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The University of Illinois System Office of Governmental Relations wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

 
U OF I SYSTEM UPDATES
 
 

On Dec. 14, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees established a juris doctor degree for the new John Marshall Law School at UIC, which will offer the city of Chicago's first and only law degree at a public university when it welcomes its first class next fall.

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Tel Aviv University (TAU) officially signed on Dec. 14 as the first international partner of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a research center led by the U of I System that will foster innovation to address real-world challenges and drive social and economic growth.

The system hosted a luncheon to celebrate the agreement at the DPI offices in Chicago.  U of I System President Tim Killeen was joined at the event by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and leadership from TAU, including President Joseph Klafter.

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The U of I System signed agreements for new academic and research partnerships with seven of India’s top universities and research agencies during a weeklong visit to India this month by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of system and university officials.

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On Dec. 20, OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council announced they are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub as part of the Illinois Innovation Network. The new hub will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve wellness of underserved populations, and advance systems related to food, farming, and autonomous mobility systems.

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INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
 
 
 

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE), an international research project led by Urbana-Champaign, received an additional $13 million in funding from the Gates Foundation this past November. RIPE, which originally formed in 2012, has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and the U.K Government Department for International Development. The project focuses on redesigning the photosynthetic process to create a seed that will yield more crops, with the goal of addressing the global food challenge.

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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
 
 
 

On Dec. 4, Urbana-Champaign professor Brian DeMarco participated in briefings for Illinois’ congressional delegation on the emerging field of quantum information science and engineering. Experts from the University of Chicago, Argonne, Fermilab, and Northwestern University also participated. DeMarco outlined Urbana's strengths in quantum information science  and plans for its new, $15 million Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST).

 
 

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