University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Secret to treating water? Go with the flow

When Manish Kumar was doing research for the water-treatment industry, people kept wondering why the new membranes he was trying to develop to filter water still seemed slow getting the job done.

Look at biological filtration systems, they said, like the kidneys, which have no problem processing nearly three beer kegs' worth a day.

Faculty, staff to get look at redesigned UI home page

URBANA – A makeover is in the works for the University of Illinois' Web site.

The current home page at features news headlines about the various colleges, a calendar, and search options for contacting faculty, staff or students, as well as links to admissions and other units.

Name game, level 2, for UI college

URBANA – CMAS is out. Anyone for CJAM? Or COM?

The University of Illinois College of Communications' search for a new name is not exactly back to square one, but the choice favored by faculty and alumni is apparently out.

Did you get your Rose Bowl gear?

CHAMPAIGN – People in the bookstore business pay attention to sports – very close attention.

"We started thinking Rose Bowl two weeks ago," said Greg Baumer, department manger for TIS Bookstore, Champaign. "It started looking like Ohio State might move up and Illinois could move into the Rose Bowl, and I'm thinking, 'I better order some stuff!'"

Senate tables homecoming resolution

URBANA – The University of Illinois Senate on Monday tabled a resolution that called for the university administration to sever its ties with homecoming.

The resolution was brought before the legislative body of faculty and students a little more than a month after Chancellor Richard Herman announced he had overturned a campus policy that initially prohibited the use of Chief Illiniwek images on homecoming parade floats. Herman said floats, costumes and other decorations are representations of personal expression. Students who support the now-retired Chief Illiniwek ended up marching in the homecoming parade and wearing Chief apparel.

UI living-learning med professions group launched

URBANA – University students who are considering careers as doctors, veterinarians or nurses can now cram for tests together, participate in late-night chats and ponder their careers all while living in the same dorm.

This fall the university launched its newest "living-learning community," where students of similar interests live and study together in the same residence hall.

Longtime officer settles in as director

CHAMPAIGN – After 30 years as an officer and administrator with University of Illinois police, Kris Fitzpatrick hopes to lead the Police Training Institute to continued excellence.

"I have come into an organization that is the premier police training program in the state," Fitzpatrick said. "The people here feel pride, not only in what they do, but also what the recruits do as they go out into our communities to serve as police officers."

UI's case of the vanishing degree for chief justice

URBANA – John G. Roberts Jr. might have won U.S. Senate approval two years ago to become chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, but his nomination to receive an honorary degree from the University of Illinois has stalled.

A year ago the UI Senate, a legislative body of faculty and students, approved awarding Roberts an honorary doctorate of laws degree, and the university's chancellor and president forwarded the recommendation to the board of trustees, which has final say over honorary degrees. But one day before the board was to consider a degree for Roberts, the recommendation was pulled.

Better get in line for bowl tickets

CHAMPAIGN – The bowl-game guesswork may not end until Sunday, but Joe Lamb isn't waiting.

Wherever the Illini land come January – Florida, California or parts in between – he's making plans to be there.

University of Illinois halts travel to Pakistan

URBANA – The University of Illinois has halted its activities involving students, faculty and staff traveling to Pakistan.

The university is not cutting ties with the country, but is suspending initiatives that require sending students or personnel there, UI Associate Provost William Brustein announced Thursday.