blog postsNina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am0 views Nina Baym, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a pioneer in the field of study of American women’s writing, has died.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm94 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.Do summer jobs provide lifelong benefits for teens?Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am537 views University of Illinois Extension educator Kathy Sweedler, whose focus area is consumer economics, spoke recently with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about what teens can gain from summer jobs.Ball to perform in free outdoor concertJun 7, 2018 2:45 pm220 views Southern blueswoman Marcia Ball will perform in a free outdoor concert in the University of Illinois Research Park on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.. The event is part of the Outside at the Research Park series. The opening act is Jive Bag, led by Jonny Beckett, playing New Orleans funk and jazz starting at 6:30 p.m. Ball is known for her keyboard skills that blend “rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues,” according to The Boston Globe.DeathsJun 7, 2018 11:30 am372 views Charles M. Brown ... Norman C. Maske ... Terry D. Moore ... Eris E. Ponsler ... Ruth E. ShullIllinois Fire Service Institute will host the 94th Annual Fire CollegeJun 5, 2018 1:30 pm140 views The Illinois Fire Service Institute will host the 94th Annual Fire College on June 7-10 in Champaign. The event will bring together more than 400 first responders from across the state and country to experience in-depth, hands-on training.Faculty members receive Provost’s Distinguished Promotion AwardJun 5, 2018 12:45 pm292 views Eleven faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2018. Warmest May on record for IllinoisJun 4, 2018 2:45 pm94 views The statewide average temperature for May in Illinois was 70.6 degrees, 7.9 degrees above normal and the warmest May on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. The old record was 69.4 degrees in 1962.Two Illinois students to study at U.K. Fulbright Summer InstituteJun 4, 2018 8:00 am619 views Two University of Illinois students are among 60 students in the U.S. to receive a U.K. Summer Fulbright placement.DeathsMay 31, 2018 11:15 am396 views Tom Wyles Day ... Scott Ray WhiteScott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has diedMay 31, 2018 10:45 am2133 views University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died Monday of cancer at age 55.Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights?May 31, 2018 8:45 am885 views When an employer credibly cites harm to its business interests or reputation from employee speech, the employee has very little legal recourse if they’re fired because of it, said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on employment law.DeathsMay 24, 2018 4:15 pm404 views Daniel Lee Beckman ... Susan Kathleen Connelly ... Paul Krabbe ... Carolyn G. (Shaw) Mink ... Mete A. Sozen ... Marilyn Upah-BantConference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher educationMay 21, 2018 12:45 pm250 views The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.Two U. of I. seniors among Boren Scholarships recipientsMay 17, 2018 12:00 pm649 views Two University of Illinois seniors are among 221 nationwide recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships, awarded by the National Security Education Program to provide undergraduate students experience in world regions critical to U.S. interests.How should we remember Robert Kennedy today?May 17, 2018 9:00 am542 views Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, assassinated 50 years ago, was prone to blunt talk that often made him controversial, says an expert on political rhetoric.DeathsMay 10, 2018 1:45 pm578 views Richard E. Henderson ... Lois Evelyn Overmyer ... Christie TuckerCampus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership awarded to four faculty membersMay 10, 2018 12:30 pm461 views The Office of the Provost recognized four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members April 25 with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at eventMay 10, 2018 9:30 am289 views Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15, in Champaign.Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 8, 2018 9:45 am196 views News media passes for Saturday's campuswide commencement at Memorial Stadium are available through Friday at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Room 319, Champaign. Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm715 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.Germanic languages and literatures professor named Getty Residential ScholarMay 4, 2018 8:00 am236 views Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant. She’ll use the residency to work on her book on the relationship between public monuments and cultural politics in the city of Nuernberg.DeathsMay 3, 2018 3:15 pm244 views Ray Boehmer ... Lawrence “Larry” Mervin Bowden ... Leo J. Clennon ... Dale F. “Marty” Eichelberger ... Robert “Bob” Allan Moff ... Christie Tucker ... Dan WeismanFaculty and Staff Emergency Fund seeks donationsMay 3, 2018 2:00 pm60 views Crisis knows no season. For as little as $5 per month, faculty and staff members can make a difference in the life of a co-worker in crisis by donating to the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fundat Illinois. Over the past year, the fund provided about $30,000 in grants to employees experiencing temporary financial hardship. Since the fund’s inception in 1992, more than 1,000 academic professionals, faculty and staff members have been helped.Media advisory: Administrators gear up for Illini 4000 cross-country bicycle rideMay 3, 2018 10:15 am114 views At a noon event on Monday, May 7, at the Alma Mater statue, University of Illinois administrators will discuss their participation in the upcoming Illini 4000 annual cross-country fundraising ride and receive bicycle gear from experienced riders.April was second-coldest on record in Illinois May 2, 2018 11:45 am61 views The statewide average temperature in April was 44.7 degrees, 7.9 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. It was the second-coldest April on record, dating back to 1895, and beaten only by 43.1 degrees set in April 1907.Illinois chemist elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2018 1:30 pm888 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Denmark is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates recognized for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.Nominations sought for honorary degree awardsApr 30, 2018 3:30 pm85 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 on the Senate website. How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am407 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare.McGraw honored as 2018 Office Professional of the YearApr 27, 2018 3:30 pm166 views The Secretariat organization at Illinois has named James McGraw, an administrative aide for the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the 2018 Office Professional of the Year. The announcement was made at the organization’s April 18 luncheon. The Secretariat is a group comprised of U. of I. employees in certain civil service classifications. Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, nominated McGraw for the annual award, which is celebrated during Administrative Professionals Week.DeathsApr 27, 2018 11:00 am213 views Joseph Frederick Green ... Elmer OsterburJarrell named to international animal care and use accreditation councilApr 27, 2018 8:45 am106 views Animal sciences adjunct professor Vickie Jarrell has been elected to the Council on Accreditation for AAALAC International, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes responsible and humane treatment of animals in research.Media advisory: Public invited to Native imagery follow-up sessionApr 25, 2018 1:45 pm124 views The public is invited to a May 1 event designed to continue the momentum from an April 10 group conversation on Native imagery. The gathering will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the South Lounge of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1124 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm212 views A groundbreaking ceremony for the Siebel Center for Design will take place Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. on a site located on Fourth Street between Gregory Drive and Peabody Drive, Champaign.DeathsApr 19, 2018 2:30 pm224 views Richard Francis Earl Crang ... Donald Earl Hiner ... Thomas E. Jean ... Michael Earl Schlesinger ... Leonard “Lennie” Dean Seward Sr. ... Mary Sleator Temperley ... Cora L. Williams Ngumbi honored with prestigious biology medalApr 19, 2018 2:30 pm138 views Esther Ngumbi, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois, has been selected as the Society for Experimental Biology’s SEB+ section 2018 President’s Medallist. Candidates for the medal are selected on the basis of their outstanding contribution to one of the four fields of research represented by the SEB’s four sections (SEB+, plant, cell and animal biology).Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am907 views Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.Cooler soil temperatures in mid-AprilApr 18, 2018 2:30 pm73 views Colder weather led to cooler than normal soil temperatures during the first half of April in Illinois, 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. Four students honored by Goldwater scholarship programApr 13, 2018 8:00 am1266 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized with Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, which support students with potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. A fourth Illinois student was selected for honorable mentionDeathsApr 12, 2018 4:15 pm290 views Jennifer Kee Anderson ... Joel M. Dexter ... William H. “Doc” Pirkle ... Pola Fotitch Triandis Media advisory: Audio and visual recording allowed at April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations eventApr 12, 2018 2:15 pm71 views News media attending the April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations event will be allowed to record content from the session.Media advisory: Day of Service events planned for April 14Apr 12, 2018 10:00 am18 views News reporters interested in covering the sixth annual Day of Caring meal packaging event Saturday, April 14, are encouraged to go to Memorial Stadium between 10 a.m. and noon.Faculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 12, 2018 9:45 am1426 views The University of Illinois is honoring 21 faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.Spurlock Museum Third Thursday Series: ‘University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics'Apr 12, 2018 9:15 am14 views On Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m., Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois presents the talk “University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence.” Adam Bleakney, the head coachof men's and women's track, field and racing, and Stephanie Wheeler, the head coach of women’s basketball, will discuss the program’s roots, its legacy and its continuing leadership and success in wheelchair sports. Sloan Foundation grant continuation to help U. of I. improve STEM minority representationApr 12, 2018 8:15 am342 views The University of Illinois has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue funding for the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois. The program, started in 2015, supports underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is one of nine UCEMs throughout the country.Spurlock Museum Third Thursday Series: ‘Inside Allerton’Apr 11, 2018 3:00 pm3 views Who was Robert Allerton, the creator of the English-style country house, grounds and sculpture park in central Illinois? Author Maureen Holtz will share insights about the life and estates of Allerton, called “Chicago’s Richest Bachelor” by the Chicago Tribune in 1906. The event is Thursday, May 17, at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. Allerton’s Monticello, Illinois, estate, now owned by the U. of I., is listed as one of the state’s Seven Wonders, and his Kauai, Hawaii, estate, Lawai-Kai, is now a botanical garden.‘Ebertfest’ adds musical performance to follow final film ‘Rumble’Apr 10, 2018 9:30 am206 views This year’s “Ebertfest” will close with a performance by Native American artist Pura Fe following its final film, “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.”DeathsApr 6, 2018 11:00 am284 views Clinton Frederick Fink ... John T. Scott ... Helen T. Smith ... Al Ricco John StasiJournalists Balz and Simon part of April 12 panel on Trump-era political reportingApr 5, 2018 10:00 am240 views Political reporting in the Trump era will be the subject of a panel discussion April 12 featuring the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and columnist Roger Simon.