FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2013
PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE APPOINTS ILLINOIS STATE SCIENTISTS - Legislation establishes additional sources of scientific service to the state
Champaign, III. Prairie Research Institute Founding Executive Director William W. Shilts has appointed seven Illinois State Scientists to fill designations established in the University of Illinois State Scientific Surveys Act signed by Governor Quinn on August 14. The Institute is the home of the Surveys at the U of I.
“These designations are in keeping with a long and successful tradition in Illinois of science in the public interest. The Surveys have been delivering science to decision makers and the public for over 160 years,” said Shilts. “These seven Illinois State Scientist designations are another way that the Institute marshals its expertise for the benefit of the state,” he added.
State Archaeologist, State Biologist, State Hydrologist, and Pollution Prevention Scientist are new designations. State Climatologist, State Entomologist, and State Geologist have long histories of distinguished service to the state, but they were not in statute. All designations are filled by employees of the Illinois State Scientific Surveys which moved to the U of I in 2008 to form the Prairie Research Institute.
The State Scientists serve as the authoritative spokespersons in their fields for the Surveys, the Institute, and the state. They provide current information on research and scientific inquiries to the public at large, other scientists, industry, and governmental agencies. read more...
Since 1858, the INHS has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois — the State's biological memory. With a staff of over 200 scientists and technicians, it is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation.
Formed February 1, 2010 as a new Division in the Prairie Research Institute, ISAS investigates, protects, preserves and interprets the rich archaeological heritage of Illinois through ITARP, the ATAM program, education, and outreach to meet long-term public needs. Drawing on more than eighty years of research at the University of Illinois, ISAS documents and preserves cultural resources within the context of sustainable economic development.
The ISGS is a premier State Geological Survey serving the needs of Illinois with earth science information relevant to the State's environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. Some 200 scientists and technical support staff conduct basic and applied research in geology, compile geologic maps, and gather and manage the state's geological data.
The ISWS has flourished for more than a century by anticipating and responding to new challenges and opportunities to serve the citizens of Illinois. Today, the ISWS continues to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability by developing new programs, while continuing to provide long-standing services upon which Illinoisans have come to rely.
ISTC is a change agency that performs research, spreads awareness,
and facilitates implementation regarding practices, technology and
systems that improve sustainability. The Illinois Sustainable
Technology Center (formerly the Waste Management and Research
Center) has been providing assistance to Illinois businesses and
the public since 1985.
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