blog postsAnnouncementsU.S. citizenship information session June 14 at University YMCAMay 26, 2017 1:30 pm17 views The New Americans Initiative of the University YMCA is hosting three free U.S. citizenship information sessions in June. The final meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign. Free child care is available. Topics include the process of naturalization and how to prepare for the citizenship exam. For additional event details and program fliers, visit http://www.universityymca.org/welcome/#nai. DeathsDeathsMay 26, 2017 1:15 pm11 views John Walker Gray ... Barak Rosenshine ... Linda A. Scott ... Patricia Ann TempelHealthEngineeringLife SciencesChemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am127 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 am67 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.AnnouncementsClinic offers free adult hearing screeningsMay 24, 2017 2:30 pm62 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings June 1 through July 28. Screening appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No appointments are accepted via email. HonorsStudent awarded Boren Scholarship to study in JordanMay 24, 2017 12:30 pm59 views Derek Hoot of Middleton, Wisconsin, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded an $18,500 Boren Scholarship for a 2017-18 study abroad experience in Jordan.Social SciencesStudy: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am279 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 am136 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 am258 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 am381 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 am200 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.AnnouncementsMajor sections of Green Street to close for MCORE project workMay 19, 2017 2:45 pm222 views Beginning Monday, May 22, two sections of Green Street between Wright Street and Goodwin Avenue will close to through traffic as construction resumes on Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project 1 (see map). Significant detours for vehicular and pedestrian traffic will occur for primary campus locations.AnnouncementsSoil temperatures rising across IllinoisMay 19, 2017 2:15 pm27 views After a cool beginning of the month, soil temperatures are rising throughout the state in mid-May, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. DeathsDeathsMay 18, 2017 2:15 pm169 views Teena M. Beason ... Lorena J. Dorsey ... Joann T. Hower ... Scott MaclarenSocial SciencesStudy: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm329 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 am1152 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 am1445 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 am375 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 am2645 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 am661 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 pm796 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 am667 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 pm1098 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 am622 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.HonorsU. of I. student taking part in Fulbright summer study program in ScotlandMay 11, 2017 8:00 am293 views U. of I. student Amber Winters, a resident of Colona, Illinois, is one of four U.S. students selected for a three-week cultural and academic summer program in Scotland.AnnouncementsUniversity YMCA seeks volunteers, donations for annual community recycling eventMay 10, 2017 3:00 pm75 views The University YMCA seeks volunteers to collect, sort and pack donations for its annual Dump and Run recycling sale in August. The program has been a completely volunteer-run program since its inception 15 years ago.HonorsBeckman Institute researcher awarded Postdoctoral Scholar AwardMay 10, 2017 2:30 pm54 views Yue Zhuo, a postdoctorate fellow in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois, has been awarded a Postdoctoral Scholar Award for a paper that was submitted to the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference.Life SciencesHealthAntibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defensesMay 10, 2017 12:00 pm1295 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 am454 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 am277 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.For ParentsIllini SuccessMay 9, 2017 9:00 am360 views Students, alumni share what shaped them most Physical SciencesEngineeringResearchers develop transistors that can switch between two stable energy statesMay 9, 2017 8:30 am1050 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. DeathsDeathsMay 4, 2017 11:45 am320 views Mary Buescher McDonald ... George W. Swenson Jr.AnnouncementsMEDIA ADVISORY: Leading health care, tax scholar available for interviewMay 4, 2017 10:00 am105 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois, is an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and retirement issues who is available for media interviews on issues surrounding the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law. Kaplan has lectured on taxation and retirement issues on three continents and has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, and has developed one of the first law school courses on elder law, an emerging specialty dealing with the legal implications of extended life. According to Kaplan, the proposed American Health Care Act would further complicate an already complicated health insurance system. “The most layered and complex health insurance system in the developed world would become even more incomprehensible if the new health reform legislation gets enacted, because it authorizes each state to isolate persons with pre-existing conditions so others can enjoy lower insurance premiums until they develop medical conditions themselves,” he said. To contact Kaplan, call 217-333-2499; email firstname.lastname@example.org.ArtsCampusBFA exhibition to showcase art and design student work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 4, 2017 9:30 am315 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 am323 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 am4285 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.Life SciencesAnemonefish dads further fathering researchMay 3, 2017 8:30 am300 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.)HonorsFour Illinois professors elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 2, 2017 4:45 pm2349 views Four University of Illinois professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.Social SciencesLife SciencesReport: Even in death, indigenous border crossers marginalizedMay 2, 2017 4:30 pm424 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 pm146 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 pm326 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 am1866 views A new invasive clam has made its official debut in North America.HonorsGoldwater scholarship recipients announcedApr 28, 2017 1:00 pm338 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 am1421 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 pm197 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 pm224 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 am734 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 am1097 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 SciencesEngineeringEngineers shine light on deadly landslideApr 26, 2017 12:30 pm481 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.