The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a globally recognized leader in education and innovation, signed an agreement on Jan. 23 to partner with the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), an innovation center led by the University of Illinois System that will foster broad-based collaboration to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Joining U of I System President Tim Killeen at the signing was Hebrew University President Asher Cohen and Illinois Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz
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A new, nearly $2 million initiative by the U of I System aimed at emphasizing the impact and influence of the arts and humanities was announced Jan. 24. The Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and Humanities will fund projects such as pop-up galleries, an Illinois writer’s festival, theater renovations and using virtual reality to teach performance across the three U of I universities.
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UIC has received $12 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue in the largest-ever prospective epidemiological study on the Hispanic/Latino community. The research seeks to identify associations between lifestyles and health issues such as cardiovascular disease.
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Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones was in DC to attend swearing-in events and activities for the new Congress on Jan. 2 and 3. Chancellor Jones congratulated the Illinois congressional delegation and expressed the university's interest in working closely with them as they navigate the federal issues that will impact our teaching and research enterprise. Chancellor Jones also met with several representatives to update them on university initiatives including Reps. Rodney Davis, Cheri Bustos, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Sean Casten, Brad Schneider, and Raja Krishnamoorthi.
On Jan. 9, U of I System President Killeen, Executive Vice President Barbara Wilson, and Bill Sanders, interim director of DPI, attended the swearing-in of the 101st Illinois General Assembly at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). After the inauguration, U of I leadership congratulated legislators and provided updates on system initiatives. The new legislature includes 50 alumni of the U of I System, and leadership is pictured here with state Rep. Mike Zalewski, an Urbana-Champaign alumnus.
On Jan. 14, U of I System leadership attended the swearing-in of Illinois constitutional officers, including Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton, an Urbana alumna and former director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Members of the U of I System leadership were in attendance to witness the new administration take office. New Gov. J.B. Pritzker also has named Jesse Ruiz, Urbana alum, deputy governor for education.
On Jan. 24, representatives from all of the state’s public universities gathered for their second organizational meeting on the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) at Innovate Springfield, the innovation network’s UIS hub. Along with collaborating on IIN, the institutions also plan to work together on a number of other initiatives, including advocating for the value of higher education. Gov. Pritzker provided the group with an opening message.
On Jan. 28, Urbana hosted several state legislators for a campus visit. Chancellor Jones, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Andreas Cangellaris, and Interim Vice Chancellor Susan Martinis hosted a breakfast with state Sens. Chapin Rose and Scott Bennett, and state Reps. Carol Ammons, Brad Halbrook, Sue Scherer, Dan Caulkins and Mike Marron. During their visit, the representatives also toured the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the Research Park, and other facilities on campus.
The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) hosted a program for new members of the General Assembly on Jan. 23, in collaboration with state Sens. Bennett and Rose,and state Reps. Ammons and Halbrook. The program helped to inform representatives how PRI is involved in districts across Illinois and how PRI can be of help to their constituents.
Rep. Carol Ammons has been appointed chair of the state's Higher Education Committee, and we looking forward to working with her on improving higher education throughout the state.
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