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Dr. Nicole Williams

Taboo Buster

Dr. Nicole Williams, ’97 LAS, ’97 LAS, doesn’t get mad—she gets motivated. When a guidance counselor suggested that she consider becoming a nurse instead of a doctor, Williams doubled down on her studies, earned...

Robert Brunner


When Robert Brunner, Ph.D., says new technologies aren’t rocket science, he speaks from experience—he holds a doctoral degree in astrophysics and was professor of astronomy before coming to the Gies College of Business in...

Mihir Vardhan

Illinois Shines in The College Tour

Mihir Vardhan, a freshman electrical engineering major from Haryana, India, has something to tell the world about the University of Illinois: “It’s about studying what you’re passionate about, in the most amazing labs...

Way of the Sensei

Shozo Sato, HON ’99, still remembers the searchlights sweeping across the sky over Osaka, Japan, in 1945. Then came the B-29 bombers. “I could hear the planes coming in, the very deep propeller sounds,”...

Virtual Town Hall Series

April 30, 2020: Chancellor Robert J. Jones March 2, 2020: Director of Athletics Josh Whitman   December 9, 2019: University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen


“The pandemic was bearing down on us, and we knew we had to do something,” recalls Martin Burke, associate dean of research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Burke had just been asked...