blog postsUniversity outlines fall plans including remote instruction after fall breakAug 3, 2020 9:00 am0 views As part of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 precautions for the fall semester, all faculty members, staff and students who participate in on-campus activities will be required to be tested at on-campus sites twice a week.Media advisory: COVID-19 Briefing Series to discuss state and campus-level modelingAug 3, 2020 8:00 am0 views University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones will join campus experts to discuss modeling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois – at the state and campus levels – during an event Thursday. Center for Advanced Study appoints seven professors to permanent facultyJul 31, 2020 1:00 pm690 views Seven University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been named Center for Advanced Study Professors, one of the highest forms of campus recognition.Call to Action initiative to support faculty research in systemic racism, social justice issuesJul 27, 2020 9:00 am576 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will introduce a series of measures designed to enhance its support of research on issues of systemic racism in the U.S. The initial component is the Chancellor’s Research Program to Address Racism and Social Injustice, which will seek proposals early in the fall semester.Salon series featuring Black artists kicks off new Black Arts InitiativeJul 21, 2020 1:15 pm881 views A Black Arts Initiative by the College of Fine and Applied Arts kicks off this week with a series of conversations with Black artists.Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name?Jul 21, 2020 9:00 am943 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades, says Jay Rosenstein, an Illinois professor of media and cinema studies. His documentary on the use of American Indian mascots in sports aired in 1997 and he has closely followed the issue since.Can Major League Baseball owners, players avoid another work stoppage?Jul 20, 2020 8:00 am409 views A coronavirus-abbreviated Major League Baseball season will open amid the backdrop of significant labor tension between owners and players, says U. of I. labor historian Daniel A. Gilbert.Awards recognize campus excellence in public engagementJul 10, 2020 1:45 pm2618 views The 2020 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement recognize outstanding individual and group outreach efforts.Two Illinois communication scholars elected ICA FellowsJul 10, 2020 9:15 am452 views Leanne Knobloch and Angharad Valdivia, both professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been elected Fellows of the International Communication Association, in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. Two other Illinois faculty members received the same honor last year.Illinois Community Pledge provides common focus on COVID-19 safetyJul 9, 2020 10:00 am938 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students, faculty members and staff are invited to sign a voluntary pledge that reinforces the need for COVID-19-responsible behaviors.Media advisory: On-campus COVID-19 testing available for faculty members, staff, studentsJul 6, 2020 2:00 pm6099 views News media interested in learning more about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 testing are invited to a one-time media availability Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. near the Alice Campbell Alumni Center 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Eight projects awarded funding for AI research to mitigate COVID-19Jun 30, 2020 1:45 pm2668 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. Where does the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program stand?Jun 30, 2020 7:45 am466 views Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remains a stopgap measure at best. The permanent fix is a comprehensive immigration bill that looks something like the former DREAM Act, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the U. of I. College of Law.Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am1360 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.Tests optional for fall 2021 freshman applicantsJun 23, 2020 8:00 am7976 views Students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test results due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting students’ opportunities to take the exams.Four faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipJun 19, 2020 10:45 am1209 views Four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members were honored by the Office of the Provost with the Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Urbana campus to open for fall instruction with COVID-19 safety precautionsJun 18, 2020 3:15 pm10194 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will open the fall semester with as much in-person instruction and residential occupancy as COVID-19 precautions allow.How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic?Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am1229 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.What can police trainers learn from the current crisis?Jun 17, 2020 8:15 am688 views Police reform is on the national agenda in response to the choking death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in late May – and many other such incidents before and since. Police Training Institute director Michael Schlosser weighed in on the current crisis. Based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the PTI trains dozens of police departments across the state of Illinois. Schlosser spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. Cary to lead U of I Division of Public Safety, serve as police chiefJun 16, 2020 2:00 pm1734 views Alice Cary, currently the chief of police at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s next executive director of public safety and chief of police.Illinois students awarded Boren ScholarshipsJun 12, 2020 8:00 am1192 views Four students at the University of Illinois were selected to study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests as recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships.Why the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2083 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Humanities research program elevated to institute statusJun 11, 2020 8:15 am1905 views The Humanities Research Institute – previously known as the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities – is now one of nine campuswide interdisciplinary research institutes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 8, 2020 7:30 am2838 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.Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict?Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm1605 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.Support community members in need through the Faculty and Staff Emergency FundJun 3, 2020 1:15 pm806 views Since its inception in 1992, the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund has helped more than 1,000 academic professionals, faculty members and staff.COVID-19 experts available for news media interviewsJun 2, 2020 12:00 pm995 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.Two Illinois students named Udall ScholarsJun 1, 2020 11:00 am1138 views Two University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students were named Udall Scholars, a first for the university in the same year. A total of 55 Udall scholarships were awarded this year.Will movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am1276 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business.University Archives creating record of pandemic's effects on campusMay 20, 2020 8:45 am680 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 am3451 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 am920 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 am417 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 pm521 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 am653 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 am30818 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.Could Legionnaires' bacteria lurk in idled buildings?Apr 29, 2020 2:00 pm1078 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 am2713 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 am1140 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 am1372 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 am2629 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 am1867 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 am1315 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 am1784 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 am730 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 am2877 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 am2172 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 am541 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 am1145 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 am1803 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.