University of Illinois

Coal board to discuss uses for $2 million FutureGen pledge

CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University's Clean Coal Review Board today will discuss spending the $2 million it had pledged to support building the clean coal-burning FutureGen plant in Mattoon.

The board, which is composed of Illinois legislators and coal industry officials, will discuss using that $2 million as a matching grant to the FutureGen Alliance, a group of 13 international power companies hoping to build in Mattoon. The money will go toward engineering studies needed to keep the project going until a new administration takes the White House, said Clean Coal Review Board chairman Rep. Dan Reitz, D-Sparta.

UI students begin work with Deere's engineers

CHAMPAIGN – Deere & Co.'s research center at the University of Illinois moves to a new home this week, but already students are working with Deere engineers on projects.

One student is working on engine modeling, another on control-systems development and the other five on sensor projects – chiefly to research and identify new sensor technologies.

Hot fun for the summer solstice

URBANA – The crowd inside the Krannert Center on Friday counted loudly the last 10 seconds to 6:59 p.m.

"Three ... two ... one ... happy summer," yelled Jim Kaler as he dropped a plastic time ball from his hand to the floor.

Chancellor chosen for University of Illinois at Chicago

CHICAGO – Former Champaign-Urbana resident Paula Allen-Meares has been named chancellor of the University of Illinois' Chicago campus, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees.

Allen-Meares, 60, has been dean of the University of Michigan's top-ranked School of Social Work since 1993. Before that, she was a professor and dean of the School of Social Work at the UI's Urbana-Champaign campus.

UI in top 5 of schools sending grads to Teach for America

SAVOY – When she graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology last month with a 4.0 grade-point average and Bronze Tablet, Chelsey Kallembach of Savoy had her pick of graduate schools.

But Kallembach, 23, doesn't want just to make the grade; she wants to change the world in a greater way.

UI provost will head national committee

URBANA – University of Illinois Provost Linda Katehi is the new head of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.

President Bush last week designated Katehi, already a member of the panel, to be chairwoman for the next three years. The 12-member committee is appointed by the president to evaluate nominees for the award.

Trips to Krannert museum deepen students' art appreciation

CHAMPAIGN – Rantoul Township High School student Detrion Diaz had thought Krannert Art Museum was just a place full of portraits.

Along with 11 other Rantoul students, he discovered the University of Illinois museum offers much more.

It's hip to browse Indy's scenic, eclectic Broad Ripple section

Chris Moyer is a Riptilian – a Broad Riptilian.

That's a self-reference to his status as a resident and business owner in the artsy, hip section of Indianapolis known as Broad Ripple. This midtown part of the Indiana capital is where to head for tons of funky and fabulous restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, clothing stores and more.

University of Illinois trustees consider first $4 billion budget

URBANA – The University of Illinois could soon be a $4 billion-a-year operation.

Trustees meeting Thursday in Chicago will vote on a preliminary 2008-09 budget that tops that threshold for the first time, despite flat state support.

New UI research center planned in Singapore

URBANA – A major new University of Illinois research center will explore the front lines of interactive wireless media, from real-time remote X-rays to robots that can scan disaster areas for potential rescues.

Here's the twist: It won't be anywhere near the Quad.

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