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Zukoski to leave UI for provost position at Buffalo

Charles "Chip" Zukoski, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor, will leave the University of Illinois later this year to become provost at the University of Buffalo in New York.

The University of Buffalo made the announcement on Friday. Zukoski will be provost and executive vice president for academic affairs there beginning this summer.

Orthopedic implant company lands in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A company that makes surgical implants has decided to base its U.S. headquarters in Champaign.

CarboFix Orthopedics Ltd., which makes orthopedic trauma implants from carbon fiber, plans to base its U.S. subsidiary — CarboFix Inc. — at 3362 Big Pine Trail in the Pinehurst Commons office park in north Champaign.

UI vet clinic offers free eye exams for service animals

URBANA — For your average dog, having good eyesight means being able to find the food and water bowls, spotting a squirrel out in the yard and running right in the direction of the tennis ball you throw.

But the eyes of service animals are doing double-duty, because they're often keeping a human companion safe from harm.

Provost finalist pledges hard work

URBANA — As a scholar and engineering administrator at the University of Illinois, Ilesanmi "Ade" Adesida said he has been a strong advocate for excellence and if chosen to be provost he will become a campuswide advocate with the "commitment and capacity for hard work."

Actor Offerman returning to UI for Thursday show

URBANA — Actor Nick Offerman, best known for playing Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” comes to the University of Illinois at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of his “American Ham” comedy tour. The show will be at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, in Illini Rooms A, B and C.

Offerman is originally from Minooka and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the UI.

Watkins takes turn at forum for provost finalists

URBANA — Ruth Watkins has held just about every kind of academic post at the University of Illinois, from professor to vice provost to dean of the largest college on the Urbana campus.

So it was a natural step for her to compete for the campus' top academic office, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Edgars move back to Springfield

After almost 13 years of living in rural Champaign County, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has moved back to Springfield. But he'll remain an instructor at the University of Illinois and a member of the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

UI flash index above 100 for first time since '08

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index jumped greatly in March, indicating significant growth in the Illinois economy.

The index increased from 99.2 in February to 101 in March, a rise of nearly 2 points.

That pushed the index above 100, the so-called dividing point between economic contraction and growth.

Traveling farm exhibit at UI

URBANA — Folks can get insights on U.S. farm life from a special exhibit on the University of Illinois campus today.

America's Farmers Mobile Experience — a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into 1,000 square feet of exhibit space — will be on the parking lot east of Turner Hall, with tours available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit, sponsored by Monsanto, includes:

Serionix wins Cozad competition

CHAMPAIGN — Serionix took the top monetary prize at the Cozad New Venture Competition this past weekend.

The company — which has come up with filter materials to remove perchlorate from drinking water — took first place in the Most Fundable Venture category, earning the firm $15,000.