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Big Red, the first human MRI scanner sits on display in the Illinois MRI Exhibit at Beckman Institute on Wednesday afternoon. Late University faculty member Paul Lauterbur invented the machine in 1971, and the device recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Beckman Institute celebrates 50th anniversary of human MRI scanner

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, News Editor September 3, 2021

In an old storage shed in Urbana, a piece of history rested quietly for decades. The 3,500 pound magnet is called Big Red, the first human MRI scanner. Late University faculty member Paul Lauterbur...

The new Campus Instructional Facility, also known as the CIF, stands tall at 1405 W Springfield Avenue in Urbana, Illinois. New classrooms and study areas promote small group engagement which students can thrive in.

New Campus Instructional Facility opens for fall semester

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer August 31, 2021

The Campus Instructional Facility opens for fall 2021 with a focus on flexible learning and active teaching compared to previous University lecture halls. With five floors, 122,000 square feet and room...

Report highlights impacts of climate change in Illinois

Report highlights impacts of climate change in Illinois

By George Phelan, Staff Writer April 22, 2021

The Nature Conservancy of Illinois released a report on Tuesday detailing the expected impact of climate change on Illinois climate and weather events. The report, which deals with the effects of rising...

Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith poses for a professional headshot. Smith explained that false positive COVID-19 results are highly unlikely.

UI epidemiologist clears COVID-19 testing, research misconceptions

By Mia Ginocchi, Contributing Writer March 11, 2021

The University’s COVID-19 research and testing efforts are widespread, both in range and recognition. However, the process behind the University’s saliva-test might leave patients wondering what happens...

UI to replace Illinois Compass with Canvas as learning system

UI to replace Illinois Compass with Canvas as learning system

By Sophie Casaburi, Contributing Writer March 10, 2021

The University of Illinois announced on Feb. 23 that it will transition from Illinois Compass, a Blackboard product, to Canvas, an alternate learning management system.  The migration will begin in...

Technology Services Interim Chief Information Officer Greg Gulick poses for a professional photo. Gulick passed away in February from COVID-19 and was an essential part of the SHIELD team.

UI updates COVID-19 dashboard following death of tech services leader 

By Mona Alrazzaq, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Greg Gulick, University of Illinois’ Interim Chief Information officer and key member of its COVID-19 steering committee, passed away from COVID-19 on Feb. 16.   “Greg’s empowering and compassionate...

Illinois professor Christopher Byron poses for a professional headshot. Byron is leading a team that is trying to understand how COVID-19 saliva tests work on patients in the early stages of the virus.

UI collaborates with NIH to research optimal COVID testing method

By Chieh Hsu, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 efficiently, a testing system that identifies patients in the early stage of their disease is essential. In light of this, a collaborative project between the...

Two Moderna COVID-19 vaccines wait to be used at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. The county has administered 80,079 dses of the vaccine.

New week’s vaccine appointments fill within hour

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor March 4, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District opened up three days of first dose vaccine appointments on Monday afternoon. An hour later, they were full. A new eligibility rung, the last of Phase 1B, had...

A University COVID-19 test site worker hands a student a funnel at the ARC testing site on Feb. 1. The UI saliva test has received FDA emergency authorization

UI saliva test gets FDA emergency authorization

By Chieh Hsu and Willie Cui March 1, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration approved the University’s COVID-19 saliva test on Monday for emergency use. WIth this emergency use authorization, the U of I system can “broadly expand its covidSHIELD...

Employees work at their computers in the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s operations center. CUPHD conducts the vast majority of contact tracing in the area.

Contact tracers weigh tradeoffs of privacy, public health

By Matt Troher, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Contact tracing has undergone a transformation from being a relatively unknown process to becoming a household term during the pandemic. However, the way the vast majority of American public health departments...

A Champaign County resident receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Church of the Living God on Saturday afternoon. The C-U at Home group partnered with Continuum of Care to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations to the homeless population of Champaign-Urbana.

Clinic vaccinates some of CU’s homeless population

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out to eligible groups, advocates for the homeless community have created an opportunity for those individuals to receive a vaccine through an on-site clinic in...

A pharmacist fills needles with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the I-Hotel on Feb. 11. A walk-in vaccine clinic will open at Church of the Living God on Saturday.

Walk-in vaccine clinic opens at Church of the Living God

By The Daily Illini Staff Report February 19, 2021

In an effort to vaccinate underserved communities in the area, Carle Health and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District partnered to host a walk-in vaccine clinic on Saturday at the Church of the...

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