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Taste of UIS to present overview of floodplain restoration

September 30, 2004

SPRINGFIELD -  The University of Illinois Alumni Association at UIS will present “Floodplain of Dreams,” the second program in this fall’s Taste of UIS: Distinguished Faculty/Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 21, at Maldaner’s Upstairs, 222 South Sixth St., Springfield. Reservations are required and should be made no later than Thursday, October 14.

Michael Lemke, UIS associate professor of biology, and Keith Miller, UIS professor of computer science, will discuss the scientific, cultural, and historical significance of the Nature Conservancy’s planned restoration of 7,000 acres of Illinois River floodplain to its pre-Civil War state. Scheduled to begin this fall, the project’s goal is to harness the restorative power of the annual flood pulse by turning the ecological clock back more than 100 years.  Lemke and Miller are both founding members of UIS’ new Emiquon Field Station, located on a bluff overlooking the project site. 

The third program in the series, on Thursday, November 18, will feature Ronald McNeil, dean of UIS’ College of Business and Management, in a discussion of “Nanotechnology: How It Might Change Your Life.” McNeil will describe how current scientific research could revolutionize everyday life, and the potential human, legal, and educational implications of new technology.  

Cost for each program – $18 per person, $13 for Alumni Association members and their guests – includes a hot buffet lunch.  To make reservations, call Alumni Relations at (217) 206-7395, register on-line at www.uiaa.org/spfld/, or e-mail alumni@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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