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UI Vet Med techs picket

URBANA — Veterinary technicians who assist with surgeries and physical exams picketed outside the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday to demand better wages.

It was the first time the group held a picket since the start of negotiations with the university in December.

UI professor elected to Royal Society

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois plant biology professor has been elected into the Royal Society of London.

Stephen Long, who has pioneered research into the photosynthetic productivity of crops, is the UI Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology and faculty fellow at the UI's Institute for Genomic Biology.

Updated: Peoria tribe leader doesn't back Chief return

CHAMPAIGN — The head of the Peoria tribe says he doesn't support a proposal from former Chief Illiniwek portrayers to bring back the Chief in a limited way, because the idea lacks the University of Illinois' backing.

"Without endorsement of the university, the tribe is not willing to participate," said John Froman, chief of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma on Tuesday morning.

Khan draws parallels between success in auto parts and the NFL

URBANA — The president of Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate says developing an NFL franchise can be very much like developing an auto parts business.

In both instances "you have to get the right people," said Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Deaf culture seeks respect, empowerment

CHAMPAIGN — Donald Lee Haring had a classic Indiana high school experience. He was on the football, basketball and track teams at one time or another. He made friends. He learned — especially about math, which he later taught.

Other than missing his parents, who lived on a farm a couple of hours away, he didn't feel his life was so different from anybody else's.

UI team wins BP competition

URBANA — A student team from the University of Illinois will travel to Norway and the Shetland Islands after winning a contest sponsored by BP.

AT&T donates $250,000 to UI fund

URBANA — AT&T has donated $250,000 to a University of Illinois fund established by former Congresswoman Lynn Martin.

The Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers honors outstanding teaching assistants and faculty members in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Martin, also a former member of the AT&T board of directors, established the fund.

UI faculty chosen for National Academy of Sciences

URBANA — Three University of Illinois faculty members have been elected 2013 fellows of the National Academy of Sciences.

Physics Professor Eduardo Fradkin, physics and chemistry Professor Martin Gruebele and chemistry Professor Sharon Hammes-Schiffer are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced by the academy this week.

Illinois Public Media chief taking Nebraska job

URBANA — Illinois Public Media General Manager Mark Leonard has accepted a new job in Nebraska.

Leonard, who joined Illinois Public Media as general manager in 2007, will be general manager and CEO for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications in Lincoln. He is expected to leave the UI some time this summer.

Would-be UI student trustee plans to try again

URBANA — A candidate for University of Illinois student trustee whose name was pulled off the ballot over his residency status plans to run in next year's election.

And he has vowed to continue to fight the university over his ability to qualify as a candidate.