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  • Damian Duffy

    Lecturer’s ‘Kindred’ adaptation selected as top pick by ICA Reads

    The Institute of Contemporary Art’s “artful book club,” ICA Reads, has selected “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” as its 2017 pick for a book of critical and societal importance. A reinterpretation of Octavia E. Butler’s science-fiction masterpiece “Kindred,” the book was adapted by School of Information Sciences at Illinois alumnus and adjunct lecturer Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings. A New York Times bestseller, the novel tells the story of a young black woman’s time-travel between her home in 1970s California and a plantation in the antebellum South.

  • Kuklinski honored with career achievement award

    James H. Kuklinski, a professor emeritus of political science at Illinois, has been honored with the 2017 Hazel Gaudet Erskine Political Psychology Career Achievement Award, given by the American Political Science Association’s Political Psychology Section.

  • Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Brauer to receive award

    Brian Brauer, the associate director for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award on June 21 at Auburn University. Brauer’s doctoral dissertation presented a case study of an Illinois fire department that underwent organizational culture change following a firefighter’s line-of-duty death. 

  • Fourteen U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grants

    Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni will pursue international educational, research and teaching experiences this coming year via student Fulbright grants. Applications are open for Fulbright grants for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Three U. of I. students awarded national scholarships to study foreign languages abroad

    Three Illinois students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study a foreign language this summer: Adam LoBue, of Brooklyn, New York; Jenny Peruski, of Bangkok; and Eileen Witthoff, of DeKalb, Illinois.

  • Faculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award

    Twelve faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2017. During its annual promotion review process, the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure identifies scholars whose contributions have been extraordinary in terms of quality of work and overall achievement.

  • Student awarded Boren Scholarship to study in Jordan

    Derek Hoot of Middleton, Wisconsin, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded an $18,500 Boren Scholarship for a 2017-18 study abroad experience in Jordan.

  • U. of I. student taking part in Fulbright summer study program in Scotland

    U. of I. student Amber Winters, a resident of Colona, Illinois, is one of four U.S. students selected for a three-week cultural and academic summer program in Scotland.

  • Beckman Institute researcher awarded Postdoctoral Scholar Award

    Yue Zhuo, a postdoctorate fellow in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois, has been awarded a Postdoctoral Scholar Award for a paper that was submitted to the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference.

  • Goldwater scholarship recipients announced

    Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.  One student was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the next two academic years, and two others earned honorable mentions.

  • Faculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction

    Champaign, Ill. – Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at an April 26 reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.


  • Anne Price

    Price honored with Office Professional of the Year Award

    Anne Price received the 2017 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Secretariat at Illinois.


  • Four faculty members to be honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership

    Four Illinois faculty will be formally honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at an April 25 dinner tonight.

  • Educational psychology professor Hua-Hua Chang has been awarded the 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of educational testing and measurement. Conferred jointly by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program, the award will be presented to Chang on April 29 during the AERA’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Chang also holds appointments in psychology and statistics and serves as the director of the Confucius Institute on the Urbana campus.

    Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award

    College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.

  • Illinois chemistry professor Scott E. Denmark, left, with former graduate student Timothy Cheng. Denmark was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Illinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Student in history and political science awarded Truman Scholarship

    Thomas Dowling, a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Chicago native, was selected from a nationwide pool of nominees as one of 62 Truman Scholars.

  • Illinois State Geological Survey senior geochemist Samuel Panno is one of seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards this year.

    Seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards

    Seven academic professionals were honored with 2017 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards at a reception April 6. Now in its 29th year, the program honors the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals, who provide critical support for administration, research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.

  • Professor Erik S. McDuffie’s future book examines the importance of the Midwest in shaping the history of the 20th century black world, in part by looking at global manufacturing centers such as Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit and their role in the growth of the largest black protest movement in world history.

    Illinois professor awarded ACLS fellowship

    University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

  • College of Engineering professors honored

    Princess U II Imoukhuede, a professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal “qBio+cBio=sBio; Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.”

  • Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities announces fellowships

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the U. of I. awarded its annual faculty and graduate student fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year to seven faculty members and seven graduate students. IPRH also announced its inaugural class of New Horizons summer research fellows for 2017. The program supports faculty summer research and pays for an undergraduate research assistant to support the project.


  • Illini Emergency Medical Services honored

    Illini Emergency Medical Services recently won three competitive awards: Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS, Collegiate EMS Video of the Year and Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year.  The awards were presented at the 24th annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conference in Baltimore in late February. IEMS is one of 246 campus-based emergency medical services organizations in North America, and one of 100 that attended the conference. 

  • College of Engineering faculty members, Ph.D. student honored

    Aerospace engineering professor John Lambros and his Ph.D. student, Owen Kingstedt, were recognized with the 2017 Society of Experimental Mechanics M. Hetényi Award. An aerospace engineering faculty member since 2000, Lambros has simultaneously garnered SEM’s 2017 P.S. Theocaris Award, which recognizes a senior individual for distinguished, innovative and outstanding work in optical methods and experimental mechanics.

  • Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.

    Two Illinois professors awarded NEH Fellowships

    Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.

  • U of I senior from Northbrook named Marshall Scholar

    For the third consecutive year, a U. of I. student has been named a Marshall Scholar. Devin Weiss, of Northbrook, Illinois, is a senior majoring in sociology. 

  • College of Engineering faculty members honored

    Paul Fischer, a professor of computer science and of mechanical science and engineering, and research colleague Misun Min at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently earned an R&D 100 Award, which recognizes top technologies of the year. Known as the “Oscars of Invention,” the awards are organized by R&D Magazine.


  • Chemistry professor Chad M. Rienstra is among six Illinois faculty members elected as 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Six Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows

    Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jianjun Cheng, Brian T. Cunningham, Kevin T. Pitts, Bruce L. Rhoads, Chad M. Rienstra and Josep Torrellas.

  • Plant biology professor Lisa Ainsworth is one of eight Illinois faculty members on the Clarivate Analytics / Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list, 2016.

    Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

    Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."

  • Marlah Bonner McDuffie

    Marlah Bonner McDuffie honored

    The Secretariat honored Marlah Bonner McDuffie, an associate dean for advancement at the College of Media at Illinois, with the 2016 Boss of the Year Award. The Secretariat is comprised of Illinois employees in certain civil service classifications.  

    Bonner McDuffie was honored at the Oct. 19 awards luncheon and was nominated by Colleen Hammel.  Kathleen Harleman, the acting dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, was nominated by Rebecca Nash. 

    More information about The Secretariat may be found online.

  • Illinois Art Education Association honors Anne Sautman of the Krannert Art Museum

    The Illinois Art Education Association has named Anne Sautman of the Krannert Art Museum at Illinois the 2016 Museum Art Educator of the Year.  The award annually recognizes exemplary contributions, service and achievements of one outstanding IAEA member.  The award was presented at the IAEA conference in Normal, Illinois, on Nov. 4.  

  • College of Engineering faculty members honored

    Dipanjan Pan, a professor of bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Heart Association in the organization’s Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences.

  • Guillen chosen to spearhead the use of recommended practices for young children with disabilities

    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.

  • Illinois School of Architecture among DesignIntelligence’s Top 25 Programs for 2016-17

    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.

  • College of Engineering faculty members honored

    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. 

  • Urbana campus faculty members named University Scholars

    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.

  • Cara Finnegan

    Professor Cara A. Finnegan honored by the National Communication Association

    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.


  • Four doctoral students honored

    Four doctoral students were honored for the quality of their work using survey research methodology. The two winners of the 2016 Robert Ferber and Seymour Sudman Dissertation Awards received $2,000 awards and plaques commemorating their achievement. Two other students each received an honorable mention certificate and $200. Ferber and Sudman, in whose memory the awards were established, were eminent scholars at Illinois in the field of survey research.

  • Peter Ashbrook receives Honorary Life Award

    The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association gave Peter Ashbrook the Honorary Life Award – its highest individual honor – at its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, last month.

    Ashbrook, who retired last year, served the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 21 years, most recently as the director of the Division of Research Safety. Ashbrook organized the first College and University Hazardous Waste Conference in 1982, wrote regular columns on laboratory waste minimization and laboratory safety in academia for 14 years for the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, served in several leadership positions for CSHEMA, and made numerous presentations on laboratory safety issues at professional conferences.


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    Students receive American Society of Landscape Architecture award

    The American Society of Landscape Architects named a group of Illinois graduate students among its award recipients for 2016. Selected from 271 entries representing 71 schools, the ASLA student awards honor the top work of landscape architecture students in the U.S. and around the world.


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    College of Engineering faculty members honored

    Mani Golparvar-Fard, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, won the 2016 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Golparvar-Fard was cited for his “cutting-edge research focused on creating new knowledge in computer vision sensing and analytics to formalize simple yet effective project monitoring and control techniques for construction teams, as well as for his active engagement teaching philosophy.”


  • Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors Program

    Chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential, 131 freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall. The Campus Honors Program admits up to 125 freshmen each year and up to 20 additional students join the program at the beginning of their sophomore year.

  • Engineering faculty members appear in the 2016 List of Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering

    The U. of I. is represented in the 2016 List of Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering by Elsevier Scopus Data. Faculty researchers from several different disciplines were represented: Prashant K. Jain, Jeffrey S. Moore, Catherine Jones Murphy and Ralph G. Nuzzo (chemistry); Tami C. Bond, Wen-Tso Liu and Billie F. Spencer Jr. (civil and environmental engineering); Minh Do, Pramod Viswanath and Daniel Liberzon (electrical and computer engineering); and John A. Rogers (materials science and engineering).

  • Dana Gillon honored with the 2016 APPA Pacesetter Award

    Dana Gillon, coordinator of special programs for the U. of. I., was honored with the 2016 APPA Pacesetter Award. APPA, previously known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. Pacesetter award recipients were recognized July 12 during the 2016 APPA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • College of Engineering faculty members honored

    Brendan Harley, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 22nd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Each year the academy invites engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines to attend the event.

    Jennifer T. Bernhard, the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, has been elected to the Engineering Research Council Executive Board of Directors for 2016-19. As part of the American Society of Engineering Education, the Engineering Research Council is composed of representatives from engineering colleges, industry and government as a forum for discussion of problems and exchange of information pertaining to the research activities of ASEE members.

  • Book published by University of Illinois Press wins award

    The book “Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers” by Adam Mack, published by the University of Illinois Press, won an award for superior achievement from the Illinois State Historical Society.


  • College of Engineering faculty members honored

    College of Engineering faculty members Paul V. Braun, Huimin Zhao, Jianming Jin, Rizwan Uddin and Jessica Krogstad were all recently honored, and a former nuclear reactor on campus became an America Nuclear Society Nuclear Historic Landmark.

  • Plewa named 2016-18 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar

    Michael J. Plewa, a professor emeritus of genetics and University Scholar at Illinois, has been selected by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society - as the 2016-18 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar. Plewa received the award for his achievements in research, teaching, service and leadership.

  • Three U. of I. students receive Critical Language Scholarships

    Three University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study a foreign language this summer. During the past 10 years, the program has sent over 5,000 American undergraduate and graduate students overseas to learn critical languages.

  • Ten U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grants

    Ten University of Illinois students have been offered student Fulbright grants to pursue international educational, research and teaching experiences this coming year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build international relations to solve global challenges. 

  • Four receive awards for excellence in faculty leadership

    Four faculty members were honored with the Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at the Celebration of Academic Service and Leadership event held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center on May 11.

    Given by the Office of the Provost, the three annual awards recognize faculty members who distinguish themselves with their vision of the future and their effort to enable and promote others in shaping that future. Each award consists of an honorarium of $2,000 for the personal use of the recipient and a personalized commemorative plaque. The event also recognized members of provost committees.

  • Achievements

    A report on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.