Four Illinois researchers are recipients of 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.” Awardees receive $60,000 to be used as they wish to further their research.
This year’s Illinois recipients are Astronomy Illinois...
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What's 150 years look like at Illinois? A pretty good start.

Help celebrate #ILLINOIS150 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts next Tuesday with special music from University of Illinois School of Music, speakers and birthday cake!

Details: [ Illinois.edu Link ]
Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1903 to 1905 she was the only black woman on campus and graduated with honors in 1906.

"Everyone has some gift, some one thing he can do better than anything else, whether it is teaching, dancing, dramatics, cooking, or some other skill. Find that one...
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“I would drop anything to do this,” says Dr. King Li, and he did. The 60-something radiologist left a prestigious, challenging post at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina for the even more prestigious, wildly challenging chance to lead the world’s first engineering-based medical college.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” observes Li, who took on the job Oct. 1. “To have a...
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Dr. King Li: merging engineering with clinical instruction will revolutionize delivery of healthcare

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The next time you pick up that supercomputer in your pocket, take a moment to consider its famous ancestor at the University of the Illinois.

The Illinois Automatic Computer, dubbed ILLIAC, went online in 1952, one of the first computers built with a design that is now ubiquitous in the computing world.

It was a 10-by-10-by-2-foot monster, weighing 5 tons. Its 5 kilobytes of memory consisted...
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Whatever happened to ... this modern marvel?

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Happy Presidents' Day, Abe

Take part in an Illini tradition, and a stop by Lincoln Hall to give his nose a rub for good luck
Happy Presidents' Day to the first president of the University of Illinois!

John Milton Gregory was the first regent of the Illinois Industrial University, serving from 1867-1880. A member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees heard him speak at a convention in Chicago and nominated him to become the first regent for the Illinois Industrial University.

At his request, Gregory was...
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Lava-spewing tarantulas are back at the 2017 Insect Fear Film Festival, along with giant subterranean beetles and Illinois alumnus and film producer Paul Hertzberg, who produced this year’s movies, “2 Lava 2 Lantula” and “Caved In.” Hertzberg will be a special guest at the festival and participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The 34th Insect Fear Film Festival is Feb....
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This weather

February at #ILLINOIS doesnt get much better than this! Happy Friday, Illini ☀
Sensors embedded in sports equipment could provide real-time analytics to your smartphone

In an effort to make big data analytics more accessible for the sports industry, Coordinated Science Laboratory at University of Illinois researchers have utilized IoT devices—low-cost sensors and radio—that can be embedded into sports equipment (e.g., balls, rackets, and shoes), as well as in wearable...
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Did you know: William Walter Smith was the first African-American graduate of the University of Illinois? He was from the Broadlands, IL area and graduated with a A.B. in 1900 and a B.S. in civil engineering in 1907.
Alumna Dr. Temple Grandin '89 has been named to the National Women's Hall of Fame!

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is an animal sciences innovator and champion of farm animal welfare whose masterly designs for livestock handling systems transformed the industry and are used worldwide today. Diagnosed at age two with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she experienced the anxiety of feeling threatened by her...
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Happy Valentine's Day, Illini! Who would you want to meet at the Eternal Flame?
Tag your valentine and read more about the Flame's legend of endless love: [ Illinois.edu Link ]
Love was in the air at the Main Library (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign). Congrats, Chaddrick & ArCasia on your engagement #heputaringonit

What's your #ILLINOISlove story? Share it here: [ Illinoisalumni.org Link ].
Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.

Made of tiny nanorods arrayed in a thin film, the LEDs could enable new interactive functions and multitasking devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and DOW Electronics Materials...
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Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays

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Congrats, Luvvie Ajayi! The University of Illinois College of LAS alumna announced her best-selling book "I'm Judging You" is set to become a TV show from the Shonda Rhimes team!

Awesomely Luvvie

Shondaland To Develop Luvvie Ajayi’s Book ‘I’m Judging You’ As Cable Series

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Welcome to the #ILLINOIS family, Coach Tamas!

Chris Tamas Named Illinois Head Volleyball Coach

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Going, going, almost gone.
Spring-like temps return to campus tomorrow ????
Marching Illini selected as one of only eight bands to be featured at national marching band conference

The CBDNA - College Band Directors National Association has selected 8 collegiate marching band programs that they will feature at their National Conference March 16-18 in Kansas City, Mo.

Seven of the bands selected include the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band, University of Illinois...
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#TBT: after receiving a fresh blanket of snow yesterday, we dug up this photo of the #ILLINOIS Quad from 1910 ❄

Special thanks to Student Life and Culture Archives for sharing this amazing photo!