Kennedy gives powerful
presentation at Sangamon
After receiving a standing ovation
upon his entrance into the Sangamon Auditorium at UIS, Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr. stated to the audience, “At a reception before this
event I was asked what I think the biggest environmental problem
facing our nation is today and I said the White House.”
Kennedy visited UIS to give a
presentation entitled “Our Environmental Destiny” on Wednesday March
3, 2004. His is the second appearance in a lecture series, which
began last year with Morris Dees, sponsored by the Office of Student
Life and the students of UIS, according to Cynthia Thompson,
Director of Student Life.
Kennedy is the son of Robert Kennedy
and the nephew of the former President John F. Kennedy. “I am use
to being called Bobby’s son, Jack’s nephew, or Patrick’s cousin.
And in California everyone is saying ‘Oh you’re Arnold’s cousin,
right?’” he said.
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Parents of convicted
discuss Innocence Project case
The parents of
Julie Rea Harper, a woman who many believe was wrongfully convicted
of killing her 10-year-old son, answered questions about their
daughter’s case during a UIS legal studies class last month.
The UIS-based Downstate Illinois Innocence Project filed a petition
for executive clemency on behalf of Rea-Harper last September,
seeking a pardon based on actual innocence. UIS faculty members and
legal-studies students working with the Innocence Project have
provided investigative services for Rea-Harper and other individuals
who have been imprisoned despite strong evidence suggesting their
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Research Advanced at UIS
Scientific research at UIS has been
given a boost. Recently, two graduate students, Tracy DiMezzo and
Timothy Goode, received grants from Sigma Xi to further their
studies on Illinois floodplains.
Sigma Xi is a nonprofit organization
made up of roughly 75,000 scientists and engineers. Obtaining
grants from this society is extremely competitive. The purpose of
this organization is to “motivate young investigators,” said UIS
Professor Michael Lemke.
DiMezzo and Goode were selected
because Sigma Xi identified great potential in their work. Between
the two of them, they received over $1,500.
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