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University finalizes agreement with energy company for newest solar farm

University finalizes agreement with energy company for newest solar farm

By Clare Budin, Assistant Daytime News Editor, Assistant Special Sections Editor

December 11, 2019

Renewable energy company Sol Systems announced Tuesday the finalization of a 20-year power purchase agreement with University-connected Prairieland Energy, Inc. for the development and operation of a campus solar farm. The solar farm is projected to produce 20,000 megawatt-hours of solar power annu...

University professor’s film explores Zuckerberg’s persona

University professor’s film explores Zuckerberg’s persona

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 26, 2019

In his new film “Order of Magnitude,” Benjamin Grosser, professor in FAA, explores the change in Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s public persona over the years, as well as Silicon Valley’s obsession with growth. The 47-minute film is a supercut compilation of approximately 400 clips of Zuckerber...

University professor receives NASA grant for space research

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 20, 2019

A University researcher was selected to receive up to $550,000 in Early Stage Innovations grant funding from NASA's Space Technology Research Grants program. Laura Villafane, professor in Engineering, is the principal investigator for a University research project on how to minimize or remove entirely the disruption of...

Electrical and Computer Engineering Building awarded sustainability certification

Electrical and Computer Engineering Building awarded sustainability certification

By Eunice Alpasan, Senior Reporter

November 19, 2019

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Building received the highest rating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification for its implementation of practical and measurable sustainability efforts, according to a recent press release. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system is used...

Researchers look to increase safety in self-driving cars

Researchers look to increase safety in self-driving cars

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

Ongoing research at the University is working to increase the safety of self-driving cars. The research works to increase reliability in self-driving cars, known in the field as autonomous vehicles. The focus of this project is to analyze scenarios of potential risk for AVs and attempt to create artif...

California wildfires impact University students

California wildfires impact University students

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter

November 7, 2019

Wildfires have ravaged thousands of acres in California this October. For over 2,000 Californian students and professors at the University, blazing landscapes are the normal back home.  Sarah Gale, junior in ACES, is a lifelong resident of Claremont, California, just 30 miles east of Los Angeles. ...

Bill proposes last daylight saving in Illinois

Bill proposes last daylight saving in Illinois

By Celestina Edleman and Michael Caruso

November 4, 2019

It’s that time of the year when the clocks turn back, the sun sets earlier and we get an extra hour of sleep. Daylight saving, which happened Sunday, occurs twice a year. Dating back to 1918, the United States originally enacted the policy as an effort to conserve coal during wartime. Nearly a centu...

Virtual reality remains inaccessible for students with disabilities

Virtual reality remains inaccessible for students with disabilities

By Laszlo Richard Toth, Contributing Writer

October 31, 2019

Virtual reality technology is rapidly being integrated into classroom learning, but it may still be inaccessible for people with disabilities.  Laura Shackelford, associate professor in LAS and Medicine, is one of the professors at the forefront of experimenting with and implementing virtual reality ...

Sustainability teams create new Climate Action Plan

Sustainability teams create new Climate Action Plan

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2019

Sustainability teams with the University’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, or iSEE, are working toward creating sustainability action plans for the new 2020 Illinois Climate Action Plan. Illinois Climate Action Plan is a strategic plan to achieve climate commitments made by...

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...

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