blog postsSoils are drying, warming across IllinoisSep 14, 2018 3:00 pm109 views Soils are drying out after the early September rain, 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.Knobloch honored with Charles H. Woolbert Research AwardSep 14, 2018 2:00 pm34 views The National Communication Association announces the selection of Leanne Knobloch, a professor of communication at Illinois, as the 2018 recipient of the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award. DeathsSep 13, 2018 1:30 pm151 views Roy F. Block ... Carolyn Margaret (Rexroat) Dodd ... Mary Anne Hewing ... Timothy Gerard Hewing ... Raymond Ides ... David Kay ... Frederick “Fred” E. Payne ... Margaret R. Selin ... Joseph Tarbet WoolleyFive Urbana-Champaign campus professors named University ScholarsSep 13, 2018 10:00 am791 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.Media advisory: Advisory group releases Native imagery reportSep 13, 2018 8:30 am48 views The Critical Conversations on Native Imagery Advisory Committee releases its report on a series of campus events that discussed the use of Native imagery on the Urbana campus.Should the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm691 views Changes to the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts could be made after the 2018 mid-term elections, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on tax policy and retirement issues, and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am784 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am939 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am323 views Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.What is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1184 views Scientists recently announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that made its way to Earth from an event that occurred 3.7 billion light-years away. Sensors buried within Antarctic ice detected the ghostly cosmic particle, called a neutrino, and traced its origin to a rapidly spinning galactic nucleus known as a blazar. Physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with physics professor Liang Yang about the significance of the discovery.Illinois professor to speak to congressional staffers about generational changeJul 13, 2018 10:00 am530 views U. of I. professor Julie Dowling is speaking to congressional staffers July 16 about generational change, racial/ethnic identity and the U.S. census.U. of I. undergraduates awarded national scholarships for language studiesJul 12, 2018 8:30 am834 views Five undergraduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the 550 students nationwide awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study critical languages this summer.What is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am586 views Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the court’s “pivot point” between its liberal and conservative elements since Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006, said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am8285 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am356 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1470 views Editor’s note: The number of tick-borne illnesses diagnosed annually in the United States doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summer is prime tick season, and people spending time outdoors should be vigilant, says University of Illinois entomology professor Brian F. Allan. An expert in the spread of insect- and tick-borne diseases, Allan discussed ticks in Illinois, how to prevent bites and when to seek medical attention in an interview with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?Jun 26, 2018 9:00 am752 views Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, discusses the impact that a proposed law could have on the curricula and students in Illinois public schools.Eleven U. of I. students, recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 25, 2018 1:30 pm3379 views Fulbright grants providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences are available to 11 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni this coming year.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am1998 views Nina Baym, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a pioneer in the field of study of American women’s writing, has died.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm550 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.Do summer jobs provide lifelong benefits for teens?Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am593 views University of Illinois Extension educator Kathy Sweedler, whose focus area is consumer economics, spoke recently with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about what teens can gain from summer jobs.Ball to perform in free outdoor concertJun 7, 2018 2:45 pm309 views Southern blueswoman Marcia Ball will perform in a free outdoor concert in the University of Illinois Research Park on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.. The event is part of the Outside at the Research Park series. The opening act is Jive Bag, led by Jonny Beckett, playing New Orleans funk and jazz starting at 6:30 p.m. Ball is known for her keyboard skills that blend “rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues,” according to The Boston Globe.DeathsJun 7, 2018 11:30 am479 views Charles M. Brown ... Norman C. Maske ... Terry D. Moore ... Eris E. Ponsler ... Ruth E. ShullIllinois Fire Service Institute will host the 94th Annual Fire CollegeJun 5, 2018 1:30 pm156 views The Illinois Fire Service Institute will host the 94th Annual Fire College on June 7-10 in Champaign. The event will bring together more than 400 first responders from across the state and country to experience in-depth, hands-on training.Faculty members receive Provost’s Distinguished Promotion AwardJun 5, 2018 12:45 pm598 views Eleven faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2018. Warmest May on record for IllinoisJun 4, 2018 2:45 pm110 views The statewide average temperature for May in Illinois was 70.6 degrees, 7.9 degrees above normal and the warmest May on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. The old record was 69.4 degrees in 1962.Two Illinois students to study at U.K. Fulbright Summer InstituteJun 4, 2018 8:00 am689 views Two University of Illinois students are among 60 students in the U.S. to receive a U.K. Summer Fulbright placement.DeathsMay 31, 2018 11:15 am437 views Tom Wyles Day ... Scott Ray WhiteScott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has diedMay 31, 2018 10:45 am3024 views University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died Monday of cancer at age 55.Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights?May 31, 2018 8:45 am934 views When an employer credibly cites harm to its business interests or reputation from employee speech, the employee has very little legal recourse if they’re fired because of it, said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on employment law.DeathsMay 24, 2018 4:15 pm456 views Daniel Lee Beckman ... Susan Kathleen Connelly ... Paul Krabbe ... Carolyn G. (Shaw) Mink ... Mete A. Sozen ... Marilyn Upah-BantConference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher educationMay 21, 2018 12:45 pm286 views The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.Two U. of I. seniors among Boren Scholarships recipientsMay 17, 2018 12:00 pm737 views Two University of Illinois seniors are among 221 nationwide recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships, awarded by the National Security Education Program to provide undergraduate students experience in world regions critical to U.S. interests.How should we remember Robert Kennedy today?May 17, 2018 9:00 am551 views Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, assassinated 50 years ago, was prone to blunt talk that often made him controversial, says an expert on political rhetoric.DeathsMay 10, 2018 1:45 pm597 views Richard E. Henderson ... Lois Evelyn Overmyer ... Christie TuckerCampus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership awarded to four faculty membersMay 10, 2018 12:30 pm527 views The Office of the Provost recognized four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members April 25 with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at eventMay 10, 2018 9:30 am309 views Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15, in Champaign.Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 8, 2018 9:45 am206 views News media passes for Saturday's campuswide commencement at Memorial Stadium are available through Friday at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Room 319, Champaign. Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm1056 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.Germanic languages and literatures professor named Getty Residential ScholarMay 4, 2018 8:00 am254 views Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant. She’ll use the residency to work on her book on the relationship between public monuments and cultural politics in the city of Nuernberg.DeathsMay 3, 2018 3:15 pm271 views Ray Boehmer ... Lawrence “Larry” Mervin Bowden ... Leo J. Clennon ... Dale F. “Marty” Eichelberger ... Robert “Bob” Allan Moff ... Christie Tucker ... Dan WeismanFaculty and Staff Emergency Fund seeks donationsMay 3, 2018 2:00 pm69 views Crisis knows no season. For as little as $5 per month, faculty and staff members can make a difference in the life of a co-worker in crisis by donating to the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fundat Illinois. Over the past year, the fund provided about $30,000 in grants to employees experiencing temporary financial hardship. Since the fund’s inception in 1992, more than 1,000 academic professionals, faculty and staff members have been helped.Media advisory: Administrators gear up for Illini 4000 cross-country bicycle rideMay 3, 2018 10:15 am117 views At a noon event on Monday, May 7, at the Alma Mater statue, University of Illinois administrators will discuss their participation in the upcoming Illini 4000 annual cross-country fundraising ride and receive bicycle gear from experienced riders.April was second-coldest on record in Illinois May 2, 2018 11:45 am63 views The statewide average temperature in April was 44.7 degrees, 7.9 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. It was the second-coldest April on record, dating back to 1895, and beaten only by 43.1 degrees set in April 1907.Illinois chemist elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2018 1:30 pm943 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Denmark is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates recognized for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.Nominations sought for honorary degree awardsApr 30, 2018 3:30 pm106 views The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees invites all departments and units to identify and nominate individuals who have made substantial contributions to their respective academic disciplines for an honorary degree award. Information regarding the nomination procedure and criteria for honorary degree award nominations can be found on the Senate website. How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am470 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare.McGraw honored as 2018 Office Professional of the YearApr 27, 2018 3:30 pm184 views The Secretariat organization at Illinois has named James McGraw, an administrative aide for the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the 2018 Office Professional of the Year. The announcement was made at the organization’s April 18 luncheon. The Secretariat is a group comprised of U. of I. employees in certain civil service classifications. Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, nominated McGraw for the annual award, which is celebrated during Administrative Professionals Week.DeathsApr 27, 2018 11:00 am229 views Joseph Frederick Green ... Elmer OsterburJarrell named to international animal care and use accreditation councilApr 27, 2018 8:45 am116 views Animal sciences adjunct professor Vickie Jarrell has been elected to the Council on Accreditation for AAALAC International, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes responsible and humane treatment of animals in research.