blog postsRecord-setting December occurred in IllinoisJan 7, 2016 9:00 am51 views December was the warmest and second-wettest for that month on record in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, of the Illinois State Water Survey. Race and violence explored at Oct. 4 seminarSep 24, 2015 9:00 am18 views Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church at the U. of I. have been sponsoring a monthlong exploration of race and violence in America. The final event will be a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 featuring Travis Dixon, a U. of I. professor of communication, and Monica McDermott, a U. of I. professor of sociology, as well as Champaign Mayor Deb Frank Feinen and Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb.Public forum, website to help forward efforts for new campus master planApr 7, 2016 9:00 am33 views The committee leading an effort to update the campus master plan has announced a new website and that it will host two upcoming public forums.Psychologist to present Beckman’s SmithGroup Distinguished Lecture April 15Apr 7, 2016 9:00 am31 views Michael Posner, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon and an adjunct professor at Weill Medical College, will present the 2016 SmithGroup Distinguished Lecture at noon April 15 in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His talk is titled "Mechanisms of Brain Network and Brain State Training.”Professor to speak about ‘locked-in’ patients Oct. 15Oct 1, 2015 9:15 am22 views Emanuel Donchin, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, will present the U. of I. department of psychology's 2015 Lyle Lanier Lecture, “Typing With Your Brain Waves: A Communication Tool for Locked In Patients.” The lecture is at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the auditorium of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.Pre-tenure and midcareer faculty workshops announcedApr 21, 2016 9:00 am36 views Two upcoming workshops organized by the Provost’s Office – one for pre-tenure faculty members and one for midcareer faculty members – will be May 5 at the I Hotel and Conference Center.Preservation Working Group and University Library to presentFeb 4, 2016 9:00 am26 views The Preservation Working Group and University Library will host a hands-on informational event from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Champaign Public Library.‘Plants in Silico' symposium and workshop to be a paradigm shift in plant modelingMar 3, 2016 9:00 am12 views Registration is now open for the “Plants in Silico” symposium and workshop, which will bring together leaders in the fields of computation, mathematics, plant sciences, data visualization and molecular, cellular, organ-level and ecosystem modeling.Performances by artist Autumn Knight scheduled for AprilApr 5, 2017 1:45 pm63 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. Penny Chisholm public lecture will open Woese SymposiumSep 17, 2015 5:30 am7 views Penny Chisholm, a professor of environmental studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will kick off the upcoming weekend symposium hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology with a free public lecture. No registration is necessary.Passes for revamped Roger Ebert’s Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2018 10:00 am524 views Passes for the 21th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, shortened from five days to four, go on sale Nov. 1.Passes for 20th annual Ebertfest on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2017 10:00 am345 views Passes for the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming in April, go on sale Nov. 1.Panel to discuss ‘The War on Facts’Apr 6, 2017 3:15 pm131 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. Panel Discussions Announced for ‘Ebertfest’Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm241 views Organizers of the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival have announced the slate of panel discussions for the festival. Panel discussions announced for 2016 ‘Ebertfest’Apr 1, 2016 3:00 pm81 views Film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 13-17 to Champaign-Urbana.Panel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am179 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.Panel discussion honors 25th anniversary of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource CenterOct 23, 2018 2:15 pm101 views Spurlock Museum presents the panel discussion “Looking Back, Looking Forward” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. The discussion at the museum is held in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at Illinois.Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’Mar 17, 2017 11:00 am687 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. One Book One Campus features graphic novel tackling religious intolerance, gender politicsOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm136 views The Illini Union will feature “Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal” by G. Willow Wilson as this year’s One Book One Campus selection. Wilson will speak at a free public lecture Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Illini Union Ballroom. An informal reception and book signing will follow.Ollie Watts Davis and Jeffery Poss discuss “Memory” at Uncorked and On TopicJan 28, 2016 9:00 am28 views The College of Fine and Applied Arts will present a thought-provoking discussion about memory at its next Uncorked and On Topic at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Tryon Festival Theatre foyer.Office of Volunteer Programs co-hosts food drive in recognition of Hunger Action MonthSep 20, 2016 3:00 pm75 views The Office of Volunteer Programs is co-sponsoring the Campus and Community Food Drive with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, iHelp and Student Alumni Ambassadors on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 27. This year’s collection goal is 3,000 meals, with every 1.2 pounds of food equaling one meal. The state of hunger in Illinois is alarming: 22 percent of children live in poverty, 33 percent of the population is in poverty or very close to it, and 7 percent are in extreme poverty. In Champaign County, 40,848 people live in poverty. “This year, we are modifying what was previously known as Cans Across the Quad,” said John Race, program advisor for the Office of Volunteer Programs. “We are excited about this new format and think it will be more accessible for people to participate in and meet our goal.” Participants should bring nonperishable packaged or canned goods. Meats and fish, complete meals, fruit and peanut butter are the most requested items. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will collect all donations at the end of the event and distribute the contributions to food shelters across the county. Drop-off times are Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Quad and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. On Tuesday, donations will be accepted at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Quad is located directly south of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. The Alice Campbell Alumni Center is located at 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Cans that are dented, rusted or expired cannot be accepted.Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access: Nominations sought for ‘Make a Difference’ awardsSep 10, 2015 8:45 am41 views The Office of Diversity, Equity and Access is now accepting nominations for the annual Larine Y. Cowan “Make a Difference” Awards. The awards honor campus community members who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion on campus in the following areas (nomination forms and criteria are online):October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm76 views To increase awareness of domestic violence and its consequences, the University of Illinois’ Women’s Resources Center and Courage Connection, along with other campus and community organizations, will host activities and events throughout October. Oct. 3 drive-in movie fundraiser to support Wildlife Medical ClinicOct 1, 2015 9:00 am9 views Supporters of the U. of I. Wildlife Medical Clinic will host a fundraiser at the Harvest Moon Drive-In Oct. 3 for a viewing of “How to Train Your Dragon.”NYU professor Rosen to lecture March 8 on the state of American journalismFeb 24, 2017 1:15 pm57 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.November was cold and snowy in IllinoisDec 5, 2018 12:00 pm128 views The statewide average temperature for November in Illinois was 35.3 degrees, which is 7.2 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at the U. of I. November 2018 was ranked the eighth-coldest November on record.November in Illinois was cool and dry with a dash of snowDec 13, 2017 2:45 pm69 views Illinois experienced wide temperature swings in November, with colder-than-normal temperatures canceling out the warmer-than normal days. By month’s end, November was slightly cooler than average in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Nominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm160 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. Nominations sought for honorary degree awardsApr 30, 2018 3:30 pm115 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 on the Senate website. Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence AwardOct 8, 2015 9:15 am19 views Nominations are being accepted for the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award program, which is designed to recognize the important contributions made by academic professionals at the U. of I.New version of the Campus Profile now availableDec 3, 2015 9:00 am36 views The Division of Management Information has announced the latest version of the Campus Profile is now available online.New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3140 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment.New minor to be offered: Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows ProgramOct 8, 2015 9:15 am25 views Six academic units came together to offer the new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program, a campuswide undergraduate minor through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment to promote systems-level thinking about energy and sustainability, and to foster the development of an integrated view of the economy, society and the environment. NCSA to lead $110 million NSF project to bring advanced cyberinfrastructure to U.S. scientists and engineersAug 23, 2016 11:15 am556 views Today, the National Science Foundation announced a $110 million, five-year award to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois and 18 partner institutions to continue and expand the activities undertaken through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, a cornerstone of the nation’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. NCSA-enabled IMAX movie ‘A Beautiful Planet’ to premiere locallyApr 27, 2016 4:30 pm111 views The Goodrich Savoy 16 IMAX Theater will show "A Beautiful Planet" daily at 11:30 a.m. April 29-May 5 and host members of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory to introduce the film at a special screening at 11 a.m. May 1. Tickets are on sale now online.Native Pop artist collective brings a weekend of eventsMar 15, 2018 2:30 pm139 views Native Pop, an organization that brings American Indian pop art and art making to widespread venues and communities, will present a weekend of events March 30-31 titled “Native Pop Presents: Strong Women: Reclaiming Imagery.” The events feature MaryBeth Nelson (Cherokee), Serena Penaloza (Navajo and Maricopa) and Brent Learned (Cheyenne-Arapaho), who will bring their art, insight and skills to a variety of programs. Native American dance exhibition comes to Spurlock MuseumNov 12, 2018 3:00 pm199 views A Native American dance exhibition is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois. Sponsored by the Native American House and Spurlock Museum, the free event features interactive Native American dances highlighting the Men’s Traditional and Woodlands styles.NASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm863 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. Museum’s Winter Tales concert features American Indian storytellingFeb 20, 2018 12:00 pm99 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois will hold its annual Winter Tales concert, a celebration of American Indian storytelling, on Sunday, March 4, from 1-2:15 p.m. The featured storyteller is SleepyEye LaFromboise of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Tonawanda Seneca tribes. This family concert is free and no advanced reservations are required.Museum open house promotes campus collaborationFeb 21, 2018 4:45 pm167 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois invites faculty, staff and graduate students to attend an open house on specialized research and learning opportunities on Thursday, March 8, from 3-6 p.m. The museum welcomes proposals for collaborative exhibitions, research projects and public programs. The event highlights opportunities for using the museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects from six continents for classes and outreach. Multitalented entertainer Tia Mowry to speak at Illini UnionMar 31, 2016 9:00 am24 views Tia Mowry, star of “Sister, Sister” and “The Game,” has been involved in many different facets of the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. She will speak at the Illini Union at 7 p.m. March 31 in the I-Rooms.Month was state’s 10th-wettest October since 1895Nov 3, 2017 2:15 pm60 views The statewide average precipitation in Illinois for October was 4.94 inches, 1.70 inches above normal, and the 10th-wettest October since 1895, said Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Money in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm218 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.Moms Association seeks nominations for Medallion of HonorDec 17, 2015 9:00 am35 views The Moms Association values the opportunity to honor pivotal leaders and to celebrate the achievements of all women affiliated with the U. of I. The association will honor the 2016 Medallion of Honor recipient at the Moms Association Annual Meeting during Moms Weekend, April 8-10.Moms Association announces 2017 award and scholarship winnersApr 20, 2017 11:00 am156 views The Moms Association at Illinois announced the winners of its annual awards and scholarship programs during Moms Weekend on April 7-9.Miraftab and Robinson discuss ‘Mobilities’ at Uncorked and On TopicNov 5, 2015 9:00 am9 views Mobility has long been associated with success, power and adaptability. However, relocation of families, neighborhoods or whole ethnic groups has often been a matter of necessity or hardship. The College of Fine and Applied Arts will address how the worlds of art, culture and commerce have been marked by recent or historical migrations at Uncorked and On Topic at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Tryon Festival Theatre foyer at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.MGH Molecular Imaging Seminar Series presents lecture on radiochemical methods and technologies for human PET imagingNov 5, 2015 9:00 am20 views Dr. Neil Vasdev will discuss “Cutting-edge Radiochemical Methods and Technologies for Human PET Imaging” at noon Nov. 13, in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm233 views A groundbreaking ceremony for the Siebel Center for Design will take place Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. on a site located on Fourth Street between Gregory Drive and Peabody Drive, Champaign.Media Advisory: Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off Feb. 28Feb 22, 2017 1:15 pm453 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 150th birthday celebration begins Tuesday with festivities at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Media advisory: Public invited to Native imagery follow-up sessionApr 25, 2018 1:45 pm127 views The public is invited to a May 1 event designed to continue the momentum from an April 10 group conversation on Native imagery. The gathering will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the South Lounge of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.