blog postsWarmer, drier soils in IllinoisJun 21, 2017 1:00 pm91 views Soil temperatures have been rising throughout the first half of June, 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. Media advisory: Campus meeting Thursday night for missing scholar supportJun 21, 2017 12:15 pm434 views Members of the news media are invited to attend a community meeting Thursday, June 22, to discuss campus support for the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China who has been missing since June 9. Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Brauer to receive awardJun 20, 2017 3:15 pm134 views 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 grantsJun 20, 2017 2:00 pm2785 views 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.Media advisory: News conference to announce $40K reward for arrest in missing scholar investigationJun 19, 2017 5:45 pm1084 views A $40,000 reward was raised by the community to generate information leading to the arrest of those involved in the apparent kidnapping of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar who has been missing since June 9. The reward will be discussed at a 7 p.m. news conference tonight on campus.DeathsJun 15, 2017 1:30 pm310 views James E. Hixon ... Richard “Dick” Nash ... Peggy F. Olsen ... Anna May Partenheimer ... Margaret L. Puckette ... Donna Franklin Scheibly ... Harvey J. Stapleton ... Edith A. Wade ... Irma Jane Wienke ... Gerald Paul Wirtz Three U. of I. students awarded national scholarships to study foreign languages abroadJun 8, 2017 10:15 am699 views 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.Bagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am237 views Milan Bagchi, the head of the department of molecular and integrative physiology, was named the next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois. May was cool and rainy in IllinoisJun 2, 2017 3:45 pm61 views The statewide average temperature for May was 61.9 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I. A few locations in Illinois reached 90 degrees, including Moline and Springfield. In mid-May, several locations reported temperatures below freezing, including Mount Carroll with 29 degrees.DeathsJun 1, 2017 1:30 pm195 views Audrey “Wally” Brown ... Darlene “Gerri” Hawkins Faculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 31, 2017 2:15 pm312 views 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.DeathsMay 26, 2017 1:15 pm131 views John Walker Gray ... Barak Rosenshine ... Linda A. Scott ... Patricia Ann TempelClinic offers free adult hearing screeningsMay 24, 2017 2:30 pm81 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings June 1 through July 28. Screening appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No appointments are accepted via email. Student awarded Boren Scholarship to study in JordanMay 24, 2017 12:30 pm211 views 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.Major sections of Green Street to close for MCORE project workMay 19, 2017 2:45 pm251 views Beginning Monday, May 22, two sections of Green Street between Wright Street and Goodwin Avenue will close to through traffic as construction resumes on Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project 1 (see map). Significant detours for vehicular and pedestrian traffic will occur for primary campus locations.Soil temperatures rising across IllinoisMay 19, 2017 2:15 pm30 views After a cool beginning of the month, soil temperatures are rising throughout the state in mid-May, 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. DeathsMay 18, 2017 2:15 pm230 views Teena M. Beason ... Lorena J. Dorsey ... Joann T. Hower ... Scott MaclarenWould a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am916 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.U. of I. student taking part in Fulbright summer study program in ScotlandMay 11, 2017 8:00 am487 views 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.University YMCA seeks volunteers, donations for annual community recycling eventMay 10, 2017 3:00 pm97 views The University YMCA seeks volunteers to collect, sort and pack donations for its annual Dump and Run recycling sale in August. The program has been a completely volunteer-run program since its inception 15 years ago.Beckman Institute researcher awarded Postdoctoral Scholar AwardMay 10, 2017 2:30 pm95 views 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.Illini SuccessMay 9, 2017 9:00 am978 views Students, alumni share what shaped them most DeathsMay 4, 2017 11:45 am340 views Mary Buescher McDonald ... George W. Swenson Jr.MEDIA ADVISORY: Leading health care, tax scholar available for interviewMay 4, 2017 10:00 am116 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois, is an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and retirement issues who is available for media interviews on issues surrounding the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law. Kaplan has lectured on taxation and retirement issues on three continents and has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, and has developed one of the first law school courses on elder law, an emerging specialty dealing with the legal implications of extended life. According to Kaplan, the proposed American Health Care Act would further complicate an already complicated health insurance system. “The most layered and complex health insurance system in the developed world would become even more incomprehensible if the new health reform legislation gets enacted, because it authorizes each state to isolate persons with pre-existing conditions so others can enjoy lower insurance premiums until they develop medical conditions themselves,” he said. To contact Kaplan, call 217-333-2499; email firstname.lastname@example.org.Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am5262 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.Goldwater scholarship recipients announcedApr 28, 2017 1:00 pm447 views 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.DeathsApr 27, 2017 3:00 pm222 views Alonzo Juan “Beets” Mitchell ... William Dean “Bill” Morrison ... Frank “Wright” Neely ... Susan M. SchmidtFaculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 27, 2017 1:30 pm328 views 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. Price honored with Office Professional of the Year AwardApr 25, 2017 2:45 pm153 views Anne Price received the 2017 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Secretariat at Illinois. Could France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm579 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.Four faculty members to be honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipApr 25, 2017 12:00 pm229 views Four Illinois faculty will be formally honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at an April 25 dinner tonight.Nominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm152 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 online. Arbor Day celebration to recognize 2016 Tree Campus USA distinctionApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm18 views Students, faculty members, staff and visitors to the U. of I. campus can grab a shovel and help plant one of five new trees Friday, April 28, on National Arbor Day. Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm1888 views 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 Program for Research in the Humanities will hold award reception May 1Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm102 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold its annual award reception honoring the faculty, graduate student and undergraduate student recipients of this year's IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities at 4 p.m. May 1 at IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, fourth floor, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.Illinois Public Media welcomes 1A to WILL-AM 580Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm26 views NPR’s 1A, hosted by Joshua Johnson, will join the WILL-AM 580 lineup May 1, airing from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics and technology. The program delves into pop culture, sports and humor. Eight honored with distinguished staff awardApr 21, 2017 10:30 am892 views Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 20. The award recognizes exceptional performance.DeathsApr 20, 2017 11:15 am342 views Frank Carter ... Julie Ann Elliott ... Willard Thouston Garrison ... Ralph L. “Bud” Lieb ... Lottie Russell ... Nancy “Jan” Scott ... Melvyn SkvarlaMoms Association announces 2017 award and scholarship winnersApr 20, 2017 11:00 am122 views The Moms Association at Illinois announced the winners of its annual awards and scholarship programs during Moms Weekend on April 7-9.Abbott Power Plant stack to be dismantled ahead of gas boiler upgradesApr 19, 2017 2:30 pm170 views Abbott Power Plant’s 77-year-old south stack will be taken down in much the same way it went up, one piece at a time. Crews this month began preparations to disassemble the 197-foot concrete stack at the plant, located on the U. of I. campus at 1117 S. Oak St. The work is expected to end this summer.Is democracy on the wane in Turkey?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am536 views A recent vote on constitutional changes may mean Turkey is headed even further from its one-time status as a model for Islamic democracy.Panel Discussions Announced for ‘Ebertfest’Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm239 views Organizers of the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival have announced the slate of panel discussions for the festival. Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am582 views The controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture gets a well-deserved bad rap, says U. of I. law professor and criminal law expert Kenworthey Bilz.Illinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 13, 2017 8:00 am461 views 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 ScholarshipApr 12, 2017 4:00 pm623 views 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.Award-winning author Powell to present in Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesApr 12, 2017 3:15 pm33 views Patricia Hruby Powell, an award-winning young-adult author and Illinois alumna, will provide the third reading and discussion for the Illini Union Bookstore reading series marking the University of Illinois’ 150th year. DeathsApr 12, 2017 2:15 pm275 views Jules Rodger DeHaven Sr. ... Becky Frances Duffield ... Harriet McKean Fields ... Frederick Clyde Ford ... Iva Fern Galyath ... Anna-Irmgard Haken ... Thomas George Kovacs ... James Robert “Bob” Lodge ... Lyle Curtis “Papaw” Smith ... Stuart F. Yoos Jr. How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am392 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-GallaherArt of Science 7.0: Images show the beauty of researchApr 11, 2017 9:30 am164 views Artistically enhanced research images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology will be shown at the Art of Science 7.0 exhibit.Media Advisory: Public forums to provide Urbana campus master plan design updatesApr 7, 2017 1:45 pm138 views The Urbana campus will host two sessions April 11-12 to brief the campus community and the general public on the design update of the campus master plan.