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Friday, October 3, 2008

Mushrooms and connections

I have never gone mushroom hunting but I've thought about it for 30 years because it just sounds like fun. So I got a big kick out of a very successful event this week. People from almost 20 central Illinois towns, plus a few from Michigan, were a little north of Springfield at our Emiquon research field station for a mushroom hunt. The event was quite successful, with 45 people turning out. It turns out that UIS has an expert on mushrooms on our faculty, and he was featured recently in the Illinois Times. For a university to connect with people on topics they care about is one of the greatest services we can provide, I think. Even if the topic is mushrooms.

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