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State News
7:14 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Big Ten leaders issue letter opposing athlete unions, propose reforms

Administrators of all 14 Big Ten schools have asked the NCAA to implement series of reforms to college athletics brought on by a labor dispute at Northwestern University.  

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State News
6:45 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Researchers at the U of I working on new type of medical monitor

An ultrathin, electronic patch with the mechanics of skin, applied to the wrist for EMG and other measurements.
Credit John Rogers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Researchers at the University of Illinois are currently working on flexible circuits that can adhere to the skin like a bandage. It would be a less intrusive, more comfortable way of monitoring things like temperature and motion in real time. Illinois Public Radio's Jason Croft has more. 

Picture yourself going into the hospital or doctor’s office. Instead of large or intrusive machines used to monitor your vital signs, a small patch embedded with circuits is attached to your skin. John Rogers is Professor of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.

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State News
7:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Higher ed not keeping up with demand for mental health services

Colleges and universities continue to see growing demand for mental health services. But national data published this month shows budgets and staffing levels for most campus counseling centers aren’t keeping up with that demand. Illinois Public Radio’s Ryan Weber reports on the effect it’s having on students in the final story of our series, “Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois.”  

University of Illinois student Hann Lindahl started to develop her anxiety in high school. It went untreated, and, during her first years of college, the anxiety grew, and so did the binging, and she started...

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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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