Would court ruling mean college athletes are employees? Nov 28, 2023 8:00 am753 views A ruling in favor of college athletes in Johnson v. NCAA could potentially herald the most consequential change in college athletics since the NCAA was formed in 1906, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts opens ticket sales for spring performances Nov 15, 2023 1:30 pm408 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ spring season will feature many genres of music, dance and theater. What impact will the Biden administration’s executive order have on AI development? Nov 15, 2023 9:00 am345 views The best way to think of the Biden administration’s wide-ranging executive order on artificial intelligence is as a trial balloon to gauge what works, says Robert Brunner, the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Eight Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 15, 2023 8:00 am3857 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. What will be the impact of the decision to no longer name birds after people? Nov 9, 2023 9:00 am754 views The American Ornithological Society’s decision to rename birds that were named after people will allow us to consider how we remember historical figures and acknowledge the oppression in our nation’s history, says University of Illinois history professor David Sepkoski, who studies how biological and environmental sciences interact with culture. Board to consider extension for Athletics Director Whitman through 2031 Nov 2, 2023 1:00 pm696 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. Do we need a new approach to prevent bird window strikes? Oct 20, 2023 11:30 am474 views In early October, nearly 1,000 birds perished after colliding with the windows of a convention center near Lake Michigan in Chicago, marking the largest mass bird die-off in decades. But bird window-strike fatalities are an ongoing threat. Illinois Natural History Survey wildlife ecologist Thomas J. Benson, an expert in bird population trends in Illinois, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the problem and what new strategies may help. October Dance features historic Martha Graham work Oct 11, 2023 2:15 pm401 views The October Dance performance by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign dance department will feature the historic Martha Graham work “Steps in the Street.” Rashid Bashir elected to National Academy of Medicine Oct 9, 2023 9:00 am1083 views Rashid Bashir, the dean of The Grainger College of Engineering and a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. A pioneer at the intersection of engineering and medicine, Bashir was elected “for seminal contributions and visionary leadership in micro and nanoscale biosensors and diagnostics, bioengineering early detection of infection and sepsis, and education in engineering-based medicine with helping to establish the world's first engineering-based medical school.” Library’s 15-millionth volume is influential manuscript on agricultural management from Middle Ages Oct 6, 2023 11:00 am1755 views The 15-millionth volume in the collection of the University Library is a copy of Walter of Henley’s 13th-century work “Hosbondrye,” one of the most influential works on agriculture and land management in the Middle Ages. Yu receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award Oct 3, 2023 10:45 am426 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. Science historian Naomi Oreskes to talk about how free market ideology blocks climate action Sep 27, 2023 1:00 pm407 views Naomi Oreskes, a leader in examining efforts to undermine the scientific truth on the causes of global warming, will give a Center for Advanced Study MillerComm lecture on how free market ideology is preventing action on climate change. Big Ten Academic Alliance announces Academic Leadership and Executive Officers Program fellows Sep 21, 2023 1:15 pm299 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. What does the Kansas newspaper raid portend for free speech, journalism? Sep 21, 2023 8:00 am362 views The unsanctioned police raid on a newspaper in rural Kansas underscores the need to provide journalists with legal protections such as the recently re-introduced bipartisan Protect Reporters from Exploitive State Spying Act, says Lena Shapiro, a clinical assistant professor of law and the inaugural director of the College of Law’s First Amendment Clinic. Two Illinois Students Awarded the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service Sep 19, 2023 8:15 am457 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 pm6568 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 am566 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. U. of I. alum Joanne Lee Molinaro – ‘The Korean Vegan’ – to give talk, cooking demo on campus Sep 7, 2023 9:00 am477 views Joanne Lee Molinaro, known as “The Korean Vegan,” gained fame through her TikTok videos and now is a best-selling cookbook author. She’ll be on campus at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of the PYGMALION Festival. Illini Union Art Gallery exhibition to feature photographs of Mexican Muralism Sep 1, 2023 2:00 pm1124 views An exhibition at the Illini Union Art Gallery during September will feature photographs of artwork from the Mexican Muralism movement. 2023 spring semester graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named Aug 29, 2023 8:00 am17380 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. Marie Watt retrospective at Krannert Art Museum builds community through art and storytelling Aug 28, 2023 11:00 am223 views Krannert Art Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition of the prints of artist Marie Watt, whose work draws on pop culture, mythology and her Native American and European ancestry. What explains labor strife among US workers? Aug 28, 2023 10:30 am203 views President Biden has been heralded as the most pro-labor president ever, but the state of U.S. labor and the labor movement in 2023 is “very agitated,” reflecting decades of stagnant wage increases and deteriorating job quality, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. What prompted tropical cyclone Hilary’s unusual path? Aug 24, 2023 11:30 am400 views Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit California in 84 years. Atmospheric sciences professor Deanna Hence spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about what made this storm unique and if the Southwest U.S. should expect more like it in the future. Does new Illinois law allow non-citizens to become law enforcement officers? Aug 18, 2023 8:00 am1722 views A new Illinois law that expands the eligibility for law enforcement jobs to non-U.S. citizens such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program participants is mostly aspirational since DACA recipients aren’t legally allowed to possess firearms, says Lauren R. Aronson, a clinical professor and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law. How will a new Illinois law help with teaching the history of Native Americans in the state? Aug 10, 2023 11:45 am841 views A new law requiring Illinois public schools to teach Native American history will help students learn about the Indigenous people who originally occupied the land, as well as the contemporary Native American community in the state, says Illinois history professor Rosalyn LaPier. Sharpe named dean of U. of I. College of Law Aug 3, 2023 1:30 pm2299 views Jamelle Sharpe has been named the 14th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees. What does the film 'Oppenheimer' tell us about the development of the atomic bomb? Aug 1, 2023 9:45 am2513 views “Oppenheimer” examines the process of building an organization of unprecedented scale and wrestles with how to see one individual’s decisions as relevant in the face of such a massive system, says Kevin Hamilton, the dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the co-author of a book about the film studio that documented nuclear testing for the U.S. government. How can cities use green spaces to mitigate the effects of extreme heat on vulnerable residents? Jul 25, 2023 9:15 am576 views High-quality trees and other vegetation in cities can help reduce temperatures and provide shade for residents, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign urban and regional planning professor Fang Fang. Should President Biden intervene in potential UPS strike? Jul 25, 2023 8:00 am384 views President Biden would likely alienate a key constituency ahead of the 2024 presidential election cycle if he used his presidential powers to intervene in a potential UPS strike, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. What’s at stake in Hollywood labor strikes? Jul 18, 2023 8:00 am662 views Strikes by Hollywood writers and actors are driven by the “existential concerns” posed by the proliferation of streaming services and the rise of artificial intelligence, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. What does the recent rebellion by armed forces in Russia mean for Putin’s future? Jul 12, 2023 1:15 pm535 views Russian president Vladimir Putin weathered a recent insurrection by the Wagner mercenary group, but the crisis has damaged his standing, said Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest. Are honey bees, wild bees still in trouble? Jun 29, 2023 8:00 am1183 views A new report reveals that U.S. beekeepers lost roughly half of the honey bees they managed last year. In an interview, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign entomology professor Adam Dolezal describes the current status of bees in the U.S. What is the state of underwater geolocation technology? Jun 23, 2023 9:15 am1085 views The loss of OceanGate's Titan submersible this week has triggered questions about how underwater craft navigate and how these vehicles can improve their geolocation abilities. Electrical and computer engineering professor Viktor Gruev spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the current state of the science behind underwater geolocation, and some advances his team is working on now. University Library taking precautions with Victorian-era books that may have heavy metal-based pigments Jun 15, 2023 12:45 pm2490 views The Heavy Metals Project of the University Library will survey the 19th-century books in the Library’s collection and test those with their original cloth-covered bindings to determine if they contain traces of heavy metals in the pigments used for the covers. Five Urbana-Champaign faculty members honored as University Scholars Jun 7, 2023 4:15 pm1452 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. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces performances for its 2023-24 season Jun 6, 2023 9:00 am1222 views A wide range of artists will perform during Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2023-24 season, which opens with the 10th year of ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival. Awards recognize excellence in public engagement May 31, 2023 10:00 am680 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 am445 views Three University of Illinois students received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study foreign languages this summer. Registration open for I-Ready online camp for college-bound students with autism May 24, 2023 1:45 pm520 views Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Illinois high schools and new graduates with autism who are interested in attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are encouraged to apply to I-Ready, a virtual summer camp. BTN COVID-19 documentary 'The New Normal' premieres May 23 May 22, 2023 10:15 am1079 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 pm1804 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. What’s the transformative potential of artificial intelligence? May 17, 2023 8:00 am1054 views Anxiety about artificial intelligence has been driven by its rapid development as well as knowledge worker concerns about potentially being replaced by the transformative technology, says Robert Brunner, the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lough named School of Social Work dean May 11, 2023 1:30 pm2101 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 am897 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 am865 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 am268 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. How does climate change affect global bird reproduction? May 1, 2023 2:00 pm749 views A new study assessed changes in the reproductive output of 104 bird species around the world between 1970 and 2019. Illinois Natural History Survey avian ecologist Jeff Hoover, a co-author of the report, explains how climate change is altering bird ecology and health. Media advisory: Media passes and parking available for commencement Apr 27, 2023 9:30 am232 views Media passes and parking are available for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign commencement. How do you handle free speech issues in higher education, popular discourse? Apr 27, 2023 8:00 am916 views The current state of the First Amendment is an ongoing battle between those who say they want to advance freedom of speech for everyone versus those who want to drown out voices that they don’t agree with, says Lena Shapiro, a clinical assistant professor of law and the inaugural director of the College of Law’s First Amendment Clinic. Four Illinois students awarded Boren funding for overseas language study Apr 26, 2023 10:00 am1350 views Four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students received Boren Awards for intensive language study abroad during the 2023-24 academic year.