blog postsBusinessPolitical ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study saysJul 20, 2017 9:15 am0 views New research from U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli provides a more nuanced understanding of the role of political ideology and social norms on donation decisions.Social SciencesStudy: Supreme Court decision complicates prosecuting child abusersJul 19, 2017 11:15 am122 views A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than 200 prosecutors.Life SciencesHealthMassive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environmentJul 19, 2017 8:30 am472 views It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell. The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle.HonorsLecturer’s ‘Kindred’ adaptation selected as top pick by ICA ReadsJul 18, 2017 2:45 pm233 views The Institute of Contemporary Art’s “artful book club,” ICA Reads, has selected “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” as its 2017 pick for a book of critical and societal importance. A reinterpretation of Octavia E. Butler’s science-fiction masterpiece “Kindred,” the book was adapted by School of Information Sciences at Illinois alumnus and adjunct lecturer Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings. A New York Times bestseller, the novel tells the story of a young black woman’s time-travel between her home in 1970s California and a plantation in the antebellum South.HealthLife SciencesStudy: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoidsJul 18, 2017 10:00 am1488 views Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, THC, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits – but without the psychotropic high. Life SciencesBrief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brainJul 17, 2017 9:00 am74 views A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish.DeathsDeathsJul 14, 2017 11:45 am151 views Walter H. Franke Jr.HonorsKuklinski honored with career achievement awardJul 14, 2017 10:15 am42 views James H. Kuklinski, a professor emeritus of political science at Illinois, has been honored with the 2017 Hazel Gaudet Erskine Political Psychology Career Achievement Award, given by the American Political Science Association’s Political Psychology Section.Expert ViewpointsLawAfter two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am299 views "...fixing the major problems that Illinois has – both in policy and in finances – is going to require the governor to work in cooperation with rather than in opposition to the majorities in the General Assembly, and vice versa"AnnouncementsMedia advisory: Crime Stoppers raises missing scholar award amount to $50,000Jul 13, 2017 5:00 pm203 views The reward for information about missing scholar Yingying Zhang’s whereabouts will be raised to $50,000. The increase, requested by Zhang's family, will be announced at a news conference Friday morning.CampusCenter for Advanced Study appoints seven new faculty membersJul 13, 2017 3:00 pm220 views The Center for Advanced Study has appointed seven new members to its permanent faculty – one of the highest forms of academic recognition the University of Illinois campus makes for outstanding scholarship.Physical SciencesEngineeringResearchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technologyJul 13, 2017 4:00 am982 views When it comes to efficiency, sometimes it helps to look to Mother Nature for advice – even in technology as advanced as printable, flexible electronics. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed bio-inspired dynamic templates used to manufacture organic semiconductor materials that produce printable electronics. It uses a process similar to biomineralization – the way that bones and teeth form. This technique is also eco-friendly compared with how conventional electronics are made, which gives the researchers the chance to return the favor to nature. AnnouncementsIllinois Fire Service Institute research director to testify in CongressJul 10, 2017 3:30 pm138 views Gavin Horn, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute’s director of research, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The hearing, scheduled for July 12, is titled “U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness and Priorities.” The hearing will review the effectiveness and priorities of the United States Fire Administration and the Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters grant programs.Social SciencesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesSurvey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am706 views In an online survey about their workplace experiences, 88 percent of academics, students, postdoctoral researchers and administrators in astronomy and planetary science reported hearing, experiencing or witnessing negative language or harassment relating to race, gender or other physical characteristics at work within the last five years. Of the 423 respondents, 39 percent reported having been verbally harassed and 9 percent said they had suffered physical harassment at work.DeathsDeathsJul 6, 2017 1:00 pm214 views Richard Marks Joy ... Sandra Lee "Sandy" RobertsAnnouncementsJune was warm with extreme rainfall variations across IllinoisJul 5, 2017 3:00 pm58 views The average temperature for June in Illinois was 72.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Life SciencesSocial SciencesStudy: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East AsiansJul 5, 2017 10:15 am624 views Westerners view handshaking more positively than do East Asians, researchers report in a new study. Western men also rate handshakes initiated by men and women differently, the study found. EngineeringPhysical SciencesEngineers find way to evaluate green roofsJul 5, 2017 9:45 am1354 views Green infrastructure is an attractive concept, but there is concern surrounding its effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using a mathematical technique traditionally used in earthquake engineering to determine how well green infrastructure works and to communicate with urban planners, policymakers and developers.CampusHumanitiesLife SciencesUniversity of Illinois hosting inaugural human-animal studies instituteJul 5, 2017 9:30 am324 views The University of Illinois is hosting a Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute -- the first of its kind in the emerging interdisciplinary field.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesQuick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of bloodJul 3, 2017 7:30 am2583 views A new portable device can quickly find markers of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood.HealthSocial SciencesPaper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughtsJun 30, 2017 9:15 am343 views New mothers who are in abusive relationships are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. Conducted with women in Brazil, the study is among a growing body of research to establish a link between suicidality and intimate partner violence among postpartum women in low- or middle-income countries.DeathsDeathsJun 29, 2017 11:30 am286 views Marion Carter ... Franz KamberEducationAnnual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am258 views Teachers who have just completed their first year in the classroom are invited to attend the annual Beginning Teacher Conference on July 17-18 at the University of Illinois.HealthLife SciencesStudy identifies key player in heart enlargementJun 27, 2017 10:15 am1031 views The heart is a dynamic muscle that grows and shrinks in response to stressors such as exercise and disease. The secret to its malleability lies in individual cells, which get bigger or smaller depending on the heart’s needs. A new study of mouse hearts reveals a previously unknown mechanism by which heart cells control their size by ramping up or stopping the production of a key factor called PABPC1. The findings, reported in the journal eLife, could assist in the development of therapeutics that promote healthy heart growth and prevent disease.AnnouncementsMedia advisory: Campus walk, concert Thursday night for missing scholarJun 27, 2017 8:15 am522 views A public event in support of missing scholar Yingying Zhang will take place Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event is organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.CampusHumanitiesChancellor’s Medallion awarded to three who have preserved University of Illinois historyJun 23, 2017 9:15 am1055 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will award the Chancellor’s Medallion -- the highest campus honor -- to three men who have dedicated their professional lives to preserving the history of the university.DeathsDeathsJun 22, 2017 3:30 pm296 views Jerry Boardingham ... William H. Erwin ... Stanley Friedman ... Cynthia A. JamesExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhen will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am508 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 am2948 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 am30237 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 am184 views For more than 100 years, the University of Illinois Summer Band has performed free Twilight Concerts on the Main Quad.AnnouncementsWarmer, drier soils in IllinoisJun 21, 2017 1:00 pm86 views Soil temperatures have been rising throughout the first half of June, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. AnnouncementsMedia advisory: Campus meeting Thursday night for missing scholar supportJun 21, 2017 12:15 pm425 views Members of the news media are invited to attend a community meeting Thursday, June 22, to discuss campus support for the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China who has been missing since June 9. HonorsIllinois Fire Service Institute’s Brauer to receive awardJun 20, 2017 3:15 pm130 views Brian Brauer, the associate director for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award on June 21 at Auburn University. Brauer’s doctoral dissertation presented a case study of an Illinois fire department that underwent organizational culture change following a firefighter’s line-of-duty death. HonorsFourteen U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 20, 2017 2:00 pm2131 views Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni will pursue international educational, research and teaching experiences this coming year via student Fulbright grants. Applications are open for Fulbright grants for the 2018-19 academic year.HealthLife SciencesStudies link nutrient, academic achievement in pre-adolescent childrenJun 20, 2017 9:00 am925 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 am2877 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.AnnouncementsMedia advisory: News conference to announce $40K reward for arrest in missing scholar investigationJun 19, 2017 5:45 pm1076 views A $40,000 reward was raised by the community to generate information leading to the arrest of those involved in the apparent kidnapping of Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar who has been missing since June 9. The reward will be discussed at a 7 p.m. news conference tonight on campus.Life SciencesResearchers sample a DC swamp to study a spineless creatureJun 19, 2017 9:30 am860 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 am1142 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.DeathsDeathsJun 15, 2017 1:30 pm256 views James E. Hixon ... Richard “Dick” Nash ... Peggy F. Olsen ... Anna May Partenheimer ... Margaret L. Puckette ... Donna Franklin Scheibly ... Harvey J. Stapleton ... Edith A. Wade ... Irma Jane Wienke ... Gerald Paul Wirtz BusinessFracturing social networks among business elites empower shareholder activismJun 12, 2017 10:30 am355 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 pm659 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.HonorsThree U. of I. students awarded national scholarships to study foreign languages abroadJun 8, 2017 10:15 am554 views Three Illinois students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study a foreign language this summer: Adam LoBue, of Brooklyn, New York; Jenny Peruski, of Bangkok; and Eileen Witthoff, of DeKalb, Illinois.Life SciencesScientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroomJun 7, 2017 1:00 pm2306 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 am464 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 am984 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 am2524 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 pm1619 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 am448 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.