According to a popular hypothesis, grasses such as maize, sugar cane, millet and sorghum got their evolutionary start as a result of a steep drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during the Oligocene epoch, more than 23 million years ago. A new study overturns that hypothesis, presenting the first geological evidence that the ancestors of these and other C4 grasses emerged millions of years earlier than previously established.
UI researchers are using a new kind of microsensor to answer one of the weightiest questions in biology – the relationship between cell mass and growth rate.
A diet rich in the plant compound luteolin reduces age-related inflammation in the brain and related memory deficits by directly inhibiting the release of inflammatory molecules in the brain, researchers report.
A researcher at the UI is counting on a unique computer program to make it easier and more enjoyable for elementary school students who are at risk of academic failure to learn basic addition and subtraction facts.
Thomas Conley has written an insulting book. Or, rather, a book about insult – which seems timely in the wake of the recent political campaign season and its 30-second ads.
The Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcy reorganizations represented a sea change in corporate restructuring, one that could portend the end of our current system of bankruptcy reorganization, according to a published article by two UI experts in bankruptcy law.
In a new book, "Reading Mahler: German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna" (Camden House, 2010), Carl Niekerk, a professor of German who also holds appointments in the programs in Comparative and World Literature and in Jewish Culture and Society at Illinois, explores the literary, philosophical and cultural references in Gustav Mahler's work, revealing hitherto unexamined dimensions.
The Urbana-Champaign Senate on Nov. 8 took its final action related to changes to the university administration and to key university governing documents proposed by the UI Board of Trustees.
The UI will sign an agreement Oct. 25 with Zhejiang University in China, establishing a cooperative education "3+2" program in the fields of agricultural and biological engineering, and food sciences and human nutrition, both within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
Trying to find information about services and events hosted by the UI just got a little easier. The Office of Public Engagement is hosting a website that provides easy access to this information all in one place.
Between Sept. 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010, 270 faculty members and academic professionals retired from the UI, according to the Office of Academic Human Resources. Of those new retirees, 171 retired under the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program or Voluntary Retirement Program. (Last year, during the same time, 143 academic employees retired.) The list of academic retirees is posted online.
- Paula Gray Havlik retired from the Alumni Association after working at the university for 27 years.
- Armine Mortimer retired after 30 years at the UI. She was a professor of French literature and criticism.
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.
- Dr. Daniel Llano, assistant professor of physiology, department of molecular and integrative physiology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and in the College of Medicine
- Verity Winship, assistant professor, College of Law
Many student organizations and clubs try to offer a helping hand, but Illini Prosthetic Technologies provides entire arms.
Eric Pop, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among 85 researchers named by President Obama to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.