blog posts Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speaker Apr 25, 2017 3:30 pm9949 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13. A green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance, study finds Jan 22, 2016 10:15 am7894 views High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to research from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture. Marching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov 20, 2015 10:45 am6455 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus. Five Illinois faculty awarded NEH Fellowships Dec 15, 2015 1:00 pm5138 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution. Marching Illini preparing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance Oct 1, 2015 12:15 pm4844 views When the Marching Illini perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ll march and play for 2 1/2 miles, in front of 3 million people lining the parade route. Book celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campus Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am4468 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does. New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear age Jan 14, 2019 2:30 pm4270 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age. Marching Illini director provides guidance on band safety protocols Nov 6, 2020 11:45 am3827 views Marching Illini director Barry Houser helped develop public health guidelines for music classes and designed a face covering that can be used while playing any wind instrument. Six Illinois faculty members awarded NEH Fellowships Dec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3506 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution. Illinois architecture professor designs transformable, adaptive structures Apr 11, 2018 8:30 am3335 views University of Illinois architecture professor Sudarshan Krishnan designs lightweight and transformable structures that can expand and collapse to adapt to a user’s needs. 'Ebertfest' full schedule announced, with actresses Gershon, Madsen, Tilly as guests Mar 21, 2019 9:00 am3210 views This year’s Ebert Film Fest will include “Almost Famous” and “Sideways,” documentaries on Maya Angelou and Fred Rogers, and guest actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly. BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industry Feb 11, 2013 9:00 am2935 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them - that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies. Virtual reality provides new tool for fashion design class Dec 21, 2020 10:00 am2721 views Illinois students created dress designs on a mannequin in the virtual world. Illinois dance professor awarded United States Artists Fellowship Feb 3, 2021 9:00 am2633 views Dance professor Cynthia Oliver has been selected as a 2021 United States Artists Fellow. Illinois music student part of Grammy-nominated ensemble Mar 5, 2021 8:45 am2493 views Sophia Byrd, a University of Illinois senior studying lyric theatre, performed in the oratorio “Place,” nominated for two Grammy Awards. Universal podium design helps keep the focus on a speaker’s message Jun 3, 2016 8:45 am2423 views Podiums that don't match a speaker's proportions can undermine the speaker's message by diminishing him or her to a disembodied head. University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony helped to design a podium that can be adjusted for people of different heights and for wheelchair users. Campus to host communal crochet coral reef project Sep 16, 2020 11:45 am2338 views Community members can help crochet a coral reef, part of a project to bring attention to climate change and demonstrate applied mathematics. Transgender bathrooms: An architectural perspective May 26, 2016 11:00 am2226 views A Minute With...™ Kathryn Anthony, an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor of architecture Ancient and modern intersect in 'Hive' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum Jan 21, 2020 9:00 am2206 views “Hive” – a combination of 18-foot-tall inflatable sculptures and an immersive sound installation – is on view for the coming year at Krannert Art Musem. Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers find Jul 18, 2018 8:45 am2170 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois. AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heard Sep 15, 2015 9:45 am2100 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy. Japanese architectural trends reflect unique realities, scholar says Mar 9, 2009 9:00 am2071 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Japan was hit with a major economic downturn in the 1990s, it affected architectural and construction practices in Japan. Those seeking lessons applicable to related industry practices in the U.S. during the current recession won't necessarily find exact parallels, says University of Illinois architecture professor Botond Bognar. Illinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizer Jan 27, 2017 8:45 am1987 views Skot Wiedmann, an electronics technician and art instructor at the University of Illinois, built his Hyve Touch Synthesizer to inspire interdisciplinary work between engineers and musicians, and to allow people to explore music in a creative and fun way. Illinois musicians, chemists use sound to better understand science Feb 17, 2022 9:30 am1983 views The use of sonification to understand the physical mechanisms of protein folding led to a new discovery about the ways a protein can fold. Parents' role key in child becoming accomplished musician, scholar says Nov 13, 2008 9:00 am1927 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thinking of buying a guitar for little Jim or Kim this holiday season, but afraid to spend too much for an instrument that might ultimately spend too much time in its case? Provenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artwork May 9, 2017 9:00 am1881 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, “Provenance: A Forensic History of Art,” shows the challenges of provenance research and the efforts to document the history of ownership of several of the museum’s works. Illinois researcher generates random ‘reactions’ to consider how Facebook uses our information Feb 9, 2017 8:30 am1820 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser has created a web browser extension he calls Go Rando that randomly chooses one of Facebook’s six reactions whenever you click “like.” His intention is to obfuscate your recorded feelings to Facebook. Research looks at white working-class views on identity, race and immigration Oct 10, 2017 9:00 am1774 views A new research study presents a perspective on the social and political views of white working-class communities. Three Illinois professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships Apr 8, 2022 9:00 am1672 views Illinois chemistry professors So Hirata and Prashant Jain and dance professor Cynthia Oliver received 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships. 100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archived Nov 4, 2019 8:00 am1661 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. Stories of troubled youth and their families depicted in documentary-theater production “WILDERNESS” Mar 16, 2017 8:45 am1656 views “WILDERNESS,” a documentary-theater piece coming to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts later this month, tells the stories of a half-dozen adolescents who are sent to a wilderness-therapy program in the desert to work through the issues that are troubling them. Anti-racist framework created by Illinois art professor helps identify racialized design Apr 29, 2021 8:45 am1641 views The Racism Untaught framework is used in the classroom and in workshops for universities and corporations to identify design that perpetuates racism. Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media? Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am1641 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. First film and guests announced for 21st annual ‘Ebertfest’ Feb 11, 2019 10:30 am1627 views A post-World War II romance is the first film announced for this year’s “Ebertfest,” coming April 10-13 to downtown Champaign and the U. of I. The film will be shown in memory of its co-star, Scott Wilson, a frequent past festival guest. Organizers also announced an added role in this year’s festival for film critic Richard Roeper. 2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceled Mar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1624 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. 2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September Aug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1623 views The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19. Will movie theaters survive COVID-19? May 27, 2020 9:30 am1599 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business. Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian culture Aug 28, 2019 9:30 am1584 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances. Illinois graphic design professor fights human trafficking with app, education Feb 19, 2018 9:00 am1536 views A University of Illinois graphic design professor has developed a cellphone app that enables users to report suspected cases of human trafficking anonymously. This website is watching you. Are you OK with that? Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am1533 views “Tracing You,” an online arts project by University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser, tries to pinpoint the physical location of visitors to the website. Grosser said the project reveals a desire for surveillance. Black girls create a space of their own in 'Homemade, With Love' exhibition at KAM Aug 25, 2020 11:30 am1513 views A Krannert Art Museum exhibition includes artwork by local middle school girls as well as prominent Black female artists. Illinois performing arts adapt teaching for fall classes Aug 24, 2020 2:45 pm1501 views The University of Illinois dance, music and theatre departments have found creative solutions to offer in-person classes in safe ways. Work by Illinois dance student performed at national festival Jul 6, 2018 9:30 am1492 views University of Illinois dance student Krystal Collins choreographed a dance that celebrates black girlhood. It was performed at the National College Dance Festival in June. Japan House festival shares Japanese culture Aug 17, 2017 8:45 am1481 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is preparing for its third Matsuri Festival on Aug. 27. It has become the organization's biggest event. Renowned banjo player with U. of I. roots to play ELLNORA with Punch Brothers Sep 3, 2015 9:30 am1479 views When Noam Pikelny came to the University of Illinois as a student, he planned to study computer engineering. Although he’d been playing the banjo since he was a child and he deeply loved music, computer engineering seemed the more secure career path. He thought music would be a serious lifelong hobby. Museum curator, art historian named Krannert Art Museum director Dec 8, 2017 1:30 pm1464 views Jon Seydl, an art historian and currently the senior director of collections and programs and curator of European art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, has been named the new director of Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Japan House celebrating 20th anniversary of permanent home with Krannert Center event Jun 25, 2018 8:45 am1430 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is celebrating 20 years in its permanent location with a day of Japanese performances. U. of I. Library acquires archives of acclaimed writer Gwendolyn Brooks Oct 17, 2013 9:00 am1422 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career. Jazz-playing robot will provide insight into how computers communicate with humans Oct 14, 2015 9:30 am1396 views A University of Illinois researcher is designing a robot – actually a computer system – that will communicate with humans through jazz improvisation and provide insight into artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. 'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiser Sep 19, 2013 9:00 am1365 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.