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[ Faculty + Staff E-News | November 2020 ]
Timelines for Altgeld and Illini Hall Project come into focus

The future of Altgeld Hall and Illini Hall is coming into focus as the University of Illinois moves forward with detailed planning for the $192 million project to modernize and grow spaces devoted to data science and other mathematical and statistical sciences. 

The Board of Trustees approved schematic designs for the Altgeld and Illini Hall Project in May 2020, and planners have been creating more specific designs, plans, and schedules since then. Bidding for the demolition of Illini Hall, which will make way for a new, six-story, 140,000-square-foot building to the west of Altgeld Hall, is scheduled to open in March. Demolition is scheduled to occur from July 2021 until April 2022.
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Study published: A new way to measure traffic congestion

By capturing the different routes by which vehicles can travel between locations, Professor Richard Sowers and recent graduate Daniel Carmody have developed a new computer algorithm that helps quantify regions of congestion in urban areas and suggests ways around them. The study, published in the Journal of Physics: Complexity, used traffic speeds from taxis in New York City to demonstrate how road infrastructure and driver behavior can create complex road networks that differ among cities.
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COVID-19 testing updates

On-campus testing will continue to be available throughout Fall Break, the rest of the Fall semester and Winter Break. As always, be sure to check the testing location page or your Safer Illinois app before testing at your usual location.
See the updated list of testing locations and hours →

As students leave town for Fall Break, we anticipate an increase in questions about how students can print an official copy of their on-campus COVID-19 test results. This is now an option in the McKinley Health Center Patient Portal.
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Latinx STEM study opportunity

MSE graduate student Alexandria Cervantes is looking for students who have completed at least two years at Illinois and identify as Latinx STEM majors to participate in her study on the mathematical experiences of Latinx STEM majors. The study is open to undergraduate students as well, and instructors are welcome to share this opportunity with their students. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Alexandria at

Math Library usage and leadership survey

Math Librarian Tim Cole will retire before the end of the calendar year. Tim has served in the position since 2000, and has expertly guided the Math Library throughout this time. We wish him all the best in retirement.

The department has been invited to comment on the future of the Math Library and the role of the math librarian. Please take a moment to complete the web survey by Tuesday, Dec. 1. 
Take the survey → 

Spring registration dates and reminders

Students will be registering for Spring classes from Nov. 30–Dec. 9.

Grad students taking 400-level classes: Please register on your time ticket date on Dec. 2-3; otherwise classes you want may fill up with undergrads.

Instructors of undergraduate courses: If students contact you asking for help registering in your class, please reply to them, copying, to say that you are not involved in course enrollment, but are copying the Math Undergraduate Office to address their questions.

Concerned about a student?

Instructors: If you are concerned about a student who has stopped participating in class or is failing everything, please don't hesitate to share details with or with Alison Champion,, so we can work to connect the student with help.

And thanks again for all of the hand work and caring you are showing your classes this semester.

Graduate Papers & Publications webpage

Graduate students are invited to submit a request to have their publicationsjournal pubs, conferences, ArXivadded to our department's Graduate Papers & Publications web page. This page was created to showcase and celebrate graduate student papers, publications, and research. 
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Give Thanks social media campaign

There is still time to submit your messages for our "Give Thanks" social media campaign. Help us spread a little positivity by submitting a small message of thanks to your students, colleagues, family, friends, etc., or by sharing what you are thankful for this November. Be on the lookout for these messages on our department Facebook page starting Monday, Nov. 23. Please contact Jenell Hironimus at if you have any questions regarding this campaign or your submission.
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COVID-19 Briefing Series: Response Update

The university provided a response update during its latest COVID-19 briefing on Nov. 6.
Watch the recording →

Chimes Centennial Concert

The Altgeld Chimes celebrated 100 years of ringing with its Chimes Centennial Concert on Oct. 30, featuring the Marching Illini.
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Department Town Hall Meeting

Our next department town hall meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. CST virtually via Zoom. The recordings of all our town hall meetings are available on the department’s channel on Illinois Media Space at

COV-Course: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Pandemic

COV-Course, a free, multidisciplinary course taught by Illinois experts. Classes will be held online from 8-9 p.m. every Sunday evening during the fall semester.
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Homecoming 2020

Celebrate Homecoming at Home 2020, Nov. 29–Dec. 5! Because even when we are apart, we are "Stronger in Orange & Blue." 
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Seminar & Event Calendar

View all the upcoming seminars, colloquia, and events hosted by the department at Virtual event? View the weekly calendar of meeting coordinates.

University of Illinois Calendars

View a variety of Illinois event, academic, and programming calendars at


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