blog postsAnnouncementsWarmer, drier soils in IllinoisJun 21, 2017 1:00 pm26 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. AnnouncementsMedia advisory: Campus meeting Thursday night for missing scholar supportJun 21, 2017 12:15 pm126 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. AnnouncementsMedia advisory: News conference to announce $40K reward for arrest in missing scholar investigationJun 19, 2017 5:45 pm985 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.AnnouncementsBagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am192 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. AnnouncementsMay was cool and rainy in IllinoisJun 2, 2017 3:45 pm57 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.AnnouncementsClinic offers free adult hearing screeningsMay 24, 2017 2:30 pm71 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings June 1 through July 28. Screening appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No appointments are accepted via email. AnnouncementsMajor sections of Green Street to close for MCORE project workMay 19, 2017 2:45 pm228 views Beginning Monday, May 22, two sections of Green Street between Wright Street and Goodwin Avenue will close to through traffic as construction resumes on Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project 1 (see map). Significant detours for vehicular and pedestrian traffic will occur for primary campus locations.AnnouncementsSoil temperatures rising across IllinoisMay 19, 2017 2:15 pm28 views After a cool beginning of the month, soil temperatures are rising throughout the state in mid-May, 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. AnnouncementsUniversity YMCA seeks volunteers, donations for annual community recycling eventMay 10, 2017 3:00 pm77 views The University YMCA seeks volunteers to collect, sort and pack donations for its annual Dump and Run recycling sale in August. The program has been a completely volunteer-run program since its inception 15 years ago.AnnouncementsMEDIA ADVISORY: Leading health care, tax scholar available for interviewMay 4, 2017 10:00 am110 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois, is an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and retirement issues who is available for media interviews on issues surrounding the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law. Kaplan has lectured on taxation and retirement issues on three continents and has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, and has developed one of the first law school courses on elder law, an emerging specialty dealing with the legal implications of extended life. According to Kaplan, the proposed American Health Care Act would further complicate an already complicated health insurance system. “The most layered and complex health insurance system in the developed world would become even more incomprehensible if the new health reform legislation gets enacted, because it authorizes each state to isolate persons with pre-existing conditions so others can enjoy lower insurance premiums until they develop medical conditions themselves,” he said. To contact Kaplan, call 217-333-2499; email email@example.com.CampusAnnouncementsHealthCarle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am4642 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.AnnouncementsNominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm127 views The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees invites all departments and units to identify and nominate individuals who have made substantial contributions to their respective academic disciplines for an honorary degree award. Information regarding the nomination procedure and criteria for honorary degree award nominations can be found online. AnnouncementsArbor Day celebration to recognize 2016 Tree Campus USA distinctionApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm9 views Students, faculty members, staff and visitors to the U. of I. campus can grab a shovel and help plant one of five new trees Friday, April 28, on National Arbor Day. AnnouncementsIllinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold award reception May 1Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm83 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold its annual award reception honoring the faculty, graduate student and undergraduate student recipients of this year's IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities at 4 p.m. May 1 at IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, fourth floor, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.AnnouncementsIllinois Public Media welcomes 1A to WILL-AM 580Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm20 views NPR’s 1A, hosted by Joshua Johnson, will join the WILL-AM 580 lineup May 1, airing from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics and technology. The program delves into pop culture, sports and humor. AnnouncementsMoms Association announces 2017 award and scholarship winnersApr 20, 2017 11:00 am72 views The Moms Association at Illinois announced the winners of its annual awards and scholarship programs during Moms Weekend on April 7-9.AnnouncementsAbbott Power Plant stack to be dismantled ahead of gas boiler upgradesApr 19, 2017 2:30 pm120 views Abbott Power Plant’s 77-year-old south stack will be taken down in much the same way it went up, one piece at a time. Crews this month began preparations to disassemble the 197-foot concrete stack at the plant, located on the U. of I. campus at 1117 S. Oak St. The work is expected to end this summer.AnnouncementsPanel Discussions Announced for ‘Ebertfest’Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm224 views Organizers of the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival have announced the slate of panel discussions for the festival. HonorsAnnouncementsIllinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 13, 2017 8:00 am441 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.AnnouncementsAward-winning author Powell to present in Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesApr 12, 2017 3:15 pm28 views Patricia Hruby Powell, an award-winning young-adult author and Illinois alumna, will provide the third reading and discussion for the Illini Union Bookstore reading series marking the University of Illinois’ 150th year. AnnouncementsArt of Science 7.0: Images show the beauty of researchApr 11, 2017 9:30 am122 views Artistically enhanced research images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology will be shown at the Art of Science 7.0 exhibit.AnnouncementsMedia Advisory: Public forums to provide Urbana campus master plan design updatesApr 7, 2017 1:45 pm137 views The Urbana campus will host two sessions April 11-12 to brief the campus community and the general public on the design update of the campus master plan.AnnouncementsPanel to discuss ‘The War on Facts’Apr 6, 2017 3:15 pm117 views Disinformation, “alternative facts” and the Trump administration’s battle with the mainstream media all will be topics in a panel discussion, “The War on Facts: Costs and Casualties,” April 13 at the University of Illinois. AnnouncementsPerformances by artist Autumn Knight scheduled for AprilApr 5, 2017 1:45 pm51 views Performance artist Autumn Knight will be on campus this month for two performances. Krannert Art Museum is hosting the first solo museum presentation – “Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal” – by Knight this semester. Knight incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work, which examines with perceptions of race, gender and authority. Announcements‘Being There,’ ‘Pleasantville’ and Cole Porter biopic among final slate for ‘Ebertfest’Mar 30, 2017 12:30 pm184 views The last films have been added and the schedule is out for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 19-23 to downtown Champaign. Announcements‘Hair’ coming to ‘Ebertfest,’ along with additional films and guestsMar 23, 2017 2:30 pm674 views The 1979 musical film “Hair” has been added to the schedule for this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with four additional films and directors, actors and other guests who will accompany them. AnnouncementsHistorians take to their soapbox for books that changed the worldMar 21, 2017 1:30 pm252 views Ten U. of I. history professors, staff and students will each make their case for a book that changed everything at the “History Soapbox” on March 30. AnnouncementsOscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’Mar 17, 2017 11:00 am682 views Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear are coming to this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with two films, the first announced in this year’s lineup. AnnouncementsNASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm773 views Serionix, a startup based on a technology created at the U. of I. and incubated at the EnterpriseWorks accelerator at Illinois, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life-support systems. The same technology is on its way into consumer products expected to launch within the year. AnnouncementsIllinois Distinguished Lecture Series in Operations Research announces speakerMar 16, 2017 2:45 pm42 views Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Public Health and Engineering at Yale University’s School of Management, will present “Adventures in Policy Modeling!” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium at 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana. A reception will follow in the NCSA atrium. AnnouncementsLabor experts will present the second of Illini Union Bookstore’s Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesMar 10, 2017 2:15 pm120 views The Illini Union Bookstore at Illinois announces the second installment of its Sesquicentennial Reading Series on Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Authors Corner on the second floor of the bookstore, located at 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. AnnouncementsStudents encouraged to enter the Sesquicentennial Design CompetitionMar 10, 2017 10:00 am42 views The department of landscape architecture at Illinois announces the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative for students. AnnouncementsChild Development Laboratory accepting applications for 2017-18Mar 8, 2017 4:15 pm62 views The Child Development Laboratory, 1105 W. Nevada and 1005 W. Nevada, Urbana, is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Full-day child care programs for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years are in session Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a year-round basis. AnnouncementsEU ambassador to speak March 15 at the U. of I.Mar 8, 2017 9:15 am176 views The European Union ambassador to the U.S. is speaking March 15 at the University of Illinois, part of EU Day 2017.AnnouncementsHospitable Illinois wetlands in spring signal happy waterfowl hunting in fallFeb 27, 2017 4:15 pm257 views When waterfowl return to Illinois in early spring on their way north, will they find enough food for a two-week layover? A limited food supply during spring migration and subsequent declines in duck populations can affect Illinois’ multimillion-dollar waterfowl hunting industry, say researchers from the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. AnnouncementsSocial issues theater group to perform ‘Manifesto’Feb 24, 2017 2:15 pm105 views Inner Voices at Illinois will present “Manifesto,” a performance of intersectional feminist voices of inspiration and intervention, at two locations in March. The performances are free and open to the public, and are in honor of Women’s History Month.AnnouncementsSoils were warm throughout the state this winterFeb 24, 2017 2:15 pm120 views Warmer winter soils may have an effect on agriculture and crop pest control this spring, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.AnnouncementsNYU professor Rosen to lecture March 8 on the state of American journalismFeb 24, 2017 1:15 pm55 views Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, will present his lecture “Winter is Coming: The Trump Regime and the American Press” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at 1092 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana.AnnouncementsIdeas wanted for campus utility conservation projectsFeb 23, 2017 2:00 pm49 views University departments can improve campus energy efficiency through the Revolving Loan Fund. This semester, more than $800,000 will be available for utility conservation projects with short-term payback periods.AnnouncementsImmersive visualization pioneer Donna Cox to receive lifetime achievement awardFeb 22, 2017 3:30 pm107 views Donna Cox, the director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this week at the eighth annual IMERSA 2017 Summit in Denver. The event creates an opportunity to explore the converging worlds of virtual reality-themed entertainment and immersive cinema. AnnouncementsCampusMedia Advisory: Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off Feb. 28Feb 22, 2017 1:15 pm417 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 150th birthday celebration begins Tuesday with festivities at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.AnnouncementsLecture to explore genetics and the origin of the JewsFeb 17, 2017 3:00 pm131 views Steven Weitzman, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s department of religious studies, will present a lecture titled “The Double Helix of Jewish History: Genetics and the Search for the Origin of the Jews” on Monday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. AnnouncementsIllini Union hosting celebration event for its 75th anniversaryFeb 15, 2017 4:30 pm188 views The Illini Union will host a celebration of its 75th anniversary on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Illini Union Art Gallery and Pine Lounge. All are welcome to attend.CampusAnnouncementsWilkin named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designateFeb 13, 2017 10:00 am1855 views Currently the dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John Wilkin will become the interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate effective Feb. 18.AnnouncementsEducationAnnual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am170 views Helping early career teachers improve their instructional practices while fostering skills and relationships that promote professional development are the foci of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s upcoming Induction and Mentoring Conference.AnnouncementsUrbana, university seek public input on stormwater issueFeb 9, 2017 2:00 pm95 views The city of Urbana and the U. of I. will host an inaugural stormwater public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water St., Urbana. AnnouncementsWork to start this spring on Green and White streetsFeb 8, 2017 2:45 pm75 views The $44 million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project, designed to improve access for all modes of transportation on campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street and Wright Street, will begin work in early March. New streetscape improvements, a transit-boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings and protected bicycle lanes are some of the features designed to improve travel links from Campustown to downtowns in Urbana and Champaign. All businesses will be open and reachable throughout the project. AnnouncementsIllinois Public Media to air documentary on the effects of the state’s budget impasse on Illinois citizensFeb 8, 2017 2:00 pm45 views “Stranded by the State,” a two-part documentary by Illinois Public Media focusing on the long-term toll the Illinois budget crisis has had on everyday people statewide, will begin broadcasting on public television stations Feb. 14, the day before Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state budget address. WILL-TV in Urbana-Champaign and WEIU-TV in Charleston will air the documentary from 7-8 p.m. on that date. Other public television stations statewide will air the documentary at later dates. AnnouncementsA mild January in IllinoisFeb 3, 2017 10:30 am174 views The statewide average temperature in January was 31.4 degrees, 5 degrees above normal, and the 14th-warmest January on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. AnnouncementsCampusLawPanel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am139 views The University of Illinois College of Law will host a panel discussion at noon Friday on President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The discussion will be moderated by U. of I. law professor Lesley Wexler.