Illinois Featured Content

blog navigation

Illinois Featured Content

list of blog posts

  • Illinois college athletes can now hire agents, sign endorsement deals

    Chicago Tribune (June 29) '(Name, image and likeness) legislation represents the most dramatic, meaningful change to come to the collegiate model since the adoption of athletic scholarships back in the early 1950s,' U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman said.

  • Frequent COVID-19 testing key to efficient, early detection, study finds

    Study: The chance of detecting the COVID-19 virus increases with more frequent testing, no matter the type of test. Used every 3 days with rapid reporting, both polymerase chain reaction and antigen tests can achieve 98% sensitivity.

  • Illini to host Notre Dame in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    2021 Big Ten/ACC Men's Basketball Challenge pairings have been announced, with Illinois set to host Notre Dame on Nov. 29. Illinois was victorious in its most recent Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest, has a 9-13 all-time record in the Challenge.

  • How do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife?

    'Fireworks can incite flight responses and disorientation in (birds)... In one documented example, birds flew so far out to sea that there was no possibility they would be able to make the return trip,' writes Professor Sam Sander.

  • Consistent bedtime routines in infancy improve children's sleep habits through age 2

    Consistent bedtime routines and activities such as reading books and cuddling with caregivers beginning when infants are 3 months old promote better sleep habits through age 2, a recent study suggests.

  • Illini athletes dominate Team USA roster for Tokyo Paralympics

    18 Illini have been chosen to represent Team USA in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, and that number could rise as the women's wheelchair basketball team has not yet been selected.

  • The red-hot Illinois real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down

    The Center Square (June 25) 'It is going to take a while before we see a significant contribution from new construction to add to the inventory and therefore reduce some of the pressure,' U of I Professor Geoffrey Hewings says.

  • Inside Nature's Fury

    They had reached the eye of the storm. Above them, the sky was open and blue and clear and quiet. Around them, the angry clouds formed angled walls... Below them, the waves of the ocean grew to huge swells - a frenzy of whitecaps and sea spray.

  • Illinois honored with Purple Heart University designation

    The University of Illinois has been designated as a Purple Heart university, awarded by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, because of the university's longstanding commitment to military veterans.

     

  • How to save Major League Baseball from itself

    South Side Sox (June 25) Illinois professor Alan Nathan, the world’s foremost authority on the physics of baseball, discusses spin and goo gunk, the characteristics of the baseball and his ideas for meaningful, fun metrics.

  • Combining three techniques boosts brain-imaging precision

    Researchers report that they have developed a method to combine three brain-imaging techniques to more precisely capture the timing and location of brain responses to a stimulus. 

  • Eight named Preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele

    Eight Fighting Illini football players were named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten teams, led by first-team selections for LB Jake Hansen and OLB Owen Carney Jr. Hansen was also picked as a Preseason All-American by Phil Steele.

  • Dosunmu, Howell named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year

    Ayo Dosunmu captures the Eddleman Award for the second year in a row. Olivia Howell is the first athlete in school history to win both Eddleman and Illini Freshman of the Year awards in the same season. 

  • Researchers report breakthrough in quest for renewable carbon-based fuels

    Researchers report that small quantities of useful molecules such as hydrocarbons are produced when carbon dioxide and water react in the presence of light and a silver nanoparticle catalyst.

  • Downward U.S. jobless claims trend stalls out

    The Wall Street Journal (June 24) 'We have reallocation happening, where most of the people who are coming back to work are searching for a new employer, potentially changing occupation or industry. That process is a lot slower,' says Eliza Forsythe.

  • Olivia Howell, Anthony Curbelo voted Illinois Freshmen of the Year

     Olivia Howell (track & field) and Andre Curbelo (basketball) have been named winners of the annual award, presented to the top female and male freshman competing for the Fighting Illini. 

  • DNAzymes could outperform protein enzymes for genetic engineering

    Move over, gene-editing proteins – there’s a smaller, cheaper, more specific genetic engineering tool on the block: DNAzymes – small DNA molecules that can function like protein enzymes.

  • Cancer survivors' tongues less sensitive to tastes than those of healthy peers

    Study finds that head and neck cancer survivors’ tongues are less sensitive at the tip, and problems with taste dysfunction may persist for years after patients complete oncology treatments.

  • Are generous unemployment benefits to blame for worker shortages?

    '...post-pandemic, people don’t want to work at low-quality jobs anymore. With employers everywhere looking to quickly rehire, workers have some leverage and they’re using it to temporarily stay out of the labor market in certain industries.'

  • Nowlin, Carr earn Big Ten Medal of Honor

    Tristyn Nowlin (golf) and Mike Carr (wrestling) have been selected as 2021 recipients of the prestigious Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor for excellence on and off the field throughout their college careers.

  • U. of I. requires vaccinations for all students returning to campuses this fall

    Chicago Sun-Times (June 21) U of I has been praised for its stringent COVID-19 protocols that led to no hospitalizations or deaths on the Urbana-Champaign campus in the fall with a positivity rate below 1%. 

  • New modeling shows greater likelihood of extreme heat events in urban areas

    Urban heat waves can be devastating; a 1995 heat wave in Chicago caused more than 1,000 deaths. Last year’s heat wave on the west coast caused wildfires. But if cities fully understand their risk, they can prepare better.

  • A midnight horse ride, a powerful orator, and breaking ground for Altgeld Hall

    '[John Peter Altgeld] wanted all the boys and girls of the state to have the same educational opportunities as the children of the wealthy,' wrote former U of I President Andrew Draper, who served when Altgeld was governor.

  • Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year nominees

    Illinois has announced its nominees for Dike Eddleman male and female Athlete of the Year. Here is a look at the top achievements from the most accomplished Fighting Illini athletes this year. 

  • In pursuit of Indiana bats

    'My role at this site is to attach temperature-sensitive radio tags to reproductive female Indiana bats. We’ll use these tags to track the bats to roost trees during the day and to monitor their body temperatures.'

  • The most effective way to thank your significant other

    The Atlantic (June 21) 'We tend to overestimate our efforts (in) a relationship and under-estimate the amount of work our partner is contributing,' says U of I's Allen Barton. His research found that showing gratitude was highly linked to marital quality.

  • A.D. Josh Whitman presents the state of Illinois Athletics

    Outlining the past year from COVID to social justice to Name/Image/Likeness to in-state gambling, he emphasized what matters most to him: the student-athletes, coaches, and staff at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

  • Is reconciliation realistic?

    Historians warn that deep-seated racial divides in America make political healing a challenging path.

  • Working, post-COVID: Hybrid workforce may not be the panacea after all

    Forbes (June 17) A consensus seems to be coalescing around a greater mixture of home- and office-based work. A U. of I. study found that having control over the work-life boundary can buffer the spikes in stress often caused by work-life balance issues.

  • Illini Football’s 2022 0pener moved to Week 0 vs. Wyoming

    Illinois will play during Week 0 in back-to-back seasons, as the Illini are scheduled to open the 2021 season on Aug. 28 against Nebraska on FOX - the first kickoff in college football in 2021.

  • Why is the Village of Franklin Park putting beehives atop its municipal building?

    Chicago Tribune (June 15) 'There is a lack of habitat and there are many insecticides out there that are toxic to bees,' says Richard Hentschel, a U. of I. Extension horticulture educator. 

  • U of I Feed Technology Center completed, online

    The state-of-the-art processing and sensor technologies will deliver standard and specialized small-batch research diets, as well as unparalleled hands-on educational opportunities for students across the College of ACES.  

  • Grandison named to Finnish National basketball team

    'My commitment to be the best I can be will continue with training in Helsinki and culminating with competition in Japan. I'm excited to get a taste of international basketball while still in college, and then apply those lessons next season to help our team...'

  • Are the ultrawealthy breaking the law in avoiding taxes?

    The ultrawealthy aren’t breaking the law in avoiding taxes, but public outrage over their financial legerdemain could prompt legislators to consider an annual wealth tax, says tax policy expert Richard L. Kaplan.

  • Found in Translation

    How the University of Illinois and the local Q’anjob’al-speaking Mayan community are discovering ways to communicate.

  • Are we experiencing another unaccompanied child 'crisis' at the southern US border?

    The issue of unaccompanied migrant children at the southern U.S. border has embroiled the previous three presidential administrations because there’s no easy solution to the problem, says law professor Lauren Aronson.

  • Nine Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grants

    Nine U of I students and recent graduates have been offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe this coming year. 

  • Illinois’ Dumont de Chassart competes at Arnold Palmer Cup

    The 2021 Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Year competed for Team International in a hard-fought battle vs. Team USA at the 25th Arnold Palmer Cup held this weekend.

  • Big Ten announces 2021 volleyball schedule

    The Big Ten will be again competing in a 20-match conference schedule, with the Illini playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once (three home and three away).

  • Illinois opens 100% capacity for 2021-22 sports season

    The State of Illinois moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, allowing the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics to announce 100% capacity for the 2021-22 sports season.

  • Passes for 22nd annual Ebertfest now on sale

    Festival passes cover all of the screenings during the festival, which runs September 8-11 at the Virginia Theatre, a restored downtown Champaign movie palace, with related talks and panel discussions at other Champaign or University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign venues. 

  • Cholesterol metabolite induces production of cancer-promoting vesicles

    Molecular and integrative physiology professor Erik Nelson and his colleagues found that a byproduct of cholesterol metabolism causes some immune cells to spew out cancer-promoting signals.

  • Religion receives $1 million to establish program in Jain studies

    The Department of Religion is receiving $1 million from a group of donors to establish Jainism as a course of study. It’s the largest gift that the department has ever received.

  • Alumna with a passion for national forests challenges students to seek adventure

    With a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a love for adventure, Nora Rasure’s life and career have been nothing short of exciting. 

  • Why do we need a health care equity law?

    The Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act has potential to address health disparities and foster health equity through provisions, says Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall.

  • Solar farms could double as pollinator food supplies

    Ars Technica (Boston, June 8) – A team of researchers looked at pairing solar energy production with pollinator habitats.

  • Track & field members prepare for NCAA Outdoor Championships

    Three members of the University of Illinois track and field squad will travel to Eugene, Oregon to take part in the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. 

  • Children's book by Illinois students teaches third graders about engineering

    “Jenny Saves a Convertible,” the first book from the program to be published, teaches third-grade students about automotive design and engineering.

  • Beneficial arthropods find winter sanctuary in uncultivated field edges

    U. of I. entomology professor Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and former doctoral student Scott Clem found that field edges with a diversity of plants help keep pest species populations in check.

  • Men's Golf concludes season in NCAA quarterfinal battle

    The Illini men's golf team fell in a hard-fought battle with the No. 4-seeded and top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship