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For Yingying Zhang's family, uncertainty is cruelest part of ordeal

The phone calls usually come once a week, during the day, when it's the middle of the night back home in China.

When Ronggao Zhang feels the heartache of missing his daughter, Yingying, who disappeared a year ago from the University of Illinois campus. When his wife, Lifeng Ye, has the recurring dream that her daughter is still alive, somewhere.

Emotions flow at memorial marking anniversary of UI scholar's disappearance

URBANA — About 50 somber people gathered at the Illini Union on Saturday afternoon, determined to carry on the memory of a young Chinese scholar whose life is believed to have been cut short a year ago for no apparent reason other than evil.

"We will never give up on finding her until we bring her back to her family and her hometown," Jiheng Jing said of Yingying Zhang.

Illinois pair looking to reach new heights with '50 States, 50 Summits'

On a wintry Montana night in January 2017, two free-spirited, adventurous individuals with Illinois ties — Jason Yue and Alec Eickert — met for the first time while on vacation.

That night, they said, they instantly made a connection and shared with each other their life goals, ambitions and bucket lists.

Heat-of-moment decision: UI geology prof gets firsthand look at Hawaiian volcano

It's an old saying in Professor Stephen Marshak's field — to be a better geologist, you need to do more geology.

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UI freshman from Henning to attend Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute

One of the approximately 240 residents of Henning is now also one of 60 students selected from thousands of applicants to participate in a Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute.

John Frayne | Harp concert is plucky finish to UI's semester

For the past several years, one of the features of concert-going after the University of Illinois semester ends is the annual Illinois Harp Class, organized by Professor Ann Yeung.

The harp is one of my favorite instruments, and I usually find the concert associated with the Harp Class unalloyed pleasures.

UI's Illinois, Eichelberger fields could see upgrades

CHAMPAIGN — Facility upgrades at Illinois Field were a persistent topic of conversation this spring as Dan Hartleb's Illini jumped back into the Top 25 in March and the top quarter of the Big Ten by the end of the season.

Memorial service planned on anniversary of UI scholar's disappearance

URBANA — It's been nearly a year since visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang disappeared from a bus stop on the University of Illinois campus, a case that generated worldwide media attention.

Friends plan to commemorate the one-year anniversary with a memorial service Saturday afternoon at the Illini Union for Ms. Zhang, who is presumed dead by authorities.

UI professor gets NASA grant to study resource-mining in space

CHAMPAIGN — If NASA astronauts go back to the moon or to Mars, new research at the University of Illinois may make the trip more efficient.