This Week in Illinois Research

Explore UIUC Research

“This Week in Illinois Research” is a weekly communication for the campus research community, from the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Susan Martinis. 


Subscribe to This Week in Illinois Research | View the This Week in Illinois Research Archives

Sweet Summertime

From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

The South Farms are starting to green up. The Quad has emptied out. And This Week in Illinois Research is dialing back our publication schedule. These are just a few of the signs that mark our transition to summer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

This is a season of so much possibility! Here in the OVCRI, we plan to use summer’s slower pace to enhance some of our online trainings, review standard operating procedures, dig in on AI productivity tools, pilot a few new initiatives, and brush up on the always-evolving rules and regulations that govern the research enterprise. And, of course, we’re planning our summer vacations. 

We’ll resume our regular weekly publication schedule in mid-August, when we start the Fall semester. In the meantime, here’s to finding the balance between crossing things off that to-do list, soaking up the summer sunshine, and making time for your favorite re-energizing pursuits after a very busy year!

Sincerely, 

Susan

Featured Stories

NAGPRA summer training helps fill a national gap

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hosting the second annual Intensive NAGPRA Summer Training & Education Program (INSTEP) in June, an effort designed to help mitigate a nationwide lack of training opportunities.

New leadership and increased visibility add up to a defining moment for CSBS

During the height of the pandemic, U.S. researchers worked around the clock to roll out a vaccine in record time. It was a triumph of scientific achievement – one capable of preventing serious illness and slowing the spread of COVID – yet nearly half of eligible Americans chose not to get a vaccine in the first nine months of availability.

Gerald Wilson joins Illinois as its first director of entrepreneurship

Turning research and innovation into tangible benefits to society has always been a priority and strength at UIUC. Now, with the hire of Gerald Wilson as Director of Entrepreneurship, the university’s commitment and impact are being elevated to new heights.

Around Campus

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will host the Chicago BioEngineering Conference at the end of September

Save the date! The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will host the Chicago BioEngineering Conference at the end of September. Rashid Bashir is among the speakers, and the conference is soliciting poster presentation proposals through July 1

Join the OPRS mailing list

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects has published a newsletter with updates and additional information to assist with submitting IRB applications. Join the OPRS mailing list to stay connected! 

Griffin Sipes, has received the Seed for Science Fellowship from the De Luca Foundation

Griffin Sipes, a graduate student and researcher at Beckman, has received the Seed for Science Fellowship from the De Luca Foundation. With the support, he will create personalized exercise routines for manual wheelchair users.

Chunyuan Diao has developed a reference data framework called CropSight

As a new Fellow of the American Association of Geographers and a researcher of ground dynamics, Chunyuan Diao has developed a 

Researchers in Civil and Environmental Engineering have launched the Center for Secure Water

Researchers in Civil and Environmental Engineering have launched the Center for Secure Water, a new initiative dedicated to innovative solutions in the water resources sector.

Qian Chen received the Materials Research Society’s 2024 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award

Qian Chen received the Materials Research Society’s 2024 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award. Just one researcher under the age of 42 is selected each year from an international pool of nominees.

National Landscape

Make plans to attend the inaugural "The State of the Science Address"

Make plans to attend the inaugural "The State of the Science Address" from the National Academies, on June 26. Register to attend virtually or in person.

A bipartisan working group in the U.S. Senate released their AI policy roadmap

A bipartisan working group in the U.S. Senate released their AI policy roadmap this week. Among the recommendations: immediate investment of $32B in "non-defense AI innovation." 

Academic publishing giant Wiley is shuttering 19 journals

Academic publishing giant Wiley is shuttering 19 journals, in response to a "massive influx of fake papers" and large-scale research fraud.

The White House released more restrictive lab-safety rules

The White House released more restrictive lab-safety rules for those researching “pathogens with enhanced pandemic potential.”