blog posts U of I System poised to address challenges of the future May 18, 2023 12:00 pm In addition to President Killeen's remarks on the system's future, trustees made key appointments, a new UIC department was approved, and a provisional FY2024 budget was authorized. U of I System, Hebrew University launch third round of joint R&D teams May 17, 2023 11:00 am The University of Illinois System and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) recently awarded funding to four new interdisciplinary research teams that will drive innovations and advance collaboration between the universities. This joint research and innovation seed grant program began in 2019. Real Impact: Research without borders delights Mexican exchange student May 5, 2023 3:45 pm Students from Mexico studying here, as well as Mexican-American students doing research internships in Mexico, receive educational support and mentoring as part of the new Mexican & Mexican-American Students initiative (I-MMÁS). DPI, CPS partner to engage high school students in tech Apr 27, 2023 2:30 pm The partnership helped support and encourage nearly 250 CPS students from a dozen CPS schools to explore the tech field this year. This workshop series helps expand DPI’s efforts to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Chicago. System universities celebrate new round of grad program rankings Apr 26, 2023 12:45 pm Programs at the three universities in the University of Illinois System again placed prominently in the 2023-24 U.S. News Best Graduate Programs rankings. Gift Days 2023 Apr 26, 2023 10:30 am University of Illinois System leaders announced additional paid days off for staff during the winter holidays for the eighth straight year. Illinois Broadband Lab launches survey to shape broadband investment plan Apr 25, 2023 9:30 am Anyone in Illinois is encouraged to click here to access the survey and share their perspectives and input about the planning initiative, forthcoming federal investment, and the work of the Illinois Office of Broadband and Illinois Broadband Lab. Gov. Pritzker announces 'Innovate Illinois' partnership to secure federal funding Apr 6, 2023 10:45 am The diverse coalition of business leaders, higher education institutions, and elected officials will coordinate the state's efforts to secure funding through the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. U of I System, UIUC commit $50M supporting new Illinois Computes program Apr 5, 2023 10:30 am This new initiative led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) will foster collaboration with researchers at all three system campuses on advanced research computing support and systems over the next five years. Discovery Partners Institute launches socio-demographic equity dashboard Apr 4, 2023 10:45 am The dashboard provides an in-depth analysis of the six distinct neighborhood types in Illinois and their corresponding socio-demographic variables, allowing users to better understand the characteristics of communities throughout the state. Trustees give green light to design of Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters Mar 30, 2023 11:45 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the design of the new Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) headquarters, planned as an anchor for a new innovation district in Chicago’s newest neighborhood. Governor appoints engineer, business leader to U of I Board of Trustees Mar 29, 2023 10:00 am Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed prominent civil and structural engineer and business leader Wilbur Milhouse III to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Real Impact: Innovation, compassion feed Dixon Springs neighbors Mar 22, 2023 5:00 pm State funding helps make Dixon Springs Agricultural Center a magnet for research, information, and interaction. Funding also supports innovative and environment-friendly tactics like high tunnels that benefit the region. DPI, DESY announce R&D, corporate development partnership Mar 20, 2023 1:45 pm The Discovery Partners Institute, part of the University of Illinois System, and DESY, a national accelerator lab in Germany, today announced a partnership to advance the commercialization of their research and support the launch of businesses in each city. U of I System Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Taiwan's NTHU Mar 17, 2023 10:15 am The agreement was signed during a multiday trip to Taiwan by President Killeen and a delegation of other U of I System leaders. During the trip, the delegation met with Taiwanese Prime Minister Chen Chien-jen; leaders from National Taiwan University and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University; Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute and Ministry of Education; and companies such as Hon Hai, AUO and TSMC. New Shin Humanitarian Award invites nominations by May 1 Mar 15, 2023 9:00 am Students, faculty, and staff at University of Illinois System universities, as well as alumni, will help determine who receives a unique new award for positively impacting humanity. President Killeen meets Taiwan prime minister, discusses partnership Mar 13, 2023 12:30 pm A delegation led by University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen met with Taiwan Prime Minister Chen Chien-jen and others to discuss further partnership and cooperation between the system and Taiwan in Chinese-language education and high-tech fields. Real Impact: Institute seeks funding bump for environment-focused mission Mar 6, 2023 7:00 am The system is asking the state for a 12 percent boost for Prairie Research Institue in the next budget cycle, increasing the $14.8 million budget to about $16.5 million. PRI receives essentially the same annual contribution from the state as it did when it became part of the U of I System in 2009. Illinois Ventures and Illinois alumni collaborate on launch of Illini Angel network Mar 2, 2023 8:45 am The University of Illinois System's venture capital arm and prominent alumni join forces to finance, support, and mentor early-stage companies with university roots. Devastation in Turkey, Syria impacts University of Illinois System community Feb 23, 2023 2:45 pm The scale of the disaster is Syria and Turkey is staggering, and our hearts go out to all who are struggling with these losses. Discovery Partners Institute receives $2.36M disease-control contract from CDPH Feb 21, 2023 10:30 am The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is expanding its wastewater surveillance in Chicago beyond the virus that causes COVID-19 under a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) agreement that extends their disease-control efforts into mid-2024. The DPI-led scientific team is now also analyzing wastewater for evidence of influenza A and B. The new agreement permits this search to grow to include other pathogens, such as the polio or monkeypox viruses, should they emerge as public health concerns. Real Impact: Heart-focused agency advances neighbor helping neighbor Feb 17, 2023 8:00 am Illinois Heart Rescue teaches bystander CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) use and other emergency essentials in large part because of state funding. This spring, the University of Illinois System again is advocating for the program’s annual funding as part of its annual state budget request. State of Illinois, U of I System launch broadband, digital equity initiative Feb 16, 2023 11:00 am The Connect Illinois Broadband and Digital Equity Planning Initiative will enable the state to receive historic federal Digital Equity and Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program funds in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Budget plan to provide reinvestment in U of I System, public higher education Feb 15, 2023 4:30 pm The state budget proposed today by Governor J.B. Pritzker would provide a 7% increase in general operating support for the University of Illinois System, increasing the system’s total general funds appropriation to $697.1 million for the coming fiscal year and representing a vital reinvestment in public higher education that would build on last year’s appropriation increases. Statement on the mass shooting at Michigan State University Feb 14, 2023 2:00 pm A statement from Timothy L. Killeen, University of Illinois System President: "It is deeply disturbing to once again find ourselves grieving with friends and colleagues, this time following the mass shooting and loss of life at Michigan State University. We are heartbroken over what is sadly only the latest in a long, tragic series of such events across our country. We offer our unconditional support and deepest condolences... Discovery Partners Institute launches new program for middle school students Feb 2, 2023 1:30 pm The Digital Explorers Program will expand DPI’s efforts to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Chicago. The program will be offered to students in grades six to eight on Saturdays at DPI’s downtown offices across two sessions. Students will develop computer science skills through coding and building a mobile app, while also taking part in team-building activities and solving problems with human-centered design thinking. U of I Board of Trustees sets tuition rates for 2023-24 academic year Jan 26, 2023 12:00 pm Tuition will increase 1.9 percent for in-state freshmen starting in the fall in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago. Under the Illinois guaranteed tuition law, currently enrolled in-state undergraduate students will see no tuition increase. The law guarantees in-state undergraduates four years of unchanged tuition. System universities again rank among nation's best in online programs Jan 25, 2023 9:00 am Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System again ranked among the nation’s best, according to the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs listing. Discovery Partners Institute creates endowment to support long-term growth Jan 17, 2023 3:15 pm The fund was seeded last month with $3.5 million in revenue from Shield T3, a business created and owned by the University of Illinois System to expand the use of the saliva-based COVID-19 test created by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers. Three-degree alumnus Jeffrey A. Stein appointed secretary, Board of Trustees Jan 13, 2023 11:30 am Jeffrey A. Stein, an administrator for nearly two decades at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and an alumnus with three degrees from UIUC, has been appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday. New round of seed grants pushes Illinois Innovation Network to milestone Jan 13, 2023 8:45 am Sustaining Illinois now includes 36 funded projects, and 13 of the 15 Illinois Innovation Network hubs have been lead recipients of funding. This round of projects marks the milestone of all 15 hubs participating in at least one seed grant. Real Impact: AP training equips high school teachers for stronger programs Jan 11, 2023 8:30 am During summer 2023, the University of Illinois System will launch Advanced Placement Summer Institutes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) to help increase the number of AP teachers across Illinois. DPI and IDPH launch interactive online COVID-19 tracker Jan 10, 2023 10:45 am The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today a new website that tracks the levels of COVID-19 in wastewater samples in Chicago and other cities across Illinois. Spring 2023 COVID-19 update Jan 5, 2023 4:30 pm President Tim Killeen issued a massmail today detailing updated COVID-19 guidance for students, faculty and staff as the spring semester commences. Winter 2022 COVID precaution reminder Dec 21, 2022 8:45 am University of Illinois System leadership issued a message to students, faculty and staff today asking for health and safety vigilance over the holidays. Reflections of the season Dec 15, 2022 4:00 pm President Tim Killeen delivered a massmail message today about inclusion to the entire U of I System community. DPI, Chicago, state partnership launches Cannabis Research Institute Dec 15, 2022 10:45 am The Cannabis Research Institute is a joint effort by the state and City of Chicago housed within Discovery Partners Institute, which is part of the University of Illinois System, to provide a robust body of research and data to advance public knowledge on scientific and socio-economic impacts of cannabis usage and production. Real Impact: Nature-loving maker converts kombucha waste into wood proxy Dec 13, 2022 1:00 pm If Pyrus replaced wood in a host of applications, more trees would remain in Earth’s rainforests. That’s an essential step for getting climate change in check, something the U of I System pushes for progress on every day. Governor releases $37M+ for food research, business growth at innovation hubs Dec 13, 2022 9:45 am Pritzker administration releases $37.3 million to launch facilities for five hubs of the Illinois Innovation Network, created to accelerate job creation and economic growth through groundbreaking education, research and discovery. Pawsitively Collaborative: A new partnership in veterinary pharmacy Dec 12, 2022 8:30 am A new veterinary pharmacy residency program serves as an example of the collaborations that unite University of Illinois System entities around advancing health and other missions. Statement on the passing of Senator Scott Bennett Dec 9, 2022 6:15 pm University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen issued this statement today in response to the untimely passing of Illinois State Senator Scott Bennett: "Senator Bennett was a great friend to the university, a champion for higher education and a good man. On behalf of the University of Illinois System, I want to express my condolences to his family. His leadership, wisdom and commitment to the people of his district and Illinois will be missed." New Pocket Facts spotlights system strength through facts, figures Dec 9, 2022 11:45 am Pocket Facts is filled with highlights from our universities, our healthcare enterprise, and collaborative entities such as Illinois Innovation Network and Discovery Partners Institute – all working together for a more prosperous, sustainable future for Illinois and beyond. Happy holidays from the Killeens, students around the system Dec 7, 2022 10:15 am U of I System President Tim Killeen said it best. “However you celebrate, we wish you the warmth of family and friends, and the joyful hope each new year brings.” UIS takes ownership of future Springfield Innovation Center property Dec 6, 2022 10:15 am The University of Illinois Springfield has officially purchased the downtown building that will serve as the new home of the UIS Innovation Center. Scheduled to open in 2025, the center will serve central Illinois as part of the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) to drive innovation, economic growth and workforce development across the state. Partnering with Purpose: Enhancing lives and spurring economic development Nov 17, 2022 4:00 pm U of I System President Tim Killeen’s annual state tour focuses on learning, listening and looking for opportunities to understand challenges and partner on solutions. Robust conversations among legislators, business and community leaders, alumni and other essential connections lead to the next steps that propel our state forward. Trustees approve request for funds to expand support for economy Nov 17, 2022 12:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding for the next fiscal year that would allow the system to expand its support for the state’s economy by increasing the talent pool, particularly from under-served communities, and further developing the state’s innovation infrastructure. Real Impact: Universities' Salute events strive to keep top students in Illinois Nov 14, 2022 1:45 pm Robust U of I System events and other interactions give students from historically underrepresented groups information and experiences to help them see how they’d fit in at University of Illinois universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. Marie Lynn Miranda named chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago Nov 11, 2022 11:30 am Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost of the University of Notre Dame and a leader in the drive to make higher education more inclusive, will be the new chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and a vice president of the University of Illinois System. U of I System joins bid to create regional hydrogen hub to combat climate change Nov 3, 2022 2:45 pm The Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) announced today that it will submit an application to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a regional clean hydrogen production and distribution hub to be funded under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Nicholas Jones named executive vice president of U of I System Oct 28, 2022 10:30 am Nicholas P. Jones has been appointed as the new executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs of the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced today. Jones will serve as second-in-command to the president, senior operating officer and chief academic officer of Illinois’ flagship university system.