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Trustees to take up items approved by committees

Other items to be considered Thursday by UI trustees, all approved by board committees earlier this month:

UI board considers health care changes' impact

CHICAGO — A contract extension for the president, a new policy on rehiring retirees, a slew of academic appointments and a daylong review of the University of Illinois' $1.2 billion health enterprise are among the items before UI trustees this week in Chicago.

Updated: New director named for NCSA

CHAMPAIGN — The man who helped launch the Blue Waters supercomputing project at the University of Illinois has been recruited back from Moscow to lead the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Teachers tackle computer science

URBANA — On the third floor of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science on the University of Illinois campus Friday morning, 20 Champaign high school teachers turned their tables into nodes, simulating how information travels along specific paths.

Wise shifts attention outside campus

Chancellor offers to help lead local push to recruit more quality jobs to C-U

Easter contract to be extended for a year

URBANA — Veteran University of Illinois employee Robert Easter will stay on board as president until 2015, and he will be eligible for bonuses beginning this fall.

The UI Board of Trustees is expected to approve the extension and new compensation arrangement with Easter at its meeting Thursday in Chicago.

Women's boutique set for campus location

URBANA — A women's boutique will open this fall in Gregory Place East in the space next door to J. Gumbo's.

Fira Boutique, owned by Anna Anderson, plans to sell "fashion-forward" clothing at "affordable price points," according to a release from JSM Commercial, which is leasing the space to Fira.

UI 'visioning' report outlines initiatives

URBANA — Rebuilding the faculty ranks, boosting support for students who struggle academically or socially, helping faculty connect with potential collaborators and obtain more funding.

These are among the initiatives outlined in a report released by University of Illinois leaders following a lengthy planning process on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Camp gives students hands-on experience in variety of scientific fields

URBANA — For the record, cardinals do not enjoy being snared in a net and held by humans.

Mama cardinal made that very clear Tuesday as she unwittingly took part in a field biology demonstration at the first-ever Prairie Research Institute science camp.

BTN to air program on UI professor

URBANA — The Big Ten Network will air the new program, "Carol Tilley, Comic Book Crusader," produced by Alison Davis Wood and Tim Hartin, at 9 p.m. Friday.