blog postsWill movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am1543 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.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.What makes Merapi such a dangerous volcano?Jun 14, 2006 9:00 am1529 views A Minute With™... Midwest volcanologist and geology professor Susan W. KiefferHow might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?Jun 26, 2018 9:00 am1505 views Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, discusses the impact that a proposed law could have on the curricula and students in Illinois public schools.University surpasses $2.25B fundraising goal a year early; campaign will continueMar 11, 2021 11:15 am1496 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s “With Illinois” philanthropic campaign has met its $2.25 billion mark in gifts and commitments, but the campaign will continue in light of a variety of ongoing needs.Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honors eight employeesMay 1, 2019 9:45 am1491 views The Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award honors eight civil service staff employees for exceptional performance.Willard Airport switches to a new parking systemApr 4, 2018 1:15 pm1490 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.Conservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved muralJul 5, 2016 3:30 pm1484 views The chirp of screws being driven into wood and the whirr of drills filled the air in the front room of the old white house at 510 E. Chalmers St. that’s the birthplace of La Casa Cultural Latina and the former home of the U. of I.’s department of Latina/Latino studies. Art-handling company Terry Dowd Inc. project manager Darren Martin and his work crew are creating a roughly 6 feet by 6 feet panel, part of the “bread” that will be used to make a large art “sandwich.” The “meat” is a section of lathe, plaster and wallpaper of part of a wall covered with a vivid mural filled with bold depictions of heritage and social justice, of individual and community strength. “We basically sandwich the walls,” Martin said. “It almost turns it into a crate.”Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1478 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundDo labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy?Mar 1, 2021 8:00 am1476 views The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would be the most significant revision of U.S. labor law since 1947, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.Electric performanceMar 17, 2016 9:00 am1464 views What has become a favorite feature of the annual Engineering Open House is the Tesla Coil Concert, hosted this year on the Bardeen Engineering Quad.Can the FBI hack the iPhone?Feb 25, 2016 12:30 pm1457 views A Minute With...™ computer scientist Roy H. CampbellHas fantasy sports crossed the line to become another form of online gambling?Oct 9, 2015 10:00 am1447 views A Minute With...™ John Kindt, expert on business and legal policyPractice made perfect: Men make the women's volleyball team betterJan 27, 2014 12:00 pm1446 views If you visit a women’s volleyball practice you might be surprised to see one or two men on the court. There they are, playing against the women, spiking the ball over the net or jumping high to block a shot. These men are practice players, helping the women hone their skills. The men serve as hitters, blockers, motivators or whatever else the team needs.Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am1443 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects.U. of I. is No. 2 in nation among public universities for international studentsNov 16, 2015 3:30 pm1439 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the second top destination for international students attending public universities in the United States, according to the annual Open Doors report, released Nov. 16 by the Institute of International Education. The report ranks Illinois as second in the nation for international students in 2014-15 (fifth when accounting for private schools) and ninth for students participating in study abroad programs in 2013-14. According to the report, there are more international students studying in the U.S. today than at any time in history.Illinois computer scientist, physicist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 27, 2020 9:00 am1434 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer science professor Sarita V. Adve and physics professor Philip W. Phillips have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation.Who wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1434 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressShould the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm1428 views Changes to the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts could be made after the 2018 mid-term elections, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on tax policy and retirement issues, and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.Four Illinois students receive national funding for overseas foreign language studyApr 28, 2016 9:00 am1425 views Champaign, Ill. – Graduate students Bradford Coyle, Miriam Keep and Phoebe Shelor and undergraduate Daniel Levin have received prestigious Boren Awards for study abroad during 2016-17.Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm1413 views A U. of I. specialist on Middle Eastern politics explains why Kurds often feel they have “no friends but the mountains,” why they’re a political threat to Turkey’s president and motivations for the recent Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria.Board of trustees approves revised background check policyJan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1397 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a revised policy requiring background checks for all new faculty, academic professional and civil service employees.Faculty members, academic professionals retireNov 18, 2010 9:00 am1394 views Between Sept. 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010, 270 faculty members and academic professionals retired from the UI, according to the Office of Academic Human Resources. Of those new retirees, 171 retired under the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program or Voluntary Retirement Program. (Last year, during the same time, 143 academic employees retired.)How worried should we be about the 2020 census?Oct 18, 2018 2:00 pm1388 views An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says.Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy FellowJul 29, 2019 8:30 am1384 views Liliane Windsor, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am1377 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1369 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Solar Farm ready to provide renewable energy to campusNov 25, 2015 9:00 am1368 views A ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19 commemorated the campus’ Solar Farm being connected to the university’s electrical distribution system a week earlier. The farm is expected to produce 7.86 million killowatt-hours per year or approximately 2 percent of the average electrical demand for the Urbana campus.Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 8:30 am1367 views Lack of paid sick time makes the U.S. acutely susceptible to a global health crises like COVID-19, and is part of the larger problem of tying health care to employment, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Styrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus wasteMay 4, 2016 4:45 pm1366 views Expanded polystyrene – more commonly known by its brand name “Styrofoam” – is everywhere. It makes up your disposable coffee cup, the packing peanuts in those care packages to students, and the insulation in your office walls. At Illinois, countless bottles of chemicals, biology specimens and fragile parts of lab equipment arrive in packaging made of Styrofoam every day, and, sadly, almost all of it gets tossed in the trash.Bashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 15, 2017 9:00 am1362 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.2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to SeptemberAug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1360 views The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19.Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name?Jul 21, 2020 9:00 am1356 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades, says Jay Rosenstein, an Illinois professor of media and cinema studies. His documentary on the use of American Indian mascots in sports aired in 1997 and he has closely followed the issue since.Shaving cane: Making music by the micrometerJan 21, 2013 6:00 pm1349 views Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both.Why laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am1349 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and Policy'Positive illusions' in romantic relationshipsDec 16, 2014 9:00 am1343 views A Minute With™... Brian Ogolsky, a professor of human development and family studies, who studies romantic relationshipsOn the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-HowardFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am1334 views When Valeri Nesbitt-Howard started working at the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center last year, it was like returning to a home she never really left.Will legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois?Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am1332 views By legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana, the state of Illinois could fund additional pension payments while making investments in public education, construction projects, and drug treatment and prevention programs, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and the director of the Labor Education Program in Chicago.Dial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viralDec 17, 2015 9:00 am1325 views The campus Dial-A-Carol program broke its previous record by a long shot this holiday season, racking up an amazing 12,000 calls in seven days.How might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois?Jan 27, 2021 10:30 am1313 views Educational history professor Jon Hale discusses how Freedom Schools promote civil rights and educational equity and the implications for Illinois in funding these schools as part of the state's education reform initiative.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:30 am1308 views A key message coming through about COVID-19 is that older folks face much greater danger, but what does that suggest to the young? Cabral Bigman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about the challenge of “social comparison frames” in an epidemic.Four faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipJun 19, 2020 10:45 am1297 views Four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members were honored by the Office of the Provost with the Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Summer Study: Program provides undergrads with research experienceOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm1295 views This summer, 10 undergraduate students performed research using advanced imaging and microscopy technologies through the Discoveries in Bioimaging Research Experience for Undergraduates.What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm1283 views Hong Kong’s nearly four-month protest is only the latest in a series, all centered on concerns about retaining freedoms and gaining the right to choose the city’s leadership, says University of Illinois history professor Poshek Fu, a Hong Kong native and specialist on modern China. The current protest movement is notable, however, for its social media-driven, guerrillalike tactics, its longevity and the international attention it has received.Berenbaum named PNAS editor-in-chiefOct 31, 2018 8:30 am1282 views University of Illinois entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and longtime editorial contributor to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and other journals, has been appointed editor-in-chief of PNAS, effective Jan. 1.What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1274 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.100 years of relativity: How has Einstein's theory shaped modern physics, astronomy?Nov 24, 2015 9:45 am1269 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. physicist Stuart ShapiroNASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm1262 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. Could cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids?Oct 25, 2019 1:15 pm1260 views The Opioid Alternative Pilot Project offers medical cannabis as a pain-relief option for those looking to avoid or reduce opioid use, said Julie Bobitt, the director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Illinois.Modified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to familyOct 13, 2016 10:00 am1258 views The University of Illinois’ family leave policy was revised recently to remove a teaching requirement for tenure-track faculty members after the birth or adoption of a child.