blog postsAnnouncementsWarm soils across Illinois in JulyJul 21, 2017 1:30 pm0 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. DeathsDeathsJul 21, 2017 12:15 pm0 views Bill D. LazzellHonorsLecturer’s ‘Kindred’ adaptation selected as top pick by ICA ReadsJul 18, 2017 2:45 pm342 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.DeathsDeathsJul 14, 2017 11:45 am176 views Walter H. Franke Jr.HonorsKuklinski honored with career achievement awardJul 14, 2017 10:15 am45 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.Expert ViewpointsLawAfter two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am332 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"AnnouncementsMedia advisory: Crime Stoppers raises missing scholar award amount to $50,000Jul 13, 2017 5:00 pm211 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.AnnouncementsIllinois Fire Service Institute research director to testify in CongressJul 10, 2017 3:30 pm138 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.DeathsDeathsJul 6, 2017 1:00 pm215 views Charles Bellatti ... Richard Marks Joy ... Sandra Lee "Sandy" RobertsAnnouncementsJune was warm with extreme rainfall variations across IllinoisJul 5, 2017 3:00 pm58 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.DeathsDeathsJun 29, 2017 11:30 am287 views Marion Carter ... Franz KamberAnnouncementsMedia advisory: Campus walk, concert Thursday night for missing scholarJun 27, 2017 8:15 am523 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.DeathsDeathsJun 22, 2017 3:30 pm296 views Jerry Boardingham ... William H. Erwin ... Stanley Friedman ... Cynthia A. JamesExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhen will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am510 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsAnnouncementsWarmer, drier soils in IllinoisJun 21, 2017 1:00 pm86 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 pm425 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. HonorsIllinois 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. HonorsFourteen U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 20, 2017 2:00 pm2159 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.AnnouncementsMedia advisory: News conference to announce $40K reward for arrest in missing scholar investigationJun 19, 2017 5:45 pm1076 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.DeathsDeathsJun 15, 2017 1:30 pm256 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 HonorsThree U. of I. students awarded national scholarships to study foreign languages abroadJun 8, 2017 10:15 am555 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.AnnouncementsBagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am203 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.DeathsDeathsJun 1, 2017 1:30 pm177 views Audrey “Wally” Brown ... Darlene “Gerri” Hawkins HonorsFaculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 31, 2017 2:15 pm250 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.DeathsDeathsMay 26, 2017 1:15 pm93 views John Walker Gray ... Barak Rosenshine ... Linda A. Scott ... Patricia Ann TempelAnnouncementsClinic offers free adult hearing screeningsMay 24, 2017 2:30 pm78 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. HonorsStudent awarded Boren Scholarship to study in JordanMay 24, 2017 12:30 pm130 views Derek Hoot of Middleton, Wisconsin, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded an $18,500 Boren Scholarship for a 2017-18 study abroad experience in Jordan.AnnouncementsMajor sections of Green Street to close for MCORE project workMay 19, 2017 2:45 pm229 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. DeathsDeathsMay 18, 2017 2:15 pm191 views Teena M. Beason ... Lorena J. Dorsey ... Joann T. Hower ... Scott MaclarenExpert ViewpointsBusinessPhysical SciencesWould a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am890 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.HonorsU. of I. student taking part in Fulbright summer study program in ScotlandMay 11, 2017 8:00 am363 views U. of I. student Amber Winters, a resident of Colona, Illinois, is one of four U.S. students selected for a three-week cultural and academic summer program in Scotland.AnnouncementsUniversity YMCA seeks volunteers, donations for annual community recycling eventMay 10, 2017 3:00 pm79 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.HonorsBeckman Institute researcher awarded Postdoctoral Scholar AwardMay 10, 2017 2:30 pm57 views Yue Zhuo, a postdoctorate fellow in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois, has been awarded a Postdoctoral Scholar Award for a paper that was submitted to the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference.For ParentsIllini SuccessMay 9, 2017 9:00 am608 views Students, alumni share what shaped them most DeathsDeathsMay 4, 2017 11:45 am328 views Mary Buescher McDonald ... George W. Swenson Jr.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.CampusAnnouncementsHealthCarle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am4754 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.HonorsFour Illinois professors elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 2, 2017 4:45 pm2434 views Four University of Illinois professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.HonorsGoldwater scholarship recipients announcedApr 28, 2017 1:00 pm370 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. One student was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the next two academic years, and two others earned honorable mentions.DeathsDeathsApr 27, 2017 3:00 pm208 views Alonzo Juan “Beets” Mitchell ... William Dean “Bill” Morrison ... Frank “Wright” Neely ... Susan M. SchmidtHonorsFaculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 27, 2017 1:30 pm234 views Champaign, Ill. – Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at an April 26 reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. HonorsPrice honored with Office Professional of the Year AwardApr 25, 2017 2:45 pm136 views Anne Price received the 2017 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Secretariat at Illinois. Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesCould France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm566 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.HonorsFour faculty members to be honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipApr 25, 2017 12:00 pm177 views Four Illinois faculty will be formally honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at an April 25 dinner tonight.AnnouncementsNominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm128 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 pm10 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. HonorsCampus LifeEducationComputerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm911 views College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.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.