May 26, University of Illinois System leaders shared in a massmail that state appropriations for the system would remain at current levels for the coming year under a budget approved over the Memorial Day weekend by the Illinois General Assembly. The approved budget was sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. Read more here.
At its meeting May 21, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees appointed outgoing University of Illinois at Springfield Chancellor Susan J. Koch as chancellor and vice president emerita. The appointment, effective July 1, confers upon her these honorary titles, which reflect her longstanding service to the university and U of I System. Read more here.
The Discovery Partners Institute has launched the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Center (IWERC), with $3.9 million in funding coming from some of Chicago's most influential philanthropists and foundations. Read more here.
The U of I System hosted a tele-town hall May 13 for advocates, alumni, and legislative staff. President Tim Killeen discussed the system's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and took live questions from callers. Listen to it here.
Illinois Connection collaborated with state relations to send all alumni, faculty, staff, students and Illinois Connection advocates in Illinois a Call-to-Action May 18 requesting them to email their state legislators in support of the U of I System FY21 budget request. Over 2,700 advocates sent nearly 5,500 emails to state legislators, including at least one email to 176 of 177 total state legislators.
A second email was sent May 20 by Illinois Connection asking advocates to call their state legislators. Advocates made more than 100 calls to state legislators asking them to support the U of I System’s budget appropriation.
The Office of Governmental Relations released a two-page summary highlighting the U of I System's COVID-19 response, which illustrates how the system is committed to supporting its roughly 89,000 students and 28,000 employees while harnessing its technical expertise, medical resources and research capabilities to help steer Illinois and the country through the crisis. View the summary here.
Belkin announced May 12 that it was collaborating with the Grainger College of Engineering to produce an emergency ventilator based on the Illinois RapidVent concept, pending review and approval of the company’s Emergency Use Authorization application by the Food and Drug Administration. They plan to produce at least 10,000 emergency ventilators.
In addition to the ventilator, the Grainger Engineering team has introduced the design of an alarm and sensor package for emergency, pressure-cycled ventilators, called Illinois RapidAlarm. Read more here.
UI Health's Mile Square Health Center network of federally qualified health centers (FQHC) is now providing COVID-19 testing to community members who meet testing criteria at its Mile Square-South Shore clinic, located at 7037 S. Stony Island Ave. in Chicago. With the addition of the South Shore clinic, UI Health now provides three testing locations and can process around 150 tests per day. At this time, all testing centers are by appointment only and only for patients who meet testing criteria. Read more here.
UIC is enrolling patients in a second clinical trial to study the drug remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. This trial follows the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial, in which results showed that patients who were treated with remdesivir recovered faster than those who were in the control group and received a placebo. Dr. Richard M. Novak, principal investigator and head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UI Health, spoke about the trials at Gov. Pritzker's daily briefing on May 19. Read more here.
At the request of U of I System President Killeen, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) continues to create reports assessing COVID-19's impact on the state. Recently issued reports, assembled by more than four dozen interdisciplinary faculty experts from all three system universities, cover the pandemic's effect on at-risk children, healthcare workers, and employment within Illinois. Read more here.
An archive of these email announcements is available here.
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