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Feb. 16, 2012 (Vol. 31 No. 15)
Alma Mater
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L. Brian Stauffer

Yearlong absence
The Alma Mater Group sculpture will be moved off-campus after commencement to begin what could be a yearlong treatment plan to repair the effects of years of neglect.  Full story

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Jason Heimbaugh

Be prepared: Units to develop business continuity plans

A business continuity plan is like homeowner’s insurance – it’s wise to have it, but the hope is you’ll never have to use it. Administrators are asking Urbana campus units to create business continuity plans that would be called upon in the event of a disabling disaster, joining efforts already under way for units at UIC and UIS.


Funds available to pay for AP professional development

After a two-year hiatus the Academic Professional Development Fund is back – fully funded and ready to assist academic professionals seeking advanced training.

Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day is March 2

It’s back. On Friday, March 2, many students and visitors will participate in an event known as Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day. The university does not support or condone this event. Steps are being taken to ensure safety and to minimize disruption to classes and campus operations.

Switch to voice component of UC @ Illinois under way

This month, Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services began general activation of campus users on the voice component of the UC @ Illinois (Unified Communications) program.

UC voice transcriptions subject to FOIA request

One of the features of the voice component of the Unified Communications system is its ability to transcribe voicemail messages into text.

Ken Smith

On the Job: Ken Smith

“Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” is the title of a song from renowned jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington. But it also could be the theme for Ken Smith, a press technician at the UI for 12 years.

Richard Rhoda

Model for performance funding shows promise of progress

Tennessee higher-education officials say a very simple formula has made the state’s 30-plus-year experiment in performance-based funding a success.

Longtime officer named acting UI police chief

Jeff Christensen, deputy chief of police and assistant director of public safety at the University of Illinois, temporarily assumed the department’s top leadership position starting Feb. 10.

UI Library adds ProQuest resources

The UI Library has made a significant acquisition from ProQuest, a leading information service provider.

University acquires 10,000-plus streaming videos

Faculty and staff members and students at the UI now have 24/7 online access to 12 discipline-specific video collections, which together include more than 10,000 full-length streaming videos — all cross-searchable from a single interface.

Plans for new veterans center announced

The UI announced Feb. 9 that it plans to build a center that will provide educationally integrated services to student veterans of recent conflicts who have sustained severe and multiple injuries.

Marina Terkourfari

Film festival to showcase new wave of Greek movies

The Modern Greek Studies program at the UI will showcase a selection of new movies in a Greek Film Festival March 2 and 3 at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign.

Research »

Rock Paper Scissor illustration

It's not solitaire: Brain activity differs when one plays against others

Researchers have found a way to study how our brains assess the behavior – and likely future actions – of others during competitive social interactions. Their study, described in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to use a computational approach to tease out differing patterns of brain activity during these interactions, the researchers report.

Stem cell

Exercise triggers stem cells in muscle

UI researchers determined that an adult stem cell present in muscle is responsive to exercise, a discovery that may provide a link between exercise and muscle health. The findings could lead to new therapeutic techniques using these cells to rehabilitate injured muscle and prevent or restore muscle loss with age.

Richard Kaplan

Expert: 'Buffett Rule' would need tie to capital gains to affect millionaires

A so-called “Buffett Rule” that would create a higher minimum tax rate for those with income greater than $1 million per year would have little effect on the taxes of the real-life Warren Buffett unless it takes capital gains into account, says a University of Illinois expert on taxation.

Robert Bruno

Research: Tax-increment financing debate needs new approach

The debate over the impact of tax-increment financing on funding for Chicago Public Schools has devolved into gridlock, and the key to moving forward is for both sides to recognize how contested the ground is that they are fighting over, says a UI labor expert.

Honors »

James Coleman

Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering

Photonics pioneer James J. Coleman has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Coleman is the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of materials science and engineering at the UI.


Eric Snodgrass

A minute with … ™ Eric Snodgrass

Are we experiencing global warming or just a periodically warm winter? And what, if anything, does this winter portend for spring and summer?

Randall Sadler

A minute with … ™ Randall Sadler

A UI expert discusses the national debate that ensued when a county judge in Yuma, Ariz., ruled in January that Alejandrina Cabrera could not run for city council in San Luis because she isn’t sufficiently fluent in English.