University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Updated: UI commencement moves to Stadium, will be held Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in 50 years, the University of Illinois commencement will move outdoors next spring to accommodate construction on the Assembly Hall, now known as the State Farm Center.

Graduates will participate in one campuswide commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium from 9:30 a.m. to noon May 17, 2014, a Saturday.

Newly unionized UI employees protest

URBANA — Veterinary technicians, medical lab workers and other recently unionized employees staged a second picket at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, protesting withheld raises and what they call substandard wages.

Plan calls for UI to be world leader

URBANA — A strategic plan laying out a three-year course for the University of Illinois' flagship campus aims to position it as a world leader for decades to come through investments in the humanities, undergraduate education, international experiences and collaborative research with other institutions, among other initiatives.

PBS program features 3 UI researchers

URBANA — The new PBS program "Smarter Brains," premiering this month, features three University of Illinois researchers, among them Art Kramer.

UI solar home to return to campus from Chicago

URBANA — A solar-powered house built by University of Illinois students in 2007 will return to campus Wednesday to anchor what could someday be a mini-neighborhood of environmentally friendly homes.

UI's credit rating gets downgrade

Moody's Investors Services has downgraded its ratings on $1.56 billion of debt issued by the University of Illinois, just as the UI was preparing a $77 million bond sale to pay for renovations at its hospital in Chicago.

UI's 57th annual Agronomy Day Thursday

URBANA — Farmers and others interested in agriculture can get answers to "big-picture" questions, as well as new research findings, at the University of Illinois' 57th annual Agronomy Day on Thursday.

The UI Department of Crop Sciences will host four different tours at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, starting at 7 a.m. and continuing every half-hour until noon.

4 local agencies to get UI money from Penn State settlement

Four agencies that help families with the trauma of child abuse will share money that the University of Illinois received from a legal settlement between the Big Ten and Pennsylvania State University in the Jerry Sandusky case.

Anxiety over sequester hits every level of UI research

URBANA — Genomics researcher Brett Mommer finished up his doctoral degree at the University of Illinois in May and set about looking for a postdoctoral position at another academic research lab.

It's never a sure bet, finding a senior faculty member in your field of research who has enough grant money to hire another postdoctoral associate.

Lost grants may equal research setbacks

Jodi Flaws studies how environmental chemicals affect the female reproductive system, in animals and humans.

Her laboratory at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine focuses on the genes and hormones that regulate development of the ovary and how environmental toxins affect them.