blog postsVeterinary MedicineHealthLife SciencesPaper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calvesAug 18, 2017 9:45 am93 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.DeathsDeathsAug 17, 2017 3:15 pm65 views Jerome “Jerry” Carlson ... Raymond (Ray) Eugene Jenkins ... Janis Elaine “Jan” Shearer ... Karen L. WoldCampusMay 2017 graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 17, 2017 11:00 am4887 views The University of Illinois has announced Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees, as well as graduates for the 2017 spring semester. Life SciencesHealthSlowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them, researchers reportAug 17, 2017 9:45 am368 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.ArtsCampusJapan House festival shares Japanese cultureAug 17, 2017 8:45 am292 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.ArtsIllinois choreographer Abby Zbikowski garnering attention, honorsAug 16, 2017 8:45 am464 views The highly physical choreography of University of Illinois dance professor Abby Zbikowski has earned her a 2017 Juried Bessie Award and recognition in the dance world.AnnouncementsIllinois history professor to speak following Sunday, Aug. 20, screening of ‘Dunkirk’ at Virginia TheatreAug 15, 2017 11:15 am256 views John A. Lynn II, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, will give a talk and answer questions covering the events depicted in the film “Dunkirk” immediately following the 1 p.m. screening Aug. 20 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign. Expert ViewpointsBusinessLawHow do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am458 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.CampusAnnouncementsBashir named executive associate dean of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 15, 2017 9:00 am365 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has appointed a permanent executive associate dean: Rashid Bashir, a professor and the department head of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Urbana campus consolidates to single logoAug 14, 2017 1:30 pm6827 views Academic and administrative units at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will go back to the familiar orange block “I” logo, retiring the column “I” they have used since 1997.Social SciencesPaper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental healthAug 11, 2017 9:00 am587 views New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers’ and fathers’ psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities – and the amount of financial support they provide – conflict with conventional gender roles.DeathsDeathsAug 10, 2017 3:00 pm300 views Barbara Ann Albin Brown ... Nancy Doris Chumbley ... Harvey Albert Hermann Jr. ... William “Bill” J. Kubitz ... Donald Eugene Senn AnnouncementsJuly conditions in Illinois ranged from floods to droughtAug 10, 2017 2:15 pm64 views Northern Illinois experienced heavy rain and widespread flooding in July. Meanwhile, parts of central and southern Illinois experienced dry weather that caused crop damage, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. On average, however, the statewide precipitation was 4.81 inches, which is 0.73 inches above normal. EducationTaboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am394 views A new paper by University of Illinois scholars suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely – but not entirely – to the context and individual audience members’ likelihood of being offended.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum exhibition celebrates early images of nature, female artistsAug 9, 2017 9:15 am175 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum celebrates images of nature, with an emphasis on female artists.Social SciencesHealthLife SciencesIncreased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm606 views An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.Behind the ScenesRestoring a lost heritageAug 8, 2017 8:00 am721 views Physical SciencesLife SciencesNew microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryosAug 8, 2017 7:00 am1153 views University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.DeathsDeathsAug 7, 2017 3:30 pm106 views Barton Marshall Clark ... Julia Ann “Julie” Dawson ... Mary “Joan” Dawson ... L. Thomas Fredrickson ... Louine A. Friese ... Dorothy M. (Lee) “Meenah” Mapson ... Walter Emil Splittstoesser ... Norma Jeanne Woolen HealthSocial SciencesMedia portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm349 views Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women tend to be unrealistic, and their focus on women's bodies may may be detrimental to women and their infants, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholar Toni Liechty.Life SciencesLizard blizzard survivors tell story of natural selectionAug 3, 2017 1:00 pm519 views An unusually cold winter in the U.S. in 2014 took a toll on the green anole lizard, a tree-dwelling creature common to the southeastern United States. A new study offers a rare view of natural selection in this species, showing how the lizard survivors at the southernmost part of their range in Texas came to be more like their cold-adapted counterparts further north.HonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am651 views John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, has received a selective NEH Public Scholar award less than six months after receiving the highest career award in the field of military history.Behind the ScenesSearching for an ancient Maya pilgrimage path: Fire and waterAug 2, 2017 9:30 am336 views It is our final day in the field and we are searching for the last of the ancient Maya ceremonial pools, Pool 25. Mud sucks at our boots as we wade through a jungle swamp. The sap from black poisonwood trees (Metopium brownie) burns our skin. Spike-covered trees snag us, while others swarm with ants. The grassland around this last pool should be a welcome relief. At the edge of the jungle, however, we are met with cutting grass, aptly named for its razor-sharp edges, rising well above our heads. The knee-deep water hides holes that catch us unaware.CampusAltgeld Chimes celebrated in video while chimes concerts on hiatusAug 2, 2017 9:00 am579 views A new video celebrates the history of the Altgeld Chimes and the chimes players.Physical SciencesLife SciencesCicada wings may inspire new surface technologiesAug 2, 2017 8:00 am760 views Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities. Behind the ScenesChamber singers, laughter and schnitzel with music: A few of my favorite thingsJul 31, 2017 2:30 pm193 views Illinois Chamber Singers got a taste of Europe this summer.Life SciencesAgricultureStudy finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humansJul 31, 2017 2:00 pm1252 views Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely associated with autism spectrum disorders in humans are regulated differently in unresponsive honey bees than in their more responsive nest mates, the study found.Social SciencesBusinessStates find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patienceJul 31, 2017 10:15 am291 views State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.HumanitiesArtsResearchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am196 views A new book by Robert Olshansky, the head of the University of Illinois department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, details the lessons learned from disaster recovery all over the world that can guide governments in better responding to a large disaster. Expert ViewpointsArtsSocial SciencesWhat can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am572 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesCampusIllinois alumnus and former faculty member named Social Work deanJul 28, 2017 8:15 am559 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Steven Anderson, the director of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University, was named the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Sept. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Expert ViewpointsLawCan President Trump pardon himself?Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm329 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason MazzoneDeathsDeathsJul 27, 2017 2:00 pm152 views George Allen Bark ... Cyrus Johnson Behind the ScenesSearching for an ancient Maya pilgrimage path: The elusive poolsJul 26, 2017 8:30 am626 views CARA BLANCA, Belize — Armed with a compass, a map, a GPS device and a drone, we begin our exploratory trek through the jungle. The thick vegetation is no match for our team of eight, six of whom are quick with a machete. Four hours after circumventing towering hardwoods and hacking our way through spidery vines, massive palm fronds and dense fern bushes, we stand at the edge of Pool 21, less than a kilometer from the road.HumanitiesUniversity of Illinois alumna to head Rare Book and Manuscript LibraryJul 25, 2017 11:45 am2890 views Lynne M. Thomas, who earned her master’s degree in library and information sciences at the University of Illinois, has been selected as the new head of the U. of I. Rare Book and Manuscript Library.Life SciencesHealthCognitive cross-training enhances learning, study findsJul 25, 2017 9:00 am839 views Just as athletes cross-train to improve physical skills, those wanting to enhance cognitive skills can benefit from multiple ways of exercising the brain, according to a comprehensive new study from University of Illinois researchers.HealthLife SciencesPhysical activity could combat fatigue, cognitive decline in cancer survivorsJul 25, 2017 8:00 am530 views A new study indicates that cancer patients and survivors have a ready weapon against fatigue and “chemo brain”: a brisk walk.HealthLife SciencesLutein may counter cognitive aging, study findsJul 24, 2017 12:45 pm3061 views Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers.AgricultureTwo undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle modelsJul 24, 2017 10:00 am577 views In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species vary in how they take in carbon dioxide and emit water through stomata, the pores in their leaves. The data boosted the accuracy of mathematical models of carbon and water fluxes through plant leaves by 30 to 60 percent.Physical SciencesStrength of tectonic plates may explain shape of Tibetan Plateau, study findsJul 24, 2017 9:00 am240 views Geoscientists have long puzzled over the mechanism that created the Tibetan Plateau, but a new study finds that the landform’s history may be controlled primarily by the strength of the tectonic plates whose collision prompted its uplift. Given that the region is one of the most seismically active areas in the world, understanding the plateau’s geologic history could give scientists insight to modern day earthquake activity. AnnouncementsWarm soils across Illinois in JulyJul 21, 2017 1:30 pm171 views Soil temperatures are above normal in mid-July, 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. DeathsDeathsJul 21, 2017 12:15 pm259 views Bill D. LazzellHumanitiesEducationIllinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am437 views Emily Knox, a professor in the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, is the editor of a book that looks at the controversial topic of the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. BusinessPolitical ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study saysJul 20, 2017 9:15 am293 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 am299 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 am1621 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 pm442 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 SciencesVeterinary MedicineStudy: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoidsJul 18, 2017 10:00 am2622 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 am147 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 am232 views Walter H. Franke Jr.