blog postsAnnouncements‘Hair’ coming to ‘Ebertfest,’ along with additional films and guestsMar 23, 2017 2:30 pm87 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 pm158 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. Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am644 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.AnnouncementsOscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’Mar 17, 2017 11:00 am499 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 pm307 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 pm33 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. DeathsDeathsMar 16, 2017 1:45 pm146 views Vivian Gladis Reid ... Thomas Dale “Tim” Roberts ... Russell E. WinterbottomHonorsCollege of Engineering professors honoredMar 15, 2017 4:15 pm71 views Princess U II Imoukhuede, a professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal “qBio+cBio=sBio; Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.”moreExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm303 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.HonorsIllinois Program for Research in the Humanities announces fellowshipsMar 14, 2017 3:15 pm28 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the U. of I. awarded its annual faculty and graduate student fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year to seven faculty members and seven graduate students. IPRH also announced its inaugural class of New Horizons summer research fellows for 2017. The program supports faculty summer research and pays for an undergraduate research assistant to support the project. DeathsDeathsMar 10, 2017 2:15 pm99 views Larry Dornhoff ... Willie T. SummervilleAnnouncementsLabor experts will present the second of Illini Union Bookstore’s Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesMar 10, 2017 2:15 pm113 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 am34 views The department of landscape architecture at Illinois announces the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative for students. HonorsIllini Emergency Medical Services honoredMar 9, 2017 10:45 am142 views Illini Emergency Medical Services recently won three competitive awards: Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS, Collegiate EMS Video of the Year and Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year. The awards were presented at the 24th annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conference in Baltimore in late February. IEMS is one of 246 campus-based emergency medical services organizations in North America, and one of 100 that attended the conference. AnnouncementsChild Development Laboratory accepting applications for 2017-18Mar 8, 2017 4:15 pm61 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 am161 views The European Union ambassador to the U.S. is speaking March 15 at the University of Illinois, part of EU Day 2017.DeathsDeathsMar 7, 2017 11:30 am108 views Frances “Francie” Bridges ... Richard Charles Meyer ... John Thomas Pfeffer ... John ThompsonExpert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesCan data analytics help you fill out a March Madness bracket?Mar 7, 2017 9:30 am1092 views Fill in your March Madness bracket from the center out, says bracketologist Sheldon H. Jacobson.AnnouncementsHospitable Illinois wetlands in spring signal happy waterfowl hunting in fallFeb 27, 2017 4:15 pm250 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 pm102 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 pm116 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 pm49 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 pm47 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.DeathsDeathsFeb 23, 2017 1:15 pm228 views Peter James Garlick ... Sheldon Ward WilliamsAnnouncementsImmersive visualization pioneer Donna Cox to receive lifetime achievement awardFeb 22, 2017 3:30 pm96 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 pm403 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 150th birthday celebration begins Tuesday with festivities at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Expert ViewpointsLawWhat are the conditions for a constitutional crisis?Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am455 views Constitutional crisis scenarios have yet to occur under Trump, U. of I. law dean and constitutional scholar says.AnnouncementsLecture to explore genetics and the origin of the JewsFeb 17, 2017 3:00 pm124 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. DeathsDeathsFeb 17, 2017 2:00 pm146 views Allan PaulDeathsDeathsFeb 16, 2017 3:45 pm105 views Robert J. Carr ... Linda Kay Jenkins ... Brenda Ann Le’Noir ... John O. Marxmiller ... Adlon Dohme Jorgensen Rector ... Paul Stone ... Patricia Ruth Gueritey Weston Expert ViewpointsEducationSocial SciencesIs entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm417 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the planAnnouncementsIllini Union hosting celebration event for its 75th anniversaryFeb 15, 2017 4:30 pm184 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.Expert ViewpointsLawDoes Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch fit the Scalia mold?Feb 14, 2017 8:30 am236 views Law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.CampusAnnouncementsWilkin named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designateFeb 13, 2017 10:00 am1643 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 am163 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 pm91 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. DeathsDeathsFeb 9, 2017 11:45 am141 views Lawrence BoutonAnnouncementsWork to start this spring on Green and White streetsFeb 8, 2017 2:45 pm72 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 pm35 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. Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesIs it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am825 views Journalism professor Stephanie Craft: To be news literate, know how to judge a story’s credibility, and also be intentional in how you consume news and understand the forces that shape it.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. DeathsDeathsFeb 2, 2017 3:30 pm138 views Robert C. Corum ... Charles M. Draper ... Norma Bartholomew Kent Expert ViewpointsLawSocial SciencesWhat should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm372 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.HonorsCollege of Engineering faculty members, Ph.D. student honoredFeb 1, 2017 2:15 pm181 views Aerospace engineering professor John Lambros and his Ph.D. student, Owen Kingstedt, were recognized with the 2017 Society of Experimental Mechanics M. Hetényi Award. An aerospace engineering faculty member since 2000, Lambros has simultaneously garnered SEM’s 2017 P.S. Theocaris Award, which recognizes a senior individual for distinguished, innovative and outstanding work in optical methods and experimental mechanics.moreExpert ViewpointsLawWhat will be the effect of the Trump administration's immigration ban?Jan 31, 2017 12:15 pm121 views The executive order on immigration sets U.S. policy back more than 50 years, says Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment policy.AnnouncementsCampusLawPanel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am114 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.AnnouncementsIce Arena to be renovatedJan 30, 2017 12:00 pm63 views The Ice Arena at Illinois is getting a new refrigeration system and ice mat. The new system will be more efficient than the one currently in use and will have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. The new ice mat could be moved if a new facility or larger renovation are planned. DeathsDeathsJan 26, 2017 3:15 pm228 views Cody A. Breitenfeldt ... Hazel C. Cacioppo ... David M. Grothe ... Luther H. Holmes ... David F. Mulliken ... Dan WhiteExpert ViewpointsEducationLawWhat quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am582 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.AnnouncementsCivil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program to pause awarding of scholarshipsJan 24, 2017 4:15 pm190 views After 33 years of service, the Scholarship Program Committee for the Civil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program is analyzing the program to ensure its continuity.