blog postsDeathsSep 21, 2017 1:00 pm0 views Carl Deal ... William Dentler Ramm Jr.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am122 views Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Is the future of hurricane forecasting in danger?Sep 20, 2017 8:00 am224 views Satellites that help forecast hurricanes require constant upkeep and frequent replacement, but budget cuts have left the future of hurricane monitoring satellites in doubtBeautiful MuskSep 18, 2017 8:30 am345 views One summer day, just outside of East St. Louis, I drove by a wheat field ready for harvest. The low afternoon light cast a beautiful glow, and I was struck by a lone thistle growing amidst the wheat. I stopped my university vehicle with the official state seal on the side, set up my tripod and was busy photographing. I stopped only when I heard an ominous double click to my right. I am not a hunter, but I knew the sound of the hammers being drawn back on a double-barreled shotgun.Changes in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequencesSep 18, 2017 7:45 am574 views Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized and larger than those in extreme precipitation. These changes can have a strong effect on ecosystems, agriculture, infrastructure design and resource management, and point to a need to examine precipitation in a more nuanced, multifaceted way.DeathsSep 14, 2017 2:45 pm330 views Betty Ann Everence ... Terry L. Jamison ... Jack Arthur May ... Barbara Ann Yates Farewell, Cassini: What have we learned about Saturn?Sep 14, 2017 2:00 pm283 views Astronomy professor Leslie Looney talks about NASA’s Cassini satellite, which will descend into Saturn’s atmosphere tomorrow, twenty years after it's launch Unique 1937 steel guitar to be demonstrated, displayed at ELLNORA guitar festivalSep 14, 2017 8:00 am319 views A one-of-a-kind electric console guitar created by steel guitar performer Letritia Kandle in the 1930s will be demonstrated and on display at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival.Campus sets new marks for undergraduate enrollment, diversitySep 13, 2017 10:30 am1955 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached record levels of undergraduate and total enrollment this semester, and also set high marks for diversity and first-generation representation in the freshman class.Media advisory: Candlelight vigil Sunday to honor missing scholar Yingying ZhangSep 13, 2017 9:45 am158 views A candlelight vigil to honor missing scholar Yingying Zhang will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Illini Union. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in the Union’s Courtyard Cafe.Turkey tangoSep 12, 2017 8:30 am366 views During one late October visit to the Mermet Lake Conservation Area in southern Illinois, I noticed a shape approaching from the distance. The day was windy and wet, and my first thought was that a stray garbage can was rolling down the road. As we drove closer, the black-and-white blob resolved into a pair of yearling turkeys (called “jakes”) involved in a tussle.Campus Recreation to celebrate Ice Arena reopeningSep 11, 2017 3:15 pm88 views Campus Recreation at Illinois will hold a grand reopening of the newly renovated Ice Arena on Friday, Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Remarks from Marcus Jackson, the director of Campus Recreation, will be at 7:30 p.m.Pulitzer Prize-winning author to deliver Mortenson Distinguished LectureSep 11, 2017 9:00 am362 views Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will talk about war, forced migration and refugees when he gives the 27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramSep 11, 2017 8:45 am777 views One hundred forty freshmen and sophomores have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential. Congressional redistricting less contentious when resolved using computer algorithmSep 11, 2017 8:30 am1361 views Concerns that the process of U.S. congressional redistricting may be politically biased have fueled many debates, but a team of University of Illinois computer scientists and engineers has developed a new computer algorithm that may make the task easier for state legislatures and fairer for their constituents.DeathsSep 8, 2017 11:30 am215 views Jesse A. "Tony" Clements ... Charles Vincent Joseph “Charlie” Craft ... Marvin Lockmiller ... Theresa Rasner-Harris ... Sammy Joseph RebeccaMEDIA ADVISORY: Expert available on post-hurricane recovery effortsSep 8, 2017 9:15 am36 views University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Robert Olshansky is available for interviews regarding post-disaster recovery in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am579 views Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES, discusses the flood insurance market in light of Hurricane Harvey losses.Finalists named for vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost positionSep 7, 2017 10:00 am1215 views Chancellor Robert Jones named the four finalists for the role of vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. Each will make a presentation on campus in the coming weeks.Study: Biomarkers as predictive of sepsis as lengthy patient monitoringSep 7, 2017 8:15 am1557 views One measurement of key biomarkers in blood that characterize sepsis can give physicians as much information as hours of monitoring symptoms, a new study found.Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization, new research findsSep 7, 2017 8:00 am3095 views A new study found that monounsaturated fatty acids are linked to general intelligence and the organization of the brain’s attention network.Paper: Decision to claim Social Security benefits influenced by ‘framing’Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am722 views Retirees are more likely to delay claiming Social Security benefits by as many as 15 months due to how the decision is “framed” to them, says a new paper co-written by Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at Illinois.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm358 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am253 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am475 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Book of essays considers how religions view other faithsSep 5, 2017 9:15 am338 views University of Illinois religion professor Robert McKim edited a new book, “Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity,” that explores how members of various religions view those outside of their faiths.U. of I., Kenyan dignitaries introduce exhibition of Swahili artsSep 5, 2017 8:45 am55 views U. of I. Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Krannert Art Museum Director Kathleen Harleman welcomed visitors to “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” on the exhibition’s opening night at the museum Thursday, including Robinson Njeru Githae, the Kenyan ambassador to the United States, and Mzalendo Kibunjia, the director general of the National Museums of Kenya. “It is fitting that ‘World on the Horizon’ is organized by Krannert Art Museum, that it begins here but will travel across the country,” Jones said. “This exhibition and its underlying research reflect the vital and important work we do at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and demonstrate how far the impact of our scholarship can reach.” Jones and Harleman acknowledged the significance of the exhibition, which includes many works of art from Kenya and Oman that are being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time. “World on the Horizon” will be on view at the museum through March 24 in the East Gallery. “We hope this exhibition of Swahili art will begin an era of partnership between Kenya and the United States,” Githae said. “As the exhibition travels to other museums, we invite all to get to know and understand this art and culture.” There are more than 30 works of art from the National Museums of Kenya in the exhibition. The exhibition “reflects years of research and tremendous cooperation among institutions, including the National Museums of Kenya and dozens of other museums and private collectors who have lent their work to this endeavor,” said Allyson Purpura, the senior curator and curator of Global African Art at the museum. She and Prita Meier, a professor of art history at New York University, co-curated the exhibition. “World on the Horizon” will later travel to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and to Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles. The exhibit enriches understanding of the Swahili coast of Africa by emphasizing its global connections, deepening discourse and advancing knowledge in important ways, Purpura said. “It asks visitors to ponder how artistic practice and human creativity can lead people to remap their relationship to seemingly distant places and societies,” she said. “It will encourage visitors to make connections between artworks and to question their own expectations of what African, Asian, Islamic or Western culture looks like.” Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion are part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois.Stink bug babiesSep 5, 2017 8:45 am185 views While hiking in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, looking for unusual things to photograph, I found a hidden world of newly hatched stink bugs clustered around their empty eggshells.Center for Advanced Study seeks research project proposalsSep 1, 2017 3:00 pm15 views The Center for Advanced Study invites U. of I. faculty members to submit scholarly and creative proposals for consideration for its research appointments program. DeathsAug 31, 2017 2:30 pm278 views Gary Lee AshbyScientists discover spring-loaded mechanism in unusual species of trap-jaw antAug 30, 2017 5:00 pm709 views Research reveals how a group of trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws shut at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour – just fast enough to capture their elusive prey.Study examines dietary fats’ impact on healthy, obese adultsAug 30, 2017 9:30 am875 views Metabolically healthy obese adults consuming a diet high in unsaturated fat and low in saturated fat may be able to decrease their total cholesterol by 10 points, a new University of Illinois study suggests.How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am675 views The proper way to register dissent with speech one finds offensive doesn’t involve blockades or threatening violence. It’s more speech, says lllinois law dean Vikram AmarFlatlands Dance Film Festival to screen ‘Bronx Gothic,’ short dance filmsAug 29, 2017 9:30 am473 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival at the University of Illinois will screen a new documentary film about performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her one-woman show “Bronx Gothic.”Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am526 views The Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year and the University of Illinois, a leading center of Slavic studies, is exploring the revolution’s legacy through a series of fall events.Art exhibition encourages discussions about revolution during Russian Revolution centennialAug 29, 2017 8:45 am227 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum uses the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and contemporary artworks to spark conversations about the broader concept of revolution.Exhibition on Swahili arts will feature objects shown in the U.S. for first timeAug 25, 2017 8:30 am640 views The first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. on the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa will premiere at Krannert Art Museum this fall. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” will include objects loaned from the National Museums of Kenya and the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Oman that will be exhibited for the first time in the U.S.Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalystAug 25, 2017 8:00 am1443 views Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria.DeathsAug 24, 2017 11:30 am617 views Albert E. BloemkerRinging in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study findsAug 24, 2017 11:15 am3693 views Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest.Krannert Center residency offers choreographer resources to develop opera productionsAug 23, 2017 9:00 am269 views Choreographer and visual artist Jonah Bokaer recently spent a two-week residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as he develops two opera productions. He was participating in Krannert Center's Intensive Development Lab, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that offers artists space and resources to develop a new work.Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am1517 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policiesIllinois soils are cooler, drier in mid-AugustAug 22, 2017 1:45 pm202 views Soils across Illinois were cooler and drier than average in the first half of August, said Jennie Atkins, the water and atmospheric resources monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Study links fish stress hormones to whether they take the baitAug 22, 2017 10:00 am878 views Take a fish out of water and its stress hormones will go up. Adrenaline and noradrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormones, peak first, followed more gradually by cortisol. A new study finds that largemouth bass whose cortisol levels rise most after a brief bout of stress are inherently harder to catch by angling.University YMCA to hold Dump and Run sale this weekendAug 21, 2017 2:00 pm340 views The University YMCA will hold its annual Dump and Run sale Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana. Admission is $3. A follow-up sale will occur Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion, with a “free” sale from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Dump and Run is a community recycling program that reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, and provides inexpensive items for people to purchase.Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calvesAug 18, 2017 9:45 am848 views Clinical signs may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, suggests a new study co-written by University of Illinois researcher Peter D. Constable.DeathsAug 17, 2017 3:15 pm371 views Jerome “Jerry” Carlson ... Raymond (Ray) Eugene Jenkins ... Janis Elaine “Jan” Shearer ... Karen L. WoldMay 2017 graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 17, 2017 11:00 am8820 views The University of Illinois has announced Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees, as well as graduates for the 2017 spring semester. Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them, researchers reportAug 17, 2017 9:45 am1001 views A new study suggests it may be possible to slow dangerous infections by manipulating the messages microbes send to one another, allowing the body to defeat an infection without causing the bacteria to develop resistance to the treatment.Japan House festival shares Japanese cultureAug 17, 2017 8:45 am1372 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is preparing for its third Matsuri Festival on Aug. 27. It has become the organization's biggest event.