blog postsWhat are the novel coronavirus health risks?Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am0 views The novel coronavirus that first broke out in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has now spread to 48 countries. As the first case of possible community spread has been reported in the United States, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discusses how the virus spreads and what makes it a public health concern.U of I among top producers of Fulbright awardsFeb 20, 2020 8:00 am3241 views For the ninth time in the past 10 years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Thirteen students from the Urbana campus received Fulbright awards for the 2019-20 academic year.Ebert Film Fest to feature remastered 'Cotton Club,' Farrelly brothers comedyFeb 19, 2020 1:00 pm615 views A remastered “Cotton Club,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” will be featured as part of this year’s Roger Ebertfest’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.”Two Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 12, 2020 9:00 am1702 views Two University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This honor is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early career researchers. Sottos elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 7, 2020 1:00 pm2450 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.German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote addressFeb 5, 2020 9:30 am550 views A German diplomat based in Chicago but recently posted in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine will speak on “The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism” as part of the annual European Union Day on Feb. 21 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1371 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.Media advisory: Coronavirus forum on campus Tuesday to discuss local responseJan 27, 2020 2:15 pm2576 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.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am826 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe?Jan 23, 2020 10:30 am3906 views The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. Virologist Leyi Wang, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discussed the outbreak of the new strain with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?Jan 23, 2020 9:30 am191 views Receiving the earned income tax credit in installments rather than a lump sum benefitted more than 500 families living in Chicago public housing, U. of I. researcher Karen Kramer's team found in a new study.Illinois music professor awarded NEH FellowshipJan 15, 2020 12:30 pm1090 views Music professor Christina Bashford was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a project examining violin culture in Britain.The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am868 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.What do we really know about poverty?Dec 16, 2019 9:45 am790 views The holidays are a time we focus on those in need and heap scorn on the Scrooges and Mr. Potters who don’t. But how well do we understand poverty, in either the U.S. or globally? Illinois sociologist Brian Dill addresses some misconceptions.What’s in the global carbon budget?Dec 9, 2019 1:45 pm578 views The Global Carbon Project recently released its 2019 annual report, giving decision-makers access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain is among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the report. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Jain about this year’s findings.US politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?Dec 4, 2019 11:45 am368 views There’s more happening in Ukraine than just U.S. politics. A U. of I. professor talks about how the country is dealing with a long-term war and its consequences.Eight Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 26, 2019 10:00 am4283 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eight professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 22, 2019 9:00 am11697 views Eight faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list, a global listing of scientists who produced the past decade’s most influential papers.Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm1051 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 am2399 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 am774 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 pm1045 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 am565 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 am822 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 am719 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 pm174 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 pm4541 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 pm1233 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 am2223 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 am236 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 pm593 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 am15346 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 am3214 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 pm485 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 am1732 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 pm802 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 am877 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 am2436 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 am1275 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 am324 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 am1339 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 pm2447 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 pm585 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 am629 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 am2773 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 pm452 views Phyllis Gordon ... Richard H. “Dick” Howard ... Paul Dale Shaw Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career AwardJul 3, 2019 1:15 pm5957 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 pm95 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 am765 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 am400 views An Illinois professor who studies how Latinos deal with the census responds to the Supreme Court’s decision on the citizenship question.