blog posts Art about Black experiences headlines faculty exhibition at Krannert Art Museum Sep 22, 2022 9:00 am211 views The “Black on Black on Black on Black” exhibition at Krannert Art Museum showcases the work of Black art and design faculty members in a new approach to the annual faculty art event. New playwright residency program allows theatre students to work on new plays Sep 21, 2022 12:00 pm130 views Illinois theatre students are presenting the first public readings of a new play during the inaugural workshop performances of the department’s Daniel J. Sullivan Playwright-in-Residence Program. Nick Holonyak Jr., pioneer of LED lighting, dies Sep 18, 2022 3:00 pm12370 views Nick Holonyak Jr., a renowned innovator of illumination, has died. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor was 93 years old. 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. Krannert Center performance combines art, science to examine what makes us human Sep 15, 2022 2:30 pm425 views “The Joy of Regathering” combines science, music and movement to explore humanity’s place in the universe in a Sept. 17 performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. What were the underlying issues of the railroad labor dispute? Sep 15, 2022 10:30 am453 views A strike by railroad unions would have been bad news for the Biden administration and an already-stressed economy, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. What explains 'quiet quitting' in the workplace? Sep 15, 2022 8:00 am2103 views “Quiet quitting” means forgoing the extra mile at work but is different than work withdrawal or employee disengagement, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign labor expert YoungAh Park, who studies work stress and recovery. Who should get an omicron COVID-19 booster? Sep 12, 2022 9:00 am800 views New COVID-19 vaccine boosters that target omicron variants are being distributed. Although the variants seem less deadly, the boosters are needed to keep up with the virus as it evolves, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign microbiology professor Christopher Brooke, a virologist and vaccine expert. Center for Advanced Study announces 2022-23 associates, fellows Sep 9, 2022 1:15 pm281 views The Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has appointed 16 faculty members as associates or fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. University invests $50 million in faculty-hiring initiative Sep 8, 2022 1:00 pm672 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is investing $50 million to hire new faculty members. As part of this new multiyear initiative, academic units will hire additional faculty in specified strategic areas. Illinois welcomes second-largest freshman class Sep 7, 2022 11:30 am4516 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's incoming class of 7,957 first-year students brings greater representation by gender, nationality and students who are the first in their family to go to college, while a change in the application process resulted in greater academic competition. Spring semester graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named Sep 1, 2022 1:15 pm15589 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2022 spring semester. Can we evacuate from hurricanes in electric vehicles? Aug 31, 2022 2:00 pm1008 views As emergency coordinators across the U.S. prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, they are busy planning evacuation routes. Currently, these plans don’t anticipate the needs of people driving electric vehicles, which have shorter driving ranges than gas vehicles and require recharging at stations with charging ports. Civil and environmental engineering professor Eleftheria Kontou spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about this issue and her newly published study. How will the Inflation Reduction Act affect US environmental policy? Aug 31, 2022 8:00 am447 views Funds in the Inflation Reduction Act targeted for energy security and climate change reduction will encourage a major transformation in the U.S. renewable energy infrastructure, says Don Fullerton, the Gutgsell Professor of Finance at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a senior scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Will pre-pandemic office life ever make a comeback? Aug 29, 2022 8:00 am821 views As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and remote work gradually turns into hybrid work, organizations will pay close attention to which workers and occupations function well in a hybrid-work arrangement, said Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who studies the relationship between work, family and health. Eight employees honored with Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award Aug 24, 2022 8:00 am1056 views Eight civil service employees were recognized for exceptional performance by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Each recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award receives a cash award and their names appear on a plaque in the Illinois Human Resources Office. Krannert Art Museum exhibition depicts Dutch prints as the original social media Aug 17, 2022 8:15 am752 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, “Fake News & Lying Pictures: Political Prints in the Dutch Republic,” examines the visual strategies of Dutch printmakers and the ways they used images to promote political interests. Chancellor Jones named to Hope Chicago Board of Directors Aug 12, 2022 10:45 am913 views Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones has been named to the board of directors of Hope Chicago, a nonprofit organization seeking to reduce economic and social inequity by funding postsecondary scholarships and nontuition costs for Chicago Public Schools graduates and adult family members. Founded by businessman Ted Koenig and entrepreneur Pete Kadens, Hope Chicago has a goal of raising and investing at least $1 billion dollars over the next decade to help tens of thousands of Chicago students and family members earn postsecondary credentials. What's the future of drones in counterterrorism operations and the Ukraine war? Aug 8, 2022 12:00 pm618 views Counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine underscore the importance of unmanned aircraft to future military capabilities, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist Nicholas Grossman, the author of “Drones and Terrorism: Asymmetric Warfare and the Threat to Global Security.” Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 2022-23 artists Jul 21, 2022 9:45 am1876 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ upcoming season will include touring artists, rescheduled performances that were canceled due to COVID-19 and work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s dance, music and theatre departments. 'With Illinois' fundraising campaign concludes with gift from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones Jul 18, 2022 10:00 am2511 views The “With Illinois” fundraising campaign officially ended June 30 and concluded with a $200,000 personal contribution from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and his wife, Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones. What’s the potential of blockchain technology? Jul 13, 2022 8:00 am1221 views Blockchain technology has the potential to transform industries ranging from health care to government, says Robert Brunner, the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. University, area businesses invest $300,000 to fight local crime Jul 11, 2022 10:00 am746 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is partnering with local businesses and organizations to invest $300,000 to fight violent crime in Champaign County. The university is joined by Busey Bank, Carle Health, Christie Clinic, OSF HealthCare and the United Way of Champaign County, each of which is investing $50,000. Mouza named College of Education dean Jul 7, 2022 1:00 pm2608 views Chrystalla Mouza has been appointed dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 15, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. What explains the cryptocurrency crash? Jul 7, 2022 8:00 am542 views Cryptocurrencies have real-world use cases and will remain a viable investment because of the functionality blockchain technology provides, says Robert Brunner, the chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Will renaming carp help control them? Jun 27, 2022 8:30 am1127 views Illinois officials this month announced that Asian carp would now be called “copi” in an attempt to make the fish more desirable for eating. Joe Parkos, the director of the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Kaskaskia, Ridge Lake and Sam Parr biological stations in Illinois, spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about scientific initiatives to study and control carp/copi fish populations and the potential for rebranding to aid those efforts. New program to support U of I freshmen with autism Jun 24, 2022 8:45 am2102 views The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative, a pilot program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will provide autism-specific support to freshmen with autism. Provost Cangellaris leaving Illinois to lead Saudi Arabian university Jun 22, 2022 12:00 pm3118 views Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris will leave the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in August to become the Founding President of NEOM University in Saudi Arabia, Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced today. Will the Jan. 6 committee hearings affect public opinion? Jun 20, 2022 11:00 am1460 views It’s unlikely that the ongoing Jan. 6 committee hearings will resonate with the public as much as the Watergate hearings did 50 years ago, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines. What are the global security implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Jun 15, 2022 8:00 am1470 views The Russian invasion of Ukraine directly challenges the security order established by the Western democracies after World War II, said Edward A. Kolodziej, Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international relations and global politics. Why are so many states trying to limit transgender rights? Jun 14, 2022 8:15 am1647 views The increasing number of bills aimed at limiting transgender rights is part of the rise in authoritarianism in the U.S., said Toby Beauchamp, a professor of gender and women’s studies. 16 Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grants Jun 9, 2022 9:00 am2937 views Sixteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe this coming year. Another six Illinois students were named Fulbright alternates. SHIELD program a model for effective pandemic management, data show Jun 9, 2022 7:30 am3428 views In the fall of 2020, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed students back for in-person instruction amid the powerful first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university successfully maintained operations throughout the semester – with zero COVID-19-related deaths or hospitalizations in the campus community – thanks to its “SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell” program. In a sweeping report, the team behind the campuswide collaboration details the innovations in modeling, saliva testing and results reporting that helped mitigate the spread of the virus, and shares the data collected and lessons learned through the process. Will looming labor dispute justify Biden invoking national emergency powers? Jun 8, 2022 8:00 am580 views An expiring labor agreement between dockworkers and West Coast port operators could further snarl U.S. supply chains if a strike or lockout occurs. The Biden administration should prepare to act because presidents have unique powers to temporarily halt these types of work stoppages, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Awards recognize excellence in public engagement Jun 7, 2022 8:00 am533 views Outstanding individual and group outreach efforts were recognized with the 2022 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. Fulmer selected School of Labor and Employment Relations dean Jun 1, 2022 10:30 am790 views Ingrid S. Fulmer will be the next dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The appointment takes effect July 1. Faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership May 27, 2022 8:00 am863 views Four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members were honored by the Office of the Provost with the 2022 Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership. Also listed are the four recipients of the award from 2021. Udall award honors two students for commitment to environment May 20, 2022 8:00 am402 views Two University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students received recognition from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for their commitment to the environment. Three Illinois students awarded Boren Scholarships May 19, 2022 8:00 am1108 views Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduates are among 208 students nationwide awarded David L. Boren Scholarships. The National Security Education Program selects students to add international and language components to their education by studying overseas in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Illinois students offered Gilman Scholarships for study abroad May 17, 2022 8:00 am648 views Twenty-four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students have been offered Gilman Scholarships to study abroad, maintaining the university’s ranking among the top producers of award recipients. Recipients are listed by Illinois hometown or nation of residence. Media advisory: Media access and parking passes available for commencement May 9, 2022 8:00 am476 views Stadium passes and parking passes for news media representatives covering the May 14 commencement at Memorial Stadium may be picked up through Thursday this week at the Office of Public Affairs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. How does history suggest that work will change following the COVID-19 pandemic? May 6, 2022 7:00 am625 views Following a pandemic, workers historically have recognized the value of their labor and become unwilling to accept poor wages and working conditions, said Carol Symes, a history professor who specializes in medieval studies. Art and Design seniors' work featured in Krannert Art Museum exhibition May 5, 2022 11:30 am623 views The annual exhibition includes work from a variety of disciplines and allows students to highlight their senior projects. Engineering professor Nancy Sottos elected to National Academy of Sciences May 4, 2022 11:30 am1111 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. She is among 120 members and 30 international members elected this year to recognize their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Will Russian invasion of Ukraine spark a global food crisis? May 3, 2022 8:00 am896 views The U.S. isn’t on the verge of a food crisis but is experiencing rampant food price inflation, says Scott Irwin, professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Two Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Apr 29, 2022 8:30 am1121 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos and history professor Maria Todorova have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation. They are among 261 new members elected to the academy this year in recognition of their accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. School of Music celebrating its 125th anniversary with weekend concerts Apr 28, 2022 5:00 pm493 views The concerts will show the breadth of the school’s music programs, with performances by jazz ensembles, choirs, orchestras and others. Illinois students receive Critical Language Scholarships Apr 28, 2022 8:00 am765 views Illinois students Caleb Apperson, Dahlia Davis and Aiman Ghani were awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study foreign languages this summer. The program is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign language and cultural skills to enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. Frerichs awarded Office Professional of the Year award Apr 26, 2022 8:00 am694 views Marcy Frerichs, an administrative assistant in the Office of the President, was named Office Professional of the Year by the Illinois Administrative Professionals organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Registration deadline extended for I-Ready online camp for high school students with autism Apr 25, 2022 12:45 pm302 views I-Ready, a virtual summer camp for college-bound high school students on the autism spectrum, is being offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Deadline to register has been extended to May 16. How effective have economic sanctions been against Russia? Apr 20, 2022 8:00 am5037 views Sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus may only have meaningful consequences in the longer term, says Taisa Markus, an expert in securities law.