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Jan. 15, 2015 (Vol. 34, No. 13)
Nicole Tami, the director of international student integration, regularly sings the praises of a standing workstation. She said the low- back pain she has experienced for years has diminished since she started standing at work 18 months ago.
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Nicole Tami, the director of international student integration, regularly sings the praises of a standing workstation. She said the low- back pain she has experienced for years has diminished since she started standing at work 18 months ago.

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Research shows link between active lifestyle, brain function

Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, who heads up the U. of I.’s department of kinesiology and community health in the College of Applied Health Sciences, measures his work productivity by miles not minutes.

Rethinking workplace culture can improve workers’ health

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, campus officials must ensure that workers who need reasonable medical accommodation to do their jobs get it. Doing so keeps the university in good graces with federal authorities, helps the campus meet diversity goals championed by Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise and saves money in the long run.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library receives grant to catalog collection of rare Italian books

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the U. of I. has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.

NSF grant to help with application to teach music theory

A U. of I. music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.

$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groups

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.

U. of I. employee's record label earns two Grammy nominations

Saxophonist and band leader Isham Jones is best known for writing the melody for “It Had to Be You” and other hit songs. Although a well-known songwriter and band leader during the 1920s and ‘30s, Jones’ early recordings are largely unknown and overlooked. Meagan Hennessey hopes that will change, with the reissuance of music Jones recorded in 1920 in Chicago with his Rainbo Orchestra.


Among the newcomers to the Urbana campus are faculty members whose appointments began this summer or fall. Inside Illinois continues its tradition of introducing some of the new faculty members on campus and will feature at least two new colleagues in each fall issue. We feature our final two new faces in this first issue of the spring semester.

  • Bertram Ludäscher, a professor in the Graduate School of Information Science and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

  • Jennifer L. Selin, assistant professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

New takes on modern design, Wegman’s art are highlights at Krannert Art Museum

Modernism has ignited a new passion among designers and collectors, who value the movement’s objects as historical icons. It also has inspired artists who are using modernist design objects in their own work to comment on the movement’s cultural significance. That artwork forms the exhibition “MetaModern,” opening at Krannert Art Museum on Jan. 29. It is one of five temporary exhibitions at the museum.


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Study of ancient dogs in the Americas yields insights into human, dog migration

A new study suggests that dogs may have first successfully migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants crossed a land bridge from Siberia to North America.

Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brain

Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain noninvasively.

Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crime

If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you’re watching national TV news – not because those things are true.

Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds

People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.


Illinois LED pioneers receive Draper Prize

A U. of I. professor and two of his former students are among the five pioneers of LED technology honored with the 2015 Draper Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in engineering.

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Jay Kesan, expert on cybersecurity

Jay P. Kesan, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the U. of I. College of Law, is a leading national scholar in the areas of technology, law and business. Kesan, who directs the Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about the cybersecurity implications of the theft of confidential information from Sony Pictures.