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A new endowment fund for the theater arts and performance studies department will create programs supporting neurodiversity and inclusion.

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New TAPS endowment funds neurodiversity efforts

February 6, 2018 0 comments

The theater arts and performance studies department announced the creation of an endowment fund that aims to support theater and performance programs for adults diagnosed with autism.

Soon to take on her role as president of the American Mathematical Society, Vice President of Research and Professor of Mathematics Jill Pipher served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

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Jill Pipher elected AMS president Feb. 1

February 6, 2018 0 comments

Jill Pipher, vice president for research and professor of mathematics, became president-elect of the American Mathematical Society Feb. 1 — a position which she will hold until she becomes officially president next February.

David Schwartz ‘09 co-founded Real Food Challenge, an organization that encourages universities to provide locally-sourced food to students.

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New Taubman Fellows focus on disaster relief, agriculture

February 4, 2018 0 comments

This semester, Angela Blanchard and David Schwartz ’09 are bringing their experiences as entrepreneurs and change-makers to the University as Taubman Fellows and Social Entrepreneurs in Residence through the Swearer Center for Public Service.

National initiative emphasizes socioeconomic diversity

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National initiative emphasizes socioeconomic diversity

February 2, 2018 0 comments

At least 12,500 high-achieving low-income students across the country who could get accepted to top-performing colleges and universities each year don’t apply, said Tania LaViolet, co-leader of the American Talent Initiative.

Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 68-31 in 2009.

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Sotomayor to visit College Hill

February 2, 2018 0 comments

Just a year after the class of 2020 read U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, “My Beloved World,” they and the rest of the student body will have the opportunity to hear Sotomayor tell her story in person.

SUGSE fears University stalling talks on grad student unionization

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SUGSE fears University stalling talks on grad student unionization

February 2, 2018 0 comments

The University and graduate students have not yet been able to reach a decision on union pre-elections, according to Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees.

Shazhad Bashir will direct the Middle East Studies program as of July 1st,  hoping to expand the reach of the program and its academic offerings.

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Shahzad Bashir to lead Middle East Studies

February 2, 2018 0 comments

Shahzad Bashir, professor of Islamic humanities, will become the new program director for Middle East Studies after Beshara Doumani, current director and professor of modern Middle East history, steps down this summer.

In addition to hosting book drives on campus, Philip Àlàbí aims to partner with other student groups to host events to discuss development in Africa.

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PhD student founds nonprofit to aid under-stocked African libraries

January 31, 2018 0 comments

While completing his master’s degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2015, Philip Àlàbí observed a stack of textbooks resting on a table outside the chemistry department.

In the first general body meeting of the semester, UCS members suggested additional questions for a new student course evaluation survey.

UCS reconvenes in new semester

January 31, 2018 0 comments

At its first general body meeting of the semester, the Undergraduate Council of Students discussed proposed additions to the student course evaluation survey and debated changes to the Campus Consent Bill Wednesday evening.

University implements restorative justice program

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University implements restorative justice program

January 31, 2018 0 comments

Most modern criminal justice systems solely rely on punitive measures — an eye for an eye, or the guilty must be punished for the crimes they commit.