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  • Illinois Commencement Speaker Jeanne Gang: Keep the Spark

    Jeanne Gang, an internationally renowned architect, graduated from the university in 1986 with a degree in architecture. Here's the transcript of her 2024 Commencement speech.

  • Two smiling students sitting under a tree on the U. of I. quad in the autumn surrounded by fallen leaves

    Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative accepting freshmen applicants for fall semester

    The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications from neurodiverse students who will be incoming freshmen in the 2023 fall semester.

  • Photo of Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones standing in front of library books.

    'With Illinois' fundraising campaign concludes with gift from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones

    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.

  • Beckman Institute researcher Joey Ramp poses with her dog, Sampson.

    Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers?

    According to a new commentary in Disability and Health Journal, people with disabilities who rely on service dogs often are prohibited from bringing their working dogs into teaching and research laboratories. This one barrier can stop them from pursuing careers in science, says Joey Ramp, a researcher in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and lead author of the commentary. Ramp spoke about the issue with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates.

  • The new freshman class is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university.

    Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellence

    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.

  • Physics professor Nadya Mason is one of five Urbana-Champaign faculty members named as University Scholars.

    Five professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campus

    Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

  • The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins its work today.

    Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins work

    The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins its work today.

  • Social support is a significant need for many undergraduate students who are juggling the demands of parenthood, employment and postsecondary education, according to Brent McBride, director of the Child Development Laboratory.

    Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with children

    Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.

  • If enacted, a bill now in the Illinois Legislature could have a transformative effect on history curricula  and on youths  in Illinois public schools, according to Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at the University of Illinois.

    How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?

    Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, discusses the impact that a proposed law could have on the curricula and students in Illinois public schools.

  • The Volatility in State Spending for Higher Education conference will explore the impact of unpredictable state support on various stakeholder groups, including students and postsecondary institutions.

    Conference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher education

    The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.

  • Activist and author Susan Burton will discuss her new memoir and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event co-sponsored by the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois.

    Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at event

    Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15,  in Champaign.

  • Educational psychology professor Hua-Hua Chang has been awarded the 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of educational testing and measurement. Conferred jointly by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program, the award will be presented to Chang on April 29 during the AERA’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Chang also holds appointments in psychology and statistics and serves as the director of the Confucius Institute on the Urbana campus.

    Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award

    College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.

  • Gregory S. Milner, the research laboratory shop supervisor in the aerospace engineering department, is one of eight U. of I. staff members honored with the Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award this year.

    Eight honored with distinguished staff award

    Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 20. The award recognizes exceptional performance.

  • Illinois State Geological Survey senior geochemist Samuel Panno is one of seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards this year.

    Seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards

    Seven academic professionals were honored with 2017 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards at a reception April 6. Now in its 29th year, the program honors the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals, who provide critical support for administration, research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.

  • Physics professor Klaus Schulten, 69, died Monday, Oct. 31.

    Klaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has died

    University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten, an innovator in the use of computational methods to study the chemical and biological processes driving living cells, died Monday, Oct. 31, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 69.

  • Modified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to family

    The University of Illinois’ family leave policy was revised recently to remove a teaching requirement for tenure-track faculty members after the birth or adoption of a child.

  • Men playing a drum in the foreground, with dignitaries and speakers standing to honor their performance

    Wassaja Hall dedicated with songs, drums and words

    The dedication of Wassaja Hall began Thursday with the sound of drums and a song sung in Comanche by the OtterTrail drum group, from the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma. The dedication of the new student residence hall, held in the Student Dining and Residential Program Building due to inclement weather, is a celebration of the legacy of Wassaja, later known as Carlos Montezuma, who in 1884 became the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois, said Alma Sealine, the director of University Housing, the first of six speakers at the event.

  • A team of workers removes a section of a mural at the former location of La Casa Cultura Latina

    Conservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved mural

    The chirp of screws being driven into wood and the whirr of drills filled the air in the front room of the old white house at 510 E. Chalmers St. that’s the birthplace of La Casa Cultural Latina and the former home of the U. of I.’s department of Latina/Latino studies.

    Art-handling company Terry Dowd Inc. project manager Darren Martin and his work crew are creating a roughly 6 feet by 6 feet panel, part of the “bread” that will be used to make a large art “sandwich.”  The “meat” is a section of lathe, plaster and wallpaper of part of a wall covered with a vivid mural filled with bold depictions of heritage and social justice, of individual and community strength.

    “We basically sandwich the walls,” Martin said. “It almost turns it into a crate.”

  • Patty Jones

    On the Job: Patty Jones

    “You never know what path you’re going on,” said Patty Jones, the associate director for research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. And, yes, she has gone on many different paths.

  • Jan Adamczyk, a senior library specialist, in between rows of books.

    On the Job: Jan Adamczyk

    The Slavic collection at the U. of I. is the largest in Illinois, the Midwest and any state-supported U.S. university. Jan Adamczyk, a senior library specialist, takes care of the collection and responds to questions about it.  

  • Illinois acceptance numbers reflect strong in-state interest, diversity gains

    The number of first-year students expected to report to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the upcoming fall semester is similar to the fall 2015 total.

  • Final issue of Inside Illinois announced

    This is the final issue of Inside Illinois, but it’s not the end of the campus news function.

  • Benefit Choice: Clarification on fiscal year 2017 insurance premiums

    Last week, a flier announcing the May Benefit Choice period was mailed from the state of Illinois Central Management Services, which administers health coverage for state employees. It included information at the bottom of page 5 about the possibility that U. of I. employees would be required to pay retroactive increases to their insurance premiums, depending on the outcome of an ongoing legal dispute pending before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The potential retroactive costs are unknown at this time and will remain unknown during the Benefit Choice period, during which time employees must select a health plan.

  • On the Job: Nate Beccue

    In addition to the main gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, there are 1,500 acres of grounds that have to be maintained, and Nate Beccue manages to do it all by himself.

  • Styrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus waste

    Expanded polystyrene – more commonly known by its brand name “Styrofoam” – is everywhere. It makes up your disposable coffee cup, the packing peanuts in those care packages to students, and the insulation in your office walls. At Illinois, countless bottles of chemicals, biology specimens and fragile parts of lab equipment arrive in packaging made of Styrofoam every day, and, sadly, almost all of it gets tossed in the trash.

  • Anne Haas Dyson

    New book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoods

    The experiences of eight children from around the world as they learned written language, and the ways in which these students used composition to confront social, societal and pedagogical barriers, are explored in a new book by a University of Illinois scholar.

  • FY17 Benefit Choice is May 1-31

    University of Illinois employees are reminded that if they wish to make changes to their health, dental, state optional life, dependent coverage or re-enroll in the flexible spending plans, these changes must be made using NESSIE, the university’s online self-service benefits application. All changes must be made by midnight May 31 and will be effective July 1.

  • MCORE improvements on schedule to start this fall

    Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project transportation improvements are on schedule to begin this fall. The scale of this infrastructure work on key corridors will have significant traffic impacts including detours and street closures during construction. Updated project timelines and associated information will be provided beginning in late summer 2016.

  • Killeen statement on stopgap funding agreement

    The University of Illinois system appreciates and welcomes the bipartisan effort in Springfield to provide partial, stopgap funding for the state’s public universities, which have been forced to manage through the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016 with no state appropriation.

  • On the Job: Terry Free

    In need of a classroom for an event or review session? Terry Free, an office manager for the Office of the Registrar, has got you covered.  

  • NCSA’s Advanced Visual Lab contributed to IMAX 3-D film ‘A Beautiful Planet’

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I. is helping produce movie magic with cinematic scientific visualization.

  • LED panels light up set for Lyric Theatre production of ‘Kiss Me Kate’

    U. of I. graduate student Anson Woodin (Fred/Petruchio) is on the set April 19 during a rehearsal of "Kiss Me Kate" in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The Lyric Theatre at Illinois production premieres at 7:30 p.m. April 21, with other performances scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 22 and 23, and at 3 p.m. April 24. 

  • Georgian prime minister – an Illinois alumnus – to visit Urbana campus April 27

    Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the prime minister of the country of Georgia and a 1998 master’s degree graduate in finance from the University of Illinois, will speak on campus April 27. He will make remarks and take questions at 4:45 p.m. in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility, 515 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. The event is open to the public.

  • Open letter about NTFC strike

    An open letter from Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson and Interim Provost Edward Feser on the strike organized by the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition.

  • Report offers insights into Illinois students’ success after graduation

    Analysis of a first-ever campuswide survey of recent Illinois graduates provides extensive information on where those students ended up after college. Released today, the Illini Success initiative invited 7,701 bachelor’s degree recipients in 2014-15 from nine Urbana campus academic schools or colleges to participate.

  • U. of I. researchers help discover ‘dark galaxy’

    Researchers have uncovered the existence of a dwarf “dark galaxy” lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made when a team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, noticed subtle distortions in the image of gravitational lens SDP.81. The discovery paves the way to spot many more such objects, which could help astronomers address important questions on the true nature of dark matter.

  • IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Bio-Humanities Fellowships, new research group announced

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its inaugural 2016-18 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities and its 2016–17 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities.

  • Krannert Art Museum galleries to close during summer renovations

    Krannert Art Museum will act on its multiyear commitment to transform galleries and other public spaces by renovating four main-floor galleries this summer. As a result, the museum will close to the public after the final day of its spring semester exhibition calendar, May 15.

  • Digitization project finds anthrax samples in collections

    When anthrax became a household name in 2011, even curators of some herbaria were unaware that samples of Bacillus anthracis, the source of anthrax, had been housed in their microfungal collections for more than a hundred years. Recently, a digitization project at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute unearthed the whereabouts of historical samples, including one at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Events celebrate Illinois’ history as a top producer of Fulbright scholars

    University of Illinois has a history of Fulbright success, ranking as a Top Producer of Fulbright students nationally for the past six years. To capitalize on this momentum, the National and International Scholarships Program is partnering with several campus units to create the first Illinois Fulbright Week, offering a range of programming that both celebrates Illinois’ Fulbright tradition and seeks to continue it by recruiting the next crop of Fulbrighters.

  • March 2016 the 10th-warmest March on record in Illinois

    March 2016 was the 10th-warmest March on record with an average temperature of 46.5 degrees, 5.2 degrees above normal.

  • Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund seeks donations

    The Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund is seeking donations to meet its goal of $50,000.

  • photo of former U. of I. police chief Paul Dollins

    Former U. of I. police chief remembered as great leader

    Former University of Illinois police chief Paul Dollins is being remembered as a leader in law enforcement, a community builder and a great friend.

  • Edible books

    Wendy Mathewson, from left, academic advisor in the history department; Juniper Lawrence, 5; and Dashiel Gaines, 3, view a gingerbread house created by the children's mother, Brianna Lawrence.

  • Campus promotions

    Jeff Moore will serve as the interim director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; Paul Ellinger became the new vice provost for budget and resource planning; Katherine Galvin will join the Office of the Chancellor as an associate chancellor.

  • U. of I. creates first MOOC-based master’s degree in data science

    Coursera, a leading online education company known for massive open online courses, announced March 30 a professional data science master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Springtime walk

    A student walks by two limestone sculptures on the south side of Foellinger Auditorium earlier this week.

  • Feser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetings

    Two things haven’t changed since Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser concluded a month of campus budget presentations: The state still doesn’t have a budget, and the university still doesn’t have its annual appropriation.

  • On the Job: Brooke Eisenmenger

    She just returned from Turkey and is planning a trip to Israel. This is the work life of Brooke Eisenmenger, the director of international advancement.

  • Special delivery

    Sara Pearson, a second-year veterinary student, was among the veterinary students volunteering for the “lamb watch" program in the U. of I.'s College of Veterinary Medicine.