blog posts Mary Henson named Homecoming Parade grand marshal Oct 1, 2021 8:00 am573 views Mary Henson, the wife of the legendary Fighting Illini basketball coach and ambassador Lou Henson, will serve as grand marshal of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2021 Homecoming Parade. The parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design grand opening Oct. 8 Sep 30, 2021 8:00 am205 views The grand opening of the Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus will take place Oct. 8 with a formal dedication at 1 p.m., followed by an open house. Attendees will include Thomas Siebel, Chancellor Robert Jones and System President Tim Killeen. Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns Aug 26, 2021 12:00 pm454 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. Passes for 22nd annual 'Ebertfest' on sale June 7 Jun 2, 2021 9:00 am1088 views Passes for the 22nd annual Ebertfest will go on sale June 7. Festival passes cover all of the screenings during the festival, which runs Sept. 8-11 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill. Media advisory: Illinois undergraduates featured in television series 'The College Tour' May 19, 2021 8:00 am788 views Eleven students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be featured in an edition of “The College Tour,” a television series that gives admitted and prospective students the opportunity to tour campuses virtually and learn about academic and extracurricular experiences available to undergraduates. This advisory is distributed on behalf of the public affairs unit in the Office of Public Affairs. Three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences Apr 27, 2021 9:30 am2615 views Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Physics professor Nadya Mason and chemistry professors Ralph Nuzzo and Wilfred van der Donk are among 120 newly elected U.S. members – 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year – and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Four Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Apr 23, 2021 8:30 am2652 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Education Dean James Anderson, physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Nancy Makri and materials science and engineering professor Kenneth Schweizer have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation. K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemic Apr 14, 2021 2:15 pm1035 views A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university. Vaccine study now open for student enrollment Mar 22, 2021 11:15 am3218 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. Program focused on systemic racial inequities, injustices seeks proposals from local researchers Mar 18, 2021 1:00 pm351 views The Call to Action Research Program, initiated by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones to address structures of racism and injustice, is seeking proposals from the Urbana campus and the local community. University surpasses $2.25B fundraising goal a year early; campaign will continue Mar 11, 2021 11:15 am1603 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s “With Illinois” philanthropic campaign has met its $2.25 billion mark in gifts and commitments, but the campaign will continue in light of a variety of ongoing needs. EU Day online features Swedish ambassador, hip-hop artist, Greek tragedy Feb 17, 2021 11:45 am484 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. Center for Advanced Study announces 2021-22 associates, fellows Feb 2, 2021 1:45 pm392 views The Center for Advanced Study has appointed 20 faculty members as associates or fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. Six Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows Nov 25, 2020 4:30 pm5019 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Six professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Evolution, ecology and behavior professor Alison Bell; plant biology professor Carl Bernacchi; bioengineering professor Rohit Bhargava; materials science and engineering professor Paul Braun; chemistry professor Prashant Jain; and materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos are among the 489 scientists to be awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year. Enrollment open for study comparing COVID-19 testing methods Nov 18, 2020 12:00 pm2039 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 am3177 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. New mobile COVID-19 lab prototype completed Nov 6, 2020 9:00 am3580 views Researchers have completed a prototype for a mobile laboratory designed to demonstrate a way to rapidly deploy the I-COVID saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The lab, called mobileSHIELD, also could deliver other testing capability during a public health crisis, and it will serve as a rich source of human factors engineering data. Academy executive featured in Ebert Symposium on media representation Oct 29, 2020 9:30 am461 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. Prominent documentary filmmakers featured in Ebert Symposium Oct 14, 2020 9:30 am816 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. 2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media Oct 1, 2020 8:45 am575 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. Media alert: News conference to discuss university's plan to correct upward trend of positive COVID-19 cases Sep 2, 2020 1:00 pm9511 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s new measures for undergraduate students in response to a recent upward trend in positive COVID-19 cases will be discussed at a Zoom news conference at 3:30 p.m. today. Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19 Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm84564 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. 2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September Aug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1609 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. Media advisory: COVID-19 Briefing Series to discuss state and campus-level modeling Aug 3, 2020 8:00 am1201 views University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones will join campus experts to discuss modeling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois – at the state and campus levels – during an event Thursday. Support community members in need through the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Jun 3, 2020 1:15 pm827 views Since its inception in 1992, the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund has helped more than 1,000 academic professionals, faculty members and staff. COVID-19 experts available for news media interviews Jun 2, 2020 12:00 pm1247 views Experts from a variety of fields at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are available to the news media to discuss COVID-19-related topics. 2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceled Mar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1611 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. Ebert Film Fest will get creepy with 'Hereditary' and Hitchcock Mar 5, 2020 12:00 pm1179 views Horror will get its due at this year’s Ebert Film Fest with “Hereditary” now in the lineup, which one critic described as “creepy beyond belief.” The 2018 film will be one of at least two from the horror genre at “Ebertfest,” with an Alfred Hitchcock classic due to be announced later along with the rest of the schedule. Ebert Film Fest to feature remastered 'Cotton Club,' Farrelly brothers comedy Feb 19, 2020 1:00 pm920 views A remastered “Cotton Club,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” will be featured as part of this year’s Roger Ebertfest’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.” German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote address Feb 5, 2020 9:30 am644 views A German diplomat based in Chicago but recently posted in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine will speak on “The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism” as part of the annual European Union Day on Feb. 21 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Media advisory: Coronavirus forum on campus Tuesday to discuss local response Jan 27, 2020 2:15 pm3213 views A panel of local health officials will discuss the coordinated local response to the global coronavirus concern at a 9 a.m. forum Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Fire Service Institute, 11 Gerty Drive, Champaign. Experts will be available onsite for media interviews. Eight Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows Nov 26, 2019 10:00 am4558 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eight professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Passes for 22nd 'Ebertfest' on sale Nov. 1 Oct 22, 2019 9:15 am595 views Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” go on sale Nov. 1. Media advisory: Sexual harassment summit open to media but recording not allowed Oct 15, 2019 4:15 pm194 views A day-long summit on sexual harassment on Wednesday, Oct. 16 is open to the news media, but audio and visual recording will not be allowed. Homecoming 2019 brings new events, parade route Oct 7, 2019 12:30 pm4696 views Illinois Homecoming takes place Oct. 13-19 with new events, a new parade route and former University of Illinois President Stanley O. Ikenberry serving as the parade grand marshal. Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory Nava Sep 19, 2019 1:45 pm662 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois. Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellence Sep 12, 2019 11:00 am27302 views The new freshman class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university. Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and media Sep 9, 2019 1:45 pm538 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focus Aug 28, 2019 2:30 pm1052 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools. Correction: Yingying Fund announcement postponed Aug 5, 2019 11:30 am332 views Correction: At the request of the family’s attorney, the public announcement of Yingying’s Fund scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 7 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus has been postponed. A new date and time have not been yet been determined. Illini Fest this Thursday at Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park Jul 15, 2019 4:15 pm606 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is holding Illini Fest, its first-ever downtown Chicago festival. The event will include more than 40 displays and interactive experiences from colleges and units, including robots, photo booth, virtual reality experience and a solar telescope. Santos named iSchool dean at Illinois Jul 12, 2019 10:00 am3000 views Eunice Santos will become the dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Andreas C. Cangellaris, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, recommended the appointment to Chancellor Robert Jones after the conclusion of a yearlong national search. Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career Award Jul 3, 2019 1:15 pm6108 views Six researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. June in Illinois featured more rain and lower temperatures than average Jul 2, 2019 2:30 pm132 views Above-average rainfall continued in June, along with an elevated risk of flooding in some areas of Illinois, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Summer construction projects announced Jun 27, 2019 2:15 pm677 views More than 40 capital improvement construction projects are in progress this summer on the Urbana campus. Substantial completion is expected by the start of the fall semester for the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center, Foellinger Auditorium and the Education Building, along with multiple restroom renovations, roof replacements, elevator upgrades, and classroom and laboratory modernizations. Mid-June soils cooler, wetter Jun 18, 2019 1:15 pm81 views Soil temperatures are increasing after a cooling period the second week of June, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. 'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout' Jun 6, 2019 4:15 pm405 views “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus. Free Research Park concert features Alma Afrobeat Ensemble Jun 5, 2019 1:15 pm185 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development LLC and the University of Illinois present a free summer concert featuring the Barcelona, Spain-based Alma Afrobeat Ensembleat 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, in Research Park. Last month the third-wettest May in Illinois history Jun 4, 2019 12:15 pm212 views Some areas of Illinois experienced record-breaking amounts of rain in May, as statewide totals mark the sixth consecutive month with above average rainfall, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. 'Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world' Jun 3, 2019 1:30 pm171 views Through the centuries, people have devised imaginative puzzles to test our wits. Three-dimensional puzzles crafted of wood, metal, plastic and other durable materials are designed to be taken apart, rearranged or untangled. The exhibit “Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world,” debuts June 4 at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and runs through July 21.