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- Analyze this: Portable spectrometer to assist in artifact analysis
- Researchers in the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials have acquired a po- tentially powerful tool for analyzing the mineral composition of stone and ceramic artifacts. The instrument -- called a Portable Infrared Mineral Analyzer -- is fast, accurate, and perhaps most important, non-destructive.
- South Pole brings solitude and friendships for researchers
- It's quite a feat to be able to claim a visit to the South Pole in one's lifetime. But to be able to claim visits to the South Pole and North Pole all in one year is an adventure few could imagine. Yet that's what a team of scientists from the UI accomplished in 1999 when they flew over the North Pole in June to measure the atmospheric temperature, and five months later were on the opposite end of the globe to measure atmospheric temperature at the South Pole.
South Pole facts
Gift of kimonos to new research center seen as seed of collection
Japan House hosts open house
Elgar oratorio seldom heard in U.S. to be performed at Illinois
"Institutions of the Visual," a conference sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
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Researchers in the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials have acquired a po- tentially powerful tool for analyzing the mineral composition of stone and ceramic artifacts. The instrument -- called a Portable Infrared Mineral Analyzer -- is fast, accurate, and perhaps most important, non-destructive.
"The PIMA spectrometer will allow us to analyze priceless museum artifacts, enabling us to determine the source of the raw materials used in their construction," said Sarah Wisseman, the director of the ATAM program. "This information will be extremely useful to archaeologists and museum curators in tracing the cultural exchange of materials through history."
The $24,000 instrument was purchased through a National Science Foundation research grant awarded to ATAM, in collaboration with the Illinois State Geological Survey and the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program. The grant also provides financial support for researchers to perform a variety of first-time measurements.
"Because the instrument is both portable and non-destructive, we can take it into museums and obtain mineralogical profiles of stone and ceramic artifacts never before analyzed," Wisseman said. "In addition to being prime archaeological specimens, many of these artifacts are gorgeous art objects -- no curator is going to let you destroy part of them."
The spectrometer's potential application to archaeometry was recognized two years ago by Randy Hughes, a geologist with the ISGS, when he was consulting for a gold-mining operation in Nevada.
"We took some samples from the mine and analyzed them with a PIMA spectrometer in a nearby office," Hughes said. "I realized right away that this little instrument was making fairly sophisticated mineralogical determinations that mirrored very well what I had previously found using more-expensive and time-consuming X-ray diffraction techniques."
The instrument functions like a light meter, Hughes said. A beam of infrared light illuminates the sample and creates an absorption spectrum. The resulting spectral fingerprints identify specific mineralogical components in the sample.
"A central problem in archaeology is the accurate and cost-effective sourcing of materials in order to understand patterns of raw material procurement, artifact production and redistribution," Hughes said. "The limiting factor has been the destructive nature of the measurement techniques, which cannot be applied to most museum artifacts. We expect that the PIMA spectrometer will prove its usefulness as a cost-effective, non-destructive means of mineralogical characterization for a wide variety of archaeological and geological materials, both in the museum and in the field."
The instrument will be especially useful to field archaeologists who need rapid mineralogical assessment of plausible stone and clay sources, Hughes said. This information will help them decide which areas should be sampled for further mineralogical and elemental analyses.
The PIMA project will focus on North American stone artifacts from two periods, the Middle Mississippian and the Middle Woodland. Artifacts to be studied include 1000-year-old figurines from the Cahokia ceremonial mound complex near St. Louis, and 2000-year-old effigy pipes from several Hopewell sites in Illinois and Ohio. Establishing the source of raw materials used in the manufacture of the figurines and pipes could help in determining patterns of trade both for finished goods and for raw material.
"There has been considerable debate on the role that Cahokia played in ancient society," said Thomas Emerson, a professor of anthropology at the UI and director of the ITARP. "The artifacts found at Cahokia may represent a vast social, religious and political complex that exerted a major regional trade influence, or they may be exotic 'prestige goods' acquired by an elite few as a symbol of power."
Almost nothing has been done in scientifically sourcing the material at Cahokia, Emerson said. "Now, with the PIMA spectrometer, we can determine the sources for these figurines, and for figurines found in other mound groups."
The spectrometer also can be used to identify the source material for the Hopewell pipes -- artifacts traditionally thought to have been produced in and distributed from Ohio across the Midwest. Recent work by Hughes and others, however, has shown that some of the pipes were manufactured from flint clays found in northwestern Illinois.
"There were two big Hopewell centers, one in the Ohio River Valley and one in the Illinois River Valley," Emerson said. "Similarities in pipe design point to a potential trade link between the two centers. To investigate such a link, we need to analyze the mineral structure and composition of pipes found in Ohio and examine potential carving sites."
During the first-year pilot study, the researchers will attempt to validate the new spectroscopic technique by comparing PIMA measurements with those obtained by other methods, such as X-ray diffraction and sequential acid dissolution and inductively coupled plasma analyses.
"Starting with stone artifacts, we want to demonstrate to the archaeological community how useful the PIMA spectrometer can be," Wisseman said. "In the project's second phase, we will expand our study to the mineralogical composition of ceramic objects."
Collaborators on the PIMA project include Philip DeMaris and Duane Moore of the ISGS and Mary Hynes, a graduate student in anthropology.
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It's quite a feat to be able to claim a visit to the South Pole in one's lifetime. But to be able to claim visits to the South Pole and North Pole all in one year is an adventure few could imagine.
Yet that's what a team of scientists from the UI accomplished in 1999 when they flew over the North Pole in June to measure the atmospheric temperature, and five months later were on the opposite end of the globe to measure atmospheric temperature at the South Pole.
One of the team members, Xinzhao Chu, a 31-year-old visiting postdoctorate from Beijing, lived at the South Pole from Nov. 24 through Feb. 5.
"Unforgettable place! Unforgettable people! Unforgettable time!" she e-mailed her friends just hours before leaving the South Pole base.
But Chu concludes that when she first arrived at that desolate spot on the bottom of Earth, she wanted to leave as soon as possible. The temperatures during the summer months there are about 30-below zero Fahrenheit, the wind blows constantly at about 12 mph, the sun never sets and the air is some of the driest on the globe.
But in time, she felt very comfortable there. And she discovered there are so few distractions that it is a wonderful place for a scientist to work.
Chu's colleagues on the UI research team are Chet Gardner, interim vice president for academic affairs and professor of electrical and computer engineering and of atmospheric sciences; George Papen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Gary Swenson, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Weilin Pan, one of Gardner's graduate students.
Their project is aimed at verifying and recording atmospheric temperatures above the two poles throughout the year. The South Pole instruments will collect data for two years. The data will be used to establish a baseline to compare temperatures in the future to determine the effects of global climate change, according to Gardner.
As one might expect, getting from Champaign-Urbana to the South Pole isn't easy. It takes about 30 hours in the air with stops at Los Angeles and Christchurch, New Zealand. Layovers at Christchurch can stretch into days if the weather is bad, and the next leg of the trip is made in airplanes equipped with skis for entry into McMurdo on the continent of Antarctica and then to the South Pole.
The National Science Foundation at Christchurch issues extreme-cold-weather gear, including socks, underwear, shoes, gloves and a lifesaving red parka. As for living quarters, those like Chu who visit during the summer -- November through early February -- stay in a Quonset-hut dorm that is maintained at a temperature of about 65 degrees.
Because it was summer, the sun was shining 24 hours a day. At the South Pole, the sun rises on Sept. 21 and doesn't set until March 21.
Those who stay past February are called winter-overs. They are fewer in number -- usually about 20 to 50 -- and they are very isolated because the temperatures fall so low that airplanes cannot land until late October. They also live without sunshine for most of their stay.
One of Chu's duties while at the South Pole was to train a scientist, Ashraf El Dakrouri, who will winter-over and continue the UI team's research until Chu or another team member returns in November.
Chu said she didn't have luxurious living conditions, but it wasn't too difficult either. The "dorms" had private sleeping spaces, partitioned off with partial walls. But the restrooms were in a separate building about 30 meters from the living quarters, she said.
There was a shower in the restroom building, but she was permitted only two showers a week. And each shower was limited to two minutes.
"At the South Pole, water shouldn't be a problem because there is enough snow and it's very clean," she said. "But to melt water we need energy and energy comes from burning fuel, and for this we need lots of fuel. So to save energy, people are allowed only two minutes in the shower."
Everyone eats in a galley located in the main building, which is a geodesic dome. The food did not taste very good, Chu said laughing, but it was offered four times a day. After breakfast each morning, she would walk a distance of about 450 meters to the lab. Shuttle buses were available but she preferred the exercise, despite windchill temperatures that sometimes were as low as 50 below zero.
Once Chu was in the lab, she often worked 12 - to 14-hour days. When the weather was very good she could collect a lot of data and she would work around the clock. Sometimes she would take a nap on a couch and not return to her dorm-room for days.
The South Pole doesn't pick up television signals, but there were thousands of movie videos to choose from, and Chu said she read lots of books. Satellites overhead at some hours during the day allowed them to send and receive e-mails. They could telephone home about once a week.
Despite the serious work being done there, Chu and the other scientists did allow themselves a party on Friday evenings when they collected a container of the world's purest snow and made their own version of Slushees with a variety of wines and liquor.
"There were about 220 people there," she said. "And I met many new friends. The people that work there, I feel, are not ordinary people. Many people there have traveled the world, going to many, many places. At the South Pole, everybody needs to do their work well, so it's a unique place with high-quality people."
One of the scientists she met was astronaut James Lovell, the captain of the aborted Apollo 13 flight.
A unique memory of her trip was that she was included in a live television broadcast on New Year's Eve that went out around the world as part of the millennium celebration. Friends in the United States as well as the United Kingdom told her later that they saw her on television, she said.
Part of the New Year's celebration every year, she explained, is moving the South Pole's geographical marker back to the "real spot" because it drifts about 10 meters a year on the sheet of ice and snow covering Antarctica.
As for the research conducted at the North Pole, Chu and the other team members made that trip in June. Because the North Pole does not have land beneath it, airplanes cannot land there and there is no permanent station. So Chu and the other team members did their experiments from a specially equipped airplane from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The plane flew from Winnipeg, Canada, and made four flights over the geographic North Pole, according to Gardner.
Chu said she never expected that she would go to either of the poles in her lifetime, let alone both in one year. It's been a great experience, and she's ready to go back. South, that is.
"I wish I could go back and see if the system is still working well," she said. "If it's not then I need to fix it and get it ready for the next year.
"When I left in February, I sent an e-mail to all my friends and said I hope I can go back to the South Pole some day. It's a unique place. When I work there, the enthusiasm is high. We get so much data and we can do so much scientific research. You could not find that scenery any other place in the world."
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Thanks to a gift from Tokyo's Habuki Kyoto Kimono School to the UI's Japan House, art and design professor Kimiko Gunji's students will soon be learning all they ever wanted to know -- and more -- about the cultural and historical significance of the kimono.
In April, Japan House will celebrate the establishment of the Kimono Resource Center, which initially will serve as a repository for about a dozen kimonos donated by the Japanese school. Many of the kimonos are richly colored with elaborate, often hand-painted, details, and were designed to be worn at specific festivals or other occasions. The collection also includes examples of more humble styles, made of cotton and designed for everyday wear.
In addition to the kimonos, the gift -- initiated by the Habuki school's president, Takayoshi Mizushima -- includes a 25-volume video collection. Gunji said the videos "feature 100 different elements of kimono -- from dying and weaving of the material to hand-painting and discussions of appropriate footwear."
As director of Japan House, Gunji primarily promotes the Japanese arts -- tea ceremony, flower arranging and calligraphy among them -- through courses for university students. She also presents occasional workshops for community members, makes presentations for local schoolchildren and hosts public open houses at Japan House. Although she always has incorporated kimono-dressing demonstrations and other information about the garment into her lessons, Gunji said the addition of the on-site resource center will be a great instructional enhancement. She envisions the initial gift as the seeds of a collection, which she hopes will grow over time and may someday be available for loan to other institutions or displayed in traveling exhibitions.
The various types of kimonos now housed at the center and their functions:
To mark the opening of the Kimono Resource Center, Japan House will host an initiation ceremony at 2 p.m. April 1. The program will include a kimono dance and dressing demonstration presented by visiting specialists from the Habuki Kyoto Kimono School and the Habuki Kimono Performance Academy. The event is free and open to the public.
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The art of obimusubi -- otherwise known as Japanese sash tying -- will be among the highlights of the spring open house April 8 at the UI's Japan House.
The public is invited to tour the facility, located at 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building houses the UI's program in Japanese cultural arts, which is directed by UI art and design professor Kimiko Gunji.
Throughout the day, members of the UI Urasenke Tea Study Group and Urasenke Chicago Chapter will conduct tea ceremony demonstrations. Visitors also may view an exhibition of art by students enrolled in courses offered at Japan House.
Other scheduled open-house activities include:
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In the United States, the tune most closely associated with Edward Elgar is undoubtedly his "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 1 -- the classical musical accompaniment to many a graduation ceremony.
However, in the composer's homeland of Great Britain, many other works from his sizeable output remain equally popular today. Among those still performed regularly is "The Dream of Gerontius," widely considered to be a masterpiece of late-Romantic oratorio, according to UI musicology professor Nicholas Temperley, an expert on English music. Set to words by John Henry Cardinal Newman, "Gerontius" is a meditation on the afterlife that describes the journey of a man's soul after it leaves the earthly realm.
Despite its popularity abroad, Temperley said the ambitious piece is rarely performed in the United States. Such a rare spectacle will take place at 8 p.m. April 1 in the Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where the university's Oratorio Society, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra will combine forces in a concert directed by UI music professor Fred Stoltzfus. The concert, which will feature solo performances by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Campbell, tenor Jerold Siena and bass Ronald Hedlund, is planned in conjunction with the Midwest Victorian Studies Association's annual meeting on the campus March 31-April 2.
The association, which has members from throughout the United States and abroad, primarily comprises teachers, scholars and students of history, literature, art history, music, philosophy and religion. The theme of this year's conference is "Victorian Realities/Victorian Dreams." During the conference, Temperley will moderate a panel discussion on "Newman and Elgar and the Dream of Gerontius," which will feature presentations by UI history professor Walter Arnstein; David Goslee, professor of English at the University of Tennessee; and Charles McGuire, professor of music at the University of Maryland. The session, scheduled to take place from 3:15-5:15 p.m. April 1 at the Illini Union, is open to the public; conference registration is not required to attend this session. Also open to the public is a post-concert panel discussion of Elgar's work, from 10-11:15 a.m. April 2 at the Illini Union.
Temperley said he doesn't really know why "Gerontius" isn't performed more often in the United States. This much he does know, however: "The first performance, in 1900, was a disaster. The music was very difficult and rather modern for the ears of that time." But when people got to know the work, they took it to heart. "It has a passion and splendor," Temperley noted, "that triumph over difficulties, and sometimes recall the best of Wagner and Richard Strauss."
The composition also stirred a fair amount of controversy when it debuted in turn-of-the-century England, because of "its Roman Catholic subject matter, including the idea of purgatory, which was not shared by the Protestant Anglican majority in England," Temperley said. "There had been many converts, led by Newman himself, and Elgar was also a Roman Catholic. The oratorio awakened the age-old fear that England would be taken over by Rome."
More information about the conference, along with related Elgar links is on the Web at www2.ic.edu/MVSA.
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Cutting-edge artists, videographers and producers, cultural theorists, museum curators, scholars and other students of the visual media gathered at the UI March 4-7 for a series of unusual presentations aimed at exploring the phenomenon of "the visual" across epochs and cultures. The gathering -- a conference on "Institutions of the Visual" was sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Christine Catanzarite, IPRH associate director, was conference co-organizer with Michael Bérubé, IPRH director. Fred Wilson, an internationally exhibited New York artist renowned for his museum "interventions," gave the keynote on "The Silent Message of the Museum." Among the UI presenters was Linda Scott, professor of advertising.
Most Americans recognize the red and white label of Campbell's soup. Many even have a few cans in their cupboard. In 1985, for example, 90 percent of Americans had Campbell's soup on their shelves and the average house had 10 cans of the familiar brand. There's a reason Campbell's soup is so familiar: advertising.
However, Linda M. Scott, a UI advertising professor, says the advertising practices that have made Campbell's soup a household name were often Mmm, Mmm, Bad.
Scott spoke March 6 as part of the Illinois Program for the Research in the Humanities' "Conference on Institutions of the Visual." Her speech, "Campbell Soup and the Celebrity Illustrator," centered on ways the Campbell Soup Co. has tried to sell its soup during its 100-year history.
One of the simplest tactics was to force merchants to display the cans on their shelves, instead of inside boxes as most other products were displayed at the time, Scott said. The rows of red-and-white striped cans became common in stores across the country.
"They were displayed in a way in which no other product was displayed," Scott said. "It suggested that you should have many cans on hand."
Another tactic was to blur the lines between art and advertising. According to Scott, Campbell's was particularly famous for trying to connect itself with the art movements of the times.
"Originally Campbell Soup ads are typical of the limited imagery of advertising," Scott said. "Like many ads, they were not very complex."
Color pictures were still in their infancy at the time and pictures often turned out slightly off color or murky -- a fate that a food company could not afford. No one wants to eat almost red tomatoes. So Campbell's frequently commissioned artists to paint them who, as Scott said, were "not only well-known by name but well-known by their hand." The distinct painting styles of people like Maude Humphrey (better known as Humphrey Bogart's mom) made the soup ads seem like pieces of art, not just a sales pitch.
However, as the first art ads were appearing in magazines, it was common practice for Campbell's to use copycat artists, who worked cheaper, to mimic the style of the original artist.
Scott talked about the Campbell Soup Co.'s less-than-ethical practice of taking artists' work and using other artists to steal their ideas, including one famous example involving the Campbell Kids (at left). One of the mainstays of Campbell advertising, the Campbell kids are frequently featured in company advertising. The company has been at a loss to explain their popularity (one executive even called them strange-looking) but they have become a trademark, literally and figuratively, of Campbell's soup.
The kids were originally developed in 1904 by G.G. Drayton, a prominent cartoonist of the period who drew them to help her husband win the Campbell advertising contract. But slowly, Campbell used other artists to draw the kids and stopped paying Drayton for her idea.
"It was undoubtedly her intellectual property," Scott said. "They slowly took it away from her."
But Scott believes that the most famous and complicated relationship in Campbell's soup history is when Andy Warhol began painting Campbell's soup cans in 1962.
Warhol, who had been an advertising artist trying to break into the world of "high art," received advice from his agent to paint something so ordinary that people hardly notice it anymore. After experimenting with dollar bills, Warhol decided to paint Campbell's soup cans, stacked as they would be on the grocery shelves.
The result was a public phenomena that became known as "pop art," using everyday objects for art. At first, the Campbell Soup Co. was irate that Warhol was using its image until executives saw all the free publicity they were getting from it.
Although they never employed Warhol to work for them, Campbell did use variations of Warhol's ideas in their ads.
Scott found interesting twists in the Warhol-Campbell story when she tried to purchase one of the Warhol paintings. First, Warhol painted the cans in proportion to the popularity and production of the actual soup flavors. So there are more paintings of tomato soup cans -- by far the most popular Campbell's soup flavor. However, the paintings of tomato soup cans are by far the most difficult to find and the most expensive to purchase. Originally, this meant that Scott was forced to settle for a less popular Warhol variety.
But, after considerable investment, Scott was finally able to "trade up" to a genuine Andy Warhol Campbell's tomato-soup-can painting. What originally was advertising has now become art.
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The views from windows across campus are as varied as the people sitting in the offices behind the windows. We asked readers to share their views with us. This is the first series of entries. We'll continue to run them in the next few issues.
"I have worked in Commerce West (soon to be renamed Wohler's Hall) since 1966 in various positions -- always in an office with a window facing west, overlooking Sixth Street. I have seen the trees grow tall and change with the seasons. The fall and spring are beautiful.
"The first 12 years I spent looking out from the third floor seeing the tops of the trees. I watched them play soccer in the space that has now become parking lot E12.
"The remaining years have been spent looking out a second-floor window. There the view is still beautiful. The evergreen trees peek in at me and birds sit on the window sill. It is particularly pretty when the snow covers the evergreens and makes the tree sort of tap on the window. I always have appreciated the afternoon sunlight that beams down.
"I've been blessed with two fabulous campus views. During the first few years [I worked at the UI], my office in 227 Illini Union overlooked the walkway down the Engineering Quad as if you could walk right out my window exactly down the path to Grainger, Kenney and Beckman. I even arranged my office so the perfect view was always in sight. I watched the most beautiful leaves change, especially at sunset, and the light poles reflected different shades. And I knew it was icy when the students slipped and slid along the path. And I could see and hear what as going on when there were special events right there by the street and music would be playing. And of course, the construction ...
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For the past 11 years, the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award has recognized demonstrated excellence of academic professional staff members at the UI. This year, the selection committee reviewed 25 nominations. The three winners were selected for their excellence in three criteria: work, personal and professional contributions.
Each of the CAPE Award winners will receive $2,000. In addition, next year $1,000 will go into their department's budget to be used at their discretion to benefit the workplace. Also, the base salaries of the winners will be increased by $1,000, effective Aug. 21.
The award ceremony and reception to honor the CAPE Award winners this year will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 22 in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union.
Charles Kline, principal research programmerComputing and Communications Services Office
As principal research programmer with the Computing and Communications Services Office, Charles Kline is one of those rare individuals whose work directly impacts every student and faculty and staff member, wrote Beth Scheid, assistant director of CCSO.
"Charley is the architect of the campus network, UIUCnet," according to Scheid. "The campus network is a complex system and Charley has to choose the technology upon which to build our network, choose which vendors' products to use, figure out how to connect them together, and how to communicate his plans to the CCSO team responsible for deploying and maintaining his design. Today, UIUCnet provides connectivity to 290 campus-related buildings with 370 individual network for 45,000 machines."
In addition, he relates to students by explaining campus technology and policies to each new generation of curious undergraduates, Scheid wrote. He is always willing to help out faculty who seek out his expertise, and he keeps the network administrators and computer support personnel aware of the major and minor changes that affect the daily workings of the UIUCnet.
Kline earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from the UI. He began working for CCSO about 20 years ago.
His contribution to the UI has been critical in the development of the campus network, wrote George Badger, former CCSO director and retired vice chancellor of computing and communications. In starting up the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Kline was central in bringing the operational systems into production.
"The campus network began almost simultaneously with the initiation of NCSA, and the connections to other campuses were essential to the delivery of NCSA services," Badger wrote. "Beyond this technical effort, it is even more critical that he built such trust in his competence and openness that the networking efforts of the campus in general and NCSA have been closely coordinated. This has been of enormous benefit to the campus and to its reputation as a center of networking expertise."
Kline's name is mentioned with a certain amount of awe around CCSO, according to Hassan Aref, interim chief information officer for CCSO. "He is the campus network architect, guru, trouble-shooter, Mr. Fixit, all rolled into one. He is one of two people who has top-level access to the key routers and switches that make it all work. Charley sees the 'forest' while having firsthand knowledge of each and every 'tree,' " Aref said.
Susan Yung Maul, director, Illini Union
After completing her master's degree in history at the UI in 1971, Susan Yung Maul worked at a community college for a year and then returned to the UI as a professional staff member at the Illini Union. She rose through the ranks from assistant Illini Union program director to director of the Illini Union.
As director of the Union she and her staff provide services to 4 million customers annually. She is responsible for an operating budget of nearly $22 million and 500 to 600 employees. Under her stewardship, she has renovated space in the Union to create a 10,000-square-foot student organization complex that serves more than 50 student organizations; converted an outdoor patio into a popular Courtyard Café; created a privatized food court; and completed $3 million worth of fire safety improvements.
She also oversaw the construction of the $8 million Illini Union Bookstore. From 1993-95, she served as interim director of the Assembly Hall, and during that time she set in motion the $8 million renovation project. She has served on numerous UI search committees and task forces. She is the immediate past president of the Association of College Unions-International, and currently serves on its executive board.
"Susan has dedicated all her adult life to the UI, and the university is a better place because of her leadership," wrote S. Eugene Barton, associate vice chancellor for student affairs. "She has touched the lives of many students and mentored many more staff members during her years at Illinois.
Nominator Edward M. Slazinik, associate director of the Illini Union, said she is known for her logic, attention to detail, ability to think outside of the box, and for an ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely manner.
"The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recognized in the college union field as a world-class operation because of the Illini Union and its current director, Susan Yung Maul," Slazinik wrote.
Thomas E. Livingston, executive director of the Illinois Medical District, said that he served as chairman of the Illini Union Board in 1988-89 while Maul was director.
"There are few days that pass in my professional life that I do not draw on skills learned under the mentorship of Sue Maul," he wrote. "She is one of the most respected and well-known union directors in the nation," Livingston said.
Lisa R. Micele, counselorUniversity Laboratory High School
In just six years at University Laboratory High School, Lisa R. Micele has had such an impact on students that the class of 1994 selected her as their commencement speaker, the class of 1997 dedicated the yearbook to her, and students voted her the teacher of the year in 1995. As director of college counseling at Uni High, Micele has restructured the counseling office into a student services office where students are the focus, according to Linda Morford, assistant director of Uni High.
"For many of our students, Lisa is not only their college application guardian angel, but also a friend and someone they can go to discuss life's problems," Morford wrote. "Lisa is one of the most respected members of our faculty. Her outstanding leadership abilities and personal integrity make her a role model for our younger faculty. Lisa is constantly being asked to serve on committees because of her strong work ethic and insight into the needs of our students. Her wonderful personality enables her to motivate and inspire change."
According to senior faculty member Rosemary Laughlin, Lisa is a make-a-difference person. "Uni would not be the same had she not come to be the college counselor. She shows how professional service is a privilege."
Parents appreciate Lisa's enthusiasm and her willingness to work with their children to find the colleges that best suit them, according to Morford. She meets one on one with all students and their parents, and a former Uni parent nominated Micele for the CAPE award last year.
Micele started at Uni high in 1993 as the junior-senior counselor and was named director of college counseling in 1997. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in higher and continuing education, both from the UI. She serves on the board of the Illinois Association of College Admissions Counselors and received the Newcomer Award from that organization soon after joining.
Uni Principal John Hedeman said her greatest contribution to Uni is her service to students. "Like all great teachers and counselors, Lisa leads students in ways that allow them to teach and help themselves. Her idea of college admission counseling is based on self-exploration and decision-making. She spends long hours with students and their families.
"The UI benefits greatly from Lisa's work," Hedeman wrote.
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A groundbreaking for the new south campus research park was the last item on the schedule for the UI Board of Trustees at its two-day meeting in Urbana on March 1-2. So it was only fitting that much of their agenda -- covering building projects, South Farms planning and economic development in general -- seemed a prelude to the big event.
Providing perspective on how various developments fit together, from Gov. George Ryan's recently announced VentureTECH program to the rapid development of the research park, was the job March 1 of Chester Gardner, interim vice president for academic affairs. (See www.vpaa.uillinois.edu/reports/crossroads/.)
Titled "At the Crossroads: The State, the University and Tomorrow's Technology," the plan outlines how the university can foster increased research and economic development through investment in advanced technology. It's a matter of existing expertise, funding opportunities and necessity, as Gardner explained it.
The important expertise lies particularly in the UI's research legacy in biotechnology and information technology, Gardner said. The UI is unique in its intersection of both, he said.
The funding opportunities are at both the federal and state level, Gardner said. In the decade since the end of the Cold War, federal research priorities have shifted, with the National Institute of Health (NIH) being one of the beneficiaries, he noted. The NIH budget has increased 265 percent during the past decade and its proposed budget for the upcoming 2001 fiscal year is $19 billion.
President Clinton also has proposed major funding for programs in information technology, nanotechnology and biocomplexity, all of which could play to UI strengths.
The opportunity at the state level is chiefly in the Illinois VentureTECH program announced by Gov. Ryan in his state of the state message. If fully funded, the $1.9 billion program would bring $270 million to the Chicago and Urbana campuses over the next four years for research infrastructure and programs, Gardner said.
In the area of biotechnology, VentureTECH would go toward a medical imaging facility, advanced chemical technologies lab and pharmacy laboratory addition at UIC, and toward a post-genomics institute at Urbana.
In the area of information technology, the program would fund a new building for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and a microelectronics lab addition at Urbana.
In supporting technology commercialization, VentureTECH would fund an expansion of the technology park at UIC, a new company incubator facility at Urbana, and a new "Illinois Ventures" office providing services for promising start-up companies at both campuses.
Gardner said investment in high technology and research is a necessity because the Illinois economy depends on it and because other states and universities are making similar large investments. "It is a new ballgame, and it will take some initiative and effort on our part to play in that ballgame," he said.
Illinois has the fourth largest high technology economy in the United States, trailing only California, New York and Massachusetts, Gardner said. And the high-tech companies in that economy employ a lot of non-technologists. As an example, he noted that Motorola employs 24,000 people in Illinois, only 5,000, or one-fifth, are engineers.
Further making the case, Gardner cited a 1998 fiscal year survey from the Association of University Technology Managers that directly attributed $34 billion in economic activity and 280,000 jobs during the fiscal year to commercialization of U.S. academic research. A total of 364 new companies were created, he noted, 79 percent of them located near the university where the relevant research was done.
By that measure, Gardner said, the UI should be creating about six new companies per year.
Another important aspect of the necessity, Gardner said, lies in keeping up with what others are doing. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being committed to similar research initiatives by states like Michigan and Wisconsin and universities like Cal Tech, Yale and Harvard, he noted.
"The stakes are high and the competition is fierce," Gardner said, but the VentureTECH program, if funded, would give the UI tools it needed to address the challenges and establish a role for the state in the high-tech economy.
South Farms planning
In related business, the board heard a preliminary report from ACES Dean David Chicoine on the southward move of the South Farms on the Urbana campus, in accordance with the South Campus Master Plan approved by the board last June.
The plan Chicoine put forward would split the move into five phases, most of them involving expenses for purchase of land, construction of new facilities, demolition of existing structures and infrastructure. The time to complete each phase was estimated at 24 months, although Chicoine noted "the pace at which any of these phases would be complete would be entirely dependent on resources." He also said the phases could overlap, with the next phase starting before the previous phase was complete.
Significant resources will be required to move the plan along. The estimate for the first phase is $39.7 million, with $24.3 million of that going for new buildings: an animal farm services complex, feed mill, beef complex, sheep complex and compost facility.
An estimated $56.5 million would be required for the second phase, with $46.9 million going for new dairy and swine complexes. An estimated $49.2 million is estimated for the third phase, with $39.4 million going for four buildings: a natural resources and environmental sciences complex, horse complex, crop science/agricultural engineering complex and a poultry complex.
The last significant phase under the plan would be the fourth, with estimated costs placed at $41.1 million, with $38.1 million going for three buildings: an arena and lab building that would be tied to an intensive animal research facility and a grain milling center.
The fifth phase, estimated at $7.1 million, all for purchase of land at the far south end of the development, is not required to accommodate current needs, Chicoine said, but was added with an eye on possible long-term needs.
The total plan, if carried to completion, would cost an estimated $193.6 million, with $148.7 million going for buildings $17.4 million for land acquisition, $5 million for demolition of existing structures, and $22.6 million for infrastructure.
Athletes score well
According to Athletic Director Ronald Guenther, in a report to trustees on the second day of their meeting, the intercollegiate sports program on the Urbana campus "may be on an unprecedented high" since 1950. He backed that up with a long list of accomplishments by Illinois teams on the field, the court and in other athletic venues.
Along with that, Guenther noted various programs in place to maintain and improve academic performance. In the last fall semester, the GPA for male student-athletes was 2.785, compared to a GPA of 3.02 for the male student body. The GPA for female student-athletes was 3.18, compared to 3.14 for the female student body.
Guenther also reported on progress toward gender equity, noting that the male/female ratio among student-athletes now stood at 59/41. He thought the ratio would be close to 50/50 within the next 18 months.
In other business
o Gave its final approval, during its Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting, of the design for the $115 million College of Medicine Research Building at UIC.
o Held a non-scheduled discussion on the first day of their meeting regarding a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would amend previous legislation giving one of the board's three student trustees an official vote.
The previous legislation was due to expire next year, but the bill would cancel that provision, making the student vote permanent. The bill also would add language restricting students from voting on certain tenure and promotion matters.
The bill was reported to be on its third reading and certain to pass in the Illinois House. UI Board President William Engelbrecht, Henry, asked trustees whether they had any input they wished to pass along on the matter.
The invitation prompted an extensive and sometimes confusing discussion on the matter in which various trustees reiterated their previously expressed opposition to a permanent student vote. Arun Reddy and David Cocagne, student trustees from UIC and Urbana, respectively, expressed their support for the student vote.
The end result was approval of a motion made by Roger Plummer, Chicago, asking that the law not be amended, leaving the sunset provision in place. All nine statewide trustees voted in favor, with Cocagne, who holds the official student vote this year, voting against. Melissa Neely, the UIS student trustee, cast her advisory vote in favor of the motion, and Reddy cast his advisory vote against.
The bill had already passed the House that day by the time trustees voted on their motion.
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Trustees closed their March 2 meeting by taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. George Ryan for the new Research Park that is soon to begin developing on the south campus.
Before the ceremony, the trustees approved a 50-year ground lease with Motorola Inc., an anchor tenant in the park. Motorola plans to build a 72,000-square-foot research and development center at the southwest corner of St. Mary's Road and First Street. The $9 million facility will provide about 220 high-tech jobs.
UI Vice Chancellor for Research Tony Waldrop said other Fortune 500 companies have said they are interested in locating in the Research Park as well. . Developer Peter Fox, who hopes to have two additional buildings completed in the park by the end of the year, reported to trustees that he was following up with several companies as potential tenants.
Motorola's executive vice president, Merle Gilmore, who took part in the ceremony, told the gathering that it's important for firms such as Motorola to stay connected with this great "world-class university" and its faculty members and students. He predicts the research park will someday be similar to the technology centers in Silicon Valley (California) and Boston.
The UI Research Park will target tenants working in the areas of engineering, information technology and biotechnology. Ryan has asked the legislature for $8 million this year to build an incubator building in the park. The incubator facility will help high-tech start-up firms develop their ideas.
Chancellor Michael Aiken said the Urbana campus has leading researchers in information technology, engineering, plant and animal sciences and biomedical research. He emphasized the university must be aggressive and flexible in its transfer of that new technology to the marketplace.
"The research park will aid us in attracting the very best new faculty," Aiken said. "And our students will benefit from more chances to work with cutting-edge companies. In fact, this research park and the companies it attracts and grows will help to keep Illinois' sharpest minds in Illinois."
Aiken noted that a study last year found that in the previous six years, 73 percent of UI graduates trained in some form of biotechnology who took industrial jobs left Illinois. Of those who took academic jobs, 72 percent left Illinois.
"Our graduates need to know that there are opportunities to stay in the state of Illinois and work with the latest technologies," Aiken said.
The master plan for the research park calls for the development of about 1.4 million square feet of research and related space. The development will occur in five phases. The first and second phases will extend along the west side of First Street from St. Mary's Road to the area of Gerty Drive. Some sheep and cattle facilities will be relocated to accommodate that growth.
Future development is planned along the east side of First Street from St. Mary's Road all the way to Windsor Road. Plans suggest that part of that future development could be a hotel and conference center to be built directly south of the Assembly Hall, on St. Mary's Road between First and Fourth streets.
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Larry Smarr, founding director of the National Computational Science Alliance and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the UI, assumed the new role of alliance strategic adviser on March 1, freeing him of his management responsibilities of the alliance and NCSA.
Dan Reed, head of the UI department of computer science and co-lead for the alliance's technology development efforts, took the the helm as alliance director. Jim Bottum, currently deputy director of NCSA and the alliance, is NCSA's executive director. The transition is to be completed by June 1.
"I'm very optimistic about the future of technology on the Urbana campus," Smarr said. "In my new role, I will have more opportunities to work with academic researchers, federal agencies and the private sector to create and develop a new vision for the future of computing and information technology in this country."
These changes will enable NCSA and the UI to take maximum advantage of the recently announced Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science and the proposed NCSA building. These two buildings will anchor a world-class information technology complex that includes the UI's new information technology Research Park. The new complex will operate as a technology pipeline that couples long-term computer science research, prototyping and development, and technology transfer to startups and IT companies.
"We're entering a new era -- extraordinary advances in computing and its applications are transforming every aspect of science and society," Reed said. "The UI and the alliance have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of computing. I am delighted to be a part of that future."
The changes come as the alliance, funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure program, enters its fourth year. Launched in 1997, the alliance is prototyping the 21st century's information infrastructure through a partnership among researchers at more than 50 institutions. A new type of virtual organization was established to manage and lead the alliance, with the understanding that its structure was dynamic.
Commenting on the changes, Chancellor Michael Aiken said: "This is exactly the right move at the right time. We are excited at the promise represented by Larry Smarr's new role. He has a unique gift for envisioning the future of information technology and for communicating that vision to the rest of us. I am confident that his new role as alliance strategic adviser will significantly enrich the development of information technology throughout the world and this university's part in it.
"By bringing NCSA and the department of computer science into closer collaboration, Dan Reed's new leadership will open up exciting new possibilities for both as their missions become increasingly complementary," Aiken said.
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The Couples Research Program at the UI is offering a free marriage checkup for couples who would like to find our more about the health of their marriage. The checkup is confidential. Couples also will receive financial compensation upon completion of the project. More information is available by calling the Psychological Services Center at 333-0041.
Alumni from all over the United States will be returning for this event, planned to honor the memory of longtime member Silvija Sparkis. For more information, call 398-6686 or e-mail email@example.com.
Champaign florist Rick Orr will serve as guest curator of the event. The exhibition features floral arrangements, created by regional floral designers, that respond to works of art selected by Orr from the museum's permanent collection.
Tickets for the benefit are $45. For information or reservations, call 333-1861.
The exhibition may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 and from 2 to 5 p.m. April 9 Admission to Krannert Art Museum is free and open to the public.
Those responsible for evaluating academic professional or civil service staff members are encouraged to attend. The Personnel Services Office soon will implement a performance evaluation program that will affect all civil service employees. Most of the content of the academic professional performance review workshops will be applicable for the civil service evaluation program. Staff members from Labor and Employee Relations in the Personnel Services Office, will be at the training sessions to provide information and answer questions concerning the civil service program.
To reserve a seat for a workshop, call the Office of Academic Human Resources at 333-6747.
As one of the 28 federally funded CIBERs in the nation, the organization's mission is to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support basic and applied research on U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace.
The deadline for application is April 20. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and recipients will be notified by June 1.
For further information, including application requirements, contact Lynnea Johnson at 333-8335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porter has done various studies of collusion, price wars and bidders' behavior in auctions. His recent research includes studies of federal auctions of offshore oil and gas leases and how bids are made for highway construction. He has investigated the strategies of bidders and developed statistical methods for detecting the presence of a bid rigging scheme.
The lecture, sponsored by the UI department of economics and the College of Commerce and Business Administration, is free and open to the public.
Individuals with faculty rank are eligible to apply. Once named a Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, the individual will continue to have this designation throughout his or her appointment at the UI.
Applications must be received by 4 p.m. April 7. Selections will be made by the Teaching Advancement Board and announced in late April. For more information, contact John B. Braden at 333-8159 or email@example.com or Bruce Litchfield at 333-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any TAB member (see www.provost.uiuc.edu/).
The documentary was filmed during the "U.S. Latina/Latino Perspectives on La Malinche" conference that took place on the UI campus in August.
Panelists include independent producer Dan Banda; Ramona Curry, professor of women's studies and of cinema studies; Dara Goldman, professor of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese; and renowned Chicano/Chicana Literature critic Juan Bruce Novoa.
Employees involved in search committees, the hiring process, the hiring paperwork or Electronic Change of Status forms are encouraged to attend one of two training session that will be offered March 23 at the Beckman Institute auditorium-- from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Registration is available online at www.pso.uiuc.edu/Ecos/darttraining.html.
For more information, contact Cindy DeBrock at 333-4297 or email@example.com.
Friedman is a professor of music at Yale University and for the past 13 years has been the conductor and music director of the Garrett Lakes Summer Festival Orchestra in Maryland.
Ian Hobson, UI professor of music, leads Sinfonia da Camera in the concert, including Elgar's "Salut d'Amour" and Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise." Also featured is Josef Suk's "Serenade for Strings" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee."
Sinfonia da Camera completes its fifth season of the Student Performance Project with a performance by the students from the Advanced Flute Choir of the Conservatory of Illinois, in the Krannert Center lobby at 7:20 p.m.
Tickets are available through the Krannert Center ticket office, 333-6280. Sinfonia da Camera performs under the auspices of the UI in association with the School of Music.
North, a professor of economics and history at Washington University, is a leading economic historian. His research stresses the importance of institutions, formal laws and informal norms in shaping economic performance around the world. His lecture, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the departments of economics and political science.
The symposium, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1, will focus on India's Mughal Gardens in Agra. The gardens are located in an area near the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, another major Indian historical complex that includes a fort and palaces.
Among the presenters will be a team of UI landscape architecture faculty members who are working on a design project that seeks to promote tourism by improving the environs of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and linking them with other historic gardens and mausoleums in the city. The team includes department head Vincent Bellafiore; professors Terry Harkness, Ken McCown, Brian Orland and Amita Sinha; and seven graduate and undergraduate students. Team members will discuss the group's ongoing design of the 340-acre Taj National Park site, which is being developed in a semesterlong design studio and will be presented as a report to the Indian government this summer.
Other panelists will discuss aspects of their research on Mughal gardens that are related to conservation of Taj Mahal. They include geographer James Westcoat Jr., University of Colorado at Boulder; historian Ebb Koch, University of Vienna; and paleoethnobotanist David Lentz, New York Botanical Gardens.
The symposium is free and open to the public. However those who wish to reserve a lunch should contact the landscape architecture department office, 333-0176.
Khan, the owner and chief executive officer of Flex-N-Gate Corp., Urbana, turned his pioneering idea for an automotive bumper into a multi-national corporation employing more than 3,500 people.
He began working for the company in 1970 while he was a UI engineering student. After graduating in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, Khan continued to work at Flex-N-Gate until 1978.
He then began a new business, designing and building bumpers with an innovative design -- a lightweight, continuous piece of metal with no seams to corrode or rust. This entrepreneurial adventure created a product that is today considered the industry design standard. Khan purchased Flex-N-Gate in 1980 and remains the sole owner. Nearly two-thirds of the pick-up trucks and sports utility vehicles have bumper systems supplied by Flex-N-Gate.
This annual lecture series was established in 1999 by an endowment from Peter and Kim Fox, Champaign. It has been enhanced by additional gifts from the family and friends of Dale Cozad.
For more information about this event, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs, College of Commerce and Business Administration, 244-6669.
The conference consists of two elements. The first presents Western, Muslim and Asian views about human rights. These papers will address the general question of whether a universally acknowledged human rights canon can be identified across these cultural perspectives.
The second element surveys the principal regions of the globe to evaluate the progress of human rights in each region. The regions to be covered include Northeast, South and Southeast Asia; Latin America; Southern, Central and Eastern Africa; the Middle East and Northern Tier; North Africa; the European Union; and the Russian Federation and Commonwealth of Independent States.
The final session of the conference will be devoted to generalizing across the politics of human rights in each region and to identifying strategies, actors and resources available to the international community that are suited to advance human rights, given the particular constraints impeding progress in each region.
The conference is sponsored by the department of political science, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Programs and Studies, and is organized by the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security.
For additional details about the conference, contact Edward A. Kolodziej, professor of political science, at 333-3880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the house is rarely opened to the public, formal tours of the house will be offered at 4:30, 5 and 5:30 p.m. or participants may tour the house on their own with volunteers located throughout the house. The traditional English "high tea" and a cash bar will be available in the Conservatory.
For more information, call Tamzin Holman, 333-2127 or 762-2721. Reservations are not required but are encouraged.
Students in grades 2 through 7 may participate in the new "FitKids camp," a half-day camp offered July 10-14 and July 17-21. Soccer camp is offered in half-day sessions for grades 3 and 4 and full-day sessions for grades 5 to 7 and runs June 19-23 and July 17-21. The "Micro Soccer Camp" is a half-day camp for beginners ages 4 to 6 and is being held Tuesday and Wednesday during the same time as the regular soccer camp. "Ultimate Sports Camp" is offered in half-day and full day sessions (with Fridays being half-day for both) during two sessions: June 26-30 and July 10-14.
For more information or an application form, call 333-3510 or visit www.campusrec.uiuc.edu.
The White House Project was created to change the political climate in a way that would allow women to launch successful campaigns for the U.S. presidency and other key positions. The nonpartisan project is committed to mobilizing women of all ages to participate in civic life.
An advocate of women's issues for more than 30 years, Wilson is the former president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she helped create the Women's Economic Development Collaborative Fund and the Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls/Healthy Women. As the foundation's president, Wilson helped launch Take Our Daughters to Work Day. In 1995, she served as a delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing.
The Office of Lt. Governor Corinne Wood is hosting the speech. The UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor are sponsors of the speech. Co-sponsors include the Women's Studies Program, the department of political science, the College Democrats and the College Republicans.
Thousands of animal and science lovers will attend the annual Open House of the UI College of Veterinary Medicine on April 1. "Veterinary Medicine on Parade" is a free event that features more than 40 exhibits and demonstrations, animals to pet, microscopes to peer into, and science and medicine to discover.
This year's special guest is Dr. Moolittle, the veterinary entry in last summer's "Cows on Parade" public art show in Chicago. Be sure to bring your cameras to take your picture with the orange and blue cow.
Speaking of cows, hands-on activities will include cow- and goat-milking, a surgery knot-tying practice center and a petting zoo. Attendees can also meet and learn about the birds of prey that are permanent residents of the College's Wildlife Medical Clinic.
The free event takes place at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There's plenty of free parking around the college and a large lawn for picnics. The on-site cafeteria will be open throughout the day. Large groups are welcome.
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The Office of Academic Human Resources, Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St., maintains listings for faculty positions. More complete descriptions are available in that office during regular business hours. The Employment Center lists the academic professional positions available on all UI campuses at www.uihr.uillinois.edu/jobs. Faculty job opportunity information is updated weekly and can be found on the AHR Web site at: http://webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/jobs/index.asp. More information about the listings below may be obtained from the person in the listing.
Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Professor, consumer and family economics (rank open). PhD in consumer and family economics, economics, applied economics, finance or related field required. Record of academic publications, extension programming and classroom teaching preferred. Availability negotiable. Contact: Robert Hauser, 333-8859 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 28.
Aviation, Institute of. Assistant professor. PhD and research interest and qualifications required. Visiting appointment considered for AES applicants with less than three years' experience. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Pilot Training Office at Willard Airport, 244-8606. Closing date: June 1.
Biophysics. Faculty (rank open). PhD or equivalent required. Experience and strong record in independent research and scholarship, as well as an ability to supervise and teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels desired. Available August 2000. Contact: Head, department of physics, 333-3760. Closing date: April 15.
Food Science and Human Nutrition. Assistant professor, sensory science. PhD in sensory science, food science, chemistry or closely related field with demonstrated research and teaching experience required. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Susan Brewer, 244-2867 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: April 1.
Geology. Faculty, Ralph E. Grim Professorship in Geology. PhD and expertise in the areas of mineral science or sedimentary geology required. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Stephen Marshak, 333-3542 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 21.
Library, UI. Commerce librarian. Master's in library science and five years' experience in business library in an academic, research or special library setting required. Available May 1. Contact: Allen Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: April 1.
Police Training Institute. Instructor. Bachelor's degree (master's preferred), five years' sworn municipal or county police experience, and two years' police training experience required. Available immediately. Contact: Paul Palumbo, 333-7787. Closing date: May 15.
University Laboratory High School. Teaching associate, school publications and journalism. Bachelor's degree in journalism, English or related field required; master's preferred. For more information: www.uni.uiuc.edu Available Aug. 21. Contact: Audrey Wells, 244-8577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: April 3.
University Laboratory High School. Teaching associate, computer science. Bachelor's degree in computer science, educational technology, journalism, graphic design, media or related field with relevant experience (master's preferred). For more information: www.uni.uiuc.edu. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Greg Smith, 333-2870 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 3.
University Laboratory High School. Teaching associate, Japanese. Graduate degree in Japanese or foreign languages education with an emphasis in teaching Japanese required. Teaching certificate in Illinois required. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Paul Weilmuenster, 333-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: March 17.
University Library (Law Library). Assistant professor of library administration/foreign, comparative and international law librarian. J.D. from an ABA-accredited program and willingness to complete a master's in library science degree within three years of employment or MLS/related degree from an ALA-accredited program (or foreign equivalent) and significant library experience working with non-U.S. legal materials required. Working knowledge of two foreign languages, preferably German and French, and knowledge of foreign, comparative, international and U.S. legal research also required. Available immediately. Contact: Janis Johnston, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library, 142M Law Building, MC-594. Closing date: April 14.
University Library. Professor of library administration/head of preservation. ALA-accredited MLS or related degree; progressive administrative responsibility for a comprehensive preservation program; knowledge and experience in critical issues in preservation; familiarity with current trends such as digitization; supervisor and budgetary experience; and successful collaboration on major projects required. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Joyce Lowder, 333-8168. Closing date: June 30.
University Library. Visiting assistant professor of library administration/visiting Illinois newspaper project cataloger. Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school required. Must be able to analyze collections and be familiar with AACR2 rev. and LCSH. Available May 21. Contact: Joyce Lowder, 333-8168. Closing date: May 5.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Assistant/associate professor, small animal orthopedic surgery. DVM or equivalent degree, ACVS diplomate status or board eligibility and evidence of research capabilities required; advanced degree (PhD) preferred. Experience in clinical and didactic teaching. Available immediately. Contact: Nicole Ehrhart, 244-7976. Closing date: March 30.
Administrative Information Technology Services. Senior network engineer. Bachelor's degree in technical field and five years' relevant distributed network experience required; master's preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Susan Nelson McLain, 333-8635 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 20.
Admissions and Records. Assistant to the director. Bachelor's degree and one year's experience in student recruitment, development, marketing, alumni relations or related area required. Master's degree preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Chair of Search Committee, Campus Visitors Center, 333-0824. Closing date: April 1.
Admissions and Records. Systems engineer (one or more positions). Bachelor's degree required. Available immediately. Contact: Shelley Houser, 901 W. Illinois St., MC-061or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: April 4.
Alumni Association, UI (Chicago). Associate director, membership. Bachelor's degree required, preferably in marketing or business administration. Familiarity with database programs preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Carolyn Pater, 333-1475 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 17.
Applied Life Studies, College of. Associate dean, academic affairs. PhD and demonstrated excellence in scholarship and teaching required. Administrative or leadership experience in educational programs and research administration, an understanding of the mission of a land-grant university and a demonstrated record of success in dealing with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines also required. Available Aug. 1. Contact: Joyce Wolverton, 333-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: May 1.
Applied Life Studies, College of. Director, budget and resource planning. Bachelor's degree in finance, higher education administration, public policy, accounting or related field and five years' administrative experience in higher education, complex budgeting, and financial and computerized information systems required; master's preferred. Knowledge of UI organization/environment desired. Available May 21. Contact: Joyce Wolverton, 333-2131 or email@example.com. Closing date: March 20.
Aviation, Institute of. Aviation education specialists (one or more positions). Bachelor's degree, certified flight instructor certificate with airplane and instrument ratings required; master's or PhD and research interest and qualifications desired. Available Aug. 21. Contact: Pilot Training Office at Willard Airport, 244-8606. Closing date: June 1.
Broadcasting, Division of. Creative specialist/news and information. Bachelor's degree and two years' full-time experience as a news reporter and producer of feature-length material for use in magazine-style information programming required. Ability to type with accuracy required. Ability to drive a car desired. Available April 21. Contact: Tom Rogers, 333-0580. Extended closing date: March 20.
Business and Finance Services, University Office of. Assistant vice president for business and finance. Bachelor's degree in business, finance or related field and 10 years' progressive management experience in state government or as a higher education liaison with state government required. For more information: www.oba.uillinois.edu/positions/. Available immediately. Contact: Janier Koss, 333-2497 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Closing date: March 31.
Campus Recreation, Division of. Coordinator, ice arena. Bachelor's degree (preferably in recreation, physical education, sports management or related field) and two years' experience in facility and staff management required. Available June 5. Contact: Robyn Deterding, 244-6423 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 10.
Cell and Structural Biology. Research specialist in life sciences. Bachelor's degree required in biology, biochemistry or related field; master's degree preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Joyce Woodworth, 333-6118. Extended closing date: March 30.
Chemical Science, School of. External affairs coordinator. Bachelor's degree in physical sciences or related field and proficiency in writing required. Available immediately. Contact: Thomas Rauchfuss, School of Chemical Sciences, 106 Noyes Lab, MC-712. Closing date: April 7.
Computer Science. Research programmer. Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field and two years' experience, including one year's relevant systems administration required. Available immediately. Contact: Barb Armstrong, 333-6454 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Extended closing date: March 29.
Dean of Students, Office of the. Assistant dean of students. Master's degree in counseling, higher education, student personnel or related field and three years' professional work experience in student affairs required. Available immediately. Contact: Ruth McCauley, 333-0050. Extended closing date: April 14.
Engineering, College of. Resource and policy analyst. Bachelor's degree required. Experience in financial management and knowledge of UIUC policies and procedures desirable. Available immediately. Contact: Donna Cutsinger, 2-137 Engineering Sciences Building, MC-266. Closing date: March 17.
Extension, UI. Associate regional director, west-central region. Master's degree and three years' experience in program development, financial management, human resources or related field required. Available immediately. Contact: Patricia Buchanan, 241-4644. Closing date: April 21.
Extension, UI. Associate regional director, southern region. Master's degree, three years' experience in financial management and human resources or related field, and Extension experience in a related field required. Available July 1. Contact: Patricia Buchanan, (618) 242-9474. Closing date: April 21.
Fire Service Institute. Firefighting program director/assistant or associate fire education specialist. Bachelor's degree and five years' fire suppression or related professional experience; potential to teach in hands-on firefighting training environment; experience in the Illinois fire service; and physical capacity to perform duties as member of a fire department required. Available Aug. 21. Contact: David Clark, 244-9674 or 333-3800 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 22.
Housing Division. Assistant director for multicultural education and programs, undergraduate residence halls. Master's degree in college student personnel or related field and three years' full-time experience working in higher education with a diverse student population required. For more information: www.housing.uiuc.edu/reslife/profjobs/. Available June 1. Contact: Michael Herrington, Office of Residential Life, 300 Clark Hall, MC-548. Closing date: April 10.
Housing Division (Family and Graduate Housing). Resident director, graduate halls. Master's degree in student personnel or closely related field and one year's residence hall experience required. Professional experience with international and graduate students preferred. Available June or July. Contact: Jeanette Weider, 333-5656. Closing date: April 12.
Housing Division (Student Affairs). Coordinator for housing contacts and assignments. Bachelor's degree and three years' full-time experience in housing or university administration or related field required. College community living experience preferred. Available June 21. Contact: Alison Barber, 244-9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: April 7.
Human and Community Development. Extension unit educator, Christian County Extension. Master's in education, social sciences, youth development, communications or Extension required. Available immediately. Contact: William McNamara, UI Extension, 115 Mumford Hall, MC-710.
Information Technology and Communication Services. Visiting research programmer, systems development. Bachelor's degree required; master's or doctorate in geography, urban planning, agriculture or other discipline with significant GIS component preferred. Available immediately. Contact: John Schmitz, 244-2291 or email@example.com. Closing date: April 1.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity volleyball coach. Bachelor's degree, basic computer skills and knowledge of volleyball techniques and tactics required. Two years' experience at the Division 1 level preferred. Available immediately. Contact: Don Hardin, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, 1700 S. Fourth St., MC-658. Closing date: March 24.
Law, College of. Director of admissions. Bachelor's degree required; J.D., M.B.A. or related graduate degree preferred. Experience working with law school admissions policies desired. Available May 1. Contact: William Goodman, 333-9862. Closing date: April 2.
President, Office of the (Chicago). Chancellor. PhD, significant administrative experience and rank of full professor required. Available immediately. Contact: Peter Buttrick, UI Office of the President, 414 Administration Office Building, 1737 West Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612-7228. Closing date: April 30.
Political Science. Assistant to the head. Bachelor's degree and administrative experience preferably in university setting/UIUC; supervisory experience; competency with FileMaker Pro, MS Word, Excel, Eudora software required. Available immediately. Contact: Peter Nardulli, 333-3880. Closing date: March 28.
Residential Life, Office of. Area coordinator, undergraduate residence halls. Master's degree in college student personnel or related field and three years' residence hall experience required. For more information: www.housing.uiuc.edu/reslife/profjobs/. Available immediately. Contact: Michael Herrington, Office of Residential Life, 1203 S. Fourth St., 300 Clark Hall, MC-548. Closing date: April 10.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Research scientist (one or more positions). PhD required with postdoctoral research in relevant scientific field. Experience supervising student research. Available immediately. Contact: NCSA Human Resources, Search #6884, 333-6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Jan.1, 2001.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Software developer (one or more positions). Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field with two years' relevant experience required. Must have working knowledge of object-oriented programming languages such as C++, Java, Eiffel or Smalltalk and experience with a variety of applications. For more information: www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SRC/employ.html. Available immediately. Contact: NCSA Human Resources, 333-6085, email@example.com. Closing date: Dec. 31.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. System engineer (one or more positions). Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering or related field with two years' relevant experience required. Experience in networked environments, including knowledge of a variety of related software and hardware also required. For more information: www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SRC/employ.html. Available immediately. Contact: NCSA Human Resources, 333-6085, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Dec. 31.
University Library. Research programmer. Bachelor's degree (computer science or related field preferred) and one year's relevant experience required. Additional experience installing and administering Windows NT or UNIX servers, programming C, C++, PERL, JAVA, or shell scripts in UNIX and/or Windows NT environment, WWW programming using HTML and CGI or ASP also required. Available immediately. Contact: Susan Edwards, 333-8168. Closing date: April 7.
Personnel Services Office is located at 52 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. For information about PSO's Employment Information Program, which provides information to those seeking staff employment at the university, visit the Personnel Services Office Web site at www.pso.uiuc.edu. To complete an online employment application and to submit an exam request, visit the online Employment Center at www.uihr.uillinois.edu/jobs.
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Interview by Becky Mabry
JOB: Staff secretary in the office of text conversion with the Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services. She helps students with vision disabilities access the books they need after they have registered for classes. The UI is the only university in the state that has a separate text-conversion office. And it's the only university in Illinois to offer the extent of text-conversion services that it does. UIC and UIS are starting up text-conversion offices.
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Connie Burgin, 31, died March 4 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Burgin was a cashier II at Willard Airport since February 1999. Memorials: Christopher A. Morgan Education Fund.
Mary Cobb, 83, died Feb. 18 at West Palm Beach. Cobb was a payroll clerk at the Division of Operation and Maintenance. Memorials: Lions Club.
Adrian James, 86, died March 5 at Meadowbrook Health Center, Urbana. James was an editor at the UI's College of Agriculture for 45 years. Memorials: Friends of the Urbana Free Library, Friends of the UI Library or the Clark-Lindsey Village Library.
Lenora Padgett, 85, died Feb. 28 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Padgett was a food lab assistant in the economics department. She came to the UI in 1957 and retired in 1982. Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Champaign.
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