S.S. Quanza focus of lecture and exhibit
The UI College of Law will host an exhibit and lecture on the S.S. Quanza, a Portuguese passenger ship that carried 80 refugees attempting to escape Nazi persecution in 1940.
Having been refused entry into Mexico, the Quanza sailed back to Norfolk, Va., for fuel. Maritime lawyer, Jacob L. Morewitz, was able to file a civil lawsuit against the ship line, delaying the ship's return to Europe. Through the efforts of advocates for the passengers, they were granted entry into the United States. Shortly thereafter, the State Department began to enforce the policy of refusing entry to refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.
The exhibit, from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13 in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion of the Law Building, tells the story through documents, photographs and artifacts of the S.S. Quanza and includes a model of the ship.
David E. Morewitz, a New York attorney and graduate of the UI, is the son of Jacob L. Morewitz. He and his nephew, Stephen J. Morewitz, a Chicago sociologist who has co-written a play and done extensive research on the Quanza incident, will present a lecture in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium of the Law Building at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29. A reception will follow in the Pedersen Pavilion. Malvina Schramroth Parnes, who was a child on board the Quanza, will be a special guest.
The exhibit is sponsored by the UI College of Law, the Committee on Jewish Culture and Society, and the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation.
Cancer seminar offered Sept. 27
The UI College of Medicine and the American Cancer Society are cosponsoring a daylong seminar for cancer patients, their families and friends, and health-care professionals.
"Cancer: Facing the Challenge" will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Chancellor Convention Center in Champaign. The seminar will discuss medical aspects of cancer and its treatment, as well as explore ways of coping with cancer's practical and emotional impact on daily life.
The fee for the seminar includes all sessions plus lunch and a continental breakfast. For more information on the seminar, contact the American Cancer Society, 356-9076.
Travel grant deadline is Oct. 31
Oct. 31 is the deadline for UI faculty and staff members to apply for a travel grant to support international program development.
Awards of up to $1,000 are offered by the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities Inc. (MUCIA), the UI Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and International Programs and Studies.
The award is designed to encourage faculty and staff members to work abroad on projects that are likely to result in the development or enhancement of international programs, and that ultimately benefit students, and faculty and staff members at the Ul.
Guidelines and application forms are available at the MUCIA office at 321 International Studies Building or by calling 333-1993.
GradeBook workshop offered
Free workshops are being offered for faculty members interested in learning to use GradeBook, a networked grading program that also permits students to see their course grades. Workshops will be offered from 12 to
1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 or from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in 146 Everitt Lab. Participants should make reservations by calling Jackie McCoy at 333-3490, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trail ride to benefit fund for horses
A ride-a-thon on Sept. 21 at Middlefork State Park near Oakwood, Ill., will benefit the new Equine Emergency Medical Fund, which is designed to help pay for emergency treatment for horses whose owners have demonstrated financial need.
All breeds and riding styles may participate. There will be a trail class and "poker" competition. Prizes will be awarded.
Registration and pledge collection start at 10 a.m., and the ride begins at 10:30. Lunch begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation. The cost of the event, including the ride, a T-shir, and a meal, is $25. Participation in the trail class is an additional $5. The event is sponsored by the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners from the UI College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, contact Cristina Bettencourt at 373-5199.
CAS announces program deadlines
The Center for Advanced Study has announced the deadlines for next year's programs.
Deadline for application for 1998-99 appointment of CAS Associates is Oct. 13. CAS Associates are selected from tenured faculty members and are appointed for one semester to pursue individual scholarly or creative projects.
Nominations for 1998-99 CAS Fellows are due Feb. 9. Fellows are nominated by their department heads and selected in an annual competition from untenured assistant professors. Fellows are appointed for one semester to pursue individual scholarly or creative projects.
Nominations of George A. Miller Visiting Professors and Scholars in CAS are due Oct. 14 and April 21. Miller visitors spend anywhere from one week to a year on campus participating in scholarly, professional or creative programs and in the activities of the CAS community and their home department(s).
Proposals for the 1998 Arnold O. Beckman Lecture on Research and Innovation is due Oct. 14.
Proposals for the MillerComm98 Lecture series are due by noon, Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, April 28 or
July 9. Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Deadlines are throughout the semester to accommodate timely topics.
Guidelines for proposals are available from the CAS at 333-6729 or at its Web site at http://www.cas.uiuc.edu.
Insect Expo is Sept. 26 and 27
The third annual Insect Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Stock Pavilion. This year's theme for the free event is "Insects Everywhere."
The Insect Expo will feature more than 30 different displays, including an insect petting zoo, cockroach racetrack and tractor pull, honey-bee dancing, beekeeping, insect taxonomy, educational insect displays and crafts, and Insect Puppet theater. The centerpieces for the expo are displays by private collector Dan Capps of Madison, Wisc.
The Insect Expo is sponsored by entomologists from the Illinois Natural History Survey's Center for Economic Entomology and Biodiversity, UI departments of entomology, crop sciences, natural resources and environmental sciences and veterinary pathobiology, and the Illinois Geological Survey. For more information, call Christopher Pierce at 333-7512 or e-mail email@example.com.
Colloquium questions life on mars
A researcher at NASA's Ames Research Center will talk about the space agency's continuing search for life on Mars on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in 228 Natural History Building. The talk, "Exploring for Life on Mars: The Next Decade of Exploration," is free and open to the public.
Jack Farmer, an expert in NASA's exobiology program, will review the latest findings from the current Mars Pathfinder mission; discuss the need and viability of sending human explorers to Mars; and describe the life, death and fossilization processes that occur in extreme environments on Earth. A better understanding of how organisms become entombed in the fossil record is a key factor in the search for life on other planets. The event is sponsored by the department of geology.
Visek lecture series begins Sept. 25
Robert M. Russell, professor of medicine and nutrition at Tufts University and associate director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, will discuss "Nutrient Requirements for a Global Aging Population." The lecture, which will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 in 103 Mumford Hall, is the inaugural lecture in the Willard J. and Priscilla F. Visek lecture series.
Willard J. Visek was a faculty member of the UI College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. An emeritus professor of internal medicine, he also holds professorships in the department of food science and human nutrition and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. His wife, Priscilla, was a registered dietitian and chief therapeutic dietitian at the University of Chicago hospitals. She completed her career as an educational specialist in the UI's Division of Instructional Resources.
The lecture series has been established to honor the Viseks' contributions
to the university.