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A critical need
On Feb. 9, the Urbana-Champaign Senate approved the concept of creating an engineering-based college of medicine, with presenters espousing the collaborative benefits that other disciplines will reap because of the new approach. Ilesanmi Adesida, left, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, alongside Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise, told senators: “It’s something that’s been percolating on this campus for 50 years – the risk of not doing it is unimaginable.” The proposal will be on the U. of I. Board of Trustees’ agenda at the March 12 meeting on the Urbana campus.


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Urban farming behind Extension’s Cook County expansion

With consumer interest surging in local foods, urban farming and sustainable agriculture, the time is ripe for U. of I. Extension to cultivate Cook County, Illinois.

ON THE JOB: Bryan Brownfield

Bryan Brownfield, a route driver helper at Campus Stores, Mail and Receiving, has been around the block a time or two. Brownfield has worked at the U. of I. for 8 1/2 years, taking on his new position at Campus Stores in July.

Institute for Genomic Biology renamed for professor Carl R. Woese

The U. of I. Institute for Genomic Biology has been renamed in honor of a microbiology professor who changed the course of science with his discovery of a third major branch of the tree of life. That professor, Carl R. Woese, died in late 2012.

Center for Advanced Study associates and fellows named

Twenty U. of I. faculty members have been named Center for Advanced Study associates or fellows for the 2015-16 academic year.

U. of I. architecture school joins new consortium on design and health research

The U. of I. School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, focusing on issues of design and health.


New source of horror at the Insect Fear Film Festival: female entomologists

Whether pursuing eternal youth or manipulating insects in the lab, female entomologists are themselves a source of horror in many science fiction movies and TV shows. Their roles have shifted over the decades, however, making them a worthy focus of the 2015 Insect Fear Film Festival at the U. of I.

Academic freedom resolution passes despite quorum call

A resolution on shared governance and academic freedom passed easily following a detailed discussion by the Urbana-Champaign Senate at its Feb. 16 meeting, though the rest of the senate’s business was tabled after senators discovered they were three senators short of a quorum.

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Geologists unlock mysteries of the EARTH's inner core

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core. Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet.

Smokers, the obese, have markedly higher health care costs than peers

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports.

Illinois trailing other states in girls studying science, math

A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state’s high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.

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Commencement speaker Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on health care issues

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will deliver the 2015 U. of I. commencement address at 9:30 a.m. May 16 at Memorial Stadium. Lavizzo-Mourey completed undergraduate work at the University of Washington and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her M.D. at Harvard Medical School and an MBA in health care administration at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently was interviewed by Inside Illinois assistant editor Mike Helenthal.

U. of I. expert Eric A. Johnson, on the criminal justice reform commission

llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week issued an executive order to establish a commission to study and reform Illinois’ beleaguered criminal justice system. Eric A. Johnson teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence at the U. of I. College of Law. Johnson, who worked as a prosecutor in the offices of the attorney general of Alaska (1990-2001) and New York (2001-04), spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about what issues he would like to see the commission tackle.

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Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, libraries

While it may be tempting to dismiss as a censor anyone who wants to restrict access to a book, such individuals understand that books are powerful and have the potential to change lives, said Emily Knox, who recently wrote about the people who raise challenges to reading material.

New book examines movement to boycott Israeli scholars, universities

Leading scholars and public intellectuals reflect on the social and political forces in contemporary culture that advocate severing ties with Israeli universities in a new volume of essays titled “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.”