelerator facility. Bachelor's degree in electrical/mechanical engineering or equivalent field and three years' experience required. Familiarity with federal and state health and safety standards for accelerators also required. Available immediately. Contact Donna Jacobs, Materials Research Laboratory, MC-230 or email@example.com. Closing date: May 5.
Mathematics. System administrator. Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or related field, training and experience with UNIX systems in a networked environment with a wide variety of software and hardware, and two years' relevant experience required. Available: May 1. Contact Jean Paley, 333-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: May 1.
Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Visiting research specialist (life sciences). Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology and molecular biology or related science with laboratory and course work in related areas required. Experience and/or training in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell culture desired. Available: May 15. Contact Benita Katzenellenbogen, department of molecular and integrative physiology, 524 Burrill Hall, MC-114. Closing date: May 1.
Public Safety, Division of. Campus risk manager. Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental health and safety, public safety or related field and A.R.M. certification with focus on loss control and prevention required. Available: July 1. Contact James Coleman, 333-1216. Closing date: May 10.
Social Work, School of (Chicago). Visiting project coordinator (office of the DCFS research director). Bachelor's degree in education, social work, public policy or related field and knowledge of database, word processing and spreadsheet applications required. Available: May 1. Contact Mike Shaver, (312) 814-1711 or MShaver@idcfs.state.il.us. Closing date: May 1.
Social Work, School of (Chicago). Visiting research specialist in social work (office of the DCFS research director). Master's degree in social work or related field and proven research abilities required. Available: May 1. Contact Nancy Rolock, (312) 641-2337 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 21.
Study Abroad Office. Coordinator of international projects. Bachelor's degree, proficiency in Spanish, experience working in or studying in Latin American and/or Spain, and administrative experience in an educational institution required. Available: July 14. Contact Nancy Wilson, 333-8307. Closing date: May 15.
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Joseph H. Pleck, professor of human and community development, was named a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Pleck was cited for his research on fatherhood, men's roles and masculinity, and the interface between work and family. He also was recognized for the implications of his work for social policy and family practitioners.
K. Peter Kuchinke, professor of human resource education, was given the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award at the March 2000 conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The award is given annually for the best refereed manuscript published in Human Resource Development Quarterly. Kuchinke also was appointed to the academy's board of directors for a two-year term.
Ralph A. Smith, professor emeritus of cultural and educational policy, was selected by the National Art Education Association to receive the National Art Educator of the Year Award. The award recognizes an association member for years of outstanding achievements and service.
Chia-Fon Lee, professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2000 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The Teetor award, intended for engineering educators with more than three but less than 10 years of full-time faculty experience, recognizes effective engineering educators. Lee was recognized as an outstanding contributor to his department's automotive educational and research programs.
Ian K. Robinson, professor of physics, has won the 2000 Bertram E. Warren Diffraction Physics Award of the American Crystallographic Society. The award recognizes an important recent contribution to the physics of solids or liquids using X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction techniques. Robinson was honored for his "application of crystal truncation rods (CTRs) to the systematic study of surface structure and the powerful methods of crystallographic analysis that they enabled." CTRs, the lines of diffraction intensity that join together the Bragg peaks of crystals with a well-defined flat surface, were discovered by Robinson in 1986.
Darrell F. Socie, professor of mechanical engineering, received the American Society for Testing and Materials Award of Merit. ASTM standards are recognized and used worldwide to ensure the quality, safety, reliability and competitiveness of products and services. The Award of Merit, established in 1949 by the ASTM Board of Directors, is the highest award granted to a society member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM committee activities. Recipients also receive the honorary title of fellow.
Marshall R. Thompson, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, earned the K.B. Woods Award for his paper, "Hot-Mix Asphalt Overlay Design Concepts for Rubblized Portland Cement." Rubblization is a rehabilitation technique that breaks Portland cement concrete pavements into pieces small enough to prevent concrete from acting as a slab and then overlays the pieces with asphalt. The award for the paper, published in Transportation Research Record 1684, was presented at the Transportation Research Board's 79th annual meeting in January. The award is presented annually for the best paper in the area of design and construction of transportation facilities.
Andreas C. Cangellaris, Philip T. Krein and William H. Sanders, professors of electrical and computer engineering, and David Padua, professor of computer science, were elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Each year, fellows are chosen for their contributions to the art and science of electro- and information technologies worldwide.
Ibrahim Hajj, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang, head of electrical and computer engineering department and professor in the Beckman institute, and Tim Trick, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Anderson Lab, have been selected to receive the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal for their exceptional professional contributions to the society. These medals are awarded to less than 1 percent of its membership in celebration of the first 50 years of the society.
Hub White, professor of architecture and associate director of the School of Architecture, received the 1999 Excellence in Education Award from the American Institute of Architects Illinois Council. The award is given to an Illinois architect whose notable contributions in education have promoted awareness of the built environment and its relationship to the well-being of humankind. White was noted as an educator who possesses the quality of being able to maintain a delicate balance between the influences of the academic realm and the necessary dictates and modes of architectural practice.
"Master Builders of Byzantium," by Robert Ousterhout, professor of architecture, was recently published (Princeton). The book, a study of Byzantine architecture from the point of view of its builders, received a Millard Miess grant from the College Art Association. This past winter Ousterhout was a visiting scholar with the Centre Regional de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris and this semester is a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education presented Kenneth Reardon, professor of urban and regional planning, with an honorable mention at the annual meeting of the American Association for Higher Education's Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards. Out of 70 nominations for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach, only one winner and five honorable mentions were selected. Reardon was recognized for his work in East St. Louis, where he combines academic research and teaching with revitalizing a disadvantaged community.
Kevin Hinders, professor of architecture, and Ken McCown, visiting professor of landscape architecture, received an honorable mention in the Valor Group's Shelter Resorts design competition. Participants submitted designs for a guestroom "tent" for a portable resort.
Edward J. Zagorski, professor emeritus of art and design, and Bronwen Walters, visiting professor of art and design, were invited to serve on the 2000 Industrial Design Excellence Awards jury. The 15-member jury will give gold, silver and bronze awards to the best manufactured products introduced in the year 2000. There are 10 categories of products, including business and industrial products, consumer products, furniture, medical and scientific products, and transportation.
The winning products will be featured in a June issue of Business Week. The awards will be formally presented in September at the national meeting of the Industrial Designers Society of America in New Orleans.
Michael Palencia-Roth, professor of comparative literature and of Spanish, served as the India Council for Social Science Research Lecturer in Comparative Cultural Studies. During his trip to India, he lectured at the ICSSR, the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the Gandhian Institute of Studies in Varanasi. His lectures were on contemporary Colombian culture, on the theory and practice of cross-cultural comparison, and on de-Westernizing literary interpretation.
Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science and of women's studies and director of Afro-American Studies, was awarded an Individual Project Fellowship for 2000-01 by the Open Society Institute. Pinderhughes will use the fellowship to pursue work on the study "The Evolution of Civil Rights Organizations in the 20th Century: The Case of African American Politics."
William H. Pirkle, professor of chemistry, received the Dal Nogare Award, which honors an outstanding scientist in the field of chromatography. The award was presented at the 51st annual Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy.
Juliet E.K. Walker, professor of history, received an honorable mention in the 1999 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award competition. Her book, "The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship" (New York/London: Macmillan/Prentice Hall International, 1998), is the first and only comprehensive history of African-American business. The award commends works published in a given year that extend the understanding of the root causes of bigotry and the range of options humans have in constructing alternative ways to share power. Previous awards for Walker's book include the 1999 American Association of Publishers Scholarly and Profession Division Award in Business and Management Category; the 1999 Association of Black Women Historians Letitia Woods Brown Prize for Best Book published by a Black Woman Historian/Best Book Published on African American Women's History; the Black Caucus of the American Library Association 1998 Award for Outstanding Publication; and a 1998 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book.
Rob Wilson, professor of philosophy and Beckman affiliate, was senior editor of the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, published in April 1999. The encyclopedia won a prize from the Professional and Scholarly Publications division of the American Association of Publishers for the best book published in psychology in 1999.
Three former directors of the UI Library received recognition as top librarians in an American Libraries article titled "100 of the Most Important Leaders We Had in the 20th Century." The article, published in 1999, featured 100 librarians selected by the magazine's editors. UI university librarians on the list were Hugh Atkinson, 1976-1986; Robert B. Downs, 1943-1971; and Katharine Sharp, 1897-1907. Downs was the last person to serve as both the university librarian and the dean of the Graduate School of Library Science. Sharp founded the Illinois State Library School at the UI, which was the forerunner for the current Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Editors of Choice, a book-review journal published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, critically evaluate several thousand academic publications each year. Out of those titles they review, they designate about 600 as being noteworthy additions to an academic library collection.
Receiving the awards were Foundation Communications Officer Jim Gobberdiel, who was creative director for the project, and Stan Gellman Graphic Design Inc. of St. Louis.
The Foundation received the only Gold Award given in last year's International Astrid Awards competition within the category for its invitation brochure called "Celebrate." The Astrid Award worldwide competition recognizes outstanding achievement in design communications. The award honors individuals whose work has made an outstanding contribution to their organization, corporation or client.
The "Celebrate" brochure cover design also is featured on the pages of the December 1999 issue of Graphic Design: USA as a winner of the annual American Graphic Design Awards Competition. The award honors winners that show excellence in design and marketing materials from print to Internet media.
The award winners were selected by a nationwide panel of judges that included design directors from McGraw Hill Inc., the Discovery Networks and New York's School of Visual Arts.
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on the job: Al Wolfe
interview by: Becky Mabry
JOB: Technically, Al Wolfe's job title is Assembly Hall technician. But in reality, he has been the building electrician at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts since 1981. He is responsible for everything there that has wires, he says, and he has crawled into every nook and cranny of the place to make installations and repairs.
FAMILY: He and his wife, Lynda, have four children and are expecting their first grandchild in June. The couple lives on the family farm south of St. Joseph.
There are some scary times. Like going 100 feet in the air and working up on the grid with not a whole lot below us. We have some external lighting instruments on the side of the Great Hall that are 40 feet up in the air and we have to crawl down over the side with a special ladder. Not everybody can do that.
As storm spotters, we're involved with ESDA [Emergency Services Disaster Agency] and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. And when storms are threatening, we go out and watch the clouds, usually over in the western or southwestern part of the county.
I'm currently chairman of the board of Illini Children's Christian Home Ministries out at St. Joseph. I've been active in amateur radio for 31 years. And I'm a pilot. I don't fly anymore because I can't afford it, but I still have my license.
My folks were both alumni. My father graduated from the UI in '40 and my mother in '42.
I've never seen students more dedicated to what they're doing than the students in theater and the other arts. They're here because they really want to be and not because mom and dad say this is what they have to do.
My door's almost always open down there, and I guess I have rapport with some of these kids. They come in and talk about things -- their concerns -- and I try to be a good listener. And that keeps me young.
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Alvin Irvin Nelson, 86, died April 1 at the Champaign Care Center. Nelson was a professor emeritus of food science. Memorials: Alzheimer's Chapter of East Central Illinois or the First United Methodist Church of Champaign.
Howard Redenbaugh, 59, died April 14 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Redenbaugh came to the UI in 1989 and was employed in the Operation and Maintenance Division as a building service worker.
Robert Alan Tinkham, 82, died April 6 at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Tinkham was a professor of education. Memorials: Champaign County Nursing Home Auxiliary in Urbana.
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