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UI law professor: Grand jury decision not a surprise

The grand jury's decision in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting wasn't a surprise to a University of Illinois expert in criminal procedure.

There were plenty of signs the case would turn out this way — the National Guard was placed on alert, for one thing — and it's been an unusual case from the start, said UI law Professor Andrew Leipold.

Panel finishing its probe of Salaita decision

URBANA — A campus committee looking into Steven Salaita's case is wrapping up its work and may issue a report in the coming weeks.

The Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure was asked to review the matter earlier this fall. A subcommittee conducted the investigation and is drafting a report.

Killeen's time in New York prepared him well for UI job

Timothy Killeen walked into turmoil when he started his job as president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York. The agency was marred by ethical breaches and perceptions of secrecy that forced out his predecessor.

A super conductor: UI's Barry Houser

CHAMPAIGN — The first time Barry L. Houser worked with the Macy's Great American Marching Band for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, he thought the music would never come together.

After all, the huge ensemble is made up of nearly 250 high school students from all over the country.

Before meeting up in New York, they don't know each other and they haven't played together.

New UI president cut his teeth studying earth's upper atmosphere

Hundreds of miles above Illinois, the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics satellite orbits the earth, looking down on a part of the atmosphere bombarded by cosmic dust and where meteors burn up.

Studio Visit: Mikel Combs

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Mikel Combs, 40, of Urbana, a professional bassist and doctoral of musical arts degree candidate at the University of Illinois, chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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Previous presidents of the University of Illinois

The first 19 presidents of the University of Illinois:

John M. Gregory, 1867-1880

When it first opened, the UI was called Illinois Industrial University. During his term, landmarks like the Morrow Plots and Harker Hall opened. Gregory is buried south of Altgeld Hall.

Selim H. Peabody, 1880-1891

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AUDIO: plasma fusion energy device arrives on UI campus

The long journey toward rebuilding a rare plasma fusion energy device on the University of Illinois campus will soon be underway after all the parts were shipped from Germany to Urbana this week.  Michael Kiser reports.

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UI's Berenbaum receives National Medal of Science

President Barack Obama today awarded University of Illinois Professor May Berenbaum the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the field of science.
Berenbaum is one of the world’s foremost entomologists. 
The White House will