May Berenbaum

University of Illinois Entomology Department & Alumni Association

February 21, 2019 - News Local/State

36th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival Celebrates Termites

Termites will be the focus of celebration this weekend at the 36th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival in Urbana. The event kicks off at 6 pm on Saturday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. It’s hosted by entomology researchers at the University of Illinois, including department head May Berenbaum.

AP/M. Spencer Green

February 19, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois Raises Minimum Wage; A Hard Look At The Budget; Measles Outbreaks; Recycling Batteries

On the 21st: Illinois is set to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 throughout the entire state. Plus, as Gov. Pritzker gets ready to deliver his first budget address, we'll talk with the Civic Federation's Laurence Msall about what Illinois needs to get its finances in order. And, the CDC says there have been more than 120 cases of measles in the U.S. since the start of 2019—and in recent days, four have been confirmed in Champaign-Urbana. Finally, we'll hear about a new battery recycling program out of Argonne National Laboratory.

Governor Pritzker


January 10, 2019 - The 21st Show

Legislation Session Preview; Fake News; Children Coping With Disasters

Today on the 21st: Yesterday, your representatives convened in Springfield to take their oaths of office. And on Monday, Governor Pritzker will take a similar oath. But what will they do as your elected officials? And what are different stakeholders in the process thinking? We speak with Illinois Public Radio statehouse reporter Brian Mackey and WTTW Politics reporter Amanda Vinicky. Plus, a new study finds that fake news is shared most by older Americans. We speak with someone very interested in this topic, journalism professor Nikki Usher. Also, an Illinois researcher shares how her work with natural disasters, like Hurricane Maria, is now being used to help children overcome other trauma.

GIrls Who Code logo

Wikimedia Commons/Deborahjsinger/CC BY-SA 4.0

January 07, 2019 - News Local/State

‘Girls Who Code’ Program Comes To Champaign Public Library

The program “Girls Who Code” aims to close the gender gap in technology by getting more girls interested in coding and tech careers. There are more than a thousand Girls Who Code clubs across the U.S.—and a new program is coming to the Champaign Public Library this month.

Freshly planted trees where a ceremony will honor Urbana tree donors

Daniel Baker/Illinois Public Media

January 07, 2019 - News Local/State

Study: More Green Space At Schools Not Linked To Better Student Test Scores

A new study from the University of Illinois found no link between green space on school campuses and academic outcomes. The study examined greenery and third grade test scores on reading and math exams at 400 Chicago Public Schools. 

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