Alumni & Campus Stories

U of I Olympic Athletes

Going for Gold

After an extra year of waiting, the world’s best athletes headed to Tokyo this summer for an Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other—without spectators, but with a lengthy list of COVID precautions. Illinois...

Jack Brendan, Fiona and Brendan O'Brien

Illini Double Trio

Growing up, O’Brien twins Kevin, ’87 MEDIA, and Kathy, ’87 LAS, and 11-months-older brother Peter, ’87 LAS, always attended the same schools in the same grade. So the trio never even considered splitting up...

Also Manfroi

In Class: Math Master

I teach a class on differential equations. This semester I’m teaching close to 600 students. They are mostly sophomore and junior engineering majors. It’s the course they take after Calculus 3. Most of them...

James Allen

Pathfinder

Treatment options are limited for pediatric patients with recurrent T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or T-ALL. James R. Allen, ’11 LAS, is working to understand the cell mechanisms behind the disease’s therapeutic resistance. In recognition...

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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...

Marian Anderson

Unstoppable

Artist Marian Sautter Anderson, ’44 FAA, is creating a sculpture garden of her work outside her studio in South Haven, Mich. She mentions that one large piece is hollow, which allowed her to crawl...

Jaime Roundtree

Mr. Roundtree

When it comes to the urban schools of America, the name Booker T. Washington is, to be frank, a profile trigger, provoking thoughts of ambitious but crumbling architecture, ancient brick, wavy windows and restrooms...