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Kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman (right), postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and their colleagues found that physically fit children had more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than children who were less fit
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Kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman (right), postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman and their colleagues found that physically fit children had more compact white-matter tracts in the brain than children who were less fit. See full story


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Faculty art and four war-themed exhibitions open at Krannert Art Museum

An exhibition of new works by the U. of I. School of Art and Design faculty will open Aug. 28 (Thursday) at Krannert Art Museum, along with four war-themed exhibitions, one of which is related to the centenary of World War I. A public reception, with cash bar, will be held 5-7 p.m., and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.

Illinois campus commemorates the centenary of WWI with events for the entire community

The U. of I. will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a cross-campus initiative that includes theater productions, a film series, concerts, lectures, symposiums, an art exhibition and a general education course. “The Great War: Experiences, Representations, Effects” is designed for Illinois students and the local community to gain a new understanding about the first industrialized conflict carried out on a global scale.

Illinois department of dance partners with Art Theater Co-Op to present Dance Film Fest

The U. of I. department of dance has joined with the Art Theater Co-Op and Dance Partners to present a Dance Film Festival that they predict will become an annual event. The lineup includes a dozen films – some features, some shorts – that will be presented over three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Art, 126 W. Church St., Champaign.

Streets closed during Convocation

First Street between Kirby Avenue and Irwin Service Drive (directly in front of Memorial Stadium) will be closed Aug. 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate people attending convocation. Oak Street will be accessible as an alternate vehicle route. In addition, Peabody Drive will be open only to eastbound local traffic from 9:30 to10:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Corey Thoss,interim director of new student programs, 217-333-4057.


Most people probably do not know that Navy Pier was once home to UIC’s Undergraduate Division. This aerial view of Navy Pier from April 13, 1948, shows a placid Pier with “University of Illinois” displayed prominently on the building. (View the full series.)

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New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencing

Gene-based personalized medicine has many possibilities for diagnosis and targeted therapy, but one big bottleneck: the expensive and time-consuming DNA-sequencing process.

Many solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says study

Many of life’s problems are also civil legal problems, but people don’t see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.

Study examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander intervention

A new study of middle-school youth reveals the powerful role of school culture, including teachers’ and staff members’ perceptions, in creating environments that promote or discourage bullying and bystander intervention.

Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicates

A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them – particularly the younger ones – suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.

Studies explore sexual risk-taking among women travelers

What happens in Vegas – or on a beach in Cancun, a mountainside in Thailand or almost anywhere – doesn’t always stay there, especially in a Web-connected world.

Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for time

Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.

Decades-old amber collection offers new views of an ancient world

Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited.

Team studies the social origins of intelligence in the brain

By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling -- and beginning to answer -- longstanding questions about how the brain works.

Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey

Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the massive -- and as yet not fully explained -- annual die-off of honey bees in the U.S. and Europe. Some suspect that inadequate nutrition plays a role in honey bee declines.


A minute With ... ™ Russia historian Mark Steinberg on the ‘riddle’ of Putin and Russia

In the wake of his actions in Crimea and especially Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been portrayed as a mysterious figure, perhaps even irrational. Even the experts wonder about his motives and how far he might go in risking a greater conflict, despite recent overtures, says Russia historian Mark Steinberg. But don’t fall back on old stereotypes about the country and its rulers, such as they’re exotic or unknowable. Russians are not that different from the rest of us, says Steinberg, co-author of “A History of Russia” and creator of a DVD series on Russian history, who is currently working on a history of the 1917 Russian Revolution. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.

A minute With ... ™ Sports labor expert Michael LeRoy on the O’Bannon v. NCAA ruling

U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy is an expert in collective bargaining in athletics and the author of the legal casebook “Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment.” In an interview with News Bureau business and law Editor Phil Ciciora, LeRoy discusses the implications of last Friday’s (August 8, 2014) decision by a federal judge in O’Bannon v. NCAA, which ruled that the sport’s governing body violated antitrust law by prohibiting student-athletes from being compensated for the commercial use of their image.