The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a global leader in scientific discovery and America’s first national laboratory, signed an agreement on August 28th to be the 11th academic partner to share research and educational expertise in support of the growing Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in downtown Chicago. Read more here
U of I System President Tim Killeen welcomed students at all three universities to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year in a massmail. Read his welcome message here
The U of I System hosted the second annual Diverse Business Opportunity Fair on Aug. 28 at the iHotel Conference Center in Champaign. Read more here
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive a $11.1 million grant from the National Geospactial-Intelligence Agency, to use its Blue Waters supercomputer to create high-resolution topographical maps of the planet.
The grant will expand earlier-created maps of the Arctic and Antarctic and will extend the life of Blue Waters by at least an extra year, through December 2020.
Read more here
On August 6, Sen. Dick Durbin and Reps. Danny Davis and Jan Schakowsky hosted a news conference at UICs' Mile Square Health Center on prescription drug pricing and improving healthcare delivery. UIC participants included Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Based Practice, Robert Winn, who provided a campus welcome, and UIC College of Pharmacy Clinical Assistant Professor Michael Koronkowski.
About 40 emerging leaders from across the state convened in Urbana Aug. 4-8 for the eighth annual Edgar Fellows Program. The program, hosted by the U of I System Institute for Government and Public Affairs, was developed by former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar to inspire respectful and collaborative leadership to address the state’s major challenges. The fellows were joined by multiple speakers throughout the program including Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Anne Hazlett, senior advisor for rural affairs in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, visited Urbana-Champaign on August 19. During a roundtable discussion, representatives from U of I Extension, the College of ACES, and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute shared their current and future plans for opioid-related research, Extension, and public engagement.
Illinois Connection, a grassroots advocacy network that brings together alumni, students, faculty and staff to support the U of I System’s legislative interests, launched a series of legislative breakfasts in August. The breakfasts will continue throughout the fall to connect U of I System alumni with their federal and state legislators. The first breakfast took place in the western suburbs on Aug. 16 with Rep. Sean Casten and the second took place in the northern suburbs on Aug. 28 with Rep. Brad Schneider. Another event is planned for early September in Collinsville with Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, and John Shimkus.
On Aug.15, U of I Extension hosted Rep. Cheri Bustos at its office in Milan. County Extension leaders and educators shared information about Extension programs related to topics such as commercial ag and small farms, specialty crops, water quality/nutrient loss reduction, industrial hemp, herbicide resistant weeds, economic development, and disaster planning and assistance. Rep. Bustos also discussed her new Rural Green Partnership plan to address climate change.
In his role as a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Rep. Sean Casten hosted a roundtable in Chicago on Aug. 14, along with the committee chair, Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida. Elena Grossman, who directs the BRACE-Illinois Program, a public health partnership between UIC and the state, spoke about her work at the nexus of public health and climate change.
During the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Rep. Rodney Davis stopped by the College of ACES tent, which featured interactive exhibitors related to food, agriculture, technology and more. ACES Dean Kim Kidwell welcomed the congressman.
On Aug. 28, Reps. Rodney Davis, Mike Bost, John Shimkus, and Darin LaHood hosted an "Ag Policy Forum" that featured U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as a special guest. Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones and ACES Dean Kim Kidwell participated in a breakfast beforehand, and several representatives from the College of ACES attended the forum.
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