blog postsHonorsGoldwater scholarship recipients announcedApr 28, 2017 1:00 pm44 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. One student was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the next two academic years, and two others earned honorable mentions.Life 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.DeathsDeathsApr 27, 2017 3:00 pm68 views Alonzo Juan “Beets” Mitchell ... William Dean “Bill” Morrison ... Frank “Wright” Neely ... Susan M. SchmidtHonorsFaculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 27, 2017 1:30 pm90 views Champaign, Ill. – Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at an April 26 reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. 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.HonorsPrice honored with Office Professional of the Year AwardApr 25, 2017 2:45 pm126 views Anne Price received the 2017 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Secretariat at Illinois. 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.CampusDiversity external review team submits report and recommendationsApr 25, 2017 12:30 pm42 views An external review team found that a more centralized organizational structure of diversity efforts would better align the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s institutional goals with outcomes.HonorsFour faculty members to be honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipApr 25, 2017 12:00 pm109 views Four Illinois faculty will be formally honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership at an April 25 dinner tonight.AnnouncementsNominations sought for honorary degreesApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm90 views The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees invites all departments and units to identify and nominate individuals who have made substantial contributions to their respective academic disciplines for an honorary degree award. Information regarding the nomination procedure and criteria for honorary degree award nominations can be found online. AnnouncementsArbor Day celebration to recognize 2016 Tree Campus USA distinctionApr 24, 2017 3:45 pm7 views Students, faculty members, staff and visitors to the U. of I. campus can grab a shovel and help plant one of five new trees Friday, April 28, on National Arbor Day. 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.AnnouncementsIllinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold award reception May 1Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm79 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities will hold its annual award reception honoring the faculty, graduate student and undergraduate student recipients of this year's IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities at 4 p.m. May 1 at IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, fourth floor, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.AnnouncementsIllinois Public Media welcomes 1A to WILL-AM 580Apr 21, 2017 2:15 pm16 views NPR’s 1A, hosted by Joshua Johnson, will join the WILL-AM 580 lineup May 1, airing from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics and technology. The program delves into pop culture, sports and humor. Campus LifeEight honored with distinguished staff awardApr 21, 2017 10:30 am631 views Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 20. The award recognizes exceptional performance.DeathsDeathsApr 20, 2017 11:15 am284 views Frank Carter ... Julie Ann Elliott ... Willard Thouston Garrison ... Ralph L. “Bud” Lieb ... Lottie Russell ... Nancy “Jan” Scott ... Melvyn SkvarlaAnnouncementsMoms Association announces 2017 award and scholarship winnersApr 20, 2017 11:00 am51 views The Moms Association at Illinois announced the winners of its annual awards and scholarship programs during Moms Weekend on April 7-9.AnnouncementsAbbott Power Plant stack to be dismantled ahead of gas boiler upgradesApr 19, 2017 2:30 pm110 views Abbott Power Plant’s 77-year-old south stack will be taken down in much the same way it went up, one piece at a time. Crews this month began preparations to disassemble the 197-foot concrete stack at the plant, located on the U. of I. campus at 1117 S. Oak St. The work is expected to end this summer.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.AnnouncementsPanel Discussions Announced for ‘Ebertfest’Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm223 views Organizers of the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival have announced the slate of panel discussions for the festival. 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.HonorsAnnouncementsIllinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 13, 2017 8:00 am428 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.HonorsCampusStudent in history and political science awarded Truman ScholarshipApr 12, 2017 4:00 pm439 views Thomas Dowling, a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Chicago native, was selected from a nationwide pool of nominees as one of 62 Truman Scholars.AnnouncementsAward-winning author Powell to present in Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesApr 12, 2017 3:15 pm27 views Patricia Hruby Powell, an award-winning young-adult author and Illinois alumna, will provide the third reading and discussion for the Illini Union Bookstore reading series marking the University of Illinois’ 150th year. DeathsDeathsApr 12, 2017 2:15 pm213 views Jules Rodger DeHaven Sr. ... Becky Frances Duffield ... Harriet McKean Fields ... Frederick Clyde Ford ... Iva Fern Galyath ... Anna-Irmgard Haken ... Thomas George Kovacs ... James Robert “Bob” Lodge ... Lyle Curtis “Papaw” Smith ... Stuart F. Yoos Jr. 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.AnnouncementsArt of Science 7.0: Images show the beauty of researchApr 11, 2017 9:30 am113 views Artistically enhanced research images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology will be shown at the Art of Science 7.0 exhibit.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.AnnouncementsMedia Advisory: Public forums to provide Urbana campus master plan design updatesApr 7, 2017 1:45 pm134 views The Urbana campus will host two sessions April 11-12 to brief the campus community and the general public on the design update of the campus master plan.HonorsCampusCampus LifeSeven academic professionals honored with CAPE awardsApr 7, 2017 8:00 am764 views Seven academic professionals were honored with 2017 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards at a reception April 6. Now in its 29th year, the program honors the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals, who provide critical support for administration, research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.AnnouncementsPanel to discuss ‘The War on Facts’Apr 6, 2017 3:15 pm104 views Disinformation, “alternative facts” and the Trump administration’s battle with the mainstream media all will be topics in a panel discussion, “The War on Facts: Costs and Casualties,” April 13 at the University of Illinois. 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.AnnouncementsPerformances by artist Autumn Knight scheduled for AprilApr 5, 2017 1:45 pm38 views Performance artist Autumn Knight will be on campus this month for two performances. Krannert Art Museum is hosting the first solo museum presentation – “Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal” – by Knight this semester. Knight incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work, which examines with perceptions of race, gender and authority. 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.