COVID-19 cases on campus are down (47 in the last seven days), football attendance is up (but Saturday’s home final against Purdue isn’t sold out yet, we told sports ticket czar Jason Hegemeyer said Thursday) and — how’s that for good news to start your weekend — University of Illinois trustees will vote next week on a recommendation to award an honorary degree in the spring to “Mr. Illini” himself, Lou Liay.
Here’s a quick look at what’s making the news on and off campus.
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As for the Illini families, they are no more orange and blue than the one led by Fred (animal science ’40) and Helen Francis (home economics ’41). The total tally, which will grow in the coming years: 12 graduates from UI (including seven from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) and 15 graduates from UIUC (plus one from IU-Chicago). More than 80 years after Fred became the first, the Francises were honored with the college’s Family Spirit Award at the ACES Alumni Gala at Champaign’s Pear Tree Estate.
How can the aeronautical industry be made less dependent on kerosene (100 billion gallons per year worldwide) and more economically and ecologically viable? That’s one of the questions the director of UI’s new Center for Sustainable Aviation – Phillip Ansell, of aerospace engineering – hopes to answer. It will do this by drawing on experts in “electrical engineering, agriculture, atmospheric science, political science, biology, chemistry and other physical and social sciences, because this is not just an environmental concern or of natural resources”.
Add another big honor to Martin Burke’s resume that has it: UI SHIELD team leader, Presidential Medal winner May and Professor Ving Lee for Chemical Innovation, elected to the National Academy of Medicine . It is considered “one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service,” the academy said in announcing its 2022 class of 100 international scholars and leaders, bringing its total to just over 2,200.
The Grainger Engineering Hall of Fame has grown to three people – all computer science successes. Two inductees from the Class of 2022 were among YouTube’s three creators – Steve Chen (pictured) and 2004 alum Jawed Karim, who both made their fortunes selling the internet’s second most visited website to No.1 of the list, Google. Also honoured: Wind River Systems founder and dual-degree graduate Jay Fiddler (BS ’74, MS ’77) for developing “real-time embedded software products, including those used in the Mars Pathfinder and Stardust projects “.
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By order of the mayor’s proclamation, Saturday is Sigma Gamma Rao Day in CU, Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin announced this week as City Council Member and Chapter President Chaundra Bishop and others look on. sorority sisters. The historically African-American sorority, founded 100 years ago this month by seven Butler University educators, has undergraduate (Delta Rho) and graduate (Delta Omega Sigma) chapters locally. They’ll be celebrating over pizza from 7-10 p.m. tonight at Papa Del’s. The public is welcome.
In 2021 alone, 92,000 American adults age 60 and older fell victim to a $1.7 billion online scam, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. But they are “often embarrassed to admit that they have fallen in love with them”, notes Anita Nikolich. The iSchool cybersecurity researcher is doing her part to fight on their behalf, as co-principal investigator of a two-year, $5 million National Science Foundation-funded project to create digital tools to help the elderly to “better recognize and protect themselves”. online deceptions and other forms of misinformation.
Worth 2 minutes and 28 seconds of your time on YouTube: Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese’s tribute to Urbana’s favorite son, Roger Ebert, who premiered at the start of the university’s first Roger Ebert Lecture. “I can’t help but speak personally because Roger was the very first person, very early in my life as a filmmaker, to bring attention to my work,” Scorsese says. “…And over the years he has championed my films, he has written and spoken about them with great care and insight – and criticism – and has always been there for me when I needed help. support of one kind or another.”
By now, Professor Jeff Filippini should have joined his team of 16 for an unforgettable field trip… to Antarctica. Their job: Install a telescope – called SPIDER – on a stadium-sized balloon, then launch it 36 miles above the Antarctic ice, to observe the universe from near space. Their hope: to find evidence of ripples in spacetime from the beginning of the universe. Filippini leads a team drawn from seven institutions, including Illinois, the University of Chicago and Princeton. You can follow their NASA-funded adventure from the South Pole on Twitter at @SPIDER_CMB.
Assistant Professor Rachel Garthe will lead an eight-person multidisciplinary team on a four-year project funded by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Grant title/mission: “Building a digital ecosystem to support survivors and reduce gender-based violence on college campuses.” Garthe’s teammates include Nicole Allen (now of Vanderbilt), William Sullivan (Fine + Applied Arts), Sanjay Patel (Engineering), Gabrielle Schwartz (Women’s Resources Center), and Kaylee Lukacena and Cristina Alvarez-Mingote (Center for Social and Behavioral Science ).
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Booked for an on-campus throwback performance of the Illini icon who founded the team they dress up for: the Clown Princes of Basketball. No, not you, Indiana, but the Harlem Globetrotters, whose 2023 world tour includes a show Jan. 11 at the State Farm Center. A roster including ‘Hammer’ Harrison, ‘Hot Shot’ Swanson, ‘Buckets’ Barrera, ‘Moose’ Weekes (pictured), ‘Sweet’ Lou Dunbar II and other high-flying shot-makers will undoubtedly beat the shots of fist bag sport’s most infamous – the Washington Generals – on Lou Henson Court.
Thursday’s advance copy of next week’s trustees’ agenda brought good news to future residents of Allen Hall: air conditioning is likely on the way. A proposal backed by UI President Tim Killeen and put to a vote Thursday in Chicago calls for the installation of 329 new window air conditioning units “to improve the living experience” and the addition of power outlets “to support building services functions”, including in hallways. The total cost: $5.15 million, or 1/127th of what the unemployment insurance system will ask for in its state appropriation.
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In two news stories related to horse care: Associate Professor of Equine Surgery Annette McCoy (above) has been elected to the board of directors of the 2,300-member American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Hospital d IU Veterinary Education added Tobias Harris, originally from Oregon. , Certified Journeyman Farrier (Equine Hoof Care Specialist) with the American Farriers Association. UI Hospital provides services to both the Large Animal Clinic in Urbana and the Midwest Equine Clinic in Farmer City.