blog posts A Donation for the Ages Jul 25, 2018 3:30 pm Reserachers are far from cataloguing everything in the collection, but they've already discovered a new species - a longhorn beetle they will name after the donor, amateur paleontologist Paul Kirkland A Lifetime in Letters: Ebert's correspondence with his Illinois mentor Apr 13, 2020 11:15 am Once Roger Ebert graduated from Illinois, the letters began to flow. His correspondence with his mentor, Professor Dan Curley, chronicle inside jokes, career frustrations, and the shared sensibilities of two writers. Alumnus Fazlur Khan: Raising the Skyline Feb 5, 2019 1:45 pm Fazlur Khan revolutionized city skylines with his innovative engineering—starting in Chicago. To this day, most skyscrapers built after the 1960s employ Fazlur’s structural techniques Alumnus making a difference with Obama Foundation Nov 26, 2018 4:30 pm As chief of civic engagement for the Obama Foundation, Michael has returned to the city he loves, to do the work that he loves. Alumnus Mort Nathan Apr 28, 2021 10:45 am Mort Nathan (MEDIA '75), executive writer and producer of The Golden Girls, was kind enough to answer a fangirl's questions about the iconic show. Alumnus Nate Azark: Drawn to the City Jan 14, 2019 11:15 am Nate Azark owns of 12 Line Studio, which does design work for national brands and local startups. His distinctive style has also been featured on concert posters and album covers Bold: Honoring the legacy of Nobel laureate Rosalyn Yalow Aug 1, 2022 11:00 am In September, 1941, Bronx-native Rosalyn Yalow arrived at the U of I to embark on her PhD in nuclear physics and a teaching assistantship. She was the only woman among 400 male faculty and teaching assistants in the college of engineering. Built on coal: The past, present, and future of Illinois' coal towns Oct 6, 2021 3:45 pm Coal communities throughout the state are grappling with a shrinking industry, and University of Illinois Extension is working with these areas to help them plan, imagine, even embrace a post-coal future. Campus Historic Preservation Officer Dennis Craig answers the Proust Questionnaire Jul 26, 2021 1:15 pm 'We have a lot of interesting architecture with interesting stories,' Craig says. 'I think my favorite part is the digging and looking for things to continue to tell the story of the campus.' Chicago's Superdawg family is an Illini family Feb 10, 2020 3:30 pm Steffie Drucker, granddaughter of Superdawg's founders, reflects on the family legacy. Choreographing an illusion of intimacy, passion on stage Feb 16, 2021 1:45 pm Jessica Steinrock and Zev Steinrock help actors on stage and screen perform authentically, safely, and with consent. Curiosities: Fun and Games Aug 10, 2021 11:15 am Did you know that the game Operation started as a class project for a sophomore at U of I? John Spinello promptly sold it to a company for $500 and the promise of a job after he graduated. He got the money, but the job never happened. Curious Encounters with the Natural World Apr 22, 2019 11:15 am 'We are not photographic trophy hunters, seeking to make each and every image that perfect portrait, but biologists who seek to capture the little windows of time that show nature as it is.' Delivering the vote Oct 19, 2020 10:00 am How the Civil War shaped mail-in voting today: It was complicated then, and it's complicated now. Envisioning a global economy built on 'upcycling' plastics Jan 11, 2022 9:30 am 'My long-term goal in life is to help establish a global circular economy by developing plastics that are purposely created to be chemically recycled after their initial use is over,' says Illinois engineering student Edgar Mejia. Expedition Oasis: The bottom of the sea Nov 15, 2021 12:00 pm Volcanologist and geology professor Patricia Gregg takes us with her on the deep ocean sub, Alvin, to investigate a volcanic ridge on the bottom of the sea floor. Farming in the Windy City Apr 1, 2020 11:00 am From rooftops to abandoned lots, urban gardening in Chicago is thriving. Flipping the Focus: Campus photographer Fred Zwicky Oct 7, 2020 11:00 am A photographer’s magical power is to freeze time. 'As life passes us by in a blur, I think the still image gives us just enough time to process that individual moment in isolation. An effective photograph coalesces how that scene makes us feel...' Found in Translation Jun 15, 2021 9:45 am How the University of Illinois and the local Q’anjob’al-speaking Mayan community are discovering ways to communicate. Gene and the honey bee Aug 6, 2019 2:30 pm Gene Robinson, who now directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, got his start with the honey bee well before 'genomics' existed as a field. Home is where the robot is Nov 14, 2022 10:30 am 'I see what it does to my husband mentally when he can do things by himself and not depend on anyone,' Jane Evans told researchers. 'This is huge, because it translates to one’s mental state. [Over the years, robots] gave him a reason to live.' Illinois Curiosities: Audio Jun 5, 2019 10:00 am Illinois' curiosities are displayed in museums and glass cabinets, tucked safely in boxes and drawers This audio edition of curiosities explores not only what we can see but also what we can hear. Innovation accelerated Sep 14, 2020 2:30 pm How Grainger engineers—and medical professionals, manufacturing experts, animal scientists, and designers from around Champaign-Urbana—brought a COVID-stricken world an emergency ventilator in less than two weeks. Inside Nature's Fury Jun 28, 2021 9:30 am They had reached the eye of the storm. Above them, the sky was open and blue and clear and quiet. Around them, the angry clouds formed angled walls... Below them, the waves of the ocean grew to huge swells - a frenzy of whitecaps and sea spray. In Training: Illini Service Dogs Nov 16, 2020 3:00 pm Founded by Bridget Evans (AHS '13), Illini Service Dogs is one of campus' most beloved student groups. Land of Wonderous Cold Jan 11, 2021 11:30 am In his newest book of environmental history, English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood explores the race to Antarctica, the continent’s influence on climate change, and. . . Alice in Wonderland. Lessons in leisure Sep 17, 2019 10:45 am Every spring, a class of Illini embark on a tour filled with more than twenty excursions in less than two weeks’ time. Marching Illini Director Barry Houser: The Attitude of Gratitude May 2, 2022 9:00 am Barry L. Houser, director of the Marching Illini, answers the Proust Questionnaire. Marty Burke answers the Proust Questionnaire Sep 26, 2018 1:30 am Illinois professor Marty Burke answers the Proust Questionnaire Maxium Impact May 30, 2018 11:15 am Illinois alumnus Max Levchin on lessons from his grandmother, late nights at DCL, and building businesses with integrity Mosaic and margaritas at the Center of the Universe Sep 1, 2020 4:00 pm Colleen Bushell remembers when she, Marc Andreessen, and Eric Bina began to grasp the enormity of their creation of Mosaic (world's first graphical web browser) while sipping on a cocktail in Philo, Illinois. New from Storied! Apr 25, 2019 12:00 pm Green Street: Visualizing 100 years as "the heart of campustown" Pinball Wizard May 21, 2020 11:30 am Gies Business alum Zach Sharpe is one of pinball’s most celebrated players. He now lends his expertise to one of the world’s largest pinball manufacturers in the world, Chicago-based Stern Pinball. Recreating Apple Pandowdy Oct 1, 2019 10:45 am We dusted off an old recipe found in the university library and asked the Bevier Café to bring it back to life. Reporting with an anthropologist's eye Mar 25, 2022 10:45 am Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor Leon Dash talks about what inspired his life's work and answers the Proust Questionnaire. Robert Allerton: A beautiful legacy May 4, 2020 3:15 pm Philanthropist Robert Allerton traveled the world, immersing himself in the art of different cultures. His generous spirit enriched Chicago’s Art Institute as well as Illinois’ Allerton Park & Retreat Center. Saving the penguins of Peru Feb 21, 2019 9:30 am By combining fieldwork in Peru with their expertise caring for Humboldt penguins at the Brookfield Zoo, two Illinois grads are among those hoping to turn the tide for these endangered animals. Science on the inside Aug 22, 2019 10:45 am How neuroscience graduate students are bringing science education to youth behind bars. Sharing the beauty and wonder of physics Jul 13, 2020 2:00 pm Her work in experimental physics may sound out of reach for many of us, but it is exactly that notion that Nadya Mason works hard to dispel. STORIED. Oct 18, 2018 9:00 am On the hundredth anniversary of this difficult autumn, we look back at a campus that prepared soldiers for war, tended to the sick, and came together in a spirit of selflessness and compassion that was the hallmark of some of our earliest Illini. The power of her pen: Chicago Tribune theater critic Claudia Cassidy Dec 17, 2019 9:15 am She was called a queen. She was called a viper. Whichever side you were on, Claudia Cassidy's power in Chicago was indisputable. The U of I connections to three legendary films Feb 7, 2022 4:30 pm We examine Illinois' connections to three films regarded by many to be landmark contributions not only to their genre, but to the entire filmmaking canon: Citizen Kane, Star Wars, and Hoop Dreams. Three hidden spots on campus where glass takes center stage Oct 21, 2019 2:30 pm Windows in the Library's Reading Room represent printers whose early forays into book publishing helped expand the reach of knowledge. Our Rare Book Library holds copies of early works printed by each printers’ mark represented. Translating the science of climate change into solutions Nov 1, 2021 11:30 am Don Wuebbles, a world-renowned atmospheric scientist and science communicator, has no patience for those unwilling to accept the gravity of the situation. 'To call it global warming is really just not representing the science correctly.' Trent Frazier | Rising Mar 9, 2018 10:30 am Trent Frazier has emerged as a fearless leader for Illini Men's Basketball, bringing an edge and joy to Brad Underwood’s uptempo offense. Trent is rising to the occasion Visiting a burn zone with undergrad Andy Sima Apr 7, 2021 3:30 pm Andy Sima (LAS '21) takes us to a burn zone in New Mexico, scarred land created by the 2019 Ute Park Wildfire. Weathering the Storms Nov 5, 2018 2:30 pm How one team of Illinois researchers is addressing urban flooding.