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Students of the Illinois Solar Decathlon team show off their informational posters at the grand opening of ADAPTHAUS on Saturday. The project is a sustainable solar-powered home that lowers carbon emissions.

Students unveil sustainable modular home

By Vivian La, Assistant Daytime News Editor April 13, 2021

A mile north of campus, a white, boxy house surrounded by a brown wooden deck stands out from the rest of the neighborhood. Solar panels sit on its roof, and the deck is populated with students showing...

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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University launches “Dear Alma” podcast series for faculty 

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

The Office of the Provost has launched a podcast series in which senior faculty discuss insights and tips on topics aimed at helping junior faculty.  Titled “Dear Alma,” the podcast features advice...

Illinois student Seth Patterson receives the tube for his University COVID-19 test at the ARC on Feb. 1.

UI saliva-based COVID-19 test expands nationwide

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

The SHIELD Illinois program continues to expand the saliva-based test nationwide as more facilities and universities notice how accurate and accessible this testing is and request these services.  Many...

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