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  • Kawai advances to second round of NCAA Singles Championships

    Women's Tennis sophomore Asuka Kawai moved into the second round of singles competition of the NCAA Championships after a three-set victory over Maria Mateas of Duke in Orlando, Fla.

  • Marijuana use among Illinois teens unchanged but 'cool factor' increasing, survey finds

    The number of Illinois teens who reported using marijuana during the past year has remained stable since 2008, but the number of high school seniors who say using it would make peers perceive them as 'cool' doubled.

  • Recent abortion bans will impact poor, people of color most

    Vox (May 18) Illinois abortion law expert Leslie Reagan says the passage of abortion bans in the 1800s led to the interrogation and prosecution of abortion patients.

  • Gies Business names Experiential Learning office for Magelli

    At Gies Business, learning by doing is in our DNA, and it’s how we help students put their purpose into practice. For 25 years, there was no greater champion of that philosophy than Paul Magelli.

  • Kawai set for NCAA Singles Championships

    Sophomore Asuka Kawai set to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. on Monday. She's the fifth player in program history to earn a berth to the tournament.

  • A scholar debunks claims the Midwest is insulated and isolated

    In “The Heartland,” Kristin Hoganson, a professor of history at Illinois and the author, among other books, of “American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” debunks claims that the Midwest is insulated and isolated, stable and inward-looking.

  • Illinois baseball keeps winning, beats Michigan State 8-4

    The No. 23 Illinois baseball team pounded six extra-base hits Thursday night, including homers from Zac Taylor and Kellen Sarver, to win at Michigan State, 8-4. Illinois took the opener of the three-game series and won for the 13th time in the last 16 games.

  • Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

    Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials.

  • Breakthrough helps farmers grow more food on less land

    An international team is using advanced tools to develop crops that give farmers more options for sustainably producing more food on less land.

  • Researchers accurately predict Australian wheat yield months before harvest

    A new Illinois study published in "Agricultural and Forest Meteorology" shows machine-learning methods can accurately predict wheat yield for the country two months before the crop matures.

  • Illini softball quartet earns NFCA all-region accolades

    The accolades continued to roll in for the Illinois softball team with a quartet of Illini collecting National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation All-Midwest Region honors, the organization announced on Thursday (May 16).

  • Illinois Innovation Network adds nine additional universities

    Nine additional universities have signed up to host hubs that are part of the evolving Illinois Innovation Network, to be built around the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago.

  • Illinois football mini ticket plans are on sale

    Two- and three-game mini ticket plans for the 2019 Illinois football season are on sale through the Fighting Illini ticket office. 

  • NASA funds research on hydrogen-powered aircraft

    U. of I. researchers are leading a newly funded project from NASA to develop a novel approach for all-electric aircraft.

  • Raycraft road trip sets sights on halls of fame, Woodstock, 9/11 memorial

    Recreation, sport and tourism professor Michael Raycraft is preparing to set off on a tour with students to some of the country’s most iconic sites.

  • Illini, Dumont de Chassert lead at NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional

    Fighting Illini men's golf opened NCAA Regional play on Monday at TPC Myrtle Beach, using a 9-under par first round score to sit atop the tournament field. Freshman Adrien Dumont de Chassart is also atop the leaderboard as he posted six birdies

  • Carbon dioxide soars to record-breaking levels not seen in 800,000 years

    There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been for 800,000 years – since before our species evolved.

  • Khroma Quartet are silver medalists at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

    The Khroma Saxophone Quartet have won second place in the Senior Division-Winds/Brass at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

  • AI can now defend itself against malicious messages hidden in speech

    Computer scientists have devised a way of making computer speech recognition safer from malicious attacks – messages that sound benign to human ears but hide commands that can hijack a device. Bo Li, a professor of computer science at Illinois, and her co-authors wrote an algorithm that transcribes a full audio clip and, separately, just one portion of it. If the transcription of that single piece doesn’t closely match the corresponding part of the full transcription, the program throws a red flag.

  • AHS students talk about their time at Illinois

    Six graduates from the College of Applied Health Sciences describe their life at Illinois.

  • Perceived union support lifts 'meaningfulness of work'

    While it has long been thought that the “union premium” extends to a labor union’s ability to provide higher wages, better benefits and increased job security to workers, new research from a University of Illinois expert who studies identity and meaning in occupations and organizations suggests that being a member of a labor union that’s perceived as supportive fosters work meaningfulness – an unexpected dividend that may also have bottom-line benefits for organizatio

  • Illini softball headed back to NCAA tournament

    For the seventh time in program history and the third time in the last four seasons, the Illinois softball team earned a berth into the 2019 NCAA Tournament and was selected as one of the 32 at-large bids, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday (May 12) night.

  • Envisioning the library of the future: Town hall May 16

    The campus community is invited to hear about the Library’s building project on Thursday, May 16, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 66, Main Library.

  • Wheelchair track coach, athletes discuss accomplishments, achievements

    Adam Bleakney, the head coach of wheelchair track at Illinois, and student athletes Jenna Fesemyer and Daniel Romanchuk discuss their accomplishments and the training they endure to reach new heights of physical achievement.

  • Men's golf heads to NCAA Myrtle Beach regional

    Fighting Illini men's golf will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, May 13-15.

  • KCPA announces 50th season of performances

    After celebrating the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening this spring, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has a robust slate 50th season performances scheduled for 2019-20.

  • What does momentum look like at Illinois? Watch this.

    It's been another record-breaking year on campus, so we're celebrating!

  • Illini Baseball set for final home series vs Purdue

    The No. 25 Illinois baseball team hosts Purdue for three games Friday-Sunday to finish its home schedule. Illinois has won nine of its last 12 games to jump back in the D1Baseball top 25.

  • Watch Big Ten Network documentary 'Engineering Fire'

    'Engineering Fire' tracks a team of Illinois scientists as it develops and tests a revolutionary solar-cooking device called a Sun Bucket. The 30-minute documentary video on BTN premieres May 12 at 7 p.m. CDT, immediately following Illinois vs. Purdue baseball.

  • Is a graduated income tax a Trojan horse to soak the middle class? Neigh!

    Chicago Tribune (May 7) The UI/ Illinois Economic Policy Institute report, 'The impact of enacting a progressive income tax in Illinois,' found '13 states with graduated-rate income taxes lowered their rates (and) only two states … raised rates.'

  • Fisher named NCBWA Pitcher of the Week

    Senior Andy Fisher was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher of the Week. He's the second Illinois pitcher in history to earn the honor, joining Cody Sedlock (2016).

  • What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?

    The primary reason why current bankruptcy law doesn’t work well is that it dates back to 1978, before the explosion of consumer credit, says Robert Lawless, an expert on consumer credit and bankruptcy

  • Ethanol is facing a shrinking gasoline market

    Ethanol is in a tight spot, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois. His latest analysis calculates that a forecasted 26.1 billion-gallon decline in yearly U.S. gasoline usage by 2030 will drain 2.6 billion gallons of U.S. ethanol use from this year’s estimated 14.3 billion gallons over the next decade.

  • No. 7 seed Illinois sit in third after first round at NCAA regional

    The No. 19 Illini finished the first round of the NCAA East Lansing Regional in third place at 4-over par at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan.

  • Mechanics, chemistry and biomedical research join forces for noninvasive tissue therapy

    The new findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, show that high-intensity focused ultrasound waves can penetrate biological tissue to activate molecules able to perform specific tasks.

  • Researchers find protein that suppresses muscle repair in mice

    The discovery, reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could one day lead to new methods for treating disorders that result in muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass, the researchers said.

  • You’ve conquered the escape room, but can you escape the lab?

    New York Times (May 4) Paul Kwiat, a professor of physics at Illinois, is the creator of a laboratory escape room filled with puzzles that are based on science.

  • Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalization

    Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from those resisting its practices, says Professor Amanda Ciafone

  • Illini Softball earns walk-off run rule victory for senior weekend wweep

    Illinois softball's 12-4 five-inning, walk-off victory capped a Senior Weekend sweep against Purdue in the regular season finale on Sunday (May 5) at Eichelberger Field.

  • Hammack receives Carl Sagan Award

    Illinois Professor Bill Hammack joins previous awardees Steven Pinker, Thomas Friedman, and Bill Nye. The first recipient was astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan.

  • Illini Baseball hosts Indiana in B1G weekend series

    Illinois Bseball welcomes No. 19 Indiana to Illinois Field for three games Friday-Sunday. The two teams are at the top in the Big Ten in RPI with Illinois at No. 21 and Indiana at No. 29.

  • Storm sewers need to expand to handle more frequent, heavy rains

    As heavy rainstorms become more frequent and stronger than in the past, municipal drainage systems designed from outdated standards often fail, resulting in flooding and financial losses.

  • Searching in vein: a history of artificial blood

    Popular Science (May 2) Illinois' Dipanjan Pan and colleagues have created an artificial red blood cell that can be freeze-dried, stored at room temperature for extended periods, and is compatable with any blood type.

  • Acton breaks saves record in 5-2 win over Indiana State

    Garrett Acton worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday night, earning his 15th save and breaking the Illinois record for saves in a season previously held by Tyler Jay (2015) and Joey Gerber (2018).

  • Study examines impact of climate change on Louisiana’s Houma tribe

    Social work professor Shanondora Billiot studied of the United Houma Nation’s experiences with climate change and tribe members’ receptivity to activities aimed at helping them adapt.

  • U.S. economic expansion since the Great Recession hasn't dented food insecurity

    CBS News (May 1) Food insecurity still grips almost one in eight Americans. 'We haven’t even returned to the baseline before the Great Recession, and that’s of great concern,' says Illinois' Craig Gundersen.

  • Alumnus commits $1.5 million to the Department of Classics

    The George Reveliotis Family Hellenic Studies Endowment will support a lecturer position in Classics, as well as scholarships, fellowships, and study abroad opportunities.

  • What happens to my University email after graduation?

    What you need to know to make sure your important files and software come with you after you leave the University of Illinois.

  • Long elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Stephen Long, a professor of crop sciences and plant biology at Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. 

  • ELLNORA guitar festival features influential guitarists from around the world

    The lineup includes Grammy Award-winning blues legend Buddy Guy, gypsy jazz musician Stephane Wrembel and Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Also, musicians from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America