blog postsLife SciencesHealthBrain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memoryApr 28, 2017 9:15 am227 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 am192 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.EngineeringA little support from their online friends calms test-anxious studentsApr 27, 2017 10:00 am493 views Reading supportive comments, “likes” and private messages from social media friends prior to taking a test may help college students who have high levels of test-anxiety reduce their nervousness by 21 percent and improve their scores, researchers at the University of Illinois found.Physical SciencesEngineers shine light on deadly landslideApr 26, 2017 12:30 pm211 views A new report by University of Illinois civil and environmental engineering professor Tim Stark and colleagues details the factors that led to the deadliest landslide on record in the continental United States, along with steps that can be taken to mitigate landslide consequences and risk in the Pacific Northwest.ArtsCampusSoundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environmentsApr 26, 2017 9:45 am120 views Audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made.CampusArtsActor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm3016 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesCould France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm245 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.HonorsCampus LifeEducationComputerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm339 views College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesIs democracy on the wane in Turkey?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am494 views A recent vote on constitutional changes may mean Turkey is headed even further from its one-time status as a model for Islamic democracy.HealthAgricultureBusinessPaper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am588 views Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.Behind the ScenesSnake Road SojournApr 18, 2017 8:30 am700 views SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST, Ill. — There is nothing between us but my camera lens and a half meter of thick southern Illinois air. I peer over my camera, mesmerized by his vertical pupils fixed on me, his heat-sensing pits tracking my every move. He inflates his lungs to exaggerate his already impressive girth. This meter length of muscle is coiled like a spring and poised to strike. Despite being surrounded by 15 thrilled herpetology students and a cacophony of calling tree frogs, the only sound that fills my ears is the ceaseless rattling.ArtsCampusEcology and the arts are focus of Sonified Sustainability FestivalApr 17, 2017 9:15 am243 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival, presented at the University of Illinois during Earth Week and in its second year, celebrates sustainable practices in the arts.Life SciencesAgricultureEngineeringHealthPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesScience at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1067 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.HealthLife SciencesStudy links brain structure, anxiety and negative bias in healthy adultsApr 13, 2017 10:30 am1193 views Healthy college students who have a relatively small inferior frontal cortex – a brain region behind the temples that helps regulate thoughts and emotions – are more likely than others to suffer from anxiety, a new study finds. They also tend to view neutral or even positive events in a negative light, researchers report.Expert ViewpointsLawAre law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am337 views The controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture gets a well-deserved bad rap, says U. of I. law professor and criminal law expert Kenworthey Bilz.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesNanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancerApr 12, 2017 10:00 am884 views Detecting cancer early, just as changes are beginning in DNA, could enhance diagnosis and treatment as well as further our understanding of the disease. A new study by University of Illinois researchers describes a method to detect, count and map tiny additions to DNA called methylations, which can be a warning sign of cancer, with unprecedented resolution.Expert ViewpointsEducationHow might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am332 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-GallaherHealthLife SciencesStudy of sleep apps finds room for improvementApr 12, 2017 8:30 am731 views An analysis of 35 popular phone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically sleep-deprived.Life SciencesIllinois team tackles mysterious disease afflicting wild and captive snakesApr 11, 2017 8:30 am1046 views Biologists and veterinarians across the central and eastern United States are calling on researchers at the University of Illinois to help them identify, understand and potentially treat snake fungal disease, a baffling affliction affecting more than a dozen species of wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states.HumanitiesIllinois religion professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 10, 2017 10:15 am684 views University of Illinois professor of religion Jonathan Ebel has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesCRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasureApr 10, 2017 10:00 am623 views In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes.ArtsArt and architecture faculty awarded fellowshipsApr 6, 2017 12:30 pm437 views Three University of Illinois faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts have been awarded prestigious academic fellowships in their fields. Anne Burkus-Chasson and Prita Meier have been appointed senior fellows at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and Paul Hardin Kapp has been awarded the 2017 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship.Expert ViewpointsLawIs Obamacare worth fixing?Apr 5, 2017 3:00 pm461 views Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health at Illinois, has spent much of his professional career examining the nation's health care system. He spoke with News Bureau Life Sciences Editor Diana Yates about the prospects for Obamacare.HonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am500 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.HumanitiesCampusPrinceton professor of religion and African American Studies Eddie Glaude to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2017 9:00 am129 views Eddie Glaude, a professor of religion and African American Studies of Princeton University, will speak about W.E.B. Du Bois’ views on religion in the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Life SciencesStudy reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North AmericaApr 4, 2017 1:00 pm1526 views A study of the DNA in ancient skeletal remains adds to the evidence that indigenous groups living today in southern Alaska and the western coast of British Columbia are descendants of the first humans to make their home in northwest North America more than 10,000 years ago.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum to showcase art and design work by MFA studentsApr 4, 2017 9:00 am108 views Graduate students in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois will present their work at the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum.BusinessPaper: Experienced auditors better at fraud detection after a simple cueApr 4, 2017 8:00 am371 views A simple cue can trigger a marked increase in fraud detection among veteran auditors, says a new study co-written by business professors Jessen L. Hobson and Mark Peecher.ArtsCampusFinal Petals & Paintings fundraiser this springMar 31, 2017 10:15 am150 views Krannert Art Museum will host its 25th – and final – Petals & Paintings fundraiser this spring, featuring floral designs created by two dozen florists and inspired by works of art on display at the museum.BusinessCampusOnline master’s degree in accountancy coming to U. of I.’s College of BusinessMar 29, 2017 8:45 am1267 views The new iMSA degree will be for working professionals who want access to quality education from a top-three accounting program with unmatched ties to the accounting field, as well as students new to the accounting profession, said W. Brooke Elliott, the EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting at Illinois.Behind the ScenesImage of Research: Graduate students reveal the wonders of discoveryMar 29, 2017 8:00 am1024 views Graduate students pair powerful images with compelling descriptions of research in the 2017 Image of Research competition.ArtsIllinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am538 views University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony discusses the gender, age and body biases in product, building and fashion design in her new book, “Defined by Design.”Expert ViewpointsLawWith the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm502 views With the demise of the American Health Care Act all but rendering health care reform a moribund issue, tax reform likely will present its own challenges for President Trump and Congress, says Professor Richard L. Kaplan.Behind the ScenesCasting a net for conservation, and catching ducksMar 22, 2017 8:15 am777 views I'm sitting in a camouflaged blind when the sun breaks the horizon and lights up the southeast Illinois wetland. Hidden by cattails and other vegetation, I watch my breath and note how cold my feet are despite the thick wool socks and insulated waders I’m wearing. A hundred yards away, ducks – most of them mallards or American green-winged teal – begin to drop from the sky to land on the water along the shore, right near my bait.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1043 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.HealthSocial SciencesTailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1253 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.Life SciencesAgricultureTeam nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expressionMar 17, 2017 2:45 pm767 views Researchers are nebulizing soybean aphids with RNA to speed the process of discovering the function of many mystery genes.ArtsStories of troubled youth and their families depicted in documentary-theater production “WILDERNESS”Mar 16, 2017 8:45 am241 views “WILDERNESS,” a documentary-theater piece coming to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts later this month, tells the stories of a half-dozen adolescents who are sent to a wilderness-therapy program in the desert to work through the issues that are troubling them.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm325 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.HealthLife SciencesStudy links sulfide-producing bacteria and colon cancer in African-AmericansMar 15, 2017 9:15 am666 views A new study reveals that African-Americans have measurable differences in the number and type of bacteria that live in the colon – and those differences are related to their higher-than-average colon cancer risk.ArtsRobotic arm will give Illinois architecture students more fabrication optionsMar 15, 2017 8:00 am543 views The University of Illinois School of Architecture has a new fabrication tool for students to use in building objects they’ve designed. Its industrial robotic arm will allow students in its Detail and Fabrication Program to cut materials at angles and in shapes that they can’t do with the other fabrication tools.Life SciencesAgricultureReport: Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declinesMar 13, 2017 4:15 pm2312 views Monarch butterfly declines cannot be attributed merely to declines in milkweed abundance, researchers report.HumanitiesUniversity of Illinois Library launches open-access digital publishing networkMar 13, 2017 10:30 am998 views The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet. The publishing network is a network of open-access scholarly publications and publishing infrastructure and resources.BusinessStudy: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percentMar 9, 2017 8:45 am844 views The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois.Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesCan data analytics help you fill out a March Madness bracket?Mar 7, 2017 9:30 am1366 views Fill in your March Madness bracket from the center out, says bracketologist Sheldon H. Jacobson.ArtsThis website is watching you. Are you OK with that?Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am1448 views “Tracing You,” an online arts project by University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser, tries to pinpoint the physical location of visitors to the website. Grosser said the project reveals a desire for surveillance.EducationNew book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am524 views The willingness and courage to make decisions is what distinguishes leaders from other people, according to U. of I. education professor Mary Herrmann, the author of a new book that examines the processes and skills that support effective decision-making.AgricultureEngineeringHand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am2231 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.HumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am592 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.HumanitiesApp Authors gives elementary students programming experienceFeb 28, 2017 9:30 am288 views A program designed by researchers at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences gives students experience in coding and in using technology to solve problems through building their own phone apps.