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University of Illinois

Holonyak, who 'replaced Edison's lamp,' retires from UI

URBANA — LED inventor and engineering icon Nick Holonyak Jr. has retired from the University of Illinois; however, colleagues said they expect him to continue his research.

Sick dogs help test cancer drug at UI

URBANA — Blaze didn't get a lot of years to wag her tail and chase squirrels. But before this 5-year-old golden retriever died, she may have helped take a bite out of cancer.

Blaze was one of the dogs helping test a cancer-busting drug called PAC-1, developed at the University of Illinois, that could be in human trials next year.

Urbana rejects landmark designation for building

URBANA — A vote for historic landmark protection for the vacant Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house fell short of a two-thirds majority on Monday night after an attorney representing the owner raised questions about the constitutionality of the city's law.

Plenty of options to donate unused items during apartment turnover

If you're thinking of tossing the contents of your kitchen or that old chair when you move out of your apartment this month — STOP.

The city of Champaign and local nonprofit agencies are once again offering plenty of options to recycle your old stuff.

New dean named for Veterinary Medicine at UI

URBANA — A veterinarian who started his academic career at the University of Illinois will return to be the new dean in 2014.

The university has hired Peter Constable, the current head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University, to be the dean of the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

UI telescope reinstalled after restoration

URBANA — Though it hit a slight detour in Wheeling, W.Va., a historic telescope is being reinstalled at the University of Illinois Observatory this week after undergoing a $54,000 restoration.

The 117-year-old telescope was dismantled in May and shipped to Ray Museum Studios in Swarthmore, Pa., where it was restored to its original glory and outfitted with modern features.

UI helping out with concealed carry prep

The University of Illinois will have a hand in making sure law enforcement across the state is prepared for people who are carrying a concealed weapon.

Concealed carry was made legal earlier this month, and although you can't legally carry yet, officials are preparing for when that time comes.

UI observatory telescope to return Wednesday

A more than a century old telescope is returning to its home at the University of Illinois after being restored.

The mount for the 117 year-old, 12 inch telescope will be returned by crane on Wednesday morning through the dome of the UI Observatory, while the telescope will be re-assembled on the mount later this week and next week.

iPad grabbed from victim at Illini Union

University of Illinois police are looking for two suspects involved in the theft of an iPad that was snatched, right in front of the crime victim around 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

UI Springfield professor to lead institute

URBANA — University of Illinois political scientist Chris Mooney has been named the new director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Mooney will assume the post Aug. 16, according to the university. His appointment is subject to approval by the board of trustees, which next meets in September.