The U. of I. department of physics has invested $600,000 in air compressors, increased gas storage capacity, an underground transportation pipeline and a remote helium collection bladder to increase the amount of helium gas collected and recycled on the Urbana campus.
The state’s civil service statutes should be changed to provide a more diverse applicant pool and greater flexibility in exempting certain positions from civil service classification, university leaders said at a hearing at UIC on March 13.
A new molecule-making machine could do for chemistry what 3-D printing did for engineering: Make it fast, flexible and accessible to anyone.
A study co-written by a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor shows that clocking extra hours at the office while juggling family demands takes a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families.
Nearly 290,000 older adults from the U.S. volunteered abroad during 2012 – an increase of more than 60 percent in less than a decade, a recent study found.
Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.
A new study offers insight into a process that could lead one species to diverge into two, researchers report in The American Naturalist.
Although development aid is commonly seen as an important tool in the quest to reduce poverty in conflict-riven countries, new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in development economics concludes that large-scale foreign aid programs can backfire and actually exacerbate violence in some long-running conflicts.
A genetic study of papaya sex chromosomes reveals that the hermaphrodite version of the plant, which is of most use to growers, arose as a result of human selection, most likely by the ancient Maya some 4,000 years ago.
The U. of I.’s Urbana campus has been recognized as a “U.S. Scholar Top Producer” by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for academic year 2014-15, with six recipients of U.S. Fulbright Scholar awards. According to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the campus ranks No. 5 among U.S. research institutions in the number of faculty members receiving the prestigious award in support of teaching and research abroad.
Two University of Illinois professors have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. Steven Blanke and Bryan White are among the 79 microbiologists chosen by their peers for this honor.
No sector of the economy was left unscathed in the aftermath of the Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009 but whose aftereffects continue to linger today.
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The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament attracts millions of viewers each year, many of whom like to “play along” at home or at the office by filling out tournament brackets. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are astronomical – there are more possible brackets than stars in the galaxy – so how can a March Madness fan be confident in filling out, if not a perfect bracket, a pretty strong one? Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and of mathematics who has performed many data analytics studies on tournament bracketology, talked about how seeds advance through the tournament with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg.
The American Civil War came to an end 150 years ago with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. What role did slavery play in the Confederate defeat? And how might history have been different if Lincoln had lived? U. of I. historian Bruce Levine has written extensively about the war and its consequences. His 2013 book, “The Fall of the House of Dixie,” traced how fighting the war transformed the South from within. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Feb. 26 to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility. The “net neutrality” rules aim to ensure open Internet access. Daniel Schiller, an emeritus professor of library and information science at the U. of I., talked with News Bureau arts and humanities editor Jodi Heckel about the decision and its historical context.