blog postsInsights gained from molecular modeling may lead to better insecticidesFeb 24, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the most damaging crop pests, the corn earworm, may be outwitting efforts to control it by making structural changes in a single metabolic protein, but new insights uncovered by molecular modeling could pave the way for more efficient insecticides, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Toxin combination common in fish appears capable of impairing motor skillsMar 1, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Pups of female rats exposed to a combination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and methylmercury (MeHg) slip and fall more often trying to maneuver on a rotating rod than do pups from non-exposed moms, scientists say.Biotechnology 'investment visionary' to speak at IllinoisMar 12, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A longtime leader and promoter of biotechnology will speak about the potential for state and regional development of the industry at 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 17) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Fatty acid pathway, glucose produce triacetic acid lactoneApr 1, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have designed a potential roadmap to use a biosynthetic pathway taken from a common microorganism to produce compounds that could serve as precursors to explosives or components in everyday devices such as liquid crystal displays or anti-cancer agents.Gene that plays key role in replicating viruses also halts inflammationApr 6, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying vaccinia virus, a close relative of smallpox, have determined that a gene necessary for virus replication also has a key role in turning off inflammation, a crucial anti-viral immune response of host cells.Institute for Genomic Biology announces five themes for researchApr 21, 2004 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although the doors of the Institute for Genomic Biology won't open for two years, 31 faculty and 35 affiliates from 25 campus units have been chosen to be in five newly named research themes in the state-of-the-art facility under construction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Airport baggage screeners may need continuing education, study indicatesApr 27, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Baggage screeners have just seconds amid loud airport noises and the pressure of rushed airline travelers to scan X-rays of carry-on items for weapons. How good they are at finding one may depend on the specificity of their training, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Chemist, entomologist among new fellows of arts and sciences academyMay 6, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chemist Peter Beak and entomologist Gene E. Robinson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the 202 newly elected fellows and foreign honorary members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Latest findings on PCBs to be subject of June workshop at IllinoisMay 7, 2004 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some 200 scientists from around the world will gather June 13-15 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to discuss their latest findings on the health effects of exposure to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) - long-lasting chemicals manufactured and widely used before being banned or restricted since the late 1970s.If you want to help your children with homework, take it easy, studies suggestMay 11, 2004 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What can parents do to help children doing poorly in school? Two new studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggest that supporting their children's autonomy and refraining from being controlling will help kids do better on their homework and raise their grades.Turn on your neurons at the Children's MuseumMay 11, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Neuroscientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite children and their families to learn about their brains at the fourth annual Brain Awareness Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 (Sunday) at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 356 N. Neil St., Champaign.Genomic Biology Institute's first grant to focus on soybeans and climate changeMay 24, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the five newly named research themes of the Institute for Genomic Biology under construction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has landed the institute's first major federal grant.Chipmunks descended from ancestors that survived last ice age, scientists sayJul 12, 2004 9:00 am670 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Well, nuts.Negative self-image of adolescents fosters increasingly damaging behaviorsJul 26, 2004 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adolescents who think little of themselves tend to shy away from interactions with peers. This uncertainty and withdrawal then draws negative feedback from other students, prompting even more withdrawal and leaving them with few chances to have close friends and as targets for teasing or bullying.Misfiring proteins tied to inflammation and sick feeling of type 2 diabeticsJul 27, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After a series of studies in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Freund, a clearer picture is emerging: A disruption of signaling proteins in the immune system may be responsible for the inflammation that makes someone with type 2 diabetes feel sick and increases the risk of serious complications.Scientists build on case connecting inflammatory disease and depressionJul 27, 2004 9:00 am300 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Feeling sick can be "all in the head" for people with inflammatory disorders or for those receiving immunotherapy, say Robert Dantzer and Keith Kelley, professors in the department of animal sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Isolated soy protein shown to benefit type 2 diabetics, study indicatesJul 30, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Isolated soy protein added to the diets of 14 men, all military veterans under treatment for advanced stages of type 2 diabetes, significantly lowered unwanted proteins in their urine and slightly raised desired HDL cholesterol levels in their blood, researchers say.New comprehensive textbook on companion animals fills needAug 12, 2004 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cats, 77 million. Dogs, 65 million. Such are the estimated totals, as of 2002, of these popular companion animals living with people in the United States. Two-thirds of U.S. farms have dogs, but 90 percent of the canines are owned by city dwellers. Then there are the various birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs, lizards, mice, rabbits and turtles, to name only a few, that share space in human homes.Enzyme activation appears key in helping internal clock tell night from dayAug 18, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Feel like time is repeating itself and won't move on? It could be your internal clock is backpedaling because your PKG-II is out of whack.Study suggests stress of task determines if estrogen helps cognitionAug 27, 2004 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Does estrogen help cognition? Many women ponder that question as a quality-of-life issue while deciding on estrogen therapy since it has been linked to potential disease complications. Now, a new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that the stress of any given task at least partially determines if hormones will help the mind.Children with ADHD benefit from time outdoors enjoying natureAug 27, 2004 9:00 am485 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kids with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) should spend some quality after-school hours and weekend time outdoors enjoying nature, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Anti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.Illinois biologist among 57 Presidential Early Career Award winnersSep 9, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Carla E. Cáceres, a professor of animal biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 57 young researchers named today as recipients of the 2003 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.Serotonin metabolites in mollusks suggest pathways for human therapiesSep 9, 2004 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - From mollusks to mammals, newly discovered chemical pathways of serotonin in the nervous system are paving a path toward future pharmaceutical treatments for depression and other disorders.Byproduct of water-disinfection process found to be highly toxicSep 14, 2004 9:00 am216 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recently discovered disinfection byproduct (DBP) found in U.S. drinking water treated with chloramines is the most toxic ever found, says a scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who tested samples on mammalian cells.Information system to help scientists analyze mechanisms of social behaviorSep 16, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With a $5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will create BeeSpace, a system to help scientists analyze all sources of information relevant to the mechanisms of social behavior.Safety of isoflavones in dietary supplements targeted by Illinois initiativeSep 29, 2004 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A multidisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is embarking on a comprehensive five-year study of the effects of soy isoflavones found in dietary supplements on various body tissues.Five at U. of I. named Fellows of American Association for Advancement of ScienceOct 28, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five faculty members of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science: C.K. (Tina) Gunsalus, Paul B. Kelter, Harris A. Lewin, Benjamin W. Wah and John H. Weaver.Head of cell and structural biology department at Illinois is honoredNov 1, 2004 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Martha U. Gillette of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign has been recognized for "her career achievements in neuroscience as a scientist, teacher and mentor." She received the 2004 Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Neuroscience during the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.Study shows hands-free cell phones dangerously distracted drivers' attentionNov 12, 2004 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Driving with one hand on the wheel and another on a cell phone has led to legal restrictions and proposals to require drivers to use hands-free phones.Molecular technique shows promise in destroying drug resistance in bacteriaNov 12, 2004 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new approach to outwit resistance to antibiotics has been discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Abundance of protein in infected swine may result in reduced muscle massNov 17, 2004 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A study looking at chronic infectious respiratory diseases that affect most swine during their critical growing stage has shed new light on the reasons for restricted weight gain and reduced muscle mass.Researchers to discuss potential of swine as models for human diseaseJan 18, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Biomedical scientists from around the world will discuss the potential of swine as models for understanding and treating a variety of human diseases when they gather for the Swine in Biomedical Research Conference on Embrace your regrets and move forward, psychologist saysJan 24, 2005 9:00 am91 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Have regrets? Don't push them away. Harness them and move on as a smarter person, says Neal Roese, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Women's health, tissue regeneration to be focus of joint U. of I.-Carle programFeb 4, 2005 9:00 am4 views Champaign and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.Forensic entomology to be theme of this year's 'Insect Fear Film Festival'Feb 7, 2005 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Looking for a crime-solving career? Catch the buzz about forensic entomology while being entertained Saturday, Feb. 19, at the 22nd annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Research focusing on why estrogenic hormones produce differing resultsFeb 11, 2005 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research is shedding light on why estrogenic hormones produce unintended results in women, giving hope to the idea that new drugs might reach their targets and work more effectively. Ultimately it could mean that postmenopausal women would know that hormone-replacement therapy would have only its intended result.Chemical analysis of mushrooms shows their nutritional benefitsFeb 14, 2005 9:00 am717 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An analysis of previously uncharted chemical contents, mostly carbohydrates, in U.S.-consumed mushrooms shows that these fruity edible bodies of fungi could be tailored into dietary plans to help fill various nutritional needs.Bugs, even the 'bad' ones, can be educationally beneficial, new book saysMar 1, 2005 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - We have much to learn from bad bugs, according to Gilbert Waldbauer, whose book "Insights From Insects: What Bad Bugs Can Teach Us" was published today (Prometheus Books).Carver Trust grant to advance molecular studies at IllinoisMar 9, 2005 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Rapidly advancing tools let researchers amass oceans of biological data - so much so that fishing out the meaning is as daunting as climbing a mountain without gear. A new $3.15 million, three-year grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, however, will make the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a national leader in its capability to analyze molecular information about cells, officials say.Rare blue poppy among highlights of event at U. of I. Plant Biology ConservatoryMar 10, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Area flower lovers are invited to get a close-up look at one of the world's rare, true blue flowers, the Meconopsis (mee-koh-NOP-sis), known more widely as the Himalayan blue poppy, Saturday and Sunday (March 19-20) at the Plant Biology Conservatory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Unique weather a factor in record 2004 Midwest crop yieldsMar 11, 2005 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If farmers talk big about 2004 crops as they get ready to head out into the fields this spring, let them talk. Believe them. Last year's crop season saw record yields in every major crop amid the closest-to-perfect weather conditions of the last century, scientists say.Staying positive when helping a child with homework stimulates motivationMar 14, 2005 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Your child has a homework assignment, doesn't understand it and is acting helpless. So what's a parent to do? Help, but stay loving and make the process fun, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Components in grapes inhibit enzyme key to proliferation of cancer cellsMar 29, 2005 9:00 am114 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Components in grapes, including some newly identified ones, work together to dramatically inhibit an enzyme crucial to the proliferation of cancer cells, say scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Weather forecasts may be predictors for prevalence of West Nile virusMar 29, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Weather forecasts could become barometers for predicting the potential threat of West Nile virus to humans and wildlife, according to scientists at two state agencies based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Researchers improve design of genetic on-off switchesApr 7, 2005 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have set a new standard in the design and engineering of nuclear hormone receptor-based genetic on-off switches, without causing new problems or aggravating existing ones.Christmas week snowstorm in Ohio river valley broke all recordsApr 7, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even though spring and warm-weather thoughts are here, a chilling, soon-to-be published report says that December's immense Midwest snowstorm was one to remember.Avian flu, rabies among topics of infectious disease conference at IllinoisApr 13, 2005 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Asian bird flu and rabies will be among the topics April 21-22 (Thursday-Friday) during the eighth annual Conference on New and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases hosted by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.Psychological reasoning begins earlier than had been thought, study showsApr 14, 2005 9:00 am90 views CHAMPAIGN, IL. - According to conventional wisdom, babies don't begin to develop sophisticated psychological reasoning about people until they are about 4 years old. A study of 15-month-olds at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proves otherwise.Students sleep in professor's class with their pillows and his blessingApr 21, 2005 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With final exams just around the corner, stress levels are rising for college students everywhere. But at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, students in kinesiology professor Weimo Zhu's class are riding out the tension in the "horse position" - a meditative posture characterized by slightly bent knees and outstretched arms.