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  • Composer Renee Baker to premiere new score for historic silent film

    The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music will screen two historic silent films with new scores by composer Renee Baker in recognition of Black History Month.

  • Building an orchestra of brass

    The University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble tackles music never meant for the saxophone.

  • Is the insect apocalypse really upon us?

    The Atlantic (Feb. 19) Though diverse, insects also are particularly vulnerable to localized changes because many of them are so specialized, says Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum. 

  • Saving the penguins of Peru

    By combining fieldwork in Peru with their expertise caring for Humboldt penguins at the Brookfield Zoo, two Illinois grads are among those hoping to turn the tide for these endangered animals.

  • Levenicks' gift to iSEE, NRES elevates U of I work in sustainability, environment

    'As a growing world population must address its increasing food, clean water, energy, shelter, and basic health needs — without doing damage to the environment — we need leaders to emerge.' Stu Levenick

  • Swimming & Diving shakes up record book on day one of B1G championships

    The Illini posted the second-fastest 200 medley relay time in program history, and senior Aby Olson swam the third-fastest 50 backstroke in school history.

  • Mouse study reveals how chronic stress promotes breast cancer stem cells

    This is one of the first studies to link chronic stress specifically with the growth of breast cancer stem cells. It also identifies vitamin C as effective therapy to reduce tumors.

  • Two Illinois professors named Sloan Research Fellows

    Engineering professors Haitham Al-Hassanieh and Diwakar Shukla received the awards that 'honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields.'

  • Termite threats on the big screen at Insect Fear Film Festival

    The 2019 Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois features termites – a threat to all things wooden but also a valuable part of the ecosystem.

  • Watch 'Albert Lee: A Man of Substance'

    This short documentary honors Albert Lee, the 'unofficial dean for African-American students in the first half of the 20th century. Lee helped students gain admission, then helped them find housing and work through the black community.

  • Paper: Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries

    A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, says Professor Don Fullerton.

  • Flyin' Illini return to campus for Penn State game Saturday

    The 1988-89 Flyin' Illini will return to campus on Feb. 23 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their historic season.

  • Low unemployment, shrinking population have reduced enrollments at most Illinois colleges

    Journal Star (Feb. 16) But the University of Illinois System has emerged from these challenges in an enviable position. 

  • Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman

    A new exhibit at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library looks at the expectations for gentlemen in the period during which Jane Austen wrote her novels.

  • Streaking Illini head to Madison tonight

    After its first road win of the season at Ohio State, the Illini are on the road again tonight, against Wisconsin. Illinois has won four in a row - the Big Ten's longest active winning streak (tied with Iowa). 

  • Parents feeling pressured by economy favor harsher parenting practices

    Parents feeling pressured by economic insecurity, income inequality more likely to agree that 'a good hard spanking' is sometimes necessary for children, Social Work professor William Schneider found

  • The U of I's Augusta National-inspired practice facility is outrageous

    Golf Magazine (Feb. 14) TheLauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Facility is a 24-acre, fully irrigated, 360-degree practice center open exclusively to Illini golf student-athletes.

  • Learning ‘tuck-and-roll’ could help older adults reduce fall injuries

    Study participants who were taught the tuck-and-roll strategy experienced a 33% reduction in hip impact force and a significant reduction in head impact.

  • Four straight wins: Illini beat Buckeyes on the road

    Trent Frazier had 15 points, Ayo Dosunmu buried a key 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining as Illinois held off Ohio State 63-56 Thursday for its fourth win in a row.

  • Everyone needs legal help. That doesn’t mean everyone needs a lawyer

    New York Times (Feb. 13) Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has found that, especially for everyday matters, many people would benefit more from what she calls the 'just resolution' of legal problems. 

  • Illinois a top producer of Fulbright student grantees

    Eleven students from the Urbana campus received Fulbright awards for the 2018-19 academic year, placing Illinois among the top 15 public institutions in terms of numbers of student grantees. 

  • Illini open 140th season of baseball Friday

    The 140th season of Illini Baseball starts in Winston-Salem, NC. They play against Georgetown on Friday, Wake Forest on Saturday and Sacred Heart on Sunday. 

  • Are global warming, recent Midwest cold snap related?

    Last month, the Midwest experienced record-breaking cold. If the climate is experiencing unprecedented warming, how can we still have such frigid cold? Atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles explains

  • Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified food

    The battle to save the citrus industry is pitting crop producers and a team of agriculture researchers against a formidable brown bug, the Asian citrus psyllid, which spreads the disease.

  • Study: Targeting multiple life stages may be necessary for deer tick control

    For researchers studying the dynamics of Lyme disease, understanding host-tick interactions could reveal weak spots that may leave ticks vulnerable to control. 

  • Analysis: $15 minimum wage no windfall for Illinois workers

    Daily Chronicle (Feb. 13) 'Given the business opposition, you’d think that the state was proposing to give away bags of money and shut down every burger joint along the border,' says labor expert Robert Bruno.

  • Check out the promotions for Illini Softball's 20th season

    Illinois Softball announced its home game promotions for the 2019 season, including the 20th Season Celebration of Illini Softball on April 20 against Michigan 

  • Renovated Natural History Building earns LEED gold status

    The Natural History Building has earned prominent distinction for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly construction practices in the wake of a recent $79 million renovation

  • IDOT working with Illinois researchers to find the most crack-resistant asphalt mixes

    Daily Herald (Feb. 11) By 2020, they hope to have an asphalt that 'should improve cracking resistance of all of our mixes and...address some of the issues we get under really cold weather'

  • Destination: Conservation

    My task is to survey randomly chosen fields in the (Conservation Reserve Enhancement) program to figure out whether and how these conservation areas are affecting birds that have declined in numbers

  • Developing a flight strategy to land heavier vehicles on Mars

    To send more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, we need to figure out how to land more mass than current systems allow

  • How ground shipping will affect future human health, environment

    Researchers used a 'system of systems' approach to model how higher volumes of shipping, mode of transport, population density and environmental policies will affect future impacts of land freight

  • Interested in Illinois? Visit us!

    A guide to campus visit dates whether you're a propective student, and admitted student, or seek to transfer to Illinois from another institution

  • Submit your big idea in the Health Make-a-Thon

    The Health Make-a-Thon at Illinois is your chance to really improve human health. Submit your idea and we will choose those with the most potential to be turned into real prototypes

  • Bezhanishvili, Dosunmu sweep B1G weekly honors

    Giorgi Bezhanishvili was named Big Ten Player of the Week and fellow freshman Ayo Dosunmu was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Monday

  • Study of Arctic fishes reveals the birth of a gene – from ‘junk’

    Animal biology professor Christina Cheng and her colleagues determined how the gene for an antifreeze protein in Arctic fish evolved from noncoding DNA

  • What do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?

    E-cigarettes are relatively untested products with a lot of variability in the kinds of chemicals they contain. So right now, there isn’t a clear picture of the long-term health impacts, says Illinois' Cabral Bigman

  • Experts call for national research integrity advisory board

    It’s been proposed before, but so far no one has heeded the call for an official advisory board to support ethical behavior in research institutions

  • Wittinger, Beasley lead Illini in win over Wisconsin

    Senior Alex Wittinger and junior Brandi Beasley combined for 40 of Illinois' points on Sunday afternoon, helping to lift the Illini over the Wisconsin Badgers, 78-68

  • How cutting-edge engineering borrows nature’s innovations

    PBS News Hour (Feb. 6) Illinois professor Rashid Bashir and his team are developing bio-bots that move using real muscles activated by flashes of light

  • American Legion to establish post at Illinois

    The new post will honor of the late Shawna Morrison, the first female Illinois National Guard member killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and an Illinois student at the time of her death

  • 20th season of Illini Softball opens at Houston Invitational

    Fourth-year head coach Tyra Perry and the Illini will face No. 22/21 Oklahoma State, No. 13/15 Kentucky, host Cougars & Sam Houston State

  • Phthalates may impair fertility in female mice

    The new findings add to a growing body of research that links phthalates, also called plasticizers, with various reproductive abnormalities and other health problems in rodents

  • Long-standing math puzzle seems to constrain how addition, multiplication relate

    Quanta Magazine (Feb. 6) George Shakan, a grad student at Illinois, has gone further than anyone else in establishing the long-suspected connection

  • Undefeated Men's Tennis earns road win against Notre Dame

    Coach Brad Dancer: 'This crew has to put a stamp on what their identity is and evidently, it has some grit in it. I love this type of match in that I know we can play better, but we showed toughness'

  • Faculty members selected for distinguished chairs

    Three Illinois faculty members have been selected for endowed chairs deemed to be among the most distinguished honors on the campus

  • University librarian recognized for achievements in library automation

    'John Price Wilkin exemplifies the spirit of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award through leadership, risk-taking and innovation,' said Bruce Johnson, the award committee chair

  • Illinois' defense spurs 79-74 win over Michigan State

    Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and Illinois used a swarming defense to upset No. 9 Michigan State, 79-74, on Monday night at State Farm Center

  • Illinois football, men's basketball broadcasts moving to WLS-AM 890 this fall

    Chicago Tribune (Feb. 4) 'Our new agreement with WLS-AM 890 fulfills our longstanding interest in a strong, dedicated, synergistic radio partner in the Chicago market,' athletic director Josh Whitman said 

  • Alumnus Fazlur Khan: Raising the Skyline

    Fazlur Khan revolutionized city skylines with his innovative engineering—starting in Chicago. To this day, most skyscrapers built after the 1960s employ Fazlur’s structural techniques