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State News
7:04 am
Mon October 21, 2013

3D printers changing how students learn

 3D printers are changing the way many people do business.  As IPR’S Sean Powers reports, the machines that create toys, guns and even human bones are also changing the way students learn in the classroom.

Bryan Wilcox runs a company in Urbana that specializes in helping people create products from scratch. Just about everything he works on starts off as a prototype that’s not displayed as a graphic or drawing, but a physical object made using a 3D printer.

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State News
7:01 am
Fri September 6, 2013

U of I to research "Dark Energy"

University of Illinois researchers will have a role in what’s being called the largest survey of galaxies ever attempted.   IPR'S Jeff Bossert has more:

The U of I’s physics department helped to build the world’s largest digital camera to research ‘Dark Energy’ or the theory that the universe is not only expanding, but accelerating.  Data from camera images will be examined by the U of I’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  

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State News
7:45 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Chris Mooney to take over the U of I's IGPA

Chris Mooney

University of Illinois Springfield political scientist Chris Mooney will take over next month as the head of U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Public radio listeners know Mooney as frequent panelist on the "State Week in Review" program. 

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State News
7:11 am
Tue July 2, 2013

U of I to give out merit-based raises

University of Illinois employees are set to receive pay hikes this year, and just how much will depend on their performance. The school's leader says he's trying to provide a more stable financial environment for staff, even in the face of the state's unstable finances. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

In a letter to employees, University of Illinois President Robert Easter says competitive compensation is essential to recruit and retain top faculty and staff.  And yet, he writes, "we must recognize the many uncertainties and challenges before us."  Namely, state funding.

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State News
7:13 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Universities agree to pick up cost of employee retirement benefits

Glenn Poshard (L), Robert Easter (center)

Illinois universities and community colleges have signed on to a deal that would have them pick up the cost of their employees' retirement benefits.  It's part of lawmakers' ongoing efforts to reduce how much the state is spending on pensions. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Illinois has cut its spending on universities for years, and even more reductions are expected next year. School administrators say it's forced them to hike tuition, and to leave positions unfilled. And yet they've agreed to a plan that could collectively cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

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State News
8:06 am
Mon April 22, 2013

U of I President wants to renovate hospital in Chicago

The president of Illinois' flagship university says he hopes to renovate the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:15 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Cost of housing has college students paying more

An Illinois legislative hearing on college affordability Wednesday shows the cost of updating university housing has students paying more.

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