Visiting Prof. Steven Salaita of the American University of Beirut.
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July 24, 2017

Salaita To leave Academe To Write and Lecture

Steven Salaita, whose job offer from the University of Illinois was rescinded after he posted controversial tweets about Israel, says he is leaving academia, because he is unable to find work in it. Salaita has worked for the past two years as a visiting professor at the American University of Beirut. But he posted on his Facebook page this past Saturday he has been unable to find further academic work.

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The Hallene Gateway on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
David Mercer/Illinois Public Media
July 21, 2017

Rauner Appoints Stuart King To U Of I Board Of Trustees

Governor Bruce Rauner announced this morning that he has appointed Stuart King to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. King has received three degrees from the University of Illinois, and is a practicing physician at Christie Clinic in Champaign.

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Anthony Bruno
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July 20, 2017

Christensen Pleads Not Guilty To Yingying Zhang Kidnapping; Jury Trial Set For Sept. 12

In a hearing lasting less than five minutes, Brendt Christensen entered a “not guilty” plea Thursday in a federal courtroom in Urbana to the charge of kidnapping Yingying Zhang.

Prosecutors accuse Christensen, a recent University of Illinois graduate student, of abducting Zhang, a U of I visiting scholar from China, from a campus bus stop on June 9th.

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RIPE Project Associate Director Don Ort discusses field trials.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
July 14, 2017

RIPE Project Shows Off Progress In Photosynthesis Research

Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project, Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency -- or RIPE for short -- invited the media and the public to a field day Thursday. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I. He gave Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline an overview of the project.

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