University of Illinois
As Big Ten expands, UIC loses its guest status in academic committee
When two University of Illinois campuses in Chicago merged to create the UI Chicago in 1982, the new entity was granted a special status within a Big Ten academic group.
RBANA – A student lab worker was infected with cowpox last year at the University of Illinois, but is fine now. This is the first U.S. case, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Cowpox is a disease that used to be common among milkmaids, and is much less severe than smallpox.
URBANA – The Urbana campus' latest Stewarding Excellence team will look beyond the academic sphere toward its maintenance programs.
Facilities and Services represents a $41.3 million chunk of the $4 billion University of Illinois budget.
Jack Dempsey, the executive director of Facilities and Services, was not available for comment Friday.
URBANA – The University of Illinois' Urbana campus will share in a $20 million USDA grant to study how to grow corn in a changing climate.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $20 million grant to nine Midwestern land-grant universities and two USDA Agricultural Research Service institutions.
URBANA – A distinguished professor has won a top agriculture award, but will be leaving the University of Illinois.
Harris A. Lewin of the Institute for Genomic Biology will receive the Wolf Prize for Agriculture at the Israeli Knesset (legislature) Building on May 23.
Higher education was among the few winners in Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed state budget, though only by a proposed 1.5 percent increase in funding.
In fiscal year 2011, higher education was allocated $2.59 billion by the state. In Quinn's budget proposal announced Wednesday, the amount goes up to $2.63 billion.
SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee approved the nomination of three University of Illinois trustees and several agency heads, but postponed acting on the appointment of a former state representative to an $86,000 position on the state Prisoner Review Board.
SPRINGFIELD – There would be a special inspector general to investigate charges of fraud and mismanagement in Illinois' higher education system under a bill (SB131) approved 6-3 by a Senate committee Tuesday.
Students march in support of proposed turbine
URBANA – University of Illinois students rallied in support of a proposed 400-foot wind turbine on Friday while school officials continue looking for $700,000 to fund the balance of the estimated $5.2 million project.