URBANA – The dean of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will step down at the end of this semester.
Kathleen Conlin informed the faculty and staff of the college of her decision by letter this week, saying she wanted to move her focus from administration to teaching and arts practice. Conlin said she and her family intend to stay in Champaign-Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – The management of Assembly Hall will remain with the University of Illinois Student Affairs Office, rather than being turned over to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Chancellor Richard Herman said he is implementing a joint reporting arrangement for the facility, with the student affairs office continuing to provide day-to-day management and the athletic department overseeing plans and fundraising for renovations.
More federal money will flow into University of Illinois food and agricultural research projects next year.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin stopped by the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences on Monday to announce $3.7 million in new funding through fiscal year 2006 appropriations.
CHAMPAIGN – Looking for a Christmas present for a University of Illinois student or graduate? Want to remind someone how smart UI folks are?
The UI's Big Brains 2006 calendar is now available at the Illini Union Bookstore, Pages For All Ages and Borders in Champaign. The calendar also is available online from the Illini Union Bookstore, through the Beckman Institute Web site at www.beckman.uiuc.edu/bigbrains.html. The cost is $14.95.
University of Illinois researchers have developed an easier test for toxic mercury in the environment, a problem found in fish caught in some Illinois lakes and streams, among other things.
More than a dozen waterways in the state, although none in East Central Illinois, are under a mercury advisory by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
As if colds and the flu aren't bad enough, a breakdown in communications between our brains and our immune systems may serve to prolong our agony as we get older, University of Illinois research indicates.
UI Professor Rod Johnson thinks aged microglial cells, key immune cells in the brain, overreact to signals from our body's immune system in response to pathogens.
SPRINGFIELD – Drivers sporting University of Illinois or other special collegiate license plates in Illinois were told that the extra fees for those plates would go toward scholarships, but some of the money is actually being used on other state expenses.
The Governor's Office of Management and Budget recently took about $40,830 of the funds raised by specialty license plates for public and private universities and put it into the General Revenue Fund. An equal amount was taken in July. By the end of June 2006, a total of $163,320 will have been transferred out of the collegiate license plate funds.
URBANA – The breaks during the University of Illinois semesters are Karima Lundquist's favorite times. She can have the librarians all to herself.
Lundquist, a Ph.D student in history, was looking at census data in the Reference Room on Tuesday morning. She said a librarian spent four hours Monday helping her find the data she needed.
URBANA – Two finalists for provost have visited the Urbana campus, and Chancellor Richard Herman plans to make a recommendation to fill the job by January.
Associate Chancellor Kathleen Pecknold, who worked with the provost search committee, said Herman intends to make his recommendation in time for the UI Board of Trustees to vote on it at the Jan. 19 meeting.
Motor protein molecules that move along single strands of DNA may serve a cleaning function on the basic genetic material, like a snowplow clearing an East Central Illinois road in the winter.
University of Illinois researchers have found that when the proteins, called helicases, hit a barrier in their path, an indication of a problem with the DNA, they repeatedly jump back to the beginning of their route and make the trip over.