blog postsWill anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm834 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.U. of I. accessibility pioneer entering U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of FameOct 31, 2019 11:45 am1334 views Tim Nugent, the visionary first director of a ground-breaking University of Illinois program for students with disabilities, is being inducted posthumously into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am646 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.Could cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids?Oct 25, 2019 1:15 pm766 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.Passes for 22nd 'Ebertfest' on sale Nov. 1Oct 22, 2019 9:15 am512 views Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” go on sale Nov. 1.Impeachment is underway: So who makes the rules?Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am747 views An impeachment investigation may be based in charges of wrongdoing, but it’s still a political process, says Illinois political science professor Gisela Sin. Even the design of rules and procedures is done strategically and with an eye on the outcome.What’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?Oct 17, 2019 8:30 am641 views The surge in unaccompanied children seeking refuge across the U.S. border can be attributed to poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries. But the biggest factor is that their countries of origin – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico – are effectively as violent as war zones, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law.Media advisory: Sexual harassment summit open to media but recording not allowedOct 15, 2019 4:15 pm152 views A day-long summit on sexual harassment on Wednesday, Oct. 16 is open to the news media, but audio and visual recording will not be allowed.Homecoming 2019 brings new events, parade routeOct 7, 2019 12:30 pm4487 views Illinois Homecoming takes place Oct. 13-19 with new events, a new parade route and former University of Illinois President Stanley O. Ikenberry serving as the parade grand marshal.What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm1018 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.How are Illinois birds faring?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am2059 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.What’s at stake in auto workers strike?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am230 views The strike of more than 47,000 auto workers is a way of recouping some of what union members lost during the Great Recession, 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.Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm580 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois.Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellenceSep 12, 2019 11:00 am10947 views The new freshman class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university.Five professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campusSep 12, 2019 10:45 am3097 views Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm460 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment.Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am1680 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.Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focusAug 28, 2019 2:30 pm730 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools.Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am857 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am2133 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am1101 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.Correction: Yingying Fund announcement postponedAug 5, 2019 11:30 am322 views Correction: At the request of the family’s attorney, the public announcement of Yingying’s Fund scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 7 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus has been postponed. A new date and time have not been yet been determined. Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy FellowJul 29, 2019 8:30 am1323 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.DeathsJul 25, 2019 3:30 pm1555 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. SolbergIllini Fest this Thursday at Park Grill Plaza of Millennium ParkJul 15, 2019 4:15 pm575 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is holding Illini Fest, its first-ever downtown Chicago festival. The event will include more than 40 displays and interactive experiences from colleges and units, including robots, photo booth, virtual reality experience and a solar telescope.Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them?Jul 15, 2019 9:00 am611 views The pending Supreme Court case Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org will test the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws, which could pose a challenge to legal research, scholarship and public access to the law, said U. of I. copyright law expert Sara R. Benson.Santos named iSchool dean at IllinoisJul 12, 2019 10:00 am2697 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.DeathsJul 11, 2019 12:45 pm403 views Phyllis Gordon ... Richard H. “Dick” Howard ... Paul Dale Shaw Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career AwardJul 3, 2019 1:15 pm5887 views Six researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. June in Illinois featured more rain and lower temperatures than averageJul 2, 2019 2:30 pm90 views Above-average rainfall continued in June, along with an elevated risk of flooding in some areas of Illinois, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.How might 'Medicare for All' reshape health care in the U.S.?Jul 2, 2019 8:45 am672 views University of Illinois professor emeritus of community health Thomas W. O’Rourke, an expert on health policy analysis, the possible impact of establishing a single-payer health care system in the U.S.Citizenship and the census: What happens now?Jul 1, 2019 7:30 am381 views An Illinois professor who studies how Latinos deal with the census responds to the Supreme Court’s decision on the citizenship question.Will there be any constraints now on partisan gerrymandering?Jun 28, 2019 2:45 pm532 views The Supreme Court this week said it can’t provide the cure to partisan gerrymandering, so the focus will have to be on prevention, says an Illinois political science professor who hopes her research can play a part.DeathsJun 28, 2019 11:45 am440 views Roy O. Walker Jr.Summer construction projects announcedJun 27, 2019 2:15 pm408 views More than 40 capital improvement construction projects are in progress this summer on the Urbana campus. Substantial completion is expected by the start of the fall semester for the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center, Foellinger Auditorium and the Education Building, along with multiple restroom renovations, roof replacements, elevator upgrades, and classroom and laboratory modernizations.DeathsJun 20, 2019 11:30 am304 views Annie “Anne” Laura Eckerty ... Peter G. MartensWill legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois?Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am875 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.Two Illinois students awarded Boren ScholarshipsJun 20, 2019 8:15 am566 views Two U. of I. students are among 244 students nationwide awarded David L. Boren Scholarships to study language in world regions critical to U.S. interests.Mid-June soils cooler, wetterJun 18, 2019 1:15 pm78 views Soil temperatures are increasing after a cooling period the second week of June, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Does more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois?Jun 18, 2019 8:45 am976 views Experts have ranked May 2019 as one of the wettest Mays on record in central Illinois. Is it possible that the incidence of mosquito-borne illnesses increases with the amount of rainfall? To find out, News Bureau science writer Ananya Sen asked Brian F. Allan, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 18, 2019 8:30 am4317 views Thirteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni accepted Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year, providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences.DeathsJun 13, 2019 2:15 pm273 views Amy M. Blue-Short ... Joyce A. Butsch ... Kenneth Morris Davidson ... Virginia Guthrie ... Jean M. Jessee ... Ralph A. Smith ... William Murphy Tilton ... Harry C. Triandis ... Sherry Marie Weaver ... Jefferey “Jeff” Allen WelchWhat happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am487 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights.'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout'Jun 6, 2019 4:15 pm246 views “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus.DeathsJun 6, 2019 1:30 pm181 views John C. Hough Jr. ... Janet D. Knesek (nee Scott) ... Joseph “Joe” Konitzki ... Richard Newport Wright III Free Research Park concert features Alma Afrobeat EnsembleJun 5, 2019 1:15 pm165 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development LLC and the University of Illinois present a free summer concert featuring the Barcelona, Spain-based Alma Afrobeat Ensembleat 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, in Research Park.Last month the third-wettest May in Illinois historyJun 4, 2019 12:15 pm141 views Some areas of Illinois experienced record-breaking amounts of rain in May, as statewide totals mark the sixth consecutive month with above average rainfall, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.'Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world'Jun 3, 2019 1:30 pm104 views Through the centuries, people have devised imaginative puzzles to test our wits. Three-dimensional puzzles crafted of wood, metal, plastic and other durable materials are designed to be taken apart, rearranged or untangled. The exhibit “Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world,” debuts June 4 at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and runs through July 21.U. of I. student selected for Fulbright Summer Institute in LondonMay 30, 2019 3:30 pm466 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois freshman Ari Kelo, a graduate of Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, will join a three-week summer program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of the Fulbright Summer Institute, an initiative of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission.University of Illinois students receive Critical Language ScholarshipsMay 30, 2019 3:15 pm685 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two University of Illinois undergraduates have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarshipsto study critical languages during the summer of 2019.