Rectangular like tiny bricks and charged in a way that makes them stick together, corn zein molecules could be good building blocks for tiny structures to help repair damaged tissue and deliver drugs in the body.
University of Illinois researchers already are making such things as lines and tubes with the molecules extracted from corn protein.
DANVILLE – When John Chambers was re-elected Douglas County sheriff in 2002, he fully intended to serve out the four-year term. But then he got the opportunity to take a job with the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Chambers was named an assistant warden at the Danville Correctional Center in May 2004. He was promoted to warden in October.
Plans for a 24.5-mile recreation trail on the old rail line between Urbana and Kickapoo State Park keep chugging right along.
The Champaign County Conservation and Design Foundation announced last week that it had secured a lease for the right of way, a critical and long-sought step toward acquisition and development of what could be a signature, destination attraction for East Central Illinois.
URBANA – Midge O'Brien of Urbana, a retired chemist, leaves little doubt about whom she's backing for mayor of Urbana.
Heading into the Urbana Free Library on a recent morning, she was sporting a "Laurel Prussing for Mayor" patch on her winter coat.
URBANA – When Nameka Bates was in high school, she didn't think much about going to college, and she was advised not even to consider the University of Illinois because she probably wouldn't be accepted.
But after she became involved with the Upward Bound program at the UI, which helps prepare students for college, she learned what the UI had to offer and what she needed to do to attend. Bates earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from the UI, and she is now working on a doctorate in cultural studies of sport.
Each week, Sue Phillips looks forward to visiting with residents at the Care Centre of Champaign.
"It's always interesting to talk with older people," said Phillips, a retired Bottenfield Elementary School teacher who visits as a volunteer with the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging's ombudsman program.
CHAMPAIGN – School board members will review transportation options for 2005-06 on Monday, but theyre not expected to pick a busing plan yet.
The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at district headquarters at the Mellon Building, 703 S. New St., C.
Other business on the agenda includes a review of successful test scores at Kenwood Elementary School and a review of plans to adopt a new math curriculum.
CHAMPAIGN – U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson has hired veteran News-Gazette reporter and columnist Phil Bloomer as his new communications director.
The Urbana Republican chose Bloomer to replace Matt Bisbee, who is joining a Republican marketing firm in the Quad Cities. Bloomers first day at Johnsons Fox Drive office is March 7.
URBANA – A settlement agreement has been reached in a drainage dispute involving the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in northeast Urbana, clearing the way for construction of the store.
Under the settlement agreement signed Thursday, Wal-Mart is agreeing to construct a 7-acre detention basin east of the store site, to be located at the southeast corner of Illinois 130 and U.S. 150.
CHAMPAIGN – Going to work may have saved Mark Murphys life.
Murphy, a 52-year-old polygraph examiner for the Illinois State Police, was revived by Champaign police detectives using cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an automated external defibrillator after his heart stopped Jan. 28.