blog posts'Pressing Issues' at Krannert Art Museum shows WPA printmakers' thoughts on social justiceSep 24, 2020 12:15 pm276 views An exhibition of WPA prints shows how artists addressed social issues that remain relevant today.In person or by mail? What to consider in choosing how to voteSep 14, 2020 10:00 am1245 views Voters this fall must determine not only who they’re voting for, but also the safest way to cast a ballot. Brian Gaines, a political science professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, maps out some risks to consider and mistakes to avoid. He also cautions against leaping to conclusions about any alleged irregularities on Election Day.Illinois enrollment remains above 50,000Sep 9, 2020 10:00 am4840 views Greater demand for online graduate programs pushed the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s 2020 enrollment to a record 52,331. In addition to delivering fall semester instruction as a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses, the university developed unique safety measures including a saliva-based COVID-19 test.Have we gone too far trashing politics?Sep 8, 2020 10:00 am577 views We’ve gone too far in trashing politics, no matter how much the campaign season may prompt us to do so, says Ned O’Gorman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Politics is a good thing, but our views of politics have become “twisted.” His recent book “Politics for Everybody” argues for “authentic politics” that focus on different people getting along and working things out, not winner-take-all.Media alert: News conference to discuss university's plan to correct upward trend of positive COVID-19 casesSep 2, 2020 1:00 pm9140 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s new measures for undergraduate students in response to a recent upward trend in positive COVID-19 cases will be discussed at a Zoom news conference at 3:30 p.m. today. What’s different about recent athlete protests?Sep 1, 2020 1:45 pm448 views In the history of protest in sports, the recent strikes by professional athletes in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are unprecedented, says Adrian Burgos Jr., a professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign who specializes in the history of sports. The resumption of pro sports during a pandemic has made the players’ platform even more prominent, he says, and some have used it to try to communicate their lived reality beyond their role as athletes.Should government do more for the working poor during pandemic?Aug 26, 2020 8:00 am813 views Another round of federal stimulus checks and increased unemployment benefits would be “economic stabilizers” for the working poor during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Black girls create a space of their own in 'Homemade, With Love' exhibition at KAMAug 25, 2020 11:30 am1219 views A Krannert Art Museum exhibition includes artwork by local middle school girls as well as prominent Black female artists.Will a coronavirus vaccine be a cure-all?Aug 25, 2020 8:15 am712 views Global health authorities are frantically pursuing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in the hope that it will allow everyone to get back to a pre-COVID-19 reality ASAP. Thomas O’Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health, says those expectations are probably overblown.Illinois performing arts adapt teaching for fall classesAug 24, 2020 2:45 pm1245 views The University of Illinois dance, music and theatre departments have found creative solutions to offer in-person classes in safe ways.University working to contain predicted increase in on-campus COVID-19 casesAug 21, 2020 10:15 am18573 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will employ detailed plans to address the expected initial increase in COVID-19 positive cases through the next several weeks. Modified in-person instruction begins Monday. Data models developed by Illinois faculty members forecast that new cases will decline after the first few weeks of the semester and the daily positivity rate will remain low throughout.Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm77574 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff.Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am802 views A global response, such as that organized by the World Health Organization, is needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ian Brooks, a research scientist whose focus is global health informatics.Safer Illinois app available for faculty members, staff, studentsAug 13, 2020 10:00 am3928 views An app that provides personalized coronavirus information and testing status for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members, staff and students who intend to enter university facilities this fall is available for download by iPhone and Android users.Illinois 'engineer guy' Hammack awarded Hoover MedalAug 13, 2020 8:00 am1649 views Bill Hammack, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded the Hoover Medal.Graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named for spring semesterAug 12, 2020 11:30 am30991 views The University of Illinois announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2020 spring semester. 2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to SeptemberAug 10, 2020 1:45 pm526 views The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19.COVID-19 briefing: Homegrown models inform university's safety measuresAug 7, 2020 1:45 pm1309 views When classes resume Aug. 24, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will enlist a program that includes COVID-19 target, test and tell protocols and employs a saliva-based testing method. The program’s design relied heavily on a team of researchers’ predictions of how different variables might help mitigate the spread of the virus. Two of those researchers discussed their work in a recent online briefing.University outlines fall plans including remote instruction after fall breakAug 3, 2020 9:00 am7473 views As part of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 precautions for the fall semester, all faculty members, staff and students who participate in on-campus activities will be required to be tested at on-campus sites twice a week.Media advisory: COVID-19 Briefing Series to discuss state and campus-level modelingAug 3, 2020 8:00 am1146 views University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones will join campus experts to discuss modeling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois – at the state and campus levels – during an event Thursday. Center for Advanced Study appoints seven professors to permanent facultyJul 31, 2020 1:00 pm1090 views Seven University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been named Center for Advanced Study Professors, one of the highest forms of campus recognition.Call to Action initiative to support faculty research in systemic racism, social justice issuesJul 27, 2020 9:00 am781 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will introduce a series of measures designed to enhance its support of research on issues of systemic racism in the U.S. The initial component is the Chancellor’s Research Program to Address Racism and Social Injustice, which will seek proposals early in the fall semester.Salon series featuring Black artists kicks off new Black Arts InitiativeJul 21, 2020 1:15 pm1065 views A Black Arts Initiative by the College of Fine and Applied Arts kicks off this week with a series of conversations with Black artists.Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name?Jul 21, 2020 9:00 am1225 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades, says Jay Rosenstein, an Illinois professor of media and cinema studies. His documentary on the use of American Indian mascots in sports aired in 1997 and he has closely followed the issue since.Can Major League Baseball owners, players avoid another work stoppage?Jul 20, 2020 8:00 am605 views A coronavirus-abbreviated Major League Baseball season will open amid the backdrop of significant labor tension between owners and players, says U. of I. labor historian Daniel A. Gilbert.Awards recognize campus excellence in public engagementJul 10, 2020 1:45 pm2722 views The 2020 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement recognize outstanding individual and group outreach efforts.Two Illinois communication scholars elected ICA FellowsJul 10, 2020 9:15 am465 views Leanne Knobloch and Angharad Valdivia, both professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been elected Fellows of the International Communication Association, in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. Two other Illinois faculty members received the same honor last year.Illinois Community Pledge provides common focus on COVID-19 safetyJul 9, 2020 10:00 am1021 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students, faculty members and staff are invited to sign a voluntary pledge that reinforces the need for COVID-19-responsible behaviors.Media advisory: On-campus COVID-19 testing available for faculty members, staff, studentsJul 6, 2020 2:00 pm7327 views News media interested in learning more about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 testing are invited to a one-time media availability Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. near the Alice Campbell Alumni Center 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Eight projects awarded funding for AI research to mitigate COVID-19Jun 30, 2020 1:45 pm2888 views Eight University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign projects are among 26 to receive the first C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute awards for artificial intelligence techniques to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute will provide a total of $5.4 million over the next year to projects that examine the medical, social and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus and inspire researcher collaboration in advanced machine learning and other AI disciplines. Where does the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program stand?Jun 30, 2020 7:45 am674 views Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remains a stopgap measure at best. The permanent fix is a comprehensive immigration bill that looks something like the former DREAM Act, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the U. of I. College of Law.Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am1458 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.Tests optional for fall 2021 freshman applicantsJun 23, 2020 8:00 am9824 views Students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test results due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting students’ opportunities to take the exams.Four faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipJun 19, 2020 10:45 am1245 views Four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members were honored by the Office of the Provost with the Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Urbana campus to open for fall instruction with COVID-19 safety precautionsJun 18, 2020 3:15 pm11599 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will open the fall semester with as much in-person instruction and residential occupancy as COVID-19 precautions allow.How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic?Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am1717 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross.What can police trainers learn from the current crisis?Jun 17, 2020 8:15 am755 views Police reform is on the national agenda in response to the choking death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in late May – and many other such incidents before and since. Police Training Institute director Michael Schlosser weighed in on the current crisis. Based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the PTI trains dozens of police departments across the state of Illinois. Schlosser spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. Cary to lead U of I Division of Public Safety, serve as police chiefJun 16, 2020 2:00 pm2049 views Alice Cary, currently the chief of police at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s next executive director of public safety and chief of police.Illinois students awarded Boren ScholarshipsJun 12, 2020 8:00 am1310 views Four students at the University of Illinois were selected to study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests as recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships.Why the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2136 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Humanities research program elevated to institute statusJun 11, 2020 8:15 am1954 views The Humanities Research Institute – previously known as the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities – is now one of nine campuswide interdisciplinary research institutes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 8, 2020 7:30 am2940 views Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and recent alumni were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences across the globe this coming year.Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict?Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm1666 views Our biases, conscious and unconscious, influence how we process news of events like the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the media plays an important part in forming and reinforcing those biases, says Travis Dixon, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Support community members in need through the Faculty and Staff Emergency FundJun 3, 2020 1:15 pm809 views Since its inception in 1992, the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund has helped more than 1,000 academic professionals, faculty members and staff.COVID-19 experts available for news media interviewsJun 2, 2020 12:00 pm1043 views Experts from a variety of fields at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are available to the news media to discuss COVID-19-related topics.Two Illinois students named Udall ScholarsJun 1, 2020 11:00 am1155 views Two University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students were named Udall Scholars, a first for the university in the same year. A total of 55 Udall scholarships were awarded this year.Will movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am1368 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business.University Archives creating record of pandemic's effects on campusMay 20, 2020 8:45 am695 views The University Archives is collecting personal reflections to document campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic.Faculty members, staff, teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionMay 19, 2020 11:30 am3524 views Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants this spring were honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction. The awards recognize excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.What effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues?May 14, 2020 8:00 am936 views The continued spread of COVID-19 ought to prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.