blog postsFaculty members, staff, teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionMay 19, 2020 11:30 am3603 views Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants this spring were honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction. The awards recognize excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3567 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.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3566 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtThe edTPA assessment and licensing of student teachersApr 25, 2016 9:30 am3542 views A Minute With...™ Illinois Professor Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am3505 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceFive professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campusSep 12, 2019 10:45 am3482 views Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Six Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3472 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.Can birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm3460 views In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law.Is Academia Waking Up to the Problem of Sexual Harassment?Sep 19, 2016 2:15 pm3438 views U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy supports a federal legislative effort that would require universities to report – and federal funding agencies to consider – findings that any university professor engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex. JFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am3436 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communicationIs there a cure for potholes?Feb 27, 2019 2:00 pm3403 views Temperatures may be on the rise, but many motorists and pedestrians remain focused on the ground as they attempt to navigate safely around the many potholes that develop this time of year. Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Henrique M. Reis spoke with Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about how potholes form and if there are any potential solutions.Students give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, futureJan 7, 2016 8:45 am3387 views By 2018, after nearly five decades of using temporary campus facilities, the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will finally have a permanent building of its own.Fourteen U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 20, 2017 2:00 pm3371 views Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni will pursue international educational, research and teaching experiences this coming year via student Fulbright grants. Applications are open for Fulbright grants for the 2018-19 academic year.Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict?Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm3328 views Our biases, conscious and unconscious, influence how we process news of events like the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the media plays an important part in forming and reinforcing those biases, says Travis Dixon, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3326 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.New mobile COVID-19 lab prototype completedNov 6, 2020 9:00 am3321 views Researchers have completed a prototype for a mobile laboratory designed to demonstrate a way to rapidly deploy the I-COVID saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The lab, called mobileSHIELD, also could deliver other testing capability during a public health crisis, and it will serve as a rich source of human factors engineering data.Are global warming, recent Midwest cold snap related?Feb 12, 2019 8:15 am3257 views Last month, the Midwest experienced record-breaking cold temperatures and many are wondering how, when the climate is experiencing an unprecedented warming trend, we can still experience such frigid cold. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles to explain.What happens when the coronavirus mutates?Jan 5, 2021 8:15 am3251 views New mutations to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, including a more-infectious variant first found in the United Kingdom, even as vaccines containing bits of viral genetic material are beginning distribution. In an interview, crop sciences professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés discusses viral mutation and what it could mean for vaccinations.Media advisory: Coronavirus forum on campus Tuesday to discuss local responseJan 27, 2020 2:15 pm3209 views A panel of local health officials will discuss the coordinated local response to the global coronavirus concern at a 9 a.m. forum Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Fire Service Institute, 11 Gerty Drive, Champaign. Experts will be available onsite for media interviews.Six academic professionals honored with CAPE awardsApr 14, 2016 9:00 am3193 views Six academic professionals were honored with 2016 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards at a reception April 12.'Ebertfest' full schedule announced, with actresses Gershon, Madsen, Tilly as guestsMar 21, 2019 9:00 am3173 views This year’s Ebert Film Fest will include “Almost Famous” and “Sideways,” documentaries on Maya Angelou and Fred Rogers, and guest actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 8, 2020 7:30 am3126 views Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and recent alumni were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences across the globe this coming year.Eight projects awarded funding for AI research to mitigate COVID-19Jun 30, 2020 1:45 pm3074 views Eight University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign projects are among 26 to receive the first C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute awards for artificial intelligence techniques to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute will provide a total of $5.4 million over the next year to projects that examine the medical, social and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus and inspire researcher collaboration in advanced machine learning and other AI disciplines. Alumnus Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO and chairman, dies at 84Mar 2, 2020 1:45 pm3066 views John Francis “Jack” Welch Jr., 84, the former CEO and chairman of General Electric Co., has died. He was a chemical engineer who earned a Ph.D. in 1960 in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 8:15 am2954 views Horseshoe bats in China are a natural wildlife reservoir of SARS-like coronaviruses. Some health experts think wildlife markets – specifically in Wuhan, China – led to the spillover of the new coronavirus into human populations. Though not confirmed, the hypothesis has given bats around the world a bad rap, and public fears of exposure to bats are on the rise. Illinois Natural History Survey wildlife biologist Tara Hohoff, the project coordinator of the Illinois Bat Conservation Program, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about bat biology and conservation, and the flying mammals’ role in human health.Two Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsApr 10, 2020 10:45 am2953 views Illinois professors Janice N. Harrington, English, and David Sepkoski, history, received 2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships.Santos named iSchool dean at IllinoisJul 12, 2019 10:00 am2951 views Eunice Santos will become the dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Andreas C. Cangellaris, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, recommended the appointment to Chancellor Robert Jones after the conclusion of a yearlong national search.What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online?Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am2907 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning.How are Illinois birds faring?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am2897 views According to a new study reported in the journal Science, bird populations in North America have experienced a troubling decline in the past five decades. The scientists estimate the continent has lost close to 3 billion birds, roughly 29% of their total numbers in 1970. Senior wildlife ecologist Thomas J. Benson of the Illinois Natural History Survey discusses the status of birds in Illinois with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. Benson leads the Critical Trends Assessment Program, which monitors the biological condition of the state’s forests, wetlands and grasslands, and collects data on plants, birds and arthropods.Faculty and staff members honored for excellence at IllinoisApr 27, 2016 1:45 pm2864 views Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored April 26 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising. Each was recognized during a reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.Three Illinois scientists rank among world's most influentialNov 18, 2020 8:45 am2838 views Three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. It is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence, from 2009-2019. The highly cited Illinois researchers this year are: materials science and engineering professor Axel Hoffmann, crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen Long, and plant biology professor Donald Ort.University of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright studentsMar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2834 views The University of Illinois is among the top-five public universities in the nation for 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Students, according to information recently released from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.Journalist Bob Woodward is first speaker in College of Law lecture series honoring Abraham LincolnJan 7, 2016 10:00 am2827 views In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of President Lincoln’s death and then, two years later, of the founding of the University of Illinois, the U. of I. College of Law will host “The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century,” a series of several lectures to be held in 2016 and 2017.Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am2815 views Professors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, who teach only online courses and develop learning technologies, discuss the potential impact of social distancing on postsecondary distance learning.Awards recognize campus excellence in public engagementJul 10, 2020 1:45 pm2799 views The 2020 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement recognize outstanding individual and group outreach efforts.Minor selected first chief marketing officerJan 24, 2019 10:15 am2793 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. Kidwell named College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences deanJul 15, 2016 9:15 am2788 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.Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm2767 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.DeathsJul 25, 2019 3:30 pm2764 views Dolores Jane Byers ... Martin Joseph Knanishu ... Warren C. McCarty ... Kurtis Isaiah Pealer ... Patricia Eileen Price ... Selma Katharine Richardson ... Grace Christine (McCormick) Prestin Samford ... Winton U. SolbergSottos elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 7, 2020 1:00 pm2736 views Nancy Sottos, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She is one of 87 new members and 18 international members announced by the Academy on Feb. 6.How are anthropological studies of witchcraft relevant today?Oct 27, 2008 9:00 am2702 views A Minute With™... anthropology professor Alma GottliebStephens named Nesbitt Center directorJan 3, 2017 10:30 am2693 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.Why has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia?Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am2673 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literaturesIllinois a top producer of Fulbright student granteesFeb 14, 2019 11:45 am2659 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, as announced recently by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.U. of I. student named Rhodes ScholarNov 20, 2017 9:15 am2619 views Thomas Dowling, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 32 U.S. students selected as Rhodes Scholars. Dowling is the first Rhodes Scholar on the Urbana campus since 1998.Is the Every Student Succeeds Act an improvement over No Child Left Behind?Dec 10, 2015 11:00 am2601 views A Minute With...™ Lizanne DeStefano, professor emerita of educational psychologyAre black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am2596 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.On the Big ScreenDec 12, 2018 1:15 pm2596 views Screenwriter and Illinois alumnus David Magee wrote the script for "Mary Poppins Returns."How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic?Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am2518 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross.Feser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetingsMar 31, 2016 9:00 am2510 views Two things haven’t changed since Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser concluded a month of campus budget presentations: The state still doesn’t have a budget, and the university still doesn’t have its annual appropriation.