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  • Podcast Episode #5: COVID trickle-down effects

    Host Gwen Macsai explores some of the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Episode 5 of Rising to The Challenge. She visits with UIC family doctor Evelyn Figueroa who started a food pantry in her clinic and has seen a 50% rise in need since the coronavirus hit. UIUC Engineering Professor Bill King talks about the lightning-fast development of the Rapid Vent and potential new courses that may result like "engineering in an emergency," UIS Prof Anne-Marie Hanson explains the impact of COVID waste on the environment, and Macsai takes a trip to the UIUC horse farm to find out what they did when 24 horses were about to give birth and the pandemic left them severely short-handed.

  • Gov. Pritzker releases $142M in capital funding for DPI, IIN

    Governor JB Pritzker announced today the release of more than $142 million to launch new facilities for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), created to accelerate job creation and economic growth through groundbreaking education, research and discovery. The funding is made possible by the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital program, with state DPI investments matched dollar for dollar through university, private and philanthropic funding sources.

  • U of I System Adds 10 New World-Class Faculty

    The University of Illinois System is adding 10 world-class faculty to its universities, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday, the latest hires made through an initiative launched in 2018 to aggressively recruit more distinguished scholars and further enhance the system’s global standing as a leader in education and innovation.

  • Trustees approve $6.74 billion budget for fiscal year 2021

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $6.74 billion budget for fiscal year 2021, continuing to focus on key priorities such as academic excellence, financial aid for students and economic development while addressing new challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • New mobile COVID-19 lab prototype completed

    The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has completed the prototype for a mobile laboratory, called mobileSHIELD, designed to demonstrate a way to rapidly deploy I-COVID, the saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed at Illinois. The U of I System's Shield T3 is currently identifying practical applications for the project.

  • UW—Madison partners with U of I System's Shield T3 to expand testing

    To accomodate more regular and frequent COVID-19 testing on its campus in the spring, the University of Wisconsin—Madison announced it will partner with the University of Illinois System subsidiary Shield T3.

  • Podcast Episode #4: Tech It or Leave It

    The fourth episode of the "Rising to the Challenge" podcast series discusses the technology behind COVID-19 mitigation, featuring the UIUC Vet Med lab, modeler Nigel Goldenfeld, Grainger College of Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir, and UIS's Brian Rives who has been transporting samples to and from Springfield.

  • Binational Great Lakes Higher Ed. Consortium Launched

    The Council of the Great Lakes Region, the University of Toronto, and the University of Illinois System have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officially create and launch the binational Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium.

  • Walder Foundation awards DPI $1.25M

    The Walder Foundation has awarded a Discovery Partners Institute science team led by the University of Illinois at Chicago $1.25 million to develop a prototype capability for detecting COVID-19 outbreaks and trends in Chicago’s wastewater.

  • U of I Foundation releases financial report for FY20

    The University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation announced today an impressive fundraising report for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) that includes both cash and new business figures surpassing $400 million.

  • Become an Illinois Connection advocate

    VIDEO: Illinois Connection is the legislative advocacy network for the University of Illinois System. By increasing awareness and understanding of the U of I System's positive impact on the state, nation and world, Illinois Connection advocates help to ensure the system’s legacy and longevity.

  • $7.5M gift establishes Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media

    The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced that its students will benefit from a suite of enhanced professional experiences, thanks to a $7.5 million gift by Rich and Leslie Frank of St. Helena, California. The gift, the largest in the College’s history, will establish the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media.

  • Podcast Episode #3: Stressed to the Nines

    The third episode of the "Rising to the Challenge" podcast series discusses COVID-19 stress, featuring an emergency room physician at UIC and a social work professor from Urbana-Champaign.

  • Information on registering to vote, completing the 2020 census

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Executive Vice President Barb Wilson remind students, faculty and staff of the importance of registering to vote and participating in the census.

  • Podcast Episode 2: Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3, Testing

    The second episode of our "Rising to the Challenge" podcast series discusses COVID-19 testing, featuring the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign SHIELD strategy, plus a team from University of Illinois Chicago that is helping protect Chicago's homeless population. 

  • UIC opens $8.8 million Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory

    Operating robotic scissors, University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis snipped a ribbon to officially open the University of Illinois College of Medicine Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory, on Sept. 15. 

  • Three U of I System scientists named "Researchers to Know 2020" by the ISTC

    Three scientists in the U of I System were identified as "Researchers to Know 2020" by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition: Marty Burke at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bellur Prabhakar and Maria Siemionow at University of Illinois Chicago.

  • City Scholars program expands at Discovery Partners Institute

    The Discovery Partners Institute and The Grainger College of Engineering are expanding the City Scholars program to now include the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech).

  • New podcast: Rising to the Challenge

    The U of I System is introducing “Rising to the Challenge,” a new podcast dedicated to telling stories from across the system and our universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

  • U of I System universities rank high in U.S. News & World Report

    All three universities in the U of I System were ranked highly among public institutions again this year in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, with Top 10 ratings in a number of categories.

  • U of I trustees approve lease to expand DPI space

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a lease that will roughly double the amount of space now occupied by the Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters to accommodate the growing demand for programming space.

  • U of I System enrollment tops 90,000 for first time

    Enrollment grew across the University of Illinois System this fall, topping 90,000 students for the first time and setting a record for the eighth straight year despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn it has spawned, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • University of Illinois tests students, faculty and staff at least weekly

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen spoke with CNN on the groundbreaking saliva-based testing program underway at the system's three university campuses.

  • COVID-19 testing strategies allow universities to open

    CNBC (Aug. 28) On CNBC's "Sqauwk on the Street," University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen discussed the pioneering saliva-based testing program that allowed the system’s three universities to resume face-to-face instruction this fall.

  • DPI awards more than $1 million in R&D grants

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is launching eight, world-class research teams from the University of Illinois system and partner universities with more than $1 million in seed funding.

  • U of I to lead two of seven new national AI institutes

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will lead two of seven new national artificial intelligence institutes, thanks to $40M in new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. One will focus on AI in agriculture and the other will use AI in molecule-making.

  • Fall 2020 welcome

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen welcomes students, faculty and staff to a fall semester unlike any other.

  • New Shield T3 board installs inaugural officers

    The Board of Managers of a new organization created to expand the reach of saliva-based COVID-19 testing pioneered by University of Illinois researchers installed its inaugural slate of officers during an organizational meeting Wednesday.

  • University of Illinois validates saliva-based test

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty and staff. The university validated its laboratory-developed test under CLIA by successfully comparing its performance to an FDA Emergency Use Authorized test.

  • Public Voices Fellowship

    Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Barb Wilson announced the second cohort for the system-wide Public Voices Fellowship.

  • UIC breaks ground on new clinical building

    The new 200,000-square-foot Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics building will provide expanded space for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, or UI Health, to serve patients needing GI, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, transplant and urology services. 

  • U of I to expand COVID saliva testing nationally

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Monday created a new university-related organization as part of a broad effort to expand the reach of saliva-based testing pioneered by U of I researchers that supports widespread testing with rapid results to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Professor Barbara Ransby named MacArthur Chair

    University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Barbara Ransby has been named a John D. MacArthur Chair, University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

  • Illinois Innovation Network announces seed funding recipients

    The Illinois Innovation Network on Monday awarded seed grants to teams that will use collaborative research to improve nutrition, turn trash into usable products, explore urban-rural connections, and enhance agricultural practices. 

  • U of I trustees appoint new leaders in key positions

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved new high-level campus leadership and passed two measures related to important capital projects.

  • Midwest collaboration awarded $25M quantum information institute

    The Grainger College of Engineering’s Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST) will launch a National Science Foundation Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN). 

  • Illinois public universities seek additional federal support for COVID-19 costs

    Presidents of Illinois’ public universities sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation Friday, seeking additional relief from increasing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Federal government rescinds new rule regarding international students

    In a massmail this evening, U of I System leadership shared the news that the federal government rescinded the recent directive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enformcent (ICE) that placed new restrictions on visas for international students.

  • UIUC, UIC part of new $15.5M mathematical institute

    Mathematicians and statisticians from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago and will join researchers at two other leading universities in Illinois as part of the new Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation.

  • U of I System supports Illinois Attorney General's challenge

    In a massmail sent today, the University of Illinois System announced its participation in a new legal effort by 18 attorneys general around the country to challenge the recent ICE restrictions on visas for international students.

  • System statement on legal opposition to new ICE rules

    The University of Illinois System announced its opposition to new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement visa restrictions for international students.

  • Importance of our international students

    President Tim Killeen issued a statement today regarding the importance of international students to the University of Illinois System.

  • Turning 'Uncertain' Into 'Extraordinary'

    Our latest video shines a light on the many efforts underway across the University of Illinois System to lead the way through the challenges of a global pandemic.

  • Universities adopt test-optional policy for fall 2021 freshman applications

    All three universities in the University of Illinois System have made ACT/SAT exams optional for high school students applying for undergraduate admission for the 2021-22 school year, due to disruption to testing timelines caused by COVID-19.

  • Extension announces inaugural class of Illini Science Policy Fellowship

    The University of Illinois Extension on Monday announced that five University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates will make up the inaugural class of the Illini Science Policy Fellowship (ISPF) program, which matches advanced-degree graduates with mentors in Illinois government and Extension to gain hands-on experience addressing issues critical to Illinois.

  • Farewell to Chancellor Koch

    In a massmail today, President Tim Killeen and the University of Illinois at Springfield shared a farewell video for Chancellor Susan Koch, wishing her well and thanking her for her service.

  • Supreme Court LGBTQ decision

    In a massmail today, U of I System President Tim Killeen and Executive VP/VP of Academic Affairs Barb Wilson commented on last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ worker rights.

  • Fall semester plans announced

    A message was sent today to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding plans to resume on-campus activities next fall at its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

  • DACA ruling

    University of Illinois leadership sent a massmail today to students, faculty and staff regarding the the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

  • Executive Committee approves Karen Whitney as interim chancellor at UIS

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the appointment of Karen M. Whitney as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield.