The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) installed its inaugural slate of officers, approved bylaws and created four working committees to address key statewide priorities during a Sept. 26 meeting of the IIN Council at Governors State University. Read more here.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Foxconn Interconnect Technology are partnering on a new $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments. Read more here.
On Oct. 11, the University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation announced an impressive fundraising report for fiscal year 2019 with $462.9 million in new business, comprised of new gifts, grants, pledges, and deferred commitments. Read more here.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launched the Center for Digital Agriculture in early October, a collaboration between the Grainger College of Engineering, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. The center will work with agricultural and computing companies to provide research, internships and other collaborative opportunities. Initial research has focused on automation, animal-crop relationships and people in agriculture. Read more about the collaboration here.
On Oct. 1, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster visited the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) to discuss the institute's research goals and mission. During the visit, the congressman received a full briefing from both DPI and IIN leadership.
On Oct. 2, researchers from Urbana's Grainger College of Engineering welcomed U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis to campus for a tour of the Indoor Climate Research and Training Center. While visiting, Davis observed the impressive work being done at the center to create healthy, comfortable, and efficient homes.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin interacted with UI Health on two separate occasions this month. On Oct. 1, he spoke at an event marking the one-year anniversary of his Chicago HEAL Initiative, which involves all of the major hospitals in Chicagoland, including UI Health. He then visited the University of Illinois at Chicago on Oct. 3 to learn more about its Transplant Program and Robotics Lab.
Urbana Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Susan Martinis was in Washington, DC on Oct. 7 to participate in a White House Summit on America's Bioeconomy. She served as the academic representative on a panel, and emphasized the importance of federal investment in the infrasture and equipment that underpin the bioeconomy.
On Oct. 9, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth visited Urbana's Chez Veteran's Center. After a tour, she spoke with student veterans about their military and educational experiences. Following the visit, Duckworth toured the Illinois Fire Service Institute where she observed firefighting and technical rescue training programs in action.
On Oct. 29, Illinois Connection hosted alumni and legislators for the U of I System's annual Alumni in Government reception in Springfield. During the event, guests had the opportunity to meet fellow alumni working in government and government relations. The evening program included an update on the U of I System from President Tim Killeen and remarks by Deputy Governor and Urbana alumnus Jesse Ruiz.
On Oct. 30, the U of I System and Northern Illinois University hosted a joint breakfast with members of their respective legislative caucuses. At the event, officials discussed recent highlights from the campuses and the growing innovation partnership between the two universities.
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