blog postsSoil 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. University YMCA seeks volunteers, donations for annual community recycling eventMay 10, 2017 3:00 pm94 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.MEDIA ADVISORY: Leading health care, tax scholar available for interviewMay 4, 2017 10:00 am115 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 email@example.com.Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am5201 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.Nominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm148 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. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold award reception May 1Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm96 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. Moms Association announces 2017 award and scholarship winnersApr 20, 2017 11:00 am107 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 pm163 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.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. Illinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 13, 2017 8:00 am460 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.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. Art of Science 7.0: Images show the beauty of researchApr 11, 2017 9:30 am156 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.Panel to discuss ‘The War on Facts’Apr 6, 2017 3:15 pm119 views Disinformation, “alternative facts” and the Trump administration’s battle with the mainstream media all will be topics in a panel discussion, “The War on Facts: Costs and Casualties,” April 13 at the University of Illinois. Performances by artist Autumn Knight scheduled for AprilApr 5, 2017 1:45 pm60 views Performance artist Autumn Knight will be on campus this month for two performances. Krannert Art Museum is hosting the first solo museum presentation – “Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal” – by Knight this semester. Knight incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work, which examines with perceptions of race, gender and authority. ‘Being There,’ ‘Pleasantville’ and Cole Porter biopic among final slate for ‘Ebertfest’Mar 30, 2017 12:30 pm197 views The last films have been added and the schedule is out for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 19-23 to downtown Champaign. ‘Hair’ coming to ‘Ebertfest,’ along with additional films and guestsMar 23, 2017 2:30 pm688 views The 1979 musical film “Hair” has been added to the schedule for this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with four additional films and directors, actors and other guests who will accompany them. Historians take to their soapbox for books that changed the worldMar 21, 2017 1:30 pm263 views Ten U. of I. history professors, staff and students will each make their case for a book that changed everything at the “History Soapbox” on March 30. Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’Mar 17, 2017 11:00 am685 views Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear are coming to this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with two films, the first announced in this year’s lineup. NASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm800 views Serionix, a startup based on a technology created at the U. of I. and incubated at the EnterpriseWorks accelerator at Illinois, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life-support systems. The same technology is on its way into consumer products expected to launch within the year. Illinois Distinguished Lecture Series in Operations Research announces speakerMar 16, 2017 2:45 pm46 views Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Public Health and Engineering at Yale University’s School of Management, will present “Adventures in Policy Modeling!” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium at 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana. A reception will follow in the NCSA atrium. Labor experts will present the second of Illini Union Bookstore’s Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesMar 10, 2017 2:15 pm123 views The Illini Union Bookstore at Illinois announces the second installment of its Sesquicentennial Reading Series on Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Authors Corner on the second floor of the bookstore, located at 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. Students encouraged to enter the Sesquicentennial Design CompetitionMar 10, 2017 10:00 am44 views The department of landscape architecture at Illinois announces the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative for students. Child Development Laboratory accepting applications for 2017-18Mar 8, 2017 4:15 pm64 views The Child Development Laboratory, 1105 W. Nevada and 1005 W. Nevada, Urbana, is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Full-day child care programs for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years are in session Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a year-round basis. EU ambassador to speak March 15 at the U. of I.Mar 8, 2017 9:15 am181 views The European Union ambassador to the U.S. is speaking March 15 at the University of Illinois, part of EU Day 2017.Hospitable Illinois wetlands in spring signal happy waterfowl hunting in fallFeb 27, 2017 4:15 pm257 views When waterfowl return to Illinois in early spring on their way north, will they find enough food for a two-week layover? A limited food supply during spring migration and subsequent declines in duck populations can affect Illinois’ multimillion-dollar waterfowl hunting industry, say researchers from the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Social issues theater group to perform ‘Manifesto’Feb 24, 2017 2:15 pm112 views Inner Voices at Illinois will present “Manifesto,” a performance of intersectional feminist voices of inspiration and intervention, at two locations in March. The performances are free and open to the public, and are in honor of Women’s History Month.Soils were warm throughout the state this winterFeb 24, 2017 2:15 pm128 views Warmer winter soils may have an effect on agriculture and crop pest control this spring, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.NYU professor Rosen to lecture March 8 on the state of American journalismFeb 24, 2017 1:15 pm55 views Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, will present his lecture “Winter is Coming: The Trump Regime and the American Press” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at 1092 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana.Ideas wanted for campus utility conservation projectsFeb 23, 2017 2:00 pm55 views University departments can improve campus energy efficiency through the Revolving Loan Fund. This semester, more than $800,000 will be available for utility conservation projects with short-term payback periods.Immersive visualization pioneer Donna Cox to receive lifetime achievement awardFeb 22, 2017 3:30 pm125 views Donna Cox, the director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this week at the eighth annual IMERSA 2017 Summit in Denver. The event creates an opportunity to explore the converging worlds of virtual reality-themed entertainment and immersive cinema. Media Advisory: Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off Feb. 28Feb 22, 2017 1:15 pm446 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 150th birthday celebration begins Tuesday with festivities at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Lecture to explore genetics and the origin of the JewsFeb 17, 2017 3:00 pm138 views Steven Weitzman, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s department of religious studies, will present a lecture titled “The Double Helix of Jewish History: Genetics and the Search for the Origin of the Jews” on Monday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. Illini Union hosting celebration event for its 75th anniversaryFeb 15, 2017 4:30 pm194 views The Illini Union will host a celebration of its 75th anniversary on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Illini Union Art Gallery and Pine Lounge. All are welcome to attend.Wilkin named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designateFeb 13, 2017 10:00 am2162 views Currently the dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John Wilkin will become the interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate effective Feb. 18.Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am208 views Helping early career teachers improve their instructional practices while fostering skills and relationships that promote professional development are the foci of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s upcoming Induction and Mentoring Conference.Urbana, university seek public input on stormwater issueFeb 9, 2017 2:00 pm100 views The city of Urbana and the U. of I. will host an inaugural stormwater public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water St., Urbana. Work to start this spring on Green and White streetsFeb 8, 2017 2:45 pm77 views The $44 million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project, designed to improve access for all modes of transportation on campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street and Wright Street, will begin work in early March. New streetscape improvements, a transit-boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings and protected bicycle lanes are some of the features designed to improve travel links from Campustown to downtowns in Urbana and Champaign. All businesses will be open and reachable throughout the project. Illinois Public Media to air documentary on the effects of the state’s budget impasse on Illinois citizensFeb 8, 2017 2:00 pm50 views “Stranded by the State,” a two-part documentary by Illinois Public Media focusing on the long-term toll the Illinois budget crisis has had on everyday people statewide, will begin broadcasting on public television stations Feb. 14, the day before Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state budget address. WILL-TV in Urbana-Champaign and WEIU-TV in Charleston will air the documentary from 7-8 p.m. on that date. Other public television stations statewide will air the documentary at later dates. A mild January in IllinoisFeb 3, 2017 10:30 am174 views The statewide average temperature in January was 31.4 degrees, 5 degrees above normal, and the 14th-warmest January on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Panel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am156 views The University of Illinois College of Law will host a panel discussion at noon Friday on President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The discussion will be moderated by U. of I. law professor Lesley Wexler.Ice Arena to be renovatedJan 30, 2017 12:00 pm84 views The Ice Arena at Illinois is getting a new refrigeration system and ice mat. The new system will be more efficient than the one currently in use and will have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. The new ice mat could be moved if a new facility or larger renovation are planned. Civil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program to pause awarding of scholarshipsJan 24, 2017 4:15 pm209 views After 33 years of service, the Scholarship Program Committee for the Civil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program is analyzing the program to ensure its continuity. Audiology Clinic offers free adult hearing screeningsJan 23, 2017 1:15 pm109 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings Jan. 25 through April 22. Screening appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No appointments are accepted via email. University Primary School enrollment beginsJan 20, 2017 3:15 pm61 views University Primary School is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-18 academic year. The school is the College of Education at Illinois lab school, serving children preschool through fifth grade in a Reggio Emilia, project-based curriculum. YMCA announces lecture series to focus on Illinois challengesJan 19, 2017 3:30 pm94 views The theme for the YMCA Spring 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series is the “State of the State.” With many challenges facing the state of Illinois, the lecture series seeks to address state-level issues including the budget impasse’s effects on social services, funding for education, incarceration and more. Feser leaving for job with Oregon StateJan 9, 2017 10:00 am463 views Edward Feser is leaving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become the provost and executive vice president at Oregon State University.2017 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ponders ‘challenging times’Jan 6, 2017 3:15 pm480 views With a theme of “Pursuing the Dream in Challenging Times,” the 2017 communitywide celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. includes a half-dozen events throughout Champaign and Urbana.