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DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

 
A sample of some of the more than 1,200 Proust letters at Illinois’ Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The man in the photograph is the composer Reynaldo Hahn, who wrote a postcard to Proust on the back. The letter on blue paper was written to Proust by aristocrat and poet Robert de Montesquiou. Proust wrote the other letters in the photograph. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)
 

 
U of I works with French partners
to digitize Proust's letters

A website will make thousands of Marcel Proust letters
available to the public.

 

 
 
 

NEWS

 
Shakari Stroud 
 

 

 

Teaching for America

Shakari Stroud teaches math through highly regarded nonprofit organization.

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Scholarship celebration honors students and donors

LAS recognizes recipients of more than $500,000 in scholarships.
 
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Beware the jumping cholla

Researchers study the purpose and painful effectiveness of cactus spines.
 
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Belinda Pacheco Johnson 
 

 

 

Research competition showcases graduate student talent

Cutting edge ideas presented in three minutes or less.

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Martin Pomper 
 

 

 

Passing along a purpose

Chemistry alumnus traces his success to influential professor at Illinois.

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires 
 

 

 

Short stories on a big topic

Professor's first book addresses contemporary lives of black Americans.

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Jonathan Sweedler 
 

 

 

Researchers receive $3 million to develop neural probe

NIH funding will help effort to monitor brain chemistry.
 
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Illinois’ application is open

Know someone who should apply to the University of Illinois? The College of LAS offers more than 70 majors and helps student develop skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

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ALUMNI

 
 

Learn from LAS alumni

The LAS alumni community is 168,000 strong and filled with experts in virtually every field. The college is pleased to provide a new resource: short videos where alumni share ideas and expertise that can help your professional life.

Erika Jones
 

How to manage up: Advice from LAS alumna Erika Jones

Erika Jones (BA, '96, humanities) shares advice for managing your relationship with your boss. Erika works in human resources at United Airlines.

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Hotel Allegro 
 

 

 

You’re invited: Alumni event on politics and power

Join Paul Lisnek, LAS alumnus and political analyst for WGN-TV, on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Hotel Allegro in Chicago.

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Apply to serve on the Alumni Board

The LAS Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking new board members. In this role, alumni advocate for the college and volunteer their time. To find out more about how to apply for this highly competitive volunteer opportunity, visit our website.

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Join us!

LAS alumni are invited to connect with others through the college’s LinkedIn Group. 
 
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David Sepkoski and Illinois Quad in Fall 
 
 

Your gift fuels our faculty

As technology develops at breathtaking speed, how do we keep perspective? Meet David Sepkoski, author of books on topics ranging from 17th-century mathematical philosophy to paleobiology and extinction, who is regarded as one of the world’s most influential science historians.
 
Sepkoski joined Illinois this fall as the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science, thanks to a gift from Thomas Siebel (BA, ’75, history; MBA, ’83; MS, ’85, computer science).
 
This means that not only will Illinois continue to be a leader in the study of history and science, but also the fascinating intersection between the two.
 
Innovative faculty help us make connections we haven’t seen before. Join with us, With Illinois, and together we can create a university of distinction where leading faculty help our students reach their potential
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  All together. Amazing.  

For more than 100 years, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been the beating heart of the University of Illinois, providing students with an education that’s as focused as it is diverse. We’re making groundbreaking discoveries in the lab, using literature and languages to understand and interpret historical and current events and peoples, and developing an understanding of society and individuals. Working together, our people, programs, and facilities make the College of LAS altogether amazing.

 
 
 
 

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