blog postsSchool to celebrate diversity in the fields of chemical sciences and chemical engineeringJan 15, 2019 1:15 pm232 views The School of Chemical Sciences at Illinois is hosting a celebration of diversity in the fields of chemical sciences and chemical engineering with two public events Feb. 5. The American Chemical Society will designate a national historic chemical landmark for St. Elmo Brady, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States, earning it in 1916 at the University of Illinois.DeathsJan 11, 2019 8:30 am278 views Danny L. Elam ... Randall Joseph Lutz ... Glenn Gregory Simpson ... Kent Thompson Agencies to launch statewide mobile firefighting training resourcesJan 7, 2019 1:15 pm158 views The Illinois Fire Service Institute, part of the U. of I., will host a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. on the IFSI training grounds in Champaign. The event, held in cooperation with the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, will officially release four mobile trailers containing equipment essential for firefighting skills training.DeathsJan 7, 2019 11:00 am202 views Edward E. Durbin ... Doris Patricia “Pat” Foster ... Judy Kurlakowsky ... Marjorie E. Nelson ... Frances Joann PierceDecember in Illinois: Tornadoes, warm temperatures and little snowJan 2, 2019 3:30 pm148 views With warmer-than-average temperatures, December 2018 brought slight snowfall and a historic late-season severe weather outbreak to Illinois. On Dec. 1, the National Weather Service confirmed 29 tornadoes in Illinois, an event that is considered the largest December tornado outbreak in state history, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesman for the state climatologist office at the U. of I.’s Illinois State Water Survey. The second-largest number of tornadoes in December was 21 in 1957.Superfluidity: what is it and why does it matter?Dec 20, 2018 8:45 am1705 views 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the landmark physics discovery of superfluidity. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois physics professor and 2003 Nobel Prize winner Anthony Leggett about the significance of the historic finding.Illinois Public Media launches 'Reel Midwest'Dec 19, 2018 10:00 am77 views Illinois Public Media announces the launch of “Reel Midwest,” a new independent film series that aims to find the best in features, documentaries and short films in Illinois and across the Midwest. “Reel Midwest” showcases the region’s brightest talents through a selection of thought-provoking documentaries, narrative dramas and short films.Should the tech industry end mandatory arbitration for workers?Dec 18, 2018 8:45 am138 views For tech company workers protesting sexual harassment in the workplace, there are few practical benefits to be gained from employers ending mandatory arbitration beyond an increased perception of procedural justice, says U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.DeathsDec 13, 2018 12:30 pm658 views Sammy Ray “Sam” Sommer ... Kerrin ThompsonTwelve U. of I. undergraduates awarded Gilman scholarships to study abroadDec 13, 2018 11:45 am986 views Twelve Illinois undergraduates have been awarded Gilman scholarships to study abroad during the spring 2019 semester.What’s it take to get asylum? And what’s driving those seeking it?Dec 13, 2018 10:30 am764 views An Illinois professor who has aided in asylum cases talks about the criteria, changes in the process and why Central Americans are seeking this protection.On the Big ScreenDec 12, 2018 1:15 pm488 views Screenwriter and Illinois alumnus David Magee wrote the script for "Mary Poppins Returns."DeathsDec 6, 2018 12:45 pm339 views William Curtis Blaylock ... Susan Blunier ... Paula Jo Goodwin ... Barbara Clarke SwainIllinois presidents: What made them agents of change?Dec 6, 2018 10:30 am211 views With the “Land of Lincoln” celebrating its bicentennial, a historian looks at the influence of four Illinois-connected presidents.Oates receives digital preservation awardDec 5, 2018 2:45 pm116 views Alumna Anna Oates won the National Records of Scotland Award for the Most Outstanding Student Work in Digital Preservation for her master’s thesis work on the PDF/A standard. She received the award Nov. 29 at a ceremony at the Amsterdam Museum as part of an international conference hosted by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network and the Amsterdam Museum on World Digital Preservation Day. Anna Oates received her master's degree in 2018 from the School of Information Sciences.November was cold and snowy in IllinoisDec 5, 2018 12:00 pm175 views The statewide average temperature for November in Illinois was 35.3 degrees, which is 7.2 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at the U. of I. November 2018 was ranked the eighth-coldest November on record.What is on the horizon for global carbon emissions?Dec 5, 2018 11:45 am423 views On Dec. 5, the Global Carbon Project published the Global Carbon Budget 2018, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the report. Jain talked about the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian.Can we talk about the Illinois climate?Dec 3, 2018 8:15 am449 views Jim Angel, the Illinois state climatologist, has announced that he will retire in December 2018 after 34 years at the Illinois State Water Survey. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with him about his career, climate change and the National Climate Assessment released on Black Friday.DeathsNov 29, 2018 1:15 pm368 views Alva “Tad” LeRoy Addy ... Nancy J. Blackburn ... Belle Anna Brine ... John Roy Campbell ... Judith “Judy” Arlene Corray ... Terry Denny ... Marjorie Ellen (Keagle) Lange ... Alleta A. (Sue) Moore ... John (Jim) J.E. Mullen ... George Robert YoungEleven Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 29, 2018 10:15 am9471 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins workNov 29, 2018 8:00 am992 views The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins its work today.Four Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 27, 2018 10:00 am1727 views Four professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are: mechanical science and engineering professor Narayana Aluru, computer science professor William Gropp and plant biology professors Andrew Leakey and Ray Ming.Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with childrenNov 26, 2018 3:00 pm1878 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.Soil temperatures continue November declineNov 20, 2018 12:45 pm103 views Soil temperatures have fallen significantly throughout the state in November, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey at the U. of I.Ostoja-Starzewski awarded Worcester Reed Warner Medal for engineering literatureNov 19, 2018 2:30 pm130 views Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, a professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois and a member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Computational Imaging Group, was awarded the 2018 Worcester Reed Warner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers during a ceremony at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Pittsburgh.Department of special education receives leadership awardNov 16, 2018 1:30 pm124 views The Winston Knolls Education Group has awarded the department of special education at the College of Education at Illinois the 2019 Margaret Bancroft Distinguished Leadership Award. The award celebrates recipients’ accomplishments, professional achievements and public and civic service.DeathsNov 15, 2018 11:30 am374 views James B. Sinclair Checks and balances, presidential power the topics of Nov. 29 Cline SymposiumNov 15, 2018 11:00 am154 views Constitutional checks and balances and the power of the presidency will be topics of a speech and roundtable Nov. 29 at the U. of I.Wuebbles honored by American Geophysical UnionNov 14, 2018 12:15 pm75 views Donald J. Wuebbles, the Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Illinois, has been selected as the 2018 Bert Bolin awardee and lecturer of the American Geophysical Union’s Environmental Change section.Native American dance exhibition comes to Spurlock MuseumNov 12, 2018 3:00 pm203 views A Native American dance exhibition is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois. Sponsored by the Native American House and Spurlock Museum, the free event features interactive Native American dances highlighting the Men’s Traditional and Woodlands styles.Illinois Fire Service Institute to hold training for U.S. Armed Forces veteransNov 8, 2018 6:30 pm119 views On Nov. 10, the Illinois Fire Service Institute will host the inaugural “Veterans in the Fire Service Day: An Opportunity for Firefighters Past, Present, and Future.” It is a professional development opportunity for U.S. Armed Forces veterans who also have served, are serving or may be interested in serving as firefighters.University Library event to honor veteransNov 8, 2018 2:00 pm94 views A University Library event and exhibit will recognize the services of veterans of the armed forces.‘Virago-Man Dem’ to be performed Nov. 15 at Krannert Center for the Performing ArtsNov 8, 2018 2:00 pm90 views The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will present “Virago-Man Dem” by choreographer Cynthia Oliver Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Colwell Playhouse. DeathsNov 8, 2018 12:45 pm492 views Stephen Mitchell ... Patsy R. Paye ... Alan Rankin ... Stanley James Rankin ... Arthur J. Slates ... Edward L. YoungBone-chilling weather changes for Illinois residents in OctoberNov 5, 2018 11:15 am182 views Illinois’ weather in October was a mixed bag of conditions with temperatures in the 90s, the first fall frost, the first snow of the season and widespread heavy rains, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.EU ambassador to speak Nov. 9 as part of EU Day at IllinoisNov 1, 2018 2:15 pm251 views The EU’s ambassador to the U.S. will discuss the U.K. Brexit process and transatlantic relations as part of EU Day on Nov. 9.Illinois slavery book author to speak Nov. 8 as part of bicentennial seriesNov 1, 2018 1:45 pm166 views Slavery in Illinois and the move to freedom will be the subject of a Nov. 8 lecture at the U. of I., part of a series commemorating the state’s bicentennial.DeathsNov 1, 2018 12:45 pm282 views Kenneth Nelson Dugan ... Henry William Lippold ... Dr. Thomas N. “Doc” Monfort ... William “Harry” SolomanCan birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm1501 views In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law.What does Brazil’s recent election mean for its future?Nov 1, 2018 10:15 am186 views Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?Oct 31, 2018 10:45 am1421 views Influenza has no cure, but vaccines and anti-viral treatments could help thwart another deadly outbreak, says microbiology professor Christopher Brooke.Berenbaum named PNAS editor-in-chiefOct 31, 2018 8:30 am1017 views University of Illinois entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and longtime editorial contributor to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and other journals, has been appointed editor-in-chief of PNAS, effective Jan. 1.Passes for revamped Roger Ebert’s Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2018 10:00 am529 views Passes for the 21th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, shortened from five days to four, go on sale Nov. 1.Polling and the election: What to believe?Oct 29, 2018 10:00 am358 views With a much-anticipated midterm just a week away, political scientist Brian Gaines suggests we check some common assumptions about polling.How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites?Oct 26, 2018 3:15 pm475 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade explores the prevalence and impact of racialized sexual discrimination on sexual networking websites used by gay or bisexual men of color.DeathsOct 25, 2018 3:15 pm275 views William Boyd Buck ... Emanuel “Manny” Donchin ... Les Gasser ... Marjorie Ellen “Marge” Gordon ... Alvin E. Gustafson ... Phillip I. Henson ... Matthew McClure ... Kurt A. Mitchell ... Pauline Rymer ... Rebecca J. Simon ... Bernard “Bernie” Daniel TaylorSmart Energy Design Assistance Center honored with Illinois Sustainability AwardOct 25, 2018 12:45 pm122 views Twenty-seven Illinois companies and organizations were honored Oct. 23 for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy. The winners were announced during a ceremony at the Union League Club in Chicago. Panel discussion honors 25th anniversary of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource CenterOct 23, 2018 2:15 pm102 views Spurlock Museum presents the panel discussion “Looking Back, Looking Forward” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. The discussion at the museum is held in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at Illinois.Main Library redesign meeting scheduledOct 23, 2018 1:00 pm157 views The University Library has announced plans to redesign the Main Library at Illinois. As an ongoing project, the Senate Committee on the Library will regularly discuss this project throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Those interested in this conversation are invited to attend the upcoming Library Committee Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m., Room 232 in the English Building, 608 S. Wright St., Urbana.Sicilian Puppet Theater coming to campusOct 19, 2018 2:00 pm538 views Sicilian Pupi, or Sicilian Puppet Theater, will present a performance at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.