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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

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

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

College of Education fosters educational innovation with O’Leary Learning Center

A new 4,400 square-foot space is taking the College of Education’s strengths in online teaching, learning and collaborative research to new heights. Thanks to a generous private donation from Richard and Ann O’Leary, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty and students have a new, state-of-the-art laboratory space to carry out research, teaching and learning. Located… Continue Reading

Illinois Drives Global Environmental Research

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (iSEE) at Illinois leads an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the world’s pressing sustainability, energy and environmental needs of today and tomorrow. With a three-pronged focus on research, campus sustainability and outreach, iSEE is purposed to find solutions for the ever-growing demands of an increasing population without compromising… Continue Reading