University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Plant-covered BIF roof a hub for green research

CHAMPAIGN — A living laboratory atop the University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility is providing scientists with data on how green roofs can help communities better manage storm water.

A 1,200-foot-section of the roof on the fourth floor of the BIF, as it's popularly known, is covered with plants and serves as a field lab for engineering researchers.

UI researchers use ultrasound to make food safer

URBANA — Food contaminated by E. coli bacteria sends more than 2,000 people in the U.S. to the hospital a year, but University of Illinois food scientists have developed a new way to make one source of sometimes contaminated food, fresh produce, much safer.

Bayless brings message of local food to Extension audience

For Chicago-based chef Rick Bayless, well-known for his commitment to using local ingredients in his dishes, one incident stands out in his memory for why he became passionate about supporting small, family farmers.

'Comeback class' graduates from PTI

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Police Training Institute is sending 41 recruits from what its director calls its "comeback class" out into the world Thursday.

"Things are looking good for us," said Mike Schlosser, head of the institute that was teetering on the edge of extinction not long ago.

Scientific surveys set 'lightning' talks

A "Lightning Symposium" — as in quick, not thunder — will showcase the diverse work of the state scientific surveys later this week.

Agriculture news: Syngenta readies for expansion of Clinton facility

CLINTON — Syngenta has slated a Dec. 11 groundbreaking for a major expansion to its corn and soybean research-and-development facility in Clinton.

Upon completion, Clinton will become Syngenta's largest corn and soybean trial site in North America.

UPDATED: GEO, UI reach tentative accord

Updated 10 p.m. Tuesday.

URBANA — The union representing about 2,400 graduate employees at the University of Illinois has reached a tentative agreement with the UI.

UI credit union top alumni credit card issuer

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois VISA affinity card gained more new accounts in 2011 than any other college-affiliated credit card, according to a federal report.

The card — issued by the UI Employees Credit Union under an agreement with the UI Alumni Association — gained 3,452 new accounts in 2011.

Some optimism in UI-GEO talks, but union camping in Union overnight

URBANA — With the threat of a strike looming, members of the Graduate Employees' Organization expressed some optimism about the state of negotiations with the University of Illinois but at the same time said they wanted to send the message that they are committed to settling the contract, prompting many to pull an all-nighter at the Illini Union on Monday.

Environmental Almanac: A view of the oldest living thing on campus

One of the perks of my position with the School of Earth, Society and Environment at the University of Illinois is an office in the Natural History Building on Green Street. Unfortunately, we'll all be clearing out for a large-scale renovation to begin within the next year.