blog posts Alumna MiMi Aung on Time's 100 Most Influential list Jan 19, 2022 11:45 am Making a helicopter fly in Mars' low atmospheric pressure is no small feat, especially considering it has to pilot itself- communication latency between Earth and Mars makes direct control impossible. MiMi Aung led the team that made it happen. Campus Charitable Fund Drive 2022 Nov 2, 2022 10:45 am In 2021, we raised almost $1.4 million and this year, we have a goal of $1.5 million in funds from our campus community. Please take a few minutes to learn about the agencies and causes, from local to international, that resonate with you. Cancer Center at Illinois: 'This is revolutionary' Feb 3, 2022 12:00 pm 'There are 71 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the country -- all doing exceptional work...But as we look at the national landscape, there isn’t a cancer center that is centered on technology. And that is a missed opportunity...' Colleges of Education, Media to help teach media literacy to Illinois high schoolers Feb 9, 2022 10:45 am A new state law is requires public high schools to teach media literacy, so these U of I colleges formed the Initiative for Media Education Inquiry and Action to help fill educators’ needs for media literacy training and curriculum development. Fighting white-nose syndrome in bats benefits agriculture, study shows May 16, 2022 9:45 am 'Lost bat populations have harmful ripple effects on food and agriculture,' says Professor Amy Ando,. 'Crop yields fall and input costs rise as farmers try to compensate for the services bats usually provide.' Grad student's nonprofit brings educational tools to young women in India Mar 29, 2023 12:15 pm Bringing education to historically marginalized girls between the ages of 10 and 18, SwaTaleem co-founder Ananya Tiwari is dedicated to helping women across India connect to technology, overcome language barriers, and achieve financial freedom. Great timing, supercomputer upgrade lead to successful forecast of volcanic eruption Jun 3, 2022 1:15 pm Professor Patricia Gregg, research professor Seid Koric, and a former graduate student led a team that produced the fortuitous forecast of the 2018 Sierra Negra volcanic eruption five months before it occurred. Helping to solve Illinois' early childhood teacher shortage Feb 17, 2022 10:15 am The College of Education wants to see an 80 percent increase in its Childhood Education program enrollment. 'That’s a massive increase, but...we believe the U of I should be the model,' says Associate Dean Nancy Latham. How machine learning can improve food insecurity predictions Feb 2, 2022 2:15 pm Accurately predicting when and where hunger crises occur is critical to effective humanitarian aid response. A new U of I study explores how machine learning can help improve forecasting when used appropriately. Illinois language justice collective helping to preserve Indigenous Mayan languages Sep 1, 2022 8:00 am A group of faculty members and students is working with the local Maya community to help preserve their Indigenous languages. Illinois partners with Hope Chicago to support accessible education Jun 6, 2022 1:30 pm The partnership will support all incoming Hope Scholars to Illinois starting this fall, as well as future Hope Parent Scholars. Illinois welcomes second-largest freshman class Sep 7, 2022 11:00 am U of I's incoming class of 7,957 first-year students brings greater representation by gender, nationality and students who are the first in their family to go to college, while a change in the application process resulted in greater academic competition. Knox to testify before Senate judiciary committee Sep 11, 2023 11:45 am Emily Knox, a professor of library and information sciences, will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday, Sept 12. Lead lurking in your soil? New Chicago project maps distribution Jan 26, 2022 10:30 am Lead exposure in early childhood can cause brain damage, developmental delays, and learning and behavioral disorders. Preventing these outcomes means avoiding lead, but that’s only possible if you know where to find it. New campus building named in honor of alumnus Steven Wymer Apr 14, 2023 12:45 pm Set to open in 2025, this state-of-the-art building will help prepare Illinois students for futures of purpose and impact. New degree program builds strong base for mental health counseling Mar 2, 2022 9:00 am Professor Lisa Kinderman: 'We have leading scholars in the fields of multicultural diversity, developmental sciences, vocational psychology, and clinical practice. It’s a powerful place for a master’s student to land. We’re helping them launch careers.' New law fosters farmers’ fresh produce donations to Illinois food banks Aug 17, 2023 3:15 pm With Governor Pritzker’s signature on House Bill 2879, the Farm to Food Bank Program has been established in Illinois to help farmers donate their surplus produce to local food banks and assists more than 1 million Illinoisans facing food insecurity. New state law improves access to services for young children with disabilities, delays Nov 1, 2022 1:45 pm Special ed professor Catherine Corr was a member of a working group whose policy recommendations went into an Illinois law that streamlines access to early intervention services for children involved with the state’s child welfare system. Paper: Train future psychologists to dismantle racism, injustice in society Aug 30, 2022 2:15 pm A team of psychologists, led by Illinois scholars, proposes a new training model that would prepare all practitioners in their discipline to respond to the social ills of racial discrimination and other forms of repression. Poachers beware: New online tool traces illegal lion products back to source Nov 13, 2023 12:30 pm A new conservation tool from the U of I is helping protect lions across Africa, allowing authorities to examine the geographic origin of illegally traded teeth, claws, bones, and other body parts from poached animals. Project helps East St. Louis residents overcome barriers to COVID testing, vaccination Mar 11, 2022 8:45 am Social work professor Liliane Windsor investigates ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among marginalized and hard-to-reach populations in East St. Louis, Illinois, using an adaptation of a public health model developed for HIV. Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project's success draws $34M grant Dec 13, 2022 8:45 am Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations has awarded a $34 million grant to the RIPE project, an international research effort led by scientists at Illinois. RIPE has already realized large increases in crop productivity in field trials. Refugee teens in Uganda who 'sext' more likely to use condoms, studies find Nov 2, 2022 11:00 am 'To promote sexual health equity, especially for young people, we need to go where they’re at, use the tools that they’re using and take more of a sex-positive approach – one that strives for ideal experiences and making informed choices.' State politics, major industry drive planetary health education for K-12 students Sep 27, 2023 3:15 pm What K-12 students learn about planetary health issues varies widely across the U.S. and reflect the states’ and territories’ dominant political ideology, major industries when they adopted their science standards, researchers found. Stephen Long describes three photosynthetic changes that boost crop yields Nov 29, 2023 11:45 am In a TED Talk, Professor Stephen Long describes his and his colleagues’ work to improve photosynthetic efficiency in crops. Multiple published studies demonstrate their innovations dramatically increase crop yields. Study quantifies satellite brightness, challenges for ground-based astronomy Oct 2, 2023 12:15 pm Although bright satellites won't necessarily damage telescopes, they will still cause data loss from the streaks. Extremely bright satellites could ruin the entire field of view, like trying to stargaze when someone shines a flashlight into your eyes. U of I alumnae, professor preserving Ukrainian cultural heritage online Apr 28, 2022 9:15 am The Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online project aims to preserve digital records when web servers, physical records and objects are at risk of being destroyed by Russian attacks on Ukraine. U of I College of Law represented at signing ceremony for Respect for Marriage Act Dec 13, 2022 3:15 pm The contributions of Robin Fretwell Wilson and her colleagues proved to be quite influential. Their letter to Senators Collins and Baldwin urging Republican support was cited on numerous occasions during the Senate debate. U of I earns fifth consecutive STARS Gold rating for sustainability May 27, 2022 3:15 pm New solar and geothermal energy projects, reduced water use, and wide-ranging sustainability research helped Illinois earn its fifth consecutive Gold certification from the nation’s most comprehensive sustainability rating system. U of I researchers develop all-species coronavirus test Jul 6, 2023 10:15 am The SARS-CoV-2 virus has been detected in cats, dogs, rodents, deer, apes and several farm and zoo animals. It also mutates in these hosts, potentially leading to new variants that can endanger their – and human – health. U of I students fund effort to re-use research labs' single-use plastics Feb 25, 2022 10:30 am 'We model how a robust research program incorporates rigorous plastics reuse and reduction protocols in its daily work, that part of being a 'serious' scientist is cleaning up after yourself,' says project leader Professor Jessica Brinkworth. U of I team helps DOD develop better analysis, design procedures for rail, roads Feb 22, 2023 11:30 am Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers will help the Department of Defense develop better systems to evaluate the structural health of rail lines and modernize pavement design and evaluation procedures.