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  • CEO Magazine Executive Interview: Tim Killeen

    The CEO Magazine (Dec. 3) As president of the University of Illinois System for six years, Tim Killeen has overseen a rapid rise in both the number and quality of courses. 'We’re really on a roll – we’ve grown in scale, in excellence and in impact.' 

  • ADAPTHAUS: A sustainable home for the holidays

    Nancy and Sumanth Viswanathan fell in love with ADAPTHAUS, a solar-powered, adaptive home built by University of Illinois students that won fourth place in the recent Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.

  • Illini open Big Ten play hosting Rutgers tonight

    Illinois concludes a three-game home stand on Friday, facing Rutgers to open Big Ten play (6 p.m. CT, ESPN2). The Illini have a nine-game winning streak at State Farm Center and have won five straight Big Ten home games.

  • Chicago tech's diversity problem starts in college

    Crain’s Chicago Business (Dec. 1) Dean Rashid Bashir says diversity is a real challenge. 'We need to work harder with high schools, community colleges to prepare the students (with) the STEM and math background to get admitted into our college.'

  • Paper: 'Paradox brands' hold strong appeal for bicultural consumers

    Brands that can straddle contradictory meanings or possess opposing characteristics are more appealing to bicultural consumers in the U.S. than traditional singular-meaning brands, says new research from Gies College of Business.

  • Women's Basketball hosts Florida State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge tonight

    The Illini are 3-1 at home this season with wins over NC Central, Miami (OH), and UC Riverside. The team's lone setback at home this year was a 71-62 decision vs. SIUE. 

  • Watch it now

    Join us (virtually or in-person) for the State of the University 2021 as Chancellor Robert Jones provides a brief overview of the year so far, offer some updates on our current plans and initiatives and talk about our bold plans for the future.

  • One in 12 California homes at high risk of burning in a wildfire

    Public Policy Institute of California (Nov. 29) Professor Robert Olshansky, an author of the study, says state and local land use policies currently incentivize rebuilding in place, rather than driving development away from fire-prone areas. 

  • Illini down Notre Dame in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    Kofi Cockburn dominated on Monday night, leading the Illini to a 82-72 victory over Notre Dame. Cockburn's 28 points, combined with another strong team outing from the three-point line, gave Illinois its third-straight win.

  • Nonverbal social interactions – even with unfriendly avatars – boost cooperation, study finds

    Scientists used animated humanoid avatars to study how nonverbal cues influence people’s behavior. The research offers insight into the brain mechanisms that drive social and economic decision-making.

  • New book examines the evolution of academic freedom at the U of I

    Professor Matthew Ehrlich explores how 60s era morals shaped the controversies involving two faculty members at Illinois in the new book 'Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic Freedom in the Age of JFK.'

  • Study finds a high percentage of white-tailed deer infected with COVID

    The Center Square (Nov. 22) U of I epidemiologisgt Rebecca Lee Smith,  says the high percentage of infected deer is a caution flag for hunters, because deer fluids can splash on a person who is field dressing a deer or handling carcasses. 

  • Beckman student develops tumor imaging method, wins international competition

    Ronny Guo developed a new method to help clinicians non-invasively locate and characterize brain tumors. His paper won first prize in the annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society Student Paper Competition.

  • Illini host Notre Dame in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    Two Midwest programs located 200 miles apart are playing for only the fourth time since 1973, but the 43rd time overall. Illinois leads the all-times series 27-15, but Notre Dame has won the last three games. 

  • Illini take back the hat on Senior Day

    Illini Football put up a dominant performance against Northwestern on Saturday evening, securing a 47-14 Senior Day victory. Illinois' win brings the Land of Lincoln Trophy back to Champaign after a six-year drought.

  • The odd history of the Osage orange tree

    National Geographic (Nov. 23) Jonathan Baldwin Turner promoted both land grant universitites - and Osage orange trees. He was convinced that 'God designed Osage orange especially for the purpose of fencing the prairies.'

  • Water disinfection byproduct disrupts reproductive hormones in female mice

    Chemical disinfection makes water from both natural sources and wastewater streams drinkable; however, the process also creates byproducts, not all of which are understood or regulated. 

  • Illini, Northwestern meet for Land of Lincoln Trophy

    The Illinois football team hosts Northwestern on Saturday as part of rivalry week in the Big Ten. The teams kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network with the Land of Lincoln Trophy on the line. 

  • Game Notes: Illini vs. Kansas State in Hall of Fame Classic

    No. 14 Illinois looks to end a two-game slide tonight, facing Kansas State in the Consolation Game of the Hall of Fame Classic at Kansas City's T-Mobile Center (6 p.m. CT, ESPNEWS)

  • Get ready for yearly 'COVID season,' U of I expert warns

    KCBS Radio (Nov. 22) – The reality of a seasonal COVID-19 surge is coming into view, but isn’t quite here. 'We are, I think, heading into seasonal spread just like influenza,' says Rebecca Lee Smith, a U. of I. professor of epidemiology.

  • Illini Fall to Bearcats in Hall of Fame Classic

    The Fighting Illini dropped the first game of the Hall of Fame Classic on Monday night, falling 71-51 to Cincinnati. Illinois center Kofi Cockburn played for the first time this season and scored a team-high 18 points.

  • Can a vastly bigger national-service program bring the country back together?

    The New Yorker (Nov. 19) Professor Thomas Rudolph warns of a  measurable uptick in polarization beyond politics, in the kind of 'regular opportunities for people to come into contact with others who may think differently than they do.'

  • No. 24 Illini Volleyball sweeps Terrapins on Senior Day

    Illinois next wraps up its regular season with a trip to the state of Michigan, traveling to Ann Arbor to face Michigan on Wednesday (Nov. 24), before heading to East Lansing for a Friday (Nov. 26) night match against Michigan State. 

  • Bee superfood: Exploring honey's chemical complexities

    NPR (Nov. 18) - Bernarda Calla, a research scientist in entomology at the U. of I., studies how plants and insects interact. 

  • Fighting Illini football travels to #18 Iowa

    The Fighting Illini and #18 Iowa kickoff at 1:05 p.m. CT on FS1 at Kinnick Stadium.

  • 'Hot Ones': Can Coach Underwood take the heat?

    As Illini Men’s Basketball begins a highly anticipated season, Hot Ones host Sean Evans (MEDIA ’08) returns to campus to see if Coach Brad Underwood can take the heat.

  • Discovering the environmental impact of bursting bubbles

    Researchers used high-speed photography to demonstrate the mechanism that allows bursting bubbles to transport organic material, such as contaminants and microbes, into the atmosphere.

  • When older couples are close together, their heart rates synchronize

    U of I study examines the dynamics of long-term relationships through spatial proximity. The researchers find that when partners are close to each other, their heart rates synchronize in complex patterns of interaction.

  • Illinois ranks No. 2 destination for international students

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is once again a top destination for international students, according to data from this year’s Open Doors report.

  • Women's Basketball welcomes SIUE to State Farm Center tonight

    This is the third of a four-game home stand to open the season. It will be the fifth time the Fighting Illini have faced the Cougars. Illinois leads the overall series, 4-0.

  • How can cities help accelerate climate action to meet COP26 goals?

    Climate change acts as a threat multiplier to a city’s infrastructure, economic development and public health. (And) cities are taking action because they can. Local governments are most responsive to constituents who are demanding action.

  • Journalism students train alongside professionals in new campus collaboration

    'Illinois Public Media is an ideal space for students to gain experience working in the field, while receiving personal guidance from journalists, and producing content for a professional media organization,' said journalism head Stephanie Craft.

  • National book-banning fight creeps into Illinois schools

    WBEZ-FM (Nov. 17) '...the pandemic, the insurrection, the killing of George Floyd – all of those things have created kind of a perfect storm for people to really think about their local institutions and what is happening in them,' says Professor Emily Knox.

  • Watch: Women's Basketball's Eva Rubin hosts roundtable for diabetes awareness

    Rubin, a senior center for the women's basketball program, has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 13. Now, she's a community health major who consistently advocates for individuals living with the disease.

  • New electrochemical process could revolutionize lithium-ion battery recycling

    Illinois researchers found an economical and sustainable method for separating cobalt and nickel from each other for battery recycling purposes – making spent battery electrodes a secondary source of these valuable metals.

  • Illinois schools sought to participate in latest alcohol, drug, tobacco survey

    The Illinois Youth Survey is a biennial survey of eighth, 10th and 12th grade students that provides important assessments of school climate issues and substance use among middle and high school students.

  • Study concludes meat production is responsible for 57% of all greenhouse gas emissions

    The Beet (Nov. 15) 'This study shows the entire cycle of the food production system, and policymakers may want to use the results to think about how to control greenhouse gas emissions,' says Professor Atul Jain, a study co-author.

  • Six Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

    The 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. 

  • Fraternizing vampire bats share 'social microbiomes'

    Study finds that the gut microbiomes of bats became more similar the more often they engaged in social behaviors with one another - such behaviors as huddling together for warmth or grooming themselves and their neighbors.

  • Tracey Marshall honored by former team, Illini community

    The Illini volleyball community lost one of its stars last spring when Tracey Marshall passed away unexpectedly. Marshall was an outside hitter under former head coach Don Hardin and played at Illinois from 1996-1999.

  • Expedition Oasis: The bottom of the sea

    Volcanologist and geology professor Patricia Gregg takes us with her on the deep ocean sub, Alvin, to investigate a volcanic ridge on the bottom of the sea floor.

  • Building back a tiny piece of prairie

    Working to restore a prairie on century-old farmland – especially when starting from seed, as the Delcomyns did – requires plenty of patience and a lot of help. 

  • 'Watered-down hope': Experts wanted more from climate pact

    ABC News (Nov. 14) Some progress was made, says U. of I. climate scientist Donald Wuebbles, “But the probability of getting to 1.5 degrees (C temperature increase limit) is much reduced, even to the point of almost being impossible.'

  • Faculty selected for Big Ten Academic Alliance leadership development programs

    Illinois faculty and staff members have been chosen to participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Seminar.

  • Game notes for Illini Men's Basketball at Marquette tonight

    No. 11 Illinois plays its first road game of the season on Monday night, facing 2-0 Marquette in the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games (6 p.m. CT, FS1).

  • Hawkins notches double-double in dominant win over Arkansas State

    Coleman Hawkins took over State Farm Center Friday night in his second straight start, notching his first career double-double. Hawkins finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.

  • The sneaky way TikTok is connecting you to real-life friends

    Wired (Nov. 12) 'They want you to move your entire social network into TikTok. That’s what’s most valuable for them,' says U of I Professor Ben Grosser. 'The central focus is more time on site, more time in the app, more data from users...'

  • Illini Men's Basketball at home against Arkansas State tonight

    No. 11 Illinois is back in action Friday night, hosting Arkansas State (8 p.m. CT, B1G+). The Illini carry a six-game winning streak at State Farm Center.

  • Report: Extending child tax credit program offers many benefits for struggling families

    Extending the child tax credit program could promote financial stability among vulnerable families and have other economic and noneconomic benefits, according to a report by researchers affiliated with the Project for Middle Class Renewal.

  • Project explores Octavia E. Butler novel through discussions, art, music

    Octavia E. Butler’s dystopian novel 'Parable of the Sower' is centered around themes that resonate today – climate change, economic instability, and social chaos. The novel s the focus of a year-long project, Parable Path CU, led by Krannert Center.