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. 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. 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.' 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. 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 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. 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. 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.' 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.' 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. 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. 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. 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.