blog postsDoes more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois?Jun 18, 2019 8:45 am1013 views Experts have ranked May 2019 as one of the wettest Mays on record in central Illinois. Is it possible that the incidence of mosquito-borne illnesses increases with the amount of rainfall? To find out, News Bureau science writer Ananya Sen asked Brian F. Allan, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 18, 2019 8:30 am4404 views Thirteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni accepted Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year, providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences.DeathsJun 13, 2019 2:15 pm279 views Amy M. Blue-Short ... Joyce A. Butsch ... Kenneth Morris Davidson ... Virginia Guthrie ... Jean M. Jessee ... Ralph A. Smith ... William Murphy Tilton ... Harry C. Triandis ... Sherry Marie Weaver ... Jefferey “Jeff” Allen WelchWhat happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am525 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights.'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout'Jun 6, 2019 4:15 pm262 views “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus.DeathsJun 6, 2019 1:30 pm184 views John C. Hough Jr. ... Janet D. Knesek (nee Scott) ... Joseph “Joe” Konitzki ... Richard Newport Wright III Free Research Park concert features Alma Afrobeat EnsembleJun 5, 2019 1:15 pm168 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development LLC and the University of Illinois present a free summer concert featuring the Barcelona, Spain-based Alma Afrobeat Ensembleat 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, in Research Park.Last month the third-wettest May in Illinois historyJun 4, 2019 12:15 pm151 views Some areas of Illinois experienced record-breaking amounts of rain in May, as statewide totals mark the sixth consecutive month with above average rainfall, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.'Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world'Jun 3, 2019 1:30 pm112 views Through the centuries, people have devised imaginative puzzles to test our wits. Three-dimensional puzzles crafted of wood, metal, plastic and other durable materials are designed to be taken apart, rearranged or untangled. The exhibit “Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world,” debuts June 4 at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and runs through July 21.U. of I. student selected for Fulbright Summer Institute in LondonMay 30, 2019 3:30 pm488 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois freshman Ari Kelo, a graduate of Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, will join a three-week summer program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of the Fulbright Summer Institute, an initiative of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission.University of Illinois students receive Critical Language ScholarshipsMay 30, 2019 3:15 pm727 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two University of Illinois undergraduates have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarshipsto study critical languages during the summer of 2019.DeathsMay 30, 2019 11:30 am261 views John “Jack” L. Hayes Jr. ... Wilma J. Parsons ... Jim SchusterDoes the Supreme Court need to care about public opinion?May 29, 2019 9:45 am283 views The Supreme Court has to consider public opinion and its popularity in deciding politically divisive cases, says a University of Illinois political scientist.Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund seeks donationsMay 28, 2019 12:30 pm125 views Crisis knows no season, and for as little as $5 per month, faculty members and staff can make a difference in the life of a co-worker in crisis.Faculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 24, 2019 1:45 pm328 views Eleven faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished PromotionAward for 2019.DeathsMay 24, 2019 1:00 pm103 views Katharine “Kay” Oline Aston ... “Carol” Margadene Bateman ... Lucille “Lucy” L. Finn ... Joseph A. Garza ... Gerald “Jerry” E. Miner Jr. ... Shirley Bash Rittenhouse ... Louis Allen WalthallIllinois student named Yenching Scholar at Peking UniversityMay 22, 2019 12:15 pm227 views Gabriel Wacks is the first University of Illinois student accepted into Peking University’s Yenching Academy. Along with about 125 scholars from more than 40 countries, he will enroll this fall in an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in China studies.Soils are warming and drying in mid-MayMay 17, 2019 12:15 pm160 views After a cooling spell last weekend, soil temperatures are once again rising 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.DeathsMay 16, 2019 2:15 pm385 views Robert W. McClearyIllinois student honored with Goldwater scholarshipMay 16, 2019 9:00 am608 views U. of I. student Philip Kocheril of Champaign was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.Media Advisory: Willard Airport hosts emergency drill MondayMay 16, 2019 8:15 am271 views Emergency responders will take part in a full-scale emergency exercise at Willard Airport in Savoy on Monday, May 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The exercise will not affect scheduled air travel.Archivist discusses first African American chemistry PhDMay 10, 2019 2:45 pm322 views Illinois alumnus St. Elmo Brady was the first African American to obtain a doctorate in chemistry in the U.S. He received his degree in 1916 for work completed at Noyes Laboratory and continued his career as a professor of chemistry at historically black colleges and universities. Brady was recently honored for his accomplishment by the American Chemical Society through the designation of a national historic chemical landmark.DeathsMay 9, 2019 2:30 pm288 views Janice Lynn Allen ... Donald Chien-Tao Chiang ... Doris M. Downs ... Max Elmer Reid ... Helen Louise (Camp) RidlenIllinois Fire Service Institute training showcase May 15May 8, 2019 1:45 pm97 views The Office of the State Fire Marshal will host the Illinois Fire Service Institute Training Showcase on May 15 outside the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield. The event will provide state legislators with an in-depth look at the training efforts for firefighters taking place throughout the state.What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?May 8, 2019 9:00 am460 views The primary reason why current bankruptcy law doesn’t work well is that it dates back to 1978, before the explosion of consumer credit, says Robert M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois and a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert. Lawless served as reporter for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, which recommended several changes to the law.Three faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipMay 8, 2019 8:45 am534 views The Office of the Provost honored three University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members May 7 with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference is May 21-22May 6, 2019 3:30 pm116 views The 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference is May 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. This year the conference will expand beyond the aquatic environment to include air and soil studies, along with the effects of contaminants on human and animal health.DeathsMay 6, 2019 3:30 pm173 views Tom Battershell ... Jeannine W. Corlas ... Keith Randall Erickson ... Philip Clayton Mitchell ... Shirley J. Smith.The Center for Advanced Study announces the Associates, Fellows and Beckman Fellows for 2019-20.May 6, 2019 2:45 pm237 views The Center for Advanced Study announces the Associates, Fellows and Beckman Fellows for 2019-20.April showers prompted continued flood concerns in IllinoisMay 6, 2019 2:15 pm53 views A wet April extended the trend for above-average precipitation in Illinois. This year was the seventh-wettest December-to-April period on record, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 6, 2019 8:45 am75 views Members of the news media may pick up stadium passes and parking passes for commencement at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Champaign. Commencement is Saturday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honors eight employeesMay 1, 2019 9:45 am1328 views The Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award honors eight civil service staff employees for exceptional performance.Long elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2019 8:00 am1030 views Stephen P. Long, a professor of crop sciences and plant biology at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.U. of I. earns Bronze Level EMS Ready Campus statusApr 29, 2019 12:00 pm114 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a program of the Illinois Fire Service Institute that provides nontransport care to the 58,000 students, staff and faculty members at the Urbana-Champaign campus, was recognized as a Bronze Level EMS Ready Campus at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation.Volunteers needed for Dump & Run collections starting May 6Apr 26, 2019 2:15 pm322 views The University YMCA is seeking volunteers and donations for its 18th annual Dump & Run recycling program. Collections during the May period of Dump & Run will be held exclusively at the Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana, because the MCORE construction project limits access to the University YMCA building on Wright Street.Nigh named Office Professional of the YearApr 25, 2019 4:00 pm305 views Penny Nigh, an administrative aide and assistant to Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations Wanda E. Ward, was honored by the Illinois Administrative Professional at the University of Illinois (formerly The Secretariat) with the 2019 Office Professional of the Year Award.DeathsApr 25, 2019 11:45 am327 views Louis H. “Bud” Mesker ... Darcy Elizabeth StrackIllinois music professor awarded Carnegie FellowshipApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm456 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers, who specializes in the music of Brazil, has been awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He’ll use the fellowship to research a book that will examine the aesthetics and natural resources of instrument-making using Brazilian woods.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 2019-20 Youth SeriesApr 24, 2019 10:45 am120 views Since 1982, thousands of young people have experienced the performing arts at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts by attending creative daytime programs. These performances are designed to invigorate students’ imaginations while also addressing Common Core and Illinois learning standards.How does sexual harassment affect young women in physics?Apr 23, 2019 10:30 am2019 views In a study reported in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research, nearly 75% of 471 undergraduate women in physics who responded to a survey offered during a professional conference reported having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment – mostly gender harassment – in their field. U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy, a co-author of the report, talked to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the study, which also examined the respondents’ feelings of belonging and legitimacy as scientists and scholars.DeathsApr 18, 2019 1:45 pm362 views Ronald L. Miner ... Charles Edward Olson ... James H. Wyatt Sr. What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2156 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.Illinois chancellor and chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 17, 2019 5:00 am1085 views Chancellor Robert J. Jones and chemistry professor Catherine J. Murphy have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.DeathsApr 11, 2019 12:15 pm634 views Janet Lynn “Jaelyn” Jefferson ... Sharon Jo ShiuHow is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:15 am9178 views The Event Horizon Telescope Project announced that it has captured the first image of a black hole. The feature is located at the center of Messier 87 – a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with University of Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the large, multi-institutional collaboration. 'Queering UP the Arts' exhibit at University YMCAApr 9, 2019 2:45 pm192 views The UP Center, in collaboration with the University YMCA’s Art @ the Y program, is hosting the exhibit “Queering UP the Arts: Celebration of Queer Artists and Artworks,” on display through May 13 in the University Y’s Murphy Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery, located at 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition includes submissions from adult and youth artists from Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, Saybrook and Bloomington. The artworks are of various mediums including digital prints, photographs, cyanotypes, spray paint, acrylics and many other types. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice through quality arts programming. The UP Center was founded in 2009 as an organization to advocate for the equality, wellness, advocacy and visibility of the LGBTQ communities in Champaign County.Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels April 16 performance at Krannert CenterApr 9, 2019 2:30 pm128 views The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced that CSOA-presented concerts scheduled to take place from Wednesday, April 10, to Tuesday, April 23, are canceled due to the current strike by musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Author to host workshop and discuss her novel ‘Forest Dark’ April 9Apr 5, 2019 2:15 pm181 views Nicole Krauss, an award-winning and best-selling author, will talk about her latest novel, “Forest Dark,” and her other works at two campus events April 9.NEH announces support for four U. of I. projectsApr 5, 2019 2:00 pm143 views The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $28.6 million in grants to support 233 humanities projects nationwide, including four at the University of Illinois. Each of the Illinois researchers will receive an award of $6,000.Health Make-a-Thon to award $10K in idea support to 10 area innovatorsApr 5, 2019 1:45 pm122 views An initiative of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the Health Make-a-Thon aims to help Champaign County residents bring to life their ideas for improving human health through the Health Maker Lab – a network of maker labs, design spaces and fabrication facilities across the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. Out of 140 ideas submitted, 20 finalists have been selected to pitch their concepts to a panel of judges and a live audience on April 13. Ten will each win $10,000 in Health Maker Lab resources to create a prototype of their idea.