blog postsCan people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus?Sep 2, 2021 10:00 am1290 views Taking large or multiple doses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can cause a toxic overdose, and humans should not take forms intended for animal use, says Illinois veterinary medicine expert Dr. Jim Lowe.Is the new Illinois state legislative district map fair?Aug 27, 2021 8:00 am733 views The state legislative district map that was signed into law earlier this summer by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was based on population estimates rather than official U.S. Census data, rendering it vulnerable to legal challenges, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines.Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concernsAug 26, 2021 12:00 pm396 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, also known as “Ebertfest,” has been rescheduled to April out of concern for a spike in COVID-19 variants in the state. The Virginia Theatre in Champaign will automatically transfer all pass and seat reservations for the event to the new dates, and refunds are available to those who cannot attend the rescheduled event. Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honorees named for 2021, 2020Aug 26, 2021 8:00 am1402 views Sixteen civil service employees – eight this year and eight in 2020 – at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were recognized for exceptional performance with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award.What's next for Afghanistan?Aug 17, 2021 8:00 am719 views As the military withdraws from Afghanistan nearly two decades after 9/11, the U.S. public should carefully consider the costs and benefits of the effort, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman.Spring semester graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 13, 2021 8:00 am15207 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2021 spring semester. Should the government implement a vaccine passport system?Jul 29, 2021 8:00 am1795 views Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for the vaccinated while still being realistic about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.What are the implications of the recent Supreme Court public school speech case?Jul 21, 2021 8:00 am623 views The Supreme Court affirmed that while public schools have an extra duty to protect unpopular opinions and minority speech rights, school officials still have the power to discipline students for bad behavior, says a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign media law scholar who studies free speech issues.How can the world prevent emerging infectious diseases, protect food security?Jul 20, 2021 8:45 am801 views According to a new report co-written by Illinois Natural History Survey postdoctoral researcher Valeria Trivellone, climate change, poverty, urbanization, land-use change and the exploitation of wildlife all contribute to the emergence of new infectious diseases, which, in turn, threaten global food security. Trivellone spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about how global authorities can tackle these intertwined challenges.University of Illinois receives APLU award for COVID-19 testing programJul 1, 2021 2:00 pm2249 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received the inaugural Research Response to Community Crisis Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for its COVID-19 testing program.Where have all the entry-level professional jobs gone?Jul 1, 2021 8:15 am860 views Various economic and political forces are reducing job opportunities for new professionals and discouraging some entering these fields or staying in the U.S. after they earn their degrees, says sociology professor Kevin Leicht.How do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife?Jun 30, 2021 8:00 am2026 views Celebrating the nation’s Independence Day with fireworks is an enduring tradition, but fireworks can be a source of distress and danger to wildlife. Dr. Sam Sander, a clinical professor of zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about how fireworks affect wildlife and the environment, and how to minimize the risks.Are generous unemployment benefits to blame for worker shortages?Jun 23, 2021 8:00 am1136 views As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and employers look to restart businesses at full capacity, workers have leverage that they’re using to temporarily stay out of the labor market in certain industries, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Nine Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grantsJun 14, 2021 8:00 am2115 views Nine University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences. The Fulbright student program will fund approximately 2,200 U.S. citizens to travel abroad for the 2021-22 academic year.Are we experiencing another unaccompanied child 'crisis' at the southern US border?Jun 11, 2021 9:00 am451 views There’s no easy solution to the problem of unaccompanied migrant children at the southern U.S. border, a U. of I. expert says.Why do we need a health care equity law?Jun 3, 2021 8:30 am705 views The Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act has potential to address root causes of health disparities and foster health equity through provisions such as implicit bias training and community health workers, says Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall. Passes for 22nd annual 'Ebertfest' on sale June 7Jun 2, 2021 9:00 am1085 views Passes for the 22nd annual Ebertfest will go on sale June 7. Festival passes cover all of the screenings during the festival, which runs Sept. 8-11 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill.What does the Chicago Tribune sale mean for the future of newsrooms?Jun 2, 2021 8:00 am1311 views As more newspapers are purchased by “vulture” hedge funds – highlighted by the recent acquisition of Tribune Publishing Co. by Alden Global Capital LLC – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign journalism professor Brant Houston touts nonprofit news organizations as a viable alternative to traditional newspaper business models.Illinois architecture professor awarded Graham Foundation grantJun 1, 2021 11:15 am859 views Architecture professor emerita T.F. Tierney will examine the role that federal lending practices played in maintaining racially segregated suburbs.Illinois students, recent graduates receive foreign language scholarshipsMay 28, 2021 8:00 am781 views Five University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates were awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study foreign languages this summer. A sixth student was offered a Boren Scholarship to continue her foreign language studies.Why has violence erupted now between Israelis and Palestinians?May 20, 2021 9:15 am1258 views A leadership vacuum and political maneuvering by both Israel and the Palestinians are fueling the violence between the two, said Rachel S. Harris, a professor in the Program in World and Comparative Literature and in The Program in Jewish Culture and Society.Media advisory: Illinois undergraduates featured in television series 'The College Tour'May 19, 2021 8:00 am776 views Eleven students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be featured in an edition of “The College Tour,” a television series that gives admitted and prospective students the opportunity to tour campuses virtually and learn about academic and extracurricular experiences available to undergraduates. This advisory is distributed on behalf of the public affairs unit in the Office of Public Affairs.Illinois senior selected Knight-Hennessy ScholarMay 6, 2021 8:30 am2640 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign senior Sriyankari Chitti is one of 76 students to be named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, from more than 8,000 applicants around the world.Faculty members, staff, teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionMay 4, 2021 8:00 am1651 views The Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction were awarded to faculty members, staff and graduate teaching assistants at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign this spring for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.Illinois English professor awarded Carnegie FellowshipApr 28, 2021 9:00 am682 views Gillen D’Arcy Wood, whose work is in environmental humanities, has been awarded a 2021 Carnegie Fellowship.Three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of SciencesApr 27, 2021 9:30 am2556 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.Four Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 23, 2021 8:30 am2633 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Education Dean James Anderson, physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Nancy Makri and materials science and engineering professor Kenneth Schweizer have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation.How are social media changing higher education?Apr 22, 2021 8:00 am937 views Fear of reprisals from outraged parties on social media and unspoken rules about acceptable discourse on college campuses constrain what faculty members teach, research and discuss, says sociology professor Ilana Redstone.Illinois student awarded Beinecke ScholarshipApr 19, 2021 11:00 am1148 views Kolten Conklen, a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from Sterling, Illinois, is among 16 students nationally awarded the Beinecke Scholarship. Illinois is one of 135 colleges and universities annually invited to nominate one junior for a Beinecke Scholarship.Academic professionals honored with CAPE awards for 2021, 2020Apr 15, 2021 8:15 am1898 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.K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemicApr 14, 2021 2:15 pm1025 views A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university.Three Illinois researchers receive ACLS FellowshipsApr 12, 2021 2:45 pm1157 views Bobby Smith II, a professor of African American studies; Retika Adhikari Desai, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies; and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies, are 2021 ACLS Fellows.Illinois history professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 9, 2021 1:15 pm625 views History professor Kevin Mumford has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Mumford studies race, politics and sexuality in America.Four Illinois students honored with Goldwater scholarshipsApr 6, 2021 11:30 am1728 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 does COVID-19 affect the heart?Mar 23, 2021 8:30 am1253 views While many think of COVID-19 as primarily a respiratory disease, its effects on the heart contribute to nearly 40% of deaths – and can strike even healthy children and athletes, says Mariam Bonyadi Camacho, a student in the medical scholars program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Camacho co-wrote a recent report on the coronavirus’ cardiac effects, both short- and long-term. She discussed the risks to heart health and possible treatments in an interview. Vaccine study now open for student enrollmentMar 22, 2021 11:15 am3199 views Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April 1.Illinois researchers awarded grants through new NEH-UK joint digital scholarship programMar 19, 2021 9:00 am955 views The projects aim to advance digital scholarship and find new ways of sharing culture.Program focused on systemic racial inequities, injustices seeks proposals from local researchersMar 18, 2021 1:00 pm345 views The Call to Action Research Program, initiated by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones to address structures of racism and injustice, is seeking proposals from the Urbana campus and the local community.University surpasses $2.25B fundraising goal a year early; campaign will continueMar 11, 2021 11:15 am1578 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.Do labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy?Mar 1, 2021 8:00 am1574 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.EU Day online features Swedish ambassador, hip-hop artist, Greek tragedyFeb 17, 2021 11:45 am477 views European Union Day at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is online this year, with Sweden’s ambassador to the U.S. speaking on gender equality and a Swedish hip-hop artist discussing racial concerns. EU Day will also include a U.K.-based theater performance of an ancient Greek play focused on refugees.Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers?Feb 16, 2021 8:15 am2549 views According to a new commentary in Disability and Health Journal, people with disabilities who rely on service dogs often are prohibited from bringing their working dogs into teaching and research laboratories. This one barrier can stop them from pursuing careers in science, says Joey Ramp, a researcher in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and lead author of the commentary. Ramp spoke about the issue with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates.Can Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform?Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am9621 views One of the Biden administration’s first acts was to send Congress the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a long-promised immigration reform bill. But any legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform will face significant headwinds in the Senate, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law.How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Alexsei Navalny affect opposition to Putin?Feb 10, 2021 8:45 am459 views Aleksei Navalny likely will be able to maintain his public profile from prison, but his agenda needs to include economic issues to mobilize mass public support, said Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest.Ngumbi receives AAAS award for public engagement with scienceFeb 4, 2021 9:00 am1804 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.What does poet's Super Bowl performance mean for poetry?Feb 3, 2021 10:45 am1167 views Amanda Gorman’s performance at the Super Bowl will give poetry an enormous audience – one that is “unfathomable” for most poets, said poet and Illinois English professor Ángel García.Illinois dance professor awarded United States Artists FellowshipFeb 3, 2021 9:00 am2567 views Dance professor Cynthia Oliver has been selected as a 2021 United States Artists Fellow.Center for Advanced Study announces 2021-22 associates, fellowsFeb 2, 2021 1:45 pm384 views The Center for Advanced Study has appointed 20 faculty members as associates or fellows for the 2021-22 academic year.Nick Holonyak Jr., pioneer of LED lighting, awarded Queen Elizabeth PrizeFeb 2, 2021 8:00 am5322 views Nick Holonyak Jr., a renowned innovator of illumination, has been awarded the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering “for the creation and development of LED lighting, which forms the basis of all solid-state lighting technology.” Holonyak (pronounced huh-LON-yak) is credited with the development of the first practical visible-spectrum LED, now commonly used in light bulbs, device displays and lasers worldwide.How might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois?Jan 27, 2021 10:30 am1391 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.