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Graduate student turns love of animals into groundbreaking research

Graduate student turns love of animals into groundbreaking research

By Samantha Jones Toal Assistant News Editor

April 11, 2016


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Kathryn Polkoff, a graduate student in animal sciences, stands 6 feet and 4 inches tall.RB No longer does she gear up in her kneepads and Fighting Illini volleyball jersey, but instead in her white lab coat, safety goggles and beakers.However, even when she’s decked out for the lab, she lacks the look of intimidation one m...

University alumnus and former Google Exec Jeff Huber to speak at 2016 commencement

University alumnus and former Google Exec Jeff Huber to speak at 2016 commencement

By Aaron Navaro

March 31, 2016


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University introduces Spring commencement speaker alum Jeff Huber, formerly of Google, currently CEO and creator of cancer research company Grail.Illinois alumnus Jeff Huber, former Google senior executive and current CEO of cancer research company “Grail,” will be this year’s Illinois Commencement s...

Vice President for Research to step down

By Daily Illini Staff Report

March 16, 2016


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Vice President for Research Lawrence B. Schook will be stepping down from the position in August.According to a news release sent out Wednesday morning, Schook will return to his research and faculty work at both the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. A nat...

UI professor awarded $50,000 to kick-start career

UI professor awarded $50,000 to kick-start career

By Aaron Navarro

October 18, 2015


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Just in time for National Chemistry Week, Alison Fout, assistant professor in chemistry, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to begin new research.Fout received a Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in Chemical Sciences, a research grant given to female scientists who are just starting their careers....

CU Paranormal Society seeks the spiritual world

By Maddie Galassi

October 18, 2015


Filed under Life & Culture

While some spend the few weeks leading up to Halloween running away from ghosts, one group of locals is running toward them.The Champaign Urbana Paranormal Society searches for evidence of the paranormal by conducting ghost hunts both locally and around the nation.The society’s founder, Bob Davies...

College of Education debuts IDEALL

By Vivienne Henning

October 4, 2015


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About four years ago, as technology continued to evolve, the College of Education began to consider how the school could evolve with it. The college researched how technology can be used in the classroom as well as how students interact with and learn from technology. This curiosity led to the developme...

Open house brings crowd to campus research hub

Open house brings crowd to campus research hub

By Ben Lash

June 14, 2015


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The Research Park at the University hosted a community open house on Friday, where companies operating within the Park demonstrated their projects. Guests also had the opportunity to tour buildings occupied by different corporations and companies, such as State Farm and Yahoo.“Research Park does o...

Exposure to greenery could reduce stress levels

By Caroline Vakil

April 22, 2015


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Trees have healing powers. At least, that is the conclusion of landscape architecture researcher Bin Jiang. He, along with fellow researchers — Chun-Yen Chang, researcher at the Laboratory of Healthy Landscape Healthy People of the National Taiwan University, and William Sullivan, professor of land...

University research group creates immersive experiences through virtual reality

University research group creates immersive experiences through virtual reality

By Abrar Al-Heeti

April 22, 2015


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Paul McCartney stands on stage. His band is in the background warming up for another song. There is the sound of a drum and cymbals starting up a rhythm. Bright lights shine from overhead and from below the stage to reveal the waving arms and excited movements of the eager, cheering crowd. It’s after tu...

University professors make developments in cancer fights for humans, dogs

University professors make developments in cancer fights for humans, dogs

By Susan Szuch

March 30, 2015


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For Tim Fan, Ember was more than just a hound dog. Ember, who was bred for research purposes, was one of the first dogs used in the process of testing the effects of PAC-1 drugs on dogs, which work to cause cancer cells to self-destruct while preserving healthy cells. After the studies are co...

Social Work dean set to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Social Work dean set to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

By Natalie Stewart

March 19, 2015


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On March 25, the East Central District of the National Association of Social Workers will recognize one from the University. Barry Ackerson, associate professor in Social Work and associate dean for academic affairs, will receive the 2015 Illinois NASW Lifetime Achievement Award for the East Central Dis...

Facebook Lite app gives access to users in developing countries

Facebook Lite app gives access to users in developing countries

February 4, 2015


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Some users of the Facebook mobile app know the frustration of inconsistent Internet connections and running out of storage. But for users in developing countries, accessing the app can be nearly impossible. However, this is now changing in certain developing countries because of Facebook’s newest developmen...

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