blog postsFour students honored by Goldwater scholarship programApr 13, 2018 8:00 am1906 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized with Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, which support students with potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. A fourth Illinois student was selected for honorable mentionHow to foster children’s learning while sheltering at homeApr 6, 2020 8:30 am1880 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1864 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Faculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 12, 2018 9:45 am1861 views The University of Illinois is honoring 21 faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1860 views Editor’s note: The number of tick-borne illnesses diagnosed annually in the United States doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summer is prime tick season, and people spending time outdoors should be vigilant, says University of Illinois entomology professor Brian F. Allan. An expert in the spread of insect- and tick-borne diseases, Allan discussed ticks in Illinois, how to prevent bites and when to seek medical attention in an interview with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am1846 views An expert on the growing role of drones in warfare and terrorism discusses the implications of the recent killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani in a Q&A.Three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of SciencesApr 27, 2021 9:30 am1820 views Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Physics professor Nadya Mason and chemistry professors Ralph Nuzzo and Wilfred van der Donk are among 120 newly elected U.S. members – 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year – and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am1804 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismWould changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am1789 views Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramAug 19, 2016 1:30 pm1787 views Chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential, 131 freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall. The Campus Honors Program admits up to 125 freshmen each year and up to 20 additional students join the program at the beginning of their sophomore year.Eight honored with distinguished staff awardApr 27, 2016 2:00 pm1756 views Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 25 at the Student Dining and Residential Programs building. The award recognizes exceptional performance.Ngumbi receives AAAS award for public engagement with scienceFeb 4, 2021 9:00 am1752 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign entomology professor Esther Ngumbi is the 2021 recipient of the Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science, an annual award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science presented to scientists and engineers in recognition of their contributions to public engagement with science.'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am1739 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesBob Reid, influential journalism professor at Illinois, dies at age 64Dec 15, 2004 9:00 am1738 views Robert D. Reid, a recently retired professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, suffered a heart attack and died early today at his home in Champaign. He was 64. On the Job: Brooke EisenmengerMar 24, 2016 10:00 am1729 views She just returned from Turkey and is planning a trip to Israel. This is the work life of Brooke Eisenmenger, the director of international advancement.Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors named University ScholarsSep 13, 2018 10:00 am1725 views Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Einstein Bros. Bagels opens at Siebel Center and Vet MedJan 28, 2016 9:00 am1724 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.Police begin enforcement of campus smoking policySep 24, 2015 9:15 am1707 views The U. of I. Police Department last week started citing smokers who flout the campus's smoking ban.Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1706 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenWhat is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1706 views Scientists recently announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that made its way to Earth from an event that occurred 3.7 billion light-years away. Sensors buried within Antarctic ice detected the ghostly cosmic particle, called a neutrino, and traced its origin to a rapidly spinning galactic nucleus known as a blazar. Physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with physics professor Liang Yang about the significance of the discovery.YingYing Zhang Garden to be dedicated Oct. 11Oct 4, 2018 10:30 am1704 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Kimberlee K. Kidwell, the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, invite faculty members, staff, students and the public to the dedication of the YingYing Zhang Garden.Academic professionals honored with CAPE awards for 2021, 2020Apr 15, 2021 8:15 am1696 views A total of 12 academic professionals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were honored this week with the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award, encompassing the 2020 and 2021 award cycles. The award recognizes academic professionals for their work, personal and professional contributions.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1695 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.Busboom's dream house has more than medieval themeDec 6, 2007 9:00 am1694 views Depending on the dreamer, the phrase "dream house" means different things. To Bruce Busboom, construction superintendent in the Facilities and Services Division, it meant a castle - complete with a drawbridge and a pair of gargoyles spouting water 30 feet down into a moat. Nestled in dense woods north of Mahomet, Busboom Castle is a symbol of one man's perseverance and ingenuity at bringing his dream to life - with the help of his friends.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am1680 views Coaches and educators should work together to help athletes achieve their full potential, U. of I. scholars and former collegiate athletes Joseph L. Cross and Bruce W. Fouke say in a new study.Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1676 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am1649 views A global response, such as that organized by the World Health Organization, is needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ian Brooks, a research scientist whose focus is global health informatics.Illinois alumna among first group of Knight-Hennessy ScholarsFeb 15, 2018 1:45 pm1641 views Leah Matchett, of Grand Haven, Michigan, and an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of 49 students selected in the first year of the Knight-Hennessy Scholar program for postgraduate study at Stanford University.New eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaperFeb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1636 views There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it.What makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1635 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1631 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.Laboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility—in electronics and in lifeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm1616 views “Fabricating flexible electronics is my thing. I love it!” said Seung Yun “Simone” Heo, her enthusiasm evident even while speaking about the technical processes of metal vapor deposition and electron beam lithography. “We’re making everything from scratch. I can do it myself from step one. It’s not that hard to do, it’s more about time and effort.”First film and guests announced for 21st annual ‘Ebertfest’Feb 11, 2019 10:30 am1606 views A post-World War II romance is the first film announced for this year’s “Ebertfest,” coming April 10-13 to downtown Champaign and the U. of I. The film will be shown in memory of its co-star, Scott Wilson, a frequent past festival guest. Organizers also announced an added role in this year’s festival for film critic Richard Roeper.Meet the Class of 2019Sep 24, 2015 9:00 am1602 views A graphic illustration of the freshman class, which boasts the university’s largest class since 2005.Four Illinois students honored with Goldwater scholarshipsApr 6, 2021 11:30 am1601 views Four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1592 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceledMar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1590 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1585 views As many newspapers decline and disappear – highlighted by two Chicago Tribune reporters recently sounding the alarm about a perceived threat to the Trib – a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign touts the growth and viability of nonprofits and other alternatives.Student veterans say new center is a lifeline and oasisOct 1, 2015 9:30 am1570 views Returning service men and women have always faced the challenge of reintegrating into civilian life. But those returning with disabilities because of a combat injury face the additional challenge of having to redefine their physical identity.100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?Oct 31, 2018 10:45 am1568 views Influenza has no cure, but vaccines and anti-viral treatments could help thwart another deadly outbreak, says microbiology professor Christopher Brooke.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1567 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”Does hunting with lead ammunition endanger human, environmental health?Nov 12, 2020 8:45 am1560 views A recent study from Wesleyan University found that 48% of ground meat samples made from white-tailed deer killed with lead shotgun slugs in Illinois were contaminated with lead, while meat from deer killed by archers contained no lead. Illinois Natural History Survey human dimensions scientist Craig Miller spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the risks associated with lead ammunition in hunting.Illinois students awarded Boren ScholarshipsJun 12, 2020 8:00 am1559 views Four students at the University of Illinois were selected to study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests as recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships.Georgian prime minister – an Illinois alumnus – to visit Urbana campus April 27Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am1556 views Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the prime minister of the country of Georgia and a 1998 master’s degree graduate in finance from the University of Illinois, will speak on campus April 27. He will make remarks and take questions at 4:45 p.m. in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility, 515 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. The event is open to the public.36 Illinois students awarded NSF Graduate Research FellowshipsApr 14, 2016 9:00 am1555 views Thirty-six University of Illinois students have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, including 31 graduate students and five undergraduates. An additional 52 students were accorded honorable mention.New Faces 2015: Wencui HanDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1549 views Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business. Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 26, 2016 8:00 am1546 views Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Feser: We must create a budget paradigm for the futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1540 views Edward Feser, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses a new budgeting approach. He said the approach is needed to help the campus move toward less dependency on state funding, to increase transparency in budgeting, and to ensure fiscal stability and academic excellence into the future.The social trends behind the '12 Years a Slave' storyOct 23, 2013 9:00 am1540 views A Minute With™... Ronald Bailey the head of the African American studies department at the University of IllinoisWill movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am1533 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business.