blog postsEstonian ambassador to address the state of the EUOct 16, 2017 1:45 pm0 views The Estonian ambassador to the U.S. will address the state of the European Union as part of EU Day on Oct. 20.One lucky dogOct 16, 2017 9:00 am0 views The first time we see Elliot, he has a fractured jaw and a bad prognosis. He is a senior rescue dog. The family has only had him for a couple of years, but their 16-year-old daughter has given him his own tiny purple Mohawk hairdo. Clearly, he’s a keeper. The family isn’t sure how Elliot broke his jaw. They say maybe he took a spill off a table. But the dog has such severe dental disease that anything could have caused it.U. of I. nutrition scientist Sharon Donovan elected to National Academy of MedicineOct 16, 2017 9:00 am0 views Sharon M. Donovan, a professor of nutrition and the Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health at the University of Illinois, was elected today (Oct. 16) to the National Academy of Medicine.Report identifies factors associated with harassment, abuse in academic fieldworkOct 16, 2017 8:30 am0 views College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Do they establish clear ground rules for the behavior of everyone on the team? Are the rules consistently enforced? According to a new report, such factors likely influence whether students will witness or experience harassment while working far from home.Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditationOct 16, 2017 12:00 am1 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary acreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. Urbana campus student treated for meningitisOct 14, 2017 2:15 pm66 views Health staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are following up with others who may have been in close contact with a student who is hospitalized for treatment of meningococcal meningitis.Community event kicks off university’s multibillion-dollar campaignOct 13, 2017 8:00 pm450 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s largest, most ambitious philanthropic campaign was introduced to donors, alumni, faculty and staff, students and local community members Friday evening.Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden worldOct 12, 2017 3:15 pm717 views By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help provide a new understanding of underwater phenomena, the researchers said.DeathsOct 12, 2017 3:00 pm109 views Mildred Luther ... Dr. John Roger Powell ... Dr. George “Bruce” ThowResearchers make headway in desalination technologyOct 12, 2017 2:00 pm278 views Engineers at the University of Illinois have taken a step forward in developing a saltwater desalination process that is potentially cheaper than reverse osmosis and borrows from battery technology. In their study, the researchers are focusing on new materials that could make desalination of brackish waters economically desirable and energy efficient.Media Advisory: Campaign kickoff event Friday at State Farm CenterOct 12, 2017 10:45 am65 views News media are invited to set up for the Urbana campus's fundraising campaign inaugural event at the State Farm Center as early as 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells, lets breast cancer spreadOct 12, 2017 9:30 am594 views A cholesterol byproduct facilitates breast cancer’s spread by hijacking immune cells, a new University of Illinois study found.Prominent Japanese cultural figures to visit University of Illinois’ Japan HouseOct 12, 2017 9:30 am315 views Japan House at the University of Illinois will host two prominent cultural figures from Japan this month -- Senko Ikenobo, the first female headmaster designate of the Ikenobo Ikebana School of Floral Art, and bamboo artist Noboru Fujinuma, a Living National Treasure of Japan.Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am115 views Nancy C. Brady, an expert on pre-language communication and language development in young children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.Making sense of the Arab SpringOct 11, 2017 10:15 am266 views Making sense of the Arab Spring is the aim of U. of I. Middle East expert Asef Bayat, in a new book.Some plants grow bigger – and meaner – when clipped, study findsOct 11, 2017 8:30 am819 views Some plants behave like the mythical monster Hydra: Cut off their heads and they grow back, bigger and better than before. A new study finds that these “overcompensators,” as they are called, also augment their defensive chemistry – think plant venom – when they are clipped.University Primary School to hold open houseOct 10, 2017 4:15 pm51 views University Primary School, the laboratory school of the College of Education, is hosting an open house for the community Thursday, Oct. 19. The school is located at the Children’s Research Center, 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign.Research looks at white working-class views on identity, race and immigrationOct 10, 2017 9:00 am815 views A new research study presents a perspective on the social and political views of white working-class communities.New methods tackle a perplexing engineering conceptOct 9, 2017 2:00 pm939 views Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to turn a complex materials design problem into an intuitive concept, understandable to engineers from novice to advanced experience levels. The group developed guidelines to help understand materials engineered to become thicker when stretched. This highly useful property, which is not commonly found in nature, has applications for protective sports equipment, body armor and biomedical devices.Healing Peter with T-shirts and silverOct 9, 2017 8:45 am245 views As a veterinary dermatologist, I see my share of unusual cases. I’ve treated a cheetah with dental disease, an itchy wallaroo, an alpaca with allergies and an alligator snapping turtle with an obstructed throat. But infections in dogs, cats and other critters can be among the most difficult conditions to treat.No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study findsOct 9, 2017 8:30 am3765 views Today’s college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study – not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study, reported in the journal Psychological Science, analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s. All of the students completed the Narcissism Personal Inventory, the oldest and most widely used measure of narcissism.How is Illinois contributing to gravitational wave research?Oct 6, 2017 8:45 am347 views Illinois research scientist, NCSA Gravity Group leader Eliu Huerta Escudero on what gravitational waves are, how they were discovered, and the huge data processing effort behind the breakthroughDeathsOct 5, 2017 1:45 pm218 views Ken Gunji ... Richard Pelczar ... Walter E. SchroederOne Book One Campus features graphic novel tackling religious intolerance, gender politicsOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm114 views The Illini Union will feature “Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal” by G. Willow Wilson as this year’s One Book One Campus selection. Wilson will speak at a free public lecture Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Illini Union Ballroom. An informal reception and book signing will follow.October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm51 views To increase awareness of domestic violence and its consequences, the University of Illinois’ Women’s Resources Center and Courage Connection, along with other campus and community organizations, will host activities and events throughout October. To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study findsOct 4, 2017 10:15 am600 views The best way to reward creativity is not with social-recognition awards such as plaques or other plaudits. According to published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois, it’s all about the money.Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new studyOct 4, 2017 8:30 am306 views Pay-it-forward college financing programs that enable students to pay tuition upon departure rather than entry may make college more accessible to greater numbers of students in the U.S., a new analysis suggests.Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am1276 views Rates of antibiotic-resistant infections in companion animals are rising at an alarming rate. An Illinois veterinarian discusses what can be done about it.Tiny aquariums put nanoparticle self-assembly on displayOct 2, 2017 8:15 am965 views Seeing is believing when it comes to nanoparticle self-assembly. A team of University of Illinois engineers is observing the interactions of colloidal gold nanoparticles inside tiny aquariumlike sample containers to gain more control over the self-assembly process of engineered materials.Large, crystalline lipid scaffolds bring new possibilities to protein, drug researchOct 2, 2017 8:00 am499 views Proteins and drugs are often attached to lipids to promote crystallization or ensure delivery to targeted tissues within the body, but only the smallest proteins and molecules fit within these fat structures. A new study reveals a lipid structure that can support much larger proteins and molecules than before, potentially increasing the variety of drugs that can be attached to these fat molecules.Mitzi and the giant hairballSep 29, 2017 8:30 am529 views Mitzi is a longtime survivor of lymphoma. It’s been five years since her last chemotherapy treatment, but she has been vomiting and her owners are afraid the cancer is back. Her stomach feels very weird – kind of doughy, like there is a big lump of bread in there. That’s not how tumors feel; tumors are usually firm. The X-rays reveal a mass, but it looks like strange material in her stomach. We decide to go in with an endoscope.Brandon Lloyd grand marshal of 2017 Homecoming ParadeSep 28, 2017 2:00 pm1049 views Former NFL and Illinois football player Brandon Lloyd will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s Homecoming Parade, which takes place Oct. 27.DeathsSep 28, 2017 1:15 pm258 views Robert James WoodardDo politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm462 views A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protestDoes President Trump’s tax reform plan add up?Sep 28, 2017 10:45 am402 views President Trump’s much-hyped tax overhaul plan is tantamount to a 'tax-reform wish list,' said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policyPaper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviorsSep 27, 2017 9:00 am495 views Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.How should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am411 views An Illinois professor says a gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court could have profound effects on U.S. democracy and suggests a technological solution.Allerton Music Barn Festival to feature music of Dizzy Gillespie, contemporary Broadway showSep 26, 2017 8:00 am387 views This fall’s Allerton Barn Music Festival will feature a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and a production of the contemporary Broadway musical “[title of show].”Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires papers of poet Haki Madhubuti and Third World PressSep 25, 2017 1:30 pm339 views The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has acquired a collection of papers from poet Haki Madhubuti and from the Third World Press/Third World Press Foundation in Chicago – the oldest independent black-owned publisher in the U.S.Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robotsSep 25, 2017 8:30 am1284 views Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of University of Illinois mechanical engineers and entomologists are looking to click beetles, who can right themselves without the use of their legs, to solve this robotics challenge.DeathsSep 21, 2017 1:00 pm245 views Carl Deal ... William Dentler Ramm Jr.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am565 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 am573 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 am538 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 am919 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 pm391 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 pm325 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 am404 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 am4112 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 am248 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.