blog postsTeam achieves two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, goldMay 15, 2018 8:30 am946 views Scientists report they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, bringing them one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts kicks off two-season celebration of its 50th anniversaryMay 14, 2018 10:00 am912 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will kick off a two-season 50th anniversary celebration this fall.Engineers on a roll toward smaller, more efficient radio frequency transformersMay 14, 2018 10:00 am1325 views The future of electronic devices lies partly within the “internet of things” – the network of devices, vehicles and appliances embedded within electronics to enable connectivity and data exchange. University of Illinois engineers are helping realize this future by minimizing the size of one notoriously large element of integrated circuits used for wireless communication – the transformer.Study shows how bacteria guide electron flow for efficient energy generationMay 14, 2018 8:30 am575 views Biochemists at the University of Illinois have isolated a protein supercomplex from a bacterial membrane that, like a battery, generates a voltage across the bacterial membrane. The voltage is used to make ATP, a key energy currency of life. The new findings, reported in the journal Nature, will inform future efforts to obtain the atomic structures of large membrane protein supercomplexes.Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cellsMay 14, 2018 6:00 am588 views A new technique that uses tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles aims to expand the understanding of the mechanical forces that exist between cells, researchers report. A University of Illinois-led team has demonstrated the quantification of 3-D forces within cells living in petri dishes as well as live specimens. This research may unlock some of the mysteries related to embryonic development and cancer stem cells, i.e., tumor-repopulating cells.Illinois research maps extreme-heat vulnerability in ChicagoMay 11, 2018 1:15 pm1265 views Two Illinois urban planning professors say responding to extreme heat waves has become more difficult in Chicago, as the most vulnerable residents have become more dispersed throughout the area.Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at eventMay 10, 2018 9:30 am310 views Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15, in Champaign.New polymer manufacturing process saves 10 orders of magnitude of energyMay 9, 2018 12:00 pm1300 views Makers of cars, planes, buses – anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts – are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing process that requires only a quick touch from a small heat source to send a cascading hardening wave through a polymer. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with the current manufacturing process.Krannert Art Museum show celebrates work of seniors in art and designMay 7, 2018 10:30 am382 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the work of graduating Illinois seniors in art and design.New CRISPR technology ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precisionMay 7, 2018 10:00 am925 views The CRISPR-Cas9 system has given researchers the power to precisely edit selected genes. Now, researchers have used it to develop a technology that can target any gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and turn it off by deleting single letters from its DNA sequence.For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study saysMay 7, 2018 9:00 am717 views Workplace violence is an endemic problem for front-line health care workers in Illinois, says new research from U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.Russian cuckoo invasion spells trouble for Alaskan birds, study findsMay 7, 2018 8:30 am311 views Common cuckoos and oriental cuckoos in eastern Russia appear to be expanding their breeding range into western Alaska, where songbirds are naive to the cuckoos’ wily ways, researchers report. A new study suggests the North American birds could suffer significant losses if cuckoos become established in Alaska.Study adds new evidence that infants track others’ mental statesMay 7, 2018 7:00 am1092 views A brain-imaging study offers new support for the idea that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs. When 7-month-old infants in the study viewed videos of an actor who saw – or failed to see – an object being moved to a new location, activity in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs changed in the infants, just as it did in adults watching the same videos.Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm1077 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.Germanic languages and literatures professor named Getty Residential ScholarMay 4, 2018 8:00 am255 views Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant. She’ll use the residency to work on her book on the relationship between public monuments and cultural politics in the city of Nuernberg.Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’May 1, 2018 12:45 pm678 views By the time boys who are dubbed class clowns reach third grade, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle -- and view themselves as social failures -- as classmates’ disapproval of their behavior grows, a new study found.Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Illinois acquires Isaac Newton manuscriptApr 30, 2018 12:45 pm5170 views The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired a manuscript written by Sir Isaac Newton that includes instructions for making the philosopher’s stone.Prosthetic arms can provide controlled sensory feedback, study findsApr 26, 2018 2:45 pm2325 views Losing an arm doesn’t have to mean losing all sense of touch, thanks to prosthetic arms that stimulate nerves with mild electrical feedback. University of Illinois researchers have developed a control algorithm that regulates the current so a prosthetics user feels steady sensation, even when the electrodes begin to peel off or when sweat builds up. Respect Indigenous ancestors: Scholars urge community engagement before researchApr 26, 2018 1:00 pm408 views A new article in the journal Science provides guidance for those intending to study ancient human remains in the Americas. The paper, written by Indigenous scholars and scientists and those who collaborate with Indigenous communities on studies of ancient DNA, offers a clear directive to others contemplating such research: First, do no harm.Professor chronicles how Big Ten brought order to college football, then lost its wayApr 25, 2018 10:45 am323 views U. of I. historian Winton Solberg tells the story of the Big Ten’s first half-century, focusing on the organizers and issues rather than on-the-field action.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1255 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence genomes of 1.5 million speciesApr 23, 2018 2:00 pm1034 views An international consortium of scientists is proposing a massive project to sequence, catalog and analyze the genomes of all known eukaryotic species on the planet, an undertaking the researchers say will take 10 years, cost $4.7 billion and require more than 200 petabytes of digital storage capacity. Eukaryotes include all organisms except bacteria and archaea. There are an estimated 10-15 million eukaryotic species on Earth. Of those, the team proposes sequencing 1.5 million.Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needsApr 23, 2018 12:30 pm939 views The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems as high school freshmen, a new study found. Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am751 views Laser light shows are no longer just the stage dressing for rock concerts. They’re also a fun way for local middle school students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics from educators and scientists at the University of Illinois.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum to feature work by art and design graduate studentsApr 19, 2018 2:15 pm379 views Krannert Art Museum will feature the work of graduate students in art and design in its MFA Exhibition, opening April 21.Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople – and sometimes more soApr 19, 2018 8:30 am959 views A new study of trial court judges suggests these arbiters of the law sometimes let their personal ideas about gender roles influence their decision-making.Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am970 views Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.Scholars: In #MeToo movement, lessons of restorative and transitional justice importantApr 13, 2018 9:00 am1073 views A new paper from a team of U. of I. legal scholars explores restorative and transitional justice in the #MeToo movement.Rocks, moss and muddy tree rootsApr 13, 2018 7:45 am487 views It’s a summer day in June, and as my husband and I approach the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor center, I have one goal in mind: I want to see something extraordinary. At my request, the ranger at the visitor center pulls out a map, smiles and immediately points to the tallest waterfall in the area: Ramsey Cascades. Getting there will require hiking a rugged 8-mile trail that gains 2,200 feet in elevation. Our reward: a 100-foot waterfall – something you won’t find in Illinois.Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancersApr 12, 2018 9:30 am2334 views Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar during the year prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase patients’ risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports.Illinois architecture professor designs transformable, adaptive structuresApr 11, 2018 8:30 am2100 views University of Illinois architecture professor Sudarshan Krishnan designs lightweight and transformable structures that can expand and collapse to adapt to a user’s needs.Double the traps, double the turkeysApr 10, 2018 8:45 am544 views I scan the woods around me, carefully eyeing the tree-line through the darkened windows on each side of my blind. I see no turkeys and go back to reading my book. After a few pages, I glance up again and jump in surprise as turkeys emerge over a hill in the field to my right. They are about 40 feet from the Netblaster. I text my crew to let them know our prey has arrived!New camera gives surgeons a butterfly’s-eye view of cancerApr 5, 2018 9:00 am2818 views Cancer lurking in tissue could be more easily found when looking through a butterfly’s eye.Washington University expert on religion, politics to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2018 8:15 am303 views R. Marie Griffith, the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will talk about political and religious disagreements surrounding sex when she delivers the annual Majorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Shrimp-inspired camera may enable underwater navigationApr 4, 2018 1:00 pm1248 views The underwater environment may appear to the human eye as a dull-blue, featureless space. However, a vast landscape of polarization patterns appear when viewed through a camera that is designed to see the world through the eyes of many of the animals that inhabit the water. Image of Research: Bare WitnessApr 4, 2018 8:15 am75 views Deaths from homicides, accidents, disasters or armed conflicts can result in unknown human remains that require identification before further investigation. To identify these remains, an anthropologist can piece together details about a person’s life from their bones. The accuracy of such anthropological methods depends on the diversity of available skeletal research collections, of which there are few around the world. Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am1597 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Paper: Surprise can be an agent of social changeApr 3, 2018 8:30 am494 views Surprising someone – whether it’s by a joke or via a gasp-inducing plot twist – can be a memorable experience, but a less heralded effect is that it can provide an avenue to influence people, said Jeffrey Loewenstein, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Image of Research: You are what you eatApr 3, 2018 8:15 am2677 views As a chef-turned-nutritional neuroscientist, I explore how the food we eat impacts the way we think. As a part of my graduate training, I design dietary interventions. The “cupcakes” in the image above are actually not cupcakes at all. They’re 90 percent egg powder with a dash of sugar and flour. In academic speak, they’re “tightly controlled isocaloric vessels of lutein that will serve as the intervention of a randomized control trial in preadolescents with below-average retinal lutein levels.”Artists at Krannert Art Museum want you to use your ears as well as your eyesApr 3, 2018 8:00 am204 views Artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme want you to listen to, and not just look at, their work on view at Krannert Art Museum.Image of Research: Kinetic structuresApr 2, 2018 8:30 am297 views As an architecture student, I came across a whole new world of kinetic structures. I learned that almost any form can be given mobility and deployed by calculating its geometry accurately and by strategically selecting the joints to allow rotation.Federal officials urged to increase perinatal depression treatment in minority womenMar 30, 2018 10:15 am438 views Federal funding is needed to improve diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression in Latina and black women, according to University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo. Optimistic Latinos have healthier hearts, study findsMar 30, 2018 9:30 am277 views Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study of more than 4,900 Latinos in the U.S. led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.Researchers develop model to show how bacteria grow in plumbing systemsMar 29, 2018 11:45 am1306 views Bacteria in tap water can multiply when a faucet isn’t used for a few days, such as when a house is vacant over a week’s vacation, a new study from University of Illinois engineers found. The study suggests a new method to show how microbial communities, including those responsible for illnesses like Legionnaires’ disease, may assemble inside the plumbing systems of homes and public buildings‘Gathering’ concert series features new music to celebrate sesquicentennialMar 29, 2018 9:00 am423 views The University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will perform a new composition written to celebrate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial in April concerts at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Urbana’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Interdisciplinary theater piece gives glimpse into world of quantum physicsMar 28, 2018 8:45 am825 views “Quantum Voyages,” an interdisciplinary theater piece created by University of Illinois physics and theatre professors, gives a glimpse into the strange world of quantum physics.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm892 views Gender differences in vocational interests increase drastically during puberty but tend to decrease across the lifespan, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study.Team brings subatomic resolution to computational microscopeMar 26, 2018 10:00 am2278 views Scientists have built a “computational microscope” that can simulate the atomic and subatomic forces that drive molecular interactions. This tool will streamline efforts to understand the chemistry of life, model large molecular systems and develop new pharmaceutical and industrial agents, the researchers say.Decision-making is shaped by individual differences in the functional brain connectomeMar 16, 2018 10:15 am1439 views Each day brings with it a host of decisions to be made, and each person approaches those decisions differently. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that these individual differences are associated with variation in specific brain networks – particularly those related to executive, social and perceptual processes.Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matterMar 14, 2018 1:00 pm3486 views Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first experimental findings to validate this theory.