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  • The criminal character

    The poor may be punished more frequently, severely for their crimes, but a new study finds that when it comes to evaluating the moral character of those who have committed crimes, the wealthy are judged more harshly than the poor.

  • ‘Wait and see’ is an unsatisfying – but accurate – way to present election results

    The Conversation (Nov. 3) 'Telling kids on Christmas Eve that they have to be patient to find out what gifts they receive doesn’t make them happy. The same idea didn’t make many adults happy on election night 2020, either,' writes Professor John Murphy.

  • How will crops cope with changing climate? 30 years of experiments simulate future

    This review of 30 years of data portends a less optimistic future than the authors’ previously thought. 'There are likely genetic solutions, should society decide to act on these—however, time is short,' said co-author and UIUC professor Stephen Long. 

  • COVID-19 testing locations, hours for fall, winter break

    On-campus testing will continue to be available throughout Fall Break, the rest of the Fall semester and Winter Break. But be sure to check the testing location page or your Safer Illinois app before heading to your usual location.

  • November Dance performed on new set, livestreamed

    Performers at the November Dance concert will dance for the first time on a new set, but most of their audience will watch on screens rather than in person.

  • Women’s sports pioneer Karol Kahrs passes away

    "Dr. Kahrs was a pioneer and transformational leader in establishing...women's collegiate athletics at the U of I, in the Big Ten, and nationally," Athletics Director Josh Whitman said. '(Her) contributions to the Fighting Illini cannot be overstated.'

  • Breonna Taylor grand juror remarks underscore system unfairness, say critics

    The Hill (Nov. 1) 'Because prosecutors have such a large influence over the grand jury, the likelihood that the grand jury is going to go do things that the prosecutor doesn’t want them to do, is, in most cases, very small,' says Professor Andrew Leipold.

  • Illini will play at Duke in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    Pairings for the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been determined, and the Fighting Illini highlight one of the marquee matchups in this year's event. Illinois will play at Duke on Tuesday, Dec. 8. 

  • Apply now! Early action deadline November 15

    Freshman applicants can apply to UIUC in one of two ways: myIllini or Coalition. We don't give preference based on application type. Transfer applicants can only apply through myIllini.

  • The 100 year history of the Altgeld Chimes

    The path from an idea to the installation of the Altgeld Chimes was long and full of detours, but the generosity of Fighting Illini classes of 1914 to 1921 created one of the campus's most beloved traditions.

  • Academy executive featured in Ebert Symposium on media representation

    Christine Simmons, the chief operating officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, oversees its equity and inclusion initiative and has been involved with rule changes governing the Oscars.

  • SCOTUS should not muck around in state election laws. It's dangerous, destabilizing

    New York Tiems (Oct. 28) The prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court taking action with respect to state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing, write Vikram Amar, the dean of the College of Law at Illinois, and two co-authors.

  • Decadeslong effort revives ancient oak woodland

    Thanks to a dedicated team that focused on rooting up invasive plants and periodically burning, seeding native plants and culling deer, the forest again resembles its ancient self, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE.

  • KAM hosts retrospective of experimental photographer, book artist Bea Nettles

    'Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory' explores the 50-year career of the artist, who is well-known for her experimental use of photographic techniques and blending of craft and photography.

  • Corporations directing our attention online more than we realize

    Illinois media professor Harsh Taneja found that corporations 'nudge' our attention and browsing behavior on the internet in numerous ways, often hidden or beyond our control.

  • Copolymer helps remove pervasive PFAS toxins from environment

    'The process not only removes these dangerous contaminants, but also destroys them simultaneously using electrochemical reactions at the opposite electrode, making the overall system highly energy-efficient,' says Professor Xiao Su.

  • Dosunmu: CBS Sports Preseason First-Team All-American

    '...Dosunmu opting to return to campus to give Illinois its best outlook in a decade-plus might be the best,' according to the CBS Sports article. 'The heady, athletic, fearless lead guard has Illini fans dreaming of a Final Four.'

  • Alum Michael Hopkins commands the SpaceX Crew Dragon, launching on Halloween

    KYTV-TV (Oct. 27) 

  • Metropolitan farming offers surprise opportunities for U of I junior

    'Since joining this project, I’ve seen a lot more articles about different types of urban farms and a lot more opportunities in this area than I ever imagined,' ACES junior Maggie Furr says. 

  • Did the presidential debates matter?

    Two experts in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences say debates are highly effective with undecided voters - if there are any.

  • Politics aside, market forces mean fossil fuels will get phased out

    Washington Post (Oct. 26) 'The Republicans are intentionally ignoring that fact because they want fossil fuel supporters to think it’s the Democrats that are against them, not just impersonal market forces,’ says U. of I. economist Don Fullerton.

  • Rare Book and Manuscript Library event explores history of witchcraft

    The webinar will include discussions of the many materials related to European witchcraft in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s collection, including an account of the 1612 Lancashire witch trials in England.

  • Sapora Symposium: Lou Henson's work to integrate collegiate sports

    Wednesday's panel discussion of legendary coach Lou Henson will include his family members and colleagues. The theme of this year's Sapora Symposium is Sports and Social Justice.

  • Instability of school re-openings taking a toll on students' ability to learn, mental health

    Axios (Oct. 26) 'In hindsight, we can say it would have been better to go all-remote,' says U of I professor of education policy Jon Hale. 'But there was so much (social and political) pressure to open.'

  • Illinois looks to keep the cannon Saturday vs. Purdue

    The Illinois football team kicks off its home schedule Saturday with the Battle for the Cannon against Purdue. Big Ten Network will carry the television broadcast at 11 a.m. CT.

  • Racial disparity in jobless aid grows as Congress stalls on COVID-19 stimulus

    USA Today (Oct. 22) 'For Black workers, it’s gotten worse as the pandemic has dragged on. They’ve been less likely to bounce back and find jobs than other groups,' says Eliza Forsythe, a labor economist and professor at Illinois.

  • Illinois Football uniforms to promote social justice awareness

    The players have been active in the area of social justice since returning to campus this summer, and these uniform changes are another example of their continued advocacy for social change. 

  • Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality, researchers report

    A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical, chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the nanostructures that help cicada wings repel water and prevent bacteria from establishing on the surface.

  • Paper: Congress must clarify limits of gene-editing technologies

    How the next Congress decides to handle the issues related to editing human sperm and eggs will affect the science, ethics and financing of genomic editing for decades to come, writes law professor Jacob S. Sherkow.

  • Robots deciding their next move need help prioritizing

    Researchers used a model based on the game Capture the Flag to develop a new take on deep reinforcement learning that helps robots evaluate their next move.

  • Illini Football travels to No. 14 Wisconsin for 2020 opener

    The Illinois football team begins its 2020 season Friday evening (7 p.m., BTN) at Wisconsin, the first game of the season for any Big Ten teams.

  • Illinois announces changes to spring academic calendar

    Spring semester classes at Illinois will begin a week later in 2021. The semester will not include a spring break, but classes will not be held on three midweek days.

  • Concert series celebrates Altgeld Chimes' centennial

    For 100 years, the Altgeld Chimes have provided a soundtrack for the Urbana campus. Starting Oct. 25, a weeklong series of concerts will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the chimes, with a special livestreamed concert Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.

  • The tricky business of coronavirus testing on college campuses

    National Public Radio (Oct. 16) And education reporter's weekslong road trip to get an up-close view of how colleges across the U.S. are handling the pandemic comes to Urbana-Champaign.

  • Where and when to vote on campus

    On-Campus Early Voting starts Monday, October 19, and runs through Monday, November 2. You can also vote at campus locations on Election Day, November 3.

  • Delivering the vote

    How the Civil War shaped mail-in voting today: It was complicated then, and it's complicated now.

  • Octopus-inspired sucker transfers thin, delicate tissue grafts and biosensors

    Seeking a way to quickly pick up and release the thin, delicate sheets of cells or electronics without damaging them, the researchers turned to the octopus for inspiration.

  • Exercise and nutrition regimen benefits physical, cognitive health

    Psychology professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues designed a 12-week exercise and nutrition intervention that enhanced physical and cognitive performance in active-duty Air Force airmen.

  • Zoom around the world!

    Illinois has global reach and is a destination for scholars from every continent. These educational, cultural, and recreational events will explore the cultures, languages, and Illini found around the globe.

  • Finding one elusive bird

    Illinois Natural History Survey assistant ornithologist Anastasia Rahlin conducted field surveys in Volo Bog State Natural Area, and her efforts paid off with the discovery of a king rail, a water bird that blends in well with its surroundings.

  • A proposed change to Illinois' income tax is mired in conflicting rhetoric

    Illinois Times (Oct. 15) Opponents say the tax change would lead to higher income taxes across income levels. U of I's David Merriman says that's probably not so.  'Changes to personal income tax rates just aren’t that common.'

  • Prominent documentary filmmakers featured in Ebert Symposium

    Kirby Dick, Sacha Jenkins and Dawn Porter have had films aired or streamed on CNN, HBO, Netflix, PBS and Showtime, among other venues. Three documentary filmmakers on the Illinois faculty will also be on the panel.

  • Distracted learning a big problem, golden opportunity for educators, students

    Although experts say using electronic media while doing schoolwork negatively impacts learning, many students believe they’re immune to any ill effects because they’re good multitaskers, says Professor Shelly Schmidt.

  • Illinois may consider lowering the compulsory school age to 5

    The Center Square (Oct. 12) – Christopher Span, a professor of education policy, organization, and leadership at Illinois, says not offering early education to five-year-olds widens opportunity gaps that will eventually manifest as achievement gaps. 

  • FYI: It's technically illegal to take a selfie with your ballot in Illinois

    Time Out Chicago (Oct. 9) – 'The idea that any state would ban taking photos of a ballot like that is to make sure it’s hard to show someone how you voted and to (sell votes),' says U of I political science professor Brian Gaines.

  • U of I professor part of Latino baseball project, book for Smithsonian

    Adrian Burgos Jr. is a co-author of a new book, “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” about baseball’s role in Latino culture in the U.S. The book is part of a collection project organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

  • College of Media's largest gift establishes Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation

    'Now more than ever there is a critical need for good, solid, objective journalism in this country.  We are encouraged our contribution will help create the highest level of learning for the next generation of journalists...' said Rich and Leslie Frank. 

  • Check off that Gen Ed requirement! Register now

    Courses are taught by Illinois faculty and are offered to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students and non-degree students from around the globe.

  • Unearthing an uncommon, burrowing snake

    Kirtland’s snakes were once widespread in Illinois, but now are listed as a threatened species. With more than 99% of Illinois’ natural prairies lost to agriculture and urban development, these snakes struggle to maintain their current populations.

  • Should the Senate conduct Supreme Court hearing amid pandemic, election season?

    There is no election-year exception to the process the Constitution creates for the nomination of individuals to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, says law professor Jason Mazzone.