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UI Research Park program improves inclusivity in tech industry

An aerial view of the University of Illinois Research Park is shown above.
January 12, 2021

A new technology education program, Illinois Reboot, has recently launched to build a more inclusive workforce in central Illinois.  The UIUC Research Park program will build a more diverse workforce...

Vaccinations begin to roll out across Champaign-Urbana

A University COVID-19 testing site worker writes on a box containing completed COVID-19 tests on Oct. 9.
January 6, 2021

The process of distributing vaccines to the eligible population has begun in Champaign-Urbana despite transparency issues from the federal government. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, which...

COVID-19 pandemic impacts University sustainability goals

COVID-19 pandemic impacts University sustainability goals
December 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has positively and negatively affected the University’s sustainability goals, but in the long-term, officials and students are hopeful that the school will achieve these goals. Factors...

Former Illini leads new SpaceX mission

Astronaut Mike Hopkins poses for a headshot. Hopkins is an Illinois alumni and recently boarded the International Space Station as part of a Space X mission.
December 1, 2020

After a successful launch on the first ever NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system, an international crew, including a former Illini, is on its way to the International Space Station.  NASA’s...

UK professor presents plastic recycling tech to UI students, faculty

The RT7000, the plastic recycling technology built by Recycling Technologies, is located in Swindon, England.
November 23, 2020

Plastic littering and waste would cease to be a problem if there was a way to make plastic so valuable that people wouldn’t want to throw it on the ground.  However, according to one chemical engineering...

Carle Health begins sharing COVID-19 data

The Carle Foundation Hospital on March 2, 2019 is pictured above. Carle Health has recently began sharing COVID-19 data.
November 19, 2020

The Carle Health System will be sharing daily updates on the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 across its five hospitals, as well as COVID-19 testing trends via an online dashboard.  Tuesday’s...

UI receives grants to reduce pollution

The Illinois Sustainability Technology Center is pictured above. The ISTC recently received two grants to combat pollution.
November 16, 2020

On the 30th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the University was the recipient of two Source Reduction Assistance grants, which support innovative...

UI projects $270 million in COVID-19 costs in FY 2021

A University testing site worker passes a COVID-19 test tube to a student at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 8.
November 16, 2020

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has approved a $6.74 billion budget for the fiscal year 2021, showing a $232.9 million, or 3.3%, decrease from 2020. Because of the unprecedented spendings...

Grading software slows professors amid stacked semester

Grading software slows professors amid stacked semester
November 12, 2020

In online education, a majority of professors in the humanities chose to utilize the online learning platform Moodle to assign work to students. While the software aimed to improve the teaching process...

UI professor awarded $4.5 million to advance breast cancer research

Dr. Erik Nelson poses outside the Institute for Genomic Biology on Saturday. Nelson has secured $4.5 million in funding from the United States Department of Defense.
November 12, 2020

Professor Erik Nelson has won $4.5 million from the United States’ Department of Defense’s Era of Hope Scholar award, a prestigious award that supports individuals in their early careers who show incredible...

In-person attendance drops due to students’ struggles

Professor Peter Abbamonte checks to see if he’s in frame for his students who choose to attend his Zoom lecture on Monday. Many students cite poor mental health when asked why they do not attend in-person classes.
November 5, 2020

In the Fall 2020 semester, most classes at the University are instructed completely online due to safety reasons concerning COVID-19. However, in the physics department, one professor chose to do the opposite:...

Online school challenges UI transcription software

A world map with the IP locations of all the users of ClassTranscribe in the world is pictured above. Users include international students scattered around the globe.
October 28, 2020

Due to COVID-19, a majority of classes have moved to online operations with professors choosing to upload lecture videos instead of hosting in-person classes. In Computer Science and Engineering, instructors...

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