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   F o r     F a c u l t y    a n d      S t a f f ,        U n i v e r s i t y             o f         I l l i n o i s            a t     U r b a n a - C h a m p a i g n
                                                                                                                                                                               May 3, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                              Vol. 26, No. 19




   In This Issue
                                   On alert
                                   New electronic
                               communication system
                               could be in place by fall
                              By Sharita Forrest                     ning to buy can work with phones,




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                              Assistant Editor                       cell phones, computers and pag-
                                         ell phones may become       ers to quickly broadcast audio
   Illinois Compass                      more than just a means      and text messages to thousands of
  CITES will be upgrading                for keeping in touch        people. Authorized personnel can
   the campus’s course-                  with family, friends and    initiate communications from any
 management system this       co-workers: They could become          telephone or computer with Web
  summer. The enhanced        part of a new emergency alert sys-     access, and recipients can choose                                                                        photo by L. Brian Stauffer

 software will be ready for   tem at the Urbana campus.              their preferred means of receiving              Crisis communications Mark Briggs, campus risk manager,
        use this fall.           The Emergency Notification          messages.                                       chairs a campus committee that will select an emergency alert
          PAGE 6              Committee, which comprises staff           The system could be used to                 system for the Urbana campus that could send thousands of text and
                              members from the divisions of          alert employees about less critical             audio messages nearly instantaneously. Similar systems are being
                              Housing, and Safety and Compli-        incidents, such as boil orders and              adopted by many universities, government agencies and companies
                              ance as well the Office of Admis-      utility outages; to call in plumbers,           to speed communication in emergencies prompted by events such as
                              sions and Records and other units,     electricians or other workers when              natural disasters or acts of violence.
                              is procuring an emergency elec-        emergency repairs are needed; or
                              tronic communications system.          by unit administrators at their dis-            cago campus are developing their       ber of highly qualified vendors out
                                 Electronic communication sys-       cretion to communicate with fac-                own communication plans and do         there.”
                              tems such as the one the UI is plan-   ulty and staff members, although                not plan to adopt the system at this      Although some vendors of-
                                                                     the UI does not plan to use the sys-            time, said Mark Briggs, campus         fer messaging service free in ex-
                                                                     tem in those contexts, at least ini-            risk manager and the committee’s       change for being allowed to send
                                    See page 4 for                   tially. The Emergency Notification              chair.                                 advertising messages to users, the
                                 information on what                 Committee is developing policies                   Campus officials had been con-      UI will not be using one of those
                                  you can do to help                 and procedures governing use of                 sidering an emergency alert sys-       vendors. “The very clear message
                                                                     the system, such as who could use               tem for several years, “but when       that we got from students through
                                  prevent violence on                it and in what circumstances.                   we first started looking there re-     informal discussions was, ‘If you
                                campus, plus a list of                   The system could be operation-              ally wasn’t anything that met our      start sending me advertisements,
 Teaching excellence              campus resources.                  al on the Urbana and Springfield                needs,” Briggs said. “The technol-     I’m going to block the number,’ ”
 Faculty and staff members                                           campuses by the beginning of the                ogy really matured after Sept. 11      Briggs said. “Another very clear
  were honored May 2 for                                             fall semester. Officials at the Chi-            to the point that there are a num-     SEE ALERT SYSTEM, PAGE 4
   excellence in teaching,
  advising and mentoring.
        PAGE 10-11                                                                                                             Commencement
                                                                                                                            ceremonies take place
                                                                                                                                  May 13
                                                                                                                           The UI’s 136th commence-
                                                                                                                       ment will be held in two                     Commencement
                                                                                                                       ceremonies May 13 at Assem-                    Ceremonies
                                                                                                                       bly Hall.                             10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 13
                                                                                                                           The speaker at both cere-                 Assembly Hall
                                                                                                                       monies will be alumnus Jawed               Speaker: Jawed Karim
                                                                                                                       Karim, a co-founder of You-                 Other ceremonies
                                                                                                                       Tube, a popular video-sharing              www.admin.uiuc.edu/
                                                                                                                       Web site.                             commencement/spring07.htm
                                                                                                                           At the 10:30 a.m. ceremo-
                                                                                                                       ny, candidates in the colleges
                                                                                                                       of Applied Health Sciences, Communications, Law, Liberal Arts
Performing arts design                                                                                                 and Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine; the Institute of Aviation;
    Preparation is under                                                                                               the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations; the School of Social
 way for the 2007 Prague                                                                                               Work; and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science
 Quadrennial, June 14-24.                                                                                              will receive degrees.
 The event showcases the                                                                                                   Candidates in the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and En-
 best examples of current                                                                                              vironmental Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Fine
  practices in performing                                                                                              and Applied Arts will receive their degrees at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  arts production, design,                                                                                                 Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 1
  technology and theater                                                                                               p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. After all students and their guests
        architecture.                                                                                                  are seated, the remaining seats will be available to the public. Shut-
          PAGE 11                                                                                                      tle buses also will stop at various locations on campus, including
                                                                                                                       Assembly Hall, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                           All students who have earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and
       INDEX                                                                                                           professional degrees and advanced certificates during the preceding
 ACHIEVEMENTS	         14                                                                                              year are honored at the annual commencement.
                                                                                                                           Karim will be the first recipient of the Chancellor’s No Boundar-
 BRIEF	NOTES	          15                                                                                              ies Award. This distinction will be conferred upon alumni younger
 CALENDAR	             17                                                                                              than 40 whose accomplishments reflect the Illinois heritage of ex-
 DEATHS	                2                                                                                              cellence, service and global reach.
                                                                                        photo by L. Brian Stauffer
 ON	THE	JOB	            3                                                                                                  Karim attended Illinois from 1997 until 2000, when he joined
                              Larger than life “All That is Good, True and Beauty,” a sculpture                        PayPal to become one of its first developers. He completed his
       On	the	Web	            by Teresa Wei, blooms on the Quad on April 30. Wei, a student in                         remaining credits at Illinois by correspondence and earned a bache-
   www.news.uiuc.edu/ii       molecular and cellular biology, created the cardboard sculpture                          lor’s degree in computer science in 2004.
                              for the “Art for Public Places” course taught by Christiane Martens,                     SEE COMMENCEMENT, PAGE 2
                              professor of art and design.
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     Senate discusses underfunding of state workers’ pensions                                                                                                                                                              On the Job Jack Thomas                                                                       China’s aggressive film industry
By Sharita Forrest
Assistant Editor
                                                  budget deficit, Illinois began a five-year
                                                  plan of reduced appropriations to SURS
                                                                                                        Other business
                                                                                                           n Herman and
                                                                                                                                      Write your Illinois legislator
                                                                                                                                         Members of the Urbana-Champaign Senate are urging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tied to nation’s rise to power
   The Urbana-Champaign Senate is urging          and its four other retirement plans under a           Provost Linda Katehi
                                                                                                                                      faculty and staff members and students to contact Illinois
faculty and staff members and students to         law enacted in 2005. In FY06 and FY07,                are organizing an                                                                                                                                                                                               By Andrea Lynn                                   densed DVDs that hold 10 times more data
contact Illinois legislators to tell them that    the state’s “pension holiday” reduced con-            E-learning Commit- legislators to tell them that not adequately funding the state                                                                                                                               News Bureau Staff Writer                         than regular DVDs, “is even more ruth-
their failure to adequately fund pension pro-     tributions to the retirement programs by              tee that will provide         pension programs is unacceptable.                                                                                                                                                     Just so there’s no confusion: Current        less and brutal in China than the piracy of
grams for state workers is unacceptable.          $1.2 billion each year.                               guidance on the role             Addresses and phone numbers for members of the Illinois                                                                                                                        Chinese cinema is no crouching tiger, no         films.”
   At the senate’s April 30 meeting, sena-            The resolution also said that there is a          of online learning            General Assembly are available online at www.ilga.gov/.                                                                                                                           hidden dragon.                                       Another significant phenomenon Xu ex-
tors unanimously endorsed a resolution pre-       “significant likelihood that there will be a          at the UI’s Urbana                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alternately absorbing and being ab-          amines is Hollywood’s remaking of Chinese
sented by Barclay Jones, chair of the Sen-        failure to address pension underfunding the           campus. Herman said he expects the com- fort (on the part of the Federal government)                                                                                                                            sorbed by Hollywood, China’s film industry       films – a trend he describes as “Hollywood’s
ate Committee on Faculty Benefits, which          current legislative session.”                         mittee to become a standing committee to double the NSF budget, which hopefully                                                                                                                                 is attacking, highly visible and “one of the     way of outsourcing.”
said:                                                 Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed a plan              that will provide leadership for academic will help all of us. I think that the discussion                                                                                                                      most crucial aspects of China’s rise to pow-         “Sooner or later, the unions within the
        “The state of Illinois has signifi-       for bolstering the state’s pension system             units and faculty members as they de- at the March 26 senate meeting got to the                                                                                                                                 er in the 21st century.” So says the author of   Hollywood system will come to realize the
    cantly underfunded its pension sys-           in his March 2007 budget address that in-             velop, implement and sustain e-learning essential nature of the Research Board.”                                                                                                                                a new book that analyzes the complex and         outsourcing nature of remakes. But for now,
    tems by legislative decisions from            volved leasing out the Illinois Lottery for           in existing and new degree programs,                In a March 27 e-mail message to faculty                                                                                                                     ever-morphing, robust and transnational          remakes are making Hollywood leaner,
    fiscal year 1981 through FY1995 and           $10 billion, refinancing the pension system           coursework and other academic program- members, Charles Zukoski, vice chancellor                                                                                                                                state of modern Chinese cinema.                  stronger, more efficient, more profitable,
    FY06-FY07, creating an unfunded li-           debt by issuing $16 billion in pension ob-            ming, and pioneer e-learning pedagogies.         for research, said that he was seeking the                                                                                                                         According to Gary Gang Xu (pronounced        and more dominant than ever. This is an ir-
    ability of over $40 billion, the largest      ligation bonds, and obtaining additional                 “It seems to me that the nature of the uni- advice of the Research Policy Committee                                                                                                                          GONG shoe), author of “Sinascape: Con-           reversible but well-disguised trend.”
    dollar amount in the nation.                  funding through passage of a controversial            versity may change over a period of time, about a possible restructuring of the board                                                                                                                           temporary Chinese Cinema,” several con-              Xu explained that by changing the eth-
                                                  $6 billion tax on business gross revenues             but the idea of forgoing the great American and its funding plans for FY08.                                                                                                                                     verging forces – transnationalism, privati-      nicity of the characters from Asian to Cau-
       “The State of Illinois has lagged
                                                  called the Tax Fairness Plan.                         invention of the residential university is          n The senate approved an addendum to                                                                                           photo by L. Brian Stauffer   zation and the lifting of strict government      casian, the remakes are “completely severed
   behind the dates for payments owed
                                                      The Illinois Legislature has yet to ap-           something that I don’t want to give up and I publication agreements for authors from                                                                                                                            controls, a strong pan-Chinese film tradition    from the original ethnic soil and become
   to the State Universities Retirement                                                                                                                                                                                 Jack Thomas has turned his childhood fascinations with computers and
                                                  prove a state budget for FY08, which be-              don’t see any reason why e-learning should universities such as the UI who are members                                                                                                                          and the current Hollywood penchant for re-       solely the product of Hollywood. Caucasian
   System resulting in the loss of inter-                                                                                                                                                                               museums into a career. “I’ve always liked computers, and I started teaching
                                                  gins July 1. However, Chancellor Richard              force that on us,” Herman said.                  of the Committee on Institutional Coopera-                                                                                                                     making East Asian films – have made China        faces in the remakes cover up the signifi-
   est on those payments. Furthermore,                                                                                                                                                                                  other students how to use them in elementary school,” Thomas said. By
                                                  Herman said that it appears the UI may                   n Ilya Kapovich, liberal arts and scienc- tion. The addendum would give authors and                                                                                                                          “one of the film production centers of the       cant contributions of East Asia as the pro-
   SURS has been forced to divert re-                                                                                                                                                                                   the time he was in high school in LeRoy, Ill., he was teaching a Fortune 5-O
                                                  receive a 1.5 – 1.9 percent increase in its           es, expressed concern about possible plans their institutions more control over the use                                                                                                                         world.”                                          vider of intense labor that the film industry
   sources to fund the state’s responsi-                                                                                                                                                                                investment club how to use computers and doing Web design for the Regional
                                                  appropriations next fiscal year. The budget           to disband the Research Board or reduce the and distribution of published works, such                                                                                                                               Xu, a UI professor of cinema and Chi-        requires.”
   bility for self-managed pension plans                                                                                                                                                                                Office of Education in Normal, Ill. During high school, Thomas also volunteered
                                                  proposed by Blagojevich included a 1.9                funding it provides, which Kapovich said as archiving of their work in open access                                                                                                                              na studies, coined the word “sinascape” to           A most recent example is China’s “In-
   at the time required.”                                                                                                                                                                                               at LeRoy’s one-room J.T. and E.J. Crumbaugh Museum and held a seat on its
                                                  percent increase – to $721.5 million – in the         would have deleterious effects on the math- repositories. Use of the addenda by Urbana                                                                                                                          describe the complex web of transnational        fernal Affairs,” starring Tony Leung Chiu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        board of directors. When he came to Illinois as a freshman, he found a job at a
   The state’s five pension plans provide         UI’s general funds appropriation, a $99.8             ematics department and other units. “I have faculty members would facilitate the de-                                                                                                                            film production and consumption centered         Wai and Andy Lau Tak-Wah, which became
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        campus museum. After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor
pensions for state workers, teachers, uni-        million capital budget, plus an additional            two National Science Foundation grants at velopment of the Illinois Digital Environ-                                                                                                                            on and in China. In his wide-ranging study       Hollywood’s Oscar-winning “The Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in information technology studies in 2002 and a master’s degree in library and
versity employees and judges. In an effort        $119.4 million for capital projects from the          the moment and I still need extra money ment for Access to Learning and Scholar-                                                                                                                                of transnational Chinese-language films and      ed,” starring Matt Damon and Leonardo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        information science in January 2006, Thomas accepted a full-time position as
to decrease the state’s multibillion-dollar       state’s Opportunity Returns economic de-              from the Research Board,” Kapovich said. ship (IDEALS), an open access institutional                                                                                                                            filmmakers from China, Taiwan and Hong           DiCaprio.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        information technology director at Spurlock Museum.
                                                  velopment program.                                    “If this is axed, all the strategic planning ef- repository of creative works produced by                                                                                                                       Kong, he also analyzes the most critical is-         With all this cultural exchange, Chinese

    job market                                        A tuition increase is being considered for        fort that we had last year will be severely faculty members from the Urbana campus                              Tell me about your work at Spurlock.                                                            sues in the industry today: copyright, digital   cinema and Hollywood are “increasingly
                                                  the 2007-2008 academic year, and could be             compromised.”                                    sponsored by the Office of the Provost and                     My first week on campus I began working at the World Heritage Museum (now                       technology, global networking, cross-cul-        absorbing each other and the boundaries are
                                                  proposed when the UI Board of Trustees                   Herman responded that he expects the offered through the University Library and                              called the Spurlock Museum). I wasn’t sure what job was available. I just knew                  tural viewing, and piracy.                       increasingly blurred.”
  Academic Human Resources                                                                                                                                                                                              I needed a job and I liked computers and museums. I got a job as a registration
  Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St. • MC-310           meets May 17 in Chicago, Herman told the              debate about the Research Board budget Campus Information Technologies and Ed-                                                                                                                                      Pirating Hollywood blockbusters is               “Cinema consumption used to follow a
                                                  Senate.                                               “will end in a good place. There is an ef- ucational Services. u                                                assistant, doing data entry. It was a really exciting time to start; several months             “rampant and tolerated,” according to Xu.        unidirectional trail of popularity: Whatever
  333-6747
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        before, the museum had closed its doors to prepare for the move from Lincoln                        “Piracy serves as a form of local protec-    proved successful in North America would
  Listings of academic professional
  and faculty member positions can be
  reviewed during business hours or
  online.
                                                                                             deaths                                                                                                                     Hall to its new building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I worked as a registration assistant from 1998-2000, then I switched majors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from computer science to economics with a minor in information technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tionism,” he wrote, “preventing the flood of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hollywood films into Chinese theaters.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But because most Chinese people prefer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         surely be welcomed in East Asia as long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         as those countries opened their markets to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hollywood,” Xu wrote.
  For faculty/teaching positions:                 Ernest “Tub” D. Chilton Sr., 84, died April           librarian at the UI for 20 years. Memori-               Stockwell worked at the UI for 34 years,                studies. I also changed jobs from registration to information technology                        watching television programming for free,            “Now, thanks to transnationalism, the
  www.ahr.uiuc.edu/jobs/ahrjobboard.htm                                                                                                                         retiring in 1993 as a building services su-             assistant at the museum. When my boss left, I stepped into his role as director
                                                  19 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.              als: Chapel Completion Fund of the Cha-                                                                                                                                                                         piracy of films has helped create “a strange     trail has traffic in both directions: Whatever
  For acpro employment opportunites:              Chilton was a building service worker for             pel of St. John the Divine, 1011 S. Wright              pervisor. Memorials: American Heart As-                 of information technology. On a suggestion from my outgoing boss, I decided                     yet functional symbiosis” between the Chi-       proved successful in East Asia would most
  https://hrnet.uihr.uillinois.edu/panda-cf/
                                                  the Division of Operation and Maintenance             St., Champaign, IL 61820; The Friends of                sociation.                                              to apply to graduate school, and I got my master’s in library and information                   nese film and television industries.             likely succeed in North America as long as
  application/SearchForm.cfm
                                                  (now Facilities and Services) at the UI un-           WILL, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL                   Patricia Ann Weathington, 53, died April                science. When I graduated in December 2005, my job was made full-time, and I                        “Piracy makes most Chinese films un-         the original ethnicity is changed to that of
  Staff Human Resources                           til his retirement in 1987. Memorials: St.            61801.                                                  18 at her home in Memphis, Tenn. Weath-                 applied during the search and got it.                                                           profitable, but television series – soap op-     Caucasian.” While China’s film aesthetics
  52 E. Gregory Drive, MC-562
                                                  Jude Research Hospital, the Ogden Chris-              John Marlowe Slater, 88, died April 17.                 ington worked in the Office of Instructional            What are your responsibilities?                                                                 eras, comedy sitcoms, martial arts melodra-      likely will cast “increasing influence on Hol-
  333-3101
  Information about staff employment              tian Church-DOC or Hope United Church                 Slater was a professor of education at the              Resources (now the Center for Teaching                  We have more than 50 computers here. We have lots of staff members who                          mas, etc. – based on pirated films are im-       lywood,” Xu thinks China is unlikely to sur-
  online at www.pso.uiuc.edu.                     of Christ.                                            UI for 26 years, retiring in 1980 as profes-            Excellence) as a clerk typist from 1980 to              work intimately with the artifacts and visitors, and they develop news stories                  mensely popular and profitable.”                 pass Hollywood in the foreseeable future.
  Paper employment applications or                Carroll “CJ” Hubble, 96, died April 22 at             sor emeritus. During retirement, he was a               1982 and was a member of the UI Black                   about programs, behind-the-scenes work and collections. My staff and I take                         So, Xu explained, a film director makes          “Some studios may be bought by Chi-
  paper civil service exam requests are no        the Piatt County Nursing Home in Mon-                 director of the State Universities Annui-               Chorus.                                                 the textual content and develop the Web site and do the graphic design. Our                     an excellent film, it is quickly pirated and     nese corporations, but they will remain
  longer accepted by SHR. To complete an          ticello. Hubble was the assistant director            tants Association. Memorials: Blackburn                 Ladislav Zgusta, 83, died April 27 at                   entire permanent collection of about 43,000 artifacts is online. We make sure                   “thus attracts no interest from state-con-       ‘Hollywood,’ continue doing what Holly-
  online employment application and to            of Housing for 25 years, retiring in 1972.            College Scholarship Fund or to the Go and               ManorCare Health Services of Champaign.                 users can do an online search and find the information they need. During                        trolled distribution chains.” He then makes      wood does best: the star system, mega pro-
  submit an exam request, visit the online        Memorials: Monticello United Methodist                Serve Program at First Presbyterian Church              Zgusta came to the UI in 1969 as a lecturer                                                                                                             an eponymous TV series based on the film         ductions, glossy pictures.”
  Employment Center:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2006, the museum’s Web site got about 350,000 hits or an estimated 75,000
                                                  Church or the Zif Baptist Church.                     in Champaign.                                           and later was promoted to professor of lin-             unique visitors – about five times more Web visitors than walk-in visitors.                     and often using the same cast.                       Born in Nanjing, China, Xu was trained
  https://hrnet.uihr.uillinois.edu/panda-cf/
                                                  Bernice “Bunny” Hulsizer, 88, died April              Leon F. Stockwell, 77, died April 14 at                 guistics and of classics. He retired in 1995                                                                                                                “The film has already served to advertise    as a literary critic at Columbia Univer-
  employment/index.cfm                                                                                                                                                                                                  I’ve had a hand in developing every one of our 40-plus databases, designing
                                                  12. Hulsizer was the physics and astronomy            Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.                    as professor emeritus. u                                                                                                                                the TV series, TV stations purchase the se-      sity. Studying modern literature, he said he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        some from scratch to address new needs. In addition to our permanent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ries, and the director reaps healthy financial   “could not dodge the question of the increas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        collection database, we have databases for our props collection, items that are
COMMENCEMENT, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     gain.”                                           ing dominance of cinematic visuality on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        used to stage displays; a documentary and multimedia collection that helps
    In 2005, Karim co-founded YouTube                 PETsMART Inc.                                     be one of the premier softball complexes in             summer leadership training to upcoming                                                                                                                      TV series pirating, often done on con-       world cultures during the 20th century.” u
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        us record institutional history; a publication resource database that tracks
with two friends, co-developing the concept       n Robert Eden Martin, a former chair-                 the nation. Eichelberger also was a charter             high school juniors so that they may help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        references to the museum in the media; a complex database that runs the
and product. He subsequently acted as an              man and partner at Sidley Austin LLP,             member of the support clubs for UI base-                make a life-saving difference to their peers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        virtual tour, and several databases that organize educational programs and
adviser to the company and now is a gradu-            continues to serve the Chicago law                ball, women’s basketball, soccer and vol-               in need.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        membership.
ate student in computer science at Stanford           firm in of counsel status.                        leyball and remains a fan of football and                   All graduating students and their guests
University. He is also an investor in early       n Dr. Arnyce R. Pock, the medical direc-              men’s basketball.                                       are invited to a reception hosted by univer-            We also produce video projects, including three annual reports about the
stage startups through Youniversity Ven-              tor for the Air Force Medical Corps.                 Receiving the Alumni Humanitarian                    sity President B. Joseph White and Rich-                museum for different audiences, and supplemental material for exhibits. I’ve
tures, an advisory venture fund he founded.          Receiving the Distinguished Service                Award:                                                  ard Herman, the chancellor of the Urbana                helped the museum prepare for accreditation with the American Association of
    Those who will receive honorary degrees       Award:                                                   Kenneth and Colleen Braid used a trag-               campus, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. May 13 in the               Museums by helping draft and edit the museum’s policies.
during the 2 p.m. ceremony:                          Thanks to a gift from Lila Jeanne                  edy in their own lives to educate young                 gardens of the president’s house. Academic              What intrigues you about museums?
	 n William D. Nix, Lee Otterson Profes-          “Shorty” Eichelberger and her late hus-               people about the harmful effects of steroid             attire is encouraged.                                   It’s a great way to get exposure to different cultures and ideas. I’m really
      sor of Engineering at Stanford Univer-      band, Paul, the UI’s softball team has its            use – which took the life of their 16-year-                 The first floor of the main library will be         intrigued by the presentations of displays and how people create engaging
      sity, Doctor of Engineering.                own “field of dreams” – Eichelberger Field.           old son in 1994. The Braids started the J.              open from 1 to 4 p.m. May 12 and May 13                 environments.
	 n Genshitsu Sen, Former Grandmaster of          The stadium, dedicated in his memory in               Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation in Villa               for visitors and students to view the Univer-           It’s great to be able to help kids, families or professors find and use the
      the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, Doctor       2001, is a 1,500-seat facility considered to          Grove, Colo., an organization that offers               sity Honors Bronze Tablets. u                           resources they need and to see them interacting with the displays.
      of Fine Arts.
    The recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal-        InsideIllinois                                                                                                                                                      I enjoy the overall climate and the variety. There are always new projects,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        new ideas. It’s never dull. And I like working with the undergraduate student
lion, given in recognition of life’s work, will     Editor                          Doris K. Dahl       Inside Illinois is an employee publication of the        Inside Illinois accepts advertising. Ad sizes are      workers. I see my role as supervisor, mentor and teacher.
be Timothy J. Nugent, professor and direc-                              333-2895, dkdahl@uiuc.edu       Urbana-Champaign campus of the University               full, half, quarter and one-eighth page. Inside
tor emeritus of the Division of Rehabilita-         Assistant	Editor               Sharita Forrest      of Illinois. It is published on the first and third     Illinois also will accept pre-printed inserts. Ad       What do you do when you’re not working?
tion-Education Services at Illinois. During         Photographer                 L. Brian Stauffer      Thursday of each month by the News Bureau of the        space should be reserved two weeks in advance.          My wife, Carolyn, and I met when we were students volunteering as ushers at
                                                    Calendar                         Marty Yeakel       campus Office of Public Affairs, administered by the    Camera-ready ads are due by 4 p.m. one week             Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In 2003, we got married on the stage
his 37-year career at the UI, Nugent devel-
                                                    Student	Intern                   Roxana Ryan        associate chancellor for public affairs. Distribution   prior to the publication date. A multiple insertion     in the Studio Theater. We still usher, probably 12-15 shows a semester, and
oped functional rehabilitation and training                                                             is by campus mail.                                      discount is available. For rates and exact ad
                                                    News Bureau contributors:                                                                                                                                           have worked a total of about 250 shows.
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                                                                                                        News is solicited from all areas of the campus                                                                  I’m a huge Walt Disney World fan; I’ve been there 10 or 12 times. Carolyn and I                 Chinese cinema According to Gary Gang Xu, the author of “Sinascape:
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       Recognizing ‘signs’ may prevent violence                                                                                                        ALERT SYSTEM, FROM PAGE 1
                                                                                                                                                       message from students was that there’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Illinois Compass to be upgraded this summer
By Sharita Forrest                               professional assessment, with the first as-      if units have concerns about an employee,”           a lot of support for this as long as it’s   By Sharita Forrest                   software also allows instructors to
Assistant Editor                                 sessment to occur within a week of the           said Terry Jobin, the program’s director.            used in a way that they deem appropri-      Assistant Editor                     sort discussion entries and view
    The April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech,     incident or the student’s release from the       “We’re very responsive about doing that              ate and important.”                             Illinois Compass, the course- all the posts made by a particular
in which student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32         hospital and the remaining counseling ses-       quickly.”                                                The UI may establish it as an “opt      management software system student.
people and himself, have heightened con-         sions to occur, ideally, at weekly intervals.        FSAP staff members typically are called          out” system, meaning that users who         used by about 33,000 UI students         The enhanced grading-form
cerns on all college campuses about per-         Students who fail to comply face a variety       upon two or three times each month to as-            don’t want to be included will have to      in more than 1,100 courses each tool allows instructors to specify
sonal safety, preventing violence and iden-      of possible sanctions, including academic        sess employees whose behavior is affecting           request that they be excluded.              semester will be upgraded this multiple grading criteria for as-
tifying and responding to people who are         encumbrance, disciplinary suspension and/        their workplaces. The FSAP also offers a                 The day after the April 16 shoot-       summer. So, too, will be the hard- signed activities and define the
potential risks to themselves and others.        or dismissal.                                    workshop, “Supervisory Training,” that as-           ings at Virginia Tech, Illinois graduate    ware that supports the system        performance levels for each cri-
    “The massacre of 32 students at Virginia         The Dean of Students Office may take         sists administrators in identifying troubled         student Nathan VanHoudnos collected                                                                    terion.    In-
Tech has left us shocked and saddened,”          additional steps, including contacting the       employees, documenting performance                   more than 1,155 signatures of fac-                For more information about Illinois Compass: structors can
Chancellor Richard Herman wrote in an e-         student’s parents and/or significant other       problems and referring employees to the              ulty and staff members and students                      www.cites.uiuc.edu/edtech and                 create one or
mail message to the Urbana campus. “As           in the event of a potentially lethal suicide     program.                                             through an online petition on Face-               www.uiuc.edu/goto/illinoiscompassupgrade more grading
chancellor, I want to express the sympathy       attempt or in the event of repeated suicide          A co-worker, supervisor or instruc-              book.com, and sent the petition to the                                                                 forms and as-
and concern I know each of us feels for the      attempts.                                        tor could have cause for concern if a col-           chancellor along with a letter urging           Campus Information Tech- sociate them with assignments
families and friends of the victims. As we           Over the course of the more than two         league’s or student’s behavior seems to              campus administration to purchase an        nologies and Educational Services or discussions, providing clear
grieve for the innocent victims of this shoot-   decades the program has been in existence,       change suddenly, if the person just seems            electronic emergency alert system.          is upgrading the software system expectations to their students and
ing, please remember that the best way to        it has helped reduce the rate of student sui-    “not himself,” if the person talks about feel-           Currently, the UI sends safety          from WebCT Vista 3 to Black- guidelines for teaching assistants
help protect our campus community is to          cide by about half. The program’s efficacy       ing as if life isn’t worth living, or if they        messages to the campus community            board Enterprise Vista 4. WebCT or other people who might be
treat others with respect and civility and to    stems from systematic, coordinated follow-       have uncontrolled anger or a plan to harm            primarily through e-mail, as well as        Vista 3 is a commercial software grading students’ work.
report threatening behavior to the appropri-     up contact with the student by profession-       others or themselves (see “Early warning             through local media such as radio and       product owned by Blackboard              Another new tool, the peer-re-
ate authorities immediately.”                    als at the Counseling Center and McKinley        signs,” below).                                      television, and a phone-tree system         that is used by universities around view tool, allows students to rate
    Since 1984, the Urbana campus has had        Health Center as well as the Office of the           Jobin cautioned that while these symp-           that begins with a call from the campus     the world; Illinois Compass is the their classmates’ posts using cus-
a Suicide Prevention Program and policy          Dean of Students, University Housing, and        toms and behaviors can aid in identify-              police to the chancellor, whose staff       UI’s locally branded name for that tomized scales based upon criteria
requiring any student who makes a suicide        the student’s academic department.               ing and referring people who may need                members then call other units, and so       software.                            established by the instructor. In-
threat or attempt to attend four sessions of         “I think that we are considered lead-        help, the symptoms and behaviors must be             on until messages are disseminated to           During the spring semester, sev- structors also can decide whether                                                                                                            photo by L. Brian Stauffer

                                                 ers not just in responding to suicide inci-      viewed within the context of a person’s life         appropriate people across campus.           eral instructors tried out the new to allow students to make anony-              On course Tracy Tolliver, manager and technical lead, and Robert Baird, coordinator of instructional
 Early warning signs                             dents but incidents in which there might be      experience, environment and past and are                 The campus is investigating other       software package with about 12 mous posts, comment on fellow                     development, are coordinating Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services’ imple-
     The following signs and symptoms            threats of violence as well,” said Paul Joffe,   not universal indicators that someone is a           potential emergency communica-              courses and about 2,000 students. students’ posts or revise their ini-           mentation of new hardware and software for the Illinois Compass course-management system. Illinois
 are offered only as an aid in identifying       director of the suicide-prevention program       danger to themselves or to others.                   tion systems as well, including the         The pilot system will be used to tial posts.                                     Compass, used by about 33,000 students in 1,100 courses a semester, will be upgraded this summer and
 and referring students and adults who           and a counselor in the Counseling Center.            If a person’s behavior indicates they            possibility of broadcasting messages        deliver summer 2007 courses and          The new version of Illinois             deployed for the fall semester.
 may need help. These are only gen-              “We have a very structured comprehensive         could be a threat to themselves or others,           over National Weather Service radios        some continuous courses. The Compass also includes social net-
 eral signs or symptoms and must be              response to threats.”                            “the appropriate human resources office              through the Champaign County Emer-          new Illinois Compass system will working tools. The roster tool al-              that someone couldn’t just get into     and staff members and TAs who        sites that were created for timeta-
 viewed within the context of a person’s             Additionally, the university also re-        would look into the matter, make sure that           gency Management Agency.                    be available to all campus users lows users to create personal pro-              it, start looking around and find       might be interested in using Il-     ble courses from fall 2005 to spring
 life experience, environment and past.          sponds systematically to acts of violence        the facts warrant a response, and may call               “That would notify all of Cham-         for fall 2007 courses.               files that can include a picture of         what they’re looking for.”              linois Compass to attend one of      2007,” Tolliver said. “We’re not
 They should not be viewed out of the            and threats of violence toward others.           together a group that would include police,          paign County, not just the UI, but it           The new software offers smart- themselves if they wish, an e-mail                Robert Baird, coordinator           the 50-minute orientation sessions   automatically moving people’s old
 context of a person’s life or viewed as             A resource for faculty and staff mem-        legal counsel, possibly representatives from         would reach those radios where they         er navigation and new teaching address and a brief biography. Us-                of instructional development at         CITES is offering.                   development courses, old training
 universal indicators that a person is           bers who need assistance with personal or        the chancellor’s and the provost’s offices           are positioned around campus,” said         and learning tools, including cus- ers can view the profiles of course           CITES and a professor in the Unit          While the new software is being   courses or any courses that were
 in danger. No single warning sign can           work-related problems is the Faculty/Staff       and college or departmental offices to dis-          Kip Mecum, director of emergency            tomizable grading rubrics and instructors, teaching assistants,                  for Cinema Studies in the Col-          installed, the production environ-   requested prior to the fall 2005
 predict that a dangerous act will occur.        Assistance Program. The program, which is        cuss what actions should be taken,” said             planning in the Division of Public          social networking tools. The dis- other students in the course and               lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences,      ment of Illinois Compass will be     semester. If there’s something that
 However, it is always wise to check out         staffed by two clinical social workers and       Peg Rawles, associate chancellor. “That can          Safety. “That looks like it might be        cussion-board function has been any groups, such as project teams,               taught with the pilot version of the    down from May 21 to mid-June,        someone has to have that does not
 or look into a person’s symptoms and            a graduate assistant counselor, offers cri-      be done very quickly, within 24 hours if we          an alternative that’s plausible at this     expanded and enhanced so in- that have been formed. The “who’s                   new software this semester in his       and CITES will begin offering        fall into that group, they’ll need to
 get the proper help if needed.                  sis counseling and assessment, and assists       need to. There’s also a group that includes          point,”                                     structors can create two new types online” feature enables users to              course, “Film in the Age of New         more extensive hands-on training     work with Educational Technolo-
 	 q Social withdrawal                           employees in coordinating services with          people from those units that meets monthly,              However, the campus would need          of discussion topics: class blogs, see if classmates or instructors are          Media.” Baird said that feedback        in mid-June when the new system      gies to get it moved.”
 	 q Excessive feelings of isolation or          appropriate providers, such as rape crisis       if necessary, to discuss incidents.”                 to find funds to buy the radios for units   which allow students to collabo- online and send them invitations                from students and teachers “has         goes online.                             CITES’ Educational Technolo-
        rejection                                services or mental health professionals. The         The campus police have a Crisis Inter-           that don’t have them already.               rate with classmates and comment to chat.                                        been really good. They’ve said it’s        CITES will shut down the pilot    gies staff members will provide
 	 q Being a victim of violence                  program keeps emergency time slots open          vention Team, staffed by seven officers who              During a recent weekly emergen-         on other students’ entries; and          “It’s a little more intuitive,”         fast and they really like it. People    environment Aug. 10. The courses     individual consults and can attend
 	 q Feelings of being picked on and             each day to meet with people in crisis, and      have undergone training in dealing with              cy-planning meeting, campus officials       journals, which give students a said Tracy Tolliver, manager and                 are very enthusiastic about it.         that used the pilot system will be   departmental meetings or teaching
        persecuted                               has a 24-hour crisis hotline.                    people who have mental illnesses or other            also discussed using the UI’s tornado       private space – or a public space if technical lead at CITES. “The               We’re getting a groundswell of in-      migrated to the new Illinois Com-    academies to provide customized
 	 q Low school interest and poor                    “We will go out and provide consultation     conditions. u                                        sirens to broadcast emergency noti-         the instructor desires – to explore look and feel of the software is a           terest from instructors in an array     pass production system in mid-       orientations for users. To schedule
        academic performance                                                                                                                           fications, an idea that was rejected        their experiences or their reactions little different, the navigation’s a        of disciplines across campus.”          August.                              a session, e-mail edtech@uiuc.edu
 	 q Expressions of violence in writ-                        COuNSELINg CENTER                              a campus phone.                            because of concerns about audibility,       to lectures or discussions. The new little different, but not so much so              CITES is encouraging faculty          “We’re only moving course         or call 333-1078. u
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Study of planarians offers insight into germ cell development
                                                             emergency psychological services for     PROgRAM                                          ing people, Mecum said. They also
 	 q Uncontrolled anger                                      students, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-
 	 q History of discipline problems,
                                                                                                      1011 W. University Ave.,                         discussed developing new signals for
                                                             Friday.                                  244-5312 or 244-7739 (24-hour crisis             the fire-alarm system, but that too was
        violent or aggressive behavior                       610 E. John St., 333-3704,               line)
 	 q Intolerance for differences, prej-                                                                                                                rejected out of concern that people         By Diana Yates                          mark’s team made a few discover-         cells.
                                                             www.couns.uiuc.edu                       Assessment, referral, short-term
        udicial attitudes                                                                                                                              would become confused about how             News Bureau Staff Writer                ies related to a gene, called nanos,        “This is the first time that nanos
                                                                n Psychological Emergency             counseling and walk-in emergency
 	 q Drug and alcohol use                                                                                                                              to respond if the fire alarms were used        The planarian is not as well         which was previously known to            gene function has been studied in a
                                                                    Service 333-0041                  services for faculty and staff.
 	 q Affiliation with gangs that sup-                               The Counseling Center and                                                          for multiple purposes. People now are       known as other, more widely used        play a critical role in germ cell de-    non-traditional model organism,”
                                                                                                      www.fsap.uiuc.edu/
        port antisocial values and be-                              McKinley's Mental Health                                                           conditioned to leave a building if a        subjects of scientific study – mod-     velopment in several other model         Newmark said. “This is important
                                                                                                      OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STuDENTS                                                               el creatures such as the fruit fly,
        haviors                                                     Department collaborate with                                                        fire alarm sounds, not to seek shelter                                              organisms.                               because planarians, like mammals,
                                                                                                      To reach emergency dean or to report
 	 q Inappropriate access to posses-                                the Champaign County Mental                                                        inside from an active threat, Mecum         nematode or mouse. But UI cell              Unlike fruit flies and nema-         seem to make their germ cells by
                                                                                                      acts of intolerance/hate crimes: 333-
        sion of and use of firearms                                 Health Center to provide          0050 (24 hours) or e-mail stophate@              said.                                       and developmental biology pro-          todes, which show signs of germ          an inductive mechanism. So we’re
 	 q Serious threats of violence
                                                                    students with Psychological       uiuc.edu,                                            The Office of Campus Emergency          fessor Phillip Newmark thinks it        cell initiation in the earliest stages   hoping that we can use the molec-
                                                                    Emergency Services. Services                                                       Planning is asking campus units to          should be. As it turns out, the tiny,   of their embryonic development,          ular biological tools available for
 	 q A plan to harm others or them-                                                                   www.odos.uiuc.edu/
                                                                    available 24 hours per day,                                                        review their emergency operations           seemingly cross-eyed flatworm is        planarians do not generally ex-          studying planarians to get at the
        selves (with a date, method,                                365 days a year, and focus        uI POLICE
        plan, time)                                                                                   1110 W. Springfield Ave.,                        plans to ensure that emergency notifi-      an ideal subject for the study of       press nanos or produce germ cells        mechanisms that tell a cell: ‘You’re
                                                                    on problems that need to be
 	 q Giving possessions away, making                                                                  www.dps.uiuc.edu/                                cation procedures and contact lists are     germ cells, precursors of eggs and      until several days after hatching.       going to be a germ cell.’ ”
                                                                    addressed immediately.
        statements such as, “I won’t be                                                                  n Emergency: 9-911 (campus                    current. Emergency Operations Plan          sperm in all sexually reproducing       This delayed initiation of germ             S. mediterranea also has the
                                                                n Suicide Prevention Team
        needing these things anymore.                                                                      phones), 911 (off campus)                   templates are available at www.ocep.        species.                                cell growth is called inductive          ability to reproduce asexually: It
                                                                    333-3704 or 333-2705
        I won’t need these things where                             Call police emergency number if      n Non-emergency: 333-1216                     uiuc.edu/templates.htm or call 333-            The planarian Newmark stud-          specification, and is common to          clones itself by means of fission.
        I’m going.” u                                               suicide is imminent: 9-911 from                                                    1491. u                                     ies, Schmidtea mediterranea, is a       mammals and a number of other            In looking at nanos in asexual
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tiny creature with a lot of interest-   animals.                                 individuals of this species, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing traits. Cut it in two (lengthwise       Graduate student Yuying Wang         researchers made the surprising
                                                                                                                                                                                                   or crosswise) and each piece will       and the other team members were          discovery that these asexual in-
                                                                                                                                                   #                                               regenerate a new planarian, com-        able to show that nanos is essen-        dividuals also express nanos and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   plete with brains, guts and – in        tial for inductive specification         produce germ cells. Some other
                                                                                                                                                                                                   most cases – gonads. Even when          in planarians. Blocking nanos            mechanism, as yet unknown, pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the planarian’s brain is severed        expression by means of RNA in-           vents these germ cells from devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   from its body, it can regenerate all    terference immediately after the         oping into functional testes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   that is removed, including the re-      planarians hatched prevented the         ovaries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   productive organs.                      emergence and development of                “Having a simple organism
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In a new study published in the      germ cells. Blocking nanos in            that also uses inductive signaling
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Proceedings of the National Acad-       mature adults caused their ovaries       is going to help us tease apart the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   emy of Sciences, Newmark and            and testes to disappear. And when        more conserved mechanisms (of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by L. Brian Stauffer
                                                                                                                                                                                                   his colleagues at the UI report that    the researchers blocked nanos            germ cell development and main-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   planarians share some important         expression in planarians that had        tenance),” Newmark said. “We               Common ground Phillip Newmark, a professor of cell and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   characteristics with mammals that       had their bodies and reproductive        hope that this information will            developmental biology, and graduate student Yuying Wang
                                                                                                                                                                                                   may help scientists tease out the       organs detached from their brains,       also prove informative for under-          report that planarians – seemingly cross-eyed flatworms –
                                                                                                                                                                                                   mechanisms by which germ cells          the planarians regenerated new           standing these processes in higher         share some important characteristics with mammals that may
                                                                                                                                                                                                   are formed and maintained. New-         bodies, but with no reproductive         organisms.” u                              help scientists tease out the mechanisms by which germ cells
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               are formed and maintained.
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                                 Units’ goals will include how to measure progress                                                                                                                                                 Examination of radiation from birth of universe could alter theories
              By Sharita Forrest                      creating a transformative learning        strategic Planning Goals and Progress Indicators (Metrics)                                                                        By James E. Kloeppel                            drogen, astronomers can peer much further
              Assistant Editor                        environment (see sidebar for ad-          for the urbana campus                                                                                                             News Bureau Staff Writer                        back in time.
                 As the next step in the Strate-      ditional information).                                                                                                                                                         Using relic radiation from the birth of         “There is a void from about 300,000
              gic Planning process, colleges/             Leaders of about 30 campus               Leadership for           Academic              Breakthrough                Transformative          Access to                   the universe, astrophysicists at the UI have    years after the Big Bang, when radiation
              units on the Urbana campus have         units have outlined their top five          the 21st Century          Excellence              Knowledge                    Learning            the Illinois                 proposed a new way of measuring the fine-       that formed the cosmic microwave back-
              identified their top five priorities    priorities for FY08, and using                                                              and Innovation               Environment           Experience                   structure constant in the                                            ground was emitted, to
                                                                   data such as student                                                                                                                                           past, and comparing it                                               about 500 million years
                                                                   demographics       and        Graduation rate        Number of
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                                                                   graduation and reten-                                                                                                                                             By focusing on the                                                stars formed,” Wandelt
                                                                                                                        members or other         expenditures by
                                                                   tion rates provided by                               national honorary        source; sponsored                                                                absorption of the cosmic                                             said. “Our measurement
                                                                   the Office of the Pro-                               memberships,             research                                                                         microwave background                                                 technique could probe
              for Fiscal Year 2008, which begins      vost, have proposed applicable                                    in leadership            expenditures by                                                                  by atoms of neutral hy-                                              the fine-structure con-
              July 1, and are developing metrics      metrics.                                                          positions or with        full-time-equivalent                                                             drogen, the researchers                                              stant during this period,
              for measuring their units’ progress         “It’s a way to help operation-                                fellowship status        faculty                                                                          say, they could measure the fine-structure      known as the dark ages.”
              toward their goals. And, for the        alize and assess progress against                                 in societies                                                                                              constant during the “dark ages,” the time          When a neutral hydrogen atom absorbs a
              first time, colleges/units will sub-    their strategic plans,” said Stig                                                                                                                                           after the Big Bang before the first stars       photon of light from the cosmic microwave
                                                                                                 Retention rate         Total revenues           Number of                   Energy               Percentage of
              mit their goals and strategic initia-   Lanesskog, assistant provost for                                  compared to total        publications/               consumption          students receiving              formed, when the universe consisted mostly      background, the electron flips its spin, caus-
              tives to the Campus Budget Over-        strategic planning and assessment.                                costs                    citations per                                    financial aid                   of neutral hydrogen and helium.                 ing a slight difference in its spectrum.
              sight Committee and link their          “We’re trying to develop consis-                                                           faculty FTE                                                                         The fine-structure constant characterizes       The telltale fingerprint of this atomic
              resource requests accordingly.          tency between the campus-level                                                                                                                                              the strength of the electromagnetic force,      transition at a wavelength of 21 centimeters
                  Chancellor Richard Herman’s         plan and the unit-level plans.”            Percentage             Percentage of            Total revenue from          Percentage of        Number of                       which is one of the four fundamental forces     can serve as a sensitive search for past val-
              Strategic Plan for the Urbana cam-                                                 of students            faculty and staff        licenses/patents,           sections with        distance learning
                                                          “Tying planning to imple-                                                                                                                                               in physics. But, the fine-structure constant    ues of the fine-structure constant, said Wan-
                                                                                                 with global            members from             total number of             under 20 students    instructional units
              pus is organized around five key        mentation is really critical,” said                                                                                                                                         may not be constant. Recent observations of     delt and Khatri, who describe their mea-
                                                                                                 experiences,           underrepresented         start-ups
              goals: leadership for the 21st cen-     Bruce Vojak, associate dean for            internships            groups                                                                                                    quasars – starlike objects billions of light-   surement technique in a paper accepted for
              tury, academic excellence, break-       external affairs in the College of         or practicum                                                                                                                     years away – have found a slightly different    publication in the journal Physical Review
                                      through         Engineering, who coordinated               experience                                                                                                                       value for the fine-structure constant.          Letters, and posted on its Web site.
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                                      knowledge       the college’s planning process.                                                                                                                                                “If the fine-structure constant does vary       While most radio telescopes are too
                                      and       in-   “A number of organizations do a                                                                                                                                             over time and space, we could use it as a       small to look for variations in the fine-struc-
                                                                                                 Student placement      Student quality*,        Impact on societal          State expenditures   Percentage of
                                      novation,       lot of planning and don’t imple-                                                                                                                                            probe of new physics beyond the standard        ture constant, there are new instruments in
                                                                                                 percentage             student:faculty          needs*                      per student          time spent on
                                      transfor-       ment; other places try to imple-                                  ratio                                                                     engagement                      model and beyond general relativity,” said      the design or construction phase – including
                                      mative          ment without planning. If we can                                                                                                                                            Benjamin Wandelt, a cosmologist at Illi-        the Long Wavelength Array and the Low
                                      learning        do both, it will give us an advan-                                                                                                                                          nois, who developed the proposed measure-       Frequency Array – that will provide the first
                                      environ-        tage relative to many peer institu-                               *may include high        *may be qualitative                                                              ment technique with graduate student Rishi      limits when brought on line.
                                                                                                                        school rank & graduate   measure, illustrated by
                                      ment and        tions.”                                                           student indicators       examples                                                                         Khatri.                                            “The measurements would be tricky, but
                                      providing           The metrics are to be finalized                                                                                                                                            A varying fine-structure constant also       not impossible,” Wandelt said. u
                                      access to       by June 1.                                                                                                                                                                  could help explain the mysterious dark en-
               Stig Lanesskog         the Illinois        To aid in progress assessment,     occurred.                                 increases in grant and gift fund-            plans in 2005. Herman released a              ergy that pervades the universe, Wandelt
              experience. Strategic initiatives to    staff members in the Office of the        “The whole strategic planning          ing and targeted campuswide in-              broadly defined strategic plan for            said, and help constrain what kind of theory
              achieve those goals have been de-       Provost are gathering three to five    process has been very interesting         vestments.                                   the Urbana Campus in January                  would unite the four fundamental forces                 Measuring atomic transition
              fined, as have 25 metrics for prog-     years’ historical data for the met-    to me, because it was the first time          President B. Joseph White,               2006, followed by strategic plans             into a “theory of everything.”                           Benjamin Wandelt, a cosmologist
              ress assessment and identification      rics, a process that will be con-      that I saw everything in one place        Herman, and chancellors Sylvia               for each college/unit in June.                   Using light from quasars, astronomers                at Illinois, developed the proposed
              of barriers to be overcome.             cluded by August for the campus-       that had been discussed over the          Manning and Richard Ringeisen,               A refined version of the Urbana               can look for variations in the fine-structure                  measurement technique with
                  Graduation and retention rates      level metrics and by November          eight years that I’ve been here,”         from the Chicago and Spring-                 campus that provided more spec-               constant from the present up to 5 billion                   graduate student Rishi Khatri.
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              are two of the five metrics that        for the college/unit-level metrics.    Vojak said. “Over time, I see this        field campuses, respectively, will           ificity was released in January               years ago. Using the spectra of neutral hy-
              have been established for assess-           A strategic planning and bud-      as being an iterative process in          deliver their first annual reports           2007.
              ing progress toward the goal of         get retreat is planned for May         which we continue to refine the           about progress toward the goals                  More information on the
              leadership for the 21st century,        11 and will include a poster ses-      goals and metrics to more con-            in their strategic plans to the UI           strategic planning efforts at the
              and deferred maintenance levels         sion for units to share their goals,   cisely communicate them.”                 Board of Trustees in July. 	                 Urbana campus is available at
              and the percentage of class sec-        the strategic initiatives currently       Funding for the strategic initia-          White first announced that the           www.strategicplan.uiuc.edu and
              tions with less than 20 students are    under way and key accomplish-          tives will come from a variety of         university and the three campus-             also can be accessed the campus’s
              two metrics that have been estab-       ments or achievements that have        sources, including reallocations,         es would be developing strategic             home page. u
              lished to measure progress toward

                             New model describes avalanche behavior of superfluid helium
          By James E. Kloeppel                                 duced by all of the apertures acting in con-
          News Bureau Staff Writer                             cert.
              By utilizing ideas developed in disparate            At low temperatures, this amplification


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ad removed for
          fields, from earthquake dynamics to ran-             turned out, however, to be surprisingly
          dom-field magnets, researchers at the UI             weak, because of an unanticipated loss of
          have constructed a model that describes the          synchronicity among the apertures.
          avalanche-like, phase-slip cascades in the               “Our model reproduces the key physi-
          superflow of helium.
              Just as superconductors have no electri-
          cal resistance, superfluids have no viscosity,
                                                               cal features of the Berkeley group’s ex-
                                                               periments, including a high-temperature
                                                               synchronous regime, a low-temperature
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          and can flow freely. Like superconductors,           asynchronous regime, and a transition be-
          which can be used to measure extremely               tween the two,” said Goldbart, who also is
          tiny magnetic fields, superfluids could cre-         a researcher at the university’s Frederick
          ate a new class of ultra-sensitive rotation          Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.
          sensors for use in precision guidance sys-               The theoretical model developed by Pe-
          tems and other applications.                         kker, Barankov and Goldbart balances a
              But, before new sensors can be built,            competition between interaction and disor-
          scientists and engineers must first acquire          der – two behaviors more commonly asso-
          a better understanding of the odd quirks of          ciated with magnetic materials and sliding
          superfluids arising in these devices.                tectonic plates.
              In the April 23 issue of Physical Review             The main components of the research-
          Letters, UI physicist Paul Goldbart, graduate        ers’ model are nano-apertures possessing
          student David Pekker and postdoctoral re-            different temperature-dependent critical
          search associate Roman Barankov describe             flow velocities (the disorder), and inter-ap-                                                                                         photo by L. Brian Stauffer
          a model they developed to explain some of            erture coupling mediated by superflow in           Model research Physics professor Paul Goldbart, right, with postdoctoral research
          those quirks, which were found in recent             the reservoirs (the interactions).                 associate Roman Barankov, left, and graduate student David Pekker have constructed
          experiments conducted by researchers at the              For helium, the superfluid state begins at     a model that describes the avalanche-like, phase-slip cascades in the superflow of
          University of California at Berkeley.                a temperature of 2.18 kelvins. Very close to       helium.
              In the Berkeley experiments, physicist           that temperature, inter-pore coupling tends
          Richard Packard and his students Yuki Sato           to cause neighbors of a nano-aperture that         nous, yielding a non-avalanching regime.                 slips,” Goldbart said. “A key parameter is
          and Emile Hoskinson explored the behavior            already has phase-slipped also to slip. This       The loss of synchronized behavior weakens                temperature. Small changes in temperature
          of superfluid helium when forced to flow             process may cascade, creating an avalanche         the whistle.                                             can lead to large changes in the number of
          from one reservoir to another through an             of synchronously slipping phases that pro-            “In our model, competition between                    phase-slipping nano-apertures involved in
          array of several thousand nano-apertures.            duces a loud whistle.                              disorder in critical flow velocities and ef-             an avalanche.”
          Their intent was to amplify the feeble whis-             However, at roughly one-tenth of a             fective inter-aperture coupling leads to the                 The work was funded by the U.S. De-
          tling sound of phase-slips associated with           kelvin colder, the differences between the         emergence of rich collective dynamics,                   partment of Energy and the National Sci-
          superfluid helium passing through a single           nano-apertures dominate, and the phase-            including a transition between avalanch-                 ence Foundation. u
          nano-aperture by collecting the sound pro-           slips in the nano-apertures are asynchro-          ing and non-avalanching regimes of phase-
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 Hot flashes: Studies explore the role of genes, obesity and alcohol                                                                                                                                         UI professor elected to AAAS
By Diana Yates                                  common in women who reported higher-                                                                                                                       By Diana Yates                                   that are physically possible from those that
News Bureau Staff Writer                        than-average frequency, intensity and dura-                                                                                                                News Bureau Staff Writer                         appear to be physically impossible.
    Many women in the menopausal transi-        tion of hot flashes. The new study tied the                                                                                                                   Renée Baillargeon, the UI Alumni Dis-            Her work on psychological reasoning
tion experience hot flashes: unpredictable,     same genetic polymorphism to lower levels                                                                                                                  tinguished Professor of Psychology, has          also shows that an infant’s ability to reason
sometimes disruptive, periods of intense        of an androgen known as DHEA-S, and to                                                                                                                     been elected to the American Academy of          about how others will behave is more so-
heat in the upper torso, neck and face. Al-     lower progesterone levels.                                                                                                                                 Arts and Sciences, the academy announced         phisticated than previously thought.
though generations of physicians have               These are the first studies to find evi-                                                                                                               April 30. She and the other 226 newly elect-        A native of Québec, Canada, Baillargeon
prescribed hormones to reduce these symp-       dence of a genetic basis for hot flashes, and                                                                                                              ed fellows will be honored at the annual         earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology
toms, very little research has focused on the   the first to look at genetic polymorphisms                                                                                                                 Induction Ceremony on Oct. 6 at academy          from McGill University in 1976, and her
underlying causes of hot flashes.               associated with hormone levels in healthy                                                                                                                  headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.                 doctorate in psychology from the University
    Three new studies explore the role of       women with and without hot flashes.                                                                                                                           Other new members this year include           of Pennsylvania in 1981. She conducted her
genes, obesity and alcohol consumption in           The progesterone finding is of particular                                                                                                              former Vice President Al Gore; former Su-        post-doctoral research the following year
contributing to – or lessening – the inten-     interest, said Flaws, because the medical                                                                                                                  preme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day         at the MIT Center for Cognitive Science,
sity and frequency of hot flashes in midlife    community has focused almost exclusively                                                                                                                   O’Connor; New York City Mayor Michael            and in 1982 became an assistant professor
women. These studies are part of a five-year    on the role of low estrogen levels in bringing                                                                                                             Bloomberg; Google Chairman and CEO               of psychology at the University of Texas at
research effort led by UI veterinary biosci-    on hot flashes. Hormone replacement ther-                                                                                                                  Eric Schmidt; astronomer Donald Brown-           Austin.
ences professor Jodi Flaws and colleagues       apy, which is sometimes offered to women                                                                                                                   lee; and filmmaker Spike Lee.                       Baillargeon joined the Illinois faculty in
at the University of Maryland, Mercy Med-       to alleviate hot flashes or other symptoms of                                                                                                                 Baillargeon is the director of the UI         1983.
ical Center in Baltimore and the School of      the menopausal transition, may include one                                                                                                                 Infant Cognition lab, where she studies             Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James
Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.           or more estrogens alone or in combination                                                                                                                  infants’ physical reasoning (their ability       Bowdoin, John Hancock and other leading
    Physicians have long noted that some        with progesterone or an analogue, progestin.                                                                                                               to make sense of the placement, displace-        scholars and civic leaders of their day, the
factors, such as smoking, increase the like-        “We think there should be more studies                                                                                                                 ment and interrelation of objects) and psy-      academy has elected fellows and foreign
lihood that a woman will experience more        looking at the role of progesterone in caus-                                                                                                               chological reasoning (their ability to make      honorary members ever since.
– or more intense – hot flashes than other      ing hot flashes,” Flaws said.                                                                                                                              sense of others’ actions and interactions).         The current membership includes more
women. Race also appears to play a role,            The research team identified a sec-                                                                                       photo by L. Brian Stauffer   Her work on infants’ physical reasoning has      than 170 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer
with African American women at higher           ond polymorphism, in a gene en-                    More or less Three new studies explore the role of genes, obesity and alcohol                           challenged previous theories of infant de-       Prize winners. The academy is an inde-
risk than others. But the mechanisms that       coding an enzyme, 3-beta-hydroxy-                  consumption in contributing to – or lessening – the intensity and frequency of hot                      velopment by demonstrating that even very        pendent policy research center that studies
cause some women to suffer from severe          steroid dehydrogenase, which also is asso-         flashes in midlife women. These studies are part of a five-year research effort led                     young infants are able to differentiate events   emerging problems. u
(frequent and intense) hot flashes have re-     ciated with an increase in hot flashes.            by veterinary biosciences professor Jodi Flaws and colleagues at the University of
mained a mystery.                                   “People typically didn’t think of hot flash-   Maryland, Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and the School of Medicine at Johns                         HOT FLASHES, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
    “Even though more than 40 million           es as having a genetic component,” Flaws           Hopkins University.                                                                                     in midlife women.                                    “We don’t know why (moderate alcohol
women experience hot flashes each year,”        said. “Now we have some evidence that there                                                                                                                    This study attempted to explain an earlier   consumption) is reducing the risk of hot flash-
the authors wrote in their paper published in   is at least in part some genetics behind it.”      cific hormones and related enzymes, the        higher circulating estrogen levels because               finding that moderate alcohol consumption        es, other than it doesn’t seem to be changing
Maturitas, “little is known about the factors       In another paper, published in the journal     researchers found a significant link between   of this, Flaws said. That assumption turned              (up to three drinks per month) reduced the       hormone levels,” Flaws said. Together, these
that predispose women to hot flashes.”          Climacteric, the researchers used the same         obesity and hormone levels. Higher body        out to be incorrect, at least for women in               severity of hot flashes by 25 percent. This      studies point to some risk factors for hot
    To examine whether genetics might play      data to analyze the link between obesity and       mass index (BMI) was significantly cor-        midlife.                                                 effect vanished in women who consumed            flashes that women can change and others
a role in hot flashes, Flaws and her col-       hot flashes. They had shown in an earlier          related with higher testosterone and lower        “It could be that estrogen levels are                 more than three drinks per month.                that cannot be changed, Flaws said.                                                                           photo by L. Brian Stauffer
leagues conducted a cross-sectional study       study that obesity is associated with more         total estradiol, estrone, progesterone and     higher in the fat, but not circulating in the                Because alcohol consumption is known to          “Body mass index, alcohol use and             Rain, rain, come this way The campus’s first rain garden, the Red Oak
involving 639 women aged 45 to 54. The          frequent and intense hot flashes in midlife        sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in         blood,” she said. “It’s the blood that gets to           affect metabolism in some animals, the team      smoking are three things that can change,”        Rain Garden, southwest of Allen Hall, was dedicated April 19. The rain
researchers looked at individual differenc-     women. They now wanted to see what                 midlife women.                                 the brain and to the thermoregulatory cen-               thought that light drinking might alter sex      she said. “So probably if women quit smok-        garden collects storm water, directing it away from sidewalks into a garden
es in the genes that code for various hor-      might be causing this effect: Did the higher           The researchers were surprised by the      ters that govern hot flashes.”                           steroid hormone levels in midlife women.         ing, and they lose weight, it will reduce         planted with native plants that soak up the water and improve the quality of
mones. An earlier study by the same team        incidence of hot flashes in obese women            findings related to estrogen, because adi-        A third analysis, published in the journal            But their analysis failed to turn up any sig-    their risk. If they (engage in) light drink-      groundwater. Students designed and installed the sculptures and the garden,
had found that one of these genetic poly-       correlate with varying levels of specific          pose tissue produces and stores estradiol,     Fertility and Sterility, examined the influ-             nificant hormonal differences between the        ing, that might also reduce the risk of hot       which is a Building a Lasting University Environment (BLUE) project funded
morphisms, in an estrogen metabolizing          hormones or other factors?                         the major estrogen in humans. Most people      ence of alcohol consumption on hot flashes               alcohol users and the women who never            flashes. And then there’s the genetic piece,      by Facilities and Services in conjunction with the Environmental Council.
enzyme, cytochrome P450 1B1, was more               When looking at blood levels of spe-           had assumed that obese women would have        SEE HOT FLASHES, PAGE 9                                  used alcohol.                                    which we can’t change.” u




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    Twenty honored for excellence in teaching and advising                                                                                                                                                             Team USA goes for gold at Prague Quadrennial

F
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Melissa Mitchell                        event, which has been held in the
          ourteen faculty members, one           unDERGRADuATE TEAChInG                                                                                                                                             News Bureau Staff Writer                   Czech capital every four years


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T
          academic professional and five                                                                                                                                                                                  he next Olympic games                since 1967, will feature work cre-
          teaching assistants at the UI were     Faculty members                                                                                                                                                          won’t take place until 2008,         ated by theater professionals and
          honored May 2 for excellence in                                                                                                                                                                                 but a team at the UI has been        students in 60 nations. In addi-
teaching and advising. The award winners                                                                                                                                                                            going the distance to ensure that          tion to displays by participating
were recognized during the Celebration of                                                                                                                                                                           the U.S. is well represented in            nations, the event provides a net-
Teaching Excellence banquet in the Illini                                                                                                                                                                           another major international event          working opportunity for theater
Union.                                                                                                                                                                                                              and competition held every four            professionals from every conti-
    Faculty winners of the Campus Award                                                                                                                                                                             years.                                     nent, and includes lectures, panel
for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching                                                                                                                                                                               Under the direction of Thomas           discussions, installations and per-
are Bruce A. Conway, aerospace engineer-                                                                                                                                                                            V. Korder, technical director at the       formances.
ing; Jeff G. Erickson, computer science;                                                                                                                                                                            UI’s Krannert Center for the Per-             While much of the activity is
Walter L. Hurley, animal sciences; Prasanta                                                                                                                                                                         forming Arts, several students and         focused on the exhibits displayed
K. Kalita, agricultural and biological engi-                                                                                                                                                                        faculty and staff members from             in Prague’s Industrial Palace, a
neering; and Shelly J. Schmidt, food science                                                                                                                                                                        the center and the department              historic exhibition hall built in
and human nutrition.                                                                                                                                                                                                of theater’s Division of Design,           1891, Korder said performing arts
    Instructional staff winners of the award                                                                                                                                                                        Technology and Management                  activities are planned at venues
are Iryce W. Baron, instructor, English, and                                                                                                                                                                        have been working long hours for           throughout the city during the 10-                                                                                  photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Ryan K. Gower, lecturer, recreation, sport                                                                                                                                                                                                                     day event.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Project manager Thomas V. Korder, technical director at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the past year and a half coordinat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is vice commissioner and
and tourism.                                          Bruce A. Conway                    Jeff G. Erickson                 Walter L. Hurley                   Prasanta K. Kalita                Shelly J. Schmidt    ing, designing and building the               The USA exhibit is sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         exhibits project manager for the U.S. entries in the 2007 Prague
    Graduate teaching assistants who re-           aerospace engineering                computer science                  animal sciences                agricultural and biological       food science and human   USA exhibits that will be entered          by the United States Institute of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Quadrennial.
ceived the award are Erin Donovan-Kicken,                                                                                                                       engineering                        nutrition        in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial,            Theater Technology, a non-profit
speech communication; Sarah Marie Kiefer,                                                                                                                                                                           June 14-24.                                membership association of de-             forming-arts professionals from              the USA national exhibition. “The
educational psychology; Julilly Kohler-                                                                                                                                                                                Korder described the event as           sign, production and technology           throughout the United States.                set designers have their dream. …
Hausmann, history; Ellen McWhorter, Eng-                     unDERGRADuATE TEAChInG                                                 GRADuATE AnD PROFEssIOnAL TEAChInG                                              “the only exhibition of its kind and       professionals in the performing              “I’m the person to make sure              They tell me what their dream is,
lish; and Mark Uchanski, natural resources                                                                                                                                                                          magnitude in the world that show-          arts and entertainment industry.          the physical exhibits were realized          and I try to figure out how to make
and environmental sciences.                                  Instructional staff                                                                                                                                    cases the best examples of current            In his role as vice commission-        and put together,” he said.                  it happen.”
    Janet S. Gaffney, professor of special                                                                                                                                                                          practices in performing arts pro-          er and exhibits project manager              “It’s the same with my job here,              At the beginning of the pro-
education, and Robert M. Rauber, professor                                                                                                                                                                          duction design, technology and             for the U.S. entries, Korder has          or what we did with ‘End of Cine-            cess, he said, “I get sketches, and a
of atmospheric sciences, received the Cam-                                                                                                                                                                          theater architecture.”                     been responsible for coordinating         matics,’ he said, referring to Mikel         lot of what I do is cost estimating,
pus Award for Excellence in Graduate and                                                                                                                                                                               “It is widely viewed as ‘the            and facilitating the entire project.      Rouse’s multimedia production                engineering … figuring out how
Professional Teaching.                                                                                                                                                                                              Olympics of performing arts de-            That has included carrying out the        that premiered at Krannert Center,           it’s going to be built, how I can
    The awards recognize professors and                                                                                                                                                                             sign,’ ” he said.                          wishes of a curatorial committee,         then traveled to other venues and is         support spans, that kind of thing.
graduate teaching assistants who display                                                                                                                                                                               And while Olympic competi-              comprising representatives of per-        among the productions featured in               SEE PRAguE, PAGE 14
consistently excellent performance in the                                                                                                                                                                           tors have their sights set on one
classroom, take innovative approaches to                                                                                                                                                                            goal – bringing home the gold –
teaching, positively affect the lives of their                                                                                                                                                                      Korder and crew are similarly fo-
students, and make other contributions to                                                                                                                                                                           cused on a shiny, gilded object.
improved instruction, including influencing                                                                                                                                                                         The U.S. team is hoping to win the                                                                                                           Advanced puppetry
the curriculum.                                                                                                                                                                                                     coveted “Golden Triga,” a horse-                                                                                                             One of the focal points
    Faculty members selected for the award                                                                                                                                                                          drawn sleigh-shaped award, and                                                                                                               of the USA national
receive $5,000 and a $3,000 raise; instruc-                                                                                                                                                                         the Quadrennial’s highest honor.                                                                                                             exhibit at the 2007
tional staff members receive $4,000 and a                                                                                                                                                                              Exhibitors’ entries are pre-                                                                                                              Prague Quadrennial is
$1,500 raise; graduate teaching assistants                             Iryce W. Baron                     Ryan K. Gower                        Janet S. Gaffney                  Robert M. Rauber                   sented in three distinct categories:                                                                                                         the kinetic, 4-foot model
receive $3,500.                                                           English                recreation, sport and tourism               special education                atmospheric sciences                  the national section highlights                                                                                                              puppet, “Paper Ghost,”
    Others honored at the reception:                                                                                                                                                                                the work of professional theater                                                                                                             designed by Michael
    Bruce Michelson, English; Hurley; and                                                                                                                                                                           companies from throughout each                                                                                                               Curry for Cirque du
Kalita were recognized as Distinguished                      OFF-CAMPus TEAChInG                   MEnTORInG GRADuATE sTuDEnTs                                                                                      country, the architecture and tech-                                                                                                          Soleil’s production of
Teacher/Scholars for 2007-08. The program                                                                                                                                                                           nology section focuses on innova-                                                                                                            “Love.” The two puppets
promotes excellence in teaching by hon-                                                                                                                                                                             tions in architectural design, and                                                                                                           used on stage are 27 feet
oring and supporting outstanding faculty                                                                                                                                                                            “Scenofest” features the best work                                                                                                           tall.
members who take an active role in enhanc-                                                                                                                                                                          created by students.
ing teaching and learning on the UI campus.                                                                                                                                                                            This year, the multifaceted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   photo by L. Brian Stauffer
During the coming year, these honorees
will utilize their skills to mentor other fac-
ulty members. They will retain the title of
University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar
throughout their Illinois careers.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Photography by
    Linda C. Smith, professor of library and
information sciences, received the Campus
                                                                                                                                                                                       L. Brian Stauffer
Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teach-
ing, which provides $5,000 to the recipient.
    Edward McAuley, professor of kinesiol-
ogy and community health, received the
Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding
Undergraduate Research, a $2,000 award                                  Linda C. Smith                         Janice Bahr                   Ruth Anne Clark
designed to foster and reward excellence in                  library and information sciences               animal sciences              speech communication
involving and guiding undergraduate stu-
dents in scholarly research.
    Two professors were honored with the                     ADvIsInG unDERGRADuATE                                                 GuIDInG unDERGRADuATE
Campus Award for Excellence in Mentoring                     sTuDEnTs                                                               REsEARCh
Graduate Students: Janice Bahr, professor
of animal sciences, and Ruth Anne Clark,
speech communication. Each will receive
$2,000.
    Deneen DeMarie-Offenstein, academic
adviser for psychology, and Charles Tucker
III, professor of mechanical science and
engineering, received the Campus Award
for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                photo by Joan Marcus; puppet designed by Michael Curry
Students, which provides $2,000 to each
recipient. u                                                                                                                                                                                                            It’s magic Included in the Prague Quadrennial’s USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        exhibit is a production photo of this puppet from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Metropolitan Opera’s “The Magic Flute,” which starred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UI alumnus Nathan Gunn, who will join the School of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Music in August.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dream team Also included in the exhibit is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this production photo of UI theater professor
                                                                Deneen DeMarie-Offenstein                Charles Tucker III                   Edward McAuley                                                                              R. Eric Stone’s scenic design for the Utah
                                                              academic adviser, psychology          professor of mechanical            kinesiology and community                                                                      Shakespearean Festival’s 2005 production of
                                                                                                    science and engineering                      health                                                                              “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by UI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 theater professor Kathleen Conlin.                                                                             photo by R. Eric Stone/department of theater
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 Scholar’s plan addresses ‘spousal                                                                                                                            Students assist entrepreneurs around world
                                                                                                                                   By Melissa Mitchell                              funds to a tailor in Afghanistan, a grocer in
refusal,’ nursing-home cost burden                                                                                                 News Bureau Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                       UI students who enrolled in Bruce Wicks’
                                                                                                                                                                                    Azerbaijan, a used-clothing broker in Ke-
                                                                                                                                                                                    nya and – most recently – a clothing stor-
By Mark Reutter                                   death – few states have implemented ag-                                          recreation, sport and tourism course on en-      eowner in Honduras.
News Bureau Staff Writer                          gressive recovery programs, according to                                         trepreneurism this semester did so thinking          Wicks said Kiva reports a repayment rate
    Spousal refusal, an increasingly popular      Wone.                                                                            they would be learning how to create a busi-     of nearly 100 percent. Lenders don’t receive
way for elderly couples to qualify for Med-           This had led to several widely publicized                                    ness plan and finance, begin and market a        interest on the loans; when they are repaid,
icaid coverage to avoid nursing-home costs,       cases of wealthy couples filing for Medic-                                       small business.                                  the funds can be withdrawn or channeled
has been painted by critics as an abuse of        aid under spousal refusal and the general                                            They are. But they’re also learning first-   into new loans. In the meantime, lenders re-
public funds.                                     perception that the strategy is a legal dodge                                    hand what it’s like to be on the other side of   ceive periodic reports on the progress of the
    But the opposite problem – a healthy          that drains public funds away from the truly                                     the business start-up process – as lenders.      businesses they support.
spouse facing financial ruin because of the       needy.                                                                               That’s because Wicks, a professor of             “It’s a small part of the overall course,”
high costs of nursing care for an ailing mate –       The issue is more complicated, accord-                                       recreation, sport and tourism, decided to in-    Wicks said, referring to the online micro-
illustrates the complex economic, political       ing to the Illinois scholar, because the vast                                    corporate a new Web-based component into         lending enterprise. “We use it when we talk
and social issues surrounding spousal refus-      majority of elderly who do file for Medicaid                                     the lesson plan of the course he has been        about finance. For instance, we talked about
al and Medicaid, according to an article in       under spousal refusal do so as a last resort.                                    teaching for 17 years.                           what makes a good lendee. What are the cri-
the Elder Law Journal published by the UI
College of Law.
    Andrew D. Wone, an editor at the journal,
                                                  Proposals to eliminate spousal refusal alto-
                                                  gether would hurt seniors of modest means
                                                  who may be forced to sell their family home –
                                                                                                       Ad removed                      With the assistance of a Web site main-
                                                                                                                                   tained by the San Francisco-based non-profit
                                                                                                                                   Kiva (www.kiva.org), Wicks’ students have
                                                                                                                                                                                    teria for why you’d loan someone money?
                                                                                                                                                                                    Because they’re a single parent? Because
                                                                                                                                                                                    they have a good repayment history and


                                                                                                        for online
noted that “Medicaid-planning strategies          or even divorce their institutionalized mates                                    become micro-lenders. “Micro-loans” are          you want to preserve your money?”
that seek to mitigate the high costs of nurs-     – to stay financially afloat.                                                    small-denomination loans, typically issued           That discussion, he said, segued to
ing-home care have grown in importance”               The author proposes a modified form                                          by non-profit or non-governmental agencies       “What about you? Why would someone
as a growing portion of America’s elderly         of spousal refusal in which spouses are                                          to entrepreneurs in developing countries         lend you money to start a business?”
struggle to foot the bill for health care.
    One of those strategies is spousal refus-
al under which a healthy husband or wife
                                                  required to contribute some portion of in-
                                                  come to cover nursing-home costs. Guide-
                                                  lines could establish mandatory contri-
                                                                                                         version                   who may not qualify for traditional loans.
                                                                                                                                       “I got the idea (for using Kiva in the
                                                                                                                                   classroom) from reading a little blurb in
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Kiva-based exercise also prompted
                                                                                                                                                                                    discussions of the practice of micro-lend-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ing, social entrepreneurship, gender issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  photo by L. Brian Stauffer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bruce Wicks, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism, incorporated a Web-based
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     component into his course on entrepreneurism this semester that allowed his students
refuses to financially support a spouse in        butions based on a couple’s combined                                             The New York Times Magazine that listed          related to starting a business, and what it
order to quality for Medicaid, the federal        wealth and limit the use of spousal refusal                                      ‘100 neat things in 2006,’ ” Wicks said.         means, in general, to help others. Wicks         to become micro-lenders.
program that pays medical costs for low-          “to situations where there is a substantial,                                         At the beginning of the semester, the        said the class also has studied the work of
income people.                                    documented need based on a case-by-case                                          professor asked his students if they would       Bangladeshi banker and economist Mu-             a junior majoring in recreation, sport and      So – with the support of this semester’s
    Medicaid pays for nursing homes and           analysis,” Wone wrote.                                                           be willing to commit their own resources         hammad Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel             tourism from Savoy, Ill., is taking away        class – Wicks plans to use the original pool
other long-term care with fewer restrictions          “States would be free to determine the spe-                                  in order to help individuals in developing       Peace Prize for his efforts to make small        from the course.                                as seed money for future investments by the
than Medicare, the federal program for se-        cific contribution percentage, which would                                       countries around the globe who are seeking       loans available to impoverished Bangla-              “The micro-lending portion of the class     next class.
niors financed mostly by Social Security          be on a sliding scale based on countable re-                                     relatively small infusions of capital to start   deshis seeking self-sufficiency through en-      is an entirely new notion for me and many          Meanwhile, the instructor says his cur-
funds.                                            sources and income. The (healthy) spouse                                         or sustain small businesses.The vast major-      trepreneurial pursuits.                          other students in the class,” Smith said.       rent crop of students has reinforced some-
    Spousal refusal has been allowed since        would retain the remainder of the assets and                                     ity stepped up to the plate, voluntarily con-        As the semester draws to a close, Wicks      “This project has shown me that, as an in-      thing he also has become more aware of
1988, when Congress passed the Medi-              not be subject to estate recovery until after                                    tributing $10 to the enterprise.                 said he believes the experiment with Kiva        dividual, I can help and assist smaller busi-   this past year as the new director the UI’s
care Catastrophic Coverage Act to “protect        death, when a state’s standard Medicaid es-                                          Class members next studied the Kiva          has provided a positive, engaging experi-        nesses.”                                        East St. Louis Action Research Project, a
spouses from ‘pauperization’ while prevent-       tate recovery procedures would apply.”                                           site – which includes a selection of loan        ence for most of his students.                       As for Wicks, he’s just hoping to make      program that promotes service-learning and
ing financially secure couples from obtain-           Such a system could establish baseline                                       applicants, their pictures, background in-           “This has been a situation where they’ve     a difference in the lives of his students,      volunteerism among students.
ing Medicaid assistance.”                         standards across the nation and help control                                     formation and business plans – and, over         been able to learn something and do good at      one class at a time. By the time the current       “Most of our students are socially re-
    Although Congress required states to          costs to taxpayers.                                                              the course of the semester, supported four       the same time.”                                  group’s Kiva loans are repaid, those stu-       sponsible,” he said. “They’re just not being
recover Medicaid funds from spouses able              His article is titled, “Don’t Want to Pay                                    loan applicants. The students have provided          That’s exactly what Shannon Smith,           dents will have moved on to other things.       asked to show it.” u
to pay for their mate’s care – or from estates    for Your Institutionalized Spouse? The Role
that had excess funds following the mate’s        of Spousal Refusal and Medicaid in Fund-
                                                  ing Long-Term Care.” u
                                                                                                                                     Research group gets $7 million to pursue new antibiotic agents
  Internet opens new avenues for                                                                                                   By Diana Yates
                                                                                                                                   News Bureau Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                       “There is the potential to discover a
                                                                                                                                                                                    phosphonate inhibitor for every biochemi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cally characterized a number of previously
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     unknown enzymes involved in the micro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     searchers isolate previously unknown mi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     crobial products that contain the phospho-
                                                                                                                                      The National Institutes of Health has         cal pathway that involves phosphorylated         bial metabolism of phosphate compounds.         nate group.
 con artists seeking to bilk elderly                                                                                               awarded $7 million to a team of research-
                                                                                                                                   ers from the UI to discover, engineer and
                                                                                                                                                                                    intermediates,” said microbiology professor
                                                                                                                                                                                    William W. Metcalf, a principal investiga-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        About 70 percent of the antibiotics cur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rently in use come from bacteria. Metcalf’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nair is an X-ray crystallographer with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     expertise in elucidating the three-dimen-
By Mark Reutter                                   bers. Often these mass mailings appear to                                        produce a promising – yet little explored        tor on the study. “Because these compounds       fascination with the ongoing “biological        sional structure of protein and DNA com-
News Bureau Staff Writer                          be from a bank or government agency and                                          – class of antibiotic agents.                    are widespread in biological processes, the      warfare between bacteria” led him to ex-        plexes.
    As more elderly Americans use the In-         use scare tactics, such as threats to close an                                      The research will look for alternatives to    range of targets is very large.”                 plore the antimicrobial potential of phos-         The research team has four goals: the
ternet, the potential for Internet fraud that     account, in order to panic victims into dis-                                     standard antibiotics, which are losing their        Metcalf is one of five principal investi-     phonates. While phosphonates have found         discovery and genetic characterization of
targets the elderly grows, according to an        closing personal information to a fake Web                                       effectiveness against common infectious          gators at the UI, all of whom have appoint-      uses in medicine – to treat malaria or hy-      phosphonate biosynthetic pathways; the
article in the latest issue of the Elder Law      site.                                                                            agents. Health experts worldwide are con-        ments at the Institute for Genomic Biology.      pertension – this area of research is fairly    biochemical reconstruction of those path-
Journal.                                              “Phishing scams are constantly evolv-                                        cerned about the spread of antibiotic-resis-     His collaborators are William H. and Janet       new, he said.                                   ways that have antibiotic or other therapeu-
    Eric L. Carlson, an editor at the journal,    ing to become more sophisticated and ef-                                         tant microbial infections and the shrinking      Lycan professor of chemistry Willem (Wil-           “No one has even made a dedicated            tic potential; the bioengineering of medi-
writes that the Internet allows con artists to    fective,” according to the Illinois scholar.                                     arsenal of compounds that can effectively        fred) A. van der Donk, chemical and bio-         search for phosphonates in nature,” he said.    cally useful phosphonates and their biosyn-
think – and act – globally. Compared with         Investigators report that e-mails sent as part                                   treat them.                                      molecular engineering professor Huimin              Metcalf and his collaborators have ana-      thetic enzymes for economical production;
scams that use the mails or telephone, the        of a phishing scam typically yield a positive                                       The five-year effort will explore the         Zhao, chemistry professor Neil Kelleher          lyzed the biological activity of some known     and the use of the latest mass spectrometric
Internet opens new markets for criminals          response rate of between 1 and 5 percent.                                        medical potential of a class of compounds        and biochemistry professor Satish Nair, of       phosphonates, such as the herbicide phos-       technology to discover and engineer phos-
by greatly multiplying the potential number       “This statistic is staggering considering a                                      called phosphonates. These compounds al-         the Center for Biophysics and Computa-           phinothricin. The van der Donk and Zhao         phonates and enzymes that contribute to
of victims as well as reducing the cost with      spammer’s ability to send out literally hun-                                     ready have shown promise in treating infec-      tional Biology. Jo Handelsman, of the Uni-       groups have investigated the clinically used    phosphonate metabolism.
which the scam can be carried out.                dreds of thousands of e-mails in a matter of                                     tious diseases such as malaria, and may also     versity of Wisconsin, also will contribute to    phosphonate, fosfomycin.                           “Our role is the discovery of antibiotics
    For example, con artists can cloak them-      minutes,” Carlson said.                                                          be useful in managing some chronic medical       the effort.                                         Kelleher, a biological mass spec-            for which there is a critical need and the de-
selves in secrecy and launch online scams             Phishing is just one method of engaging                                      conditions. Phosphonates work by inhibit-           Metcalf, a microbial geneticist, has long     troscopist, has constructed several new,        velopment of ways to produce these antibi-
that spread rapidly online and then disap-        in online identity theft, in which a victim’s                                    ing cellular processes that involve naturally    been intrigued by bacterial phosphate me-        high-resolution Fourier Transform mass          otics economically,” Metcalf said. u
pear. “Using anonymous e-mails, short-            identifying information can be fraudulently                                      occurring phosphorylated compounds.              tabolism. He has discovered and biochemi-        spectrometers, which will help the re-
lived Web sites and falsified domain name         used to run up bills, open credit-card ac-
registrations, many fraud operators are able      counts or even obtain a home loan in the
to strike quickly, victimize thousands of         victim’s name.
consumers in a short period of time and dis-          The elderly make appealing targets to
appear without a trace,” Carlson wrote.           scam artists because they have greater as-
    Effective law enforcement against Inter-      sets than other age groups and are less
net fraud is made difficult because many of       aware of the dangers of online predators.
the perpetrators conduct all or part of their     “Despite the grave risk that identity theft


                                                                                                                                                       Ad removed                                                                                       Ad removed
operations overseas, rendering them legally       poses to the elderly, one survey determined
and practically beyond the reach of the Fed-      that more than one-third of adults over 60
eral Trade Commission and U.S. courts.            did not know what identity theft is,” the ar-
    The elderly are natural targets for some      ticle said.
of the most common fraudulent schemes
that deal with “miracle” medical prod-
ucts and “too-good-to-be-true” investment
                                                      Given the problems with legal enforce-
                                                  ment, Carlson said that educational pro-
                                                  grams could help combat Internet fraud.
                                                                                                                                                        for online                                                                                       for online
                                                                                                                                                         version                                                                                          version
scams, Carlson wrote in the journal, which            The author recommends that consider-
is published by the UI College of Law.            ably more resources be marshaled for edu-
    Currently, about one in three elderly         cational efforts. These could include classes
Americans go online, often to access medi-        sponsored by community colleges, nursing
cal and financial information.                    homes and business groups that teach older
    The elderly are especially vulnerable         Americans how to use the Internet safely and
to “phishing,” or forged e-mail messages          reduce their vulnerability to phishers and
aimed at stealing credit-card account num-        purveyors of worthless health products. u
bers, passwords or Social Security num-
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               achievements                                           A	report	on	honors,	awards,	appointments	and	other	outstanding	achievements	of	faculty	and	staff	members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   briefnotes
applied health sciences                           engineering                                      liberal arts and sciences                             Suslick leads a large, multidisciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                      WILL-TV/WILL-AM
    Darla Castelli and Amelia Mays                    Michael Bragg, a professor of aerospace          Jay Bass, a professor of geology, will be     research program, advancing the under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Herman to discuss campus issues May 7
Woods, professors of kinesiology and com-
munity health, were among 16 candidates
                                                  engineering and associate dean for research
                                                  and administrative affairs in the College
                                                                                                   awarded an honorary doctorate, Docteur Ho-
                                                                                                   noris Causa, by the Université Claude Ber-
                                                                                                                                                     standing of the chemical effects of ultra-
                                                                                                                                                     sound. He has explored how ultrasound               UI Chancellor Richard Herman                                            Contemporary string quartet performs May 4

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inducted as Research Consortium Fellows           of Engineering, will receive the American        nard Lyon 1 in France. The degree will be         interacts with chemical systems and devel-       will join host David Inge at 9 p.m.                                      he JACK Quartet, which won the
at the American Alliance for Health, Physi-       Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics        granted at a ceremony in Lyon on May 22.          oped numerous applications in organome-          May 7, for a televised conversation                                      prestigious Kronos Young Artists
cal Education, Recreation and Dance Con-          Aerodynamics Award for 2007. The award               gregory S. girolami, professor of chem-       tallic, inorganic, materials, and biological     in the WILL-TV studio about issues                                       Concert Award for an April 28 debut
vention and Exposition in Baltimore on            is presented for meritorious achievement in      istry, was elected chair of the Council for       chemistry. His work has led to FDA ap-           facing the campus. Viewer calls and                                concert at Carnegie Hall, will play the same
March 16. They join approximately 375             the field of applied aerodynamics, recog-        Chemical Research. He will serve for two          proval of the first intravenously adminis-       comments are welcome.                                              program at the UI on May 4. The concert
Fellows in the consortium, a group of nearly      nizing notable contributions in the develop-     years as a vice chair and then assume lead-       tered echo-contrast agent for echocardiog-          The program will be simulcast                                   begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building
6,000 research scholars and other members         ment, application, and evaluation of aero-       ership of the organization in 2009.               raphy. In a separate area, Suslick studies       on WILL-AM (580), and repeated                                     Auditorium and is free and open to the pub-
of the alliance who have a strong interest in     dynamic concepts and methods. Bragg’s                Based in Washington, D.C., the council        the bioinorganic and materials chemistry of      on WILL-AM at 5 p.m. May 12.                                       lic.
research.                                         two primary areas of research are aircraft       was formed in 1979 to promote cooperation         metalloporphyrins and recently, their appli-     Questioning Herman in addition to                                      The JACK Quartet is one of the coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Richard Herman
    Fellows are selected based on evidence        icing and unsteady aerodynamics. Both            in basic research and to encourage high-          cations as chemical sensors.                     Inge will be News-Gazette reporter                                 try’s top young string quartets specializing
of scholarship, including research presenta-      areas involve the study of unsteady and          quality education in the chemical sciences                                                         Christine des Garennes and WILL-AM news director Tom               in contemporary music and comprises vio-
tions and publications.                           highly separated fluid flows. Much of this       and in chemical engineering.                      student affairs                                  Rogers.                                                            linists Ari Streisfeld and Christopher Otto,
    The alliance is the largest organization of   research is conducted in the wind tunnels            The organization’s membership, which             The Office of the Vice Chancellor for            Herman was appointed chancellor in May 2005.                    violist John Pickford Richards and cellist
professionals supporting and assisting those      of the Aerodynamics Research Laboratory,         consists of leaders from industry, academia       Student Affairs has announced the winners                                                                           Kevin McFarland. The string quartet has
                                                                                                                                                                                                      university Library
involved in physical education, leisure, fit-     which he co-directs.                             and government, represents much of the            of the 2007 Student Affairs Outstanding                                                                             given high-energy performances in Europe
ness, dance, health promotion and educa-              Michael Strano, a professor of engi-         U.S. chemical research enterprise, currently      Staff and Program Awards. The following          Online log-in procedures change                                    and North America, including appearances
tion and all specialties related to achieving     neering, will receive the American Chemi-        comprising more than 200 companies, uni-          will be recognized at a reception May 3.             There are changes in log-in procedures for those who           at the Lucerne Festival, the University of Members of the JACK Quartet are, from left, Christopher Otto, Ari
a healthy lifestyle.                              cal Society Colloid and Surface Science Di-      versities and government laboratories.               Katie Kennealy, assistant director of         use the University Library’s Online Research Resources.            California at San Diego and Festival In- Streisfeld, Kevin McFarland and John Pickford Richards.
    For more information on the consortium,       vision Unilever Award for 2007. The award            Girolami is known internationally for his     the Career Center, was named Outstanding             For on-campus users, access to licensed electronic data-       ternacional de Musica Contemporanea de
visit www.aahperd.org/research.                   presentation and lecture will be presented       research on the synthesis of new inorganic        New Professional.                                bases and journals has been broadened to include a number          Michoacan.                                               Cassidy, as well as the Midwest premiere of Helmut
                                                  during the 81st Colloid and Surface Science      and organometallic compounds and materi-             Andi Cailles, assistant director of resi-     of new Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This means that               Otto graduated from University Laboratory High Lachenmann’s “Grido” and “Third String Quartet.”
education                                         Division meeting at the University of Dela-      als, their mechanisms of formation, and the       dential life for hall supervision and staffing   more campus users who need to access electronic content –          School, where he studied violin and took composition Lachenmann said that the quartet’s members “demon-
   Robert E. Nelson, a professor emeritus         ware in Newark on June 24-27. Strano will        measurement and rationalization of their          in University Housing, and Kim S. Rice,          newspaper articles and court cases from Lexis-Nexis; mag-          lessons with Zack Browning at the UI. Otto went to East- strate simultaneously a high level of artistry and ac-
of education, has been selected for a Ful-        give an invited lecture, receive $3,000 and      physical properties.                              health educator at McKinley Health Center,       azine articles through Ebsco; or scientific research through       man School of Music for his undergraduate degree and is countability in their brilliant understanding of the works
bright Senior Specialists project in Phnom        a plaque.                                            Yi Lu, professor of chemistry, is the first   were named Outstanding Staff Members.            Thomson Scientific, for example, will no longer have to            now at UCSD, studying composition and violin.            of the tradition as well as of the present.”
Penh, Cambodia, at the Royal University of            Keith D. Hjelmstad, associate dean for       winner of the Society of Biological Inor-            The Illinois Leadership Certificate           log in.                                                                The Carnegie Hall and UI performance features Iannis    The JACK Quartet will read works by student com-
Law and Economics during April and May,           academic affairs in the College of Engi-         ganic Chemistry Early Career Award. Lu            Program was selected to receive the 2007             Off-campus users that have a wireless network (whether         Xenakis’ “Tetras,” plus works by Northwestern com- posers at 10 a.m. May 5 in the Music Building Audito-
according to the United States Department         neering, and a professor of civil and envi-      will deliver his award lecture and receive        Outstanding Program Award.                       it’s UIUCnet Wireless on campus, a personal network at             position faculty members Aaron Travers and Aaron rium. The public also is welcome at that event.		u
of State and the J. William Fulbright For-        ronmental engineering, received the 2007         the award at a ceremony in Vienna at the             The recipients were recognized for their      home or public WiFi at a coffee house) will be required
eign Scholarship Board.                           George Winter Award from the American            13th International Conference on Biologi-         significant contributions to the lives of stu-   to log in using a University NetID and password to access
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Krannert Center
   Nelson will assist the university in Cam-      Society of Civil Engineers.                      cal Inorganic Chemistry XIII this summer.         dents and to the campus community.               ORR content. The Library’s ORR databases are subscrip-                                                                          each month and rebroadcast on subsequent Sundays during
bodia in developing and implementing en-              According the society, Hjelmstad was             Lu has made major contributions to the                                                         tion-based and access is restricted to UI students, and fac-    Mechanical design competition is May 5                          the month. Episodes of the program also may be viewed
trepreneurship education programs at both         recognized “for his accomplishments in           understanding of long-range electron trans-       university library                               ulty and staff members.                                             Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will host the       on the Illinois International Web site, www.ilint.uiuc.edu/
the undergraduate and graduate level. He          structural engineering research, his dedica-     fer processes, bioenergetics, mixed valency          Katie Newman, biotechnology librarian             For questions about access to the library’s electronic      first Midwest Mechanical Design Competition on May 5.           ilint_tv.php.
also will prepare university professors/lec-      tion to the education of future structural en-   in coordination chemistry, and the distribu-      and a professor of library administration,       resources, contact the Information and Reference Desk at        The competition begins at 1 p.m. on the east terrace of the         The show features a question-and-answer format, with
turers in various methodologies of teaching       gineers, and for his exemplary community         tion and speciation of metal ions and other       has been named president of the United           333-2290 or reflib@uiuc.edu.                                    Krannert Center. This year participants will compete in         host and IECP director Jacques Fuqua and various UI fac-
entrepreneurship.                                 and artistic service in leading the Parkland     chemicals in biological systems. Recently,        States Agricultural Information Network.                                                                         designing and building tennis-ball cannons. Students will       ulty members and international guests.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parkland Planetarium
   Nelson is one of more than 400 U.S.            Community Orchestra as Concertmaster for         he and his group have developed a series          The network is an organization for infor-                                                                        compete for longest shot, most accurate, best aesthetic de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Families may ‘investigate space’ May 3                                                                                          Illini Center in Chicago
faculty members and professionals who             15 years.”                                       of DNA-based sensors for drugs and metal          mation professionals that provides a forum                                                                       sign, best proposal and best overall design. Participants are
will travel abroad this year through the              “Keith is a natural selection for the Win-   ions, the latter including lead and uranyl        for discussion of agricultural issues, takes a       WILL-TV, the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum              able to choose the materials, construction and method of        Transmission course offered June 4-7
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The         ter Award,” said Robert Dodds, head of the       ions. This led Lu to found a company in           leadership role in the formation of a national   and the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland Col-        propulsion with one exception: They have to find a cre-             The 2007 Transmission Business School will take place
program provides short-term academic op-          civil and environmental engineering depart-      Champaign called DzymeTech Inc.                   information policy as related to agriculture,    lege invite families to explore the galaxy, learn how as-       ative way to launch their tennis ball without pyrotechnics      June 4-7 at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago.
portunities to prominent U.S. faculty and         ment. “He is a creative scholar, a dedicated         Ken Suslick, professor of chemistry, was      makes recommendations to the National            tronauts live, and try their hand at building a better rocket   or explosives. The most successful designs will win cer-        This marks the 14th offering of the annual course on elec-
professionals to support curricular and fac-      educator, and one who has given much in          awarded the 2007 Sir George Stokes Medal          Agricultural Library on agricultural infor-      during “Investigations in Space,” an evening of family ac-      tificates, and the overall winner will receive a plaque and     tricity markets and the transmission business.
ulty development and institutional planning       service to the university and the communi-       from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He           mation matters, and promotes cooperation         tivities.                                                       $100. Members of the public and the media are welcome               “Transmission is at the forefront of the challenges faced
at post secondary, academic institutions          ty. We are fortunate to have such a multital-    will receive a medal and present an award         and communication among its members.                 At the free event at the planetarium from 6 to 8 p.m.       to attend, but asked to enter the east terrace from the lobby   by rapidly evolving electricity markets,” said George Gross,
around the world.                                 ented faculty member at Illinois.”               address in Dublin next year.                      Newman’s term runs from 2007-2010. u             May 3, planetarium director Dave Leake will present an          of the Center.                                                  the UI professor of electrical and computer engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                      interactive dome show that will be child-centered, but fun          This challenge began as a final project for technical di-   who is the director of the school. “Our program is designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                      for all ages. Shows start every 30 minutes.                     rection students, and has evolved into a competition that       to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of
PRAguE, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11                                                                                                                                                                            Other family activities include an invention station        welcomes students from other curriculums as a way of            the principal issues in the industry.”
Then I do construction drafting and manage        reality in terms of drafting                                                                                                                        where participants will try to build a better rocket, and an    sparking creative ideas within other theater majors. The            Sixteen academic and industrial specialists will discuss
the construction process.”                        and models, serving as the                                                                                                                          engineering station where children can use cups and card-       deadline to enter the competition this year has passed. Reg-    regional transmission organization development, emerging
   In the case of the Quadrennial exhibits,       liaison between the exhibi-                                                                                                                         board to see how tall they can make a rocket ship. They can     istration for next year will start in August.                   transmission business structures, transmission congestion
there have been more than a few extra co-         tion designers, the curators                                                                                                                        also test their knowledge of space and meet walk-around             Beth Martell, Krannert Center’s opera technical direc-      management, evolving electricity markets, integration of
ordination challenges. For starters, more         and sometimes directly                                                                                                                              character Curious George. The Orpheum, the Champaign-           tor, will run the competition. For more information, visit      renewable resources and other topics.
than 140 entries – which included produc-         with the designers whose                                                                                                                            Urbana Astronomical Society, Central Illinois Aerospace         www2.kcpa.uiuc.edu/kcpatd/Physics/MMDC.htm.                         In addition to Gross, lecturers will include Janet Gail
tion photos, video displays, renderings,          work is being displayed.”                                                                                                                           and the Illinois Space Society will lead the activities along                                                                   Besser, vice president of the National Grid Co.; James R.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Locally televised program
scenic models, costumes, puppets, designer            As the digital media and                                                                                                                        with WILL-TV.                                                                                                                   Dalrymple, vice president of the Tennessee Valley Au-
statements and bios – were contributed by         technology coordinator for                                                                                                                              The planetarium is located next to the theater on the       Globalization, world affairs discussed                          thority; Richard Doying, vice president of Midwest ISO;
professional theater designers from dozens        the project, deCelle – who                                                                                                                          west side of the Parkland College campus, 2400 W. Bradley          The UI’s Office of International Engagement, Commu-          Thomas J. Overbye, an Illinois professor of electrical and
of producing organizations nationwide. De-        is chair of scenic technol-                                                                                                                         Ave., Champaign. Visit www.parkland.edu/coned/pla/dir.          nications and Protocol, in collaboration with Insight Media,    computer engineering; Alex Papalexopulos, president of
signers represented include Ming Cho Lee,         ogy in the theater depart-                                                                                                                          html for a map and directions, or call 351-2568. For more       recently began producing a locally televised program that       ECCO International; Harry Sing, senior market adviser
John Conklin, Carrie Robins, Julie Taymor         ment – was responsible for                                                                                                                          information about the event, contact WILL-TV’s Molly            focuses on world affairs and globalization processes.           at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Joseph L.
and Nic Ularu; producers range from the           determining the best, most                                                                                                                          Delaney at 333-1070 or delaney1@uiuc.edu.                          “Illinois International” is broadcast at 8 a.m. on Sun-      Welch, CEO of ITC Transmission; and Bruce Wollenberg,
Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard School to        efficient     methodologies                                                                                                                                                                                         days on Insight Channel 2. A different topic is featured        SEE BRIEFS, PAGE 16
the Builders Association, Steppenwolf The-        used in the multimedia
ater Company and the Utah Shakespearean           presentations in the nation-
Festival.                                         al and student exhibits.
     Besides the sheer volume of materi-              “The types of systems
als needing to be presented, all three USA        involved are video and au-
entries had to be built in off-campus rent-       dio playback, and interac-
al space over several months, torn down,          tive kiosks used to present


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ad removed for online version
packed up, and loaded into a shipping con-        the wealth of information
tainer. Then it needs to be unpacked and re-      cataloged for the exhibit,”
built in Prague in four days.                     deCelle said. “The design
     “It’s really very much like touring a        and editing of the video,                                                                                              photo by L. Brian Stauffer
show,” said Korder, who will travel to            audio and software was Travelin’ show The two-story USA national exhibit was assembled in off-campus rental space, torn
Prague with the rest of the production team       done by one of our stu- down, loaded into a shipping container and will be rebuilt in Prague in four days in June.
in June to reassemble the exhibits and staff      dents, Jason Lindahl.”
them during the event.                                “We have a whole sepa-                   the overall project and will be traveling to and Scott Wolfson.
   Most of Korder’s supporting cast – which       rate digital portion of the exhibit,” Korder Prague are Daniel Jacobs, Reuben Lucas,         After the USA exhibit is displayed in
included theater professors R. Eric Stone         said, “because America is so big … there Cathi Romero-Molay, Tiffany Scribner, Prague, Korder said plans call for display-
and F. Randy deCelle – will accompany             are so many designers, so many shows that Matthew Stratton, Jennifer Zimmerman, ing it at a couple of theater conferences in
him.                                              could be in it. One of the ways we’ve ex- Nicole Bromley and Christopher Woller.          the United States as well as at the Mesa Arts
   Stone is the associate designer for the na-    panded the number of people included is         Additional assistance with the project Center, in Arizona. Work exhibited in the
tional exhibition, and also assisted with the     by having computer stations so people can was provided by Verda Beth Martell, pro- Quadrennial also will be documented for
architecture and student exhibits. His many       come up, sit down and look through this fessor of theater and Krannert Center’s the first time this year in a catalog and on
contributions to the project included “taking     bigger catalog of work.”                     assistant technical director; and UI under- a DVD. u
the co-designers’ ideas and making them a             Other UI students who contributed to graduates Allyson Schroeder, Justin Parks
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professor of electrical engineering at the University of Min-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sent 15 days before the desired publication date to insideil@uiuc.edu.
nesota.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                More information is available from Marty Yeakel at 333-1085.
   The transmission business school is coordinated
through IllinoiSeminars. More information is available at
www.illinoiseminars.com/.
                                                                        ‘Benefit Choice’ continues through May 31                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    May 3 to May 20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Note: $	indicates	Admission Charge
                                                                     The annual Benefit Choice Enrollment period contin-        	 n Enroll or re-enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts
May 6-8 conference
                                                                 ues through May 31. This is the only time during the year           (indicate or change the contribution to your Medi-
Life in 15th-century England explored                            when all benefit-eligible employees may make changes                cal Care Assistance Plan or Dependent Care Assis-
    Scholars will gather at the UI for a conference that will    to their state of Illinois benefit plans and coverage levels        tance Plan).
                                                                                                                                                                                           colloquia                          8	Tuesday	                        music                              Ingram and Kellie Pickler. $       Center. Premier and repertory      Textile Conservation Work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The Gomti Riverfront in Luc-                                                                           dance works by Kate Corby          shop. 1-4 p.m. Spurlock Mu-
explore some of the spicier aspects of 15th-century Eng-         without a qualifying event requirement.                        2007 highlights                                            3	Thursday	                        know, India: Revitalization       3	Thursday                         9	Wednesday                        and Angela Fleddermann Mill-       seum. An afternoon of textile
land, including saints, sexualities, sieges and sins.                                                                                                                                      “Winin Across Nation: Calyp-       of a Cultural Heritage Land-      UI Jazz Band II. Jim Pugh,         Senior Recital. Abigail Fol-       er, graduating MFA candidates      identification and conservation
                                                                     This also is the time when employees may enroll or            Please take note of the following items for the 2007    so Dancing and Transnation-        scape.” Amita Sinha and Swati     leader. 7:30 p.m. Colwell Play-    berg, soprano. 5 p.m. Recital      in the department of dance. $      tips. $ Spurlock Museum and
    The event, which is open to the public and requires a        re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for the       Benefit Choice Enrollment Period. Further information      alism.” Cynthia Oliver, UI.        Nagpal, UI. Noon. 325 Temple      house, Krannert Center. An         Hall, Smith Hall.                                                     the Champaign-Urbana Spin-
registration fee, is scheduled May 6 through 8 in the Illini     2007-2008 plan year. Employees must enroll in the FSA          will be provided in the Benefit Choice Options Booklet     Noon. 101 International Stud-      Buell Hall. South Asian and       evening of jazz standards. $       Doctor of Musical Arts Re-         sports                             ners and Weavers Guild.
Union and in the Levis Faculty Center. It is held every three                                                                                                                              ies Building. Latin American       Middle Eastern Studies.           School of Music.                   cital. Ji-Eun Yun, piano. 7:30                                                                 8-9:30
                                                                 each year during the annual Benefit Choice period to take      that CMS will mail directly to each employee’s home.       and Caribbean Studies.                                                                                                                        To confirm times, go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Seeing       Stars.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Senior Recital. Hio Teng           p.m. Recital Hall, Smith Hall.                                        p.m. Visitor Center, Aller-
years on the Illinois campus.                                    advantage of this benefit, even if they are currently en-      	 n All current health plans, including the Quality Care   “Mechanical and Industrial         9	Wednesday	                      Wong, piano. 7:30 p.m. Recital                                           www .fightingillini.com         ton Park. Telescopes pro-
    Sponsors are the UI Program in Medieval Studies and          rolled in the program.                                              Health Plan and all current managed-care health       Engineering.” Uday Shanb-          “Electronic Distribution of       Hall, Smith Hall.                  10	Thursday                        11	Friday                          vided; bring binoculars. More
the department of English. The Web site for the event is at          Benefit Choice changes must be completed by May                 plans, will again be available.                       hag, UI. Noon. 1104 National       Airplane Software and Data.”                                         Doctor of Musical Arts Recit-                                         info: e-mail allertoninfo@
                                                                                                                                                                                           Center for Supercomputing          Scott A. Lintelman, Boeing        4	Friday                           al. Gabriel Sean Darby, percus-    Baseball. UI vs. Indiana Uni-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         uiuc.edu or call 244-1035. $
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/rwb/www/15c/.                          31, and will become effective July 1.                          	 n While there will be no changes to available health     Applications. Supercomputing       Phantom Works. 4 p.m. 3405        Doctor of Musical Arts Recit-      sion. 1 p.m. Recital Hall, Smith   versity. 6:05 p.m. Illinois
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Field. $                           Allerton Park.
    Co-organizers, both from the UI, are Robert Barrett,             To make enrollment changes or for more information,             plans this year, employees will notice changes in     Applications.                      Siebel Center. Information        al. Mi Hyn Jang, viola. 1 p.m.     Hall.
professor of English, and Michael Myers, lecturer in the         visit NESSIE at http://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu, select the        deductibles, co-payments, out-of-pocket maxi-         “Pathogenicity of and Host Re-     Trust Institute.                  Memorial Room, Smith Hall.         Master of Music Recital. Jill      12	Saturday                        6	Sunday	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Senior Recital. Michael Hick-      Burlingame, flute. 5 p.m. Re-                                         Fifth 15th Century Confer-
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They have received         Benefits tab along the top of the page and then select Ben-         mums and premiums. The monthly health plan con-       sponse to Cryptococcus Neo-        10	Thursday                                                                                             Baseball. UI vs. Indiana Uni-      ence. Keynote Speaker: Pa-
                                                                                                                                                                                           formans, Histoplasma Cap-                                            ey, tenor. 7:30 p.m. Recital       cital Hall, Smith Hall.            versity. (DH) 3:05 p.m. Illinois
strong support from Anne D. Hedeman, professor of art            efit Choice from the menu. Employees must use NESSIE                tributions have increased for both employee and de-                                      “Cyber Tools for Multiscale       Hall, Smith Hall.                                                                                        mela King, University of Bris-
                                                                                                                                                                                           sulatum and Mycobacterium                                                                                                                  Field. $
history at Illinois and director of the UI Medieval Studies      to make any benefit-enrollment changes. Changes will                pendent coverage. Employees enrolled in the man-      Tuberculosis.” Arturo Casade-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Analysis of Electrostatic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guest Artist Recital. Jack Quar-   12	Saturday	                                                          tol. 8:30 a.m. Sunday: Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NEMS.” Noon. 1104 National                                           Undergraduate Recital. Shan-       13	Sunday                          Room and Rooms 402-404, Le-
Program.                                                         be accepted online until midnight May 31. Employees                 aged-care plans will notice a $4/month increase for   vall, Albert Einstein College of   Center for Supercomputing         tet (string quartet). 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Music Building auditorium.         non Bryant, oboe. 2 p.m. Music     Baseball. UI vs. Indiana Uni-      vis Faculty Center; May 7 and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Medicine. 2 p.m. B102 Chemi-       Applications. Supercomputing                                                                                                               8: 210 Illini Union. More info
    Titles of papers to be delivered include “English Cuisine    with questions about their benefit options may contact              themselves and a $4/month increase for dependent      cal and Life Sciences Labora-                                                                           Building auditorium.               versity. 1:05 p.m. Illinois
and Other Poisons,” “Sin Without Sanctions?” and “Aliens         the Benefits Service Center Office, benefits@uillinois.             coverage. Quality Care premiums have increased        tory. Microbiology.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Applications.                     5	Saturday                         “Music in Nature Concert.”         Field. $                           and to register: https://netfiles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Master of Music Recital. Matt      Boneyard Jazz Quintet, Holly                                          uiuc.edu/rwb/www/15c/regi
and Other Outsiders in Later Medieval Bristol.”                  edu or 333-3111.                                                    $6/month for employee coverage and $10/month          “Transnational       Immigrant     11	Friday	                        Guschl, oboe. 2 p.m. Memorial      Holmes Quartet and Briggs          18	Friday                          stration.html. Medieval Studies
    The keynote speaker is Pamela King, professor of medi-       What can be changed                                                 for dependent coverage.                               Organizations and National         Condensed Matter Seminar.                                                                               Baseball. UI vs. Michigan          and English.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Development: A Conceptual          Alessandra Lanzara, University    Room, Smith Hall.                  Houchin Trio. 4-10 p.m. Mu-
eval studies at the University of Bristol in England. Her talk       During Benefit Choice, you may make the following          	 n Although the monthly contribution for the Quality                                                                           Studio Recital. 5 p.m. Memo-       sic Barn, 588 Allerton Road,       State University. 6:05 p.m. Il-    9	Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                                           Analysis.” Alejandro Portes,       of California, Berkeley. 1 p.m.                                                                         linois Field. $
is about rhetoric and English urban culture.                     changes to the state benefits plans and coverage levels:            Care Dental Plan (QCDP) has remained the same,        Princeton University. 3 p.m.       151 Loomis Lab. Physics.          rial Room, Smith Hall. Piano       Monticello. Bring a lawn chair                                        Nature ABCs & 123s. “H
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                students of So-Hee Hur.            or blanket. Food and beverages                                        is for Hummingbird.” Visi-
    According to Barrett, all of the papers will deal “in one    	 n Change Health Plans.                                            the coverage has been expanded to include dental      336 Lincoln Hall. Florian          Title: TBA. Bob Leilich, Nor-                                        available for purchase. $ Al-      19	Saturday                        tor Center, Allerton Park. 9-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Znaniecki Lecture/Sociology.       folk Southern. 11:45 a.m. 335     Doctor of Musical Arts Recit-                                         Baseball. UI vs. Michigan
way or another” with the culture of 15th-century England.        	 n Opt out of the state group health insurance plan (if            implants, inlays, onlays and adult sealants.                                                                               al. Daniela Broderick, piano.      lerton Park.                                                          9:30 a.m., ages 18 months to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grainger Engineering Library.                                                                           State University. (DH) 1:05
    “We don’t have a theme more specific than that because            you have other non-state group coverage).                 	 n Contributions for the state Optional Life Plan have    4	Friday	                          Railroad Engineering Pro-         7:30 p.m. Recital Hall, Smith      Senior Recital. Jennifer Peters,   p.m. Illinois Field. $             3 years; 10-11 a.m., ages 4-5.
                                                                                                                                                                                           “Assessing Learning Out-           gram/Civil and Environmental      Hall.                              violin. 7:30 p.m. Music Build-                                        Includes stories, songs and
we want to foster a cross-discipline conversation, just as the   	 n Opt out of or rejoin the dental plan.                           changed, resulting in decreased monthly payments      comes in Higher Education:                                                                              ing auditorium.                    20	Sunday                          hands-on exploration. Regis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Engineering.
previous conferences have done.”                                 	 n Add/drop dependents to/from your health and dental              for employees age 40-44 and 50 and above.             Demands, Opportunities and                                           6	Sunday                                                              Baseball. UI vs. Michigan          tration: e-mail allertoninfo@
    Even so, the topic of urban life “does seem to have or-           plan.                                                     	 n A grace period has been implemented for the Flex-      Pitfalls.” Peter Ewell, National   17	Thursday	                      Doctor of Musical Arts Proj-       dance                              State University. 1:05 p.m. Il-    uiuc.edu or call 244-1035. $
ganically emerged as a cross-panel focus,” Barrett said.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Center for Higher Education        “3 or 4 Easy Pieces.” Petros      ect Recital. Chu-Chun Liang,                                          linois Field. $                    Allerton Park.
                                                                 	 n Change optional state life insurance.                           ible Spending Account – Medical Care Assistance       Management Systems. 10:30          Koumoutsakos, Institute of        piano. 11 a.m. Recital Hall,       3	Thursday                                                            “Managing Work and Partner
    According to Hedeman, medieval studies are doing quite       	 n Change accidental death and dismemberment cover-                Plan. Employees enrolled in this plan may now         a.m. Beckman Institute audito-     Computational Science, Zur-       Smith Hall.                        “Special      Circumstances.”      et cetera                          Relationships: A Workshop
well in the United States and at Illinois.                            age.                                                           incur eligible medical, vision and dental expenses    rium. Forum for the Future of      ich, Switzerland. 11 a.m. 3269    Doctor of Musical Arts Re-         7:30 p.m. Dance Rehearsal                                             for Dual Earner Couples.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           Public Education.                  Beckman Institute. Beckman        cital. Min-Li Hwang, cello.        Room, Level 2, Krannert            5	Saturday	                        Noon. Studio, Christopher
    Nationally, there are approximately 90 programs, centers     	 n Add/drop spouse or child life coverage.                         through Sept. 15 of each year and have them reim-                                        Institute.                        2 p.m. Recital Hall, Smith         Center. Premier and repertory      Kayak Clinic. 10 a.m.-noon.
                                                                                                                                                                                           “Patch-Based Face Analysis.”                                                                                                                                                  Hall. More info: 244-5312.
and regional associations dedicated to medieval studies, she     	 n Enroll registered same-sex domestic partner in state            bursed from their previous plan year account bal-     Simon Lucey, Carnegie Mellon                                         Hall.                              dance works by Kate Corby          More info: visit www.campus-       Family Resiliency Resource
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Micro- and Nanotechnology                                           and Angela Fleddermann Mill-
said, and Illinois’ program, in its sixth year, “has already          group health insurance plan.                                   ance. u                                               University. 11 a.m. 3269 Beck-     for Performing Bioanalyti-        Doctor of Musical Arts Project                                        rec.uiuc.edu or call 333-8747.     Center and the Faculty Staff
                                                                                                                                                                                           man Institute. Image Forma-        cal Measurements.” Michael        Recital. Suzanne Crookshank,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   er, graduating MFA candidates      $ Campus Recreation.               Assistance Center.
established rich research associations internationally, build-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the department of dance. $      Kids Kayak Clinic. Noon-
                                                                                                                                                                                           tion and Processing/Beckman        Ramsey, University of North       clarinet. 5 p.m. Recital Hall,
ing on ongoing research collaborations between individual                                                                                                                                  Institute.                                                                                                                                 2 p.m. Register at Champaign       12	Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carolina. 3 p.m. 116 Roger        Smith Hall.                        4	Friday                           Park District, 706 Kenwood Road,   Nature ABCs & 123s. “H is for
members of the program and their colleagues abroad.”                                                                                                                                                                          Adams Lab. Analytical Chem-
                                                                 Parking permit online renewals available May 7
                                                                                                                                                                                           Condensed Matter Seminar.                                            Brad Paisley. 7:30 p.m.            “Special  Circumstances.”                                             Hummingbird.” Visitor Cen-
    From 1999 to 2004, Illinois belonged to a “productive                                                                                                                                  Joerg Schmalian, Iowa State        istry.                            Assembly Hall. With special        7:30 p.m. Dance Rehearsal          Champaign. More info:www.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      campusrec.uiuc.edu or 333-         ter, Allerton Park. 9-9:30 a.m.,
                                                                                                                                                                                           University. 1 p.m. 151 Loomis                                        guests Taylor Swift, Jack          Room, Level 2, Krannert
exchange” with medieval programs in Paris and Poitiers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               8747. $ Campus Recreation.         SEE CALENDAR, PAGE 18


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                                                                                                                                                                                           Lab. Physics.
    And for the past four years, Illinois’ medieval studies              enewals for campus parking permits will continue to be done
program has been involved in a research collaboration                    online. Customers will not receive paper renewal forms in
through the World Wide Universities Network, “which has                  the mail. The online service also allows customers to view
brought us into a relationship with such well known medi-        their account, pay a citation or provide comments to the Parking
eval studies programs as those at the University of York and     Department. Permits will be mailed the week of June 11.
Leeds, the universities of Manchester and Bristol, and, on          Faculty and staff members also may renew their permit at the
the continent, at Utrecht.”                                      Parking Department beginning June 25.
    “Because of the WUN exchange, seven Illinois graduate           If you are on payroll deduction and not renewing your permit you
students have received funding to do research and work in-       must go online and stop your payroll deduction effective June 30.
dividually with internationally renowned scholars abroad,”       Failure to do so will result in non-refundable deductions.
Hedeman said, “and nine students from abroad have come              For more information, visit the Parking Web site at www.parking.


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    Hedeman said that Illinois faculty members are also in-
volved in diverse research projects with colleagues at WUN
universities.
    Interest in “things medieval” also is growing with Illi-
nois’ undergraduates, Hedeman said, noting that this year,
five students contacted her about wanting to minor in me-
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dieval studies. Later this spring, she and her colleagues will
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submit a proposal to the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences to establish a minor in medieval studies at Illinois.
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ages 18 months to 3 years;exhibits                                                                                                                                                                                8 a.m.-5 p.m. 1011 W. Univer-      main lobby.
10-11 a.m., ages 4-5. Regis-                                                                                                                                                                                      sity Ave., Urbana. Phone 244-      Law Café
tration: e-mail allertoninfo@       “Graduating Library Student                                                                                                                                                   5312.
                                       Workers”                                                                                                                                                                                                      504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.,
uiuc.edu or call 244-1035. $                                                                                                                                                                                      Illini Union Ballroom              Champaign. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Allerton Park.                      Main hallway, Library.
                                    “Have Books, Will Travel:                                                                                                                                                     11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-       Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-
Family Kayak Clinic. 10 a.m.-                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday. Second floor, NE cor-      2 p.m. Friday. Full breakfast,
noon. More info: www.campus            Bringing Libraries to the
                                       People, 1915-1957”                                                                                                                                                         ner. Reservations: 333-0690;       hot and cold lunch entrees, sal-
rec.uiuc.edu or call 333-8747.                                                                                                                                                                                    walk-ins welcome.                  ads and desserts, and coffee.
$ Campus Recreation.                Through May 31.
                                    “Victorian Entertainments:                                                                                                                                                    Japan House                        More info: 244-6017.
“Nature Nuts, Endangered               We Are Amused”                                                                                                                                                             For a group tour: 244-9934.        Library Tours
Species in Illinois.” 1-2:30 p.m.   Rare Book and Manuscript Li-                                                                                                                                                  Tea Ceremony: 2nd and 4th          Self-guided of main and un-
Visitor Center, Allerton Park.      brary.                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday of the month. $5/         dergraduate libraries: go to In-
A program of outdoor explora-       Through July 20.                                                                                                                                                              person.                            formation Desk (second floor,
tion and theme-related crafts                                                                                                                                                                                     Krannert Art Museum and            main library) or Media Center
for young naturalists, ages 6-                     n                                                                                                                                                                                                 (undergraduate library).
                                    “Why Knot”                                                                                                                                                                    Kinkead Pavilion
8. More info: allertoninfo@                                                                                                                                                                                       Tours: By appointment, call        Meat Salesroom
uiuc.edu or 244-1035. $ Al-         Campbell Gallery.
                                    Through Aug. 26.                                                                                                                                                              333-8218.                          102 Meat Sciences Lab. 1-5:30
lerton Park.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-      p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8
                                    Five galleries featuring the cul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saturday, until 9 p.m. Thurs-      a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Price list/
17	Thursday	                        tures of the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  day (beginning May 17, 5           specials, 333-3404.
“Managing Work and Partner          Spurlock Museum, 600 S.
Relationships: A Workshop           Gregory St., Urbana. Noon-5                                                                                                                                                   p.m.); 2-5 p.m. Sunday.            Robert Allerton Park
for Dual Earner Couples.” 7-9       p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.                                                                                                                                                   The Fred and Donna Giertz          Open 8 a.m. to dusk daily.
p.m. Studio, Christopher Hall,      Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4                                                                                                                                                   Education Center: 10 a.m.-         “Allerton Legacy” exhibit at
904 W. Nevada St., Urbana.          p.m. Saturday; Noon-4 p.m.                                                                                                                                                    noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-         Visitors Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: 244-5312. Fam-           Sunday.                                                                                                                                                                       Friday, until 7 p.m. Thursday,     daily; 244-1035. Garden tours,
ily Resiliency Resource Center                                                                                                                                                                                    10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.           333-2127.
                                                   n                                                                                                                                                              Palette Café: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
and the Faculty Staff Assis-        “Symagery”                                                                                                                                                                                                       Wellness Zone Check-up
tance Center.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Monday-Saturday.                   5-7 p.m. Lobby, CRCE. Held
                                    Through May 11.                                                                                                                                                               Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                    IPRH, 805 W. Pennsylvania                                                                                                                                                                                        on first and third Wednesday of
19	Saturday	                        Ave., Urbana. 8:30 a.m.-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday-Friday.                     each month fall semester. Cam-
“Embraceable Lace Work-             5 p.m. Monday-Friday.                                                                                                                                                         Krannert Center for the            pus Recreation.
shop.” Galina A. Khmeleva,                                                                                                                                                                                        Performing Arts                                                                                                                                                                    photo by L. Brian Stauffer
presenter. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.                        n                                                                                                                                 photo by L. Brian Stauffer   Interlude: Open one hour be-       organizations                           Reality check Mike Mendoza, a student in civil engineering, arranges his sculpture, “Dreams vs. Reality.”
Spurlock Museum. More               Master of Fine Arts Exhibi-                                                                                                                                                   fore until after events on per-
info: www.spurlock.uiuc.edu            tion                               now hear this Ted Geistlinger, 10, sings into a microphone, held by physics professor Steven Errede,                                    formance nights.                   Association of Academic                 Viewed from one angle, the cubes spell “dreams,” but when viewed from another angle the cubes spell “real-
or 244-3355. Continues May          Through April 29.                     that is connected to an instrument that displays sound waves. Ted’s mother, Judi Geistlinger, a trainer at                              Krannert Uncorked: Wine            Professionals                           ity.” The cardboard sculpture was part of the Art in Public Places exhibit April 30 on the Quad and outside
20. $ Spurlock Museum, C-U          “Commerce and Consump-                Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services, looks on with her daughter, Elizabeth, 8. Also                                tastings at 5 p.m. most Thurs-     Happy hour, third Friday each           Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Spinners and Weavers Guild             tion: Works From the Per-                                                                                                                                                  days.                              month. 5 p.m. Bread Company,
                                       manent Collection”                 in attendance are Tyesha Candler, left, 9, and Donisha Perry, right, age 10, brought by Tina Candler (not                                                                  706 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.       Classified Employees             Illini Folk Dance Society       Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguro     uiuc.edu/ro/secretariat.
and Illinois Arts Council.                                                                                                                                                                                        Intermezzo Café: Open 7:30
Children’s Day. 1 p.m. Japan        “Secrets Revealed=Secrets             pictured), a staff secretary in the department of kinesiology and community health. Also with the group was                             a.m.-3:30 p.m. on non-perfor-      http://www.ieanea.org/local/       Association                      8-10 p.m. Tuesday and Satur-    for June 7. More info: 355-3167   The Deutsche
House. More info: www.art.             Shared”                            DaMarco Perry, 7 (not pictured). The students visited the Physics Music Lab on April 26 for the Society of                              mance weekdays; 7:30 a.m.          aap/                               11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. first Thurs-   day, Illini Union. Beginners    or www.uiuc.edu/~beuoy.           Konversationsgruppe
uiuc.edu/galleries/japanhouse/      Through May 13.                                                                                                                                                               through weekday performanc-        Book Collectors’ Club – The        day monthly. More info:          welcome, 398-6686.              PC User Group                     1-3 p.m. Wednesday. The
                                    “A History of New”                    Women Engineers’ annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.                                                                                                                                              244-2466 or nblackbu@uiuc.
index.cfm. Japan House.                                                                                                                                                                                           es; weekends from 90 minutes       No. 44 Society                                                      Italian Table                   For schedule, call Mark           Bread Company, 706 S. Good-
                                    “An Architect Collects: Rob-        tion suggested.                   uiuc.edu or call 333-6068.       1 p.m. lunch.                   Kenney Gym and pool will be            before until after performanc-     4 p.m. First Wednesday of          edu.                             Italian conversation Mondays    Zinzow, 244-1289, or David        win Ave., Urbana.
20	Sunday	                             ert D. Kleinschmidt and a
                                                                                      n                   Arboretum Tours                  Bevier Café Too.                open to all faculty/staff at no        es.                                each month. Rare Book and          UIUC Falun Dafa Practice         at noon, Intermezzo Café,       Harley, 244-1843.                 VOICE
Family Fun Day at Allerton. 1-         Lifetime of Fine Arts Ac-                                                                                                           charge during scheduled hours          Promenade gift shop: 10 a.m.-      Manuscript Library, 346 Main       group                            KCPA.
                                       quisitions”                      @art gallery. Online exhibit of   To arrange a tour, 333-7579.     7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.                                                                                                                                                                                    Scandinavian Coffee Hour          Poetry and fiction reading, 7:45
5 p.m. Visitor Center, Allerton                                         the UI School of Art and De-                                       Offers gourmet coffee drinks,   with valid ID card.                    6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; one        Library. More info: 333-3777       4:10-6:10 p.m. each Sunday.      Lifetime Fitness Program        4-6 p.m. Wednesday. The           p.m. Third Thursday of each
Park. A day of fun and explora-     Through July 29.                                                      Beckman Institute Café                                                                                  hour before until 30 minutes       or www.library.uiuc.edu/rbx/       405 Illini Union. More info:
                                    Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibi-       sign. www.art.uiuc.edu/@art.      Open to the public. 8 a.m.-3     snacks, light lunch items and   English as a Second                                                                                                                           6-8:50 a.m. Monday-Friday.      Bread Company, 706 S. Good-       month. The Bread Company,
tion that includes nature hikes,                                                                                                           more.                           Language Course                        after performances.                no44.htm.                          244-2571.                        Kinesiology, 244-3983.          win Ave., Urbana.                 706 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.
nature stories, tours, craft ses-      tion                                                               p.m. Monday-Friday. Lunch                                                                               Ticket office: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
                                                                        ongoing                           served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monthly    Campus Recreation               7-8:30 p.m. LDS Institute                                                 Council of Academic                French Department: Pause         Normal Person’s Book            Secretariat                       Women’s Club
sions and a bake sale. More         On view May 5.                                                                                                                                                                daily, and 10 a.m. through first                                      Café
                                    Krannert Art Museum and                                               menu: www.beckman.uiuc.edu/      IMPE, 201 E. Peabody Drive,     Building, 402 S. Lincoln Ave.,                                            Professionals Meeting                                               Discussion Group                11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. third           Open to male and female fac-
info: www.allerton.uiuc.edu.                                            Altgeld Chime-Tower Tours                                                                          Urbana. Weekly on Thursdays.           intermission on performance        1:30 p.m. First Thursday           5-6 p.m. Thursdays, Espresso
                                    Kinkead Pavilion. 9 a.m.-5                                            café/.                           Champaign.                                                                                                                                                                    7 p.m. 317 Illini Union. Read   Wednesday monthly. Illini         ulty and staff members and
Allerton Park.                                                          12:30-1 p.m. Monday-Friday.                                                                                                               days.                              monthly. More info: www.cap.       Royale, 1117 W. Oregon St.,
                                    p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, until 9                                        Bevier Café                      CRCE, 1102 W. Gregory Drive,    Faculty/Staff Assistance                                                                                                                      “Cat’s Cradle,” by Kurt Von-    Union. More info: 333-1374,       spouses. 398-5967, or www.
                                                                        Enter through 323 Altgeld Hall.                                                                                                           Tours: 3 p.m. daily; meet in       uiuc.edu or mjreilly@uiuc.edu.     Urbana.                                                          mdavis@uiuc.edu or www.           UIUCWomensClub.org. u
                                    p.m. Thursday; 2-5 p.m. Sun-                                          8:30-11 a.m. coffee, juice and   Urbana.                         Program                                                                                                                                       negut for May 10; and “Never
                                                                        To arrange a concert or Bell
                                    day. Free admission; $3 dona-       Tower visit: e-mail chimes@       baked goods; and 11:30 a.m. to   See www.campusrec.uiuc.edu
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  Artistic challenge: keeping count of this professor’s projects
By Melissa Mitchell




I
News Bureau Staff Writer
      f UI art and design profes-
      sor John Jennings were a
      superhero, he’d probably be
      drawn with multiple limbs
and a large, oversized right brain.                                                                                                                                       Dynamic duo
    That’s because in real life,                                                                                                                                          The introduction to
the talented graphic design artist,                                                                                                                                       the catalog “Other
scholar and educator could use a                                                                                                                                          Heroes: African
few extra hands – and feet – to                                                                                                                                           American Comic
keep up with all the creative proj-                                                                                                                                       Book Creators,
ects he’s juggling this year.                                                                                                                                             Characters and
    On April 29, Jennings’ work –                                                                                                                                         Archetypes” is
created with Eye Trauma Co-                                                                                                                                               presented as a comic
mix collaborative partner and UI                                                                                                                                          featuring Jennings
graduate student Damian Duffy –                                                                                                                                           and Duffy.
was featured in a showcase of
titles by Chicago-based publisher
Front Forty Press in the “Fine
Print: Alternative Media” series
at the P.S.1 Art Center in Long Is-   has in recent years been appropri-                 He has contributed an essay       looking show called
land, N.Y., a non-profit arts space   ated by the media and corporate                titled “Hypograffi: Low Class +       ‘The Masters of
affiliated with New York’s Mu-        marketing machines, as “this gen-              High Ideas” to “Graffitecture.”       American         Com-
seum of Modern Art.                   eration’s rock ’n’ roll.”                          In “Hypograffi,” he maintains     ics,’ ” Jennings said.
    The program featured Front           Jennings teaches a class on                 that the art of typography has been   Though that exhibi-
Forty’s book “Graffitecture,”         Hip Hop design at the UI and de-               replaced in today’s technology-       tion, which featured
which presents the work of Chi-       scribes the course, its origin and             and-consumer-driven culture with      15 comics masters –
cago graffiti artists invited to      structure in “Dezyne Klass: Ex-                a louder, bolder, hip-and-hype-       “including individu-
draw and paint on photographs         ploring Image-making Through                   based style of visual communica-      als who canonized
of architectural interiors. It also   the Visual Culture of Hip Hop,” a              tion, which he dubs “hypograffi.”     the art form … peo-
includes essays by Jennings and       chapter in the anthology “Design                   The Front Forty showcase also     ple like Jack Kirby
other scholars and observers of       Studies: Theory and Research in                will include a reading from Jen-      and Will Eisner”
Hip Hop culture in America. He        Graphic Design” (Princeton Ar-                 nings’ and Duffy’s upcoming re-       – it did not present a
characterizes that culture, which     chitectural Press).                            lease titled “The Hole: Consumer      complete picture of
                                                                                     Culture.” Jennings describes “The     the history, he said.
                                                                                     Hole” as an “edgy, horror char-       “It shut out a certain
                                                                                     acter” with a gaping hole in his      mindset and demo-
                                                                                     stomach. The character, he said,      graphic. There were
                                                                                     pays homage to urban-legends          no women and only
                                                                                     mythologies and also has roots        one African Ameri-
                                                                                     in pop culture representations of     can artist.”
                                                                                     Haitian Voodoo.                           In their clever
                                                                                         The graphic novel is based on     introduction to the
                                                                                     “the buying and selling of race in    book-length catalog
                                                                                     our culture,” Duffy said, and ex-     accompanying the
                                                                                     amines “the simultaneous worship      Jackson State ex-
                                                                                     and degradation of African Amer-      hibition, Jennings
                                                                                     icans in popular culture and the      and Duffy explain
                                                                                     bloody terror of boundaries being     their motivations for
                                                                                     torn down.”                           organizing “Other
                                                                                         Also during April, another        Heroes”        through
                                                                                     major collaborative project cu-       sequential, comics- Consumer culture Jennings’ character
                                                                                     rated by Jennings and Duffy was       style frames featur- “The Hole.”
                                                                                     “Other Heroes: African American       ing their own carica-
                                                                                     Comic Book Creators, Characters       tures and text bubbles.              ’n’ Ginger; Eisner Award-winning
                                                                                     and Archetypes,” an exhibition on         “The show began, like most artist, writer and publisher Kyle
                                                                                     view through April 25 at Jackson      everything else as a sketchy idea,” Baker, known for the comics Birth
                                                                                     State University. The exhibition,     says the Jennings character.         of a Nation and Nat Turner; and
                                                                                     which Jennings hopes will travel          The dynamically drawn duo illustrator Denys Cowan, senior
                                                                                     to other venues in the future, in-    goes on to explain that the exhibi- vice president of animation for
                                                                                     cluded images of The Hole, Urban      tion grew from an initial idea of Black Entertainment Television
                                                                                     Kreep and other comics charac-        showcasing only African-Ameri- and creator of Static Shock and
                                                                                     ters he created with Duffy. It was    can comics artists. They charac- Hardware.
                                                                                     organized, he said, as a response     terized that idea in one dialogue       The book also includes essays
                                                                                     to a 2005-06 exhibition in Los An-    bubble as “an empowering and by Jennings and Duffy; Bill Fos-
                                                                                     geles that celebrated the work of     positive answer to the dehuman- ter, R.C. Harvey, Nancy Goldstein,
                                                                                     15 legendary comic artists.           izing portrayal of black people in Turtel Onli and Alex Simmons.
                                                                                         He and Duffy also are work-       American mass media.”                   The book is available through
                                                                                     ing on plans for a second show,           They ultimately decided to ex- print-on-demand publisher Lulu
                                                        photo by L. Brian Stauffer   “Out of Sequence,” which will be      pand the scope of their inquiry by at www.lulu.com/content/737106.
Creative collaboration Art and design professor John Jennings,                       exhibited at the UI’s Krannert Art    incorporating “non-comics work All profits after printing costs will
left, and graduate student Damian Duffy collaborate on Eye Trauma                    Museum in 2008.                       that is inspired by racial represen- be donated to Scholarship Amer-
Comix. Their work will be featured in a showcase of titles by                            “These shows are answers to       tations in sequential art, photos ica’s Disaster Relief Fund, which
Chicago-based publisher Front Forty Press.                                           the very narrow and backwards-        that reference the trope of black provides financial support to low-
                                                                                                                           superhero archetypes … (or the income Gulf Coast students dis-
                                                                                                                           mythic and religious antecedents placed by hurricanes Katrina and
                                                                                                                           of those tropes) … as well as il- Rita seeking post-secondary edu-
              After the storm                                                                                              lustrations that make use of racist cation.
         “Day 8” is from a comic                                                                                           caricatures of comics’ (and really,     A comic Jennings and Duffy
  Jennings and Duffy created to                                                                                            all of popular culture’s) history created to bring attention to the
 bring attention to the struggles                                                                                          – in order to investigate negative struggles of individuals impacted
 of individuals impacted by the                                                                                            stereotypes past and present.”       by the hurricanes has been nomi-
   recent Gulf Coast hurricanes.                                                                                               The exhibition and book fea- nated for 2007 GLYPH Comics
     Nominated for 2007 GLYPH                                                                                              ture veteran artists alongside the Awards in three categories: best
         Comics Awards in three                                                                                            latest crop of upstarts who cre- male character, best writer and
       categories, the comic was                                                                                           ate Web-based comics. The tal- story of the year. The comic was
  published in conjunction with                                                                                            ent line-up includes syndicated published in conjunction with the
  the U. of I.’s Katrina: After the                                                                                        cartoon pioneer Jackie Ormes, UI’s Katrina: After the Storm sum-
          Storm summit in 2006.                                                                                            originator of the 1930s character mit in 2006. Award winners will
                                                                                                                           Torchy Brown and post-World be announced at the East Coast
                                                                                                                           War II stand-alone comic Patty-Jo Black Age of Comics Convention
                                                                                                                                                                in Philadelphia May 18-19. u

				
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