blog postsIllinois Fire Service Institute research director to testify in CongressJul 10, 2017 3:30 pm161 views Gavin Horn, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute’s director of research, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The hearing, scheduled for July 12, is titled “U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness and Priorities.” The hearing will review the effectiveness and priorities of the United States Fire Administration and the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters grant programs.Brown-bag session discusses the slow advancement of women in professionsAug 30, 2016 3:45 pm161 views A brown-bag session, “Still Too Slow: The Advancement of Women,” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, Room 314A. University of Illinois Press to celebrate its centennial in 2018Nov 3, 2017 2:30 pm160 views In 2018, the University of Illinois Press will mark its 100th anniversary with numerous events in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago and Springfield. A founding member of the Association of American University Presses in 1937, the UIP has published more than 4,500 books in its first century.Nominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm159 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. Krannert Center announces $30 million fundraising campaignFeb 2, 2018 1:45 pm156 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has announced a five-year, $30 million fundraising initiative.College of Education schedules Graduate Student Conference for March 11Mar 3, 2016 9:15 am155 views Kevin Favor, a U. of I. alumnus and a psychologist, and Khalid el-Hakim, the founder and the curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, will be among the speakers at the seventh annual College of Education Graduate Student Conference on March 11.Artist in residence: Coach Bob ZuppkeOct 21, 2016 1:15 pm155 views Many know Robert Zuppke (1879-1957) as Illinois’ longest-serving football coach, whose teams won or tied for four national championships and seven conference championships between 1913 and 1941. But he also was an in-demand motivational speaker, a syndicated sports writer, co-author of a popular sports comic strip and an accomplished and prolific artist. Willard Airport switches to a new parking systemApr 4, 2018 1:15 pm154 views A new, automated system that allows flyers to pay for parking with credit cards has replaced the parking booth at the University of Illinois Willard Airport. Customers who wish to pay with cash may pay for parking inside the terminal.Documentary on Ebertfest premieres April 4 on WILL-TVApr 1, 2016 11:30 am152 views In celebration of the 18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Illinois Public Media – in partnership with the College of Media at the University of Illinois – produced “Ebertfest 2016: Center of the Universe.” This 30-minute companion documentary covers the life and legacy of Roger Ebert as well as the history of the festival. It also includes a short preview of Ebertfest 2016.Capital improvement projects selectedDec 20, 2017 2:45 pm151 views More than $44 million in student funding will go toward modernizing teaching and learning environments that will benefit the Illinois campus, Facilities and Services announced. Capital improvement projects were selected and approved by the Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment Oversight Committee and are in development. Illinois 4-H Robotics Showcase is April 23Apr 21, 2016 1:30 pm149 views The Illinois 4-H Robotics Showcase will be 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. April 23 at the Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign.Celebrate Altgeld Hall Tower chimes’ 96th birthday with Halloween concertsOct 25, 2016 2:45 pm149 views In honor of the 96th anniversary of the dedication of the chimes played in the Altgeld Hall Tower, performers will replay the concert first performed in 1920, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The date is also Sue Wood’s 45th anniversary as chimesmaster. Two special Halloween concerts will be performed on Monday, Oct. 31: a Halloween concert preview at 4:50 p.m. and an extended concert at 8 p.m.2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarships availableNov 29, 2016 1:00 pm146 views University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition.Illinois Fire Service Institute will host the 94th Annual Fire CollegeJun 5, 2018 1:30 pm145 views The Illinois Fire Service Institute will host the 94th Annual Fire College on June 7-10 in Champaign. The event will bring together more than 400 first responders from across the state and country to experience in-depth, hands-on training.Architecture students to document the historic Schweikher HouseSep 7, 2016 3:15 pm144 views This fall, U. of I. graduate students in the School of Architecture's recording historic buildings seminar will prepare drawings and other documentation on the historic Paul Schweikher House in Schaumburg, Illinois, for the Historic American Buildings Survey. Illinois Public Media provides a nonpartisan guide for the 2016 electionsMar 3, 2016 9:15 am142 views Just in time for the 2016 primary election, Illinois Public Media is providing Illinois citizens with Voter’s Edge Illinois – a free, nonpartisan online voter guide.Dance at Illinois presents February Dance 2016Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am141 views Dance at Illinois will present February Dance 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 5 and 6 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Moms Association announces 2017 award and scholarship winnersApr 20, 2017 11:00 am140 views The Moms Association at Illinois announced the winners of its annual awards and scholarship programs during Moms Weekend on April 7-9.Lecture to explore genetics and the origin of the JewsFeb 17, 2017 3:00 pm139 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. ‘Solar Superstorms’ invited to show at SIGGRAPH 2016Jul 8, 2016 3:30 pm139 views The Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois was recently invited to present its recent film “Solar Superstorms” at the 2016 SIGGRAPH Conference. This conference will be the 43rd annual international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, and will take place July 24-28 in Anaheim, California.U. of I. Wellness Center launches new Climb Illinois ChallengeFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am138 views The U. of I. Wellness Center’s “Climb Illinois Challenge” runs March 15 to April 11. The challenge helps employees be more active at work by taking the stairs. Stair use is an easy way to include physical activity in a busy day.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.Area agencies to conduct hazmat drill on campus July 27Jul 25, 2016 2:45 pm133 views A hazardous materials drill will take place on the University of Illinois campus July 27 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.Fall biological conference set for November at the Materials Research LabOct 10, 2016 3:45 pm132 views The fifth annual Materials Research Laboratory Biological Conference will be held Nov. 2-3 at the laboratory on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.Immersive visualization pioneer Donna Cox to receive lifetime achievement awardFeb 22, 2017 3:30 pm131 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. One Book One Campus features graphic novel tackling religious intolerance, gender politicsOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm131 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.Soils were warm throughout the state this winterFeb 24, 2017 2:15 pm129 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.Engineering at Illinois seeks Faculty Entrepreneurial FellowsMay 16, 2016 9:30 am128 views The College of Engineering seeks applicants to its Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows Program. Selected fellows receive $50,000 in proof-of-concept funding, along with release from their teaching and committee service, to focus on bringing their work to the world by developing a specific technology innovation. In return for their release from teaching, fellows educate students about innovation and entrepreneurship. Students receive course credit.Herb Day 2016 set for Jan. 23Dec 10, 2015 12:45 pm128 views of I. Herb Day will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center, just off Lincoln Avenue at I-74 in Urbana.‘Seeds of Resistance’ art display opens at University YMCAJan 24, 2018 4:45 pm125 views The University YMCA’s Art at the Y initiative presents “Seeds of Resistance,” featuring works by artist Ricardo Levins Morales, from Jan. 25 to March 2 at Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign. The display is a selection of Morales’ work for social justice and liberation. Admission is free and the display is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Native Pop artist collective brings a weekend of eventsMar 15, 2018 2:30 pm125 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. WorldFest Celebration of Performing ArtsMar 28, 2018 1:15 pm125 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures invites visitors of all ages to the 12th annual WorldFest celebration on Sunday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. Experience performing arts from around the world and hands-on crafts. Admission is free. The museum is located at 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. Parking is free in lot D-22 in non-reserved spaces. Media Advisory: Campaign kickoff event Friday at State Farm CenterOct 12, 2017 10:45 am125 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.AgReach, a new international agricultural extension program, begins at IllinoisDec 5, 2016 2:15 pm125 views A new program for worldwide agricultural development kicked off Nov. 30 at Illinois. AgReach was welcomed by a West African drum performance and introduced by professor Alex Winter-Nelson, representing the agricultural and consumer economics department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. A worldwide smallholder farming initiative, AgReach closes gaps in agrisystems so that smallholder farmers thrive. Paul McNamara, an economist and a professor at Illinois, leads the initiative and the team of 18 professionals based at Illinois and in some of the poorest countries in the world, including Sierra Leone, Malawi and Bangladesh. With more than 20 years of experience in agricultural economics and development, McNamara founded AgReach to continue building the $22 million development portfolio composed of projects that have improved the quality of farming in more than 50 countries. “One thing notable about the AgReach program is the mix of disciplines and the breadth of experience among the team,” said Kim Kidwell, the College of ACES dean. “People are a key ingredient in any well-functioning and impactful extension program, and in a relatively short amount of time, the AgReach team has assembled a world-class group of development professionals and scholars to implement its program of capacity development and action-oriented research.” Initiated by the Modernizing Agriculture and Extension Services in 2012, AgReach builds upon other programs including the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services and the Malawi Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Services Project, both housed at Illinois. More information may be found online.Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute seeks applicantsDec 19, 2016 4:45 pm125 views The Animals and Society Institute and Illinois seek applications for the first Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in human-animal studies.Media advisory: Public invited to Native imagery follow-up sessionApr 25, 2018 1:45 pm124 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.A warm year in Illinois ends with a cold, dry DecemberJan 3, 2018 3:15 pm123 views 2017 was the sixth-warmest year on record in Illinois, with a statewide average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal, in spite of the extremely cold ending to December. Eight of the 12 months in 2017 brought above-normal temperatures, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. The state experienced the warmest February on record with a statewide average of 41 degrees, 10.1 degrees above normal.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. Panel to discuss ‘The War on Facts’Apr 6, 2017 3:15 pm123 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. Krannert Center announces opening night partyAug 30, 2016 3:15 pm122 views The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the opening night of its 2016-17 season with a party at the center on Friday, Sept. 9, at 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.Doppler on Wheels outreach events to teach about severe weather preparednessFeb 26, 2016 3:45 pm118 views The department of atmospheric sciences will host two upcoming events featuring the Doppler on Wheels truck-mounted research weather radar, providing an opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness in honor of National Severe Weather Week.Social issues theater group to perform ‘Manifesto’Feb 24, 2017 2:15 pm117 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.Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs hosts annual Thanksgiving Basket DriveOct 27, 2016 4:15 pm117 views The Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs will sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive starting Tuesday, Nov. 1. The drive provides families with a basket of nonperishable items and a $25 gift card, which can prepare a Thanksgiving meal. The entire Illinois campus is invited to participate.Media advisory: Administrators gear up for Illini 4000 cross-country bicycle rideMay 3, 2018 10:15 am116 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.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.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.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. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold award reception May 1Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm106 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.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.Espresso Royale celebrates grand opening in Grainger Engineering LibraryJan 14, 2016 9:00 am105 views Espresso Royale will celebrate the opening of its fourth campus location, in Grainger Engineering Library, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Jan. 14.