In The News Archive

This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools. This collection of recent stories focuses on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.

Satellite built by Champaign firm, UI students about to set sail

News-Gazette (Dec. 12) -- Late tonight, a group of University of Illinois engineers will gather around a computer screen to watch their baby take flight, then head out to a field north of Urbana at 3 a.m. to pick up its first "squawks" as it passes over the Midwest. The small "CubeSail" satellite, more than a decade in the making, is set to launch sometime after 10 p.m. from New Zealand, hitching a ride on the Electron rocket from the commercial space company Rocket Lab.

New U of I center to focus on autonomous technology

Associated Press (Dec. 9) -- The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is creating a new center to focus on autonomous technology such as self-driving cars and robotic assistants.

Team converts wet biological waste to diesel-compatible fuel

Science Daily (Dec. 4) -- In a step toward producing renewable engine fuels that are compatible with existing diesel fuel infrastructure, researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, into a fuel that can be blended with diesel and that shares diesel's combustion efficiency and emissions profile. Also: Technology Networks (Dec. 5)

Educational Collaboration Between the U.S. and Israel Continues Apace

Jewish Exponent (Nov. 27) -- Academic and educational collaboration between Israel and the United States has been a cornerstone of their close relationship for many years. A recent example of that collaboration is the establishment of the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago and its connection with Tel Aviv University. Led by the University of Illinois System, DPI will be home to more than 100 world-class researchers and thousands of students pursuing economy-building discoveries.

Pathways program at Oakton College offers engineering students guaranteed admission to U of I

Chicago Tribune (Nov. 27) -- Oakton College officials announced in October that some students who complete the Engineering Pathways Program requirements at the two-year college are guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complete their bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Beyond The Farm: A Look At The Wide World Of Ag Degrees

KUNC-FM (Nov. 27) -- College degrees are evolving as massive agriculture companies seek graduates who know not only about agriculture, but also business, finance and technology. The U. of I., for example, is offering a new degree that meshes computer science and crop science.

Fertilize crops with human waste? Let me explain, researcher says

MPR News (Nov. 27) -- Jeremy Guest, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Illinois, is pursuing his vision of using human wastewater to make synthetic fertilizer for crops, saving time and energy.

NCSA Director William Gropp and NCSA Affiliate Narayana Aluru Named AAAS Fellows

HPC Wire (Nov. 27)-- NCSA Director and Chief Scientist William Gropp and NCSA Faculty Affiliate Narayana Aluru have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

DNA Discovery -- "A Clue to Emergence of Advanced Life Billions of Years Ago?"

Daily Galaxy (Nov. 20) -- A previously unappreciated interaction in the genome turns out to have possibly been one of the driving forces in the emergence of advanced life, billions of years ago.This new study contributes to the larger questions that the Institute for Universal Biology, a NASA Astrobiology Institute that Nigel Goldenfeld, Swanlund Chair of Physics at the University of Illinois and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, directs, seeks to answer — questions like: what had to happen in order for life to become advanced? Answering this question in greater detail could help scientists determine the possibility of life on other planets. Also: Phys.org (Nov. 19)

Illinois course looks at domain of masculinity and whiteness in video games

Campus Reform (Nov. 14) -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will offer a course in the spring, titled, "Gender in Gaming." 

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