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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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Happy Anniversary, TWIR!

From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

At the tail end of the Spring semester in 2018, my team and I were contemplating a new communication from the OVCRI: a weekly blog to highlight the breadth of research excellence at Illinois and share information about relevant policies, events, and activities. 

I wasn’t convinced that anyone needed one more email, so we decided to launch This Week in Illinois Research as a small experiment—with an equally small distribution list. Since that first message, though, I’ve had so much fun announcing awards, celebrating achievements, and showcasing the many ways that members of our research community serve the nation and the world. After five years, I think it’s safe to say that TWIR is here to stay. Our readership has grown organically—so, if you have enjoyed the rhythm and focus of TWIR, please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues with the suggestion that they can also subscribe.

It’s been our custom to dial back just a bit in the summer, publishing twice per month instead of weekly. This week marks the start of that transition, and we’ll resume our regular weekly publication schedule in mid-August. Here’s to a wonderful summer and to many more achievements and accolades in the months ahead!  



P.S. Congratulations to all of our graduates—the largest commencement class in the history of the U of I, and one that heroically met the extraordinary challenges of an unprecedented four years.

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