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Akanksh Shetty produces Viral Transport Media in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. The fluid is used to preserve patient test samples for COVID-19. (Photo by Ann Hyoung Sook.)

University of Illinois collaborates with
Carle Health and the state to increase
COVID-19 testing

Campuswide effort includes machines, personnel,
and mass producing supplies. 




Dear alumni and friends of the College of LAS,

Greetings from the College of LAS. Our thoughts are with you as no doubt you’ve been forced to adjust and sacrifice in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you likely are serving on the front lines of this outbreak, working in healthcare and other directly affected fields. You all have our support and gratitude.

I am proud to say that through creativity and hard work, we continue to educate and support our students. Professors, teaching assistants, and technology and academic support staff have been working with students to continue their courses via Zoom and other online options. The transition has not been easy, but it’s remarkable how everyone has shifted mid-semester to an entirely online learning system.

The college also continues to recruit the next class of Illini. The college is offering opportunities for both admitted and prospective students to learn more about LAS remotely. Admissions advisors and academic units are meeting with hundreds of incoming students each week via Zoom.

Finally, faculty, staff, and students from across the college are involved in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic itself. This includes helping healthcare officials increase testingproviding equipment to fight the virus, and sharing expertise on how to foster children’s learning while sheltering at home.

We look forward to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to campus returning to its normal, vibrant self. When that day comes, and with thanks to the invaluable lessons that we are learning now, we will be even stronger and more connected than ever.

With warmest regards,
Feng Sheng Hu
Dean, College of LAS 


students on a video call 



Learning from home

Students keep the COVID-19 pandemic in perspective as their courses shift online.

Dolores Albarracín 



What messages best influence public health behavior?

Recommendations during COVID-19 should include action items, according to psychology professor.


illustration of students working in a library 



New class for humanities majors provides a deeper look at career development

Students adjust during COVID-19 pandemic to maintain experiential learning.

John Caughlin 



What does "shelter in place" mean for relationships?

Communication professor discusses how technology can help us endure COVID-19.

Eva Pomerantz 



How to foster children's learning while sheltering at home

Psychology professor: Optimal education requires a careful balance of parental involvement.


Adam Aaronson 



The puzzle maker

Student passes time during the COVID-19 outbreak making some of the toughest crosswords in the country.


Election 2020 


What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?

Covert influence on elections goes back for decades, according to professor.



Ten reasons high school seniors should
say “Yes!” to LAS

Have a friend or family member considering U of I? Share these 10 reasons they should say yes to Illinois! High school seniors who applied before Nov. 1 found out if they were accepted on Dec. 13. Those who applied by the second deadline (Jan. 5, 2020) found out if they were accepted on Feb. 28. Students have until May 1 to make their decision.




Illinois researcher names new treehopper species after Lady Gaga

Brendan Morris

Brendan Morris, a graduate student in the University of Illinois Department of Entomology, named a bug after Lady Gaga.




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For the latest information about how campus is responding to coronavirus, visit the campus COVID-19 website.

  All together. Amazing.  

For more than 100 years, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been the beating heart of the University of Illinois, providing students with an education that’s as focused as it is diverse. We’re making groundbreaking discoveries in the lab, using literature and languages to understand and interpret historical and current events and peoples, and developing an understanding of society and individuals. Working together, our people, programs, and facilities make the College of LAS altogether amazing.


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