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Monday, November 19, 2007

Cheney in TV discussion of presidential debate

Michael Cheney, professor of communication, appeared on WCIA-TV on November 15 in a discussion of the Democratic presidential debate and voter apathy.

The debate, held the following evening, attracted more than 4 million viewers to CNN.

Ambrose invited to participate in discussion of DUI courts

Tom Ambrose, senior training coordinator in UIS' Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies, was invited to appear in an episode of the Illinois Judges Association cable television program Judicial Perspective. The program was titled "Dedicated DUI Courts: The latest innovations in the court system on handling DUI cases" and was taped in early September with Chris Ruys Communications in Chicago.

Appearing with Ambrose on the program were Judge Bruce Kelsey of the 18th judicial circuit in Wheaton and Judge Diane Lagoski from the 8th judicial circuit in Mt. Sterling. IJA President Mark A. Schuering of the 8th judicial circuit in Quincy moderated the discussion, which covered a variety of topics related to working with DUI offenders.

Said Ambrose, "UIS has a grant from the Division of Traffic Safety with the Illinois Department of Transportation that involves the identification, assessment, prosecution, and case management of high-risk DUI offenders in Illinois. Judge Schuering has been very involved with our training of prosecutors and probation officers."

Judicial Perspective is a half-hour program presented monthly by the IJA to help provide Illinois citizens with useful information about the judiciary.

Formed in 1971, the Association provides continuing legal support to members of the judiciary and helps educate the public on matters regarding the court system.

Shown in the photo are Ambrose, Judge Kelsey, and Judge Lagoski (seated left to right); and Judge Schuering (standing).

Friday, November 16, 2007

Former library faculty is co-author of report

Kimberly Armstrong, previously director of collection services/associate professor of library instructional services at UIS and now a staff member with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, is a co-author of a "Study of Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives," now available online through the Association of Research Libraries. Armstrong was a member of the UIS library faculty at the time the report was written. Her co-authors were Katie Newman, UIUC, and Deborah Blecic, UIC.

UIS library dean Jane Treadwell noted that the report "provides an overview of the current state of scholarly communication education initiatives at North American universities."

The CIC, a consortium of 12 research universities, has as its mission advancing academic excellence by sharing resources and promoting and coordinating collaborative activities among members.

Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives/, SPEC Kit 299, is available at www.arl.org/sc/institute/instres.shtml.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Ray Schroeder discusses Web 2.0 at UML

Ray Schroeder, professor emeritus of Communication and director of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning, shared his expertise on Web 2.0 at a conversation dinner at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in October.

The dinner was sponsored by the Council on Teaching, Learning, and Research as Scholarship; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant on Local Blended Learning for UMass; and the Faculty Development Center.

As part of his presentation, Schroeder developed a web page for UML that includes background information on Web 2.0 capabilities, links to resources, and links to his own Online Learning Blog.

See the page Ray developed for UML.

See a webcast of Ray’s speech.