blog posts Big Ten home opener tonight for Illini Women's Basketball Dec 7, 2022 2:15 pm Shauna Green is the first coach in Women's Basketball program history to open her Illinois career with a 3-0 start, and pushed the new mark a 6-0 start. The Illini take on Rutgers tonight at 7pm (State Farm Center). Former ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch honored with Douglas Award Dec 7, 2022 1:15 pm The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented by U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs, recognizes public officials who demonstrate the highest standards of public service. U of I research: Reading for pleasure can strengthen memory in older adults Dec 7, 2022 12:00 pm Reading is simultaneously engaging and relaxing, and it’s fun to do alone or with friends. Now researchers say reading may help preserve memory skills as people — and their brains — grow older. Before Jackie Robinson, Jorge Pasquel broke baseball’s color barrier — in Mexico Dec 7, 2022 11:15 am L.A. Times (Dec. 7) The Mexican League fully integrated pro baseball. It 'meant that you see each other as equals,' says U of I's Adrian Burgos. 'You share the locker room, the dugout space. It is a different dimension.' Illini take down No. 2 Texas in overtime Dec 7, 2022 8:45 am Illinois fought back from a double-digit second-half deficit to force overtime and take down No. 2 Texas, 85-78. Freshman guard Jayden Epps scored the Illini's final five points of the second half to send the game to overtime. Illinois senior named Schwarzman Scholar Dec 7, 2022 8:45 am Grace Mitchell was named a Schwarzman Scholar, one of 150 recipients selected from an international pool of 3,000 applicants to recognize students who seek a better understanding of China’s role in the world and have potential as future leaders. Ryan Walters named 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year Dec 6, 2022 4:15 pm Illinois Football ranked in the top 10 in the nation in 17 major defensive categories during the regular season, including leading the nation in interceptions (22), ranking second in scoring defense (12.3), and third in total defense (263.8). Five ways to use technology to decrease your stress Dec 6, 2022 3:00 pm It’s a stressful time of year with holidays and the end of the semester. Technology can add to that stress, or it can be used to minimize the stress. RIP Jim Kaler: Beloved professor, world-renowned expert on stars Dec 6, 2022 11:00 am Astronomy Magazine (Dec. 5) Jim Kaler, astronomy professor and one of the world’s leading experts on stars, died at his home at age 83. Kaler taught an estimated 10,000 students during his nearly 40-year career at the U. of I. No. 17 Illini face No. 2 Texas in Jimmy V Classic tonight Dec 6, 2022 10:45 am No. 17 Illinois returns to the East Coast to face No. 2 Texas in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden (6 p.m. CT, ESPN). Texas is Illinois' fourth ranked opponent in nine games to open the season. How to harvest an untapped source of fresh water Dec 6, 2022 8:45 am A new study from Illinois is the first to suggest an investment in new infrastructure capable of harvesting oceanic water vapor as a solution to limited supplies of fresh water NASA renames GLIDE mission after trailblazing U of I alumnus Dec 5, 2022 12:45 pm As one of the first African American men to earn a PhD in astrophysics, George Carruthers was a trailblazer. He invented the camera that took the first images of space, significantly improving our understanding of space and earth science. Catholic bishops a religious outlier in opposing Respect for Marriage Act Dec 5, 2022 11:30 am National Catholic Reporter (Dec. 5) U of I law professor says the bill’s finding about 'decent and honorable' opposition seems to counter bishops' warning of a new 'compelling government interest' to force the religious to violate their consciences. Illini Football accepts invitation to 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl Dec 5, 2022 8:45 am The Illinois football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Illinois will play Mississippi State at Raymond James Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2. Congress quashed a rail strike by forcing a deal between workers and bosses Dec 2, 2022 10:15 am WBEZ-FM (Dec. 1) Robert Bruno, a professor and director of the Labor Education Program at the U. of I., discusses the implications for rail workers and other unionization efforts around the country. Illini Men's Basketball opens Big Ten play tonight at Maryland Dec 2, 2022 9:30 am Illinois' next two games are away - and against undefeated teams. Following tonight's Big Ten opener at 7-0 Maryland, the Illini head back to the East Coast to face 5-0 Texas on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Solar panels and agriculture can coexist, but a few hurdles remain Dec 1, 2022 11:15 am It can be difficult to find crops that thrive under solar panels, but for grazing animals, particularly sheep, the combination works out well. 'Sheep don't really care about hanging wires or poles,' says undergrad researcher Tyler Swanson. How a simple ‘thank you’ from your partner can reduce holiday stress Dec 1, 2022 10:00 am Healthline (Nov. 30) 'We wanted to understand what makes couples resilient,' says U of I professor Allen Barton. 'All couples face challenges, but some relationships remain strong even in the midst of difficulty.' Lights-out three-point shooting gives Women's Basketball a big road win over Pitt Dec 1, 2022 9:45 am Sophomore Adalia McKenzie scored a career-high 25 points, shooting 81.8 percent. The Illini improved to 7-1 on the season, tying their win total from one season ago. Theu open Big Ten on Sunday afternoon at No. 5 Indiana. Q&A with alum Dan Balz, chief correspondent of The Washington Post Dec 1, 2022 9:15 am Join us as alumnus Dan Balz of The Washington Post, discusses the U.S. Senate Georgia runoff election between Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael G. Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker on Dec. 5. Experts boost activity of potential therapeutic target in triple-negative breast cancer Nov 30, 2022 11:00 am Illinois researchers have found that stimulating estrogen receptor beta in triple-negative breast cancers alters the activity of cancer-related genes and reduces the growth and metastasis of these breast cancers. Elon Musk may inadvertently spur Congress to action on social media regulations Nov 30, 2022 10:45 am Fast Company (Nov. 30) The attempt at self-regulation consists of Musk and his inner circle making ad hoc calls that aren't necessarily politically neutral. 'It seems to be leaning more toward the right rather than the left,' says U of I professor Dennis Baron. Hawkins' triple-double leads Fighting Illini past Syracuse Nov 30, 2022 9:45 am Coleman Hawkins registered the first Illinois triple-double in two seasons, recording 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Fighting Illini's 73-44 win over Syracuse. Terrence Shannon Jr. led all scorers with 17 points. Cultural tourism that began in Depression-era created image of Old South Nov 30, 2022 9:00 am During the Great Depression, women in Natchez, MS, developed one of the first cultural tourism sites in the U.S., centered around the city’s antebellum architecture. In doing so, they created an image of the Old South as grand mansions and gracious living. Study: Canada geese beat humans in longstanding territory battle Nov 29, 2022 12:00 pm Cities spend a lot of time and money harassing geese to relocate, but new University of Illinois research shows standard goose harassment efforts aren’t effective, especially in winter when birds should be most susceptible to scare tactics. Diagnoses of suicidal ideation surged among Black pregnant women in 10-year study Nov 29, 2022 11:15 am 'These findings suggest that care for many Black women with antenatal depression – depression that occurs during pregnancy – may be delayed until the condition escalates into a life-threatening emergency,' says Professor Karen Tabb Dina. Paper: Neurotic personality trait a key risk factor for stress perception Nov 29, 2022 11:15 am While all of the 'Big Five' personality traits – agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism and openness – are related to experiencing stress, neuroticism showed the strongest link Perennial rice could raise yields and cut costs Nov 29, 2022 11:00 am 'Now we can consciously choose to make a better crop and a better, more sustainable agriculture. We can fix the errors of history,' says study co-author Erik Sacks, a plant geneticist at the U. of I. How can academia help implement lessons from the 2022 climate summit? Nov 28, 2022 2:15 pm Atmospheric sciences professor Ashish Sharma is cautiously optimistic that academia can partner with industry and government on climate and sustainability goals that will benefit their financial statements, their employees and their communities. Organizing nanoparticles into pinwheel shapes offers new twist on engineered materials Nov 28, 2022 11:00 am These pinwheel-shaped structures self-assemble from nanoparticles and exhibit a characteristic called chirality – one of nature’s strategies to build complexity into structures at all scales, from molecules to galaxies. My Thanksgiving: How testifying for Native Americans made me a witness to history Nov 28, 2022 10:45 am Salon (Nov. 24) 'I’m a scholar of Native American history,' writes Frederick Hoxie, a professor emeritus of history, law and American Indian studies at Illinois. 'But my real education came from working with Native people in the present.' Stripe State Farm Center Tuesday vs. Syracuse Nov 28, 2022 8:45 am Illini Athletics is asking all fans to help stripe the arena orange and blue. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally by ESPN. Illini dominate Northwestern, 41-3, in regular season finale Nov 27, 2022 3:45 pm The Illini defense forced six turnovers, including a scoop and score and pick six from Sydney Brown, while Devon Witherspoon recorded two interceptions. With an 8-4 overall record, they'll learn their bowl destination next week. How the Latter-day Saints came to back Senate’s same-sex marriage bill Nov 23, 2022 10:15 am Washington Post (Nov. 22) Robin Fretwell Wilson, who helped craft a compromise on the bill, describes civil rights such as same-sex marriage and religious liberty as 'puzzle pieces' that can fit together if people of good faith work together. Bison’s relocation to Native lands revives a spiritual bond Nov 22, 2022 2:15 pm AP (Nov. 22) 'Depending on what Indigenous group you’re talking to, the bison originated in the supernatural realm and ended up on Earth for humans to use,” says Prof. Rosalyn LaPier, who grew up on the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Montana. Terrence Shannon Jr. earns Big Ten Player of the Week honor Nov 22, 2022 9:15 am Shannon earns the award after averaging 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 59.5% from the field, including 56.5% from 3-point range. He led the No. 16 Fighting Illini to a 2-1 record on the week, including a top-10 victory. Illini Women’s Basketball climbs to 5-0 start for first time since 2014 Nov 22, 2022 9:00 am Fighting Illini women's basketball picked up an 84-55 victory over Oakland Monday night to secure a 5-0 start to the season for the first time since 2014. Illinois saw 11 different players score as all 13 Illini saw minutes in the win. Fighting Illini Volleyball earns senior day sweep against Iowa Nov 21, 2022 12:45 pm On a sentimental Senior Day at Huff Hall on Sunday, Illini Volleyball triumphed over Iowa in straight sets to record the Illini's eighth sweep this season. Their fourth-straight victory helped the team improve to 15-13 overall, 11-8 in Big Ten play. Illini Men's Basketball falls to Virginia in Main Event Title Game Nov 21, 2022 8:00 am No. 19 Illinois fell in the Continental Tire Main Event championship game to No. 16 Virginia, 70-61, on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. Jayden Epps led the Illini with 14 points off the bench. Coleman Hawkins had 10 points and three blocks. 2022-23 Ebert Fellows will work with Chicago Tribune film critic Nov 18, 2022 12:15 pm Through the Roger Ebert Fellows program, three undergraduate students are selected each fall to gain in-depth learning experiences that focus on critical thinking, arts and entertainment criticism, and interpretative journalism. U.S. Senate signals support for amended Respect for Marriage Act Nov 18, 2022 11:15 am Deseret News (Nov. 16) Federal law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 'Those laws still sit on the books. The Supreme Court says, "Thou shalt not enforce that law," but those laws should come off the books,' says Robin Fretwell Wilson. Volleyball closes home slate hosting Spartans and Hawkeyes this weekend Nov 18, 2022 10:15 am The Illini went 2-0 last week, sweeping Michigan State before topping Michigan 3-1 on the road. The straight-set victory at MSU marked the seventh sweep of the season and the third in league play. Men's Basketball: Illini face UCLA Friday in Las Vegas Nov 17, 2022 9:30 am No. 19 Illinois faces No. 8 UCLA on Friday night, marking the 21st game against a top-10 team under head coach Brad Underwood. The Illini set a single-season school record in 2020-21 with six wins over top-10 opponents. Second year of pandemic deadlier for middle aged than the first, analysis finds Nov 17, 2022 9:15 am The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was deadliest for those over 65, while the second year was deadlier for middle-aged adults, even with COVID-19 deaths removed, a new U of I analysis found. What message did voters send this midterm election? Nov 17, 2022 8:00 am Professor Brian Gaines talks about the 2022 midterm elections, the message voters sent, what effect gerrymandering had, and what we can expect from a divided Congress, with a republican majority in the House, and a democratic majority in the Senate. How to avoid impending holiday travel disruptions Nov 16, 2022 11:45 am The Hill (Nov. 15) U of I's Sheldon Jacobson writes, 'With the busy holiday travel period just a week away, labor storms are brewing in two legacy airlines that could derail many people’s travel plans.' Here's how to minimize the risk of travel disruption. Illini Football's defensive coordinator named Broyles Award nominee Nov 16, 2022 11:30 am Ryan Walters has coached his way to become a Broyles Award front runner, as Illinois ranks in the top 10 in the nation in 20 defensive categories. Hearing loss expert Fatima Husain 'delighted' by over-the-counter hearing aids Nov 16, 2022 11:15 am Professor Husain explains how access to affordable hearing aids could offer unique opportunities for individuals with tinnitus, turn the tide on social stigma, and contribute to a competitive industry and a collaborative research frontier. Project reconnects Native American tribes with hide painting tradition Nov 16, 2022 10:45 am 'A big part of this project is to help the Miami and Peoria communities continue to revitalize their cultures in a hands-on way,' Professor Robert Morrissey said. 'It’s more than an academic study of the past.' What is the metaverse - and what's its business potential? Nov 16, 2022 10:30 am The metaverse’s potential for transformation means it should be on everyone’s radar, says Robert Brunner, the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.