blog posts Illinois theatre season reimagines the American story Oct 7, 2021 12:45 pm1064 views The theatre department will feature a diverse group of playwrights in its 2021-22 season. Wu earns NIH Director's New Innovator Award Oct 5, 2021 9:45 am3662 views Biochemistry professor Nicholas Wu has received a 2021 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. His project aims to understand how antibodies interact with their targets. Media advisory: Kevin Leicht to testify before congressional subcommittee about disinformation Sep 27, 2021 11:45 am408 views Sociology professor Kevin Leicht to testify before congressional subcommittee about the effects of social media disinformation in fomenting distrust of scientists, particularly in regard to COVID-19 vaccines. Siebel Center for Design is open for exploration Sep 22, 2021 11:00 am1346 views Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus opened for business in early August. The multidisciplinary hub of student-focused design thinking and learning was established by a $25 million lead gift from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Center for Advanced Study initiative looks at 'infodemic,' how to combat misinformation Sep 22, 2021 8:30 am704 views The CAS initiative will bring together experts to discuss misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and conspiracy theories. New BTN documentary 'Cold War: Illinois Stories' premieres Sept. 29 Sep 22, 2021 8:00 am976 views A new 30-minute-long documentary tells four separate stories of individuals or programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that were either affected by harsh Cold War politics and their destructive aftermath or, in one segment, shed light on a government film studio dedicated to Cold War propaganda. “Cold War: Illinois Stories” premieres Sept. 29 at 7 a.m. CDT on the Big Ten Network. Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal Fischer Sep 15, 2021 9:30 am695 views “Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics” features his well-known photographic series focused on gay life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as his early work as an Illinois student. CAS, McKinley Foundation hosting art exhibit, presentation about transgender older adults Sep 14, 2021 1:15 pm380 views “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” documents the life stories of transgender older adults through photographs and interviews. Class of 2025 sets enrollment records Sep 8, 2021 10:15 am17037 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign freshman enrollment of 8,303 for the 2021-22 academic year is a record. The new class brings total student enrollment to 56,299, the largest in university history. Krannert Art Museum retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorial Aug 31, 2021 11:00 am859 views “A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing” is the first retrospective of Fishman’s works on paper, and features many works of art that have never been shown. Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns Aug 26, 2021 12:00 pm736 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, also known as “Ebertfest,” has been rescheduled to April out of concern for a spike in COVID-19 variants in the state. The Virginia Theatre in Champaign will automatically transfer all pass and seat reservations for the event to the new dates, and refunds are available to those who cannot attend the rescheduled event. Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honorees named for 2021, 2020 Aug 26, 2021 8:00 am2044 views Sixteen civil service employees – eight this year and eight in 2020 – at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were recognized for exceptional performance with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award. ELLNORA guitar festival marks Krannert Center's return to in-person performances Aug 25, 2021 12:00 pm790 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature influential guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles. The festival will take place on a smaller scale than in past years. Ebertfest announces first films and guests, COVID-19 protocols Aug 18, 2021 8:00 am713 views The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” announced some of its films and guests for the 2021 event and shared updated COVID-19 safety protocols for the festival. Patton named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean Jul 28, 2021 10:15 am3201 views Venetria K. Patton will become the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 2, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Patton is currently the head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. University of Illinois receives APLU award for COVID-19 testing program Jul 1, 2021 2:00 pm2503 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received the inaugural Research Response to Community Crisis Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for its COVID-19 testing program. U of I to host new virtual summer camp for high schoolers diagnosed with autism May 5, 2021 12:15 pm1347 views The University of Illinois is offering a virtual summer camp called I Ready for high schoolers diagnosed with autism so that prospective students can learn about college life and the resources that are available on campus. Vaccine study now open for student enrollment Mar 22, 2021 11:15 am3322 views Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April 1. Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite COVID-19 pandemic Mar 16, 2021 10:00 am2469 views Recent University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates still found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years – despite the global pandemic. The sixth annual Illini Success report was released today. University to hold stage-crossing experience for 2020, 2021 graduates Mar 9, 2021 10:00 am7684 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is planning an in-person individual, private stage-crossing experience for 2020 and 2021 graduates May 10–17. Graduates may register for a time slot to cross a stage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while their name is announced. COVID-19 safety protocols will apply. University among top producers of Fulbright US Student Awards Mar 3, 2021 3:15 pm1963 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, as announced recently by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. University updates COVID-19 dashboard to enhance transparency Feb 26, 2021 12:30 pm737 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign updated its COVID-19 dashboard to add more data points and greater detail. Krannert Art Museum acquisitions showcase Native American artists Feb 24, 2021 12:15 pm1348 views Krannert Art Museum has acquired work by celebrated Native American artists – a painter, a glass artist and Pueblo potters – that will help present the history of contemporary Native American art. Carle Illinois College of Medicine granted provisional accreditation Feb 22, 2021 9:00 am3917 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health, has been granted provisional accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Provisional accreditation affirms that a medical school meets nationally accepted standards of educational quality and can move forward with plans to build a sustainable medical education program. EU Day online features Swedish ambassador, hip-hop artist, Greek tragedy Feb 17, 2021 11:45 am510 views European Union Day at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is online this year, with Sweden’s ambassador to the U.S. speaking on gender equality and a Swedish hip-hop artist discussing racial concerns. EU Day will also include a U.K.-based theater performance of an ancient Greek play focused on refugees. Campus tops 1 million COVID-19 tests Dec 15, 2020 9:00 am761 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has administered its millionth saliva-based COVID-19 test since initiating a broader management program last summer. A number of other institutions are in the process of implementing the university’s innovative testing procedure. Five Urbana-Champaign faculty members honored as University Scholars Dec 10, 2020 1:15 pm4524 views Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Reinstallation of KAM's ancient Andean art collection will show artistic exchange between cultures Dec 9, 2020 8:45 am535 views An interdisciplinary group of scholars is researching Krannert Art Museum’s ancient Andean collection in preparation for a major reinstallation. Illinois joins Age-Friendly University Global Network Dec 7, 2020 8:15 am992 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has joined the Age-Friendly University Global Network, a consortium of universities dedicated to promoting “an inclusive approach to healthy and active aging.” Revised process to speed on-campus COVID-19 testing Dec 4, 2020 2:00 pm3504 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is introducing a revision to make its COVID-19-testing process faster and more efficient, with fewer invalid or inconclusive results and less plastic waste. University releases Native American imagery implementation plan Dec 4, 2020 10:00 am1474 views A plan to address issues related to Native American imagery on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus was released by Chancellor Robert Jones. Enrollment open for study comparing COVID-19 testing methods Nov 18, 2020 12:00 pm2072 views Students, faculty members and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are asked to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure or a positive test now have the opportunity to participate in a study that will help inform the national effort to manage the pandemic. Three Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 18, 2020 8:45 am3329 views Three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. It is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence, from 2009-2019. The highly cited Illinois researchers this year are: materials science and engineering professor Axel Hoffmann, crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen Long, and plant biology professor Donald Ort. November Dance performed on new set, livestreamed Nov 4, 2020 8:00 am969 views November Dance will feature one piece presented each evening Nov. 5-8 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and online. Academy executive featured in Ebert Symposium on media representation Oct 29, 2020 9:30 am492 views The chief operating officer for the academy that awards the Oscars will be a featured guest for a discussion of inclusion and equity in the media, part of this year’s online Ebert Symposium. Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of experimental photographer, book artist Bea Nettles Oct 29, 2020 8:45 am814 views “Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory” explores the 50-year career of artist Bea Nettles, who is well-known for her experimental use of photographic techniques and blending of craft and photography. Illinois announces changes to spring academic calendar Oct 20, 2020 10:00 am12971 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is adjusting its 2021 spring calendar to help maintain instruction during the pandemic. Classes will start a week later than scheduled and while there will be no spring break, three days without classes will be added. Students planning to attend classes in person will be required to return early for COVID-19 on-campus testing. Concert series celebrates Altgeld Chimes' centennial Oct 19, 2020 12:30 pm1526 views A special concert on the 100th anniversary of the Altgeld Chimes’ dedication will feature music from that first performance. Prominent documentary filmmakers featured in Ebert Symposium Oct 14, 2020 9:30 am859 views Three prominent documentary filmmakers who’ve tackled subjects ranging from biography and history to sexual assault and hip-hop will be featured guests for an online Ebert Symposium discussion, “Documentary Film and Social Change,” on Oct. 22. 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. Maryland university president featured in inaugural 'A Great Conversation' Oct 6, 2020 10:00 am776 views Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a national leader in academic innovation and inclusive excellence, will join University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert J. Jones on Oct. 12 for the first of a planned series of public conversations with prominent figures from multiple disciplines to discuss critical societal issues and solutions. 2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media Oct 1, 2020 8:45 am592 views Films and the media industry in changing times will be the subject of this year’s online Ebert Symposium, on Oct. 8 and two later dates, with filmmakers, media professionals and academics part of the discussion. Participants will explore the effects of the pandemic, the racial justice movement and other factors on the media industry, documentary filmmaking and media representation. 'Pressing Issues' at Krannert Art Museum shows WPA printmakers' thoughts on social justice Sep 24, 2020 12:15 pm662 views An exhibition of WPA prints shows how artists addressed social issues that remain relevant today. Illinois enrollment remains above 50,000 Sep 9, 2020 10:00 am13596 views Greater demand for online graduate programs pushed the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s 2020 enrollment to a record 52,331. In addition to delivering fall semester instruction as a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses, the university developed unique safety measures including a saliva-based COVID-19 test. Black girls create a space of their own in 'Homemade, With Love' exhibition at KAM Aug 25, 2020 11:30 am1552 views A Krannert Art Museum exhibition includes artwork by local middle school girls as well as prominent Black female artists. Illinois performing arts adapt teaching for fall classes Aug 24, 2020 2:45 pm1503 views The University of Illinois dance, music and theatre departments have found creative solutions to offer in-person classes in safe ways. University working to contain predicted increase in on-campus COVID-19 cases Aug 21, 2020 10:15 am19355 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will employ detailed plans to address the expected initial increase in COVID-19 positive cases through the next several weeks. Modified in-person instruction begins Monday. Data models developed by Illinois faculty members forecast that new cases will decline after the first few weeks of the semester and the daily positivity rate will remain low throughout. Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19 Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm85440 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff. Safer Illinois app available for faculty members, staff, students Aug 13, 2020 10:00 am4216 views An app that provides personalized coronavirus information and testing status for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members, staff and students who intend to enter university facilities this fall is available for download by iPhone and Android users. 2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September Aug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1630 views The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19. COVID-19 briefing: Homegrown models inform university's safety measures Aug 7, 2020 1:45 pm1578 views When classes resume Aug. 24, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will enlist a program that includes COVID-19 target, test and tell protocols and employs a saliva-based testing method. The program’s design relied heavily on a team of researchers’ predictions of how different variables might help mitigate the spread of the virus. Two of those researchers discussed their work in a recent online briefing.