blog posts New book examines the evolution of academic freedom at the U of I Nov 29, 2021 1:45 pm264 views A new book, "Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic Freedom in the Age of JFK," explores how the prevailing moral values of the 1960s affected protections for scholars at the U. of I. Awards recognize campus excellence in public engagement Nov 29, 2021 8:00 am341 views Outstanding individual and group outreach efforts were recognized with the 2021 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement. The awards spotlight individuals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have consistently applied their knowledge and expertise to issues for the public good. How can cities help accelerate climate action to meet COP26 goals? Nov 18, 2021 8:00 am613 views Last weekend, international negotiators approved the United Nations Glasgow Climate Pact at the 26th Conference of the Parties. Ashish Sharma, the Illinois research climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the takeaways from the COP26 and how the goals set at the global-level conference can be translated to the local level by U.S. cities. Six Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 16, 2021 7:45 am12168 views Six faculty members at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. Project explores Octavia E. Butler novel through discussions, art, music Nov 11, 2021 1:30 pm584 views The project includes a community read, book discussions, an art exhibition and an opera based on the novel. Canadian historian, writer Michael Ignatieff to speak Nov. 18 as part of EU Day at Illinois Nov 11, 2021 8:00 am119 views The 20th annual EU Day at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will feature an online talk by former Canadian political leader turned academic Michael Ignatieff about threats to intellectual freedom in Europe. What are the geopolitical implications of US nuclear submarine deal with Australia? Nov 11, 2021 8:00 am601 views The U.S.-U.K. sale of nuclear submarines to Australia is a response to China’s military ambitions in the South China Sea, said Edward A. Kolodziej, an emeritus research professor of political science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international relations and global politics. November Dance features work inspired by Russian choreographer, dances by visiting artist and graduate students Nov 10, 2021 11:30 am317 views November Dance is Nov. 11-13 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A large asteroid will pass by Earth this week – should we worry? Nov 10, 2021 9:30 am750 views Recent weeks have witnessed a series of medium-to-large-sized asteroids cross paths with Earth’s orbit. The largest of the pack – asteroid 2004 UE – is on track to make its closest approach to the planet Nov. 13. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign astronomy professor and chair Leslie Looney spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about what researchers refer to as near Earth objects and how much of a threat they are to the planet. Why is a past attempt to ban 'Beloved' from a high school curriculum a political issue now? Nov 10, 2021 8:30 am548 views Emily Knox, a professor in the School of Information Sciences and the author of “Book Banning in 21st-Century America,” said societal issues, such as changing racial demographics and disagreements over how to teach the history of race, prompt challenges to certain kinds of books. Are global CO2 emissions rebounding to pre-COVID-19 levels? Nov 9, 2021 11:45 am245 views The Global Carbon Project recently published its 2021 Global Carbon Budget report, providing data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. University of Illinois Urban-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain was part of an international team of scientists that contributed data to the report. Jain discussed the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian. Theatre department production of 'Origin Story' looks at millennials' post-college life Nov 4, 2021 9:15 am438 views “Origin Story” was written by Illinois theatre alumnus Nathan Alan Davis. The theatre department’s production will be the Midwest premiere of the play. Do kids need a COVID-19 vaccine? Nov 4, 2021 9:00 am756 views The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for school-aged children offers protection for children as well as eases challenges faced by their families and their schools, says Rebecca Lee Smith, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Illinois a 20-year top producer of Gilman Scholars Oct 27, 2021 1:00 pm348 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is among the top producers of a scholarship program that enables students to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs this week recognized Illinois for the 242 students who have received awards from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program over the past 20 years. Dance professor Cynthia Oliver receives Doris Duke Artist Award Oct 21, 2021 8:15 am1043 views The $275,000 award invests in the creative potential of exemplary artists. Studiodance showcases dance students' work Oct 20, 2021 12:00 pm226 views The performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will feature six dances and a short dance film. 'Crip*' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum centers experiences with disability, access Oct 18, 2021 2:30 pm933 views The exhibition features the work of artists with disabilities or non-normative identities. It is part of a collaborative project “Cripping the Arts” that includes increasing accessibility in art institutions. Which animals can catch the coronavirus? Oct 14, 2021 1:15 pm2111 views Dr. Leyi Wang and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have played a key role in diagnosing coronavirus infection in animal species in zoos across the country. This is important work for understanding the virus’s spread and its broad host range, Wang says. Illinois theatre season reimagines the American story Oct 7, 2021 12:45 pm982 views The theatre department will feature a diverse group of playwrights in its 2021-22 season. Wu earns NIH Director's New Innovator Award Oct 5, 2021 9:45 am3572 views Biochemistry professor Nicholas Wu has received a 2021 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. His project aims to understand how antibodies interact with their targets. Mary Henson named Homecoming Parade grand marshal Oct 1, 2021 8:00 am720 views Mary Henson, the wife of the legendary Fighting Illini basketball coach and ambassador Lou Henson, will serve as grand marshal of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2021 Homecoming Parade. The parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design grand opening Oct. 8 Sep 30, 2021 8:00 am236 views The grand opening of the Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus will take place Oct. 8 with a formal dedication at 1 p.m., followed by an open house. Attendees will include Thomas Siebel, Chancellor Robert Jones and System President Tim Killeen. Media advisory: Kevin Leicht to testify before congressional subcommittee about disinformation Sep 27, 2021 11:45 am369 views Sociology professor Kevin Leicht to testify before congressional subcommittee about the effects of social media disinformation in fomenting distrust of scientists, particularly in regard to COVID-19 vaccines. Siebel Center for Design is open for exploration Sep 22, 2021 11:00 am780 views Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus opened for business in early August. The multidisciplinary hub of student-focused design thinking and learning was established by a $25 million lead gift from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Center for Advanced Study initiative looks at 'infodemic,' how to combat misinformation Sep 22, 2021 8:30 am525 views The CAS initiative will bring together experts to discuss misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and conspiracy theories. New BTN documentary 'Cold War: Illinois Stories' premieres Sept. 29 Sep 22, 2021 8:00 am884 views A new 30-minute-long documentary tells four separate stories of individuals or programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that were either affected by harsh Cold War politics and their destructive aftermath or, in one segment, shed light on a government film studio dedicated to Cold War propaganda. “Cold War: Illinois Stories” premieres Sept. 29 at 7 a.m. CDT on the Big Ten Network. What has been the impact of the Washington Football Team's name change? Sep 20, 2021 11:00 am2589 views The changes in the past year in the use of Native American imagery in sports and elsewhere have been unprecedented, said Jay Rosenstein, a Center for Advanced Study professor of media and cinema studies. Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful? Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am8671 views The expansive new set of vaccination requirements issued by the Biden administration affecting the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the mandate emanating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on shakier legal ground, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal Fischer Sep 15, 2021 9:30 am633 views “Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics” features his well-known photographic series focused on gay life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as his early work as an Illinois student. CAS, McKinley Foundation hosting art exhibit, presentation about transgender older adults Sep 14, 2021 1:15 pm334 views “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” documents the life stories of transgender older adults through photographs and interviews. Class of 2025 sets enrollment records Sep 8, 2021 10:15 am9139 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign freshman enrollment of 8,303 for the 2021-22 academic year is a record. The new class brings total student enrollment to 56,299, the largest in university history. Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus? Sep 2, 2021 10:00 am6629 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. Krannert Art Museum retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorial Aug 31, 2021 11:00 am620 views “A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing” is the first retrospective of Fishman’s works on paper, and features many works of art that have never been shown. Is the new Illinois state legislative district map fair? Aug 27, 2021 8:00 am997 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 concerns Aug 26, 2021 12:00 pm493 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, 2020 Aug 26, 2021 8:00 am1662 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. ELLNORA guitar festival marks Krannert Center's return to in-person performances Aug 25, 2021 12:00 pm682 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature influential guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles. The festival will take place on a smaller scale than in past years. Ebertfest announces first films and guests, COVID-19 protocols Aug 18, 2021 8:00 am656 views The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” announced some of its films and guests for the 2021 event and shared updated COVID-19 safety protocols for the festival. What's next for Afghanistan? Aug 17, 2021 8:00 am740 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 named Aug 13, 2021 8:00 am17258 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 am1953 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. Patton named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean Jul 28, 2021 10:15 am2879 views Venetria K. Patton will become the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 2, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Patton is currently the head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. What are the implications of the recent Supreme Court public school speech case? Jul 21, 2021 8:00 am693 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 am907 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 program Jul 1, 2021 2:00 pm2353 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 am914 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 am2212 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 am1530 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 grants Jun 14, 2021 8:00 am2228 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 am474 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.