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- Watermarking process protects video producers, purchasers
- With the rapid growth of multimedia systems, problems associated with multimedia security and copyright protection have become major issues. Researchers at the UI have developed a watermarking process that protects both the original owner and legitimate customers of copyright multimedia data.
July 9 groundbreaking set for new Spurlock Museum
Apple grant funds UI/UMS collaboration
- In the June 18 issue of Inside Illinois, the Board of Trustees article should have indicated that the proposed food and beverage tax in Champaign is 0.5 percent.
Shuttle parking renewal tags enforced July 13 ... Student/Staff/Directory changes due Sept. 1
By James E. Kloeppel
With the rapid growth of multimedia systems, problems associated with multimedia security and copyright protection have become major issues. Researchers at the UI have developed a watermarking process that protects both the original owner and legitimate customers of copyright multimedia data.
"A number of digital watermarking techniques have been proposed in recent years, but none has fully addressed the problems of proving rightful ownership or protecting a customer's right to use the material," said Klara Nahrstedt, a UI professor of computer science.
"The purpose of a watermark is to protect the owner's copyright," Nahrstedt said. "Without a careful design and proper requirements on the watermark, however, an attacker can easily manipulate the watermarked material and confuse rightful ownership."
To create a tamper-proof watermark, Nahrstedt and graduate student Lintian Qiao developed a watermark construction algorithm that combines a standard encryption function with part of the original video image. Because the resulting watermark is dependent upon both the original material and the encryption function, rightful ownership is easily determined.
"To prove ownership, both the original material and the watermark construction algorithm are required for the verification process," Nahrstedt said. "Therefore, manipulated watermarks are easy to identify and discredit."
The researchers' watermarking process also can be used to protect the rights of legitimate customers, an important feature not found in other watermarking techniques.
"Currently, sellers of video information have complete control over the watermarking procedure, and customers have no way to prove their rights to use the watermarked data," Nahrstedt said. "To provide proper protection to customers, the watermarking framework needs protocols that involve both owners and customers."
One such protocol, designed by Nahrstedt and Qiao, encodes a customer's unique identification into the owner's watermark at the point of purchase. This creates a unique watermark for each purchase, and ensures that only legal customers can prove their rights to use the material.
"The ideal watermark should be invisible, create minimal distortion and be extremely difficult to remove," Nahrstedt said. "The integration of our watermarking scheme with the customer's right protocols creates a robust framework that resolves rightful ownership and protects customer's rights."
Nahrstedt and Qiao described their watermarking process at the IEEE International
Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems, held June 28 through July
1, in Austin, Texas.
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By Melissa Mitchell
By the second week in July, the UI will be one step closer to its goal of converging a world of cultural artifacts and knowledge under one roof -- in a new state-of-the-art facility.
After a series of setbacks -- mostly financial -- construction of the UI's Spurlock Museum of World Cultures is set to begin. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. July 9 at the museum site, on the southeast corner of Gregory and California streets in Urbana -- just east of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The 53,000-square-foot brick and stone building, designed by the Chicago architectural firm Nagle, Hartray, Danker, Kagan, McKay, will provide a home for artifacts from the collections of the UI's World Heritage Museum. That museum, which closed in May to allow staff to prepare for the transition to the new facility, was on the top floor of Lincoln Hall. Along with poor accessibility for visitors, the museum lacked adequate storage and climate controls. The new facility will be located prominently near the campus's new east gateway, which has been designed to welcome visitors approaching the campus from Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. Unlike the World Heritage Museum, the new museum will feature ample visitor parking and will be open year-round.
"No museum on a campus as large and as varied as this one can hope to encompass the range of educational and research possibilities that the Spurlock Museum will offer," said museum director Douglas Brewer. "Our cultural museum now can compete with any others in the Big Ten."
In addition to housing collections from the former World Heritage Museum, the new museum will be home to selected artifacts from the university's Museum of Natural History and anthropology department. It also will feature some new materials, including South American ceramics given to the museum by a private donor, and ancient Peruvian ceramics procured through a trade with the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, Okla.
The collections will be displayed in five permanent galleries. The galleries' contents will represent major world cultures, grouped and presented according to geographic distinctions: Southeast Asia and Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and the Mediterranean. Other features of the museum include an orientation area and core gallery, which will demonstrate how all of the world cultures are linked; a temporary gallery, for traveling exhibitions or for displays of items from the UI collections; an auditorium; museum store; and administrative offices.
Brewer noted that the architects designed the building to allow for potential future expansion -- either up or out.
Current construction is expected to be completed by 2001, he said.
Meanwhile, visitors will have virtual access to the museum's collection through its Web site, http://www.spurlock.uiuc.edu.
"Because we're closed, our collections are basically in the computer -- and schools can still visit," Brewer said. While anyone can access materials by means of the Web, he noted that teachers interested in preparing special units or "visits" for their classrooms are encouraged to contact the museum staff at 333-2360 to request assistance.
"We have the computer and scholarly expertise available to search
for the right material and pull it together much more efficiently than anyone
else, and are more than willing to provide that help," Brewer said.
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The UI College of Education and Urbana Middle School will receive a $100,000 grant from Apple Education for their collaborative project, "Unity in the Community." The goal of the project is to useservice learning and computer technology to create a student-centered, project-based curriculum.
The grant was one of 10 announced at the National Education Computing Conference in San Diego on June 24. The Apple Education Grants program seeks to support schools that demonstrate innovative ways to use technology in their classrooms and who would otherwise have limited access to technology. This year's grants also require collaboration between K-12 schools and higher education institutions that deliver ongoing teacher professional development.
Apple Education has been awarding the grants for 20 years. This year's $1 million grants will provide hardware, software and staff development training.
Three representatives from Urbana Middle School and two from the College
of Education -- Evangeline S. Pianfetti, Office of Educational Technology,
and Jim Dildene, department of curriculum and instruction -- will attend
a 10-day seminar at Camp Apple at Walker Creek Ranch in California. The
group will then implement the program at Urbana Middle School this fall.
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Faculty and staff members should check the 1997-98 directory to ensure
that their listing is correct. To update your entry, refer to the red-bordered
insert in the front of the current directory. Information on how to correct
e-mail addresses is listed on page 14; you also may contact the Computing
and Communication Services Office's Resource Center help desk at 244-1258
or at 1420 Digital Computer Laboratory. If you completed a joint-appointment
form last year and your appointment has changed, call the Office of Publications
at 333-9200 to request a new form.
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The Office of Academic Human Resources, Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St., maintains the listings for faculty and academic professional positions. More complete descriptions are available in that office during regular business hours. Job listings are also updated weekly on its Web site at: http://webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/ahrjobrg.htm. Any other information may be obtained from the person indicated in the listing.
Animal Science. Assistant professor. PhD in animal science or related biological science. Postdoctoral experience desired. Available: Jan. 1. Robert Easter, 333-3462, email@example.com. Closing date: Sept. 1.
Animal Science. Assistant/associate professor. PhD with expertise in reproductive biology of agriculturally important species. Ability to work with and relate to producers and industrial leaders. Available: Jan. 1. Robert Easter, 333-3462, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Oct. 1.
Child Development Laboratory. Teaching associate, head teacher (50 percent 9-month appointment). Bachelor's in child development, human development, early childhood education or related field required. Master's preferred. Experience in teaching and/or administration in preschool or child-care program. Available: Aug. 21. Brent McBride, 333-0971. Closing date: July 8.
Library. Assistant or associate professor and archivist for student life and culture. Master's in archival studies, library science, American history, higher education or related field required. Experience in academic or research institution, library or archival computer application, theory and practice. Minimum 2 years' experience. Available: Aug. 21. Allen Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: July 30.
Veterinary Pathobiology. Faculty (rank open), academic veterinary pathologist. ACVP board certificate and evidence of funded independent research program required. Research strengths include environmental toxicology; mechanism and epidemiology of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases; food safety; toxicologic pathology; animal models of human disease; and molecular immunology. Available: negotiable. Matthew Wallig, 333-2449, email@example.com. Closing date: Aug. 1.
Veterinary Pathobiology. Associate or full professor (experimental pathologist). DVM, MD or equivalent degree and PhD in veterinary pathology or related disciplines. ACVP board certificate or equivalent preferred. Experience in infectious diseases, toxicologic pathology, reproductive pathology or food safety desired. Available: negotiable. Matthew Wallig, 333-2449, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Aug. 1.
Business Affairs, Office of. Management methods analyst. Bachelor's in business-related field plus 3 years' minimum analytical experience. Available immediately. Minimum $35,000. Janier Koss, 333-2497, email@example.com. Closing date: June 30.
Chemical Sciences, School of. Research programmer/scientific software consultant. MS in chemical science or related field. PhD preferred. Experience with biomolecular modeling, simulations and structure determination, Quanta, Charmm, Cerius II, Felix, Sybyl, WSAR, Macromodel,GCG clustal. Proficient with UNIX administration. Available: Oct. 1. Howard Guenther, 333-5070. Closing date: Aug. 21.
Chemistry. Specialist in education. BS in chemistry or related natural science or engineering discipline with university-level teaching experience and advance degree in science. Available: Aug. 21. Paul Bohn, 333-5071. Closing date: July 15.
Chemistry. Teaching laboratory specialist. BS in chemistry or related natural science or engineering discipline with university-level teaching experience. Available: Aug. 21. Paul Bohn, 333-5071. Closing date: July 15.
Division of Management Information. Research information specialist. Bachelor's in information systems, computer science, math, business or related field. HTML authoring skills. Experience with Dbase application on a PC, IBM, mainframe environment, network, NT server, security administration, Excel, ASP and graphic design. Available immediately. Carol Livingstone, 333-3551. Closing date: July 28.
Grants and Contracts. Coordinator of grants and contracts. Bachelor's preferred in accounting, finance or general business administration and minimum 3 years' experience in position required. Utilization of finance and administrative skills in a complex business, academic or government environment. Knowledge of sponsored program post-award administration within an academic environment desired. Available immediately. Kay Williams, 333-4880. Closing date: July 20.
Grants and Contracts. Resource and policy analyst. Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or general business administration. Minimum 3 years' experience in a position requiring utilization of finance and administrative skills in complex business, academic, government environment at an institution of higher education preferred. Available immediately. Minimum $30,000. Kay Williams, 333-4880. Closing date: June 30.
McKinley Health Center. Health educator. Master's in nutrition, health education or related field required. Registered dietitian, license/eligible in state of Illinois. Minimum 2 years' relevant experience preferred. Available immediately. Lisa Burgoon, 333-2711. Closing date: July 31.
Microbiology. Research specialist in life sciences. BS or MS in microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology with minimum 2 years' laboratory experience required. Experience with bacteria desired. Available immediately. Betty Brillhart, 333-1737. Closing date: July 1.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Network engineer. BS/BA in computer science, electrical engineering or related field. Training in management and support of individual technologies or UNIX system administration. Minimum 2 years' related experience. Experience with TCP/IP or similar network protocols. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, firstname.lastname@example.org. Search #5372-k. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Research programmer. BS/BA in computer science, physics, chemistry, engineering or related field; master's preferred. High-performance computing, distribution application, development and optimization, vectorization, parallelization and optimization required. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, email@example.com. Search #6109. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Senior project coordinator. BS/BA; master's preferred in business or technical field. Training in corporate strategic planning, corporate finance, corporate decision making, project management, related management and leadership effectiveness. Minimum 5 years' corporate and technical project management. Minimum 10 years' technical experience, project management and computer experience required. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, firstname.lastname@example.org. Search #5775. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Software developer (one or more positions). BS/BA in computer science or related field preferred. Experience and/or training considered. Minimum 2 years' relevant work experience required. Knowledge of C++, Java, Eiffel or Smalltalk, UNIX, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows (NT). Experience with dcom/com programming preferred. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, email@example.com. Search #5371-j. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Software developer. BS/BA in computer science, engineering, physical science or related field plus minimum 2 years' experience; master's preferred. Knowledge of C++, Java, Eiffel or Smalltalk required. Experience with variety of applications. U.S. or permanent resident status required. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, firstname.lastname@example.org. Search #5371-m. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Software engineer. BS/BA in computer science or related field preferred. Experience with C/C++ and minimum 2 years' related experience preferred. Knowledge of multiple platforms, graph user interfaces (GUIs), networking and cross-platform issues. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, email@example.com. Search #5779. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. System engineer, computing and communications (one or more positions). BS/BA in computer science, electrical engineering, minimum 2 years' related experience required. Experience with networked environment and wide variety of software and hardware. Training in management and support of individual technologies such as UNIX system administration required. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, firstname.lastname@example.org. Search #5377-a. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. System engineer (one or more positions). BS/BA in computer science, electrical engineering or related field. Experience with network software and wide variety hardware/software. Minimum 2 years' related experience. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, email@example.com. Search #5377-l. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Visualization programmer (information technology). BS/BA in computer science or related field; master's preferred. Minimum 2 years' related work experience required. Knowledge of C++, Java or Smalltalk. Trained in efficient programming skills and development methodologies. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, firstname.lastname@example.org. Search #5513-k. Closing date: when filled.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Visualization programmer (scientific computing division). BS/BA in computer science, engineering or related field; master's preferred. Experience with graphics programming, knowledge of GL, Explorer, AVS, Wavefront or Idl, C, C++ or Fortran, UNIX operating system and Internet networking. Available immediately. Janet McGreevy, 265-0619, email@example.com. Search #5513-j. Closing date: when filled.
Personnel Services Office, 52 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign, conducts
open and continuous testing for civil service classifications used on campus.
More information is available by calling 333-2137. Or visit its Web site
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A report of honors, awards, offices and other achievements of faculty and staff members.
Nicholas C. Burbules, professor of education policy studies, was one of 40 young leaders recognized by Change magazine for their contributions to higher education. Burbules edits the journal Educational Theory and is co-editor of the online journal Education Review. The program sought to recognize people younger than age 45 who significantly contribute to and influence thought and action in American higher learning on a day-to-day basis.
Joe Green, adjunct professor of physics and professor in the department of materials science and engineering, was awarded the American Physical Society's prestigious David Adler Lectureship for outstanding research and lecturing on the physics and chemistry of thin films. Green is also Chaired Professor of Physics at Linköping University, Sweden.
Margaret Meixner, professor of astronomy, has received a $320,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation. This competitive program is a successor to the Presidential Young Investigator program, and grants awards to outstanding young tenure-track faculty members.
Vernon L. Snoeyink, the Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering in the department of civil engineering, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for the theory and practice of removing organic contaminants from drinking water. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.
John C. Wilcox, professor of Spanish, was elected the next president of the Twentieth Century Spanish Association of America. His term extends from 1998 until April 2001.
Dale J. Van Harlingen, professor of physics, and D.M. Ginsberg, professor emeritus of physics, have been awarded the American Physical Society's 1998 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. They will share the prize with two IBM physicists, J.R. Kirtley and C.C. Tsuei. The purpose of the prize is to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. The annual prize, endowed by AT&T Laboratories in 1951, consists of $5,000 and a certificate citing the research contributions made by the recipients.
Barbara K. Hein, administrative secretary in the Division of Campus Recreation; Michael T. Griffin, assistant food production manager at Peabody Dining Services; Stanley Apperson, director of conference services, Housing Division; and Michele MacLeod, staff nurse at McKinley Health Center, were honored with the Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Award. The winners demonstrated exemplary commitment to the professional standards and mission of Student Affairs and exceptional service to the UI, its students and to Student Affairs.
WILL-AM (580) reporters captured four first-place awards and three second-place awards in this year's Associated Press broadcast contests in Illinois and Indiana. Cheryl Uitti's report on Carle Clinic's billing practices was awarded first place for "Best Investigative Report" in the downstate Illinois competition. Uitti also received a first-place award for "Best Feature" for her story about a chimney sweep. The same feature received a second place award for "Best Use of Radio Sound" in the Indiana competition.
Director of agricultural programming Charles Lindy and associate producer Matt Hagemann won the second-place award for "Best Public Affairs Program" in the Indiana contest for "Commodity Week." Former WILL-AM reporter Rob Schober's series on the Tuskegee experiments was awarded the first-place award for "Best Documentary/Mini-Series" in the downstate Illinois contest. The same series was awarded second place in the "Best News Series" and "Best Use of Radio Sound" categories in Indiana. Schober also received a first-place award in Indiana for "Best Continuing Coverage of a Single Issue" for his feature on environmental concerns.
Winners of awards through the Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarship Program at the UI were honored at a reception May 19 at the Beckman Institute. One employee award of $400 and five employees' dependent awards of $600 each were presented. The employee recipient was Pearl Carter, typing clerk II, Operation and Maintenance.
The dependent recipients were Serena Felkner, daughter of Annette Felkner, accountant I, National Center for Supercomputing Applications; Colin Miller, son of Nancy Miller, library technical assistant, College of Law; Caroline Moller, daughter of Linda Moller, secretary II, Housing Division; Amy Tempel, daughter of Vicki Tempel, staff secretary, department of chemistry, and David Tempel, instrument maker, department of mechanical and industrial engineering; and Darren Walters, son of Darryl Walters, steam distribution operation, Operation and Maintenance.
The scholarship fund was established by Civil Service employees to provide
recipients with financial assistance in their pursuit of an undergraduate
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-- Nancy Koeneman
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Catlin graduated from Dental School at the UI in 1957 and spent two years in the Army in Korea. He started his practice when he returned from Korea and retired after 40 years. He served as the UI's athletic team dentist for 39 years.
Catlin also was a former UI football player and was on the 1952 Rose Bowl team. He was a member of the UI Athletic Association, UI Quarterback Association and UI Booster Club. He was president of the Illini Quarterback Club in 1975-76 and president of Varsity I in 1982.
He was a member and past president of the Illinois Dental Association and a member of the American Dental Association.
Survivors include his wife, Wretha; two daughters; a son; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to James M. Catlin Scholarship Fund in care of UI Foundation, Harker Hall.
Deschamps graduated from the Lycee de Caen in Normandy and entered the l'Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, where he obtained l'Agregation de Mathemathique from the Sorbonne.
After military service in France, he moved to the United States and taught for 10 years at the Lycee Francais de New York. He worked for another 10 years as senior scientist at International Telephone and Telegraph Corp.
Deschamps was named full professor and head of the Antenna Laboratory at the UI in 1958. He retired in 1982.
He was a member of the National Academy of Engineers and a life member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the American Physical Society.
He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Antennas and Propagation Society in 1987 and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Centennial Medal in 1984.
Survivors include his wife, Elsa; a son; two daughters; and five grandchildren.
Lee retired from the UI in 1991.
Survivors include a son, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to Danville's South Side Church of the Nazarene building fund.
Arnold L. McDaniel
Arnold L. McDaniel, a former welder and pipefitter at the UI, died June 19 at his Champaign home. He was 87.
McDaniel retired from the UI in 1971. He was a member of Local 149 Plumbers and Pipefitters, the Moose and was a life member of the Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Geneil; four sons; a daughter; two sisters; and 15 grandchildren.
He graduated from the University of Washington. After serving in the Army, he earned a doctorate from Stanford University.
Wells began his career as an economist with the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica,
Calif., before joining the faculty of California State University in Los Angeles. In 1957 he joined the UI faculty, where he taught for 36 years.
He published many articles, two books including his most recent, "Post-Keynesian Economic Theory" (Kluwer, 1995) and was an editor of the Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics.
He also taught at Harvard University as a teaching fellow, and was a visiting professor at Stanford, the University of Hawaii and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne; two stepchildren; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association; the
Center for Defense Information, Washington, D.C.; the Humane Society; or
environmental protection agencies of the donor's choice.
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