blog postsAnnouncementsAudiology Clinic offers free adult hearing screeningsJan 23, 2017 1:15 pm99 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings Jan. 25 through April 22. Screening appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No appointments are accepted via email. Expert ViewpointsLawCan the design elements of clothing be copyrighted?Jan 23, 2017 9:15 am251 views Professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson explains an upcoming Supreme Court case at the intersection of copyright and patent for functional designs.AnnouncementsUniversity Primary School enrollment beginsJan 20, 2017 3:15 pm55 views University Primary School is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-18 academic year. The school is the College of Education at Illinois lab school, serving children preschool through fifth grade in a Reggio Emilia, project-based curriculum. AnnouncementsYMCA announces lecture series to focus on Illinois challengesJan 19, 2017 3:30 pm74 views The theme for the YMCA Spring 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series is the “State of the State.” With many challenges facing the state of Illinois, the lecture series seeks to address state-level issues including the budget impasse’s effects on social services, funding for education, incarceration and more. DeathsDeathsJan 17, 2017 4:30 pm276 views Charlotte Jane (Honn) Brownfield ... Mary L. Giles ... Margaret McLaren Jensen ... Martin L. Maehr ... Robert J. Nelson ... Dorothy Ann (Sturdivant) SchoepsExpert ViewpointsLawWhat does the future hold for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am272 views Why the sudden impetus to reorganize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? For starters, it was never a bipartisan effort.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am530 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.AnnouncementsFeser leaving for job with Oregon StateJan 9, 2017 10:00 am388 views Edward Feser is leaving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become the provost and executive vice president at Oregon State University.Announcements2017 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ponders ‘challenging times’Jan 6, 2017 3:15 pm468 views With a theme of “Pursuing the Dream in Challenging Times,” the 2017 communitywide celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. includes a half-dozen events throughout Champaign and Urbana.AnnouncementsWinter math carnival to be held at IllinoisJan 6, 2017 1:30 pm74 views The department of mathematics at Illinois will hold a family winter math carnival called The Gathering for Gardner 2017 on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 2-5 p.m. at Altgeld Hall, 1409 W. Green St., Urbana. The day is filled with hands-on activities, demonstrations, games, puzzles, refreshments and mathematical prizes for participants.Expert ViewpointsHealthLawWhat is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am787 views Professor Richard Kaplan discusses the impetus behind congressional leaders’ desire to change Medicaid, the health insurance program with more than 74 million enrollees in the U.S.DeathsDeathsJan 5, 2017 3:45 pm266 views Betty Jo Brown ... Richard A. Collier ... Elaine Burris “Granny” Cornwell ... Leland “Lee” E. Eversole ... Richard A. Garves ... Mary Margaret Graham ... George E. Gravely ... Beverly Ann Greger ... Cheryl O. Hedrick ... George “Bullet” Russell ... Ronald Eugene Schaede ... Russell E. WinterbottomBusinessAnnouncementsNew online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am2426 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment.AnnouncementsCold, dry December ends a warm year in IllinoisJan 4, 2017 3:00 pm43 views The statewide average temperature for December was 28.6, 1.3 degrees below normal, according to Jim Angel, Illinois state climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. AnnouncementsStephens named Nesbitt Center directorJan 3, 2017 10:30 am2209 views Nathan Stephens will become the director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center effective Jan. 9. The center is named for Bruce D. Nesbitt, who led the U. of I.'s Afro-American Cultural Program for 22 years.DeathsDeathsDec 22, 2016 1:30 pm405 views Ned Goldwasser ... James Edward Huffman ... Robert “Bob” Mooney ... Daniel Ivan PadbergAnnouncementsHu named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences deanDec 22, 2016 9:30 am1990 views Feng Sheng Hu, the associate dean for biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will become the LAS dean Jan. 1 pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWill the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm576 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.AnnouncementsHuman-Animal Studies Summer Institute seeks applicantsDec 19, 2016 4:45 pm99 views The Animals and Society Institute and Illinois seek applications for the first Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in human-animal studies.AnnouncementsAllerton sponsors Winter Wellness WalksDec 19, 2016 3:45 pm50 views The University of Illinois’ Allerton Park will be holding illuminated Winter Wellness Walks Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. until Jan. 16. The free walk runs from the mansion parking lot through the Avenue of the Formal Gardens and the Brick Wall Garden to the Visitor Center.AnnouncementsSolar farm marks one year in operationDec 19, 2016 3:15 pm48 views In its first year of commercial operation, the university’s solar farm generated 7,284 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy for the campus, successfully meeting expectations. Located at the southwest corner of Windsor Road and First Street, Champaign, the solar farm reduced the campus carbon footprint by more than 6,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.AnnouncementsHonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1662 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.DeathsDeathsDec 15, 2016 1:45 pm225 views Howard D. Eskridge ... Kathryn "Katie" Matilda GravlinAnnouncementsKrannert Center announces free family concertDec 14, 2016 2:00 pm51 views Children’s reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith and his band will perform a free family concert at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. Expert ViewpointsLawWhat might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm505 views It remains uncertain that plans being floated to privatize Medicare by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will have the support of President-elect Donald Trump, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.DeathsDeathsDec 8, 2016 1:45 pm169 views Darrel F. “Bump” DeDecker ... Jean M. Due Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm349 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.AnnouncementsArchitect selected for Nesbitt Center construction projectDec 7, 2016 12:15 pm751 views A Chicago-based architecture firm led by an Illinois alumna has been selected to design the rebuilt Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.AnnouncementsYWCA seeks nominations for the 31st Women's Leadership AwardsDec 6, 2016 3:30 pm91 views The YWCA at Illinois is seeking nominations for the 31st annual Women’s Leadership Awards. Prospective nominees are exceptional women who display leadership, initiative, creativity and dedication, and go the extra mile to get involved in programs and activities that benefit the communities in which they live and work. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses in the greater Champaign-Urbana community who work to advance the mission of the YWCA.AnnouncementsHoliday tune request line begins Thursday, Dec. 8Dec 5, 2016 4:30 pm56 views Dial-A-Carol is a student-run holiday program at Illinois. Each year, the students of Snyder Hall, a University Housing residence hall, host the event. Anyone from anywhere may call 217-332-1882 and request any holiday tune, which will be sung live by students over the telephone. AnnouncementsAgReach, a new international agricultural extension program, begins at IllinoisDec 5, 2016 2:15 pm51 views A new program for worldwide agricultural development kicked off Nov. 30 at Illinois. AgReach was welcomed by a West African drum performance and introduced by professor Alex Winter-Nelson, representing the agricultural and consumer economics department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. A worldwide smallholder farming initiative, AgReach closes gaps in agrisystems so that smallholder farmers thrive. Paul McNamara, an economist and a professor at Illinois, leads the initiative and the team of 18 professionals based at Illinois and in some of the poorest countries in the world, including Sierra Leone, Malawi and Bangladesh. With more than 20 years of experience in agricultural economics and development, McNamara founded AgReach to continue building the $22 million development portfolio composed of projects that have improved the quality of farming in more than 50 countries. “One thing notable about the AgReach program is the mix of disciplines and the breadth of experience among the team,” said Kim Kidwell, the College of ACES dean. “People are a key ingredient in any well-functioning and impactful extension program, and in a relatively short amount of time, the AgReach team has assembled a world-class group of development professionals and scholars to implement its program of capacity development and action-oriented research.” Initiated by the Modernizing Agriculture and Extension Services in 2012, AgReach builds upon other programs including the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services and the Malawi Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Services Project, both housed at Illinois. More information may be found online.Expert ViewpointsEducationHow could public education change under the Trump administration?Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am812 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.HonorsU of I senior from Northbrook named Marshall ScholarNov 30, 2016 11:45 am844 views For the third consecutive year, a U. of I. student has been named a Marshall Scholar. Devin Weiss, of Northbrook, Illinois, is a senior majoring in sociology. HonorsCollege of Engineering faculty members honoredNov 29, 2016 3:00 pm84 views Paul Fischer, a professor of computer science and of mechanical science and engineering, and research colleague Misun Min at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently earned an R&D 100 Award, which recognizes top technologies of the year. Known as the “Oscars of Invention,” the awards are organized by R&D Magazine. more Announcements2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarships availableNov 29, 2016 1:00 pm85 views University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition.AnnouncementsFree screening of film on public higher educationNov 28, 2016 4:15 pm60 views A new documentary film, “Starving the Beast,” will be shown in a free screening Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign.DeathsDeathsNov 28, 2016 1:00 pm230 views Harold Stever Bryan ... Daral Gene Carr ... Frank Crossman Hinds ... Randall Musselman ... Paul Newbold ... Robert M. Richey ... Joe Louis SmithExpert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesAre global carbon emissions increasing or decreasing?Nov 22, 2016 11:30 am572 views Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the Global Carbon Budget 2016, providing new data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. HonorsAnnouncementsPhysical SciencesSix Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 21, 2016 10:00 am1879 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jianjun Cheng, Brian T. Cunningham, Kevin T. Pitts, Bruce L. Rhoads, Chad M. Rienstra and Josep Torrellas.HonorsAgricultureAnnouncementsEngineeringHealthLife SciencesPhysical SciencesEight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am5982 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."DeathsDeathsNov 17, 2016 5:00 pm229 views Richard Gene "Dick" Horn ... Marianne Mosey ... Elizabeth Ann Wells ... Samuel H. WilliamsExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesDoes one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1142 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm976 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.AnnouncementsSexual Assault Prevention Program Celebrates 20 Years at IllinoisNov 11, 2016 12:15 pm43 views This weekend, Illinois alumni, students and staff will gather to celebrate 20 years of the First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE) Program, a nationally renowned mandatory sexual assault prevention workshop for first-year students.DeathsDeathsNov 10, 2016 3:30 pm222 views Paul Eugene Strader ... Samuel H. WilliamsHonorsMarlah Bonner McDuffie honoredNov 8, 2016 3:45 pm104 views The Secretariat honored Marlah Bonner McDuffie, an associate dean for advancement at the College of Media at Illinois, with the 2016 Boss of the Year Award. The Secretariat is comprised of Illinois employees in certain civil service classifications. Bonner McDuffie was honored at the Oct. 19 awards luncheon and was nominated by Colleen Hammel. Kathleen Harleman, the acting dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, was nominated by Rebecca Nash. More information about The Secretariat may be found online.HonorsIllinois Art Education Association honors Anne Sautman of the Krannert Art MuseumNov 8, 2016 8:00 am17 views The Illinois Art Education Association has named Anne Sautman of the Krannert Art Museum at Illinois the 2016 Museum Art Educator of the Year. The award annually recognizes exemplary contributions, service and achievements of one outstanding IAEA member. The award was presented at the IAEA conference in Normal, Illinois, on Nov. 4. DeathsDeathsNov 4, 2016 2:15 pm254 views Dinah Faye Derby ... Roy Lloyd Nugent ... Klaus Schulten ... Dorothy I. TiptonLife SciencesCampusCampus LifeDeathsPhysical SciencesKlaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has diedNov 4, 2016 8:30 am1272 views University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten, an innovator in the use of computational methods to study the chemical and biological processes driving living cells, died Monday, Oct. 31, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 69.AnnouncementsSocial SciencesMoney in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm197 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.