blog postsDeathsDeathsJun 22, 2017 3:30 pm0 views Jerry Boardingham ... William H. Erwin ... Stanley Friedman ... Cynthia A. JamesExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhen will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am0 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 am0 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 am0 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 am0 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 pm26 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 pm126 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 pm63 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 pm999 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 am370 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 am982 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 pm985 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 am674 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 am565 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 pm219 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 am322 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 pm593 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 am478 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 pm2032 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 am402 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 am821 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 am2348 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 pm1520 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 am401 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.AnnouncementsBagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am192 views Milan Bagchi, the head of the department of molecular and integrative physiology, was named the next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois. AnnouncementsMay was cool and rainy in IllinoisJun 2, 2017 3:45 pm57 views The statewide average temperature for May was 61.9 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I. A few locations in Illinois reached 90 degrees, including Moline and Springfield. In mid-May, several locations reported temperatures below freezing, including Mount Carroll with 29 degrees.HealthHerbs, spices on vegetables may increase their appeal to men, young adultsJun 2, 2017 9:30 am427 views Adults who don’t routinely eat vegetables for lunch -- especially men and younger adults -- may be more likely to consume them if the vegetables are seasoned, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study of more than 530 adults.HealthLife SciencesVeterinary MedicineFred A. Kummerow, successful crusader against trans fats, dies at 102Jun 1, 2017 2:45 pm876 views Fred A. Kummerow, a pioneer in the study of dietary contributors to heart disease who led a decades-long crusade to remove trans fats from the food supply, died Wednesday, May 31, at his home in Urbana, Illinois. He was 102.DeathsDeathsJun 1, 2017 1:30 pm174 views Audrey “Wally” Brown ... Darlene “Gerri” Hawkins HonorsFaculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 31, 2017 2:15 pm238 views Twelve faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2017. During its annual promotion review process, the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure identifies scholars whose contributions have been extraordinary in terms of quality of work and overall achievement.LawNew paper explores promise, pitfalls of Trump as ‘deal-maker-in-chief’May 31, 2017 9:00 am175 views A style of governance that relies heavily on “deal-making” also has the potential to render President Trump’s administration prone to incompetence and corruption, said Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois legal scholar.DeathsDeathsMay 26, 2017 1:15 pm82 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 am728 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 am312 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 pm71 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 pm112 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 am550 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 am205 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 am341 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 am494 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 am259 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 pm228 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 pm28 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 pm186 views Teena M. Beason ... Lorena J. Dorsey ... Joann T. Hower ... Scott MaclarenSocial SciencesBusinessStudy: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm352 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 am1645 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 am1859 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 am825 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 am2694 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 am947 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.