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University creates student Wellness Ambassador program

The exterior of McKinley Health Center located on 1109 S Lincoln Ave on Feb. 8.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

July 31, 2020

The University is starting a new program this fall in which students can apply to help promote the education of COVID-19 health resources on campus.  Wellness Ambassadors will be stationed around popular areas within campus such as the Main Quad. They will be handing out materials which have preven...

Professor receives $3 million grant to study yoga health benefits

A buddha statue stands on a table of Amara and Arts Yoga Studio located in Urbana on Jan. 22.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

July 17, 2020

Neha Gothe, director of the Exercise Psychology Lab and a professor in the college of AHS, received a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Aging. The grant will allow her to explore the health benefits of yoga. “These three groups of people will exercise with us for six months on campus ...

UI included in partnership to form math, science institute

The Beckman Institute sits north of the Engineering Quad in Champaign, IL.  on Oct. 4, 2016.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

July 16, 2020

Four Illinois universities have been awarded $15.5 million by The National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a new Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation.  IMSI will be a collaboration project with mathematicians and statisticians from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Uni...

Anti-racism task force creates plan for Grainger College of Engineering

Students lay in the grass near the Grainger Engineering Library on March 1, 2019.

By Diana Anghel, Assistant News Editor

July 10, 2020

An anti-racism task force within the Grainger College of Engineering is in the process of creating a list of actionable steps the college can implement in order to fight racism within the University. Professors in Engineering, Lynford Goddard and Tandy Warnow, took the lead on creating this task forc...

University partners with OneClick to study impacts of video technology

The homepage of the OneClick website, which provides free video chat to users, rests on Sunday.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

June 1, 2020

University professors Wendy Rogers and Raksha Mudar are leading a team in collaboration with to study the social interaction of older adults on video technology. They have received a grant of $850,000 from the National Institute of Aging to enhance the study. OneClick is a web-based ...

University student interns develop new Moodle app for campus use

The official logo for the app Muppy, a moodle app for university students.

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

A new version of the Moodle mobile app, created specifically for the University of Illinois, will be released to the public early next fall. The app is being created by a group of student interns within the Applied Technology for Learning in the Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) internships. The project ...

Students face obstacles accessing online learning

A student uses the PAR computer lab on Tuesday.

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

As the University has temporarily switched to online learning, many students are facing technological barriers. For some, the greatest obstacle this switch has brought is simply a changed educational environment. For many others, even accessing class at all has proven to be a challenge. Whether i...

UI president announces fall reopening committee

University President Timothy Killeen speaks during the 2017 graduation ceremony at State Farm Center.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

April 28, 2020

UI President Tim Killeen announced a committee that will examine reopening the University's three campuses in the fall. The committee will determine how to handle "class sizes, residence hall occupancy, large sports or entertainment events and other campus activities" while maintaining proper pandemic...

University researchers lead team to develop smartphone testing for COVID-19

A graphic in the researchers' paper shows how the test would work.

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

A team of University researchers are developing a smartphone-based system to detect COVID-19 without the need of a lab.  Five years ago, engineering professors Brian Cunningham and Rashid Bashir received a National Science Foundation grant to demonstrate a smartphone-based system for detecting pathogens...

University expands virtual campus tours

The homepage of the University of Illinois admissions page encourages viewers to visit campus virtually on Friday.

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

April 25, 2020

The University has expanded the virtual tour system; prospective students can now set up virtual meetings with admissions counselors, attend daily info sessions or speak with current students from their future colleges. “It’s one thing to see photos or videos of campus, but it’s another thing ...

Students raise concerns over virtual proctoring

The official logo of Proctorio

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Staff Writer

April 17, 2020

Proctorio, a program used to help ensure academic integrity during virtual exams, is being implemented by many professors for their tests; however, some students have concerns about their privacy. Proctorio works by monitoring students taking their exams to prevent cheating. It often does this by...

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts seeks volunteers for sewing COVID-19 masks

A Chicago woman makes masks in her home on April 9, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

April 13, 2020

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is currently seeking community volunteers to aid in making gowns and masks as a way of contributing efforts to the COVID-19 battle.  On their website, KCPA posted an advertisement asking for those in the community who have sewing abilities to volunteer. Those who contribute will he...

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