blog posts Faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership May 27, 2022 8:00 am0 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 am301 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 am704 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 am417 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 am443 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 am512 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. Engineering professor Nancy Sottos elected to National Academy of Sciences May 4, 2022 11:30 am961 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 am770 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 am1023 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. Illinois students receive Critical Language Scholarships Apr 28, 2022 8:00 am650 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 am656 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. How effective have economic sanctions been against Russia? Apr 20, 2022 8:00 am3917 views Sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus may only have meaningful consequences in the longer term, says Taisa Markus, an expert in securities law. Truman Scholarship awarded to political science major Apr 15, 2022 8:00 am534 views Mariama Mwilambwe, a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was awarded a $30,000 Truman Scholarship. Mwilambwe was one of 58 Truman Scholars selected from a pool of 705 nominees from colleges and universities across the country. Engineering student earns Goldwater scholarship Apr 14, 2022 7:45 am676 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign sophomore Braden Moore was awarded a $15,000 Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for his potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. War correspondent, alumnus Terrell Jermaine Starr to speak on campus Apr 13, 2022 8:00 am609 views War correspondent and Illinois alumnus Terrell Jermaine Starr will visit the Urbana campus April 19 for a Q&A session about his experiences as a journalist reporting from Ukraine during the Russian invasion. Complete slate of 'Ebertfest' films, special guests announced Apr 12, 2022 11:45 am393 views The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” announced additional actors and musicians who will appear as guests at this year’s festival, as well as a bonus film. Three Illinois professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships Apr 8, 2022 9:00 am1677 views Illinois chemistry professors So Hirata and Prashant Jain and dance professor Cynthia Oliver received 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships. Faculty members, staff, teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction Apr 7, 2022 8:15 am3607 views The Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction were awarded to faculty members, staff and graduate teaching assistants at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign this week for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising. Six honored with Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award Apr 6, 2022 8:00 am1009 views Six academic professionals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were honored this week with the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award for 2022. Will anyone be held accountable for war crimes in Ukraine? Apr 4, 2022 9:30 am839 views Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looks increasingly like a clear-cut violation of the U.N. charter and a crime of aggression, which is illegal under international law, says Illinois law professor Patrick Keenan. Illinois labor scholar awarded ACLS fellowship Apr 4, 2022 8:00 am446 views University of Illinois labor scholar Stephanie Fortado is the recipient of a 2022 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. How does Russian invasion exacerbate Ukraine's humanitarian crisis? Mar 29, 2022 11:45 am518 views The damage sustained by Ukraine will require years of rebuilding efforts, says Illinois sociology professor and demographer Cynthia Buckley. Why is the use of hypersonic missiles in the Russia-Ukraine conflict significant? Mar 22, 2022 8:15 am6999 views The U.S. recently confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defence fired a hypersonic ballistic missile to destroy an underground arms depot in western Ukraine. This event marks Russia’s first use of the Kinzhal ballistic missile in this war and the first known use of a hypersonic missile in combat. Mechanical science and engineering professor Kelly Stephani spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the significance of this technology. Can historical racism in medicine help explain current racial differences in medical care? Mar 22, 2022 8:00 am794 views Acquiring new medical knowledge and assessing health are not as objective as people think, said history professor Rana Hogarth, who is the adviser for a new series of podcasts by the Science History Institute in Philadelphia to explore issues of racism in science and medicine. August and December graduates, Dean's List honorees named Mar 15, 2022 8:00 am21202 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign lists the 9,614 students named to the Dean’s List in December, as well as the 3,572 December graduates and 1,736 August graduates. Cohen selected as Carle Illinois College of Medicine dean Mar 10, 2022 10:30 am3494 views Dr. Mark S. Cohen will be the next dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and senior vice president and chief academic officer at Carle Health, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Cohen is currently a professor of surgery and pharmacology at the University of Michigan. Dixon to deliver distinguished lecture on media stereotyping Mar 10, 2022 10:30 am181 views Travis L. Dixon, a professor and director of graduate studies in communication, will deliver the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on March 23. How will termination of research partnerships with Russia affect global scientific research? Mar 7, 2022 1:30 pm1571 views University Library professor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe said the actions are a significant shift in policy from a long tradition of scientific diplomacy. Who wins and who loses in MLB labor dispute? Mar 2, 2022 10:00 am793 views The current MLB lockout is already shaping up to be the most pivotal labor dispute in the sport since the mid-1990s, which means fans should prepare for the likelihood of more canceled games, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Can pet dogs be infected with coronavirus? Feb 25, 2022 11:00 am1579 views Researchers at the U. of I. diagnosed a pet dog in Chicago with infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This is the first dog in Illinois to test positive for the coronavirus. A team led by pathobiology professor Ying Fang made the diagnosis. She talks about the findings and future research in pets. Computer science professor named 2022 Sloan Research Fellow Feb 15, 2022 9:30 am1515 views Computer science professor Bo Li is among 118 recipients of the 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.” Awardees receive a two-year $75,000 fellowship to further their research. What explains the continuing appeal of Super Bowl advertisements? Feb 11, 2022 10:00 am1076 views The Super Bowl remains one of the few programs where people aren’t skipping the ads, says a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign business professor and consumer marketing expert. Three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 10, 2022 3:30 pm1538 views Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. They are William Hammack, the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; Youssef Hashash, the William J. and Elaine F. Hall Endowed Professor and John Burkitt Webb Endowed Faculty Scholar in civil and environmental engineering; and Klara Nahrstedt, the Grainger Distinguished Chair of Engineering in computer science and the director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the U. of I. How can Illinois address the problem of PFAS pollution? Feb 10, 2022 8:00 am559 views The state of Illinois is investigating the occurrence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in community water supplies across the state, with an eye toward developing policies to reduce their use. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to increased risk of certain cancers and potential developmental problems in children. News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates spoke about the issue with John Scott, a senior chemist with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. What are the consequences for US interests in Russia-Ukraine conflict? Feb 1, 2022 8:00 am1426 views The brewing Russia-Ukraine conflict will have significant consequences for U.S. interests in Eastern Europe, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman. How vulnerable to inflation are the finances of older adults? Jan 31, 2022 8:00 am793 views Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment takes some of the sting out of inflation, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign tax policy expert says. Two classes of University Scholars honored, including five new Urbana-Champaign honorees Jan 31, 2022 8:00 am2155 views Five University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Since an in-person celebration was not possible a year ago in consideration of COVID-19 precautions, a gathering in honor of two years of University Scholars from the Urbana campus is taking place today. The award is presented by the University of Illinois System to faculty members from the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana universities. Illinois urban planning professor awarded NEA research grant Jan 12, 2022 1:45 pm1006 views Jennifer Novak-Leonard will use the NEA grant to examine the experiences of artists and arts alumni regarding racial inclusion in higher education and the impacts of the pandemic. How do we define what happened on Jan. 6, 2021? Jan 5, 2022 8:00 am1254 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research’s categorization of the events of Jan. 6, 2021, as an “attempted dissident coup” could evolve if ongoing investigations reveal additional credible evidence that other types of actors were involved, said Scott Althaus, the center’s director and a professor of both political science and communication at Illinois. Does our place in society influence how we respond to COVID-19 protocol? Dec 23, 2021 11:15 am1440 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign electrical and computer engineering professor Lav Varshney is a co-author of a new study that explores how social capital influences choices regarding COVID-19 mitigation compliance. Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Varshney about the lessons learned from this study and how they may help in other public health crises. How can we identify, respond to pandemic-triggered mental health crises? Dec 23, 2021 7:30 am1122 views Social work professor Tara Powell discusses the U.S. surgeon general's recent advisory about a looming mental health crisis among the country's youths in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. How common are December tornadoes in the US and why are they so dangerous? Dec 14, 2021 8:00 am3835 views The Dec. 10 tornado outbreak that devastated parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley has left many wondering if winter tornadoes are a new weather threat to consider in the United States. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor and department head (Robert) Jeff Trapp spoke with Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about this and other details about the timing and geography of tornadoes that we might expect in the future. How does society impact the benefits and challenges of technology? Dec 8, 2021 11:15 am2286 views Technology is a big part of life. In India, for example, street vendors and rickshawallahs use cellphones, the internet and Aadhar cards – 12-digit identification numbers given to every citizen of India based on their biometric and demographic data. However, charismatic gurus and superstition still thrive in India. In the new book "Reluctant Technophiles: India’s Complicated Relationship with Technology,” University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign electrical and computer engineering professor Rakesh Kumar provides an account of India’s often contradictory relationship with technology. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Kumar about these contradictions, and how India’s situation is both unique and universal. Illinois senior named Schwarzman Scholar Dec 6, 2021 8:00 am616 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign senior Boming Yang, of Beijing, was named a Schwarzman Scholar, one of 151 recipients selected from an international pool of 3,000 applicants. The program annually fully funds a class consisting of 40% U.S. students, 20% from China and Taiwan, and 40% from the rest of the world. Students and young alumni from any major may apply for this master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Awards recognize campus excellence in public engagement Nov 29, 2021 8:00 am727 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 am838 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 am15250 views Six faculty members at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. What are the geopolitical implications of US nuclear submarine deal with Australia? Nov 11, 2021 8:00 am889 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. A large asteroid will pass by Earth this week – should we worry? Nov 10, 2021 9:30 am952 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 am2382 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.