CHAMPAIGN – An 18-year-old University of Illinois student was killed Thursday as a result of being run over by a bus.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Sarah E. Channick, whose hometown is Deerfield, was pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m. Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois is now affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, meaning it will have greater access to the Smithsonian's collections.
"These are two great institutions. There is no reason why we can't share our expertise to each other's benefit," said Scott Schwartz, director of the UI's Sousa Archives and Center for American Music and the liaison between the UI and the Smithsonian.
You probably wouldn't find your cellphone or laptop computer too useful if you had to keep it as cold as liquid nitrogen, which checks in at a little less than minus 320 degrees.
That's why word that University of Illinois professors Milton Feng, Nick Holonyak and colleagues have run their new laser-emitting transistor at room temperature is big news as far as getting the device, which could radically change microchip technology and capability, to market is concerned.
URBANA – When physics Professor Zhiqiang Mao left his home in Metairie, La., and his lab at Tulane University the day before Hurricane Katrina hit, he faced losing valuable research time.
Now he's at the University of Illinois and ready to start work again.
Megacatastrophes like hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami have been occurring throughout the Earth's history, but the urbanization of the planet and the growth and interconnectedness of its population are increasing the stakes.
University of Illinois and other local experts will discuss the implications of that at a forum set for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the National Soybean Research Center, 1101 W. Peabody Drive, Urbana.
URBANA – Gifts of $151.5 million to the University of Illinois during the last fiscal year helped underwrite the cost of advances in education, research, public service and economic development by University of Illinois researchers and leaders, said Steve Rugg, the UI's vice president for administration and treasurer for the UI Foundation.
Rugg reviewed the amount given during the last fiscal year to the UI and the Foundation, the UI's private fundraising arm, at the Foundation's annual meeting in Urbana. The figure is lower than each of the previous three years.
URBANA – With an amount of pomp and circumstance usually reserved for graduation ceremonies, the University of Illinois inaugurated its 16th president, B. Joseph White, Thursday afternoon. It was the first such ceremony in almost 50 years.
White, 58, who has been on the job since Jan. 31, spoke about his vision for the UI. He said the university is at a "tipping point" where it could slowly decline toward mediocrity or create a brilliant future.
URBANA – Nearly 500 people will walk from the Quad to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday to celebrate the inauguration of B. Joseph White as University of Illinois president.
Although White has been on the job for almost eight months, he'll be formally installed as the UI's 16th president this week. It will be the first such ceremony since 1956, when the UI's 12th president, David Dodds Henry, was inaugurated.
CHAMPAIGN – School board members Monday dashed hopes of a resolution to a long-running conflict between the district and the city.
At a special session, board members quickly went into closed session – removing from the agenda an agreement about a special district the city wants to create in the South Research Park area to accommodate University of Illinois expansion plans, as well as city plans for a downtown taxing district.
A University of Illinois chemistry professor working to make customized molecules is one of 25 winners for 2005 of a $500,000 no-strings-attached fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
UI Professor Todd Martinez is the fifth person locally to win a "genius grant," as the MacArthur awards are commonly called.