Timeline Overview

1959  University of Illinois Board of Trustees established the Center for Advanced Study, on February 19, 1959. First CAS Professors appointed in September: physicist John Bardeen, mathematician Joseph L. Doob, anthropologist Julian H. Steward, and chemist Reynold C. Fuson. First CAS Associates appointed. In the early years of the program, Associates included both University of Illinois faculty and visitors.

1967  Board of Trustees amends original charter of the Center. First director, David Pines, Professor of Physics, appointed to preside over Center operations at remodeled stucco house at 912 West Illinois Street, Urbana. Center programs expanded to include interdisciplinary seminars, conferences, and workshops. CAS Fellows Program established to appoint distinguished tenure-track University of Illinois faculty to the Center for one semester.

1970  Richard H. Green, Professor of English, appointed acting director of the Center.

1971  Henry Kahane, CAS Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, appointed acting director of the Center.

1972  Daniel Alpert appointed CAS Director. Center assumes responsibility for the George A. Miller Programs. Resident Studies Program initiated to generate new programs and enhance collaboration across departmental and institutional boundaries.

1986  Ladislav Zgusta, CAS Professor of Linguistics and the Classics, appointed CAS Director.

1990  Former director Daniel Alpert established a lecture fund, with income available to the George A. Miller Committee. “The lecture shall be given by a distinguished individual from academic, industrial, or public life on a topic . . . relating the search for new knowledge to the capacity for using knowledge effectively in dealing with human problems.”

1996  Braj B. Kachru, CAS Professor of Linguistics, appointed CAS Director.

1997  Report of the Committee on the Mission and Structure of the Center for Advanced Study submitted to the Graduate College. The committee concluded: “A comparison of the UIUC Center with other such centers in the nation makes it clear that the UIUC Center is unique in the range of activities it undertakes and type of resources it provides. The historical mission of the Center, we believe, is as vital and relevant today as it was at the time of its inception.”

1998  Center for Advanced Study offers its first special topics course (CAS 487) for advanced graduate students in conjunction with a faculty seminar, “Mind, Brain, and Language.”

1999  Center for Advanced Study celebrates 40 years of encouraging creative achievement and scholarship. Two graduate students and two undergraduate students appointed as first CAS John Bardeen Scholars.

2000  William T. Greenough, CAS Professor of Psychology, named CAS Director. Ledyard R. Tucker, CAS Professor of Psychology Emeritus, created a fund to support the Center for Advanced Study, to be used at the discretion of the director.

2001  Additional funding secured from the Campus Research Board for the release-time program.

2003  Five new professors elected to permanent membership in the Center: Leon Dash, journalism; Thomas Huang, electrical and computer engineering; Marianne Kalinke, Germanic languages and comparative literature; Vijay Pandharipande, physics; and Abigail Salyers, microbiology.

2005  Seven new professors elected to the Center: Tamer Başar, electrical and computer engineering; Peter Beak, chemistry; Bruce Hajek, electrical and computer engineering; C. Stephen Jaeger, germanic languages and comparative and world literature; Susan Kieffer, geology; Michael Moore, law; Dale van Harlingen, physics.

2009  Leon Dash, CAS Professor of Journalism and Law, named CAS Director. Ten new professors elected to the Center: Renée Baillargeon, psychology; Bruce Berndt, math; David Ceperley, physics; Matthew Finkin, law; Martha Gillette, medical cell and structural biology; Laura Greene, physics; Frederick Hoxie, history; Brigit Kelly, english; Harris Lewin, animal sciences; Gene Robinson, entomology.

2013   Nine new professors elected to the Center: James Anderson, educational policy, organization & leadership; Nigel Goldenfeld, physics; Stephen Long, plant biology; Tere O’Connor, dance; John Rogers, materials science & Engineering; Jay Rosenstein, journalism; Klaus Schulten, physics; Jonathan Sweedler, chemistry; Maria Todorova, history.

2014  Tamer Başar, CAS Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, named CAS Director. CAS Advisory Committee convened.

2017 The Center for Advanced Study moved offices to Suite 200, Levis Faculty Center. Seven new professors elected to the Center: Antoinette Burton (History), Gary Dell (Psychology), Eduardo Fradkin (Physics), Martin Gruebele (Chemistry), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (Chemistry), Harry Liebersohn (History), Catherine Murphy (Chemistry).