blog postsExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhen will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am0 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsCampusArtsBook celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campusJun 22, 2017 10:45 am0 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does.Social SciencesBusinessResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am0 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.ArtsCampusSummer Band Twilight Concerts a 107-year tradition at IllinoisJun 22, 2017 10:15 am0 views For more than 100 years, the University of Illinois Summer Band has performed free Twilight Concerts on the Main Quad.HealthLife SciencesStudies link nutrient, academic achievement in pre-adolescent childrenJun 20, 2017 9:00 am370 views Researchers can look into your eyes to determine whether you’re getting your lutein, a pigment found in green leafy vegetables that is known to accumulate in the brain. Two new studies find that children with higher lutein levels in the eye tend to do better than others on tests of cognition and academic achievement, even after accounting for other factors known to influence academic performance such as IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringLife SciencesCorn better used as food than biofuel, study findsJun 20, 2017 9:00 am982 views Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs.Life SciencesResearchers sample a DC swamp to study a spineless creatureJun 19, 2017 9:30 am674 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Its name is Stygobromus hayi, the Hay’s Spring amphipod. It is spineless. It lacks vision. It is an opportunistic feeder, consuming whatever resources are available – perhaps including the remains of its own kind. Now researchers report on a way to survey this aquatic, subterranean creature without threatening its existence, as other studies had done. Behind the ScenesBird gets worm, makes historyJun 19, 2017 8:30 am565 views It’s a warm April evening, and the air and earth are still heavy with moisture from recent rains. I’m perched on a plastic patio chair on my balcony when something catches my eye. I grab my binoculars and make out the details of a small bird paddling around in a new retention pond. It’s a pied-billed grebe, and it’s acting oddly.BusinessFracturing social networks among business elites empower shareholder activismJun 12, 2017 10:30 am322 views Activist investors have become increasingly successful in agitating for change in publicly held companies, and there’s little that business elites can do to rebuff their influence, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton.ArtsUniversity of Illinois theatre department selects first female leaderJun 9, 2017 2:00 pm593 views The University of Illinois theatre department has selected its first female leader – Kirsten Pullen, a professor of performance studies at Texas A&M University.Life SciencesScientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroomJun 7, 2017 1:00 pm2032 views Roughly 115 million years ago, when the ancient supercontinent Gondwana was breaking apart, a mushroom fell into a river and began an improbable journey. Its ultimate fate as a mineralized fossil preserved in limestone in northeast Brazil makes it a scientific wonder, scientists report in the journal PLOS ONE.HumanitiesIllinois Library celebrates poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth centennial with interactive websiteJun 7, 2017 10:00 am402 views In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has created an interactive website featuring memories of Brooks and items from her papers housed at the U. of I.EducationAnderson named College of Education deanJun 7, 2017 9:45 am821 views James D. Anderson, the interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the dean effective Aug. 16.Life SciencesAgricultureGenetic study shakes up the elephant family treeJun 6, 2017 3:00 am2348 views New research reveals that a species of giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100,000 years ago – ranging across Eurasia before it went extinct – is more closely related to today’s African forest elephant than the forest elephant is to its nearest living relative, the African savanna elephant.BusinessEngineeringPhysical SciencesIncreased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequencesJun 5, 2017 12:45 pm1520 views Increased female representation in the managerial ranks of engineering organizations may add another layer of sex segregation on top of the one it’s intended to mitigate, says a new paper from U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador.Physical SciencesEngineeringMetal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics productionJun 5, 2017 9:15 am401 views Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical properties of certain metals and how they react with hydrogen peroxide.HealthHerbs, spices on vegetables may increase their appeal to men, young adultsJun 2, 2017 9:30 am427 views Adults who don’t routinely eat vegetables for lunch -- especially men and younger adults -- may be more likely to consume them if the vegetables are seasoned, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study of more than 530 adults.HealthLife SciencesVeterinary MedicineFred A. Kummerow, successful crusader against trans fats, dies at 102Jun 1, 2017 2:45 pm876 views Fred A. Kummerow, a pioneer in the study of dietary contributors to heart disease who led a decades-long crusade to remove trans fats from the food supply, died Wednesday, May 31, at his home in Urbana, Illinois. He was 102.LawNew paper explores promise, pitfalls of Trump as ‘deal-maker-in-chief’May 31, 2017 9:00 am175 views A style of governance that relies heavily on “deal-making” also has the potential to render President Trump’s administration prone to incompetence and corruption, said Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois legal scholar.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesChemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am728 views Melanoma is a particularly difficult cancer to treat once it has metastasized, spreading throughout the body. University of Illinois researchers are using chemistry to find the deadly, elusive malignant cells within a melanoma tumor that hold the potential to spread.ArtsIllinois music ensemble, professors part of Vienna’s music scene this springMay 26, 2017 10:00 am312 views The University of Illinois is well-represented in Vienna's music scene this spring by the Chamber Singers choir on a 12-day European tour, as well as music professor and pianist William Kinderman and theatre professor Katherine Syer.Social SciencesStudy: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am550 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that gang membership and criminality serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling youths' needs for excitement, belonging and social support.Social SciencesPaper: DNA may have only modest impact on sexual assault arrestsMay 23, 2017 9:30 am205 views Most arrests in sexual assault cases occur before crime laboratory results are available, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher found, suggesting that DNA testing may influence arrests in just a small number of cases.Life SciencesCowbird moms choosy when selecting foster parents for their youngMay 23, 2017 8:30 am341 views Despite their reputation as uncaring, absentee moms, cowbird mothers are capable of making sophisticated choices among potential nests in order to give their offspring a better chance of thriving, a new study shows.BusinessPaper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinkingMay 22, 2017 9:30 am494 views The state of Illinois’ sizable middle class has experienced a consistent but multifaceted squeeze since roughly 1980, according to Robert Habans, a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois.LawPaper: ‘No admit-No deny’ settlements undercut accountability in civil enforcementMay 22, 2017 8:30 am259 views The failure of federal watchdog agencies to require admissions of guilt from the targets of civil enforcement can trigger calls for greater accountability from the public, says a new paper from U. of I. law professors Verity Winship and Jennifer K. Robbennolt.Social SciencesBusinessStudy: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm352 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study.HealthLife SciencesPhysical SciencesSensors detect disease markers in breathMay 18, 2017 11:45 am1645 views A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building’s air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices. By riddling the thin plastic films with pores, University of Illinois researchers made the devices sensitive enough to detect at levels that are far too low to smell, yet are important to human health.HealthLife SciencesStudies link healthy brain aging to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the bloodMay 18, 2017 8:30 am1859 views Two new studies link patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood to the integrity of brain structures and cognitive abilities that are known to decline early in aging.Expert ViewpointsBusinessPhysical SciencesWould a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am825 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.HealthEngineeringPhysical SciencesStudy: Higher mass transit use associated with lower obesity ratesMay 16, 2017 10:30 am2694 views Healthy mass transit systems could contribute to healthier communities, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers that determined higher mass transit use was correlated with lower obesity rates in counties across the United States.Physical SciencesEngineeringSelf-healing tech charges up performance for silicon-containing battery anodesMay 15, 2017 8:30 am947 views Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to apply self-healing technology to lithium-ion batteries to make them more reliable and last longer.EngineeringPhysical SciencesElectroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteriesMay 12, 2017 2:00 pm905 views The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries.Behind the ScenesWhere the wild turkeys aren’tMay 12, 2017 8:30 am773 views It is cold and windy, and we have been out for hours. We are driving to our trap site after lunch when we suddenly stop, and at least a dozen wild turkeys walk in front of our truck. I shout to my techs, “Get out of the truck, herd them to the net, but be careful not to chase them!”HealthLife SciencesPhysical Sciences‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat diseaseMay 11, 2017 1:00 pm1280 views Researchers have demonstrated that a small molecule can transport iron in human cells and live animals when proteins that normally do the same job are missing, a condition that often causes severe anemia in patients. Such “molecular prosthetics” might treat a host of incurable diseases caused by protein deficiencies, such as anemias, cystic fibrosis or certain types of heart disease.Humanities1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library schoolMay 11, 2017 9:00 am685 views University of Illinois library professor Nicole Cooke wrote about the history of the Carnegie Scholars program -- an early 1970s effort to increase the diversity of Illinois' graduate library school.Life SciencesHealthAntibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defensesMay 10, 2017 12:00 pm1446 views Scientists report that they now know how to build a molecular Trojan horse that can penetrate gram-negative bacteria, solving a problem that for decades has stalled the development of effective new antibiotics against these increasingly drug-resistant microbes. The findings appear in the journal Nature.BusinessNew book gives voice to people who grew up in poverty in IndiaMay 10, 2017 8:45 am477 views A new book co-written by a University of Illinois professor who studies subsistence marketplaces chronicles the daily struggles of 13 ordinary people living in India who grew up in poverty.ArtsCampusProvenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artworkMay 9, 2017 9:00 am313 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, “Provenance: A Forensic History of Art,” shows the challenges of provenance research and the efforts to document the history of ownership of several of the museum’s works.Physical SciencesEngineeringResearchers develop transistors that can switch between two stable energy statesMay 9, 2017 8:30 am1112 views Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds – the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly. ArtsCampusBFA exhibition to showcase art and design student work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 4, 2017 9:30 am332 views The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition at Krannert Art Museum allows seniors to show the best of their work.HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian wants readers to experience the Russian RevolutionMay 3, 2017 10:30 am337 views This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.CampusAnnouncementsHealthCarle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am4642 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.Life SciencesAnemonefish dads further fathering researchMay 3, 2017 8:30 am321 views Like the dad in “Finding Nemo,” anemonefish fathers will do almost anything to support their offspring. Their parenting instincts are so strong that if you give a bachelor anemonefish a scoop of anemonefish eggs from an unrelated nest, he will care for them – constantly nipping at them to remove debris and fanning them with oxygen-rich waters – as if they were his own. (Any other fish would eat them, researchers say.)Social SciencesLife SciencesReport: Even in death, indigenous border crossers marginalizedMay 2, 2017 4:30 pm438 views Of the hundreds of people who die trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico each year, those with indigenous backgrounds are less likely to be identified than those with more European ancestry, a new analysis reveals.ArtsCampusKrannert Center for the Performing Arts announces performers for 2017-18 seasonMay 2, 2017 2:00 pm159 views The 2017-18 season for Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will include a 15th anniversary celebration of Jupiter String Quartet, dance traditions from around the world, joint programming with Japan House, classical and chamber music artists, and a concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.HealthLife SciencesStudy offers new insight into powerful inflammatory regulatorMay 1, 2017 2:00 pm342 views A new study in mice reveals how a protein called Brd4 boosts the inflammatory response – for better and for worse, depending on the ailment. The study is the first to show that this protein, while problematic in some circumstances, also can protect the body from infection.Life SciencesTeam discovers a new invasive clam in the U.S.May 1, 2017 8:45 am1910 views A new invasive clam has made its official debut in North America.Life SciencesHealthBrain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memoryApr 28, 2017 9:15 am1503 views Studies have suggested a link between fitness and memory, but researchers have struggled to find the mechanism that links them. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that the key may lie in the microstructure of the hippocampus, a region in the middle of the brain involved in memory processes.ArtsCampusELLNORA guitar festival announces 2017 lineupApr 27, 2017 10:45 am746 views Guitarists from around the world will showcase a wide range of musical traditions at this year’s ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, Sept. 14-16 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.