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  • New photonic chip for isolating light may be key to miniaturizing quantum devices

    Research have designed a simple, compact photonic circuit that uses sound waves to rein in light. Their study, published in Nature Photonics, demonstrates a powerful way to isolate, or control the directionality of light. 

  • The John Deere strike: A bad look for a state trying to attract new factories

    Crain’s Chicago Business (Oct. 22) 'When 90% of workers vote down a contract, that tells you something,' says Bob Bruno, the director of the labor education program at Illinois. 

  • Jewel of the ACES campus: LIAC turns 20 years

    In the center of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences campus at Illinois stands a massive, hexagon-shaped building, beloved for its gorgeous interior and study spaces with lush, green views of south campus.

  • Three storylines to watch as Illini Football returns from bye week

    Illinois heads to Penn State on Saturday. Head Coach Bret Bielema said the bye week came at the perfect time for the Illini who were battling several injuries, and gave them time to clean up some schematic issues and change up personnel.

  • Initial planning begins for new ethnic, gender and women’s studies building

    The university will undertake a feasibility study for the building, which would house the Departments of Gender & Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Latina/Latino Studies, and the Program in American Indian Studies.

  • Scientists look beyond the individual brain to study the collective mind

    U. of I. psychology professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues maintain that human cognition is a collective endeavor.

  • Illini Volleyball earns season sweep of Northwestern in four-set win

    Sophomore Raina Terry had a season-high 21 kills on a .364 hitting percentage, plus seven digs and a pair of blocks. Junior Jessica Nunge joined her in double figures with 13 kills on a .400 hitting percentage and two aces.

  • Bees know a lot about honey. People have a lot of catching up to do

    Knowable Magazine (Oct. 20) 'Even beekeepers, and certainly bee scientists, considered it nothing more than sugar water,' says entomologist May Berenbaum, but it's a 'functional food' that has health benefits beyond basic nutrition.

  • Dance professor Cynthia Oliver receives Doris Duke Artist Award

    Oliver is an award-winning choreographer, performer, and recipient of a 2021 United States Artist Fellowship earlier this year. She also is an associate vice chancellor for research, a Center for Advanced Study professor, and a 2011 University Scholar.

  • Sophomore Piercen Hunt earns first title, Men's Golf places second at Isleworth

    'We came out like a team that was going to chase down the lead, and we gave one of the top teams in the country a run for their money,' head coach Mike Small said after falling to Arizona State by two strokes.

  • Carle Illinois med student a finalist for Neurological Surgeons’ Innovator of the Year Award

    A robotic neurosurgical device created by second-year med Al Smith may offer a new kind of emergency treatment for traumatic brain injury in low-resource countries.

  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week, October 25-29

    Thank you. We wouldn't be who we are without you. At 20,000+ graduate students, you are one-third of the entire student population. We hope you take some time this week to celebrate with your Illinois family.

  • New Carle Illinois sculpture's dual meaning reflects mission of the college

    It shows both the exterior of the hand and an X-ray view of an interior where a problem in need of a solution might live - much like the problems Carle Illinois is determined to solve as the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine.

  • The 232-year history of prairie fire in Midwestern US

    A study of first-person accounts of fires occurring between 1673 and 1905 in the Midwest has given us the first systematic analysis of the timing, causes and consequences of prairie fires in this part of the world.

  • Illini Men's Basketball ranked 11th in AP preseason poll

    It's the first time the Illini appear in the AP preseason rankings in back-to-back seasons since 2009-10 (No. 23) and 2010-11 (No. 13). Last year, they were ranked in the Top 25 every week and ended the year at No. 2.

  • Bhargava, Sweedler listed among world’s 100 most influential analytical scientists

    The Analytical Scientist (Oct. 15) Jonathan Sweedler, Director of the U of I's  School of Chemical Sciences, is at the very top of The Analytical Scientists' list.  Cancer Center at Illinois Director Rohit Bhargava also made 'The Power List.'

  • Co-worker interventions can moderate customer sexual harassment in service industry

    There’s been a lot of focus on sexual harassment that comes from within an organization, but much less on sexual harassment that comes from outside - from people who aren’t subject to the company’s rules and regulations. 

  • 'Crip*' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum centers on experiences with disability, access

    Curator Liza Sylvestre said the exhibition refers to 'crip theory,' which considers not just disability but also race, sexual identity, class and educational status, and how those identities connect and overlap.

  • John Deere production on hold as union workers strike

    Iowa Public Radio (Oct. 15) 'Unions are relevant again,' says a U of I labor expert. 'It’s a reverse dynamic of what happened in the 80s, where the power dynamic rapidly shifted against unions and workers. Now, it is rapidly shifting in their favor.'

  • Time change for Saturday volleyball vs Michigan at Huff

    First serve for the Illinois volleyball match on Saturday, 10/23 against Michigan has been moved to 3 p.m.  But first, the Illini have a midweek match at Northwestern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT, before returning home to face the Wolverines.

  • Longstanding magnetic materials classification problem solved

    Humans have been aware of of magnetism for over 2,000 years, and researchers have steadily improved upon humanity’s fundamental understanding of magnets. Now, new classifications have implications for quantum applications.

  • IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute virtual launch Tuesday

    Join leaders from IBM, the U of I, The Grainger College of Engineering and the state for a first look at the academic-industry partnership spurring breakthroughs in hybrid cloud and AI, quantum computing, materials discovery, and sustainability.

  • Which animals can catch the coronavirus?

    The U of I's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has played a key role in diagnosing coronavirus infection in animal species in zoos across the country. This is important work for understanding the virus’s behavior and its broad host range, Wang says.

  • Illini Soccer celebrates 25th anniversary

    In the early years, Illini Soccer played on the recreational fields on Peabody Avenue. The fields didn't even have turf - or any real locker rooms. Today they play at Demirjian Park, one of the nation's top facilities for the sport.

  • Despite 'poor precedent,' top neuroscientist found not guilty of scientific fraud

    Nature (Oct. 13) University of Chile neuroscientist Claudio Hetz's behavior resulted in untrustworthy work, even after an intervention. U of I scientific ethics expert C.K. Gunsalus says the case reflects 'a reckless disregard for scientific integrity.'

  • Having a tough time? Help is available

    Almost everyone experiences times in their lives when they are unsure what to do or to whom to reach out for help. Here's a place to start.

  • Illini Volleyball sweeps Iowa

    The Illinois volleyball team needed just an hour and 25 minutes to earn its first sweep in Big Ten Conference action as the Illini defeated Iowa, 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-20) Wednesday night in Huff Hall.

  • Satellite launch brings global quantum internet one step closer

    Nanosatellite CAPSat, deployed into orbit yesterday from the International Space Station, will test built-in maintenance of quantum communication detectors in space.

  • Illinois theatre season reimagines the American story

    The theatre department will produce a season of plays that offer a fresh look at the American theater by bringing a broad range of voices to the stage, featuring work by women, people of color, LGBTQ authors and students.

  • Patients view perinatal depression screenings as ineffective, study finds

    Interviews with pregnant and postpartum women in central Illinois suggest that health care providers may conduct perinatal depression screenings in ways that hamper their efficacy and overlook patients’ symptoms. 

  • NYT's Ezra Klein interviews Nick Offerman

    The New York Times (Oct. 11)  Offerman talks about his career, including his years as a U of I theater student. 'My sensei, who taught me Kabuki theater…this Zen master, told me, always maintain the attitude of a student,' Offerman says.

  • Watch: Illini student-athletes reflect on Hispanic heritage

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Take one minute to meet some student-athletes who carry their Hispanic heritage with pride and invite you to share in the celebration.

  • Freedom School: Transforming lives, building communities

    Many children cried on the last day of Freedom School. One boy flat-out refused to leave. Why? 'Because Freedom School lets me be me,' he said.

  • African swine fever killed half the pigs in China. Now it’s in the Caribbean

    Wired (Oct. 12) U of I's Dr. Raymond Rowland says ASF is on America's doorstep. 'You can easily think of a scenario where someone (vacations in the Caribbean), brings in a contaminated product, discards it...and feral pigs come along and pick it up.'

  • Illinois team advances research to turn trash into treasure

    'What we are proposing is that you can turn a waste that owners pay to dispose into a by-product  resource that you can make new construction products from and sell,' said Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Nishant Garg.

  • Illini Football vs Penn State to air on ABC

    The Illinois football game at Penn State will be broadcast on ABC on Oct. 23, the Big Ten conference office and television partners announced Monday. The game is currently scheduled as an 11 a.m. CT kickoff.

  • U of I alumna Tatyana McFadden wins 9th Chicago Marathon

    Chicago Tribune (Oct. 10) People came from all around the world to watch the 2021 Chicago Marathon. From Lakeview to Chinatown, many spectators said they were there to cheer on friends and family running the race.

  • Campus dedicates McKechnie Family LIFE Home

    The McKechnie Family LIFE Home is a cutting-edge research center focused on innovations in home environments. It mimics existing home dwellings, and has space for the development of next generation smart homes.

  • Volleyball: Illini drop 3-1 decision to No. 4 Wisconsin

    The Illinois volleyball team won the opening set of the match, before falling 3-1 to No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday night at the UW Field House.

  • U of I artist's latest offering: Social network Minus limits users to 100 posts for life

    Gizmodo (Oct. 7) Professor Ben Grosser describes it as 'no likes, no follows, no feed algorithms, no accumulating metrics at all – only a single dwindling count of how many posts each user has remaining.'

  • The history, legacy of the Newbery Medal for children's books

    The Newbery Medal, the most prestigious children’s literature award, is celebrating its centennial. The director of the Center for Children’s Books at U of I, has co-edited a book of essays to examine the award’s history, influence and future.

  • Team discovers invasive-native crayfish hybrids in Missouri

    A study of the Current River in southeastern Missouri, revealed – almost by chance – that the virile crayfish, Faxonius virilis, was interbreeding with a native crayfish, potentially altering the native’s genetics, life history and ecology.

  • 111th Homecoming game next for Illini Football

    The Illinois football team returns to Big Ten play when Wisconsin comes to Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff on the Big Ten Network. 

  • Siebel Center for Design Grand Opening today

    Chancellor Robert Jones calls the new Siebel Center for Design a 'transformational addition to the educational experiences of the students who will find new ideas and explore the previously unimagined.'

  • Homecoming Parade streams here, Saturday at 11 a.m.

    Even if you couldn't make it back to campus, you can watch the Homecoming Parade as it happens beginning Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • U of I administrators visit southern Illinois to stress cooperation

    The Southern Illinoisan (Oct. 5) 'Part of what we are doing is working with the other 12 university systems in the state...to help students stay in state – not just at Urbana-Champaign or Chicago, but all of the universities,' U of I President Tim Killeen said.

  • Book explores political secrecy among ordinary Americans in today's divisive culture

    Professor's book looks at how much people feel they need to hide their views from others and the consequences of growing polarization – including the rising trend of clustering in communities with neighbors whose views mirror our own.

  • Illini Volleyball drops five-set battle with No. 6 Purdue

    For the fourth time in the last five matches the Illinois volleyball team went to a fifth set as the Illini dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Purdue on Wednesday. Megan Cooney led the Illini with 18 kills, 11 digs and two service aces.

  • Staging a threatening encounter at a blackbird nest

    'The male stares me down while flicking his tail and wings – a sign that I’m not welcome here. Red-winged blackbirds are among the most brash and vocal birds you’ll ever meet.'

  • Built on coal: The past, present, and future of Illinois' coal towns

    Coal communities throughout the state are grappling with a shrinking industry, and University of Illinois Extension is working with these areas to help them plan, imagine, even embrace a post-coal future.