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  • October 3 - 9

    See the calendar of events for Homecoming Week, culminating in Illinois Football vs Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 9.

  • Volleyball opens Big Ten play with hard-fought five set win at Iowa

    Illini Volleyball's victory over Iowa marks the eighth-straight season the team has won its league opener, but it took five sets -- and a lot of grit.

  • The people who never could work from home during the pandemic

    The New York Times (Sept. 22) U of I economist Eliza Forsythe: 'All of these types of jobs where you’re not sitting at a computer – that’s what’s really been the backbone for allowing the rest of the economy to go remote.'

  • DNA sensor quickly determines whether viruses are infectious

    A new sensor can detect not only whether a virus is present, but whether it’s infectious – an important distinction for containing viral spread.

  • Watch the new BTN documentary 'Cold War: Illinois Stories'

    Four separate stories of individuals or programs at the U of I that were either affected by harsh Cold War politics or, in one segment, shed light on a government film studio dedicated to Cold War propaganda. 

  • Center for Advanced Study initiative looks at 'infodemic,' how to combat misinformation

    The Center for Advanced Study will bring together experts to discuss misinformation, disinformation, 'fake news' and conspiracy theories in a yearlong initiative, 'Conspiracy, Misinformation and the Infodemic.'

  • Jackson named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week

    Goalkeeper Naomi Jackson was named Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesda. She recorded 13 saves on 35 shots faced against No.21 Michigan, tying an Illinois record for most saves in a game by a freshman.

  • Many pet food companies developing insect-based alternatives for dogs, cats

    Washington Post (Sept. 21) Crickets, fly larvae are as digestible as traditional meat, provide comparable protein, plus amino acids and minerals, says U of I's Kelly Swanson. 'With pets, 10% of protein coming from insects adds up, sustainability-wise.'

  • Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful?

    The new vaccination requirements for the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the OSHA mandate is on shakier legal ground, says labor relations expert Michael LeRoy.

  • Illini Volleyball opens Big Ten play at Iowa on Wednesday

    After finishing its nonconference portion of the schedule at 8-3 - the best start to a season since starting the 2018 season at 14-0 - the Illini look to continue their success as they head into Big Ten Conference play this week. 

  • What has been the impact of the Washington Football Team's name change?

    The changes in the past year in the use of Native American imagery in sports and elsewhere have been unprecedented, said Jay Rosenstein, a Center for Advanced Study professor of media and cinema studies.

  • Tiny porous crystals change the shape of water to speed up chemical reactions

    Illinois researchers now understand how water molecules assemble and change shape in some settings, revealing a new strategy to speed up chemical reactions critical to industry and environmental sustainability.

  • Ultrathin self-healing polymers create new, sustainable water-resistant coatings

    Illinois researchers have developed a new ultrathin waterproof coating with self-healing abilities that may help steam power plants run more efficiently in the future.

  • Antibodies from original strain COVID-19 infection don't bind to variants, study finds

    People infected with the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 produced a consistent antibody response. However, those antibodies don’t bind well to new variants, according to a new Illinois study.

  • Illinois collaborates to launch $25 million digital agriculture initiative

    Illinois researchers will be part of the newly-announced Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS). The new Center will work to leverage digital solutions and techniques for understanding how plants interact and communicate.

  • Class of 2025 sets enrollment records

    The totals include 5,835 new students from 92 Illinois conties, the  most in-state students in 10 years. More than 20% are from underrepresented groups, and more than 20% are first generation students.

  • Things to look for in college career services

    U.S. News & World Report (Sept. 14) At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Life + Career Design Lab encourages students to develop professional goals and find internships.

  • Driving partnership between Siebel Center for Design and Illini Solar Car

    The Siebel Center for Design is sharing what the new, human-centered design space can offer its occupants and visitors.

  • Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal Fischer

    A retrospective of the work of photographer Hal Fischer, an Illinois alumnus, showcases the scope of his career and examines his development as an artist.

  • Illinois journeys: The future is bright

    As a senior in high school, Michael watched his older brother experience life at Illinois and knew it was the place for him, too

  • Study provides basis to evaluate food subsectors' emissions of three greenhouse gases

    A new, location-specific agricultural greenhouse gas emission study is the first to account for net carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions from all subsectors related to food production and consumption. 

  • Illinois at Purdue set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 25

    The Illinois football game at Purdue on Sept. 25 is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network.

  • Beyond CA Gov's recall vote: Case for legislative reform instead of judicial intervention

    Verdict (Sept. 10) 'It is pretty clear that courts aren’t going to insert themselves...into the California gubernatorial recall process. But that doesn’t mean the process shouldn’t be reformed,' writes College of Law Dean Vikram Amar.

  • Is the future of agriculture digital?

    Crop sciences professor Stephen Moose and his colleagues aim to develop crops that can communicate with – and receive signals from – digital information-processing systems.

  • Two alums shed light on the Black experience on Rt. 66

    Gina Lathan (AHS ’20) and Stacy Grundy (ACES ’10) opened Route History, a tourist destinations in Springfield gives visitors a different perspective on the Mother Road as well as a look into the history of Black struggle and success in the state capital.

  • TV's scariest setting right now? The wellness retreat

    Yahoo (Sept. 8) 'In horror, there is always a safe space that one is trying to get to – like a cabin in the woods or a small town,' says U of I horror-genre expert Jim Hansen. 'Then, it’s always revealed as the most unsafe space.'

  • Earthlike planets in other solar systems? Look for moons

    'If we can use this method to show there are other moons out there, then there are probably other systems similar to ours,' says researcher Siegfried Eggl. 'Other studies have shown the relationship between moons and the possibility of complex life.'

  • Big Ten Men's Basketball schedule released

    The Big Ten announced the conference basketball schedule on Wednesday afternoon, completing the 2021-22 Illinois schedule. Illinois opens league play on a Friday night, hosting Rutgers on Dec. 3.

  • How to watch Illini Football on ACC Network at Virginia

    The ACC Network is not available on Comcast Xfinity. How can I watch if my provider does not carry ACC Network?

  • New recording pairs music of Bach with works by Black composers

    Pianist Rochelle Sennet said she wants her 'Bach to Black' project to show that classical music is for everyone, regardless of race or cultural background.

  • Three colleges explain how they raised enrollments of low-income students

    Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 8) Informing students there’s financial support to enroll can make a big difference. U. of I. does that with its Illinois Commitment: “Four Years. Free Tuition” to in-state students when family income is under $67,000. 

  • New tool maps future climate costs for airlines, passengers

    Because hot air is less dense than cool air, extremely hot temperatures – typically above 118 F – can affect an airplane’s ability to generate enough lift to get off the ground. And every option for compensating adds cost.

  • How to make the most of online courses to boost your career

    Wired (Sept. 7) 'The pandemic has helped popularize...online education globally,' says U of I Professor Aric Rindfleisch. His Coursera course, Marketing in a Digital World, has enrolled more than 500,000 people from 170 countries.

  • Chancellor Jones to address the City Club of Chicago

    The Chancellor talks about the university's COVID-19 response and some highlights for Fall, including the continuing development of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, new Campus Instructional Facility, Siebel Center for Design.

  • Illini Men's Golf rallies to share title at Hoosier Collegiate

    The Fighting Illini men's golf team rallied on the back nine in the final round of the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational on Monday, catching Day 1 leader Cincinnati to secure a share of the team title at the Pfau Course at Indiana University.

  • Illini Ray Martin wins gold in men's 100-meter at Paralympics

    Martin, who has won two silver medals at the Tokyo Paralympics, won his first gold Friday in the men’s 100-meter dash.  He now has 10 total Paralympic medals.

  • Avocados change belly fat distribution in women, controlled study finds

    A diet that included an avocado a day reduced visceral belly fat in women in a randomized controlled study of adults with overweight and obesity.

  • Illini Volleyball hosts Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge this weekend

    Ilini Volleyball returns to Huff Hall to host the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge for the seventh-straight season as it welcomes in No. 11 Washington, Colorado and Iowa on Sept. 3-4. 

  • Campus visits are back!

    The best way to know if a school is for you is simply by being there. Visit and find out for yourself what it’s like to be an Illini. Here's how to sign up.

  • Exploring the remnants of an ancient forest

    Hundreds of researchers have made use of these two woodlands over the decades, and these and other natural areas owned by the U. of I. are vital to training students in ecological research.

  • Texas abortion ban opens up 'Wild West' of enforcement, critics say

    Reuters (Sept. 2) A risky way to challenge the law is to continue to provide abortions after six weeks, thereby inviting a lawsuit, and then argue that the law is unconstitutional, says Vikram Amar, the dean of the U. of I. College of Law.

  • Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus?

    Taking large or multiple doses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can cause a toxic overdose, and humans should not take forms intended for animal use, says Illinois veterinary medicine expert Dr. Jim Lowe.

  • Unified theory explains how materials transform from solids to liquids

    'Now, we have shown that these physical states, solid and liquid, can exist together in the same material, and we can explain it using one mathematical expression,' said Krutarth Kamani, a chemical and biomolecular engineering grad student at Illinois.

  • Researchers address dairy processing's environmental, sustainability issues

    A team of Illinois researchers found an economical and sustainable method to process excess dairy whey – one of the food manufacturing industry’s largest polluters.

  • Health Make-A-Thon winner targets opioid addiction prevention with new device

    Ariana Alam Mizan won the September 2020 Health Make-a-Thon. Her award-winning pill bottle cap design is now taking shape in the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois. 

  • Volleyball set to welcome back 2011 team, USA Olympians on Friday

    The 2021 home schedule kicks off this weekend, including a 10-year reunion for the Fighting Illini's 2011 National Runner-Up team, and welcoming back alums, U.S. Olympic gold medalists Michelle Bartsch, Jordyn Poulter and Erin Virtue

  • Our application for admission is open. Apply now!

    First-year applicants applying to enter college in fall 2022 can apply to Illinois in one of three different ways: through myIllini, Coalition, or the Common App. 

  • Illini Football hosts UTSA on Saturday

    The 1-0 Fighting Illini return to Memorial Stadium on Saturday to take on the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Illini are fresh off a Big Ten Conference win over Nebraska last week to kickoff the college football season.

  • Retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorial

    The first retrospective of abstract artist Louise Fishman’s works on paper is on view at Krannert Art Museum. The retrospective is an unexpected memorial to Fishman, who died one month before the exhibition opened.

  • Paper: Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editing

    Patent law could create an 'ethical thicket' that discourages access to the medically and ethically dubious practice of heritable human-genome editing, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.