Anything worth taking
seriously is worth
making fun of

Deborah Leckband: Sticky Situations

Mass Transfer

Where, when, why and how do molecules say to one another, “Hey, let’s stick together?” That’s the fundamental question that Deborah Leckband, Milner T. Reid Professor of Chemical Sciences, ponders.


Outlook magazine January 2014

This year Devyani Hunt had an epiphany. During Dancing in the Streets, a St. Louis outdoor dance festival featuring more than 60 dance companies and 1,000 dancers, Hunt saw many dancers who might not have been on atage without her help. In one instance, Hunt had treated 10 of a company’s 18 dancers.


Click! magazine December 2013

Vikram Adve, professor of computer science, and his first-year graduate student, Chris Lattner, made a plan for their next project. It was not a big plan, just the kind of plan a professor and a graduate student make all the time in the course of their research. 

“We had talked about the idea of developing an infrastructure to use for both dynamic and static compilation, which we were going to work on after vacation,” remembers Adve.

Beam Us Up

Illinois Alumni November 2013

Hovering on the south side of the University of Illinois campus, State Farm Center may mimic the fleeting specter of a UFO, but it’s oh, so different in so many ways.

The most important being that its multidimensional mission has morphed it from a mere architectural curiosity to fan-friendly haven, granting it impressive staying power — a half century this year.

Judy Blume

NCTE Council Chronicle November 2013

Judy Blume has spent her career shining a light for young readers struggling with growing up, trying to figure out who they are, and wondering whether they are normal.

Her fans are legion; their devotion is epic.

But she has paid a price for her candor and for her straight talk. Blume’s books, from Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret to Forever are among the most frequently challenged in the United States.

Tectonic Shifts, Turbulence, & Opportunities

NCTE Council Chronicle November 2013

For Adam Banks, 2014 CCCC chair, the conference is an opportunity to look hard at the future and figure out how to get there. 

Reading Instruction That Meets Students Where They Are

NCTE Council Chronicle September 2013

For those who have mastered reading, it is like breathing: they don’t consciously think about how to do, they just do it. For others, though, reading may be anything but unconscious, and can be difficult, frustrating work.

What can teachers do to help students not only enjoy but also succeed at reading?

Tip A Canoe And Concrete, Too

Illinois Alumni magazine April 2013

The genius emanating from the University of Illinois fills many pages in the book of all things remarkable: the invention of the LED; the discovery of archaea, a third form of life; the development of Netscape, the first personal Web browser; and many others.

What may not be quite as well-known is that Illinois also is the birthplace of the concrete canoe.

Stop chuckling – this stuff is as serious as being up the creek without a paddle.

Victor Villanueva

NCTE Council Chronicle March 2013

Victor Villanueva is energetic and enthusiastic when talking about his new role as editor of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric (SWR) monograph series.

“It is a very exciting time for our field,” he says. “It’s the time to be doing this thing.”

Mike Rose Believes in Second Chances

NCTE Council Chronicle March 2013

Mike Rose has a message for teachers working with struggling students: keep the faith, because your effort really does pay off far down the road.

“You’ll be surprised how many of these students remember, ‘my teacher in 9th grade said I should consider going to college,’ or whatever,” says Rose. “That time spent when the students are having a hard time, you may not see the pay off, but it registers.””


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