blog postsDeathsDec 21, 2017 12:45 pm415 views Ronald Dean Bagley ... Mary Elizabeth Butts Creech ... Teddy Georgia Eddleman ... Jean Frazier Patterson ... Barbara J. Perrero ... Randy B. Rogers ... Phillip Andrew Wassom ... John Wrinkle Welch Capital improvement projects selectedDec 20, 2017 2:45 pm149 views More than $44 million in student funding will go toward modernizing teaching and learning environments that will benefit the Illinois campus, Facilities and Services announced. Capital improvement projects were selected and approved by the Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment Oversight Committee and are in development. American Concrete Pavement Association honors DarterDec 20, 2017 2:30 pm329 views The American Concrete Pavement Association presented its 2017 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award to Michael I. Darter, principal engineer with Applied Research Associates, Inc. and a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Illinois.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3381 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtDeathsDec 14, 2017 2:30 pm275 views Charles Edward “Chuck” MatzSix Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3140 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.November in Illinois was cool and dry with a dash of snowDec 13, 2017 2:45 pm67 views Illinois experienced wide temperature swings in November, with colder-than-normal temperatures canceling out the warmer-than normal days. By month’s end, November was slightly cooler than average in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Dads Association names King DadDec 13, 2017 2:30 pm39 views The Dads Association at the U. of I. named Christopher Thilmany of Schaumburg, Illinois, King Dad 2017 during the annual Dads Weekend on Nov. 11. Thilmany was recognized on the field during the football game with Indiana University. He was nominated by his daughter Gabriella Welch, a sophomore studying public policy and law.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am672 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.DeathsDec 12, 2017 8:45 am230 views Barbara Ledora Butts Anderson ... Barbara Ann Armstrong ... Sharol L. "Sherry" Hanson ... Robert J. Mosborg ... Steven Nicholas ... Bernard Spodek ... Ralph R. SwarrDoes revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm729 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela LyonsJapan House Mottainai Holiday BazaarDec 11, 2017 3:15 pm232 views Japan House will hold its annual Mottainai Holiday Bazaar this weekend. The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Mottainai is a Japanese word meaning “what a waste” or “don't waste” and is a treasured Japanese concept.Who wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1398 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressDeathsNov 30, 2017 3:45 pm411 views See-Wing Chiu ... C.E. “Gene” Hughes ... Arthur “Art” Ramer Wyatt ... Robert Scott Zeiders Susan Key named 2017 boss of the yearNov 30, 2017 1:15 pm128 views The Secretariat organization at Illinois announced that Susan Key, the director of portfolio human resources in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has been named the 2017 Boss of the Year. The Secretariat is comprised of U. of I. staff members in certain civil services classifications. Kate Day nominated Key, her supervisor, for the annual award, which is celebrated during Bosses Week each year.Secretariat honors Susan Conrad with Matteson AwardNov 30, 2017 1:15 pm89 views Susan L. Conrad, the office manager for the Department of Journalism in the College of Media, received the Bess G. Matteson Award at a Nov. 15 luncheon. The Secretariat, an on-campus organization comprised of U. of I. staff members in certain civil services classifications, makes the award. Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am738 views Higher education finance expert Jennifer Delaney talks about the possible ramifications for college students and their families of tax reform proposals being considered by the U.S. Senate What role do judges play in employment harassment cases?Nov 27, 2017 9:15 am202 views Judges can unilaterally dismiss sexual or racial harassment cases through summary judgment, a legal maneuver that ends up favoring employers over employees, says Law professor Suja ThomasTaiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies established at IllinoisNov 22, 2017 11:45 am252 views On Nov. 14, the International and Area Studies Library at Illinois hosted a ceremony to celebrate a new Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies. The center was established through a memorandum of understanding between Illinois and the National Central Library of TaiwanDeathsNov 22, 2017 10:45 am169 views LaVerne Elizabeth Smith ... Rita Jo WinglerWhy are global CO2 emissions on the rise again?Nov 21, 2017 12:00 pm506 views The annual Carbon Budget report found that fossil fuel emissions are on the rise again in 2017, says atmospheric sciences professor and report contributor Atul JainU. of I. student named Rhodes ScholarNov 20, 2017 9:15 am1597 views Thomas Dowling, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 32 U.S. students selected as Rhodes Scholars. Dowling is the first Rhodes Scholar on the Urbana campus since 1998.DeathsNov 16, 2017 2:15 pm231 views David R. Hamilton ... Bernhard “Bernie” WorksSoil temperatures were warmer than normal in mid-NovemberNov 16, 2017 2:15 pm66 views Soil temperatures were above normal in mid-November, 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.2018-19 Avery Brundage scholarships availableNov 13, 2017 11:15 am193 views University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2018-19 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition. Scholarship applications can be submitted online. The deadline for submission is Feb. 6. School of Music faculty performing Disaster Relief ConcertNov 10, 2017 1:00 pm68 views Several faculty musicians from the School of Music will perform a concert this weekend with donations going to help victims of natural disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The concert is 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green St., Urbana.DeathsNov 9, 2017 3:30 pm216 views Jerry Dobrovolny ... Marisa Lu Rubenking Meador ... David L. ShipleySpurlock Museum hosts ‘Music at Illinois,’ a lecture by Joe RankNov 8, 2017 3:45 pm80 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and the Illinois Alumni Association will present “Music at Illinois,” a special program on popular music written especially for or about the university. The free program will be presented by retired Alumni Association Vice President Joe Rank at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Hall receives American Institute of Architects award for lifetime achievement, serviceNov 6, 2017 3:15 pm371 views Gaines Hall, an associate dean emeritus in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, received the 2017 Gold Medal Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects Illinois Council. The Gold Medal Honor Award is the organization’s highest honor, recognizing exemplary contributions to the discipline and profession of architecture.University of Illinois Press to celebrate its centennial in 2018Nov 3, 2017 2:30 pm156 views In 2018, the University of Illinois Press will mark its 100th anniversary with numerous events in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago and Springfield. A founding member of the Association of American University Presses in 1937, the UIP has published more than 4,500 books in its first century.Month was state’s 10th-wettest October since 1895Nov 3, 2017 2:15 pm59 views The statewide average precipitation in Illinois for October was 4.94 inches, 1.70 inches above normal, and the 10th-wettest October since 1895, said Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. DeathsNov 3, 2017 2:15 pm152 views Bernadine Carter ... Kathleen M. Dysart ... Toby Yale KahrUniversity of Illinois System launches fundraising campaigns with $3.1 billion goalNov 1, 2017 4:30 pm269 views The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest, and most ambitious, comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty and academic and research programs and facilities. This initiative is built on individual campaigns for each of the System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign that were officially launched during campus-based kickoff events in October.Facebook research manager to speak at School of Information Sciences Research ShowcaseNov 1, 2017 1:45 pm41 views A Facebook user experience researcher will be the keynote speaker Nov. 8 at the School of Information Sciences Research Showcase. Funda Kivran-Swaine is a research manager at Facebook who has worked in user experience design and whose research focuses on computer-mediated communication. She will give the keynote address at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in Illini Union Rooms A and B.Lecture, open houses planned to celebrate Child Development Lab’s 75th anniversaryNov 1, 2017 12:30 pm164 views A lecture by educational psychologist Kathleen Gallagher is among the events planned to celebrate the Child Development Laboratory's 75th anniversary.Passes for 20th annual Ebertfest on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2017 10:00 am345 views Passes for the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming in April, go on sale Nov. 1.DeathsOct 26, 2017 11:30 am327 views Alfred BroccardoWhat should we make of Russia’s revolution now?Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am1172 views A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.Street closures announced for Homecoming paradeOct 25, 2017 3:15 pm268 views Traffic patterns in the campus area will be affected by the annual Homecoming Parade, which takes place Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m.Illinois soil moisture improved in OctoberOct 23, 2017 2:00 pm93 views Soil moisture levels improved throughout the state during the first half of October, said Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I.DeathsOct 20, 2017 12:45 pm211 views Nancy L. Davis ... The Rev. James “Jim” Patrick Fitzsimmons ... Hüseyin Leblebici ... Melvin Rothbaum ... Marcia Lynne SidersSummer Study: Program provides undergrads with research experienceOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm713 views This summer, 10 undergraduate students performed research using advanced imaging and microscopy technologies through the Discoveries in Bioimaging Research Experience for Undergraduates.LAS in C-U: Liberal arts fair connects students with internshipsOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm305 views Fall semester fair helps students find local employers.Hear My Voice: News project makes space for inclusive conversationOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm162 views Journalism project creates a space for dialogue.Undergrads choose their own adventure in this wildlife research groupOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm1098 views Don’t be fooled by the name, the wildlife and chronic wasting disease research group has a broader mission than you might think. Yes, the research focuses on white-tailed deer, primarily, and on CWD, a baffliing affliction of deer and elk. But for the dozens of undergraduate students who have joined this collaborative effort over the years, the group also is a portal, of sorts, to wide-ranging adventures in research.Interactive ProjectsOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm295 views Interactive art studio at University of Illinois teaches students coding, building circuitsSocial Work Ambassadors: Students welcome peers to their field of studyOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm98 views Social Work Ambassadors promote the School of Social Work programs, courses to students curious about the major and the careers available to alumni with degrees in the field.LabEscape: Science feeds adventure through escape roomOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm440 views Escape the room if you can, but the physics is inescapable.Illinois scientist named Packard FellowOct 18, 2017 12:30 pm2075 views Pinshane Huang, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 18 early career researchers to receive 2017 Packard Fellowships from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle modelsOct 18, 2017 10:00 am9 views In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species vary in how they take in carbon dioxide and emit water through stomata, the pores in their leaves. The data boosted the accuracy of mathematical models of carbon and water fluxes through plant leaves by 30 to 60 percent.