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Ten graduate students built an igloo on campus.
photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Ten graduate students spent the weekend of Jan. 8-10 building an igloo in the courtyard between Siebel Center and the NCSA building. According to a blog that documented the building of the igloo, which stood nearly 8 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter, it took more than 80 hours to complete. The blog notes that during construction, which took place primarily after the sun had set, the temperature never got above 15 degrees. Pictured, from left, Alejandro Gutierrez, library and information science; Ellick Chan, computer science and MBA; Brett Daniel, computer science;  and Yun Young, computer science. 

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IN THIS ISSUE: UPS enrollment under way | Funding for curriculum development available | Proposals sought to increase awareness of women at Illinois | Community exhibitions feature faculty art | iConference will be Feb. 3-6 at iHotel | International entries now welcome in e-waste design competition

University Primary School

Enroll now; meeting set for Feb. 18

University Primary School will accept enrollment applications through March 19 for the 2010-11 academic year. 

The school is an early childhood program that serves preschool, kindergarten and first-grade children in a project-based curriculum. Children must be 3 years old on or before July 1 for the preschool classroom and 5 before Sept. 1 to be considered for kindergarten enrollment.

Applications are available in Room 95 of the Children’s Research Center, 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign, or may be downloaded from the school’s Web site. More information also is available from director Nancy B. Hertzog at 333-3996.

An informational meeting about the program will be held 7-8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Room 26 of the Children’s Research Center. Child care will be provided.

Community informatics

Funding for curriculum development

The Community Informatics Initiative in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Illinois Informatics Institute invite applications from Urbana faculty members and professional staff members for seed funding for research and/or curriculum development related to community informatics.

Applicants are encouraged to propose projects in the areas of citizen science, community health, youth and media, and technology applications for social inclusion. Applicants should submit proposals to Paul Adams at Deadline for application is March 15. Details are online at

Women at Illinois

Proposals sought to increase awareness

The Council on Gender Equity, with support from the Office of the Provost, is seeking proposals for grant funding to initiate action-oriented interactive or multi-media displays that spotlight contributions of women at the UI.

Funding typically will be between $5,000 and $8,000, and no more than $10,000. The goal is to increase awareness of gender equity issues and of women’s contributions to various academic disciplines, especially those in which they are traditionally underrepresented. Proposals will be evaluated on their long-term impact and visibility. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1. For additional details, go to

Cinema Gallery, Springer Cultural Center

Community exhibitions features faculty art

Work by UI faculty artists will be featured in two exhibitions.

Featured at the Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St., Urbana, “Gimme Fiction” comprises drawings by Ron Kovatch and ceramics by Tammie Rubin and Catherine Wiesener. All are faculty members in the School of Art and Design. The show runs through Feb. 20.

Work by mixed-media artist Dr. Charles Wisseman, a faculty member in the department of pathology in the College of Medicine, will be exhibited at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., Champaign, through Feb. 21.

A reception will be held at the Springer Cultural Center 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 22, with music and refreshments beginning at 6 p.m. and comments from Wisseman and other artists beginning at 7 p.m.

Information, people and technology

iConference will be Feb. 3-6 at iHotel

Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, creator of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and Marti Hearst, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley working in the Obama administration, are the keynote speakers for the fifth annual iConference, to be held at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign on Feb. 3-6.

The iConference is sponsored by the iSchools (, an international consortium of 27 schools of information. These institutions of higher education are concerned with the relationship among information, people and technology. The theme of this year’s conference is “Impacts,” particularly concerning the Obama administration’s commitment to promoting open government and citizen participation.

Hearst, a professor in the School of Information, will discuss how information technology is playing a new central role in the governing of the United States. Additional sessions throughout the conference will focus on international perspectives on information, its management and application, public access, social networking, health informatics and community engagement.

Wolfram is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in the Chancellor Ballroom at the hotel. Hearst speaks at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Registration is $125 for anyone with an address.

For more information and to register, go to


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