blog postsSummer concerts by string musicians part of music workshop at IllinoisJul 20, 2018 9:15 am500 views Several world-class string musicians will perform at the University of Illinois as part of a summer string workshop.In rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and functionJul 18, 2018 1:00 pm904 views Male and female rats exposed in the womb and during lactation to plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates had significantly fewer neurons and synapses than those that were not exposed, researchers report in a new study. The phthalate-exposed rats had reductions in the size of their medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region that regulates behavior, and showed deficits in cognitive flexibility. Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers findJul 18, 2018 8:45 am1885 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois.The journey to becoming a physician-innovatorJul 17, 2018 9:00 am1661 views A member of the inaugural class recounts her application and surprise acceptance to the Carle Illinois College of MedicineStudy: Protein found to be key component in irregularly excited brain cellsJul 17, 2018 8:30 am626 views Researchers discovered that the tumor suppressor protein p53 is involved in the irregular brain cell activity seen in autism spectrum disorders and epilepsy.Paper: Email incivility has a ripple effect on householdsJul 16, 2018 9:00 am3244 views The negative repercussions of email incivility extend beyond the workplace, and can even negatively affect a domestic partner’s attitude toward their own work, says a new paper from YoungAh Park, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.The weavers of Tambo PerccaroJul 16, 2018 7:00 am755 views About 70 people are waiting for us in the courtyard of the community center when we arrive. They are llama herders, farmers and weavers. Many have walked for miles to be here, some with small children on their backs. We’re not sure what the community center staff told this crowd to get them to show up, but we’re here, and we’ve got something useful to share.Products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism may have anticancer effects, study showsJul 12, 2018 9:30 am2863 views A class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer’s growth and spread, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study in mice.Exploring the unknown: The Motmot sinkholeJul 9, 2018 8:30 am1319 views Our first two days of searching are laden with humidity. Traversing the ridges and ravines of the Cara Blanca hills leaves us drenched in sweat as we ward off heat exhaustion beneath corozo palm leaves. Two years ago, during a helicopter reconnaissance over this dense jungle in central Belize, wildlife photographer Tony Rath spotted what is now our target: a cavernous hole overflowing with green vegetation, its edges marked by stark white cliff faces. We tried to reach the sinkhole last year, but our attempts were thwarted by a cliff we could not descend. This year, we’re trying again. This time, we came prepared.Work by Illinois dance student performed at national festivalJul 6, 2018 9:30 am1265 views University of Illinois dance student Krystal Collins choreographed a dance that celebrates black girlhood. It was performed at the National College Dance Festival in June.First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contactJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm3129 views A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystalsJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm1525 views The inner workings of high-power electronic devices must remain cool to operate reliably. High internal temperatures can make programs run slower, freeze or shut down. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas, Dallas have collaborated to optimize the crystal-growing process of boron arsenide – a material that has excellent thermal properties and can effectively dissipate the heat generated in electronic devices.What is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am615 views Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the court’s “pivot point” between its liberal and conservative elements since Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006, said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am910 views Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law nearly 30 years ago, a survey of child care providers in Illinois indicates little has changed with regard to the inclusion of children with disabilities in child care settings.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am9325 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am367 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.Study reveals how polymers relax after stressful processingJul 2, 2018 5:45 am756 views The polymers that make up synthetic materials need time to de-stress after processing, researchers said. A new study has found that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions relax at two different rates, marking an advancement in fundamental polymer physics. The findings will provide a better understanding of the physical properties of polymeric materials and critical new insight to how individual polymer molecules respond to high-stress processing conditions.Study yields a new scale of earthquake understandingJun 27, 2018 12:45 pm688 views Nanoscale knowledge of the relationships between water, friction and mineral chemistry could lead to a better understanding of earthquake dynamics, researchers said in a new study. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used microscopic friction measurements to confirm that, under the right conditions, some rocks can dissolve and may cause faults to slip. Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1517 views Editor’s note: The number of tick-borne illnesses diagnosed annually in the United States doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summer is prime tick season, and people spending time outdoors should be vigilant, says University of Illinois entomology professor Brian F. Allan. An expert in the spread of insect- and tick-borne diseases, Allan discussed ticks in Illinois, how to prevent bites and when to seek medical attention in an interview with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.Japan House celebrating 20th anniversary of permanent home with Krannert Center eventJun 25, 2018 8:45 am1176 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is celebrating 20 years in its permanent location with a day of Japanese performances.Stable, predictable work schedules elusive for many Illinois workers, paper saysJun 22, 2018 8:30 am532 views An unpredictable work schedule with irregular shifts has become “a broader, more normative trend across all occupations in Illinois,” says new research co-written by Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Bruno’s co-author is Alison Dickson, an instructor in the Labor Education Program at Illinois.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am2067 views Nina Baym, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a pioneer in the field of study of American women’s writing, has died.DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpartJun 21, 2018 4:00 am1812 views A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. It is the first such synthetic enzyme to outperform its natural counterparts.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm647 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progressionJun 20, 2018 8:00 am3188 views A new microscope system can image living tissue in real time and in molecular detail, without any chemicals or dyes, report researchers at the University of Illinois.Long-term estrogen therapy changes microbial activity in the gut, study findsJun 19, 2018 1:15 pm766 views Long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene changes the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized, University of Illinois researchers found in a new mouse study.Book recounts pillaging of rare illustrations from university librariesJun 18, 2018 9:45 am2644 views An expert on rare-book crimes tells the story of a thief who plundered libraries across the country, cutting irreplaceable antique illustrations from rare books.When emotional memories intrude, focusing on context could help, study findsJun 14, 2018 12:15 pm1282 views When negative memories intrude, focusing on the contextual details of the incident rather than the emotional fallout could help minimize cognitive disruption and redirect the brain’s resources to the task at hand, suggests a new study by psychologists at the University of Illinois. “Everyone has encountered something distressing either in the recent past or the remote past. These memories can pop into our minds and distract from whatever we are doing,” said study leader Florin Dolcos, a professor of psychology at Illinois. “Instead of suppressing or stifling those emotional memories, we simply shift the focus and bring to life some other aspects of the same memory. That leads to a reduction in how much those memories interfere with whatever we’re doing.”Book examines development of Hinduism, literary and social culture in NepalJun 14, 2018 10:00 am541 views University of Illinois religion professor Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz writes about Nepal’s best-known Hindu narrative in her new book and what it tells us about the country’s culture and the history of Hinduism there.New aircraft-scheduling models may ease air travel frustrationsJun 11, 2018 8:30 am1558 views Flight schedules that allow for a little carefully designed wiggle room could prevent the frustration of cascading airport delays and cancellations. By focusing on the early phases of flight schedule planning and delays at various scales, researchers have developed models to help create schedules that are less susceptible to delays and easier to fix once disrupted.Paper: Same-sex marriage doesn’t have to be cultural flashpointJun 8, 2018 8:45 am390 views A new paper by University of Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar argues that same-sex marriage doesn’t have to be a flashpoint in the ongoing culture war between secular and religious values.Study: Larger sample sizes needed to increase reproducibility in neuroscience studiesJun 7, 2018 8:45 am768 views Small sample sizes in studies using functional MRI to investigate brain connectivity and function are common in neuroscience, despite years of warnings that such studies likely lack sufficient statistical power. A new analysis reveals that task-based fMRI experiments involving typical sample sizes of about 30 participants are only modestly replicable. This means that independent efforts to repeat the experiments are as likely to challenge as to confirm the original results.Krannert Art Museum summer exhibition, events sharpen focus on photographyJun 6, 2018 12:15 pm534 views Krannert Art Museum’s landscape photography exhibition looks at our relationship with nature, includes workshops with noted local photographers.Searching for turtles in a sea of grassJun 5, 2018 9:45 am882 views Searching for reptiles and amphibians is often quite tedious. You have to carefully scan ahead of each step for movement before a snake gets away, or spend hours flipping over logs to find the particular salamander you are looking for. Today, we’re searching for turtles. Luckily, we have help.Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be June 26-27Jun 4, 2018 1:30 pm331 views Two Chicago educators who recently received Golden Apple Awards for their innovative teaching practices will be the keynote speakers at the 2018 Beginning Teacher Conference at the University of Illinois.New algorithm fuses quality and quantity in satellite imageryJun 4, 2018 8:30 am1998 views Using a new algorithm, University of Illinois researchers may have found the solution to an age-old dilemma plaguing satellite imagery – whether to sacrifice high spatial resolution in the interest of generating images more frequently, or vice versa. The team’s new tool eliminates this trade-off by fusing high-resolution and high-frequency satellite data into one integrated product, and can generate 30-meter daily continuous images going back to the year 2000. Study links neighborhood factors, breast cancer rates in African-American womenJun 1, 2018 10:15 am1297 views Neighborhood characteristics are associated with late-stage diagnoses and higher mortality rates among urban African-American women, a new study shows.Study: Two ancient populations that diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’May 31, 2018 1:00 pm991 views A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago remained apart for millennia before mixing again. This historic “reconvergence” occurred before or during their expansion to the southern continent.Scott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has diedMay 31, 2018 10:45 am3512 views University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died Monday of cancer at age 55.Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights?May 31, 2018 8:45 am980 views When an employer credibly cites harm to its business interests or reputation from employee speech, the employee has very little legal recourse if they’re fired because of it, said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on employment law.Study: Disease-causing stomach bug attacks energy generation in host cellsMay 30, 2018 11:45 am635 views Researchers report in a new study that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori – a major contributor to gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer – resists the body’s immune defenses by shutting down energy production within the cells of the stomach lining that serve as a barrier to infection.Aiming for hoops and practicing EnglishMay 29, 2018 8:30 am321 views Saturday afternoons for your typical Malaysian high school student are drastically different than what they’re like in the United States. The overriding emphasis here on government exams and grades often confines these youngsters to hours of extra classes and studying, even on the weekends. One of our jobs as Fulbright English teaching assistants is to try to make learning fun by organizing special camps that promote conversational English. But as we get started, the students seem a bit wary.Workshop on perinatal depression planned for June 1-2May 24, 2018 1:45 pm427 views Women in the Champaign-Urbana area who experience perinatal depression and their health care providers will meet with an international group of experts June 1-2 in Champaign for a workshop about new methods of detecting and treating the mood disorder.3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturingMay 23, 2018 2:00 pm3831 views University of Illinois engineers built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can’t: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges. The water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structures have multiple applications in biomedical engineering, cancer research and device manufacturing.Book: Process, not epiphany, is the engine of creativityMay 23, 2018 8:45 am529 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois Gies College of Business professor Jeffrey Loewenstein aims to demystify the creative process.Study: Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana siteMay 22, 2018 9:45 am1980 views A study of ancient mound builders who lived hundreds of years ago on the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers new insights into how Native peoples selected the landforms that supported their villages and earthen mounds – and why these sites were later abandoned.Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am811 views University of Illinois design students created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison learn how to meet certain challenges.Conference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher educationMay 21, 2018 12:45 pm303 views The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.Lost but not forgotten: Why this Memorial Day is differentMay 21, 2018 10:00 am2318 views Illinois professor Scott Althaus tells the story of his extended family’s five-year search for the details of a relative’s last bombing mission during World War II, which also resulted in finding his plane.Paper: Workload affects operational risk at commercial banksMay 21, 2018 8:45 am505 views Under a low-workload scenario, bank employees tend to take performance-enhancing risks. But in a high-workload scenario, employees make more errors due to multitasking, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.