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Addressing racial injustice with the Chancellor’s Call to Action Research Program

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is focusing the intellectual and scholarly talent of our university to examine systemic racial inequities and injustices that exist not only in our communities but in higher education itself. The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program provides support for academic research and the expansion… Continue Reading

IBM and Illinois launch Discovery Accelerator Institute

In 2021, IBM and The Grainger College of Engineering launched the Discovery Accelerator Institute, a large-scale collaboration designed to increase access to technology education and skill development. Combining the strengths of academia and the industrial sector, the institute will serve as a new model of academic-industry partnership and aims to spur breakthroughs in emerging areas… Continue Reading

Innovating COVID-19 research and response at Illinois

In just a few months, working in constant collaboration with local public health district and governments, a multidisciplinary team of Illinois experts used biophysical models and data to build a testing and tracing infrastructure and ecosystem that is unmatched anywhere in the nation. University response The testing protocol developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign… Continue Reading

Illinois Prominently Featured in Grammy Awards Nominations

The University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School Of Music is a center for creativity and collaboration through performance, research and education. Historically rich in tradition, the School of Music is a resource for music research of all kinds in many different fields of study. The School embraces cutting-edge innovation and discovery while providing an array of musical and… Continue Reading

Researching the social impacts of COVID-19

Faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are addressing issues related to access to healthcare and food systems, as well as racial and disability disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Two Illinois professors have been named geospatial fellows for the Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) Conceptualization Project, which aims to study the spread and impact of COVID-19… Continue Reading

NCSA collaboration creates the world’s most powerful geospatial system

Researchers are using new methods to understand the surface of our planet with advanced remote-sensing technology. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is enabling an expanded collaboration between the Blue Waters Project, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University to produce digital… Continue Reading

Humanities Research Institute furthers research and education

In Fall 2019, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (now the Humanities Research Institute) was awarded a $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant supports Interseminars, an initiative designed to build communities of inquiry among graduate students and faculty at Illinois around emerging research directions in the interdisciplinary humanities… Continue Reading

Illinois contributes to first-ever image of a black hole

In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Project announced that it captured the first image of a black hole. A team of Illinois researchers helped interpret the massive amounts of data used to produce the image. Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie headed the theory working group for the large, multi-institutional collaboration. The… Continue Reading

Illinois researchers achieved the highest reported efficiency of inserting genes into human cells

Illinois researchers achieved the highest reported rates of inserting genes into human cells with the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, a necessary step for harnessing CRISPR for clinical gene-therapy applications. By chemically tweaking the ends of the DNA to be inserted, the new technique is up to five times more efficient than current approaches. The researchers saw… Continue Reading