blog postsNASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm891 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 pm133 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 presents chess exhibitMar 18, 2019 2:45 pm130 views The new exhibit “Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind” opens April 4 in Spurlock Museum of World Culture’s central core gallery, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. The display features a variety of chess sets from around the world highlighting unique pieces, boards and moves, and runs through July 7.Museum open house promotes campus collaborationFeb 21, 2018 4:45 pm168 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.Mount Carroll reclaims title for record minimum temperature in Illinois Mar 6, 2019 1:45 pm219 views An arctic outbreak in late January led to widespread bitterly cold temperatures across much of the Upper Midwest, including Illinois. On the morning of Jan. 31, the cooperative weather observer at Mount Carroll in Carroll County reported a temperature of -38 degrees. 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 pm219 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 am38 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 am173 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 am10 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.Minor selected first chief marketing officerJan 24, 2019 10:15 am1786 views Eric Minor, a University of Illinois alumnus with more than two decades of experience in corporate brand marketing, will become the university’s first-ever chief marketing officer effective Jan. 31 pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Mid-June soils cooler, wetterJun 18, 2019 1:15 pm0 views Soil temperatures are increasing after a cooling period the second week of June, 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.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.Mercer University professor of Christian ethics to deliver Thulin Lecture in ReligionMar 5, 2019 10:00 am73 views David P. Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics and the director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, will deliver the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana.Media Advisory: Willard Airport hosts emergency drill MondayMay 16, 2019 8:15 am235 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.Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm239 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 pm130 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.Media Advisory: Public forums to provide Urbana campus master plan design updatesApr 7, 2017 1:45 pm140 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.Media advisory: News conference to announce $40K reward for arrest in missing scholar investigationJun 19, 2017 5:45 pm1085 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.Media Advisory: New chancellor introduced WednesdayJul 19, 2016 12:15 pm253 views New U. of I. chancellor Robert Jones will be introduced at a public event WednesdayMedia advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 6, 2019 8:45 am52 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. Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 8, 2018 9:45 am213 views News media passes for Saturday's campuswide commencement at Memorial Stadium are available through Friday at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Room 319, Champaign. 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 email@example.com.MEDIA ADVISORY: Expert available on post-hurricane recovery effortsSep 8, 2017 9:15 am49 views University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Robert Olshansky is available for interviews regarding post-disaster recovery in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Media advisory: Day of Service events planned for April 14Apr 12, 2018 10:00 am27 views News reporters interested in covering the sixth annual Day of Caring meal packaging event Saturday, April 14, are encouraged to go to Memorial Stadium between 10 a.m. and noon.Media advisory: Day of Service events planned April 6Mar 26, 2019 9:45 am39 views Information provided for news media interested in covering the Day of Service on the U. of I. at Urbana-Champaign campus Saturday, April 6. Hundreds of volunteers will package 28,000 pounds of food for delivery to families in need throughout eastern Illinois. Media advisory: Crime Stoppers raises missing scholar award amount to $50,000Jul 13, 2017 5:00 pm236 views The reward for information about missing scholar Yingying Zhang’s whereabouts will be raised to $50,000. The increase, requested by Zhang's family, will be announced at a news conference Friday morning.Media advisory: Candlelight vigil Sunday to honor missing scholar Yingying ZhangSep 13, 2017 9:45 am297 views A candlelight vigil to honor missing scholar Yingying Zhang will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Illini Union. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in the Union’s Courtyard Cafe.Media advisory: Campus walk, concert Thursday night for missing scholarJun 27, 2017 8:15 am561 views A public event in support of missing scholar Yingying Zhang will take place Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event is organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.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. Media advisory: Campus commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 8Oct 1, 2018 8:15 am268 views A celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day will take place Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon on the South Quad near the ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin, Ave., Urbana. A reception follows.Media Advisory: Campaign kickoff event Friday at State Farm CenterOct 12, 2017 10:45 am148 views News media are invited to set up for the Urbana campus's fundraising campaign inaugural event at the State Farm Center as early as 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.Media advisory: Audio and visual recording allowed at April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations eventApr 12, 2018 2:15 pm85 views News media attending the April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations event will be allowed to record content from the session.Media advisory: Advisory group releases Native imagery reportSep 13, 2018 8:30 am77 views The Critical Conversations on Native Imagery Advisory Committee releases its report on a series of campus events that discussed the use of Native imagery on the Urbana campus.Media advisory: Administrators gear up for Illini 4000 cross-country bicycle rideMay 3, 2018 10:15 am120 views At a noon event on Monday, May 7, at the Alma Mater statue, University of Illinois administrators will discuss their participation in the upcoming Illini 4000 annual cross-country fundraising ride and receive bicycle gear from experienced riders.McKinley Health Center offers free flu shots for faculty and staff members and studentsOct 8, 2015 9:15 am177 views The seasonal flu shot is now available 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for free at McKinley Health Center to all U. of I. students who have paid the Health Service Fee and all benefits-eligible faculty and staff members, retirees and state employees. Check the McKinley website and its Flu Clinic Events Calendar for other locations on campus.McGuire and Uihlein discuss ‘Mega’ at Uncorked and On TopicMar 24, 2016 9:00 am18 views The College of Fine and Applied Arts will present its final Uncorked and On Topic event of this academic year at 5:15 p.m. April 14 in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Tryon Festival Theatre foyer.May was cool and rainy in IllinoisJun 2, 2017 3:45 pm63 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.May 5 event reflects on lecture series and undergraduate educationApr 29, 2016 2:30 pm45 views The final event in a lecture series focusing on undergraduate education will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 5 in the ACES Library Heritage Room. The event will include a conversation to reflect on the year’s four lectures and the issues they raise about undergraduate education on the Urbana campus. The series has been planned and hosted by the Lecture and Discussion Committee of the Campus Conversation on Undergraduate Education. Light refreshments will be served.Mark Morris Dance Group to perform 'Pepperland' at Krannert CenterMar 4, 2019 2:00 pm268 views In March, the New York-based Mark Morris Dance Group returns to its Midwest home at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Over the course of its one-week residency, the company will conduct public engagement work with the Champaign, Urbana and U. of I. community and present two ticketed performances of “Pepperland.”March rainfall in Illinois caused major floodingApr 3, 2019 11:45 am89 views Significant rain in March led to above-normal soil moisture in Illinois and major flooding events for many local streams and rivers, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the U. of I.’s Illinois State Water Survey. Major sections of Green Street to close for MCORE project workMay 19, 2017 2:45 pm252 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.Main Library redesign meeting scheduledOct 23, 2018 1:00 pm169 views The University Library has announced plans to redesign the Main Library at Illinois. As an ongoing project, the Senate Committee on the Library will regularly discuss this project throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Those interested in this conversation are invited to attend the upcoming Library Committee Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m., Room 232 in the English Building, 608 S. Wright St., Urbana.“Long Lost” to open June 8 at Krannert CenterMay 25, 2016 2:00 pm169 views Illinois Theatre, the producing entity of the department of theatre at Illinois, announces the 2016 presentation of “The Sullivan Project,” a new-play production curated by Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan is the holder of an endowed Swanlund chair and a theatre professor at Illinois.Local Olympians and Paralympians to be honored Oct. 1Sep 30, 2016 1:00 pm69 views The Champaign Park District invites the community to celebrate the 25th year of the Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes monument on Saturday, Oct. 1, at noon at Dodds Park.Local Asian restaurant to join Illini Union food court in early 2016Nov 25, 2015 9:00 am106 views KoFusion will open its doors in the Illini Union food court in late January, following the return of students from winter break. It will occupy the space next to Sbarro. This will be KoFusion’s third Champaign-Urbana location.Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am7933 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. Library hosts third annual Library Research Showcase Nov. 10Nov 5, 2015 9:00 am15 views The University Library invites the campus community to a Library Research Showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Main Library. Library faculty members and academic professionals will present their research, which impacts a wide variety of library services as well as the global library and information science profession and other scholarly fields.