blog posts Vet Med Open House, Oct. 2: The Adventure Awaits! Sep 23, 2022 2:15 pm On Sunday, October 2, more than 300 veterinary students will host a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary college. Aspiring veterinarians, animal lovers of any age, there’s something for you at Vet Med Open House. University, area businesses invest $300,000 to fight local crime Jul 11, 2022 11:30 am 'Businesses and organizations have a responsibility...to lift up and advance the communities in which they live and work,' Chancellor Robert Jones said. 'We are coming together to do our part by supporting with words, actions and financial support.' Summer humanities program builds bridge between communities Jun 8, 2022 11:00 am The program invites humanities students to work collaboratively with organizations in the Champaign-Urbana area, using their humanities knowledge to make an impact in the community. U of I's Agronomy Day growing to include pop-up events and more May 25, 2022 11:45 am In its 65th year, Illinois’ 'Agronomy Day' is a day no more. Instead, College of ACES will host a series of events all season long, including traditional field days as well as new pop-up tailgate events and shade tree talks. Green roofs are worth the cost for urban residents May 5, 2022 1:00 pm Countries around the world are investing resources to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff. 'Green roofs are part of the solution because they capture some of the rain that would otherwise end up in sewage systems,' says Prof. Amy Ando. I-Rural: Helping communities meet increased demand for rural tourism May 2, 2022 10:45 am 'Many people traveled to rural destinations with low population densities during the pandemic, allowing (Illinois) communities to reimagine their potential for tourism development,' says recreation, sport and tourism professor Sharon Zou. . High school students use Antigone adaptation to process community gun violence Apr 4, 2022 10:15 am Xtigone is an African American adaptation of the play by Sophocles that addresses the trauma of gun violence and need for political change . It's the first in a series of projects that use ancient stories and adaptations that speak to modern issues. Map reveals widespread lead pollution in Chicago backyards, parkways Mar 28, 2022 11:45 am In backyards and community gardens across Chicago, growers tend fruit and vegetable crops as diverse as the city they live in. Most have one thing in common – lead lurking in the soil. Carle Illinois students collecting aid supplies for Ukrainian refugee relief Mar 3, 2022 4:00 pm 'Please scour your closets, garages, and attics for any of the items on this list. Every piece of equipment that we gather will be used to provide comfort and relief to people who desperately need it.' Grounded in experience, Bowman leads Extension's ag technology education Feb 24, 2022 10:45 am Ag has always been a complicated business, a mix of biology, geology, weather, economics, and politics. 'Ag has always looked forward to the next technology... We want to ensure it serves the people who rely on it daily,' says U of I's Dennis Bowman. Stinging insects, venom focus of Insect Fear Film Fest Feb 18, 2022 9:45 am The festival is entirely online this year, and entomology students will handle the stinging insects in the virtual petting zoo, with one student volunteering to get stung and explain his reaction in real time. Models predict optimal airplane seating for reduced viral transmission Dec 21, 2021 9:45 am New data on aerosol transmission for the virus that causes COVID-19 allowed researchers to create updated models for minimizing risk of transmission based on all the factors currently known. Artist's solo show emphasizes Black resilience through historic vigilantism Dec 20, 2021 12:00 pm Professor Patrick Earl Hammie combined celebratory drawings from 'Soul Train' with painted images of lynch mobs for his solo show 'I Am … Legend,' now on view at Freeport Art Museum. Illinois schools sought to participate in latest alcohol, drug, tobacco survey Nov 17, 2021 9:30 am The Illinois Youth Survey is a biennial survey of eighth, 10th and 12th grade students that provides important assessments of school climate issues and substance use among middle and high school students. Task force calls for changes in juvenile detention policies for children ages 10-12 Nov 3, 2021 8:45 am A report by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, based on data from the U of I's Juvenile Monitoring Information System, was 'an eye-opener for us,' and served as a catalyst for change, says Peoria County Juvenile Detention head Brian Brown. Freedom School: Transforming lives, building communities Oct 13, 2021 9:45 am Many children cried on the last day of Freedom School. One boy flat-out refused to leave. Why? 'Because Freedom School lets me be me,' he said. New recording pairs music of Bach with works by Black composers Sep 8, 2021 11:45 am 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. Chancellor Jones to address the City Club of Chicago Sep 7, 2021 10:45 am 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. Retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorial Aug 31, 2021 9:15 am 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. U of I to co-lead $15M Great Lakes Innovation Hub Aug 26, 2021 11:00 am Illinois is co-leading the new Great Lakes Innovation Corps Hub. I-Corps trains scientists and engineers to carry their promising ideas and technologies beyond the university and into the marketplace to benefit society. Gibson City flooding in maps, simulations and images Aug 26, 2021 12:15 pm On August 12, a line of thunderstorms developed along southern Ford County, IL. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in under 10 hours in Gibson City, innundating the small town. The Illinois State Water Survey documented this historic downpour. Prof's graphic novel portrays thriving Black community before, after Tulsa massacre Aug 17, 2021 1:15 pm Illinois art professor Stacey Robinson illustrated the first graphic novel on the Tulsa Race Massacre in a way that portrays the prosperity of the Black community. Illinois artist's virtual 'Museum of Us' lets everyone tell their stories Jul 1, 2021 8:00 am Artist Jorge Lucero invited people from around the world to meet via Zoom and share an object that was important in their lives – turning the grid of video teleconferencing boxes into a cabinet of curiosities. Uniting through writing May 13, 2021 3:45 pm A project at U. of I. teaches Illinois residents to reconnect through journals K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools Apr 15, 2021 8:45 am The K-12 Shield Playbook is a free online resource to help guide school reopenings, based on successful COVID-19 mitigation strategies used at the University of Illinois. Open House Weekend at Illinois begins March 26 Mar 12, 2021 2:45 pm Engineering Open House has been a fixture on our campus for more than 100 years. Its success at drawing tens of thousands of students of all ages has inspired other colleges and departments to join in. Mobile app helps young adults talk with friends about risky drug, alcohol use Mar 4, 2021 8:45 am Designed for people ages 18-29, the Harbor app teaches young adults how they can 'act as first responders for their close friends who demonstrate risky substance use behaviors,' according to the app’s lead developer, professor Douglas C. Smith. The lessons of deep space discovery Mar 1, 2021 9:45 am Emeritus professor Laird Thompson's new book reflects on cosmic voids and the journey to have his findings accepted New history of photography focuses on presidents Feb 9, 2021 4:45 pm From the advent of photography to the age of social media, U.S. presidents have been among the most common subjects for the camera. What better way to tell a story of the medium’s evolution than through those historical figures. A space of their own at KAM: ‘Homemade, with Love’ exhibition Feb 3, 2021 10:30 am This exhibition at Krannert Art Museum examines what it means to create space for Black girls and women to celebrate their creative lives, while transforming a gallery into a cozy furnished 'homemade' room. Center for Children's Books announces 2020 Blue Ribbon winners Jan 13, 2021 10:30 am 'Whether for Zoom sharing or private escapism, books matter intensely right now, and it's stirring to see how many stellar titles appeared this year despite the obstacles,' said Editor Deborah Stevenson. Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial wounds Jan 5, 2021 1:15 pm Illinois' School of Social Work is working with Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District No. 3 on activities that explore the role of social and emotional learning in racial healing. Technology loan program helps families receive early childhood services online Dec 17, 2020 4:15 pm A technology loan program provided by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse at U of I helps many families obtain the equipment they need to participate in live video – or telehealth – visits with their children’s therapists. Marching Illini director provides guidance on band safety protocols Nov 6, 2020 3:15 pm Marching Illini director Barry Houser designed masks and helped develop state public health guidelines for music classes and rehearsals. Decadeslong effort revives ancient oak woodland Oct 29, 2020 11:15 am 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. Rare Book and Manuscript Library event explores history of witchcraft Oct 27, 2020 10:15 am 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. U of I receives funding for mental health resource network for farmers Oct 9, 2020 12:00 pm Researchers at the University of Illinois and Illinois Extension are working to ensure producers and their families have the resources and access to services to manage their stress and mental health. Young or old, you'll love Vet Med's Virtual Open House Oct 5, 2020 11:45 am More than 50 videos and dozens of interactive presentations! If you know a young person who would like to become a veterinarian - or anyone who loves animals - this is the (virtual) place to be! 2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media Oct 1, 2020 9:45 am The third annual Ebert Symposium, exploring film and the media industry, will be online this year on three different dates, starting Oct. 8. Filmmakers, media professionals and academics will be part of the discussion. Report: UI Extension generates value 10 times its budget Sep 14, 2020 8:45 am Extension provided nearly 50,000 educational program sessions in 2019, an average of 960 sessions per week, and made 1.3 million educational contacts at 3,800 locations throughout Illinois. U of I awarded $4.5 million to develop commercial carbon credit tools Sep 9, 2020 12:30 pm The funding will be used to calculate farm-scale carbon credits, allowing individual farmers to understand the value of their land and practices towards carbon trading markets. New community map locates food assistance sites Sep 3, 2020 1:00 pm To help Illinois families meet their basic food needs, U of I Extension is launching a new Illinois community food map that allows individuals to search by Illinois zip code for all food resources in that area. Contextual engineering adds deeper perspective to local projects Aug 17, 2020 11:45 am 'It gets really dicey when you are saying, "all we have to do is educate people," because it's an engineering predisposition to assume that people just don't know,' says research scientist Ann-Perry Witmer. 'Well, a lot of times they know a lot.' Building bridges with the Maya community Aug 11, 2020 3:00 pm The Illinois Maya Initiative will develop a collaborative hub connecting researchers, social service professionals, and a growing community of Mayan immigrants and refugees in East Central Illinois, who probably number in the hundreds. CHIME puts students to work on COVID-related data science projects Aug 4, 2020 9:15 am A new international public health initiative at Illinois is bringing students together to work on data-information projects that will help public health agencies with COVID-19-related data analysis. Measuring the power of private land stewardship to address urban vacancy Jul 14, 2020 2:30 pm Transferring city-owned vacant lands to local residents by selling them for a dollar can be a successful strategy for cities seeking to reduce blight and strengthen neighborhoods. Now there's a tool to measure that impact. U of I receives $2.6 million NSF grant to improve high school physics courses Jul 13, 2020 3:30 pm The Illinois Physics and Secondary Schools (IPaSS) program will provide students across the state with the highest quality high school physics experience, and prepare them to succeed in STEM fields in college. Community Engaged Scholars group launches to meet community needs during COVID-19 Jul 9, 2020 12:45 pm We CU Community Engaged Scholars—a 10-week summer scholars program matching Illinois students with community-based projects—is meeting the needs of the community and providing learning opportunities. Carbon capture collaborations lead clean energy drive in Illinois Jul 2, 2020 9:45 am U of I's Prairie Research Institute is collaborating with three Illinois power plants to implement sophisticated technologies that remove carbon from air emissions (carbon capture). CyberGIS Center produces platform to track and help prevent COVID-19 Jun 24, 2020 11:15 am The CyberGIS Center at U. of I. has teamed with the state of Illinois to produce a system of interactive maps, charts, and animations to better help understand and prevent the spread of COVID-19.