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Darren Lubotsky

Study: Starting kindergarten later gives students only a fleeting edge

New research challenges a growing trend toward holding kids out of kindergarten until they’re older, arguing that academic advantages are short-lived and come at the expense of delaying entry into the workforce and other costs. Full story

Martin Gruebele

Water is 'designer fluid' that helps proteins change shape, scientists say

According to new research, old ideas about water behavior are all wet. Ubiquitous on Earth, water also has been found in comets, on Mars and in molecular clouds in interstellar space. Now, scientists say this common fluid is not as well understood as we thought. Full story


Genes and nutrition influence caste in unusual species of harvester ant

Researchers trying to determine whether nature or nurture determines an ant’s status in the colony have found a surprising answer. Both. Full story


Web alert will provide critical information during campus emergency

A new emergency alert system that will warn members of the campus community about highly dangerous situations through messages on many campus Web pages is being put into effect at the Urbana campus. Full story

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Blind UI staff member creates Braille diploma for recent graduate

Christie Lynn Gilson recently graduated from the UI with a doctorate in special education. Because she is legally blind, she wouldn’t have been able to read her own diploma without the assistance of some dedicated university staff members. Full story

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UI Press books: from American history to women’s studies

One of the leading publishers of works about Abraham Lincoln, the UI Press, is publishing two new Lincoln books later this year in advance of the bicentennial of his birth in February 2009. Full story



Two Illinois researchers among world's top young innovators

Two researchers at the UI – Martin D. Burke and Nicholas X. Fang – have been chosen as two of the world’s 35 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, the world’s oldest technology magazine. Full story


brief notes

… Sinfonia da Camera celebrates 25 years … Artists with UI connection featured in local exhibition … Oskee Bow Wow benefits animal health advances …Lost voice mail messages can be retrieved through Sept. 8 … Tickets still availalbe for Allerton Music Barn Festival … WILL hosts digital information fair Augg. 24 … WILL event looks at World War II's impact on UI …Radio portraits examine students' relationships … Nominations due for excellence awards … Nanotechnology workshop is Sept. 4-5 … Derin Wukkuans featured in Jazz vs. Bulls game at Assembly Hall …More

Randy Butler and Von Welch

A Minute With …

Randy Butler and Von Welch Federal authorities recently announced indictments in the largest cybercrime ring ever discovered. Welch and Butler talk about how NCSA at Illinois is helping police gather critical evidence.

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Robert C. Fonner, 91, died Aug. 12 at the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello. He worked for the UI Housing Division for more than 40 years as a maintenance supervisor. In the early 1960s, he assisted with the opening of Assembly Hall. Memorials: Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign, IL 61820 or the Elks Crippled Children Fund, c/o Champaign-Urbana Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, IL 61874.

Phyllis Jo Hill, 79, died Aug. 10 in Madison, Wis. During her 25-year tenure at the UI, Hill served as professor, associate dean and acting dean of the College of Applied Life Studies (now Applied Health Sciences). She retired in 1977. Memorials: UIF/Phyllis Hill Memorial Fund, UI Foundation, P.O. Box 3429, Champaign, IL 61829; or to the research programs at the UWH Medical Oncology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792.

William J. Hylbert, 94, died July 31 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He worked at the UI for 28 years, retiring in 1974 as a personnel placement officer. Memorials: Alain Rocourt Endowment for Haitian Relief or Country Health Nursing Home building fund, 2304 County Road, Gifford, IL 61847.

Frederick Seitz, 96, died March 2 in New York City. Seitz was the founder of the influential solid-state physics group at the UI, to which he came as a professor in 1949. John Bardeen was among the core group of faculty members Seitz hired. He became head of the physics department in 1957 and took the lead in establishing a federally funded materials research laboratory at Illinois, which now bears his name. In 1964, he left Illinois to become the first full-time president of the National Academy of Sciences.

Russell G. Voyles, 88, died Aug. 10 at his Ridge Farm home. He retired from the UI as a finish carpenter after 18 years of service. Memorials: Ridge Farm Church of the Nazarene, 100 E. Woodyard Ave., Ridge Farm, IL 61870.


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