blog postsMapping the state budget impasse and its consequencesJun 7, 2016 10:30 am1578 views With maps and infographics, the Illinois Austerity Atlas visually chronicles the impacts the state budget impasse has had on social services, higher education, youth programs and public health.A guide to the Japan House gardensMay 27, 2016 10:00 am1708 views Japan House has developed a mobile guide to its gardens, which visitors can listen to on their phones for a self-guided tour.BLOG: Expedition to the highest lake in the worldDec 14, 2015 2:00 pm1764 views CATAMARCA, ARGENTINA - Early in 2016, a small team will climb Ojos del Salado, the tallest active volcano in the world. Unlike most climbers who tackle this volcano, however, this group has little interest in reaching the summit. Near the end of their trek, they will veer off the summit path to visit a lake that holds something seen nowhere else on Earth at this altitude: liquid water. The team will try to collect soil and water samples from this lake to see what microbes might be living there. The Cornfield Death MarchNov 3, 2016 10:15 am1857 views My students and I are standing at the edge of a 73-acre cornfield. Covered in mud and sweat, we are dreading the task ahead. We are hunting the western corn rootworm, a menace to corn growers everywhere.