The day after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, a medical team from Illinois was ordered to help out. A doctor and nurse from Urbana say the ten days they spent treating evacuees was harrowing but a valuable experience they can draw upon in future emergencies. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports. (Left: A member of Illinois' medical relief team catches some sleep at LSU's Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, which doubled as a field hospital.)
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Imagine getting a call telling you that a private foundation admires your work - and you're admired so much that the foundation is giving you $500,000 to keep working, no strings attached. University of Illinois chemistry professor Todd Martinez (left) got that call last week - and today Martinez is being announced as one of 25 recipients of the half-million dollar MacArthur Fellowship grants. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked to him.
This year's observance of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were low-key in Champaign-Urbana. University of Illinois law students planted small flags on the lawn outside their building. Meanwhile, before a small audience at Smith Hall, faculty members of the School of Music improvised on the hymn "Amazing Grace" for exactly 17 minutes -- the time between the two attacks on the World Trade Center. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked with Karl Kramer, director of the UI School of Music, and musicians Chip Stevens, Ron Bridgewater and Chip McNeill.
Rebuilding New Orleans seems like a daunting task when America is still trying to get its head around the enormity of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. But a University of Illinois urban planning professor says plans have to start now, even before the area's residents eventually begin to stream back into the city. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked to him.
A Champaign native attending college in New Orleans is back home, after surviving Hurricane Katrina and making his way out of the flooded city on foot. Am 580's Jim Meadows talked with Kevin Causley.