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“A tall order”: Inside UI’s COVID testing lab

A University worker unloads completed COVID-19 tests outside the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building on Friday. The Veterinary Diagnostics Lab staff is equipped to test about 10,000 saliva tests per day.
October 19, 2020

Every hour, vans marked “Test Delivery Vehicle” criss-cross the campus, collecting their cargo — boxes of COVID-19 test samples — from the University’s 14 testing sites. From there, they speed...

Students petition to ban Proctorio amid privacy concerns

Students petition to ban Proctorio amid privacy concerns
October 12, 2020

A petition with over 700 signatures is circulating to call upon the University to stop using Proctorio, an AI-based online proctoring system that analyzes trends to prevent students from cheating during...

Previously infected students receive false positives

A coronavirus test site worker organizes vials at the Illini Union on Sept. 30. Some students who have previously been infected by COVID-19 are now getting false positives from their tests.
October 8, 2020

Students who have previously contracted the coronavirus are facing issues when getting retested due to virus remnants in their system.  Delaney Phelan, junior in AHS, contracted the virus earlier this...

Overflow of online exams leaves University searching for proctors

Overflow of online exams leaves University searching for proctors
October 8, 2020

As many courses have shifted online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a sudden emphasis on virtual proctoring.  As such, the Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) has been forced into...

Hearing impaired community struggles with life under COVID-19

Professor Sadie Braun poses for a professional headshot for the College of AHS. Braun calls on her 10 years of clinical experience and her knowledge of audiology to elucidate the struggles that the hearing-impaired community faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 28, 2020

While COVID-19 has completely up-ended every area of life, the pandemic has brought additional challenges for the hearing-impaired, including those on campus. Sadie Braun is a clinical assistant professor...

Health officials stress flu shots to avoid overwhelming hospitals

Students line up on the Main Quad to get flu shots at McKinley Health Center’s Flu Shot Clinic on Oct. 1, 2018. Health officials encourage flu shots to avoid overwhelming hospitals this winter.
September 28, 2020

As flu season approaches, Champaign-Urbana health officials are urging community members to get their flu shots this year, especially with COVID-19 in tow.  Although health officials encourage people...

Daily Illini exclusive: SHIELD team leader talks testing, new case decline

Martin Burke, professor in LAS and member of the University’s SHIELD team, poses for a professional headshot. Burke was encouraged by last week’s results for on-campus COVID-19 tests, which yielded far fewer new cases than weeks previous.
September 21, 2020

The Daily Illini met with Professor Martin Burke of the University’s SHIELD team on Friday to discuss recent COVID-19 numbers and testing.  After the two-week lockdown where students were only allowed...

University reaches 2,000 COVID-19 cases: 59 of them faculty, staff

A graph depicts amounts of positive COVID-19 tests over time at the University of Illinois. Over 10,000 tests were conducted on Monday.
September 17, 2020

The University of Illinois’ surpassed two COVID-19 milestones this week: over 2,000 cases identified from 300,000 saliva tests since the program’s introduction in July.  Over two-thirds of all tests...

Safer Illinois provides digital support for COVID-positive students

Students wait at the testing site at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on Aug. 30. A helpful feature of the Safer Illinois app is the OSF OnCall Connect program, which puts COVID-positive people in contact with OSF OnCall team members.
September 14, 2020

The Safer Illinois app is mainly used by the on-campus University community to track COVID-19 test results and gain access to buildings.  One overlooked feature allows COVID-positive users to get medical...

University awaits approval for on-campus micro-nuclear reactor

Madhu Khanna hosted a Zoom webinar on Sept. 10. The meeting proposed bringing a nuclear reactor to campus.
September 14, 2020

The University may soon be home to a new micro-nuclear reactor, which would provide campus with clean energy, as well as opportunities in research and education on campus.  The project is pending approval...

Frontline workers protest University reopening at UI President’s house

Protesters stand outside UI System President Timothy Killeen’s house after marching from the Main Quad. The participating University students and staff protested to demand hazard pay for frontline workers and reduced tuition among other things on Saturday.
August 31, 2020

Dozens of University students and staff marched from the Main Quad to UI System President Tim Killeen’s house on Saturday afternoon to protest multiple aspects of the University’s return plan.  Organizers...

University to lead two artificial intelligence institutes

Vikram Adve, professor in Engineering, will lead the AI Institute for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management and Sustainability. Two University-led teams will be paritally funded by a $140 million grant given to seven intelligence institutes across the country.
August 31, 2020

A $140 million grant to establish seven intelligence institutes in the United States will help fund two University-led teams, according to the Illinois News Bureau. The grant is being funded by the National...

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