blog postsIllinois music professor awarded NEH FellowshipJan 15, 2020 12:30 pm395 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 am681 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.Classics course uses Greek tragedies to provide war insightsDec 19, 2019 2:15 pm694 views A new course in classics uses Greek tragedies to study issues of war, trauma and displacement.What do we really know about poverty?Dec 16, 2019 9:45 am707 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 pm549 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.Hittite class offers glimpse of Bronze Age language, technologyDec 9, 2019 9:00 am4782 views Illinois students in a Hittite class learn to write the ancient language in clay using cuneiform symbols.US politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?Dec 4, 2019 11:45 am358 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.Alumna named Schwarzman ScholarDec 4, 2019 9:00 am801 views Illinois alumna Katherine Pollman was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, awarded to students who seek a better understanding of China’s role in the world. Eight Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 26, 2019 10:00 am4161 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.World AIDS Day commemorated with films at Krannert Art Museum, Krannert CenterNov 22, 2019 11:30 am523 views Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will screen short films addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic to commemorate World AIDS Day.Direct college admissions conference on campus Dec. 6Nov 22, 2019 11:00 am752 views A national conference on direct college admissions policies will be held Dec. 6 on the University of Illinois campus to explore how these programs can increase college access and boost enrollment.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 22, 2019 9:00 am11519 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.Board to consider extension of Athletic Director Whitman through 2023-24Nov 13, 2019 2:15 pm707 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees will consider a contract extension of Athletic Director Josh Whitman through June 30, 2024.Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm1023 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.BTN premieres documentary on pioneering educatorNov 7, 2019 12:00 pm660 views “William L. Everitt: An Optimist’s Journey” premieres Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. CST/10:30 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network. The new 30-minute documentary tells the story of the inventor, author, visionary and former dean of what is now The Grainger College of Engineering. Martinis named vice chancellor for research and innovationNov 7, 2019 10:00 am839 views Susan Martinis is the new vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Illinois, having served as interim vice chancellor for research since September 2017.Film mines Zuckerberg's speeches for growth obsessionNov 7, 2019 9:45 am545 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser’s new film uses 15 years of speeches by Mark Zuckerberg to look at his obsession with growth at any cost.Chimesmaster Wood honored in memorial concertNov 6, 2019 10:45 am991 views Longtime chimesmaster Sue Wood will be honored with a memorial concert Nov. 10 at Altgeld Hall.100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archivedNov 4, 2019 8:00 am1258 views A project led by architecture professor Marci Uihlein will archive and make accessible 100 years of student design work, representing a history of architecture education.U. of I. accessibility pioneer entering U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of FameOct 31, 2019 11:45 am2359 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 am756 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 pm972 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 am556 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 am804 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 am694 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.Illinois theatre department opens season with plays addressing injustice, revengeOct 16, 2019 11:15 am597 views The Illinois theatre department opens its season with stories of justice, injustice, revenge and redemption.Media advisory: Sexual harassment summit open to media but recording not allowedOct 15, 2019 4:15 pm165 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.Illinois releases faculty sexual misconduct reportOct 15, 2019 10:00 am738 views The Committee on Faculty Sexual Misconduct today released its report outlining 65 recommendations to change policies, processes and practices addressing sexual harassment and misconduct.Artists consider nuclear industry's legacy in Krannert Art Museum exhibitionOct 10, 2019 2:30 pm539 views The exhibition “Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape” at Krannert Art Museum spotlights the impact of the nuclear industry on the landscape.Homecoming 2019 brings new events, parade routeOct 7, 2019 12:30 pm4524 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 pm1221 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 am2170 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 am234 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.Krannert Center performance “HOME” provides inspiration for Pygmalion’s hackathonSep 24, 2019 8:00 am462 views The performance of “HOME” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is providing the inspiration for PYGHACK, the culture festival Pygmalion’s hackathon. Both consider issues related to the concepts of home and an inclusive community.Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm591 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.Illinois Architecture reveals presence and progress of women in the professionSep 19, 2019 8:45 am1161 views A Women’s Reunion and Symposium at the School of Architecture will recognize the contributions of female architecture graduates.Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellenceSep 12, 2019 11:00 am13667 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 am3161 views Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Endangered animals project looks at tigers, habitat loss, climate changeSep 10, 2019 8:45 am547 views University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver will present “TIGER” this fall. It’s the fifth performance in his project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” telling stories about endangered animals and habitats.Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm473 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 am1709 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.Krannert Art Museum invites new perspectives on modern and contemporary artSep 3, 2019 11:00 am551 views “Art Since 1948” – a new, long-term installation at Krannert Art Museum – showcases the museum’s modern and contemporary collection.Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focusAug 28, 2019 2:30 pm777 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.Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian cultureAug 28, 2019 9:30 am1304 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramAug 27, 2019 11:45 am4134 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign names 161 freshmen and sophomores Chancellor’s Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential. Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am871 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.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen documentary on flamenco dancer, short filmsAug 23, 2019 11:30 am366 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen a documentary about Spanish flamenco dancer “La Chana” and short films from around the world.Graduates, Dean's List, Bronze Tablet honorees named for May 2019Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am14014 views The University of Illinois announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2019 spring semester. Campus to enforce total ban on tobacco products useAug 20, 2019 10:00 am613 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The updated policy builds upon the smoke-free policy implemented in 2014 that banned the use of all smoke-producing tobacco products on campus.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am2286 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.