blog posts On the Big Screen Dec 12, 2018 1:15 pm2820 views Screenwriter and Illinois alumnus David Magee wrote the script for "Mary Poppins Returns." A Family Affair Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm2446 views Celebrating five generations of Illinois students Practice made perfect: Men make the women's volleyball team better Jan 27, 2014 12:00 pm1678 views If you visit a women’s volleyball practice you might be surprised to see one or two men on the court. There they are, playing against the women, spiking the ball over the net or jumping high to block a shot. These men are practice players, helping the women hone their skills. The men serve as hitters, blockers, motivators or whatever else the team needs. Laboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility—in electronics and in life Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm1633 views “Fabricating flexible electronics is my thing. I love it!” said Seung Yun “Simone” Heo, her enthusiasm evident even while speaking about the technical processes of metal vapor deposition and electron beam lithography. “We’re making everything from scratch. I can do it myself from step one. It’s not that hard to do, it’s more about time and effort.” Shaving cane: Making music by the micrometer Jan 21, 2013 6:00 pm1416 views Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both. Summer Study: Program provides undergrads with research experience Oct 18, 2017 4:00 pm1317 views This summer, 10 undergraduate students performed research using advanced imaging and microscopy technologies through the Discoveries in Bioimaging Research Experience for Undergraduates. Four kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stage Aug 26, 2013 4:00 pm1263 views Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic. Art for the sake of self-discovery Jan 23, 2012 5:00 pm1239 views Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her. Ten…Nine…Eight... Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm1231 views CubeSat students prepare for launch Illini Success May 9, 2017 9:00 am1215 views Students, alumni share what shaped them most Undergrads choose their own adventure in this wildlife research group Oct 18, 2017 4:00 pm1201 views Don’t be fooled by the name, the wildlife and chronic wasting disease research group has a broader mission than you might think. Yes, the research focuses on white-tailed deer, primarily, and on CWD, a baffliing affliction of deer and elk. But for the dozens of undergraduate students who have joined this collaborative effort over the years, the group also is a portal, of sorts, to wide-ranging adventures in research. Only Connect Oct 21, 2016 9:15 am1061 views Student groups offer camaraderie, opportunities to lead Illinois Cancer Scholars: Cancer Scholars Program links education to real-world issues Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm1040 views When Pierce Hadley came to the University of Illinois, he wanted access to professors, a chance to do research in a lab, and a perspective on how his classes and research in bioengineering could relate to medicine. He found all of that when he became one of 12 students who are the first cohortof the Illinois Cancer Scholars Program, a new undergraduate training program launched in fall 2014 in the department of bioengineering. LabEscape: Science feeds adventure through escape room Oct 18, 2017 4:00 pm1022 views Escape the room if you can, but the physics is inescapable. The Turtle Team: Veterinary students use dogs to study turtles Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm918 views They show up in rubber boots and load their backpacks with gear: GPS units, latex gloves and data collection notebooks. The other equipment–calipers, syringes, scales and folding tables–will be used later when the students bring turtles here to their temporary laboratory alongside a park road. iVenture Accelerator Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm865 views Nurturing student entrepreneurs' startup ambitions Virtual Reality Project Mar 23, 2017 8:00 am787 views Have you ever been on the field at Memorial Stadium, standing next to the cheerleaders as they lead an “I-L-L” call-and-response during a football game? Or have you been onstage at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while world-class musicians play? With the help of a new interdisciplinary project from students in advertising and computer science, those and a few other quintessential Illinois experiences are just a mouse click – and a pair of virtual reality goggles – away. Safety in Numbers: Student Patrol plays dual role as community service, career training Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm742 views U. of I. students Alex Tran and Angela Annarino prefer to work in the dark. While their peers are studying, sleeping or unwinding at the end of a long day of class, Tran, from Chicago, Illinois, and Annarino, from Lamont, strap on their work vests and radios. It’s during the night when they are needed the most. Okavango Odyssey: Study abroad students study wildlife in Botswana Mar 23, 2017 9:15 am707 views It was 6 a.m. and the campers were quietly preparing for the day. Suddenly, a voice called out from the camp manager’s tent. “Girls? We’re going to have to wait. I can see a lion from my window.” Illinois MakerLab: 3-D printing lab fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamwork Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm687 views The next industrial revolution has arrived at the Universityof Illinois, but it’s not happening on the side of Green Street that anyone familiar with the Urbana campus would expect. Located on the third floor of the Business Instructional Facility, the Illinois MakerLab is touted as the world’s first 3-D printing lab in a business school. Celebrating our sesquicentennial Mar 23, 2017 9:15 am649 views Milestones and relevant connections to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 150th anniversary. Lit Skills, Job Skills: Students learn more than they often realize in studying English Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm597 views The student who chooses English as a major should be prepared. Prepared for the questions, concerns and even mocking about the value of their degree. Art Meets Science Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm500 views Murphy Lab Participant/Observer Program creates interdisciplinary learning environment 2016 Campuswide Commencement Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm486 views Exercises set for May 14 Play for Change Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm479 views Sport-focused RSO is a Slam Dunk Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under way Aug 20, 2012 5:45 pm454 views Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work. Giving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable gloves Jan 19, 2015 11:00 am439 views Madeline Kull didn’t know much about sustainability initiatives before starting an internship at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, but found that the field fit her like a recycled glove. Oasis Design Project Mar 23, 2017 4:15 pm432 views University of Illinois students designed a seating area inspired by zen gardens for a major art and design show in Chicago last fall. Inspiration. Perspiration. Dedication. Four professors share the Joy of teaching Jan 27, 2014 5:00 pm427 views Teaching was part of the environment Mark Micale grew up in. His father taught high school history and economics. “There was a lot of talk in the household about schools and classes and students,” Micale said – though it didn’t prompt him, as he started college, to pursue a career in education. Two great college teachers did that. Voices in harmony: Student a cappella groups enjoy close-knit community Jan 19, 2015 4:00 pm426 views Attend a charity fundraiser on the University of Illinois campus, and you might hear one of the many student a cappella groups singing a classic song such as “Blue Skies.” Or you might hear a group at a student event performing a recent Rihanna hit, or singing a blend of Indian and American pop music at the chancellor’s pre-game party on a football Saturday. Interactive Projects Oct 18, 2017 4:00 pm413 views Interactive art studio at University of Illinois teaches students coding, building circuits I Pay It Forward: Student by student, ACES ‘pays it forward’ through month-long scholarship campaign Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm403 views Illinois student Dexter Smith knew he wanted to study at the U. of I. since the eighth grade. But he needed financial help to stay at Illinois, and found it through some fellow classmates. Chinese for a New Generation Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm384 views Chinese culture and language camp promotes international outlook LAS in C-U: Liberal arts fair connects students with internships Oct 18, 2017 4:00 pm358 views Fall semester fair helps students find local employers. Nature, culture, education and recreation happily coexist at UI Arboretum Aug 20, 2012 4:30 pm341 views Gardeners, cross-country runners (and skiers), stressed-out students, soccer players, bug enthusiasts, Japanese tea aficionados, bird watchers, architects and scientists of nearly every stripe find something of value at the UI Arboretum, a vibrant, 57-acre swath of green near the south end of the Urbana-Champaign campus. Josh Talks Oct 21, 2016 9:15 am341 views TED Talks have nothing on Illinois Athletic Director and Illinois alumnus Josh Whitman Advertising is Us Oct 21, 2016 9:15 am328 views Student group leads in membership, awards and enthusiasm Education Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global education Oct 22, 2015 4:00 pm310 views Visiting Australia was on Lindsay Duffy’s bucket list since the seventh grade, the U.of I. junior said. So Duffy “did a little happy dance” when she learned she’d be studying abroad Down Under. Jason's List Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm307 views Student uses YouTube to help others finish bucket lists Neglected classrooms getting much needed renovations Aug 20, 2012 5:00 pm277 views UI students have access to some of the best professors in the country using the most current data and teaching techniques – but funding challenges have made campus classroom space the final educational frontier. Hear My Voice: News project makes space for inclusive conversation Oct 18, 2017 4:00 pm277 views Journalism project creates a space for dialogue. Finding the Source Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm265 views History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the Web I-Promise delivers support to first-generation college students Aug 26, 2013 3:30 pm257 views The day Loreal Latimer arrived at the U. of I., her parents dropped her off at Taft-Van Doren residence hall and drove away. Because she graduated fifth in her class at Chicago’s Corliss High School – while leading extracurricular activities and working 17 hours a week at a food service job – the Latimer family figured she could easily navigate a bucolic college campus. Actif Oct 21, 2016 9:15 am256 views Startup develops wearable systems for road safety Administrative Posts Aug 22, 2011 3:30 pm246 views Administrative Posts Heads up! New state law yields crosswalk changes Aug 22, 2011 4:15 pm232 views Chalk one up for the pedestrians after Illinois lawmakers last year changed the state’s crosswalk law, forcing motorists to stop – not just yield – if a walker has already entered a crosswalk. Service learning project unites special ed students, others Jan 21, 2013 5:15 pm212 views If curiosity gets the better of the passersby, and they pause to read the card attached to the brightly colored ceramic hearts or hands, they’ll find that the chimes, called Ben’s Bells, are part of a nationwide grassroots movement for spreading kindness. The bells are gifts for whomever happens upon them, but they come with strings attached: Those who pluck the bells from their perches and take them home are volunteering to spread kindness wherever they go. Good Deeds, Safety Reminders Mar 23, 2017 9:00 am208 views Recreation, sport and tourism class creates public service messages about railway safety Miss Possible: Students design dolls and activities to teach girls about science and engineering Aug 25, 2014 5:00 pm207 views Marie Curie: Chemist, physicist, Nobel laureate…childhood playmate Ferreting out fake news Mar 23, 2017 9:00 am199 views Illinois computer science students Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen created an extension for the Chrome web browser to verify articles and pictures posted to Facebook. Even more impressive? They did it in less than 36 hours, as part of a student hackathon event hosted by Princeton University in November 2016.