blog posts Vilas Dhar: Investing in tech to create lasting social change Jan 24, 2022 10:30 am 'As we push to center technology on people, rather than products, we tap into a vast opportunity to amplify the very best of our humanity, creativity, and innovation.' Envisioning a global economy built on 'upcycling' plastics Jan 11, 2022 9:30 am 'My long-term goal in life is to help establish a global circular economy by developing plastics that are purposely created to be chemically recycled after their initial use is over,' says Illinois engineering student Edgar Mejia. Expedition Oasis: The bottom of the sea Nov 15, 2021 12:00 pm Volcanologist and geology professor Patricia Gregg takes us with her on the deep ocean sub, Alvin, to investigate a volcanic ridge on the bottom of the sea floor. Translating the science of climate change into solutions Nov 1, 2021 11:30 am Don Wuebbles, a world-renowned atmospheric scientist and science communicator, has no patience for those unwilling to accept the gravity of the situation. 'To call it global warming is really just not representing the science correctly.' Built on coal: The past, present, and future of Illinois' coal towns Oct 6, 2021 3:45 pm Coal communities throughout the state are grappling with a shrinking industry, and University of Illinois Extension is working with these areas to help them plan, imagine, even embrace a post-coal future. Curiosities: Fun and Games Aug 10, 2021 11:15 am Did you know that the game Operation started as a class project for a sophomore at U of I? John Spinello promptly sold it to a company for $500 and the promise of a job after he graduated. He got the money, but the job never happened. Campus Historic Preservation Officer Dennis Craig answers the Proust Questionnaire Jul 26, 2021 1:15 pm 'We have a lot of interesting architecture with interesting stories,' Craig says. 'I think my favorite part is the digging and looking for things to continue to tell the story of the campus.' Inside Nature's Fury Jun 28, 2021 9:30 am 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. Found in Translation Jun 15, 2021 9:45 am How the University of Illinois and the local Q’anjob’al-speaking Mayan community are discovering ways to communicate. Alumnus Mort Nathan Apr 28, 2021 10:45 am Mort Nathan (MEDIA '75), executive writer and producer of The Golden Girls, was kind enough to answer a fangirl's questions about the iconic show. Visiting a burn zone with undergrad Andy Sima Apr 7, 2021 3:30 pm Andy Sima (LAS '21) takes us to a burn zone in New Mexico, scarred land created by the 2019 Ute Park Wildfire. Choreographing an illusion of intimacy, passion on stage Feb 16, 2021 1:45 pm Jessica Steinrock and Zev Steinrock help actors on stage and screen perform authentically, safely, and with consent. Land of Wonderous Cold Jan 11, 2021 11:30 am In his newest book of environmental history, English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood explores the race to Antarctica, the continent’s influence on climate change, and. . . Alice in Wonderland. In Training: Illini Service Dogs Nov 16, 2020 3:00 pm Founded by Bridget Evans (AHS '13), Illini Service Dogs is one of campus' most beloved student groups. Delivering the vote Oct 19, 2020 10:00 am How the Civil War shaped mail-in voting today: It was complicated then, and it's complicated now. Flipping the Focus: Campus photographer Fred Zwicky Oct 7, 2020 11:00 am A photographer’s magical power is to freeze time. 'As life passes us by in a blur, I think the still image gives us just enough time to process that individual moment in isolation. An effective photograph coalesces how that scene makes us feel...' Innovation accelerated Sep 14, 2020 2:30 pm How Grainger engineers—and medical professionals, manufacturing experts, animal scientists, and designers from around Champaign-Urbana—brought a COVID-stricken world an emergency ventilator in less than two weeks. Mosaic and margaritas at the Center of the Universe Sep 1, 2020 4:00 pm Colleen Bushell remembers when she, Marc Andreessen, and Eric Bina began to grasp the enormity of their creation of Mosaic (world's first graphical web browser) while sipping on a cocktail in Philo, Illinois. Sharing the beauty and wonder of physics Jul 13, 2020 2:00 pm Her work in experimental physics may sound out of reach for many of us, but it is exactly that notion that Nadya Mason works hard to dispel. Pinball Wizard May 21, 2020 11:30 am Gies Business alum Zach Sharpe is one of pinball’s most celebrated players. He now lends his expertise to one of the world’s largest pinball manufacturers in the world, Chicago-based Stern Pinball. Robert Allerton: A beautiful legacy May 4, 2020 3:15 pm Philanthropist Robert Allerton traveled the world, immersing himself in the art of different cultures. His generous spirit enriched Chicago’s Art Institute as well as Illinois’ Allerton Park & Retreat Center. A Lifetime in Letters: Ebert's correspondence with his Illinois mentor Apr 13, 2020 11:15 am Once Roger Ebert graduated from Illinois, the letters began to flow. His correspondence with his mentor, Professor Dan Curley, chronicle inside jokes, career frustrations, and the shared sensibilities of two writers. Farming in the Windy City Apr 1, 2020 11:00 am From rooftops to abandoned lots, urban gardening in Chicago is thriving. Chicago's Superdawg family is an Illini family Feb 10, 2020 3:30 pm Steffie Drucker, granddaughter of Superdawg's founders, reflects on the family legacy. The power of her pen: Chicago Tribune theater critic Claudia Cassidy Dec 17, 2019 9:15 am She was called a queen. She was called a viper. Whichever side you were on, Claudia Cassidy's power in Chicago was indisputable. Three hidden spots on campus where glass takes center stage Oct 21, 2019 2:30 pm Windows in the Library's Reading Room represent printers whose early forays into book publishing helped expand the reach of knowledge. Our Rare Book Library holds copies of early works printed by each printers’ mark represented. Recreating Apple Pandowdy Oct 1, 2019 10:45 am We dusted off an old recipe found in the university library and asked the Bevier Café to bring it back to life. Lessons in leisure Sep 17, 2019 10:45 am Every spring, a class of Illini embark on a tour filled with more than twenty excursions in less than two weeks’ time. Science on the inside Aug 22, 2019 10:45 am How neuroscience graduate students are bringing science education to youth behind bars. Gene and the honey bee Aug 6, 2019 2:30 pm Gene Robinson, who now directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, got his start with the honey bee well before 'genomics' existed as a field.