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Students receive free Echo Dots to test new skills

Students receive free Echo Dots to test new skills

By Jose Zepeda, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News, Science & Technology

Free Amazon Echo Dots were given to 200 University Housing residents to test out new Alexa commands developed by a team of undergraduate students at the University. The Echo Dots, distributed by the University’s Social Research and Technology Innovation Lab, are being used to collect data on command...

Bird calls to save endangered plant species

Bird calls to save endangered plant species

By Luis Velazquez, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

A University graduate student is leading research that may bring plant species in Oahu, Hawaii, back from the brink of extinction using bird calls. Sean MacDonald, graduate student in ACES and lead researcher, realized certain endangered plant species historically dispersed by birds were suffering because...

Coral reef recovery brings biologists, engineers together

Coral reef recovery brings biologists, engineers together

By Ashley Fu, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

A team of three University professors, along with a professor from San Diego State University, received an $825,000 National Science Foundation Convergent Research grant to study the recovery of coral reefs. Coral reefs have been dying due to ocean acidification caused by an increase in carbon dioxid...

Illinois invests into quantum computing

Illinois invests into quantum computing

By Madelyn Foster, Assistant Daytime News Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

Paul Kwiat, professor in Engineering, pulled two quarters from his wallet and spun them on the table. He called the spinning coins his own personal quantum computer. The University is investing $15 million into the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center, which will allow individual p...

Grant aids aging with disabilities

Grant aids aging with disabilities

By Clare Budin, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

A group of researchers at the University is working to help those who are aging with disabilities maintain their independence using technologies that are commonly associated with the younger population. The research is made possible by a five-year, $4.6 million grant from the National Institute of ...

UI professors receive $1.2 million grant to improve computer efficiency

UI professors receive $1.2 million grant to improve computer efficiency

By Ashley Fu, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

Three Engineering professors received a $1.2 million grant across a four-year span from the National Science Foundation for their research on improving computer efficiency. The recipients are Josep Torrellas, Laxmikant Kale and David Padua, all in the Department of Computer Science. Torrellas s...

Bridge project lacks funding

Bridge project lacks funding

By Emily Dao, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

The University’s Engineers Without Borders chapter is struggling to raise $50,000 for materials and labor to construct a bridge in Malawi, a project it hopes to begin this summer. “If we can finish the design by the end of the year, we’re thinking about starting construction in the summer of ...

GAANN funds education for doctoral aerospace students

GAANN funds education for doctoral aerospace students

By Emily Dao, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

The Department of Aerospace Engineering was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Education, which will fully fund fellowships for eight doctoral students who are pursuing aerospace engineering degrees and planning on doing research or teaching in the field. The fellowships, fun...

Professor receives fellowship to advance microscopy research

Professor receives fellowship to advance microscopy research

By Caroline Coyle, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

University chemistry professor Renske van der Veen has been awarded the Packard Fellowship for her research in visualizing materials vital for creating solar energy at the atomic level, which helps to convert energy more efficiently. The Packard Fellowship is a five-year grant awarding $875,000 to 18 fellows ...

Seven projects funded by the University to enhance quality of life

By The Daily Illini staff report

October 26, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

Seven projects will be awarded $60,000 through this year’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Extension grant competition, through ACES, out of a total of 22 proposals.  The ICE is a new grant opportunity, funded by ACES and University of Illinois Extension, Shelly Nickols-Richardson, interim a...

New camera imitates shrimp vision

New camera imitates shrimp vision

By Zihan Wang, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

Inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp, a research team at the University developed a camera that can be used to help self-driving cars identify objects other cameras struggle to detect. Viktor Gruev, associate professor in Engineering and leader of the research team, said the team’s camera can identify a...

Bee study earns medical award

Bee study earns medical award

By Daniel Renteria, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

Gene Robinson, professor in LAS, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for his research on the relationship between genes and social interactions through the study of honeybees. NAM announced the election of 85 new members who have made significant contributions to different fields of m...

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