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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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From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

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. 

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. 



Featured Stories

Register for NCSA’s Virtual Research Network Engineering Open House

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! 

Team Led by Zan Luthey Schulten Builds Dynamic Kinetic Computer Model Living Minimal Cell

A team led by Zan Luthey Schulten recently reported in Cell that they ha

Around Campus

Carle Illinois Machine Learning System for EEG Analysis Wins IEEE Honors

new machine learning system developed by Sam Rawal and Yogatheesan Varatharajah could "unlock vast amounts of untapped data" by automatically extracting and standardizing information from an unstructured EEG report. The team recently won best paper honors at the…

Enter the Image of Research 2022

The 9th annual Image of Research competition is underway! Graduate and professional students are encouraged to enter concrete or abstract research images from creative or scholarly work. There will be a virtual gallery showcasing the semifinalists in March.

Analysis of Bankruptcy Data Reveals Patterns that Underscore Broader Social, Economic Trends

Robert Lawless has co-written "Portraits of Bankruptcy Filers," the "first comprehensive overview of bankruptcy filers in more than 30 years." The paper points to nine groupings of financial and household situations among bankruptcy filers and suggests policy changes to improve the current system…

RBML Hosting Opening Reception for "In Search of Lost Time"

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

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.

ECE Researchers Part of $25M Grid-Integration Technology Consortium

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…

National Landscape

OpenAlex, a Free Index With Hundreds of Millions of Scientific Documents, Launches

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.

Former Google CEO Invests in Computing Help for University Scientists

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.

OSTP Releases "Protecting the Integrity of Government Science" Report

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." 

DOE and the DHS Announce Calls to Combat Climate Change

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 …

Humanities for All Launches Monthly Newsletter

Humanities for All, an initiative of the National Humanities Alliance, has launched a monthly newsletter. Consider subscribing to learn about the "national community of practice dedicated to advancing community partnership through the humanities."

Weak or Flawed Health Studies May Contribute to Misinformation and Misinterpretation

A recent article in Science explores how weak or flawed health studies contribute to misinformation and misinterpretation, affecting public health.