blog postsLife SciencesCampusCampus LifeDeathsPhysical SciencesKlaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has diedNov 4, 2016 8:30 am1084 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.Campus LifeModified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to familyOct 13, 2016 10:00 am1163 views The University of Illinois’ family leave policy was revised recently to remove a teaching requirement for tenure-track faculty members after the birth or adoption of a child.Campus LifeWassaja Hall dedicated with songs, drums and wordsSep 14, 2016 2:30 pm563 views The dedication of Wassaja Hall began Thursday with the sound of drums and a song sung in Comanche by the OtterTrail drum group, from the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma. The dedication of the new student residence hall, held in the Student Dining and Residential Program Building due to inclement weather, is a celebration of the legacy of Wassaja, later known as Carlos Montezuma, who in 1884 became the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois, said Alma Sealine, the director of University Housing, the first of six speakers at the event.Campus LifeConservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved muralJul 5, 2016 3:30 pm1329 views The chirp of screws being driven into wood and the whirr of drills filled the air in the front room of the old white house at 510 E. Chalmers St. that’s the birthplace of La Casa Cultural Latina and the former home of the U. of I.’s department of Latina/Latino studies. Art-handling company Terry Dowd Inc. project manager Darren Martin and his work crew are creating a roughly 6 feet by 6 feet panel, part of the “bread” that will be used to make a large art “sandwich.” The “meat” is a section of lathe, plaster and wallpaper of part of a wall covered with a vivid mural filled with bold depictions of heritage and social justice, of individual and community strength. “We basically sandwich the walls,” Martin said. “It almost turns it into a crate.”Campus LifeOn the Job: Patty JonesJun 3, 2016 8:45 am636 views “You never know what path you’re going on,” said Patty Jones, the associate director for research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. And, yes, she has gone on many different paths.Campus LifeOn the Job: Jan AdamczykMay 19, 2016 11:45 am617 views The Slavic collection at the U. of I. is the largest in Illinois, the Midwest and any state-supported U.S. university. Jan Adamczyk, a senior library specialist, takes care of the collection and responds to questions about it. Campus LifeIllinois acceptance numbers reflect strong in-state interest, diversity gainsMay 5, 2016 9:30 am704 views The number of first-year students expected to report to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the upcoming fall semester is similar to the fall 2015 total.Campus LifeFinal issue of Inside Illinois announcedMay 5, 2016 9:00 am2076 views This is the final issue of Inside Illinois, but it’s not the end of the campus news function.Campus LifeBenefit Choice: Clarification on fiscal year 2017 insurance premiumsMay 5, 2016 9:00 am998 views Last week, a flier announcing the May Benefit Choice period was mailed from the state of Illinois Central Management Services, which administers health coverage for state employees. It included information at the bottom of page 5 about the possibility that U. of I. employees would be required to pay retroactive increases to their insurance premiums, depending on the outcome of an ongoing legal dispute pending before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The potential retroactive costs are unknown at this time and will remain unknown during the Benefit Choice period, during which time employees must select a health plan.Campus LifeOn the Job: Nate BeccueMay 5, 2016 8:00 am849 views In addition to the main gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, there are 1,500 acres of grounds that have to be maintained, and Nate Beccue manages to do it all by himself.Campus LifeStyrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus wasteMay 4, 2016 4:45 pm1283 views Expanded polystyrene – more commonly known by its brand name “Styrofoam” – is everywhere. It makes up your disposable coffee cup, the packing peanuts in those care packages to students, and the insulation in your office walls. At Illinois, countless bottles of chemicals, biology specimens and fragile parts of lab equipment arrive in packaging made of Styrofoam every day, and, sadly, almost all of it gets tossed in the trash.Campus LifeEducationNew book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoodsMay 2, 2016 1:30 pm565 views The experiences of eight children from around the world as they learned written language, and the ways in which these students used composition to confront social, societal and pedagogical barriers, are explored in a new book by a University of Illinois scholar.Campus LifeFY17 Benefit Choice is May 1-31Apr 28, 2016 9:00 am246 views University of Illinois employees are reminded that if they wish to make changes to their health, dental, state optional life, dependent coverage or re-enroll in the flexible spending plans, these changes must be made using NESSIE, the university’s online self-service benefits application. All changes must be made by midnight May 31 and will be effective July 1.Campus LifeMCORE improvements on schedule to start this fallApr 28, 2016 9:00 am416 views Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project transportation improvements are on schedule to begin this fall. The scale of this infrastructure work on key corridors will have significant traffic impacts including detours and street closures during construction. Updated project timelines and associated information will be provided beginning in late summer 2016.Campus LifeCampus LifeKilleen statement on stopgap funding agreementApr 22, 2016 2:30 pm554 views The University of Illinois system appreciates and welcomes the bipartisan effort in Springfield to provide partial, stopgap funding for the state’s public universities, which have been forced to manage through the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016 with no state appropriation.Campus LifeOn the Job: Terry FreeApr 22, 2016 9:15 am844 views In need of a classroom for an event or review session? Terry Free, an office manager for the Office of the Registrar, has got you covered. Campus LifeNCSA’s Advanced Visual Lab contributed to IMAX 3-D film ‘A Beautiful Planet’Apr 21, 2016 9:00 am620 views The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I. is helping produce movie magic with cinematic scientific visualization.Campus LifeLED panels light up set for Lyric Theatre production of ‘Kiss Me Kate’Apr 21, 2016 9:00 am99 views U. of I. graduate student Anson Woodin (Fred/Petruchio) is on the set April 19 during a rehearsal of "Kiss Me Kate" in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The Lyric Theatre at Illinois production premieres at 7:30 p.m. April 21, with other performances scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 22 and 23, and at 3 p.m. April 24. Campus LifeGeorgian prime minister – an Illinois alumnus – to visit Urbana campus April 27Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am1480 views Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the prime minister of the country of Georgia and a 1998 master’s degree graduate in finance from the University of Illinois, will speak on campus April 27. He will make remarks and take questions at 4:45 p.m. in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility, 515 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. The event is open to the public.Campus LifeCampus LifeOpen letter about NTFC strikeApr 19, 2016 12:45 pm144 views An open letter from Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson and Interim Provost Edward Feser on the strike organized by the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition.Campus LifeReport offers insights into Illinois students’ success after graduationApr 19, 2016 6:00 am1915 views Analysis of a first-ever campuswide survey of recent Illinois graduates provides extensive information on where those students ended up after college. Released today, the Illini Success initiative invited 7,701 bachelor’s degree recipients in 2014-15 from nine Urbana campus academic schools or colleges to participate.Campus LifePhysical SciencesU. of I. researchers help discover ‘dark galaxy’Apr 18, 2016 11:00 am693 views Researchers have uncovered the existence of a dwarf “dark galaxy” lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made when a team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, noticed subtle distortions in the image of gravitational lens SDP.81. The discovery paves the way to spot many more such objects, which could help astronomers address important questions on the true nature of dark matter.Campus LifeHumanitiesIPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Bio-Humanities Fellowships, new research group announcedApr 18, 2016 10:45 am71 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its inaugural 2016-18 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities and its 2016–17 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities.Campus LifeKrannert Art Museum galleries to close during summer renovationsApr 15, 2016 2:30 pm475 views Krannert Art Museum will act on its multiyear commitment to transform galleries and other public spaces by renovating four main-floor galleries this summer. As a result, the museum will close to the public after the final day of its spring semester exhibition calendar, May 15.Campus LifeDigitization project finds anthrax samples in collectionsApr 14, 2016 9:00 am371 views When anthrax became a household name in 2011, even curators of some herbaria were unaware that samples of Bacillus anthracis, the source of anthrax, had been housed in their microfungal collections for more than a hundred years. Recently, a digitization project at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute unearthed the whereabouts of historical samples, including one at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Campus LifeEvents celebrate Illinois’ history as a top producer of Fulbright scholarsApr 12, 2016 9:30 am215 views University of Illinois has a history of Fulbright success, ranking as a Top Producer of Fulbright students nationally for the past six years. To capitalize on this momentum, the National and International Scholarships Program is partnering with several campus units to create the first Illinois Fulbright Week, offering a range of programming that both celebrates Illinois’ Fulbright tradition and seeks to continue it by recruiting the next crop of Fulbrighters.Campus LifeMarch 2016 the 10th-warmest March on record in IllinoisApr 7, 2016 2:30 pm315 views March 2016 was the 10th-warmest March on record with an average temperature of 46.5 degrees, 5.2 degrees above normal.Campus LifeFaculty/Staff Emergency Fund seeks donationsApr 7, 2016 11:45 am228 views The Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund is seeking donations to meet its goal of $50,000.Campus LifeDeathsFormer U. of I. police chief remembered as great leaderApr 7, 2016 11:30 am1025 views Former University of Illinois police chief Paul Dollins is being remembered as a leader in law enforcement, a community builder and a great friend.Campus LifeEdible booksApr 7, 2016 9:45 am132 views Wendy Mathewson, from left, academic advisor in the history department; Juniper Lawrence, 5; and Dashiel Gaines, 3, view a gingerbread house created by the children's mother, Brianna Lawrence.HonorsCampus LifeCampus promotionsApr 7, 2016 9:00 am558 views Jeff Moore will serve as the interim director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; Paul Ellinger became the new vice provost for budget and resource planning; Katherine Galvin will join the Office of the Chancellor as an associate chancellor.Campus LifeU. of I. creates first MOOC-based master’s degree in data scienceMar 31, 2016 2:30 pm218 views Coursera, a leading online education company known for massive open online courses, announced March 30 a professional data science master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Campus LifeSpringtime walkMar 31, 2016 10:00 am366 views A student walks by two limestone sculptures on the south side of Foellinger Auditorium earlier this week.Campus LifeFeser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetingsMar 31, 2016 9:00 am2479 views Two things haven’t changed since Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser concluded a month of campus budget presentations: The state still doesn’t have a budget, and the university still doesn’t have its annual appropriation.Campus LifeOn the Job: Brooke EisenmengerMar 24, 2016 10:00 am1524 views She just returned from Turkey and is planning a trip to Israel. This is the work life of Brooke Eisenmenger, the director of international advancement.Campus LifeSpecial deliveryMar 24, 2016 9:00 am823 views Sara Pearson, a second-year veterinary student, was among the veterinary students volunteering for the “lamb watch" program in the U. of I.'s College of Veterinary Medicine.Campus LifeElectric performanceMar 17, 2016 9:00 am1428 views What has become a favorite feature of the annual Engineering Open House is the Tesla Coil Concert, hosted this year on the Bardeen Engineering Quad.Campus LifeCampus LifeCIC annual report shows communal benefitsMar 17, 2016 9:00 am434 views The Committee on Institutional Cooperation continues to promote interuniversity partnerships that lead to better collaboration and lower individual institutional costs.Campus LifeCampus LifeKilleen: Strategic plan will emphasize systemic approachMar 17, 2016 9:00 am472 views The U. of I system’s long-term strategic plan will leverage the combined academic power of all three campuses to uphold the land-grant principle of “serving the public good,” while continuing to offer students a diversified, world-class liberal arts education.Campus LifeCampus LifeChancellor search committee creating candidate profile, forming listMar 17, 2016 9:00 am567 views The heavy-lifting phase is just beginning, but members of the committee leading the search for a permanent chancellor say identifying the best candidate will take the strength of the entire campus.Campus LifeHonorsClassroom assessment is central topic of campus workshopsMar 17, 2016 9:00 am430 views Assessment is a tool that can be used to measure anything, but according to Jennifer Amos, a professor of bioengineering and this year's Distinguished Teacher-Scholar, it's especially useful in the classroom.Campus LifeCampus LifeSchook to step down as vice president for researchMar 16, 2016 5:00 pm610 views University of Illinois Vice President for Research Lawrence B. Schook announced March 16 that he will step down from the universitywide post in August to return to his research and faculty work on the Urbana and Chicago campuses. U. of I. President Tim Killeen said a national search will be conducted to select Schook’s successor.Campus LifeCampus LifeU. of I. approves ‘sheltered market’ contracts for IT servicesMar 16, 2016 4:00 pm114 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on March 16 approved the state’s first contracts under a new Illinois purchasing initiative enacted to attract more minority- and female-owned businesses as vendors for state agencies and universities.Campus LifeOn the Job: Lori MelchiMar 10, 2016 10:30 am794 views Pianos are playing. Horns can be heard. And students are practicing opera. It’s just a typical morning for Lori Melchi, an administrative aide at the School of Music.Campus LifeFaculty retreat focuses on Universal Design for LearningMar 10, 2016 9:15 am499 views Techniques designed to make classroom instruction accessible to students with disabilities can be a rising tide that lifts all boats, according to speakers at the March 4 faculty retreat.Campus LifeCampus forum on search for permanent chancellor is March 11Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am321 views A campus forum to discuss the search process for a permanent chancellor will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 11 at the Illini Union Ballroom.Campus LifeLibrary offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus membersMar 10, 2016 9:00 am9100 views The only things one needs to learn Mandarin Chinese or nearly 30 other languages is a computer with a microphone, a University of Illinois NetID and plenty of phonetic practice.Campus LifeFormer site is new site for campus’s African-American cultural centerMar 10, 2016 9:00 am878 views The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center building will be torn down and replaced with a new building at the same Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street location.Campus LifePresident hosts town hall March 14 at Business Instructional FacilityMar 10, 2016 9:00 am221 views President Tim Killeen will lead a universitywide strategic planning initiative meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. March 14 in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility. The town hall meeting will help set goals for the University of Illinois system for the next five years.Campus LifeFeser: We must create a budget paradigm for the futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1496 views Edward Feser, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses a new budgeting approach. He said the approach is needed to help the campus move toward less dependency on state funding, to increase transparency in budgeting, and to ensure fiscal stability and academic excellence into the future.