blog postsDeathsJun 20, 2019 11:30 am94 views Annie “Anne” Laura Eckerty ... Peter G. MartensWill legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois?Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am196 views By legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana, the state of Illinois could fund additional pension payments while making investments in public education, construction projects, and drug treatment and prevention programs, 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.Two Illinois students awarded Boren ScholarshipsJun 20, 2019 8:15 am224 views Two U. of I. students are among 244 students nationwide awarded David L. Boren Scholarships to study language in world regions critical to U.S. interests.Mid-June soils cooler, wetterJun 18, 2019 1:15 pm51 views Soil temperatures are increasing after a cooling period the second week of June, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Does more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois?Jun 18, 2019 8:45 am277 views Experts have ranked May 2019 as one of the wettest Mays on record in central Illinois. Is it possible that the incidence of mosquito-borne illnesses increases with the amount of rainfall? To find out, News Bureau science writer Ananya Sen asked Brian F. Allan, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 18, 2019 8:30 am2496 views Thirteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni accepted Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year, providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences.DeathsJun 13, 2019 2:15 pm199 views Amy M. Blue-Short ... Joyce A. Butsch ... Kenneth Morris Davidson ... Virginia Guthrie ... Jean M. Jessee ... Ralph A. Smith ... William Murphy Tilton ... Harry C. Triandis ... Sherry Marie Weaver ... Jefferey “Jeff” Allen WelchBannon named executive director of Willard AirportJun 13, 2019 10:00 am395 views Tim Bannon will become the executive director of the University of Illinois Willard Airport in Savoy. Bannon, currently serving as the airport’s interim executive director, replaces Gene Cossey, who left in February for a similar position in Tennessee.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, SandburgJun 12, 2019 9:00 am827 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones.What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am345 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights.Garrick selected campus's first vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusionJun 11, 2019 10:00 am1182 views The U. of I. selected Sean Garrick to the new senior-level position of vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.Commission on Native Imagery report releasedJun 7, 2019 10:00 am113 views The final report from the Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation's is available online.'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout'Jun 6, 2019 4:15 pm194 views “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus.DeathsJun 6, 2019 1:30 pm134 views John C. Hough Jr. ... Janet D. Knesek (nee Scott) ... Joseph “Joe” Konitzki ... Richard Newport Wright III Free Research Park concert features Alma Afrobeat EnsembleJun 5, 2019 1:15 pm78 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development LLC and the University of Illinois present a free summer concert featuring the Barcelona, Spain-based Alma Afrobeat Ensembleat 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, in Research Park.Last month the third-wettest May in Illinois historyJun 4, 2019 12:15 pm100 views Some areas of Illinois experienced record-breaking amounts of rain in May, as statewide totals mark the sixth consecutive month with above average rainfall, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.'Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world'Jun 3, 2019 1:30 pm68 views Through the centuries, people have devised imaginative puzzles to test our wits. Three-dimensional puzzles crafted of wood, metal, plastic and other durable materials are designed to be taken apart, rearranged or untangled. The exhibit “Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world,” debuts June 4 at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and runs through July 21.U. of I. student selected for Fulbright Summer Institute in LondonMay 30, 2019 3:30 pm402 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois freshman Ari Kelo, a graduate of Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, will join a three-week summer program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of the Fulbright Summer Institute, an initiative of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission.University of Illinois students receive Critical Language ScholarshipsMay 30, 2019 3:15 pm501 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two University of Illinois undergraduates have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarshipsto study critical languages during the summer of 2019.DeathsMay 30, 2019 11:30 am224 views John “Jack” L. Hayes Jr. ... Wilma J. Parsons ... Jim SchusterDoes the Supreme Court need to care about public opinion?May 29, 2019 9:45 am250 views The Supreme Court has to consider public opinion and its popularity in deciding politically divisive cases, says a University of Illinois political scientist.Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund seeks donationsMay 28, 2019 12:30 pm96 views Crisis knows no season, and for as little as $5 per month, faculty members and staff can make a difference in the life of a co-worker in crisis.Faculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 24, 2019 1:45 pm191 views Eleven faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished PromotionAward for 2019.DeathsMay 24, 2019 1:00 pm74 views Katharine “Kay” Oline Aston ... “Carol” Margadene Bateman ... Lucille “Lucy” L. Finn ... Joseph A. Garza ... Gerald “Jerry” E. Miner Jr. ... Shirley Bash Rittenhouse ... Louis Allen WalthallIllinois student named Yenching Scholar at Peking UniversityMay 22, 2019 12:15 pm175 views Gabriel Wacks is the first University of Illinois student accepted into Peking University’s Yenching Academy. Along with about 125 scholars from more than 40 countries, he will enroll this fall in an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in China studies.Soils are warming and drying in mid-MayMay 17, 2019 12:15 pm142 views After a cooling spell last weekend, soil temperatures are once again rising in Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.DeathsMay 16, 2019 2:15 pm364 views Robert W. McClearyU of I System transfers Research Park oversight to Urbana campusMay 16, 2019 12:30 pm399 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today transferred oversight of the University of Illinois Research Park from the U. of I. System to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Illinois student honored with Goldwater scholarshipMay 16, 2019 9:00 am524 views U. of I. student Philip Kocheril of Champaign was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.Media Advisory: Willard Airport hosts emergency drill MondayMay 16, 2019 8:15 am237 views Emergency responders will take part in a full-scale emergency exercise at Willard Airport in Savoy on Monday, May 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The exercise will not affect scheduled air travel.Archivist discusses first African American chemistry PhDMay 10, 2019 2:45 pm296 views Illinois alumnus St. Elmo Brady was the first African American to obtain a doctorate in chemistry in the U.S. He received his degree in 1916 for work completed at Noyes Laboratory and continued his career as a professor of chemistry at historically black colleges and universities. Brady was recently honored for his accomplishment by the American Chemical Society through the designation of a national historic chemical landmark.DeathsMay 9, 2019 2:30 pm262 views Janice Lynn Allen ... Donald Chien-Tao Chiang ... Doris M. Downs ... Max Elmer Reid ... Helen Louise (Camp) Ridlen'Engineering Fire' documentary premieres on BTNMay 9, 2019 8:45 am581 views “Engineering Fire,” 30-minute documentary video chronicling the work of University of Illinois engineers to introduce a solar-cooking device in Haiti, premieres May 12 at 7 p.m. CDT on the Big Ten Network.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 50th season of performancesMay 9, 2019 8:00 am564 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will present its 50th season of performances in 2019-20.Illinois Fire Service Institute training showcase May 15May 8, 2019 1:45 pm67 views The Office of the State Fire Marshal will host the Illinois Fire Service Institute Training Showcase on May 15 outside the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield. The event will provide state legislators with an in-depth look at the training efforts for firefighters taking place throughout the state.What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?May 8, 2019 9:00 am371 views The primary reason why current bankruptcy law doesn’t work well is that it dates back to 1978, before the explosion of consumer credit, says Robert M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois and a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert. Lawless served as reporter for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, which recommended several changes to the law.Three faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipMay 8, 2019 8:45 am503 views The Office of the Provost honored three University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members May 7 with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference is May 21-22May 6, 2019 3:30 pm93 views The 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference is May 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. This year the conference will expand beyond the aquatic environment to include air and soil studies, along with the effects of contaminants on human and animal health.DeathsMay 6, 2019 3:30 pm150 views Tom Battershell ... Jeannine W. Corlas ... Keith Randall Erickson ... Philip Clayton Mitchell ... Shirley J. Smith.The Center for Advanced Study announces the Associates, Fellows and Beckman Fellows for 2019-20.May 6, 2019 2:45 pm204 views The Center for Advanced Study announces the Associates, Fellows and Beckman Fellows for 2019-20.April showers prompted continued flood concerns in IllinoisMay 6, 2019 2:15 pm31 views A wet April extended the trend for above-average precipitation in Illinois. This year was the seventh-wettest December-to-April period on record, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 6, 2019 8:45 am52 views Members of the news media may pick up stadium passes and parking passes for commencement at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Champaign. Commencement is Saturday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honors eight employeesMay 1, 2019 9:45 am1230 views The Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award honors eight civil service staff employees for exceptional performance.Long elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2019 8:00 am936 views Stephen P. Long, a professor of crop sciences and plant biology at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.ELLNORA guitar festival features influential guitarists from around the worldApr 30, 2019 4:15 pm559 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature a wide variety of musicians Sept. 5-7 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.U. of I. earns Bronze Level EMS Ready Campus statusApr 29, 2019 12:00 pm94 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a program of the Illinois Fire Service Institute that provides nontransport care to the 58,000 students, staff and faculty members at the Urbana-Champaign campus, was recognized as a Bronze Level EMS Ready Campus at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation.Volunteers needed for Dump & Run collections starting May 6Apr 26, 2019 2:15 pm225 views The University YMCA is seeking volunteers and donations for its 18th annual Dump & Run recycling program. Collections during the May period of Dump & Run will be held exclusively at the Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana, because the MCORE construction project limits access to the University YMCA building on Wright Street.Nigh named Office Professional of the YearApr 25, 2019 4:00 pm219 views Penny Nigh, an administrative aide and assistant to Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations Wanda E. Ward, was honored by the Illinois Administrative Professional at the University of Illinois (formerly The Secretariat) with the 2019 Office Professional of the Year Award.DeathsApr 25, 2019 11:45 am296 views Louis H. “Bud” Mesker ... Darcy Elizabeth StrackIllinois music professor awarded Carnegie FellowshipApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm381 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers, who specializes in the music of Brazil, has been awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He’ll use the fellowship to research a book that will examine the aesthetics and natural resources of instrument-making using Brazilian woods.