blog postsMedia advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm84 views A groundbreaking ceremony for the Siebel Center for Design will take place Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. on a site located on Fourth Street between Gregory Drive and Peabody Drive, Champaign.DeathsApr 19, 2018 2:30 pm77 views Richard Francis Earl Crang ... Donald Earl Hiner ... Thomas E. Jean ... Michael Earl Schlesinger ... Leonard “Lennie” Dean Seward Sr. ... Mary Sleator Temperley ... Cora L. Williams Ngumbi honored with prestigious biology medalApr 19, 2018 2:30 pm26 views Esther Ngumbi, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois, has been selected as the Society for Experimental Biology’s SEB+ section 2018 President’s Medallist. Candidates for the medal are selected on the basis of their outstanding contribution to one of the four fields of research represented by the SEB’s four sections (SEB+, plant, cell and animal biology).Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am543 views Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.Cooler soil temperatures in mid-AprilApr 18, 2018 2:30 pm62 views Colder weather led to cooler than normal soil temperatures during the first half of April in Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Four students honored by Goldwater scholarship programApr 13, 2018 8:00 am1066 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized with Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, which support students with potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. A fourth Illinois student was selected for honorable mentionDeathsApr 12, 2018 4:15 pm262 views Jennifer Kee Anderson ... Joel M. Dexter ... William H. “Doc” Pirkle ... Pola Fotitch Triandis Media advisory: Audio and visual recording allowed at April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations eventApr 12, 2018 2:15 pm66 views News media attending the April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations event will be allowed to record content from the session.Media advisory: Day of Service events planned for April 14Apr 12, 2018 10:00 am18 views News reporters interested in covering the sixth annual Day of Caring meal packaging event Saturday, April 14, are encouraged to go to Memorial Stadium between 10 a.m. and noon.Faculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 12, 2018 9:45 am1280 views The University of Illinois is honoring 21 faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.Spurlock Museum Third Thursday Series: ‘University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics'Apr 12, 2018 9:15 am8 views On Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m., Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois presents the talk “University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence.” Adam Bleakney, the head coachof men's and women's track, field and racing, and Stephanie Wheeler, the head coach of women’s basketball, will discuss the program’s roots, its legacy and its continuing leadership and success in wheelchair sports. Sloan Foundation grant continuation to help U. of I. improve STEM minority representationApr 12, 2018 8:15 am249 views The University of Illinois has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue funding for the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois. The program, started in 2015, supports underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is one of nine UCEMs throughout the country.‘Ebertfest’ adds musical performance to follow final film ‘Rumble’Apr 10, 2018 9:30 am200 views This year’s “Ebertfest” will close with a performance by Native American artist Pura Fe following its final film, “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.”DeathsApr 6, 2018 11:00 am262 views Clinton Frederick Fink ... John T. Scott ... Helen T. Smith ... Al Ricco John StasiJournalists Balz and Simon part of April 12 panel on Trump-era political reportingApr 5, 2018 10:00 am231 views Political reporting in the Trump era will be the subject of a panel discussion April 12 featuring the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and columnist Roger Simon.Geography professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 5, 2018 8:45 am1008 views University of Illinois professor of geography Jesse Ribot has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.Illini Emergency Medical Services honored at national eventApr 4, 2018 3:00 pm29 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a program of the Illinois Fire Service Institute at Illinois, will be honored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and Masimo, a medical device manufacturer, for excellence in emergency medical services. IEMS will receive the 2018 Excellence in Fire Service-based Emergency Medical Services Award at the 30th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 19 in Washington, D.C.Willard Airport switches to a new parking systemApr 4, 2018 1:15 pm41 views A new, automated system that allows flyers to pay for parking with credit cards has replaced the parking booth at the University of Illinois Willard Airport. Customers who wish to pay with cash may pay for parking inside the terminal.Fourth-wettest February-March on record in IllinoisApr 4, 2018 11:45 am17 views The statewide average precipitation for February-March was 8.69 inches, which made it the fourth-wettest February-March on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. ‘Ebertfest’ final slate includes ‘Interstellar’ in 70mm, ‘Indians who rocked the world’Apr 2, 2018 10:15 am172 views “Interstellar” in 70mm coming to 20th annual “Ebertfest,” as well as documentary on the role of American Indians in rock music.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 2, 2018 8:45 am567 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeDeathsMar 29, 2018 1:00 pm258 views Kathleen L. Hornaday ... Mary Katherine Newman ... Charles P. Slichter20th Ebert Film Fest adds ‘The Big Lebowski’ to lineup, with ‘The Dude’ as guestMar 29, 2018 9:30 am891 views “The Big Lebowski” is coming to the 20th annual “Ebertfest,” along with the man who inspired the movie’s central character, “The Dude,” as a guest.WorldFest Celebration of Performing ArtsMar 28, 2018 1:15 pm124 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures invites visitors of all ages to the 12th annual WorldFest celebration on Sunday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. Experience performing arts from around the world and hands-on crafts. Admission is free. The museum is located at 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. Parking is free in lot D-22 in non-reserved spaces. Experts to answer questions about preserving historical objectsMar 27, 2018 11:15 am350 views Have you wondered how to preserve an old film of family memories or take proper care of grandma’s quilt? Bring your small items or come with images of larger pieces to the Preservation Emporium at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois on Saturday, April 7, from 1-4 p.m., and have your preservation questions answered by experts.DeathsMar 23, 2018 12:15 pm589 views Joanne Daugherty Hayes ... Mildred Alene Maddock Landreth ... Vivian Phyllis Larson ... Michele Henriette Miller ... Rosemary Rutledge ... Nancy Jean Stark Soil temperatures and moisture levels declining in early MarchMar 16, 2018 3:30 pm275 views Cooler, drier weather has led to declining soil temperatures and moisture levels, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.DeathsMar 15, 2018 2:30 pm344 views Etha Jereen Broom ... Constance “Connie” Ellen Brown ... Carole Couch ... Sue Jones ... Maurice “Doc” Mecum ... Emily Ann Stipes Watts Native Pop artist collective brings a weekend of eventsMar 15, 2018 2:30 pm119 views Native Pop, an organization that brings American Indian pop art and art making to widespread venues and communities, will present a weekend of events March 30-31 titled “Native Pop Presents: Strong Women: Reclaiming Imagery.” The events feature MaryBeth Nelson (Cherokee), Serena Penaloza (Navajo and Maricopa) and Brent Learned (Cheyenne-Arapaho), who will bring their art, insight and skills to a variety of programs. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities announces fellowshipsMar 12, 2018 3:30 pm270 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the U. of I. has awarded its annual faculty and graduate student fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year to seven faculty members and seven graduate students. IPRH also announced the Ragdale Residential Creative Fellow for 2018. Illinois recognized as a HEARTSafe campusMar 12, 2018 11:15 am158 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a student program under the Illinois Fire Service Institute, received national recognition recently when the U. of I. was awarded the designation of a HEARTSafe Campus. IEMS accepted the award Feb. 24 at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation Awards Reception in Philadelphia. 20th Ebert Film Fest to open with ‘The Fugitive’ and feature guest Ava DuVernayMar 9, 2018 4:45 pm711 views The 20th Ebert Film Festival will open with "The Fugitive" and feature Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar-nominated "Selma" and "The 13th," among its guests.DeathsMar 8, 2018 1:30 pm217 views Tom Percival ... Penny A. Watkins-Zdrojewski ... Robert J. CheekIllinois soil temperatures warmer than normal this winterMar 2, 2018 2:00 pm337 views Illinois’ milder winter soil temperatures may have an impact on pest populations, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Overall, soil temperatures were milder than normal, according to Jennie Atkins with the Illinois State Water Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program. At depths of 4 inches under bare soil, temperatures averaged 35.2 degrees this winter, or 1.4 degrees above the long-term average. Soils averaged 1.8 degrees cooler than last winter. Krannert Art Museum publishes catalogue of Swahili art in conjunction with exhibitionMar 2, 2018 1:45 pm43 views Krannert Art Museum at the U. of I. has published a multiauthored catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean.” On view at the museum, located at Sixth Street and Peabody Drive in Champaign, until March 24, “World on the Horizon” will travel to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., in May and then to Fowler Museum at UCLA in October.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1301 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundDeathsMar 1, 2018 3:15 pm262 views Thomas B. “Tom” Berns ... Richard “Dick” Blaney ... Karen M. DudasBrown receives Whiting Public Engagement FellowshipMar 1, 2018 2:00 pm134 views Ruth Nicole Brown, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Illinois, received a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for $50,000 to expand Black Girls Genius Week, a series of humanities-based workshops for African-American middle school- and high school-aged girls, from central Illinois to Chicago, San Diego and Columbia, South Carolina.Ecological Society of America honors YangMar 1, 2018 1:45 pm154 views The Ecological Society of America has named Wendy H. Yang, a professor of plant biology and geology at Illinois, as an Early Career Fellow. The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education, pedagogy, management and policy.DeathsFeb 22, 2018 2:45 pm377 views Marilois Barker ... Donald “Don” Lee Day ...Steven J. D’Urso ... Charles Walter “Erik” Eriksen ... Jack Theodore Harroun ... C. Rex Mahannah ... Kenneth Neil StatzerWould replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1306 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenMuseum open house promotes campus collaborationFeb 21, 2018 4:45 pm165 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois invites faculty, staff and graduate students to attend an open house on specialized research and learning opportunities on Thursday, March 8, from 3-6 p.m. The museum welcomes proposals for collaborative exhibitions, research projects and public programs. The event highlights opportunities for using the museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects from six continents for classes and outreach. Museum’s Winter Tales concert features American Indian storytellingFeb 20, 2018 12:00 pm94 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois will hold its annual Winter Tales concert, a celebration of American Indian storytelling, on Sunday, March 4, from 1-2:15 p.m. The featured storyteller is SleepyEye LaFromboise of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Tonawanda Seneca tribes. This family concert is free and no advanced reservations are required.DeathsFeb 15, 2018 2:00 pm428 views Donna Kuhlman ... Elsie Willfong ... John E. ZehrIllinois alumna among first group of Knight-Hennessy ScholarsFeb 15, 2018 1:45 pm1081 views Leah Matchett, of Grand Haven, Michigan, and an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of 49 students selected in the first year of the Knight-Hennessy Scholar program for postgraduate study at Stanford University.Lecture series begins on role of art to confront social issuesFeb 9, 2018 2:15 pm103 views The University YMCA announces the Friday Forum lecture series “Art + Activism: Transforming Silence into Action.” The series begins Feb. 16 with Ricardo Levins Morales’ discussion of how art can be used to address personal and historical trauma, challenge common beliefs, assist in building alliances and contribute to culture change.DeathsFeb 8, 2018 1:45 pm112 views Robert Duane Mackey ... Kevin Daniel Peterson ... James Richard "Dick" TeagueSolar Farm repaired, resumes power generationFeb 2, 2018 2:30 pm212 views The university’s Solar Farm resumed full electricity production Jan. 25 after repairs to the site’s three inverters were completed. Inverters change direct current to alternating current to prepare energy for delivery to the campus electrical grid. The installation went offline Oct. 29 after a malfunction of the array’s electrical system.Krannert Center announces $30 million fundraising campaignFeb 2, 2018 1:45 pm120 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has announced a five-year, $30 million fundraising initiative.January in Illinois was cold and dryFeb 2, 2018 12:00 pm30 views January in Illinois was colder and drier than normal without much snow, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at Illinois.