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

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Solar Farm 2.0 Dedication

From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

On Friday, we celebrated the dedication Solar Farm 2.0, the 54-acre solar array that is powering our campus toward our 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan goals. Together with Solar Farm 1.0, the installations beat ICAP targets by three years and are now producing 27,000 megawatt-hours per year.

The project is a hotbed of collaboration! Solar Farm 2.0 is a partnership between F&S and the commercial sector, as well as our researchers on campus. Research projects at the facility draw partners from around the state and across the nation. PHASE, which is exploring the ecological and economic impacts of pollinator habitats at utility-scale solar facilities, is a collaboration with our sister institution UIC and with Argonne National Labs. Another project, SCAPES, drills into the agrivoltaics economy to test and identify crops that will grow productively under and between the solar panels at sites across the country, reducing competition for land. 

A clean energy future is on the horizon. I am delighted to see how we continue to show the nation a way forward, in research and in practice!  



Featured Stories

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Around Campus

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FAA Faculty Awarded Prestigious Mellon Grant for Collective Projects

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National Landscape

NSF Launched Activate Fellowship

The DOE, Moore Foundation, DARPA, and others have launched the Activate Fellowship, a two-year program to support entrepreneurship among scientists and engineers and help them to turn technology concepts into a product.

Most U.S. Professors Are Trained at Same Few Elite Universities

A whopping 80% of tenure-track faculty members came from just 20% of PhD-granting institutions across the country between 2011 and 2020, according to an analysis published last week in Nature.

Gender Pay Gap Hits University Faculty

study of more than 2,300 STEM faculty members indicates that, while more women scientists work as professors today than at any time in history, they’re still underpaid relative to their male colleagues with similar publication records.

Who Pays for Public Access to Federally Funded Research Papers?

While many have welcomed the Biden Administration's announcement of free public access to federally funded studies, an Inside Higher Ed article notes that the policy isn't without its critics, with many wondering whether publishers will adapt their business models to comply or if scholars will be left footing the bill.

Reviewers Award Higher Marks When a Paper’s Author Is Famous

A recent study featured in Science found that reviewers award higher marks when a paper’s author is famous. One commentator called it "the largest randomized controlled trial we have seen on publication bias.”