blog postsUniversity of Illinois Black Chorus to perform annual fall concertOct 3, 2018 1:30 pm179 views Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois Black Chorus will perform its fall concert, “Grace (an amazing homecoming),” Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. The concert continues a legacy of 50 years of sustained campus, national and international musical performances. Led for 38 years by University of Illinois professor of music Ollie Watts Davis, the concert welcomes alumni back to campus and features music from the African-American sacred music tradition, with arrangements of spirituals, anthems, hymns and traditional and contemporary gospel selections. The concert is supported by the School of Music at Illinois and Krannert Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Krannert Center Ticket Office. For ticket information, call 217-333-6280.Brandon Seabrook String Trio to perform at Music Building AuditoriumOct 3, 2018 10:00 am96 views The Brandon Seabrook String Trio will hold an improvisation workshop at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, with a performance following at 7:30 p.m., in the Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana. The event is part of the Improvisers Exchange, a two-year initiative investigating the field of music improvisation. Both events are free and open to the public.September in Illinois had above-normal temperatures and rainfallOct 2, 2018 8:30 am120 views The Illinois statewide average temperature for September was 70 degrees, 3.8 degrees above normal and the 12th-warmest September on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Media advisory: Campus commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 8Oct 1, 2018 8:15 am254 views A celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day will take place Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon on the South Quad near the ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin, Ave., Urbana. A reception follows.Lecture series will bring prominent Jewish writers to campusSep 28, 2018 9:15 am143 views The Program in Jewish Culture and Society's new lecture series, “21st Century Jewish Writing and the World,” features four award-winning Jewish writers.YMCA launches $1.2 million campaign for supportSep 25, 2018 2:30 pm128 views The University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, is launching its “Transforming Lives, Connecting Communities” campaign to support capital renovations to its historic building, programming support and strengthening of its endowment. The public is invited to the campaign kickoff Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Riggs Brewery, 1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana.How has the #MeToo movement impacted the Kavanaugh nomination?Sep 24, 2018 1:30 pm861 views Without the #MeToo movement and the high bar of a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, it’s doubtful that the sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would have surfaced, says Lesley Wexler, a University of Illinois law professor who studies anti-discrimination law.DeathsSep 20, 2018 1:30 pm347 views Martha JoAnn Milligan ... Charles William (Bill) SmithGraduate students awarded Department of Energy fellowshipSep 19, 2018 1:00 pm527 views Two graduate students at Illinois have been awarded Department of Energy fellowships. Anda Trifan, a doctoral candidate in professor of biochemistry Emad Tajkhorshid’s research group, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship to support her research in theoretical and computational biophysics. Edward Hutter, a doctoral candidate in professor of computer science Edgar Solomonik’s research group, was awarded the fellowship to support his research in computer science.Bike light giveaway at two campus locations Sep 18, 2018 1:15 pm222 views Bring your bike to the 11th annual Light the Night event on Thursday, Sept. 20 and get a free set of front and rear lights. Illinois law requires bicyclists riding at night to use lights.Soils are drying, warming across IllinoisSep 14, 2018 3:00 pm161 views Soils are drying out after the early September rain, 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.Knobloch honored with Charles H. Woolbert Research AwardSep 14, 2018 2:00 pm109 views The National Communication Association announces the selection of Leanne Knobloch, a professor of communication at Illinois, as the 2018 recipient of the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award. DeathsSep 13, 2018 1:30 pm324 views Roy F. Block ... Carolyn Margaret (Rexroat) Dodd ... Mary Anne Hewing ... Timothy Gerard Hewing ... Raymond Ides ... David Kay ... Frederick “Fred” E. Payne ... Margaret R. Selin ... Joseph Tarbet WoolleyFive Urbana-Champaign campus professors named University ScholarsSep 13, 2018 10:00 am1608 views Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Media advisory: Advisory group releases Native imagery reportSep 13, 2018 8:30 am74 views The Critical Conversations on Native Imagery Advisory Committee releases its report on a series of campus events that discussed the use of Native imagery on the Urbana campus.Should the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm900 views Changes to the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts could be made after the 2018 mid-term elections, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on tax policy and retirement issues, and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1394 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am980 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am674 views Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.What is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1324 views Scientists recently announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that made its way to Earth from an event that occurred 3.7 billion light-years away. Sensors buried within Antarctic ice detected the ghostly cosmic particle, called a neutrino, and traced its origin to a rapidly spinning galactic nucleus known as a blazar. Physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with physics professor Liang Yang about the significance of the discovery.Illinois professor to speak to congressional staffers about generational changeJul 13, 2018 10:00 am546 views U. of I. professor Julie Dowling is speaking to congressional staffers July 16 about generational change, racial/ethnic identity and the U.S. census.U. of I. undergraduates awarded national scholarships for language studiesJul 12, 2018 8:30 am970 views Five undergraduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the 550 students nationwide awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study critical languages this summer.What is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am633 views Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the court’s “pivot point” between its liberal and conservative elements since Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006, said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am10197 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am369 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1585 views Editor’s note: The number of tick-borne illnesses diagnosed annually in the United States doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summer is prime tick season, and people spending time outdoors should be vigilant, says University of Illinois entomology professor Brian F. Allan. An expert in the spread of insect- and tick-borne diseases, Allan discussed ticks in Illinois, how to prevent bites and when to seek medical attention in an interview with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?Jun 26, 2018 9:00 am1213 views Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, discusses the impact that a proposed law could have on the curricula and students in Illinois public schools.Eleven U. of I. students, recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 25, 2018 1:30 pm3840 views Fulbright grants providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences are available to 11 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni this coming year.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am2133 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 pm703 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 am615 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 pm314 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 am513 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 pm170 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 pm648 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 pm119 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 am760 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 am459 views Tom Wyles Day ... Scott Ray WhiteScott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has diedMay 31, 2018 10:45 am3875 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 am1011 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 pm501 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 pm308 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 pm924 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 am573 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 pm625 views Richard E. Henderson ... Lois Evelyn Overmyer ... Christie TuckerCampus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership awarded to four faculty membersMay 10, 2018 12:30 pm563 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 am364 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 am207 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 pm1701 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 am286 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.