blog postsUniversity Archives creating record of pandemic's effects on campusMay 20, 2020 8:45 am472 views The University Archives is collecting personal reflections to document campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic.Faculty members, staff, teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionMay 19, 2020 11:30 am2081 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.What effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues?May 14, 2020 8:00 am687 views The continued spread of COVID-19 ought to prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.Will live broadcasts of oral arguments be a permanent fixture at the Supreme Court?May 6, 2020 8:00 am398 views The Supreme Court’s livestream of its oral arguments is likely a temporary measure due to COVID-19, said Jason Mazzone, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law at the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Extending cancellation of summer events through July 5May 1, 2020 4:15 pm378 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has canceled on-campus summer events through July 5. Keeping Illinois connected remotelyMay 1, 2020 9:45 am607 views Use of online technology at the University of Illinois has skyrocketed since mid-March. It is allowing Illinois faculty members and staff to keep doing their work and stay connected with students.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 9:45 am18993 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.COVID-19 experts available for news media interviewsApr 30, 2020 12:00 pm740 views Experts from a variety of fields at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are available to the news media to discuss COVID-19-related topics.Could Legionnaires' bacteria lurk in idled buildings?Apr 29, 2020 2:00 pm843 views Many businesses are closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and some building managers have shut off water and air conditioning to conserve resources. Unfortunately, warmth and lack of clean water flow can contribute to the growth of potentially dangerous microbes, including the bacteria that contribute to Legionnaires’ disease. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center chemist and industrial water treatment specialist Jeremy Overmann spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the problem and potential solutions.What effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies?Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am1821 views Most households struggle financially for two to five years before filing for bankruptcy, making a pandemic-related surge in consumer bankruptcy filings unlikely, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor Robert M. Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.'Runs and Data: The Science of Illinois Baseball' documentary premieres May 4 on Big Ten NetworkApr 27, 2020 11:15 am1107 views Physicist Alan Nathan and student Charlie Young team up to explore the evolving world of baseball physics and analytics in a new 30-minute documentary on the Big Ten Network. “Runs and Data: The Science of Illinois Baseball” premieres May 4.Illinois computer scientist, physicist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 27, 2020 9:00 am1307 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.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 8:15 am2347 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.What's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 10:00 am1759 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois.University initiates fundraising program for student reliefApr 21, 2020 11:30 am1135 views A new relief fund, Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund, will assist University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students dealing with financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All students can request emergency funding beginning immediately. What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 9:15 am1630 views There’s a long history of scapegoating marginalized people in epidemics, and of seeing difference in the way those of different races respond to disease, says Rana Hogarth, a U. of I. professor who studies the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.How can researchers predict social behavior during pandemics to enhance public health policies?Apr 14, 2020 8:45 am647 views Eunice E. Santos, the dean of the School of Information Sciences, studies how computational models can help explain social behaviors and the factors that influence decision-making during pandemics.Two Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsApr 10, 2020 10:45 am2842 views Illinois professors Janice N. Harrington, English, and David Sepkoski, history, received 2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships.Illinois students honored with Goldwater scholarshipsApr 8, 2020 8:15 am2125 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign juniors Sriyankari Chitti and William Lyon were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 7:45 am493 views Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior. She speaks about the special challenges of the present moment.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:30 am910 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.How to foster children’s learning while sheltering at homeApr 6, 2020 8:30 am1758 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home.Graduates for August and December 2019, Dean's List honorees namedApr 3, 2020 12:30 pm19056 views The University of Illinois lists the 7,441 students named to the Dean’s list in December, as well as the 3,187 December graduates and 1,507 August graduates.Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am15846 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Can relationships flourish through tech alone?Mar 31, 2020 8:45 am338 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining relationships now lacking in face time due to COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says John Caughlin, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online?Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am1115 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning.What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic?Mar 26, 2020 6:45 am5266 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy.Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am2237 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.How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions?Mar 23, 2020 2:30 pm1134 views Professor of human development and family studies Kelly Tu discusses ways parents can help children cope with the changes and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.COVID-19: No more face-to-face instruction, students asked to move homeMar 17, 2020 9:30 am4192 views Message from Chancellor Robert Jones discusses additional steps to follow current guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials to enact social distancing as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease.2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceledMar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1508 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am789 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests.Urbana-Champaign COVID-19 message to students, faculty members, staffMar 12, 2020 9:30 am20075 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communicated Wednesday evening with students, faculty members and staff on measures the university is taking to protect the campus community in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The message discusses course delivery, travel, and university-sponsored events and meetings.Is the US ready for the 2020 census? And what's at stake for Illinois?Mar 10, 2020 10:15 am861 views A demographer who’s followed the 2020 census praises outreach and education efforts, but also raises concerns about budget delays and testing – and notes that though the count in Illinois can be challenging, it needs to be accurate to avoid losing “a lot of green” in the form of federal dollars.Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 8:30 am1328 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.U of I cancels international spring break programs, domestic programs requiring air travelMar 5, 2020 3:00 pm1509 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is canceling all university-sponsored international spring break programs and all university-sponsored domestic student spring break programs that require air travel.Illinois architecture professor named AIA FellowMar 5, 2020 2:45 pm676 views Illinois architecture professor Randy Deutsch has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.Physics professor, Nobel laureate Anthony Leggett donates papers to University ArchivesMar 5, 2020 2:15 pm1541 views Anthony Leggett’s papers from more than 50 years of research and teaching will provide a window on his groundbreaking research in theoretical condensed matter physics.Ebert Film Fest will get creepy with 'Hereditary' and HitchcockMar 5, 2020 12:00 pm947 views Horror will get its due at this year’s Ebert Film Fest with “Hereditary” now in the lineup, which one critic described as “creepy beyond belief.” The 2018 film will be one of at least two from the horror genre at “Ebertfest,” with an Alfred Hitchcock classic due to be announced later along with the rest of the schedule.Illini Success report shows Illinois graduates succeeding in job placement, starting salariesMar 5, 2020 10:00 am4065 views The annual Illini Success report shows 93% of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s recent graduates found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began a volunteer program. The average salary for a full-time-employed recent graduate was $63,515, up from last year’s $60,885.Native Artist Series at Krannert Art Museum presents voices, perspectives of Native artistsMar 4, 2020 2:45 pm339 views Native artists from North America will talk about their work and contemporary visual culture at three events this month at Krannert Art Museum.Alumnus Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO and chairman, dies at 84Mar 2, 2020 1:45 pm1822 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.Coronavirus message sent today to faculty members, staff, studentsMar 2, 2020 1:15 pm9913 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today updated its faculty members, staff and students on the university's policies related to the coronavirus situation, including the immediate return of all people in Italy and the Daegu region of South Korea; restrictions of travel to those and other countries; and the offer to all study abroad participants to end their program early.Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time?Mar 2, 2020 10:00 am537 views The 2020 census kicks into high gear this month with information arriving in millions of mailboxes. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who also chairs a U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee explains why the census matters and describes challenges in making it work.What are the novel coronavirus health risks?Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am4033 views The novel coronavirus that first broke out in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has now spread to 111 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.Joint production of 'Cabaret' offers original choreography, fresh take on pre-WWII BerlinFeb 26, 2020 2:00 pm432 views The theatre, dance and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois programs are collaborating on a joint production of “Cabaret,” in recognition of their 50-year partnership with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.College of Education expanding doctoral programs in special educationFeb 26, 2020 8:00 am1419 views The College of Education is expanding the capacity of its doctoral programs in special education to help address a nationwide shortage of researchers and faculty members in the field.U of I among top producers of Fulbright awardsFeb 20, 2020 8:00 am3728 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 pm871 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.”Insect Fear Film Festival examines insects' close relatives: crustaceansFeb 18, 2020 11:45 am596 views The 2020 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature crustaceans, which share a common ancestor with insects.