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Gammie, Selvin elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Illinois Physics Professors Paul Selvin and Charles Gammie have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation. Academy members, leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs, work to address societal challenges, making nonpartisan recommendations to policymakers and leaders in government, higher education, and the private sector.

Music, physics and theater professors at UIUC are launching a new art and science collective

A performance about a journey of two voyagers exploring the quantum realm has inspired a group of professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to launch a new art and science collective.

In 2018, physics professor Smitha Vishveshwara and theater professor Latrelle Bright created an interdisciplinary performance called “Quantum Voyagers,” which presents the story of two people guided by the spirit of knowledge, Sapienza. 

Now, in collaboration with UIUC music professor Stephen Taylor, Vishveshwara and Bright are launching the Collective for Art-Science, Creativity and Discovery, etc., or CASCaDe.

Investiture of Charles Gammie, the Ikenberry Endowed Chair

Illinois Professor of Physics and Astronomy Charles F. Gammie was named the Ikenberry Endowed Chair in January 2024. This campus-level appointment was established in honor of Stanley O. Ikenberry’s tenure as the 14th President of the University of Illinois, funded by a gift from Geraldine B. Cooke and other sources. On March 26, a ceremony was held to honor Gammie and another distinguished faculty member, Andrew Leakey, recently appointed the Aiken Chair in Plant Biology.

Expert advises eclipse watchers to get the best vantage point—are you ready?

Illinois astronomy professor Leslie Looney discusses the significance of solar eclipses and viewing tips for the upcoming total solar eclipse occurring April 8.


Research Highlights 

Click on a research highlight to vote for your favorite submission to the Research Highlight Science Writing Contest for graduate students.

Donor support for COVID-19 research has had far-reaching benefits

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Donor support for COVID-19 research has had far-reaching benefits

“We did not have the time to write external grants and could not rely on traditional and slow funding vehicles. Instead we are supported by philanthropic funds that enable us to use necessary supercomputer resources, which would otherwise not be accessible.” notes Swanlund Professor of Physics Nigel Goldenfeld.

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“The relief of financial burden this scholarship has lifted from my family’s shoulders is truly a priceless gift, and the generosity of donors that have made this possible inspires me to want to give others this same gift of relief, security, and most of all educational opportunity, as it has done for me.”

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Watch Maggie and Fahad Mahmood's Material Girl parody video, Condensed Matter Girl, on Maggie's YouTube channel! Maggie is the Physics Education Secondary Education Partnership program coordinator at Illinois Physics, and Fahad is a professor in experimental condensed matter, whose group provided the creative spark for this project.

This original creation explores physics through the performing arts. It is one part of a larger scope of physics-and-the-arts collaborations initiated by Illinois Physics Professor Smitha Vishveshwara.




I am working on my science fair project- I am freezing orange juice and soda to see which will freeze faster. My orange juice froze before the soda- is it because of the carbonate water in the soda or the sugar?

Molly (age 10)

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