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UI fundraising tops $200 million for 5th straight year

UPDATED 10:15 p.m. Friday

URBANA — Public research universities can't survive without private giving, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise told donors Friday as the UI announced more than $200 million in gifts for the fifth consecutive year.

UI prof leading project on material that can better withstand reactor accident

URBANA — University of Illinois researchers have won a $3.5 million grant to develop cladding for nuclear fuel rods that can better withstand a reactor accident.

Brent Heuser, UI professor of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering, is principal investigator for the grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs.

Medical devices that dissolve in water nearer to tests on humans

URBANA — Safe, implantable medical devices that will dissolve rather than be cut out could begin human trials in as little as two years, a University of Illinois professor said Thursday.

The materials could also create compostable electronics such as cellphones, and noncontaminating sensors for water systems.

Student group aims to raise awareness about giving to UI

URBANA — No, Foellinger Auditorium is not for sale.

The big orange tags in front of that building and others around the Quad are a thank-you from University of Illinois students to donors who have made a UI education possible, said junior Katie Chan.

UI students' special on Turkey to air on WILL

URBANA — To deepen their understanding of Islam and the diversity of Muslim societies, nine University of Illinois journalism students spent a semester learning about Islam and researching the role of Turkey as a bridge between the West and the Middle East.

States' support for research universities dropping

Illinois has made another dubious top 10 list, ranking fourth nationally in a study that examined the steep decline in state support for America's top public research universities.

GEO files complaints over pay delays

URBANA — Graduate employees at the University of Illinois say over 30 of them have not been paid yet for their work this semester as teaching assistants or research assistants on campus.

Natalye Tate expected to be paid, like other UI employees, on Sept. 16. But that hasn't happened, she said.

Altgeld chimes to fall silent for 24 hours

URBANA — The University of Illinois Quad will be a slightly quieter place for 24 hours starting this evening.

Some UI students are upset they can no longer get fee refunds

URBANA — Sophomore Charissa Kim popped into the University of Illinois cashier's office last week, hoping to get her usual $69 student fee refund to supplement her tight school budget.

She was surprised to find the student fees in question are no longer refundable, a change university officials approved last winter.

Tom Kacich: Bipartisan panel will take fresh look at tuition waivers

The historic — and generally popular — legislation that killed the much-abused General Assembly scholarship program in Illinois this spring had a second provision that probably isn't as popular in public university communities like Champaign-Urbana.