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Quad Day

Quad Day. When you read those words, what comes to mind? A sea of people stretched from Altgeld to the Auditorium, browsing tables and booths? A rock band on an outdoor stage, the Quad’s buildings...

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Gene and the honey bee

For anyone trying to tease out how the brain makes sense of the world, the honey bee is a perfect study organism. It’s a social animal, living in a complex society where the jobs...

Student aid

Dyslexia can have devastating consequences for young children learning how to read, yet many teachers are overwhelmed by other demands in their classrooms and can’t give such children the individual instruction they need. Enter...

Alethenai Class, 1871

Co-Education

In her later years, Frances Potter Reynolds, Class of 1874, recalled the day in 1870 when the Illinois Industrial University’s Board of Trustees voted to admit women as students. Unlike the 14 other “young...

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rapid Responders

THE COVID-19 ERA, Part 3 of 3 As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread globally, scientists at Illinois leapt into action, collaborating across disciplines and continents and forging ahead at warp speed. Here’s a look at...

Virtual Commencement

The first of many celebrations

Commencement 2020 was like no other.For starters, the ceremony ran just seven seconds shy of 16 minutes—surely a speed record for a University that has, over 149 years, developed multiple Commencement celebrations and traditions....