University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI turbine still faces uncertainty

URBANA – Unanticipated costs and unanswered questions have created the potential for a bigger price tag on the University of Illinois' wind turbine project, and officials will wait at least until March to get approval from the school's board of trustees.

UI college combines three departments

CHAMPAIGN – The College of Education at the University of Illinois is combining three departments into one – but not to save money.

Dean Mary Kalantzis said the impetus to create the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership came from the faculty, not from a cost-cutting motivation, and "will create synergies for creative collaboration."

Frerichs vote stalls university worker classification bill

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation affecting employee classification practices at the University of Illinois and all other public universities in the state was derailed Thursday by the committee vote of state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.

UI professor: Research shows disastrous decline in bee populations

URBANA – Scientists know that bee populations are suffering disastrous drops in population, especially among domesticated bees useful in agriculture.

But a University of Illinois researcher has conducted the first in-depth national study of bumblebees in the wild, and she says the results are distressing.

Prof finds new way to produce ethanol 'fast and efficiently'

A yeast that has long been used to brew and bake now can help create ethanol fuel from sugars that used to be useless in the process.

Yong-Su Jin, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University Illinois, has been working on genetically engineering yeasts to bring forth biofuels from sugars like galactose that normally go to waste.

Tornado watch for much of eastern part of Illinois

LINCOLN  — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 p.m. for 13 counties in east and south central Illinois.

The watch includes the following counties: Champaign, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Vermilion, Clay, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland.

Small credit union merges with UI facility

CHAMPAIGN – Another small credit union in East Central Illinois has merged with a larger one.

The Champaign County Employees Credit Union, which had about 350 members, merged this month with the 38,000-member University of Illinois Employees Credit Union.

Scientists seeking miscanthus safeguards

URBANA – Miscanthus, a tall grass that many see as a major player in the biofuels and feedstock industries, has many pluses, but one particular negative – the variety that is being planted is all from one source.

That makes it possible for diseases or pests to wipe out the monopoly plants. But there are other hybrids available, especially in Japan.

Help sought in solving robbery of pizza delivery driver

URBANA – The University of Illinois Police Department is investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred near the Undergraduate Library, 1402 W. Gregory Drive, U, earlier this month.