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Partnership with Japanese university expanded to improve energy efficiency

Partnership with Japanese university expanded to improve energy efficiency

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 17, 2019

With a 10-year agreement coming to an end within the next few months, the University and Kyushu University in Japan decided to expand initiatives to other colleges to advance and improve energy efficiency. In April 2010, the University and Kyushu formed the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy ...

Students build start-up companies in 54 hours

Students build start-up companies in 54 hours

By Ethan Simmons, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Moments before her team won the 54 Startup Weekend grand prize, sophomore in Engineering Megha Natarajan was thinking about her light-wash blue jeans.  “I was really scared that we wouldn’t win because my pants aren’t formal,” Natarajan said. “I looked at everyone else’s pants and they were dar...

Plant Science Symposium explores innovations in crop sciences

Plant Science Symposium explores innovations in crop sciences

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 4, 2019

The Plant Science Symposium explores diversity in perspectives in the plant sciences field and will take place on Friday at the ACES Library. The theme of the fourth-consecutive symposium is: “Bridging The Gap: Embracing the Era of Integrated Agriculture,” focusing on how the contributions of...

Professor receives national grant for green product designs

Professor receives national grant for green product designs

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor

October 2, 2019

A professor in the Gies College of Business received a landmark grant for research on how to reduce global waste. Professor Don Fullerton is co-principal investigator for the proposal “Convergence around the Circular Economy,” which received a two-year, $1.3 million award from the National Scienc...

Local mayors establish Beckman Institute Day

Local mayors establish Beckman Institute Day

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

October 1, 2019

As Beckman Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary, the mayors of Champaign and Urbana and the village president of Savoy will establish Oct. 2 as Beckman Institute Day. The official proclamation will be made at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday in the atrium of Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave. Mayors Diane...

Motorola establishes innovation center at Research Park

Motorola establishes innovation center at Research Park

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 27, 2019

Motorola Solutions will be employing both undergraduate and graduate University students in its new innovation and design center located at Research Park.  Laura Bleill, director of communications and external engagement for Research Park said the Gies College of Business suggested Research Park as the ...

Illinois receives $38 million to fight opioid crisis

Illinois receives $38 million to fight opioid crisis

By Jose Zepeda, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 26, 2019

As Illinois continues to fight against the opioid crisis, especially after receiving a recent $38 million grant, local efforts in Champaign-Urbana are still looking to prevent opioid-related tragedies. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a total of 17,029 people died in 2017 due to op...

Research Park launches new innovation lab

Research Park launches new innovation lab

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

September 5, 2019

Research Park has partnered with agricultural company Cargill Inc. to bring a new innovation lab to campus. The technology center, which currently accommodates 120 businesses, opened doors to the new innovation lab this year after recruiting last spring. Research Park’s Executive Director Laura Frer...

University partners with AI company to further medical research

University partners with AI company to further medical research

By Jose Zepeda, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 5, 2019

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, is partnering up with the University in order to develop precision medicine technologies. Through the partnership, Infosys will provide its expertise in artificial intelligence development, while the University will provide its expertise in comput...

UI to host student coding competition

UI to host student coding competition

By Jose Zepeda, Assistant Daytime Editor

August 29, 2019

For many computer coding competitions, judges determine the winners and losers in private with predetermined criterion, which does not always allow the contestants to know why their code won or lost. However, a coding competition event coming to the University in September will allow competitors to show...

Optimism may lead to better sleep

Optimism may lead to better sleep

By Rebecca Wood, Contributing Writer

August 29, 2019

After four years of attending the University, senior in LAS Kathryn Lenz says she still sleeps better at home in Chicago than on campus. A recent study led by a University professor investigated if there is a positive correlation between being more optimistic and getting better quality sleep. “When...

Alumnus Tom Siebel offers to pay employee tuition for online master’s degrees through University

Alumnus Tom Siebel offers to pay employee tuition for online master’s degrees through University

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

June 5, 2019

Tom Siebel, University alumnus and CEO of C3.ai, will cover the total cost for eligible company employees to earn an online master’s degree in computer science focused on data science through the University, according to a recent press release. Employees who complete the master’s degree program ...

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