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UI welcomes displaced professor

URBANA – When physics Professor Zhiqiang Mao left his home in Metairie, La., and his lab at Tulane University the day before Hurricane Katrina hit, he faced losing valuable research time.

Now he's at the University of Illinois and ready to start work again.

Forum to address disasters, recovery

Megacatastrophes like hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami have been occurring throughout the Earth's history, but the urbanization of the planet and the growth and interconnectedness of its population are increasing the stakes.

University of Illinois and other local experts will discuss the implications of that at a forum set for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the National Soybean Research Center, 1101 W. Peabody Drive, Urbana.

2005 gifts lower than previous three years

URBANA – Gifts of $151.5 million to the University of Illinois during the last fiscal year helped underwrite the cost of advances in education, research, public service and economic development by University of Illinois researchers and leaders, said Steve Rugg, the UI's vice president for administration and treasurer for the UI Foundation.

Rugg reviewed the amount given during the last fiscal year to the UI and the Foundation, the UI's private fundraising arm, at the Foundation's annual meeting in Urbana. The figure is lower than each of the previous three years.

B. Joseph White presses campus to aim high

URBANA – With an amount of pomp and circumstance usually reserved for graduation ceremonies, the University of Illinois inaugurated its 16th president, B. Joseph White, Thursday afternoon. It was the first such ceremony in almost 50 years.

White, 58, who has been on the job since Jan. 31, spoke about his vision for the UI. He said the university is at a "tipping point" where it could slowly decline toward mediocrity or create a brilliant future.

UI inauguration to be first since 1956

URBANA – Nearly 500 people will walk from the Quad to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday to celebrate the inauguration of B. Joseph White as University of Illinois president.

Although White has been on the job for almost eight months, he'll be formally installed as the UI's 16th president this week. It will be the first such ceremony since 1956, when the UI's 12th president, David Dodds Henry, was inaugurated.

Unit 4 takes no action on tax districts

CHAMPAIGN – School board members Monday dashed hopes of a resolution to a long-running conflict between the district and the city.

At a special session, board members quickly went into closed session – removing from the agenda an agreement about a special district the city wants to create in the South Research Park area to accommodate University of Illinois expansion plans, as well as city plans for a downtown taxing district.

UI chemistry professor gets $500,000 'genius grant'

A University of Illinois chemistry professor working to make customized molecules is one of 25 winners for 2005 of a $500,000 no-strings-attached fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

UI Professor Todd Martinez is the fifth person locally to win a "genius grant," as the MacArthur awards are commonly called.

New UI lab creating a buzz

A newly opened research facility at the University of Illinois promises to create quite a buzz.

That would happen naturally at the UI's new million-dollar Bee Research Facility, which includes an apiary that can hold up to 50 hives of Western honeybees.

City, Unit 4 reach accord on tax districts

CHAMPAIGN – The city and school district have reached tentative agreement over special districts in downtown Champaign and on the south University of Illinois campus.

The agreement will clear the way for the school district to get more money and the land on the south campus to be developed.

Two buildings recommended as historic sites

The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council recently recommended that two Champaign buildings around the corner from one another be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Beta Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority, 508 E. Armory Ave., and The Georgian apartment building, 1005 S. Sixth St., both in the heart of the University of Illinois campus, were on a list of Illinois sites the council selected.