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    Commission report calls for formal retirement of Chief Illiniwek, suggests remembrance in moving forward – The Daily Illini

    The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation released its report to provide suggestions on how the University can create a path forward with the retirement of Chief Illiniwek. The report suggested holding a public event for the recognition and commemoration of the history, intent and impact of Chief Illiniwek to act as a formal and public retirement of the tradition. It also called for a collaborative and transparent process involving key stakeholders in identifying new traditions such as “music, symbols, branding, marketing or a mascot that do not rely upon Native American images or traditions.” The report cautioned creating a “clear distinction between the establishment of a university symbol and…

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    Alumnus Tom Siebel offers to pay employee tuition for online master’s degrees through University – The Daily Illini

    Tom Siebel, University alumnus and CEO of C3.ai, will cover the total cost for eligible company employees to earn an online master’s degree in computer science focused on data science through the University, according to a recent press release. Employees who complete the master’s degree program will also receive a 15% salary increase, a $25,000 cash bonus and an additional company incentive stock option equity award. “In this new economy where people are talking about digital transformation, for companies to stay at the top of their game, they need to have state-of-the-art continuing education programs,” Siebel said to Forbes. The online master of computer science in data science degree at the University is…

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    University to use The College Board’s ‘adversity score’ for student admissions, retention – The Daily Illini

    The College Board recently announced a new college admissions tool that measures the economic and social adversity of students who take the SAT exam. The Environmental Context Dashboard is meant to help schools diversify their student populations without looking explicitly at race. The ECD determines an “overall disadvantage level,” or score, based off contextual data of 31 factors across two categories: a student’s neighborhood and a student’s high school. These factors include family income, family structure, educational attainment, housing stability and crime. The score can range from 1-100, with a higher score indicating greater student adversity. College admissions officers have full discretion of whether or not to consider these scores when making…

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    Pet therapy provides stress relief during finals week – The Daily Illini

    A three-year-old grey standard poodle named Yogi greeted visitors at the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education Monday afternoon with an eager smile and a recent fur trim that resembled four fuzzy leg warmers and a floppy winter trapper hat. The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education is hosting pet therapy events on several days throughout finals week to help students de-stress between taking finals and studying. “It promotes really good coping skills and stress relief skills — something called self-regulation — so when you know you’re getting stressed out, knowing how to seek out a service that will help distress and relax you,” said Maria Nation, a…

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    Study reveals importance of demographic representation in medical profession – The Daily Illini

    Berkelee Asare, junior in LAS, knew she wanted to become a doctor during her sophomore year of high school when she sought a black dermatologist for her skin problems but had difficulty finding one. Now, she is on the pre-medical track studying chemistry with a minor in African American studies. Her hope is to become a dermatologist. A recent nationwide study conducted by Kaplan Test Prep found 80% of the 245 pre-med students surveyed say it is important for the American medical profession to be more demographically representative of the general patient population. The University was recently ranked among one of the top colleges for undergraduate students who want to apply to medical school…

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    University system plans to add more tenure faculty positions over next five years – The Daily Illini

    University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen introduced a five-year plan to hire more tenure faculty positions in response to increasing student enrollment across the system. The five-year plan would accommodate 168 more tenure faculty positions at the UI campus with consideration to the amount of positions needed to replace faculty retirements and turnovers. Killeen announced the plan on March 14 during a Board of Trustees meeting. Tenure-line faculty positions include assistant professors, associate professors and professors. The additional tenure faculty positions would be a 9% increase in overall faculty at the University. Since fall 2014, student enrollment across the University System grew about 9.5%, increasing by about 7,500 students. Total tenure faculty…

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    Professor hosts presentation on sexual harassment – The Daily Illini

    Assistant professor in Engineering Katie Driggs-Campbell addressed issues of sexual harassment and microaggressions during a presentation at the Coordinated Science Laboratory on Monday. The presentation was a condensed version of an orientation program she helped develop at UC Berkeley for the prevention of sexual violence and sexual harassment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science among graduate students. The program focuses on the tone that both faculty and students help set in fostering a more welcoming department culture. “While most people don’t — thankfully — deal with sexual violence, every one of you will contribute to the culture,” Driggs-Campbell said during the presentation. “We really wanted to bring…

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    Empathy and family: A message spread by Chaz Ebert, exemplified in ‘Rachel Getting Married’ – The Daily Illini

    Editor’s note: Each year, the University of Illinois College of Media Roger Ebert Fellows cover the Ebertfest film festival at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre, continuing through Saturday. Here they report on the first two days of the festival. For more of the 2018-19 Ebert Fellows coverage, go to Illinois Public Media at will.illinois.edu and, early next week, rogerebert.com. Throughout the first two days of Ebertfest, empathy was the central message Chaz Ebert wished to spread with the film festival co-founded by her late husband, University alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert. Before the screening of “Amazing Grace,” for example, the audience saw a short video of Chaz with her “empathy…

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    University researchers receive $1.2 million grant – The Daily Illini

    University researchers received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a project that aims to encourage more low-income and underrepresented students in middle school and high school to consider STEM fields. Lynford Goddard, professor in electrical and computer engineering and principal investigator of the research project, said a major reason for the study was the severe underrepresentation of African American, Hispanic, American Indian and female populations in most engineering fields. “When we look at the future workforce for engineering and for science, we wanted to properly reflect the demographics of the population,” Goddard said. “We want to make sure that all the different communities of people…

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    Model predicts gender parity in workplace – The Daily Illini

    Certain patterns regarding women in STEM fields sparked interest in research assistant professor Sara Clifton from the Department of Mathematics. “The fraction of women in these fields has generally increased over time, but as you go higher levels of leadership within STEM fields, the fraction of women proportionally was lower,” Clifton said. “I was wondering, ‘What’s going to happen eventually? Are all these fields heading (toward) gender parity, or is that not the case?’” Clifton and her research team created a mathematical model in hopes of answering these questions. They concluded gender parity in professional hierarchies may never be reached in some fields unless there are conscious efforts to address these gender…