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  • Rummell earns NFCA and B1G Player of the Week honors

    Illini Softball third baseman Delaney Rummell hit .750 (9-for-12) with 10 RBI, helping the Illini to three Big Ten wins over Purdue last weekend. She recorded three multi-hit and multi-RBI games, with four extra-base hits, and slugged 1.250. 

  • Agriculture, human health, ecosystems at risk as Illinois’ climate quickly changes

    Chicago Tribune (April 20)  'There’s a big message there that we need to be doing everything we can to prevent future climate change by mitigating our use of fossil fuels, particularly,' says atmospheric sciences expert Donald Wuebbles.

  • U of I professor investigates abnormal menstrual periods after COVID vaccine

    Chicago Tribune (April 20) Kate Clancy experienced abnormal menstruation following her inoculation and wanted to document experiences of others. They expected 500 respondents; so far, more than 25,000 people have responded.


  • Newsrooms confront the 'police say' problem

    CNN (April 16) 'There are ways that journalists are taught to do a story – and to be objective requires marshaling the judgment of other experts,' including police. 'You "have" to quote the authority because they both make and verify the news.'

  • Undergraduate Research Week, April 26-May 1

    Undergraduate Research Week showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

  • Kofi Cockburn declares for NBA draft

    Cockburn is the first center in Illinois history to achieve consensus All-America status, earning a spot on the Wooden Award All-American Team and garnering second-team All-America accolades from the AP, NABC, USBWA, Sporting News, CBS Sports and USA Today.

  • Public school speech case is potential watershed moment for cyberbullying

    U of I professor says an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case will be a major test of the First Amendment rights of K-12 public school students as well as the authority of administrators to discipline students for cyberbullying.

  • How the largest animals that could ever fly supported giraffe-like necks

    New York Times (April 14) Illinois Ph.D. student Cariad Williams used a CT scan to analyze a specimen’s neck. 'We just couldn’t believe the structure that we found inside,' she says.

  • Orange Krush Foundation awards annual charitable grants

    COVID eliminated the Orange Krush's traditional fundraising methods, but they raised money through Orange Krush boxes filled with various apparel. Also, proceeds from Brad Underwood-autographed fan cutouts were donated to the community grants.

  • K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools

    The K-12 Shield Playbook is a free online resource to help guide school reopenings, based on successful COVID-19 mitigation strategies used at the University of Illinois.

  • Illini Softball hosts Purdue this weekend

    This series against the Boilermakers will be the second series at Eichelberger Field this season. Illinois is ranked fourth in the Big Ten conference standings, while Purdue is ranked 12th.

  • Do college campuses still need COVID-19 surveillance testing?

    The Hill (April 13) Professor Sheldon Jacobson: 'Many college students will be vaccinated (by Fall), creating a critical public health layer of protection for everyone on campus. The question then becomes, is COVID-19 surveillance testing still needed?'

  • Channel migration plays leading role in river network evolution, study finds

    Illinois researchers developed a new model that can help land use and infrastructure planners understand what today’s rivers might look like millions of years into the future.

  • Jon Davis is Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week

    Jon Davis was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week and Manning Plater was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced on Wednesday. 

  • Suppression of COVID-19 peaks reflect time-dependent social activity, not herd immunity

    Researchers showed that a temporary state of collective immunity - 'transient collective immunity' - emerged during early, fast-paced stages of the epidemic. But subsequent surges continued to appear because of changing social behaviors. 

  • Why was the ancient city of Cahokia abandoned? New clues rule out one theory.

    U. of I. archaeologist Caitlin Rankin has likely ruled out the hypothesis that flooding caused by timber overharvesting made the ancient city of Cahokia increasingly uninhabitable.

  • Social comparisons with similar people determine income's effect on happiness

    The ability to compare ourselves with people of similar backgrounds, both people who earn more and others who earn less, determines how our income affects our happiness – not the absolute amount we earn.

  • Three Illinois researchers receive ACLS Fellowships

    Three Illinois researchers have been awarded 2021 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships. This year’s ACLS Fellowship competition focused on early career scholars.

  • Young adults may provide care for older relatives much more frequently than thought

    The vast majority of respondents – 72% – stated that caregiving would or did negatively impact their educational or career goals. However, many who had acted as caretakers described rewarding aspects as well.

  • Zeke Clark earns 100th singles win as Illinois takes B1G West crown

    The Illini captured their first Big Ten division championship to go along with 15 overall conference titles, the most recent coming in 2015. Illinois also earned the No. 1 seed in the West for the Big Ten Men's Tennis Championships.

  • Illinois history professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

    History professor Kevin Mumford has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Mumford studies race, politics and sexuality, and how struggles over social difference and belonging have unfolded in America.

  • Illini Wrestling Coach Jim Heffernan announces retirement

    Jim Heffernan, who helped lead the U of I wrestling program to 13 Top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, announced his retirement today after 12 years as head coach and 29 years overall with the Illini wrestling program. 

  • Many of the world’s best wheelchair basketball players (still) come from the U. of I.

    Team USA (April 7) Illinois has been at the forefront of the sport since its inception. The program’s founder, National Wheelchair Basketball Association pioneer and Hall of Famer Tim Nugent, passed away in 2015, but his legacy has never been stronger.

  • Demirjian Park Grand opening: New home for U of I soccer, track and cross country

    Demirjian Park allows Illinois to host Big Ten and NCAA championship competition in both soccer and track and field. It is expected to become a destination location for training and competition by elite and youth athletes.

  • Team cracks eggs for science

    Illinois researchers assess the factors that a bird must overcome to pierce a foreign egg and remove it from its nest. The study is relevant to the hosts of avian brood parasites, which lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.

  • Muon g-2 experiment strengthens evidence of new physics

    U of I scientists played leading role in paradigm-shifting experiment that found muons behave in a way that is not predicted by scientists’ best theory, the Standard model of particle physics.

  • Visiting a burn zone with undergrad Andy Sima

    Andy Sima (LAS '21) takes us to a burn zone in New Mexico, scarred land created by the 2019 Ute Park Wildfire.

  • Dosunmu declares for NBA draft

    Dosunmu accumulated the most impressive single-season list of accolades ever by an Illini player, highlighted by USA Today National Player of the Year, Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year, and consensus first-team All-American. 

  • Illinois alumna oversees NASA's Ingenuity helicopter mission

    NASA's Ingenuity helicopter recently landed on Mars along with the Perseverance Rover. Once the helicopter detaches, it will conduct several test flights on the surface, marking the first powered flights on another planet.

  • Driven by weather rather than earthquakes, meteotsunamis pop up all over the world

    Chicago Tribune (April 6)  The waves can hit the shore after a storm has cleared, making them particularly dangerous, says David Kristovich, of the U of I. 'By the time the waves reach certain locations... people are coming back to the beaches.'

  • Study links prenatal phthalate exposure to altered information processing in infants

    Most of the findings involved slower information processing among infants with higher phthalate exposure, with males more likely to be affected depending on the chemical involved and the order of information presented to the infants.

  • Kuper named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

    After two standout performances during the final weekend of the regular season - including helping to lead Illinois volleyball to a five-set victory over No. 8 Purdue on Saturday, Taylor Kuper was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

  • Four Illinois students honored with Goldwater scholarships

    Students Emmarie Alexander, Marta Cortinovis, Evan Dray and Ariel Lerman are among 410 scholars selected for Goldwater scholarships from among the 1,256 math, science and engineering students nominated by nationwide.

  • Robin Fretwell Wilson explains the interpretation of Freedom of Religion

    WGN-AM (April 4) Robin Fretwell Wilson, the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs for the University of Illinois, discusses what freedom of religion really means and related issues are that are coming before the courts.

  • New 3D microbatteries stand up to industry standard thin-film counterparts

    U of I researchers have introduced a fabrication process that builds microbatteries with thick, 3D electrodes using lithography and electrodeposition. The prototype shows the highest peak power density of any reported microbatteries.

  • Illinois Softball defeats Wisconsin in Sunday series finale

    Sydney Sickels threw her second one-hit complete game shutout of the season. Katie Wingerter hit her second home run of the season. Illinois is now 14-6 on the season following Sunday afternoon's victory in Madison.

  • Chair reveals how Altgeld Hall was once the campus seat

    The chair is a clue to Altgeld Hall’s past. It once served as the campus library and housed the presidential suite, as well as offices for the Board of Trustee, bursar, registrar, etc.  The chair was used by President Draper from 1894-1904.

  • Repeal of Clean Power Plan had economic, environmental consequences

    'We find the repeal of the CPP imposed significant economic costs and environmental damages in the form of additional greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade,' says Professor Madhu Khanna. 

  • How changing the filibuster could impact bipartisanship

    WTTW-TV (March 31) 'Before the 1960s, the filibuster was a game of exhaustion,' says Illinois Professor Gisela Sin. 'Whoever could last longer won the game. The filibuster was really onerous on both sides of the aisle.'

  • Hubble Space Telescope spots double quasars in merging galaxies

    'We estimate that in the distant universe, for every 1,000 quasars, there is one double quasar,' astronomer Yue Shen said. 'So finding these double quasars is like finding a needle in a haystack.'

  • Tim McCarthy: From walk-on to starter to American hero

    Illini football letterman Tim McCarthy has earned the title of 'hero.' Nearly a decade after his playing days, on March 30, 1981, McCarthy took a bullet in defense of President Ronald Reagan.

  • Illinois composer's new work depicts pandemic experience

    'Beethoven would depict thunderstorms along the banks of a creek. Now we could depict the molecular dynamics of water,' says composer Stephen Andrew Taylor. 'It’s a modern updating of a very ancient musical representation.'

  • The secret to good health is no secret. So why is it so hard to achieve?

    HealthDay News (March 31) – 'Most of these steps require a great deal of self-regulation and self-control,' says U of I professor Dolores Albarracín. 'It’s going to get a vaccine, where you can do it and forget about it for a year.'

  • Connecting a virus to cancer – in sea lions

    'To say the images made us pathologists excited is an understatement. It was a eureka moment that was a long time in the making.'

  • For 25th year, iSchool at Illinois ranked number one

    U.S. News & World Report has once again named the iSchool the top graduate school for library and information studies, based on national rankings of accredited master's degree programs. The iSchool has held the top spot since 1996. 

  • Montsi named Big Ten Athlete of the Week, second time this season

    Siphosothando Montsi was named Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week. Montsi went undefeated in singles and doubles in Illinois' wins over No. 25 Michigan and Michigan State. 

  • Illinois college campuses make plans for in-class learning this fall

    The Center Square (March 29)  U. of I. has announced plans to restore in-person learning for the majority of classes. And a paper co-written by U. of I. business faculty shows that rapid bulk-testing for COVID-19 is a key to reopening campuses.

  • Partisan media sites may not sway opinions, but erode trust in mainstream press

    Increased exposure to partisan media online may have little effect on readers’ political views, but it does undermine their trust and confidence in the mainstream press, communication professor JungHwan Yang and his co-authors found.

  • Law Prof Suja Thomas discusses jury selection in the Derek Chauvin case

    Slate (March 29) What kind of juror views were too toxic, how was it possible to find people who have never seen the video of George Floyd’s death, and why we should believe in the jury system? 

  • When danger becomes the norm

    Beirut's inhabitants face daily violence and disruptions, caused by state sanctioned neglect, violence on its people. To ethnographer Ghassan Moussawi, the city reveals how people adapt in the face of continuous danger and scarcity.