blog postsDeathsSep 8, 2017 11:30 am251 views Jesse A. "Tony" Clements ... Charles Vincent Joseph “Charlie” Craft ... Marvin Lockmiller ... Theresa Rasner-Harris ... Sammy Joseph RebeccaMEDIA ADVISORY: Expert available on post-hurricane recovery effortsSep 8, 2017 9:15 am41 views University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Robert Olshansky is available for interviews regarding post-disaster recovery in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am879 views Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES, discusses the flood insurance market in light of Hurricane Harvey losses.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm376 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am689 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am708 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. U. of I., Kenyan dignitaries introduce exhibition of Swahili artsSep 5, 2017 8:45 am62 views U. of I. Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Krannert Art Museum Director Kathleen Harleman welcomed visitors to “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” on the exhibition’s opening night at the museum Thursday, including Robinson Njeru Githae, the Kenyan ambassador to the United States, and Mzalendo Kibunjia, the director general of the National Museums of Kenya. “It is fitting that ‘World on the Horizon’ is organized by Krannert Art Museum, that it begins here but will travel across the country,” Jones said. “This exhibition and its underlying research reflect the vital and important work we do at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and demonstrate how far the impact of our scholarship can reach.” Jones and Harleman acknowledged the significance of the exhibition, which includes many works of art from Kenya and Oman that are being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time. “World on the Horizon” will be on view at the museum through March 24 in the East Gallery. “We hope this exhibition of Swahili art will begin an era of partnership between Kenya and the United States,” Githae said. “As the exhibition travels to other museums, we invite all to get to know and understand this art and culture.” There are more than 30 works of art from the National Museums of Kenya in the exhibition. The exhibition “reflects years of research and tremendous cooperation among institutions, including the National Museums of Kenya and dozens of other museums and private collectors who have lent their work to this endeavor,” said Allyson Purpura, the senior curator and curator of Global African Art at the museum. She and Prita Meier, a professor of art history at New York University, co-curated the exhibition. “World on the Horizon” will later travel to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and to Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles. The exhibit enriches understanding of the Swahili coast of Africa by emphasizing its global connections, deepening discourse and advancing knowledge in important ways, Purpura said. “It asks visitors to ponder how artistic practice and human creativity can lead people to remap their relationship to seemingly distant places and societies,” she said. “It will encourage visitors to make connections between artworks and to question their own expectations of what African, Asian, Islamic or Western culture looks like.” Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion are part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois.Center for Advanced Study seeks research project proposalsSep 1, 2017 3:00 pm15 views The Center for Advanced Study invites U. of I. faculty members to submit scholarly and creative proposals for consideration for its research appointments program. DeathsAug 31, 2017 2:30 pm289 views Gary Lee AshbyHow should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am773 views The proper way to register dissent with speech one finds offensive doesn’t involve blockades or threatening violence. It’s more speech, says lllinois law dean Vikram AmarDeathsAug 24, 2017 11:30 am625 views Albert E. BloemkerIs affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am1700 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policiesIllinois soils are cooler, drier in mid-AugustAug 22, 2017 1:45 pm205 views Soils across Illinois were cooler and drier than average in the first half of August, said Jennie Atkins, the water and atmospheric resources monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.University YMCA to hold Dump and Run sale this weekendAug 21, 2017 2:00 pm357 views The University YMCA will hold its annual Dump and Run sale Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana. Admission is $3. A follow-up sale will occur Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion, with a “free” sale from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Dump and Run is a community recycling program that reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, and provides inexpensive items for people to purchase.DeathsAug 17, 2017 3:15 pm390 views Jerome “Jerry” Carlson ... Raymond (Ray) Eugene Jenkins ... Janis Elaine “Jan” Shearer ... Karen L. WoldIllinois history professor to speak following Sunday, Aug. 20, screening of ‘Dunkirk’ at Virginia TheatreAug 15, 2017 11:15 am337 views John A. Lynn II, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, will give a talk and answer questions covering the events depicted in the film “Dunkirk” immediately following the 1 p.m. screening Aug. 20 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign. How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1232 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Bashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 15, 2017 9:00 am1023 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has appointed a permanent executive associate dean: Rashid Bashir, a professor and the department head of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.DeathsAug 10, 2017 3:00 pm346 views Barbara Ann Albin Brown ... Nancy Doris Chumbley ... Harvey Albert Hermann Jr. ... William “Bill” J. Kubitz ... Donald Eugene Senn July conditions in Illinois ranged from floods to droughtAug 10, 2017 2:15 pm74 views Northern Illinois experienced heavy rain and widespread flooding in July. Meanwhile, parts of central and southern Illinois experienced dry weather that caused crop damage, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. On average, however, the statewide precipitation was 4.81 inches, which is 0.73 inches above normal. DeathsAug 7, 2017 3:30 pm151 views Barton Marshall Clark ... Julia Ann “Julie” Dawson ... Mary “Joan” Dawson ... L. Thomas Fredrickson ... Louine A. Friese ... Dorothy M. (Lee) “Meenah” Mapson ... Walter Emil Splittstoesser ... Norma Jeanne Woolen Illinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am954 views John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, has received a selective NEH Public Scholar award less than six months after receiving the highest career award in the field of military history.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am648 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesCan President Trump pardon himself?Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm369 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason MazzoneDeathsJul 27, 2017 2:00 pm175 views George Allen Bark ... Cyrus Johnson Warm soils across Illinois in JulyJul 21, 2017 1:30 pm172 views Soil temperatures are above normal in mid-July, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. DeathsJul 21, 2017 12:15 pm270 views Bill D. LazzellLecturer’s ‘Kindred’ adaptation selected as top pick by ICA ReadsJul 18, 2017 2:45 pm445 views The Institute of Contemporary Art’s “artful book club,” ICA Reads, has selected “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” as its 2017 pick for a book of critical and societal importance. A reinterpretation of Octavia E. Butler’s science-fiction masterpiece “Kindred,” the book was adapted by School of Information Sciences at Illinois alumnus and adjunct lecturer Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings. A New York Times bestseller, the novel tells the story of a young black woman’s time-travel between her home in 1970s California and a plantation in the antebellum South.DeathsJul 14, 2017 11:45 am244 views Walter H. Franke Jr.Kuklinski honored with career achievement awardJul 14, 2017 10:15 am65 views James H. Kuklinski, a professor emeritus of political science at Illinois, has been honored with the 2017 Hazel Gaudet Erskine Political Psychology Career Achievement Award, given by the American Political Science Association’s Political Psychology Section.After two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am551 views "...fixing the major problems that Illinois has – both in policy and in finances – is going to require the governor to work in cooperation with rather than in opposition to the majorities in the General Assembly, and vice versa"Media advisory: Crime Stoppers raises missing scholar award amount to $50,000Jul 13, 2017 5:00 pm234 views The reward for information about missing scholar Yingying Zhang’s whereabouts will be raised to $50,000. The increase, requested by Zhang's family, will be announced at a news conference Friday morning.Illinois Fire Service Institute research director to testify in CongressJul 10, 2017 3:30 pm150 views Gavin Horn, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute’s director of research, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The hearing, scheduled for July 12, is titled “U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness and Priorities.” The hearing will review the effectiveness and priorities of the United States Fire Administration and the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters grant programs.DeathsJul 6, 2017 1:00 pm275 views Charles Bellatti ... Richard Marks Joy ... Sandra Lee "Sandy" RobertsJune was warm with extreme rainfall variations across IllinoisJul 5, 2017 3:00 pm59 views The average temperature for June in Illinois was 72.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.DeathsJun 29, 2017 11:30 am305 views Marion Carter ... Franz KamberMedia advisory: Campus walk, concert Thursday night for missing scholarJun 27, 2017 8:15 am541 views A public event in support of missing scholar Yingying Zhang will take place Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event is organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.DeathsJun 22, 2017 3:30 pm336 views Jerry Boardingham ... William H. Erwin ... Stanley Friedman ... Cynthia A. JamesWhen will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am868 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsWarmer, drier soils in IllinoisJun 21, 2017 1:00 pm89 views Soil temperatures have been rising throughout the first half of June, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Media advisory: Campus meeting Thursday night for missing scholar supportJun 21, 2017 12:15 pm432 views Members of the news media are invited to attend a community meeting Thursday, June 22, to discuss campus support for the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China who has been missing since June 9. Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Brauer to receive awardJun 20, 2017 3:15 pm130 views Brian Brauer, the associate director for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award on June 21 at Auburn University. Brauer’s doctoral dissertation presented a case study of an Illinois fire department that underwent organizational culture change following a firefighter’s line-of-duty death. Fourteen U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 20, 2017 2:00 pm2510 views Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni will pursue international educational, research and teaching experiences this coming year via student Fulbright grants. Applications are open for Fulbright grants for the 2018-19 academic year.Media advisory: News conference to announce $40K reward for arrest in missing scholar investigationJun 19, 2017 5:45 pm1083 views A $40,000 reward was raised by the community to generate information leading to the arrest of those involved in the apparent kidnapping of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar who has been missing since June 9. The reward will be discussed at a 7 p.m. news conference tonight on campus.DeathsJun 15, 2017 1:30 pm299 views James E. Hixon ... Richard “Dick” Nash ... Peggy F. Olsen ... Anna May Partenheimer ... Margaret L. Puckette ... Donna Franklin Scheibly ... Harvey J. Stapleton ... Edith A. Wade ... Irma Jane Wienke ... Gerald Paul Wirtz Three U. of I. students awarded national scholarships to study foreign languages abroadJun 8, 2017 10:15 am658 views Three Illinois students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study a foreign language this summer: Adam LoBue, of Brooklyn, New York; Jenny Peruski, of Bangkok; and Eileen Witthoff, of DeKalb, Illinois.Bagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am225 views Milan Bagchi, the head of the department of molecular and integrative physiology, was named the next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois. May was cool and rainy in IllinoisJun 2, 2017 3:45 pm59 views The statewide average temperature for May was 61.9 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I. A few locations in Illinois reached 90 degrees, including Moline and Springfield. In mid-May, several locations reported temperatures below freezing, including Mount Carroll with 29 degrees.DeathsJun 1, 2017 1:30 pm195 views Audrey “Wally” Brown ... Darlene “Gerri” Hawkins Faculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 31, 2017 2:15 pm301 views Twelve faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2017. During its annual promotion review process, the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure identifies scholars whose contributions have been extraordinary in terms of quality of work and overall achievement.