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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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A Fresh Start

From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

I know I am not alone in using some of the slow down over the winter semester break to bring a little order to the paperwork, notes, and mementos that have piled up—scattered between my administrative, lab, and remote offices and on my computer. It feels inspiring to start the new year with a clean slate! In the spirit of organizing and getting ready for the new semester, I’d like to tidy up my inbox and share a few odds and ends that have rolled in since we last published This Week in Illinois Research

  • If you have reports due to any of our sponsors, please knock those out ASAP. Start the semester off right!
  • We are seeking a Faculty Fellow–Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields in the OVCRI. This is an excellent opportunity for mid-career and senior faculty for career development. 
  • We are also looking for a new Director of the Beckman Institute. We welcome your help in spreading the word to candidates who might be interested.  
  • Did you see the brief YouTube video that MCB put together highlighting our new cryoEM capabilities on campus?  
  • NSF released Higher Education R&D (HERD) numbers earlier in the month. Even though it's FY20 data, it's interesting to dive in. (And I'm happy to note that we've moved up to the #3 slot in Department of Energy expenditures.)
  • Last year marked the retirement of two truly remarkable sponsored projects (the Illinois Basin-Decatur carbon capture project and the Blue Waters supercomputer). What an impact these teams had on our campus and the broader scientific community!

There's much more below, so read on—and if you have news to share, feel free to add to my inbox anytime!

Sincerely,

Susan

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