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  • Physics professor Mats Selen developed the IOLab system, built around a low-cost, easy-to-use, all-purpose handheld device that performs a myriad of functions for both introductory and advanced physics courses.

    Interactive tool puts physics lab in the palm of your hand

    Physics often is the stuff of nightmares. For students, the terror lies in the expectation of mastering concepts as foreign as a never-heard language. Professors struggle to effectively teach complex concepts in a limited amount of time. And the expense of laboratory equipment is enough to make a department administrator reach for the antacids.

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  • Dear Parents

    On Oct.1 during Homecoming I assumed my new responsibilities as vice president of the University of Illinois and as chancellor of the Urbana campus. I want to share with you how excited and humbled I am to have the privilege to lead one of the greatest modern research universities in the world. 

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  • Busey-Evans dining hall cook Willie Green, left, and Housing Division administrators serve new students.

    Cheers! Giant smoothie breaks record at Convocation

    Dining Services cooked up some excitement at the annual New Student Convocation and the Guinness Book of World Records certified their efforts. The world’ largest smoothie – a 330-gallon pink delight – was created from 960 pounds of yogurt, 600 pounds of strawberries and 105 gallons of pineapple juice.

  • New signage was added at 29 campus crosswalk locations over the summer to reflect the state's year-old crosswalk law. Under the new law, motorists must come to a complete stop if a pedestrian has already entered a crosswalk. Pedestrians also are required to give motorists ample time to slow down and stop  or wait for a better opportunity to cross.

    Heads up! New state law yields crosswalk changes

    Chalk one up for the pedestrians after Illinois lawmakers last year changed the state’s crosswalk law, forcing motorists to stop – not just yield – if a walker has already entered a crosswalk.

  • UI Board of Trustees votes to close Institute of Aviation

    At the July 21 meeting of the UI Board of Trustees on the UIC campus, university trustees voted 6-2 to close the Institute of Aviation and end the undergraduate degree program. The institute, which opened in 1945, will likely close its doors at the end of the 2013-14 school year, after all current students have completed the program.

  • UI Police Officer James Carter demonstrates one of the new Sentinel transportation devices, which the department started using on the Urbana campus for the first time this fall. UIPD officers are using two Sentinels for basic patrol and crowd-control work, while students will be using them for the Safewalks program.

    More campus patrols, other security measures mean safer campus

    UI Police say the Urbana campus is as peaceful as it has been in years – not because there are fewer bad guys, but because of the implementation of several integrated security upgrades over the past two years.

  • Kristin Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, plans to be among the first women allowed to serve on a nuclear submarine when she graduates from the UI in 2013.

    Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarine

    What should a little girl aspire to become when she grows up? If you’re asking Kristin Schoemaker, anything she wants. Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, is preparing to cast off the limitations of an age-old Navy rule prohibiting women from serving on nuclear submarines.

  • Sophomore Ryan Singh, a finance and management major, was an early recruit to year-old Sudents Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. Annie Wong, a sophomore in accounting, said her work with SCNO helped her get a global wealth management internship at Merrill Lynch in Peoria this past summer.

    Student consultants aid nonprofits in C-U and beyond

    Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) is only 1 year old, yet it already has a worthy list of achievements linked to its name.

  • John Rynecki, a junior from Germany majoring in recreation, sports and tourism, started coaching for the Champaign Park District shortly after the 2010 World Cup re-ignited his passion for soccer.

    GAME ON: Students score as park district coaches

    It was the final game of the Urbana Park District basketball season, and Jordan Morris’ motley crew of third- and fourth-grade boys (at right) was winning. He watched them dribble, pass and deploy the pump fake and the jab step – moves he and his friends had taught them at practice – to almost double their opponent’s score.

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  • Dear Parents

    Much to my delight, in my first few months as chancellor I have discovered two common threads at this great university: Learning never rests and helping others is a way of life.

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  • Cristi Wales, a senior in kinesiology from Glen Elllyn, Ill., take blood pressure in the village of Ghada, Ghanam during the Frontiers International Health Society trip over winter break.

    Global health issues drive students around the world

    On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.

  • Seniors Liz Reynolds, left, and Colleen Koehler staff the Nutrition Peers booth at the Runners Clinic in the Wellness Center at the Activities and Recreation Center. Their goal is to help studets prepare for the Illinois Marathon.  '

    Peer educators spill the beans on good nutrition

    Whether people are crunched for time or for cash, or they’re overwhelmed by having to grocery shop and cook for themselves for the first time, eating healthy can be a challenge for college students. However, a team of aspiring registered dietitians at Illinois is sharing its expertise to help everyone get passing grades in good nutrition and healthful living.

  • Austin Teitsma, a sophomore from Glen Ellyn, Ill., plays with a Garden Hills Elementary School student during a Hometown Heroes visit.

    CHAMPS/Life Skills program supports student-athletes

    The athlete shines on the playing field or the court, in the gym or the pool. That’s the part of “student-athlete” that most UI fans know about. The student part happens out of the limelight, but the record shows student-athletes succeeding there as well.

  • Working with the theme "In My World I See " students reveal their inner landscapes using string painting, a technique in which the artist dips a piece of string 10 to 12 inches long in India ink then presses, drags or swirls the string across the paper. Color is then added using pastels, crayons or watercolors.

    Art for the sake of self-discovery

    Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.

  • Music education major Christopher Whiteford: "I think the big thing I'm going to take away from the ukulele class isn't that it's fun to play the ukulele; it's that it's fun to play music."

    Making music for the fun of it

    During the winter holiday break, when music education major Christopher Whiteford went home to Bradley, Ill., he played a few Christmas carols for his parents, jammed on some rock ’n’ roll with a guitarist friend and serenaded his girlfriend with one of her favorites, Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I.”

  • Muhammed Fazeel, a senior from Chicago majoring in integrative biology, created a compay called Tabule with the help of the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

    Academy helps students get down to business

    A generation ago, all an entrepreneur needed was an idea and a garage. Now, entrepreneurs need little more than an Internet connection – and, for UI students, the help of a unit on campus that can guide them as they turn their ideas into full-fledged businesses.

  • Excellent student experience a priority for new chancellor

    To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.

  • "Africa is a very different environment. Each student will take away something different from that experience, but they all take away something that will in a way change them or enrich their lives."  Alan Hansen, professor of agricultural and biological engineering

    Out of Illinois and into Africa: Study Abroad program takes engineering students out of their element

    Life – and career – lessons can take many forms. For seven UI undergraduates, a hands-on engineering collaboration with peers in South Africa – with weekend excursions to some of the most exotic locales on the planet – offered just about all of them.

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  • Dear Parents

    There are outstanding universities in every state where a student can get an education. We want to ensure that at Illinois, students don’t just get an education – they have experiences that really prepare them for the challenges they’ll have when they leave this campus. 

  • Industrial design professor Cliff Shin, center, assists graduate student Ehsan Noursalehi, left, of Naperville, Ill., and engineering student Kevin Verre, of Niles, Ill., during a meeting of the "A New Life for Laptops" research group.

    Laptop research benefits landfills, chickens … and students

    A student-centered research course at the UI in the spring semester proved it is possible for the concepts of academic exploration and commercial practicality to peacefully co-exist – and that Earth’s environment can benefit from the union.

  • Cricket Club of Illinois welcomes anyone intersted in the sport, which dates to 16th-century England.

    Cricketers maintain their wicket ways

    On Quad Day, more than 600 registered student organizations set up displays in hopes of attracting new members. Junior Utkarsh Yadav didn’t need to browse. He knew exactly which RSO he wanted to join.

  • Class crosses Larsbreen Glacier in Svalbard, Norway.

    Science, humanities lure 17 students to the Arctic for summer

    Imagine spending a summer in a place where the summer sun lights the sky for 24 hours, where you can take a long hike on a grand glacier, and where nature’s brilliance greets you at every turn.

  • Bird's-eye view of the Miles C Hartley Selections Garden. Lincon Avenue is the top of the photo, the western edge of the Arboretum.

    Nature, culture, education and recreation happily coexist at UI Arboretum

    Gardeners, cross-country runners (and skiers), stressed-out students, soccer players, bug enthusiasts, Japanese tea aficionados, bird watchers, architects and scientists of nearly every stripe find something of value at the UI Arboretum, a vibrant, 57-acre swath of green near the south end of the Urbana-Champaign campus.

  • Two students and professor Nancy Benson appeared on WTTW, Chicago's public TV station, to talk about their work in Turkey.

    IN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from Turkey

    They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.

  • The design of this classroom, being used by rhetoric professor Cheryl Price, gives students plenty of laptop space and brings them closer together duirng more interactive exercises.

    Neglected classrooms getting much needed renovations

    UI students have access to some of the best professors in the country using the most current data and teaching techniques – but funding challenges have made campus classroom space the final educational frontier.

  • The refurbished Lincoln's bust has been returned, ready for students to start rubbing his nose for luck once again.

    Lincoln Hall re-created as state-of-the-art instructional facility

    The refurbished Lincoln's bust has been returned, ready for students to start rubbing his nose for luck once again.

  • UI junior Spencer Gore, the founder and director of Space for All, holds onto the payload rigging at the launch site as he addresses the launch crew. Inside the payload housing are devices and cameras filming the action figure "passengers" astride a model of the Starship Enterprise.

    High-altitude balloon flight inspires 'space geeks' for more

    UI junior Spencer Gore, the founder and director of Space for All, holds onto the payload rigging at the launch site as he addresses the launch crew. Inside the payload housing are devices and cameras filming the action figure "passengers" astride a model of the Starship Enterprise.

  • Students have already started "sitting in" for Alma and posting pictures to the Web. Junior Katie Chan, as Alma, is flanked by senior Arpan Roy, as Labor, on the left, and sophomore Clare Curtin, Learning, on the right. Lisa Ogawa, left, and Azusa Terauchi pose next to the living sculpture.

    Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under way

    Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.

  • Campers in the robotics camp test small electric cars that they built and programmed. The cars are optically guided, so they are programmed to follow the black lines of tape.

    A summer of fun and GAMES

    The weeklong camp is geared toward high school students with interests in science and engineering. GAMES includes seven camps, each focusing on a particular engineering discipline: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and robotics.

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  • IMPULSE magazine is a quarterly independent publication first created by students in April 2011.

    Now trending: Pop, politics, fashion, food among the glitz and glam

    You don’t have to look to the runways of New York City to find the hallmarks of high culture and style. Inside IMPULSE magazine, an independent quarterly publication created by U. of I. students, it’s easy to find glamour and glitz in the heart of Champaign-Urbana.

  • Undergraduate focus Charles Tucker III, shown here in a study lounge at the Illini Union, is the new vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation.

    Tucker named head of undergraduate education, innovation

    Charles Tucker III, the newly installed vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation, is well aware of the challenges of producing a high-quality undergraduate experience.

  • Students push for smoke-free campus; planning under way

    The U. of I. student body has spoken, and it says it doesn’t want to inhale secondhand smoke anymore.

  • The Illinois group  from the left, Kristin Wang, Riley Wharton, Jenna Kandah, Anny Chang, Kayla Bell, Cheryl de Guzman and Megan Lee  at the statue of the late 1989 U. of I. alumna Iris Chang in the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing. Changs best-selling book The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II was published in 1997 on the 60th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre.

    Trip to China a welcome new opportunity for future teachers

    The trip that took Bell, Wang and their peers from East Central Illinois to East Asia is part of a new program in the College of Education called the Greater China Initiative, which makes study abroad practicable for undergraduate preservice teachers and provides an opportunity for them to delve into research.

  • Sophomore Jason Hempstead uses a 3-D printer in the Illinois Geometry Lab to make solid shapes from plastic.

    X students + 1 subject + 1 room = creative and fun teamwork

    If that’s not the math you remember from school, that’s no surprise. But that’s the math they practice and preach through the Illinois Geometry Lab, a new math department initiative now in its fourth semester.

  • State Farm interns, from left, seniors Alan Kessler and Eric Adomaitis and junior Tiera Wiegand are among the 25 student interns who perform actuarial work on pricing, predictive modeling and risk management at the insurance giants R & D center in the Research Park on campus.

    Students 'interns in name only' at Fortune 500 company

    For students looking to become the next Nate Silver, or for those who simply like working with numbers but don’t want to become engineers, the U. of I. offers a little-known but highly esteemed major that’s also very much in-demand in the business world.

  • Pamela Hochwert, a senior in special education, standing left, and Michelle Bonati, a doctoral student in special education, at a Bens Bells event at Champaign Public Library.

    Service learning project unites special ed students, others

    If curiosity gets the better of the passersby, and they pause to read the card attached to the brightly colored ceramic hearts or hands, they’ll find that the chimes, called Ben’s Bells, are part of a nationwide grassroots movement for spreading kindness. The bells are gifts for whomever happens upon them, but they come with strings attached: Those who pluck the bells from their perches and take them home are volunteering to spread kindness wherever they go.

  • Nuclear engineering professor Rizwan Uddin, teaching Neutron Diffusion and Transport, created the Virtual Lab after enrollment in the entry-level course in his department swelled to four times the usual enrollment.

    Virtual lab encourages creativity, offers safe place to explore

    Welcome to the virtual lab, a digital re-creation of the nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering (NPRE) undergraduate laboratory. The virtual lab is a detailed first-person video game developed to guide freshmen through basic lab setup and procedure, though it soon could provide a training environment for advanced classes in nuclear engineering and beyond.

  • The work of undergraduate animators, from left, Pakpoom Buabthong, Annie Lin and Benjamin Blalock brings development education to people around the world on their cellphones.

    Animators help fight disease, preserve crops, feed the world

    A farmer in Burkina Faso learns how to safely store his crops. An entrepreneur in India learns how to truck her harvested grain to market. Thanks to student animators at the U. of I., these people and countless others around the world can also see and hear about the symptoms, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis, or how and when to wash their hands to avoid disease.

  • Oboe major Amelia Lee uses a knife to refine an oboe reed. On the table, her reed case is filled with reeds in various stages of completion.

    Shaving cane: Making music by the micrometer

    Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both.

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    As you read this issue of Postmarks, we will be near the mid-point of the fall semester. Whether this is your first semester with a son or daughter at Illinois or it is a year of return for your child, we are proud to count them among our students.

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