blog postsCarle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am8385 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am7521 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. Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6631 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am5349 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditationOct 16, 2017 12:00 am4584 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary acreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3100 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.Kidwell named College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences deanJul 15, 2016 9:15 am2709 views Currently the executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, Kimberlee Kidwell will be the new U. of I. dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. She also will hold the inaugural Robert A. Easter Chair.Stephens named Nesbitt Center directorJan 3, 2017 10:30 am2472 views Nathan Stephens will become the director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center effective Jan. 9. The center is named for Bruce D. Nesbitt, who led the U. of I.'s Afro-American Cultural Program for 22 years.Wilkin named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designateFeb 13, 2017 10:00 am2284 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.Hu named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences deanDec 22, 2016 9:30 am2158 views Feng Sheng Hu, the associate dean for biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will become the LAS dean Jan. 1 pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Six Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 21, 2016 10:00 am2077 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jianjun Cheng, Brian T. Cunningham, Kevin T. Pitts, Bruce L. Rhoads, Chad M. Rienstra and Josep Torrellas.Geography professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 5, 2018 8:45 am1847 views University of Illinois professor of geography Jesse Ribot has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1794 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Einstein Bros. Bagels opens at Siebel Center and Vet MedJan 28, 2016 9:00 am1317 views Einstein Bros. Bagels has opened two more campus locations: the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Basic Sciences Building.Bashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 15, 2017 9:00 am1173 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has appointed a permanent executive associate dean: Rashid Bashir, a professor and the department head of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.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.Illinois chemist elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2018 1:30 pm944 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Denmark is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates recognized for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.20th Ebert Film Fest adds ‘The Big Lebowski’ to lineup, with ‘The Dude’ as guestMar 29, 2018 9:30 am921 views “The Big Lebowski” is coming to the 20th annual “Ebertfest,” along with the man who inspired the movie’s central character, “The Dude,” as a guest.NASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm844 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. Architect selected for Nesbitt Center construction projectDec 7, 2016 12:15 pm819 views A Chicago-based architecture firm led by an Illinois alumna has been selected to design the rebuilt Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.20th Ebert Film Fest to open with ‘The Fugitive’ and feature guest Ava DuVernayMar 9, 2018 4:45 pm739 views The 20th Ebert Film Festival will open with "The Fugitive" and feature Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar-nominated "Selma" and "The 13th," among its guests.‘Hair’ coming to ‘Ebertfest,’ along with additional films and guestsMar 23, 2017 2:30 pm690 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. 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. Full schedule and additional guests announced for 2016 ‘Ebertfest’Mar 24, 2016 9:15 am627 views The remaining films have been announced, along with the schedule and additional guests, for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as “Ebertfest,” coming April 13-17.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am611 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.Media advisory: Campus walk, concert Thursday night for missing scholarJun 27, 2017 8:15 am556 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.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. Exhibit on Cahokia religion at Spurlock MuseumFeb 1, 2018 2:30 pm553 views The exhibit “Cahokia’s Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink and the Underworld” is on display at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois. Created in cooperation with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, the exhibit features objects from the ancient city of Cahokia, which was located near what is now Collinsville, Illinois, as well as objects from surrounding areas.Feser leaving for job with Oregon StateJan 9, 2017 10:00 am547 views Edward Feser is leaving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become the provost and executive vice president at Oregon State University.Illinois professor to speak to congressional staffers about generational changeJul 13, 2018 10:00 am532 views U. of I. professor Julie Dowling is speaking to congressional staffers July 16 about generational change, racial/ethnic identity and the U.S. census.Butterfly garden, archaeology exhibit to open at Orpheum Children's Science Museum SaturdayJul 29, 2016 12:30 pm530 views A seed grant, along with some hard work by U. of I. student volunteers and museum staff, has grown a butterfly garden at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign. The “Growing Prairies and Growing Minds” butterfly garden and an archaeology exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, July 30, from 1-5 p.m. at the museum, 346 N. Neil St., Champaign. Guest speakers at the beginning of the event include Illinois state Sen. Scott Bennett and Deb Frank Feinen, the mayor of Champaign. Illinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 13, 2017 8:00 am497 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.2017 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ponders ‘challenging times’Jan 6, 2017 3:15 pm491 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.University of Illinois Summer Band concerts slatedJun 9, 2016 4:30 pm477 views The University of Illinois Summer Band will present its annual summer concert series on the Quad on Thursday, June 23, and Thursday, July 21, both at 7 p.m. The performances are free, and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.Urban forestry project ties residential nature to health care spendingOct 7, 2016 2:15 pm470 views A new research project led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Matthew Browning intends to explore how urban forestry affects health care spending, and then build a free online modeling tool city arborists can use to estimate their communities’ potential rate of return on their investments in parks and other natural elements.University YMCA to hold Dump and Run sale this weekendAug 21, 2017 2:00 pm466 views The University YMCA will hold its annual Dump and Run sale Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana. Admission is $3. A follow-up sale will occur Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion, with a “free” sale from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Dump and Run is a community recycling program that reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, and provides inexpensive items for people to purchase.Media Advisory: Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off Feb. 28Feb 22, 2017 1:15 pm451 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: 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. University of Illinois Press unveils new logoSep 19, 2016 3:30 pm420 views The University of Illinois Press announced the debut of a new logo in anticipation of its upcoming 100-year anniversary.Founded in 1918, the University of Illinois Press publishes 33 scholarly journals and 100 new books per year, distributed worldwide, with 2,500 books currently in print. The Press's publishing program promotes research and education, enriches cultural and intellectual life and fosters regional pride and accomplishments, enhancing and extending the reputation of the University of Illinois.Illinois soil temperatures warmer than normal this winterMar 2, 2018 2:00 pm380 views Illinois’ milder winter soil temperatures may have an impact on pest populations, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Overall, soil temperatures were milder than normal, according to Jennie Atkins with the Illinois State Water Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program. At depths of 4 inches under bare soil, temperatures averaged 35.2 degrees this winter, or 1.4 degrees above the long-term average. Soils averaged 1.8 degrees cooler than last winter. Sloan Foundation grant continuation to help U. of I. improve STEM minority representationApr 12, 2018 8:15 am377 views The University of Illinois has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue funding for the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois. The program, started in 2015, supports underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is one of nine UCEMs throughout the country.Additional films and guests announced for 2016 ‘Ebertfest’Feb 25, 2016 9:15 am365 views Five additional films and a list of special guests have been added to the lineup for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ April 13-17 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign and the U. of I.Experts to answer questions about preserving historical objectsMar 27, 2018 11:15 am363 views Have you wondered how to preserve an old film of family memories or take proper care of grandma’s quilt? Bring your small items or come with images of larger pieces to the Preservation Emporium at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois on Saturday, April 7, from 1-4 p.m., and have your preservation questions answered by experts.Illinois history professor to speak following Sunday, Aug. 20, screening of ‘Dunkirk’ at Virginia TheatreAug 15, 2017 11:15 am354 views John A. Lynn II, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, will give a talk and answer questions covering the events depicted in the film “Dunkirk” immediately following the 1 p.m. screening Aug. 20 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign. 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.University of Illinois System launches fundraising campaigns with $3.1 billion goalNov 1, 2017 4:30 pm325 views The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest, and most ambitious, comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty and academic and research programs and facilities. This initiative is built on individual campaigns for each of the System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign that were officially launched during campus-based kickoff events in October.Ball to perform in free outdoor concertJun 7, 2018 2:45 pm309 views Southern blueswoman Marcia Ball will perform in a free outdoor concert in the University of Illinois Research Park on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.. The event is part of the Outside at the Research Park series. The opening act is Jive Bag, led by Jonny Beckett, playing New Orleans funk and jazz starting at 6:30 p.m. Ball is known for her keyboard skills that blend “rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues,” according to The Boston Globe.Annual beginning teacher conference adds boot camp for new alumniJun 27, 2016 8:00 am296 views 2016 graduates of the U. of I. teacher preparation programs who will begin their first teaching jobs this fall are invited to take part in a boot camp offered June 30-July 1, including joint sessions with the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Beginning Teacher Conference.Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am296 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.Amazon to open new pickup location at the Illini Union BookstoreJul 13, 2016 8:00 am295 views Amazon has announced an agreement with the U. of I. to open Amazon@Illinois, a staffed pickup location in the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. The first Amazon pickup location in the state of Illinois, Amazon@Illinois offers the campus community a place to pick up and return Amazon orders.