Alumni & Campus Stories

Distant Relatives

In science, as in all of life, there are matters a posteriori—meaning they have to be proved—and matters a priori—which is to say, self-evident. That U of I Professor Albert (Al) Roca is partial...

Anthony Leggett

Ingenious: At the quantum level

When University of Illinois physics professor Anthony Leggett was 7 years old, he had a fascination with digging holes in the family garden in Englefield Green on the outskirts of London. Leggett continued his...

Roman Ivashkiv

In Class: Slavic Speaker

Like most Ukrainians, I am bilingual. I teach both Ukrainian and Russian. Slavic languages are probably not as difficult to learn as languages like Chinese and Arabic, but they are still difficult. The major...

FIRST CLASS

To understand what has happened at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CIMED), it’s helpful to begin on a scale that goes from titanic to tiny. Within the mighty University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, more...

Memory Lane: Let Us Commence

They were the sons of country doctors and farmers, merchants and mechanics, blacksmiths and railroad workers. Some would follow in their fathers’ footsteps, returning to the farm, to the machine shop, to the family...

Sonia Lasher-Trapp

In Class: Cloud Rider

A lot of us in atmospheric sciences had early experiences that got us thinking about the weather. I grew up in southern Indiana in an agrarian environment. I was terrified of thunderstorms, especially nocturnal...

Matthew C. Ehrlich

Free Speech and Controversy

It was the 1960s, a decade that would change everything, and at Illinois, that change would come in a swirl of controversy. In Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic Freedom in the...