Illinois among top producers of Fulbright US Student awards Feb 13, 2024 8:30 am641 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of the top university and college producers of Fulbright student grant recipients in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which announced the 2023-24 awards. New Illinois initiative to embed arts into all aspects of university Feb 8, 2024 12:30 pm1797 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign dance professor Cynthia Oliver is leading the chancellor’s arts integration initiative for campus. Two Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 8, 2024 9:15 am996 views Two University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members from The Grainger College of Engineering have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The new members are Kiruba Haran, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Grainger Endowed Director’s Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, and Taher Saif, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in mechanical science and engineering. U. of I. names new endowed chairs, professorships Jan 11, 2024 11:15 am1767 views Faculty members selected for endowed chairs and professorships in recognition of their excellence and prominence in research, teaching and service, are Christopher Freeburg, a professor of English; D. Fairchild Ruggles, a professor of landscape architecture; Charles Gammie, a professor of astronomy and physics; James Imlay, a professor of microbiology; Klara Nahrstedt, a professor of computer science; Chrystalla Mouza, a professor and dean of the College of Education; Andrew Leakey, a professor of plant biology; Cynthia Oliver, a professor of dance and Brent Roberts, a professor of psychology. Eight Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 15, 2023 8:00 am4982 views Eight researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2023 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. Board to consider extension for Athletics Director Whitman through 2031 Nov 2, 2023 1:00 pm841 views At its November 16 meeting, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees will consider a three-year extension for U. of I. athletics director Josh Whitman through June 30, 2031. Yu receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award Oct 3, 2023 10:45 am451 views Xinzhu Yu, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award from the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. According to the NIH, the New Innovator Award “supports investigators at each career stage who propose innovative research that, due to their inherent risk, may struggle in the traditional NIH peer-review process despite their transformative potential.” The award provides $2.4 million in funding over the next five years. Big Ten Academic Alliance announces Academic Leadership and Executive Officers Program fellows Sep 21, 2023 1:15 pm321 views The Big Ten Academic Alliance recently announced the 2023-24 fellows for its Academic Leadership Program and Department Executive Officers Seminar. Eleven U. of I. faculty members have been selected to participate. Two Illinois Students Awarded the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service Sep 19, 2023 8:15 am797 views Two University of Illinois students, Christiana Lewis, a junior in psychology, and Andres Vazquez, a junior in urban and regional planning, have received the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service. New students set enrollment records at Illinois Sep 11, 2023 3:00 pm7656 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's incoming class of 8,325 includes the largest number of in-state residents in nearly two decades. Media advisory: Emily Knox to testify before Senate judiciary committee about book bans Sep 11, 2023 9:00 am650 views Emily Knox, a professor of library and information sciences, will testify before the Senate judiciary committee about the right to intellectual freedom and why people attempt to ban books. 2023 spring semester graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named Aug 29, 2023 8:00 am22635 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has announced 8,209 Dean’s List students, 253 Bronze Tablet honorees and more than 10,500 graduates for the 2023 spring semester. Sharpe named dean of U. of I. College of Law Aug 3, 2023 1:30 pm2756 views Jamelle Sharpe has been named the 14th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees. Five Urbana-Champaign faculty members honored as University Scholars Jun 7, 2023 4:15 pm1509 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. Awards recognize excellence in public engagement May 31, 2023 10:00 am714 views Tracy Dace, the founder and chief executive officer of the Driven to Reach Excellence and Academic Achievement for Males Opportunity Center; Kevin Tan, a professor of social work; Sara Benson, a professor and copyright librarian at the University Library; and the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research are the recipients of the 2023 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement. Illinois students receive Critical Language Scholarships May 25, 2023 10:30 am474 views Three University of Illinois students received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study foreign languages this summer. BTN COVID-19 documentary 'The New Normal' premieres May 23 May 22, 2023 10:15 am1094 views “The New Normal,” a 30-minute documentary premiering May 23 at 1:30 p.m. CST/ 2:30 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network, documents the journey of University of Illinois Urbana Champaign researchers to create a fast and inexpensive coronavirus test to ensure that U. of I. students, faculty and staff could remain safe and healthy during the pandemic Thirteen Illinois students offered Fulbright awards May 18, 2023 12:30 pm2035 views Thirteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe this coming year. Another six Illinois students were named Fulbright alternates. Lough named School of Social Work dean May 11, 2023 1:30 pm2147 views Benjamin J. Lough will be the next dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Chemistry professor Nancy Makri elected to National Academy of Sciences May 8, 2023 9:00 am903 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chemistry professor Nancy Makri has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. She is among 120 members and 23 international members elected this year to recognize their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Faculty members honored with 2023 Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership May 5, 2023 11:00 am881 views Four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members were honored by the Office of the Provost with the 2023 Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership. West-Henkelman named Office Professional of the Year May 2, 2023 11:45 am279 views Cari West-Henkelman received the 2023 Office Professional of the Year award from the Illinois Administrative Professionals organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Media advisory: Media passes and parking available for commencement Apr 27, 2023 9:30 am234 views Media passes and parking are available for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign commencement. Coleman named vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost Apr 19, 2023 10:30 am4438 views John Coleman will be the next vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Bollero named College of ACES dean Apr 6, 2023 4:00 pm3402 views Germán Bollero will be the next dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Bollero has served as the interim dean of ACES since September 2021. Illinois to co-lead new CZ Biohub in Chicago Mar 2, 2023 11:00 am55518 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been chosen to lead the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Chicago – a new biomedical hub – along with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. The three-university team was selected to lead the new biomedical hub as part of a competitive application process for a research initiative explicitly focused on measuring human biology. Chemistry professor named 2023 Sloan Research Fellow Feb 15, 2023 9:00 am1410 views Chemistry professor Mei Shen is among 126 early-career researchers receiving the 2023 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.” Awardees receive a two-year $75,000 fellowship to advance their research. Media advisory: Holonyak memorial service open to news media Feb 7, 2023 8:00 am453 views A memorial service for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr. will be open to the news media. The event takes place Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, 306 N. Wright St., Urbana. Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations extends RIPE funding with $34M grant Dec 13, 2022 8:30 am2501 views Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations has awarded a grant of $34 million to the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency project, an international research effort led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In its 10-year history, RIPE has demonstrated large increases in crop productivity in replicated field trials on the university farm. Former ambassador Yovanovitch honored with Douglas Award Dec 7, 2022 1:00 pm747 views Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will visit the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as part of the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented by the University of Illinois System’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs to recognize public officials who promote or demonstrate the highest standards of public service. Nine Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 15, 2022 8:00 am7364 views Nine U. of I. researchers have been named to the 2022 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. This year’s list includes 6,938 individuals from around the world whose papers rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science. Homecoming 2022 to celebrate generations of Illini Oct 3, 2022 12:45 pm2220 views Homecoming Week at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign takes place Oct. 9-15, featuring an appearance by Illinois alumnus and Chicago sports announcer Gene Honda as the parade grand marshal. Political scientist, writer Ivan Krastev to speak on Russian invasion of Ukraine Sep 29, 2022 8:00 am406 views The EU Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will host political scientist and author Ivan Krastev for a lecture on how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is reshaping the political imagination of Europe. Nick Holonyak Jr., pioneer of LED lighting, dies Sep 18, 2022 3:00 pm16511 views Nick Holonyak Jr., a renowned innovator of illumination, has died. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor was 93 years old. Holonyak (pronounced huh-LON-yak) is credited with the development of the first practical visible-spectrum LED, now commonly used in light bulbs, device displays and lasers worldwide. Center for Advanced Study announces 2022-23 associates, fellows Sep 9, 2022 1:15 pm440 views The Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has appointed 16 faculty members as associates or fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. Chancellor Jones named to Hope Chicago Board of Directors Aug 12, 2022 10:45 am1071 views Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones has been named to the board of directors of Hope Chicago, a nonprofit organization seeking to reduce economic and social inequity by funding postsecondary scholarships and nontuition costs for Chicago Public Schools graduates and adult family members. Founded by businessman Ted Koenig and entrepreneur Pete Kadens, Hope Chicago has a goal of raising and investing at least $1 billion dollars over the next decade to help tens of thousands of Chicago students and family members earn postsecondary credentials. 'With Illinois' fundraising campaign concludes with gift from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones Jul 18, 2022 10:00 am3395 views The “With Illinois” fundraising campaign officially ended June 30 and concluded with a $200,000 personal contribution from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and his wife, Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones. Mouza named College of Education dean Jul 7, 2022 1:00 pm3229 views Chrystalla Mouza has been appointed dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 15, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Provost Cangellaris leaving Illinois to lead Saudi Arabian university Jun 22, 2022 12:00 pm4845 views Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris will leave the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in August to become the Founding President of NEOM University in Saudi Arabia, Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced today. Fulmer selected School of Labor and Employment Relations dean Jun 1, 2022 10:30 am847 views Ingrid S. Fulmer will be the next dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The appointment takes effect July 1. Media advisory: Media access and parking passes available for commencement May 9, 2022 8:00 am562 views Stadium passes and parking passes for news media representatives covering the May 14 commencement at Memorial Stadium may be picked up through Thursday this week at the Office of Public Affairs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Frerichs awarded Office Professional of the Year award Apr 26, 2022 8:00 am797 views Marcy Frerichs, an administrative assistant in the Office of the President, was named Office Professional of the Year by the Illinois Administrative Professionals organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. War correspondent, alumnus Terrell Jermaine Starr to speak on campus Apr 13, 2022 8:00 am761 views War correspondent and Illinois alumnus Terrell Jermaine Starr will visit the Urbana campus April 19 for a Q&A session about his experiences as a journalist reporting from Ukraine during the Russian invasion. Complete slate of 'Ebertfest' films, special guests announced Apr 12, 2022 11:45 am475 views The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” announced additional actors and musicians who will appear as guests at this year’s festival, as well as a bonus film. Cohen selected as Carle Illinois College of Medicine dean Mar 10, 2022 10:30 am4715 views Dr. Mark S. Cohen will be the next dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and senior vice president and chief academic officer at Carle Health, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Cohen is currently a professor of surgery and pharmacology at the University of Michigan. Dixon to deliver distinguished lecture on media stereotyping Mar 10, 2022 10:30 am223 views Travis L. Dixon, a professor and director of graduate studies in communication, will deliver the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on March 23. Three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 10, 2022 3:30 pm1735 views Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. They are William Hammack, the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; Youssef Hashash, the William J. and Elaine F. Hall Endowed Professor and John Burkitt Webb Endowed Faculty Scholar in civil and environmental engineering; and Klara Nahrstedt, the Grainger Distinguished Chair of Engineering in computer science and the director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the U. of I. Mary Henson named Homecoming Parade grand marshal Oct 1, 2021 8:00 am1326 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 am321 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 pm748 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.