INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Illinois has filed a second appeal of the NCAA policy on the use of American Indian imagery, effectively delaying any sanctions against the UI for its use of the Chief Illiniwek symbol for several months.
The appeal was sent to the NCAA Executive Committee late Monday.
The twinkle, twinkle of little stars may be fine for stargazers scanning for the Big Dipper or Orion's Belt.
But some University of Illinois scientists are helping create a better picture of the universe using light, and other celestial emissions, that you can't see just by looking up.
Physical activity not only tends to make senior citizens more fit, but also might improve their quality of life, and on a long-term basis, University of Illinois researchers are finding.
"Their overall satisfaction with their lives appears to be greater if they're more physically active," UI kinesiology professor Edward McAuley said recently.
A chainlike ancient molecule scientists believe is an evolutionary leftover from before advanced life took hold on Earth may be useful in new treatments for promoting blood clotting.
"It's very common in bacteria and other unicellular organisms," University of Illinois Professor Jim Morrissey said recently of the polyphosphate molecule.
CHAMPAIGN – Many University of Illinois students and employees will soon need to find a new place to work out.
The campus' main recreational facility, the Intramural Physical Education Building, or IMPE, will close at the end of the month for a two-year expansion and renovation. Jan. 29 is the last day the main part of the building, at 201 E. Peabody Drive, C, will be open. However, the east wing, with basketball courts, a strength and conditioning area and locker rooms, will remain open.
URBANA – Kenneth Rinehart may have been a landlocked Midwesterner, but his research as a University of Illinois chemistry professor took him scuba diving off the coasts of Baja California and Spain, to the San Juan Islands, and to mangrove swamps in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Rinehart, who died June 13, 2005, after several years of battling Alzheimer's, was internationally known for his work with marine organisms containing compounds that might be helpful in fighting cancer. His wife, Marlyn Rinehart of Urbana, has donated money for a $2 million endowed chair in his name in the chemistry department, the second major endowed chair in the department.
URBANA – Sarah Mangelsdorf, who has been acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since September 2004, is getting the job on a permanent basis.
She is the first woman to serve as dean of the largest college on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus. The UI Board of Trustees will vote on her appointment at its meeting Thursday in Chicago.
URBANA – International students do much of the work in research labs at the University of Illinois, providing the basis for important scientific discoveries. After graduation, they supply brain power to U.S. universities and corporations.
But the ability of the UI and other universities to attract international students has been hampered by more stringent visa requirements after 9/11 and competition from universities in other countries. So discussions by federal officials – starting with President Bush – about efforts to bring more such students to the United States was welcome news to Chancellor Richard Herman.
URBANA – If the University of Illinois files an appeal regarding its use of Chief Illiniwek with the NCAA's executive committee before Feb. 1, any sanctions due to its use of the symbol will be waived until late April.
The restrictions are to go into effect Feb. 1, along with an NCAA policy forbidding use of "hostile or abusive" American Indian imagery. The policy forbids schools using such imagery from hosting postseason competitions or displaying the nicknames, logos or imagery at the events.
URBANA – University of Illinois students who want to avoid parking fees are using the streets of a north Urbana neighborhood as a free parking lot.
But that could soon change.