blog postsResearchers 'see' structure of open nicotinic acetylcholine ion channelsApr 7, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is an essential chemical communicator, carrying impulses from neurons to skeletal muscle cells and many parts of the nervous system. Now researchers at the University of Illinois have painstakingly mapped the interior of a key component of the relay system that allows acetylcholine to get its message across. Their findings, which appear in the current issue of Nature Structure & Molecular Biology, reveal how the muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptor responds to a burst of acetylcholine on the surface of a cell.Alejandro Lleras receives National Science Foundation CAREER AwardApr 16, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Alejandro Lleras, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute, is a recipient of an Early Faculty CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The $400,000 award will be distributed over five years, beginning in 2008.New protein synthesis not essential to memory formationJul 26, 2007 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois challenges the premise that the brain must build new proteins in response to an experience for that experience to be recorded in long-term memory.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.Researchers produce most detailed map of cattle genomeSep 11, 2000 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The most detailed map ever produced of cattle genes and the first comparison map of cattle and human genomes show that many genes, and even whole chromosomes, are configured in the same way in the two species, scientists report.Information system to help scientists analyze mechanisms of social behaviorSep 16, 2004 9:00 am4 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.Web page provides pet owners with information on dog fluOct 13, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has established a Web page with information about canine influenza, which has spread to pet dogs in 10 states after first being diagnosed in January 2004 at a Florida greyhound track. No cases have been reported in Illinois.Holiday magic show reveals the science behind the 'magic' of chemistryNov 13, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A clear liquid is added to another clear liquid and the mixture turns pink. A glass rod touches a cotton ball and the cotton ball "disappears" in a burst of flame.U. of I. a recipient of grant funds to upgrade rural health networkNov 29, 2007 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois is one of 12 institutions in Illinois to receive funding from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program, an initiative to improve health-related communications infrastructure nationwide. The university will share in the $21 million grant to the state of Illinois. The money will be used to enhance the state's cyber-infrastructure, improving the communications capabilities of health providers all over the state.Estrogen interferes with immune surveillance in breast cancerJan 24, 2007 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Estrogen is known to enhance the growth and migration of breast cancer cells. Now researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that estrogen also can shield breast cancer cells from immune cells.Molecular level discovery could play role in development of new antibioticsJan 29, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have uncovered the molecular activity of an enzyme responsible for naturally turning a small protein into a potent antibiotic known as a lantibiotic.Do people go hungry because 20% of US corn crops are used for ethanol?Feb 3, 2009 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... plant biology professor Evan DeLuciaBiotechnology 'investment visionary' to speak at IllinoisMar 12, 2004 9:00 am5 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.Report: Photosynthesis hack needed to feed the world by 2050Apr 2, 2015 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion people on it by 2050, researchers report in the journal Cell.Monkey-dung study offers clues about land-use, wildlife ecologyApr 6, 2006 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fecal matter of red colobus monkeys collected in western Uganda has yielded a wealth of knowledge about human land-use change and wildlife health and conservation. The main lesson, researchers say, is that the intensity of tree removal translates directly to parasite populations and the risk of infection of their hosts.Two words, in differing order, can increase or decrease cooperationApr 21, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that study subjects sometimes read meaning into the words "nice" and "act," in ways that can influence the subjects' willingness to cooperate with others on simple tasks.U. of I. researcher named Fellow of American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 24, 2006 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - William T. Greenough, a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, today was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Chief of Illinois State Water Survey to discuss drought assessmentMay 22, 2000 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Despite recent rains over parts of Illinois, drought conditions have worsened in central and southwestern regions of the state, say officials of the Illinois State Water Survey.Sloan Foundation funds online continuing education program for veterinariansJun 8, 2001 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A $100,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has paved the way for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine to develop a comprehensive online continuing education program for veterinarians.As the feds restart the FutureGen project in central Illinois, how do we know 'carbon sequestration' really works?Jun 23, 2009 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... geology professor William ShiltsUI scientist develops enzyme inhibitor that may slow cancerJul 20, 2006 9:00 am5 views UI scientist Tim Garrow, in collaboration with Jiri Jiracek of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has applied for a provisional patent on a class of chemicals that has future therapeutic uses in medicine, specifically cancer treatment.Newly developed anesthetic for amphibians could aid field researchersJul 23, 2013 3:45 pm5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Veterinary researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a general anesthetic for amphibians that is administered through their skin. The anesthetic jelly could be a low-cost, easy-to-administer form of anesthesia for veterinary work conducted in the field.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.U. of I. researchers to play key roles in study of how life emerged on earthSep 28, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have leading roles in a multi-institution quest funded by the National Science Foundation to determine how life emerged on Earth.Lawrence Schook named to animal research instituteNov 2, 2012 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - University of Illinois Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook has been named a council member of the National Research Council's Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), which evaluates the use of animals in research and seeks to identify viable alternatives to the use of animals in non-agricultural research.Illinois scientists' discovery helps explain protein-synthesis machinery in cellsDec 18, 2000 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois biologists have discovered that a protein that lives in the cytoplasmic world between a mammalian cell's membrane and nucleus undergoes a "nuclear experience" that is necessary for regulating cell growth and division.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.Study of planarians offers insight into germ cell developmentApr 23, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The planarian is not as well known as other, more widely used subjects of scientific study - model creatures such as the fruit fly, nematode or mouse. But University of Illinois cell and developmental biology professor Phillip Newmark thinks it should be. As it turns out, the tiny, seemingly cross-eyed flatworm is an ideal subject for the study of germ cells, precursors of eggs and sperm in all sexually reproducing species.Psychology professor elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 30, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Renée Baillargeon, the University of Illinois Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced today. She and the other 226 newly elected fellows will be honored at the annual Induction Ceremony on Oct. 6 at academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.The emerald ash borer has been found in Chicago. Can its spread be stopped?Jun 23, 2008 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Extension entomologist Phil NixonIsolated soy protein shown to benefit type 2 diabetics, study indicatesJul 30, 2004 9:00 am6 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.Molecular research suggests shift needed in how drugs are createdOct 3, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first close-up look at a pro-inflammatory signaling molecule involved in immune response in mammals suggests that researchers "should rethink what they are doing" in creating drugs based on a fruit-fly model, scientists say.To stem disease, keep cats indoors, stop feeding strays, scientist urgesOct 18, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Keep pet cats inside, stop feeding strays, cook meat sufficiently and reconsider the way the veterinary profession and public health agencies think - and teach - about the zoonotic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii.Participants needed for course on balancing work, lifeOct 22, 2002 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Work and home: Two worlds that most parents juggle daily. How to balance the two so the pressure of one doesn't overwhelm the other is the focus of a five-part program under development by University of Illinois Extension.U. of I. entomology department swarms to 'Bee Movie'Nov 2, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What do entomologists do on autumn weekends? This Sunday the University of Illinois department of entomology is going to see an animated insect film: "Bee Movie," starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger.Illinois institute named 'Deal of Distinction' by tech-transfer groupNov 10, 2008 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The landmark $500 million biofuels research partnership that created the Energy Biosciences Institute has been named a "Deal of Distinction" by the Licensing Executives Society, an organization of U.S. and Canadian technology transfer professionals.Pig genome offers insights into the feistiest of farm animalsNov 14, 2012 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - The pig and its cousin the wild boar have much in common with humans. They are world travelers. They're adaptable, invasive and often damage their own habitat. They are easy to seduce (with food) and susceptible to domestication, but when conditions allow, they revert to a feral lifestyle.New model revises estimates of terrestrial carbon dioxide uptakeDec 10, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new model of global carbon and nitrogen cycling that will fundamentally transform the understanding of how plants and soils interact with a changing atmosphere and climate.Website offers tools for leaving a smaller carbon footprintDec 16, 2010 9:00 am6 views Using energy for transportation, to power appliances and to make interiors comfortable is nearly impossible to avoid. Although there are energy-saving steps that can be taken, leaving a carbon footprint is inevitable. UI students in a carbon registry class created a website with tools that help in understanding what contributes to carbon output and suggest ways to offset the damage.Keck Foundation to fund interdisciplinary research in brain disease, damageJan 13, 2004 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A pioneering interdisciplinary research initiative that will combine neuroscience, chemistry and materials science in an effort to find new treatments for brain diseases and damage is being launched at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a $1.2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.Creation of antibiotic in test tube holds promise for better antibioticsMar 9, 2006 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists have made nisin, a natural antibiotic used for more than 40 years to preserve food, in a test tube using nature's toolbox. They also identified the structure of the enzyme that makes nisin and gives it its unique biological power.Study finds school environment can moderate student aggressionApr 23, 2007 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The culture of a school can dampen - or exacerbate - the violent or disruptive tendencies of aggressive young teens, new research indicates. A large-scale study from the University of Illinois found that while personal traits and peer interactions have the most direct effect on the aggressive behavior of middle school students, the school environment also influences student aggression.Scientists issue warning about dangers beetle poses to Illinios ash treesApr 29, 2005 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Campers across Illinois are being asked to be firewood wary. There could be an unwanted pest hidden inside that could be devastating to the state's 118 million ash trees if it emerges later this summer from unburned wood.By creating molecular 'bridge,' scientists change function of a proteinMay 5, 2005 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By designing a molecular bridge, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have forged a successful pathway through a complex ocean of barriers: They've changed the function of a protein using a co-evolution approach.New contrast agents may be on horizon for better medical imagingJun 7, 2006 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Research by scientists based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may lead to the development of a new breed of "multimodal" contrast agents that could work within a host of medical imaging platforms - from ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging and molecular imaging.Technique provides new look on response of diseased canine heartJul 5, 2005 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using newly available biological technology, researchers have developed the first molecular portrait of multiple gene activity in diseased heart tissue taken from dogs near death from a devastating disease. The discovery sheds new light on the heart's response to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease of large-breed dogs.Cancer-causing bacterium targets tumor-suppressor proteinAug 2, 2010 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers have discovered a mechanism by which Helicobacter pylori, the only known cancer-causing bacterium, disables a tumor suppressor protein in host cells.Easter named acting dean of ACESAug 6, 2001 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Robert A. Easter was named today to be acting dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. He will become interim dean, pending approval of the Board of Trustees at its meeting Sept. 13 in Chicago.Restless legs syndrome affects nearly 2 percent of U.S./U.K. childrenAug 22, 2007 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Restless legs syndrome is a common problem in children 8 years of age and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a new report from an international team of researchers.Wildlife Society honors author of 'Waterfowl of Illinois: Status and Management'Sep 13, 2000 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Stephen P. Havera, director of the Forbes Biological Station of the Illinois Natural History Survey, was honored Sept. 13 by the Wildlife Society as the recipient of its 2000 Wildlife Publications Award for his comprehensive book on Illinois waterfowl.