blog postsHormone therapy combination may benefit health without increasing cancer riskDec 21, 2017 11:30 am912 views Treating ovariectomized mice with a combination of conjugated estrogens and the drug bazedoxifene triggers the expression of genes that improve metabolism and prevent weight gain – without stimulating the uterus and increasing risks of reproductive cancer, a new study at the University of Illinois suggests.Weightless in San Luis PotosiDec 21, 2017 8:45 am1181 views OUTSIDE VALLES, MEXICO — When we first arrived at this stream, I knew we were in a special location. The clear, turquoise blue water rivals that of any picture from a Caribbean tour magazine. When I put my snorkeled face in the water, I can actually see mussels in the streambed below, something that doesn’t happen very often in Illinois streams. Collecting the mussels, however, is proving difficult.Capital improvement projects selectedDec 20, 2017 2:45 pm144 views More than $44 million in student funding will go toward modernizing teaching and learning environments that will benefit the Illinois campus, Facilities and Services announced. Capital improvement projects were selected and approved by the Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment Oversight Committee and are in development. American Concrete Pavement Association honors DarterDec 20, 2017 2:30 pm327 views The American Concrete Pavement Association presented its 2017 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award to Michael I. Darter, principal engineer with Applied Research Associates, Inc. and a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Illinois.‘Illinois Icons’ tells story of three Illinois legendsDec 20, 2017 11:30 am2302 views “Illinois Icons,” a new 30-minute documentary premiering Jan. 16 on BTN, tells the stories of three men who left enduring marks on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Max Abramovitz, Robert Zuppke and Lorado Taft.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3307 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtWhole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers findDec 20, 2017 8:30 am3007 views People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in resistance exercise differ dramatically in how their muscles build protein, a process called protein synthesis, during the post-workout period, researchers report in a new study. Specifically, the post-workout muscle-building response in those eating whole eggs is 40 percent greater than in those consuming an equivalent amount of protein from egg whites, the team found.Basar named College of Engineering interim deanDec 19, 2017 1:30 pm3233 views Tamer Basar has been named the interim dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Engineering effective Jan. 16, subject to approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Heat from below Pacific Ocean fuels Yellowstone, study findsDec 18, 2017 9:45 am3327 views Recent stories in the national media are magnifying fears of a catastrophic eruption of the Yellowstone volcanic area, but scientists remain uncertain about the likelihood of such an event. To better understand the region’s subsurface geology, University of Illinois geologists have rewound and played back a portion of its geologic history, finding that Yellowstone volcanism is more far more complex and dynamic than previously thought. DeathsDec 14, 2017 2:30 pm270 views Charles Edward “Chuck” MatzSix Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3032 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.November in Illinois was cool and dry with a dash of snowDec 13, 2017 2:45 pm67 views Illinois experienced wide temperature swings in November, with colder-than-normal temperatures canceling out the warmer-than normal days. By month’s end, November was slightly cooler than average in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Dads Association names King DadDec 13, 2017 2:30 pm35 views The Dads Association at the U. of I. named Christopher Thilmany of Schaumburg, Illinois, King Dad 2017 during the annual Dads Weekend on Nov. 11. Thilmany was recognized on the field during the football game with Indiana University. He was nominated by his daughter Gabriella Welch, a sophomore studying public policy and law.High-resolution climate models present alarming new projections for U.S.Dec 13, 2017 12:15 pm1082 views Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs will increase the demand on already-strained natural resources like water and energy. University of Illinois researchers have developed new, high-resolution climate models that may help policymakers mitigate these effects at a local level.U. of I. students propose designs to rehab Chicago industrial areaDec 13, 2017 8:00 am980 views University of Illinois students developed ideas to revitalize an industrial area in Chicago, as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration involving graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am628 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.DeathsDec 12, 2017 8:45 am208 views Barbara Ledora Butts Anderson ... Barbara Ann Armstrong ... Sharol L. "Sherry" Hanson ... Robert J. Mosborg ... Steven Nicholas ... Bernard Spodek ... Ralph R. SwarrDoes revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm600 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela LyonsJapan House Mottainai Holiday BazaarDec 11, 2017 3:15 pm222 views Japan House will hold its annual Mottainai Holiday Bazaar this weekend. The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Mottainai is a Japanese word meaning “what a waste” or “don't waste” and is a treasured Japanese concept.Library adds 14 millionth book, will create display recognizing millionth volumesDec 11, 2017 3:00 pm747 views The University of Illinois Library has added its 14 millionth volume to its collection -- “The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation” by Frederick E. Hoxie, a professor emeritus of history and American Indian studies, written to commemorate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial. The Library will create a new, permanent display to recognize all its millionth volumes. Museum curator, art historian named Krannert Art Museum directorDec 8, 2017 1:30 pm1324 views Jon Seydl, an art historian and currently the senior director of collections and programs and curator of European art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, has been named the new director of Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.Molecular beacon signals low oxygen with ultrasoundDec 8, 2017 9:00 am816 views Researchers have developed a way to find hypoxia, or low oxygen in tissue, noninvasively in real time with light and ultrasound.Who wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1382 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressStudy: Viruses share genes with organisms across the tree of lifeDec 6, 2017 8:45 am698 views A new study finds that viruses share some genes exclusively with organisms that are not their hosts. The study, reported in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, adds to the evidence that viruses are agents of diversity, researchers say.Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am7235 views Two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects – offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. The studies were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am533 views The rising cost of meat and the power of housewives to agitate for a more equitable standard of living is the focus of a new book by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.DeathsNov 30, 2017 3:45 pm400 views See-Wing Chiu ... C.E. “Gene” Hughes ... Arthur “Art” Ramer Wyatt ... Robert Scott Zeiders Susan Key named 2017 boss of the yearNov 30, 2017 1:15 pm111 views The Secretariat organization at Illinois announced that Susan Key, the director of portfolio human resources in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has been named the 2017 Boss of the Year. The Secretariat is comprised of U. of I. staff members in certain civil services classifications. Kate Day nominated Key, her supervisor, for the annual award, which is celebrated during Bosses Week each year.Secretariat honors Susan Conrad with Matteson AwardNov 30, 2017 1:15 pm72 views Susan L. Conrad, the office manager for the Department of Journalism in the College of Media, received the Bess G. Matteson Award at a Nov. 15 luncheon. The Secretariat, an on-campus organization comprised of U. of I. staff members in certain civil services classifications, makes the award. Krannert Art Museum wins prestigious award, adds 16th-century print to its collectionNov 30, 2017 8:00 am506 views Krannert Art Museum has added a 16th-century print by Albrecht Durer – one of the world’s most skilled engravers – to its collection. The museum was awarded the 2017 Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize, given by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, which provided funds for the purchase.Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggestsNov 29, 2017 9:45 am1055 views Those who are more news media literate are less likely to believe conspiracy theories, even ones that resonate with their politics, a study suggests.Study: Stereotypes about race and responsibility persist in bankruptcy systemNov 29, 2017 8:45 am323 views Bankruptcy attorneys have little knowledge of the racial disparities that exist within the bankruptcy system, relying instead on common stereotypes about race, responsibility and debt, according to research co-written by Robert M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois and a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am713 views Higher education finance expert Jennifer Delaney talks about the possible ramifications for college students and their families of tax reform proposals being considered by the U.S. Senate Choreographer wrestles with notions of masculinity in new dance-theater workNov 28, 2017 8:00 am189 views The latest work by dancer-choreographer Cynthia Oliver looks for an expansive view of black masculinity. “Virago-Man Dem” considers male behaviors within Caribbean and African-American cultures, and how black men find themselves restricted by societal codes and taboos.Drug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cellsNov 27, 2017 10:15 am2263 views Researchers are sending tiny drug-laden nanoparticles on a mission to seek and destroy cancer stem cells.Krannert Art Museum to screen short films on World AIDS DayNov 27, 2017 9:45 am155 views Krannert Art Museum will show seven short films about the impact of the AIDS crisis in black communities as part of Day With(out) Art. It is the first year the museum is hosting the film program in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.What role do judges play in employment harassment cases?Nov 27, 2017 9:15 am129 views Judges can unilaterally dismiss sexual or racial harassment cases through summary judgment, a legal maneuver that ends up favoring employers over employees, says Law professor Suja ThomasCancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patientsNov 27, 2017 8:30 am4345 views A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the experimental drug PAC-1 can be used safely in combination with a standard brain-cancer chemotherapy drug, temozolomide.Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies established at IllinoisNov 22, 2017 11:45 am241 views On Nov. 14, the International and Area Studies Library at Illinois hosted a ceremony to celebrate a new Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies. The center was established through a memorandum of understanding between Illinois and the National Central Library of TaiwanDeathsNov 22, 2017 10:45 am163 views LaVerne Elizabeth Smith ... Rita Jo WinglerWhy are global CO2 emissions on the rise again?Nov 21, 2017 12:00 pm476 views The annual Carbon Budget report found that fossil fuel emissions are on the rise again in 2017, says atmospheric sciences professor and report contributor Atul JainTitan the survivorNov 21, 2017 8:30 am660 views The first time I see Titan, a pit bull with mesothelioma in his chest, I give his owners “the talk.” The dog is breathing hard and fast because of the buildup of cancerous fluid around his lungs. Dogs develop some cancers that are very similar to human cancers. This is one that we don’t see very often and for which we don’t have really good treatment options, just like in humans. We eventually learn, however, that Titan is unique.Two Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 20, 2017 9:15 am932 views Two faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2017 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are chosen for their outstanding contributions to their field of study.U. of I. student named Rhodes ScholarNov 20, 2017 9:15 am1289 views Thomas Dowling, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 32 U.S. students selected as Rhodes Scholars. Dowling is the first Rhodes Scholar on the Urbana campus since 1998.Theory: Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligenceNov 20, 2017 8:30 am3847 views Centuries of study have yielded many theories about how the brain gives rise to human intelligence. A new theory makes the case that the brain’s dynamic properties – how it is wired but also how that wiring shifts in response to changing intellectual demands – are the best predictors of intelligence in the human brain.Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activityNov 17, 2017 9:45 am1781 views Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.Five Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 17, 2017 8:00 am4194 views Five faculty members have been named to the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). The list recognizes “leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world."DeathsNov 16, 2017 2:15 pm227 views David R. Hamilton ... Bernhard “Bernie” WorksSoil temperatures were warmer than normal in mid-NovemberNov 16, 2017 2:15 pm62 views Soil temperatures were above normal in mid-November, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Genomic study explores evolution of gentle ‘killer bees’ in Puerto RicoNov 16, 2017 9:30 am1173 views A genomic study of Puerto Rico’s Africanized honey bees – which are more docile than other so-called “killer bees” – reveals that they retain most of the genetic traits of their African honey bee ancestors, but that a few regions of their DNA have become more like those of European honey bees. According to the researchers, these changes likely contributed to the bees’ rapid evolution toward gentleness in Puerto Rico, a change that occurred within 30 years.