This Week in Illinois Research
Mark Your Calendars!
We all have different roles at the University, but there's one thing that undoubtedly unites us across our disciplines and interests: curiosity! We are so fortunate that our campus offers so many opportunities to explore and engage. As we start the new semester and come back together as an academic community, I want to call your attention to some upcoming events that are sure to intrigue and inspire.
- FAA is hosting "Artists at Work: Integrating Artists and Creative Workers into Workforce Development." Andrew Greenlee and Jennifer Novak-Leonard are moderating a discussion with Arts Alliance Illinois and the state's Office of Employment and Training.
- Get sustenance for body and mind alike at the IGB's "Lunchbox" series. Merin Oleschuk will discuss "We are what we eat? Thinking about identity, belonging, and exclusion through food." Register to get instructions to pick up your lunch at Bevier.
- At CAS, check out "Misinformed About the 'Infodemic?'—Science’s Ongoing Struggle With Misinformation." Dietram A. Scheufele will Zoom in from Wisconsin for the event.
- Interested in sustainability? PRI is hosting the Pew Charitable Trust's Jim Palardy, who will discuss "Breaking the Plastic Wave: Solving the Plastic Pollution Problem."
- The CCIL and HRI are co-hosting a talk at Beckman, "Symptoms of Crisis: Race, Breast Cancer, and African American Women," given by one of the country's most notable cancer researchers, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade.
I hope you'll take advantage of events like these to explore a discipline beyond your own this semester. There are so many options! We're here to think deeply, ask questions, and learn—and sometimes even experience an "ah-ha" moment that enriches our personal and professional lives.
NCSA is hosting a Virtual Research Network Engineering Open House on February 1 to recruit candidates for entry-, mid-, and senior-level Research Network Engineer positions. Help spread the word!
The Rare Book and Manuscript Library is hosting the opening reception for "In Search of Lost Time: The Study of Earth History and Chronology from the 18th to the 21st Century" on Monday (in person or via Zoom). The exhibit will be on view through July 22.
Learn more about IHSI's 2022 NIH Grant Writing Series, running from Feb. 1 to March 8. The series prepares early-career faculty to navigate the grant submission process and submit strong NIH proposals.
Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia and Olaolu Ajala are part of the Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters project, a consortium of 40+ university and industry organizations that are exploring the "reliability challenges involved in integrating more solar and wind energy onto the nation’s…
OpenAlex, a free index with hundreds of millions of scientific documents, recently launched. The index "collates academic publications, author information, publication venues, and research topics" to provide an open catalog across the global research system.
Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Wendy Schmidt, is investing $40M to establish the Virtual Institute for Scientific Software. Four inaugural centers in the Institute are housed at Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, University of Washington, and Cambridge.
A new report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, "Protecting the Integrity of Government Science," calls for an "assessment of agency scientific integrity policies and identifies good practices for improving their implementation."
The Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security both announced calls last week to ramp up staffing to combat climate change. The DOE will add up to 1,000 staffers to its Clean Energy Corps to "accelerate the nation’s drive to a clean energy future," while DHS is recruiting for its new …
A recent article in Science explores how weak or flawed health studies contribute to misinformation and misinterpretation, affecting public health.