Quiz: How nuts are you for Illinois?

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What famous archaeological specimen did alumnus Donald Johanson help discover in Ethiopia?

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Answer: Lucy.

Johanson, a 1966 graduate from the Department of Anthropology, helped to uncover 40 percent of a female skeleton that was over three million years old on a hike back from his archaeological dig in Hadar, Ethiopia. The skeleton, now stored in the Paleoanthropology Laboratories of the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was named Lucy on the night of November 24, 1974 during the celebration of her finding. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles had been playing and “Lucy” stuck.

Have Illini won more Nobel Prizes or Pulitzer Prizes?

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Answer: Pulitzer Prizes.

With over 20 Illini winners for each prize respectively, we have more winners of the Pulitzer Prize; a prize of prestige that recognizes achievements in journalism, letters, and music. Illini have won in a variety of categories including, but not limited to, Investigative Reporting, Music, Biography, Drama, and Public Service.

Where did the Marching Illini spread Illini Pride in 2015?

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Answer: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

While the Marching Illini have indeed performed at four Rose Bowls, it was the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade where they performed on November 26, 2015. The Marching Illini paved the way for Santa Claus along the two-and-a-half-mile parade route.

How many medals has Illini Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden been awarded?

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Answer: 17.

In 2004, ten years before coming to the University of Illinois for her undergraduate degree, Tatyana won her first two medals of what would eventually become seventeen by 2016. In 2013, she won four World Marathon Majors in the same year and then did the same in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Which famous film critic was an Illinois alumnus?

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Answer: Roger Ebert.

The 1964 journalism grad was the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer Prize and is also the only film critic with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His passion for film and writing lives on through Ebertfest, a film festival that takes place in Champaign every year in April to celebrate overlooked films deserving of recognition.

Which campus building did former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicate?

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Answer: Illini Union.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the Illini Union in 1941. The next year, she attended the anniversary event and cut the cake.

Approximately how many items are housed in the University Library system?

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Answer: 24 million.

The University Library is the largest public university research library in the United States. Over 930,000 audiovisual materials, over 280,000 electronic books, 12,000 films, 9 million microforms, 120,000 serials, 148,000 audio recordings, 650,000 maps, and millions of pages of manuscript materials can be found in its collections.

Which of the following was not invented by Illini?

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Answer: Sliced bread.

Computer Science alumni, Marc Andreessen ('94 ENG) and Eric Bina ('86 ENG, '88 ENG), developed Mosaic at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, which helped launch the Internet into what it is today. Another alumnus of computer science, Max Levchin ('97 ENG), cofounded PayPal, revolutionizing the process of payment transactions. Illinois alumnus and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Dr. Nick Holonyak Jr. ('50 ENG, '51 ENG, '54 ENG) forever changed display and lighting through his development of the first visible LED.

The late Paul Lauterbur, a longtime professor at Illinois, and Peter Mansfield received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work that led to which piece of medical imaging equipment?

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Answer: MRI.

A chemist, Lauterbur played a key role in the invention of one of the most significant medical diagnostic tool since the X-ray. Magnetic resonance imaging allows doctors to see inside a human body without the use of radiation to view organs and soft tissues.

Illinois has approximately ___ living alumni:

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Answer: 475,000.

Our alumni can be found in every state and across the globe, living in over 150 different countries.

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