Time flies like an arrow
Fruit flies like a banana
~ Groucho Marx

"Oh, The Places You'll Go ..."

Illinois Alumni magazine December 2012

Ever dream of watching wildebeests graze the Serengeti? Cooking in Italy? Whitewater rafting, swimming with sea lions or sampling beer at Germany's Oktoberfest?

A Labor of Love:

NCTE Council Chronicle November 2012


Walter Dean Myers always loved to write and was encouraged from a young age, but for many years he did not know one could make a living as a writer.

Arizona Bans Mexican American Studies Program

NCTE Council Chronicle September 2012

The Mexican American Studies (MAS) program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) had been a real success story.

Ninety-seven percent of students participating in the program graduated from high school, compared to 44 percent nationally, and 70 percent entered college compared to 24 percent nationally. Students scored higher on the AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) test compared to other Hispanic students who did not take the classes.

The LED is Ubiquitous — But Its Home Is Illinois

Illinois Alumni magazine September 2012

From headlights and traffic lights to DVD players, advanced medical equipment, and billboards, the light from LEDs is all around you. Nick Holonyak Jr.

Thinking About Consumers:

BioEnergy Connection July 2012

The reasons to reduce oil consumption, from climate change and national security, have existed for 30 years. And yet, in all that time Americans have neither substantially reduced the amount consumed nor meaningfully shifted to alternative fuels.  Why is that? asks law professor Joshua Fershee, who teaches courses in energy law and public policy at the University of North Dakota

How I Write

The Writer April 2012

Sharon Flake “writes about hope in hard places,” she says. Flake, author of seven books, including two collections of short stories, writes primarily about African-American teens struggling with identity, relationships and perseverance – issues that resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. Her first YA novel, The Skin I’m In, was published in 1998, and won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent.

Yong-Su Jin

IGB Biomarker April 2012

Whether it’s his son’s preference for meat over vegetables or the relative basketball skills of a high school player and Shaquille O’Neal, Yong-Su Jin loves to use analogies. And as his work gains a wider audience, those analogies come in handy when speaking to people far beyond the reaches of the IGB.

Right Book, Right Reader, Right Time

NCTE Council Chronicle March 2012

Every bookshelf in Teri Lesesne’s office is double packed. Books spill out of a shelving cart near her desk, which is also buried in books. And that doesn’t even count the audio books and ebooks she regularly digs into.

Lesesne (it rhymes with “insane,” she says) doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t in love with books. But it was not until she became a teacher and met her first reluctant readers that she discovered the young adult (YA) genre.

Catching Tigers:

NCTE Council Chronicle March 2012

What are your options if you feel that your writing instruction is not engaging students at a deep enough level?

Like Water for Dancers

Illinois Alumni June 2011

For Jennifer Monson, the whole world is her classroom, from bird migration patterns that tie the corners of the world together to vast underground aquifers of burbling waters.


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