Briefs 9/6/2011

Larry Schook permanently appointed vice president for research

Dr. Larry Schook will be made the permanent vice president for research, pending approval from the Board of Trustees at the Sept. 9 meeting.

According to an email from President Michael Hogan, Schook has been serving as interim vice president since March 2011. He was chosen by a search committee led by Skip Garcia,vice president for health affairs. Schook has over 200 publications and $25 million in externally sponsored research, according to the email. While he has been interim vice president, Schook has helped improve cross-campus collaborations and has built new relationships in the public and private sector.

*New election cycle officially starts Tuesday*

Tuesday kicks off the election season, as it marks the first day candidates from established political parties can start circulating petitions to be on the ballot.

This year, the list of established parties does not include the Green Party. According to Susan Rodgers, former treasurer for the local Green Party,it lost its status as established party because Rich Whitney, its candidate for governor, failed to get enough votes in the general election.

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote for the primary. Primary elections will be held March 30.

*WWII bomber to touch down in Danville for showcase*

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will showcase “Aluminum Overcast,” a B-17 bomber at the Vermilion Regional Airport in Danville, Ill., for the 2011 “Salute to Veterans” national tour from Sept. 13-14.

The public will have the opportunity to fly in the plane or to tour the fighter plane from World War II.

There will be five flights per day starting at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m. Those who reserve spots early will receive a discounted ticket price of $399 for EAA members and $430 for non-members. Walk up reservations will be $425 for members of EAA and $465 for non-members.

_Compiled from Daily Illini staff reports._