blog postsAnnouncementsIllinois Public Media appoints a leader for Illinois NewsroomOct 21, 2016 3:45 pm14 views Illinois Newsroom – the statewide, seven-station journalism collaborative, spearheaded by Illinois Public Media and funded through a $715,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as support from the public media partner newsrooms – launches with the appointment of a new leader. ArtsCampusChoreographer Tere O’Connor to give the Center for Advanced Study Annual LectureOct 21, 2016 3:15 pm16 views Choreographer and Illinois dance professor Tere O’Connor will talk about his approach to choreography when he gives the Center for Advanced Study Annual Lecture on Oct. 25.AnnouncementsArtist in residence: Coach Bob ZuppkeOct 21, 2016 1:15 pm2 views Many know Robert Zuppke (1879-1957) as Illinois’ longest-serving football coach, whose teams won or tied for four national championships and seven conference championships between 1913 and 1941. But he also was an in-demand motivational speaker, a syndicated sports writer, co-author of a popular sports comic strip and an accomplished and prolific artist. AnnouncementsUniversity of Illinois Wind Symphony presents Halloween concertOct 21, 2016 1:00 pm1 views The University of Illinois Wind Symphony will present its “Orange and Boo” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.CampusTatyana McFadden to serve as grand marshal of 2016 Homecoming ParadeOct 21, 2016 8:15 am46 views Paralympic medalist and U. of I. graduate Tatyana McFadden will serve as the grand marshal of the 2016 Homecoming Parade, which takes place Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat should we know about the white working class?Oct 20, 2016 11:30 am136 views Descriptions of the white working-class often paint a one-dimensional picture, whereas the reality is more complex, says Illinois sociology professor Monica McDermott, the author of “Working-Class White.”DeathsDeathsOct 20, 2016 11:00 am49 views John B. Claar ... Eileene E. Foil ... Willie V. Johnson ... Joseph RotmanFaculty InterviewsLawFour years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 20, 2016 9:30 am60 views Giveaways to gambling interests in Illinois have robbed state coffers of billions of dollars, says John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois.ArtsIllinois architecture students documenting historic modern homeOct 20, 2016 8:45 am158 views Armed with tape measures and sketch pads, University of Illinois architecture students are documenting a historic modernist home in the Chicago suburbs.CampusHumanitiesThe back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm2141 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois.HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am378 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.AnnouncementsEducationYouth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am216 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.DeathsDeathsOct 13, 2016 3:15 pm274 views James Canull ... Brenda Faul ... Dixie Nell (Mayol) Heath ... Richard P. "Dick" Kesler ... The Rev. Dr. Steven Robert ShoemakerCampus LifeModified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to familyOct 13, 2016 10:00 am177 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.Behind the ScenesPet burials blur the line between human and animal ritesOct 13, 2016 9:30 am161 views A new book by anthropology professor Jane Desmond explores humans’ complex relationships with other animals.HonorsGuillen chosen to spearhead the use of recommended practices for young children with disabilitiesOct 12, 2016 11:15 am92 views Chelsea Guillen, the early intervention ombudsman for the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as a statewide ambassador to spearhead use of newly recommended practices for the care and education of young children with disabilities. Guillen joins a group of 16 experts chosen by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.HumanitiesArtsPoet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am400 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.Behind the ScenesPoetry inspired by paintingOct 12, 2016 8:45 am49 views Poet Janice Harrington wrote her poem "Domino Players, 1943" based on a painting by African-American artist Horace Pippin.AgricultureLivestock donation programs reduce poverty, improve food security and nutritionOct 11, 2016 9:00 am375 views Research from U. of I. agricultural economists Peter Goldsmith and Alex Winter-Nelson found that the direct donation of livestock to impoverished communities in rural Africa had numerous positive effects ranging from a reduction in poverty to an increase in gender empowerment.AnnouncementsFall biological conference set for November at the Materials Research LabOct 10, 2016 3:45 pm115 views The fifth annual Materials Research Laboratory Biological Conference will be held Nov. 2-3 at the laboratory on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.AnnouncementsThe All Employee Expo to be held Oct. 18Oct 10, 2016 3:00 pm26 views The annual All Employee Expo will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, in rooms A, B and C.AnnouncementsUrban forestry project ties residential nature to health care spendingOct 7, 2016 2:15 pm224 views A new research project led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Matthew Browning intends to explore how urban forestry affects health care spending, and then build a free online modeling tool city arborists can use to estimate their communities’ potential rate of return on their investments in parks and other natural elements.DeathsDeathsOct 6, 2016 3:00 pm194 views William Patrick "Bill" Myers ... Guy E. ShumardHealthEducationAdults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needsOct 6, 2016 1:30 pm655 views Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study by University of Illinois researchers found.Social SciencesDelinquent youths with PTSD need individualized treatment, studies suggestOct 6, 2016 8:15 am412 views Juvenile offenders who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder are at 67 percent greater risk of entering substance abuse treatment within seven years, a new study led by a University of Illinois scholar found.HealthSocial SciencesPreschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am1426 views Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.ArtsCampusSculpture of Thoreau’s cabin looks at artifice of objectsOct 5, 2016 8:30 am494 views University of Illinois art professor Conrad Bakker's interest in Henry David Thoreau, and in the artificiality of objects, led him to create a sculpture of Thoreau's cabin.Life SciencesSocial SciencesDistracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am1466 views A new study offers evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task as is the ease with which the task is done.Campus$25M gift from tech entrepreneur and UI alumnus Thomas Siebel will fund construction of Siebel Center for DesignOct 4, 2016 10:00 am8811 views The 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will cultivate interdisciplinary design thinking and will foster innovation in undergraduate and graduate curricula in multiple colleges.HonorsIllinois School of Architecture among DesignIntelligence’s Top 25 Programs for 2016-17Oct 3, 2016 4:30 pm127 views The Illinois School of Architecture’s Master of Architecture degree program is among DesignIntelligence Quarterly’s “Top 25 Programs 2016-17 According to Hiring Professionals.” The ranking of National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited degree programs appears in DesignIntelligence’s third quarter 2016 issue. DesignIntelligence compiles the rankings from a survey of professional practitioners who hire and supervise graduates of architecture programs.AnnouncementsAudiology Clinic offers free hearing screeningsOct 3, 2016 2:00 pm62 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free hearing screenings through Nov. 18. Screenings appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. The clinic does not schedule appointments via email.BusinessWhat’s in a name? For young Chinese consumers and foreign brands, it’s about culture mixingOct 3, 2016 9:15 am483 views Younger, more cosmopolitan Chinese consumers tend to favor brand translations that keep both the sound and the meaning of the original name, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am871 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.Life SciencesSocial SciencesReview finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am576 views A systematic review of the scientific studies cited by brain-training companies as evidence that their products improve cognition in daily life finds no convincing evidence to support those claims. While people tend to improve on the specific tasks they practice, the researchers report, the conclusion that computerized brain-training programs yield broader cognitive benefits or improve real-world outcomes for their users is premature at best.AnnouncementsLocal Olympians and Paralympians to be honored Oct. 1Sep 30, 2016 1:00 pm60 views The Champaign Park District invites the community to celebrate the 25th year of the Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes monument on Saturday, Oct. 1, at noon at Dodds Park.Physical SciencesGeologic imaging technique measures strength of Earth’s outer shellSep 29, 2016 1:00 pm960 views An advanced imaging technique used to map Earth’s outer shell also can provide a measure of strength, finding weak spots and magma upwellings that could point to volcanic or earthquake activity, according to a new study by geologists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Adelaide in Australia.DeathsDeathsSep 29, 2016 11:15 am168 views Beverly Louise Casey ... Dawn Ellen Corey ... Berniece A. Lincoln ... Marilyn V. Lynch ... Jesse Robinson ... Gloria A. Von BehrenArtsBrazilian musicians to showcase different styles of music from their countrySep 28, 2016 5:00 pm171 views Two Brazilian musicians who play different instruments and represent two distinct regional musical styles will perform together for the first time on the University of Illinois campus.Behind the ScenesBackstage at an American musicalSep 28, 2016 1:15 pm985 views Lighting-design students from the University of Illinois theatre department get a backstage look at the technical aspects of the musical "Hamilton."Life SciencesSocial SciencesStudy links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am431 views A new study of older adults finds an association between higher blood levels of phosphatidylcholine, a source of the dietary nutrient choline, and the ability to regulate attention to manage competing tasks. The study also identified a brain structure that appears to play a role in this association.HonorsCollege of Engineering faculty members honoredSep 26, 2016 3:45 pm81 views Qian Chen, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named to Science News SN10: Scientists to Watch. Chen is coaxing nanomaterials to self-assemble in new and unexpected ways to mimic the machinery that living cells have already perfected. moreAnnouncementsUniversity Primary School to hold open houseSep 26, 2016 3:45 pm43 views University Primary School, the laboratory school of the College of Education, will host an open house for the community on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Children’s Research Center, 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign.AnnouncementsFaculty Tech Summit to connect researchers and instructors with information technology servicesSep 26, 2016 2:15 pm41 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers and instructors have the opportunity to learn about the information technology services that are available to them by attending the Faculty Technology Summit. The event will take place in Illini Union Rooms A, B, and C on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.CampusUrbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 26, 2016 8:00 am1254 views Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.HumanitiesIllinois religion professor looks at Jewish theology of protest in new bookSep 23, 2016 10:00 am742 views A new book, “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism,” by University of Illinois religion professor Dov Weiss, is the first comprehensive academic look at the Jewish tradition of protes.HonorsProfessor Cara A. Finnegan honored by the National Communication AssociationSep 23, 2016 9:15 am164 views Cara A. Finnegan, a professor of communication at Illinois, recently received the National Communication Association’s 2016 James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address. DeathsDeathsSep 22, 2016 12:15 pm231 views Peter Feuille ... Leonard Heumann ... Ruth Marilyn Newman ... William H. "Bill" PetersonFaculty InterviewsLawHow will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am479 views Although Americans overwhelmingly support nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, no state has enacted significant new legislation protecting them against discrimination in housing, hiring and public accommodations since 2008, says Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law.ArtsKrannert Art Museum assembling major exhibition on Swahili artsSep 22, 2016 10:15 am284 views An exhibition to open at Krannert Art Museum in fall 2017, “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” will be an unprecedented look at the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa. AnnouncementsU. of I. conference to address immigration and refugee issues in light of U.S. electionSep 21, 2016 11:00 am197 views Immigration, migration and refugees – topics that have loomed over both the U.S. presidential campaign and world politics – will be the subject of a two-day conference Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 26-27) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.