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  • U of I researchers: State could lose 550,000 jobs this year due to pandemic

    WGEM-TV (May 29) Researchers at the Institute for Government and Public Affairs say 40% of the direct losses will be concentrated in trade, transportation, business, and the leisure and hospitality sectors. 

  • Integrating satellite, socioeconomic data to improve climate change policy

    Professor Atul Jain led a study that combined satellite and census data to identify deforestation and expanding saltwater farming as the key physical and socioeconomic drivers of climate change in Bangladesh.

  • What’s the recovery rate for COVID-19 in Illinois? It’s complicated

    Chicago Tribune (May 27) Six weeks ago, the people being tested were very sick people due to the low availability of testing, says U. of I. professor Nigel Goldenfeld. With more testing, the calculated recovery rate should increase. 

  • Feliz, Biondi receive Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

    The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that Illinois' Andres Feliz (basketball) and Nicole Biondi (gymnastics) were named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019-20 academic year. 

  • Will movie theaters survive COVID-19?

    'Even when people feel safe in crowds again...moviegoers who do show up are more likely to forego their popcorn and other treats – which is another challenge, since theaters make most of their money on concessions.'

  • Keys to academic & athletic success for black male high school students

    Adeoye Adeyemo had great success in sports (Illini Football), in the classroom, and now in his professional life. His research is helping shed light on how other black males can experience the same success.

  • Champaign County businesses pledge to keep community safe, healthy

    View the list of local businesses committed to safety, well-being of employees, customers. Thank you for signing the Champaign County Safe Pledge!

  • What have we learned about intimate partner violence?

    With stay-at-home orders in many states, police in some areas noticed more reports of domestic violence. Professors Jennifer Hardesty, Brian Ogolsky reviewed research to separate what we know from what remains unknown.

  • Archaeological predictive model helps Illinoisans balance growth with preservation

    The Illinois State Archaeological Survey offers a GIS-based tool that draws on more than a century of data to predict the probability of encountering an archaeological site in any 2-acre section of Illinois. 

  • Study: Benefits of workplace wellness programs underwhelming

    In a two-year study on the efficacy of workplace wellness programs, Illinois researchers found that such programs have little impact on employee health, health beliefs and medical utilization.

  • America’s small businesses are in crisis. Their survival is key to reviving economy

    Barron's (May 23) A team of economists led by U of I's Alexander Bartik found that, as of early April, 43% of small businesses were temporarily closed, and 38% said they were unlikely/somewhat likely to survive and reopen.

  • Illinois Athletics plans for safe return of student-athletes to campus

    The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is preparing to return groups of student-athletes to campus for voluntary summer training, with staggered arrivals beginning as early as June 3.

  • How do we combat global food insecurity during pandemics?

    About 265 million worldwide are estimated to face food shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Entomlogy professor Esther Ngumbi talks about what can be done to reduce the problem.

  • Pinball Wizard

    Gies Business alum Zach Sharpe is one of pinball’s most celebrated players. He now lends his expertise to one of the world’s largest pinball manufacturers in the world, Chicago-based Stern Pinball.

  • Illini students making masks for people with spinal cord injuries

    People with spinal cord injuries have above-average risk in the COVID-19 pandemic due to the prevalence of comorbidities, and obtaining effective masks for people with SCI has proven challenging.

  • Estimated 100,000 U.S. small businesses shut down since pandemic declared

    The Guardian (May 21) Illinois, Harvard, University of Chicago researchers say many of the small businesses they surveyed were already 'financially fragile.'

  • Three Illini named to Men's Tennis All Big Ten teams

    Senior Aleks Kovacevic, junior Alex Brown, and sophomore Siphosothando Montsi have been named to the Men's Tennis All-Big Ten teams.

  • Environmental contaminants alter gut microbiome, health

    U of I scientists review the research linking dozens of environmental chemicals to changes in the gut microbiome and associated health challenges.

  • Kawai, Rabinowitz named to All-Big Ten team

    Illinois women's tennis juniors Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz were named to the 2020 All-Big Ten Team, as announced by the conference office Wednesday, May 20.

  • Why design thinking is essential when the world turns upside down

    Medium (May 11) Rachel Switzky, director of Illinois' Siebel Center for Design, writes about the cross-disciplinary creativity that resulted in the RapidVent low-cost emergency ventilator. 

  • Meet some of U of I's most inspiring, innovative teachers

    Faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants at Illinois this spring were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising, collectively known as Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction.

  • Sign up for summer online courses at Illinois

    Choose from more than 450 online course options in avariety of subjects with 4-, 8-, and 12-week options

  • Multiscale crop modeling effort required to assess climate change adaptation

    Illinois faculty-led study calls for a better representation of the physiological responses of crops to climate and environmental stressors – like drought, extreme rainfall and ozone damage.

  • Illinois, Mayo researchers develop techniques for super-resolution imaging

    Conventional ultrasound helps diagnose and monitor cancers, but has trouble imaging subtle, telltale vascular changes.

  • Watch the Virtual Commencement Celebration now!

    With our in-person Commencement ceremonies postponed, we hope you will join us to celebrate the Class of 2020 in an online Commencement celebration on May 16 at noon.

  • Researchers use supercomputers to predict COVID-19 spread

    The Register-Guard (May 15) 'Supercomputing is being used to gain insight into how diseases function and to identify possible therapies,, says Bill Gropp, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at U of I.

  • The stinging truth about murder hornets

    Entomologist Adam Dolezal discusses the threats posed by a new insect in the Northwest

  • Fed warns of multiyear recession without more pandemic aid

    Washington Post (May 13) Retail, food services particularly susceptible to permanent closure, says U of I economist Alex Bartik who tracks small business closures from the pandemic. 

  • Scientists text-mining social media for data on food-related topics

    Researchers are data mining social media to investigate foodborne illness outbreaks, monitor obesity rates and related diseases, and explore dietary patterns and the growing popularity of plant-based diets. 

  • Paradise, Edwards earn Big Ten Medals of Honor

    The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each institution for excellence on and off the field throughout their college career. 

  • Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture

    Corn cultivation began in the vicinity of the Cahokia between A.D. 900 and 1000, researchers report. Its arrival may have contributed to the abrupt rise of this ancient metropolis in and around present-day St. Louis.

  • Virtual exhibitions highlight art and design graduates

    Students graduating from the School of Art and Design are exhibiting their work online this spring rather than in galleries at Krannert Art Museum.

  • Quade, Dosunmu named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year

    As Fighting Illini Athletes of the Year, Dosunmu and Quade become Illinois' nominees for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors, which will be announced later this spring.

  • What effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues?

    The continued spread of COVID-19 should prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said U of I law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.

  • Bad-science busters shift keen minds to COVID-19

    As the class went online, they carefully waded into the maelstrom surrounding COVID-19, weighing the science-based merits of each claim and counterclaim. To date, they’ve examined almost a dozen COVID-19-related issues.

  • Tech company Belkin to build U of I's RapdiVent emergency ventilators

    USA Today (May 12) Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering had the design, and Belkin also consulted with Carle Health of Urbana, Illinois, for what's being called the FlexVent. 

  • Takekawa, Cockburn named Illinois Freshmen of the Year

    Mia Takekawa (gymnastics) and Kofi Cockburn (basketball) have been named winners of the annual award, presented to the top male and female freshman competing for the Fighting Illini.

  • Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth’s inner core?

    Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth’s inner core is rotating.

  • Illinois coronavirus deaths peak - but it’s more like a plateau

    Chicago Sun-Times (May 11) The death range will remain between 50 and 150 a day into June according to models from both the University of Chicago and the U. of I. 

  • Edwards, Feliz, Brown win Fighting Illini Spirit Awards

    Taylor Edwards (women's basketball), Andres Feliz(men's basketball), and Dre Brown (football) are winners of the 2020 Fighting Illini Spirit Awards for best exemplifying spirit, courage, effort and dedication.

  • Celebrating virtual commencement

    Ruth Chung watches the Virtual Commencement Celebration on May 16.

  • #ILLINOIS2020: Federico Hernandez Natar

    Federico Hernandez Nater came to Illinois knowing he wanted to do something related to music.

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Elizabeth Murphy

    'I worked closely with her...learning lab techniques, scientific writing and presentation skills. My mentor’s patience and willingness to teach enabled me to gain the confidence to pursue a career in chemistry.'

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Faisal Masood

    When Faisal Masood began his journey through the bioengineering program, he wanted to explore every path available. Two key education elements guided him through to his degree and application to medical school: being mentored, and teaching others in turn. 

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Kayla Janssen

    An experience with a hospital social worker heped Kayla Janssen realize her passion for supporting others through tough times.

  • Pandemics and fear: History helps us understand COVID-19

    Historians and anthropologists see parallels between past outbreaks and today's crisis

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Students: Andrew Nadolski

    Nadolski focused on the design of a special coating for ceramic lenses used in microwave telescopes. He had the chance to deploy his knowledge during several trips to Antarctica, including one for 11 months in 2017.

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Students: Barry Chiang

    Barry Chiang was mesmerized by nature and the night sky while growing up in Taiwan. He is devoted to deciphering the simplicity and beauty of the universe through both science and music.

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Emma Taylor

    Emma Taylor’s introduction to the jazz program at the University of Illinois came through a jam session at the Iron Post, a downtown Urbana live music venue.

  • #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Emily Martin

    Emily Martin is a fourth-generation Illini. Although she followed the footsteps of her family members, she paved her own unique path at Illinois.