blog postsCongressional redistricting less contentious when resolved using computer algorithmSep 11, 2017 8:30 am2740 views Concerns that the process of U.S. congressional redistricting may be politically biased have fueled many debates, but a team of University of Illinois computer scientists and engineers has developed a new computer algorithm that may make the task easier for state legislatures and fairer for their constituents.Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am897 views Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES, discusses the flood insurance market in light of Hurricane Harvey losses.Study: Biomarkers as predictive of sepsis as lengthy patient monitoringSep 7, 2017 8:15 am2434 views One measurement of key biomarkers in blood that characterize sepsis can give physicians as much information as hours of monitoring symptoms, a new study found.Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization, new research findsSep 7, 2017 8:00 am4581 views A new study found that monounsaturated fatty acids are linked to general intelligence and the organization of the brain’s attention network.Paper: Decision to claim Social Security benefits influenced by ‘framing’Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am877 views Retirees are more likely to delay claiming Social Security benefits by as many as 15 months due to how the decision is “framed” to them, says a new paper co-written by Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at Illinois.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm411 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am869 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am1572 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Book of essays considers how religions view other faithsSep 5, 2017 9:15 am516 views University of Illinois religion professor Robert McKim edited a new book, “Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity,” that explores how members of various religions view those outside of their faiths.Stink bug babiesSep 5, 2017 8:45 am231 views While hiking in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, looking for unusual things to photograph, I found a hidden world of newly hatched stink bugs clustered around their empty eggshells.Scientists discover spring-loaded mechanism in unusual species of trap-jaw antAug 30, 2017 5:00 pm901 views Research reveals how a group of trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws shut at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour – just fast enough to capture their elusive prey.Study examines dietary fats’ impact on healthy, obese adultsAug 30, 2017 9:30 am1060 views Metabolically healthy obese adults consuming a diet high in unsaturated fat and low in saturated fat may be able to decrease their total cholesterol by 10 points, a new University of Illinois study suggests.How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am828 views The proper way to register dissent with speech one finds offensive doesn’t involve blockades or threatening violence. It’s more speech, says lllinois law dean Vikram AmarFlatlands Dance Film Festival to screen ‘Bronx Gothic,’ short dance filmsAug 29, 2017 9:30 am503 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival at the University of Illinois will screen a new documentary film about performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her one-woman show “Bronx Gothic.”Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am601 views The Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year and the University of Illinois, a leading center of Slavic studies, is exploring the revolution’s legacy through a series of fall events.Art exhibition encourages discussions about revolution during Russian Revolution centennialAug 29, 2017 8:45 am256 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum uses the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and contemporary artworks to spark conversations about the broader concept of revolution.Exhibition on Swahili arts will feature objects shown in the U.S. for first timeAug 25, 2017 8:30 am719 views The first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. on the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa will premiere at Krannert Art Museum this fall. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” will include objects loaned from the National Museums of Kenya and the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Oman that will be exhibited for the first time in the U.S.Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalystAug 25, 2017 8:00 am1604 views Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria.Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study findsAug 24, 2017 11:15 am5511 views Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest.Krannert Center residency offers choreographer resources to develop opera productionsAug 23, 2017 9:00 am305 views Choreographer and visual artist Jonah Bokaer recently spent a two-week residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as he develops two opera productions. He was participating in Krannert Center's Intensive Development Lab, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that offers artists space and resources to develop a new work.Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am1781 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policiesStudy links fish stress hormones to whether they take the baitAug 22, 2017 10:00 am1037 views Take a fish out of water and its stress hormones will go up. Adrenaline and noradrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormones, peak first, followed more gradually by cortisol. A new study finds that largemouth bass whose cortisol levels rise most after a brief bout of stress are inherently harder to catch by angling.Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calvesAug 18, 2017 9:45 am983 views Clinical signs may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, suggests a new study co-written by University of Illinois researcher Peter D. Constable.Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them, researchers reportAug 17, 2017 9:45 am1243 views A new study suggests it may be possible to slow dangerous infections by manipulating the messages microbes send to one another, allowing the body to defeat an infection without causing the bacteria to develop resistance to the treatment.Japan House festival shares Japanese cultureAug 17, 2017 8:45 am1403 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is preparing for its third Matsuri Festival on Aug. 27. It has become the organization's biggest event.Illinois choreographer Abby Zbikowski garnering attention, honorsAug 16, 2017 8:45 am700 views The highly physical choreography of University of Illinois dance professor Abby Zbikowski has earned her a 2017 Juried Bessie Award and recognition in the dance world.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1311 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Paper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental healthAug 11, 2017 9:00 am3415 views New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers’ and fathers’ psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities – and the amount of financial support they provide – conflict with conventional gender roles.Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am582 views A new paper by University of Illinois scholars suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely – but not entirely – to the context and individual audience members’ likelihood of being offended.Krannert Art Museum exhibition celebrates early images of nature, female artistsAug 9, 2017 9:15 am325 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum celebrates images of nature, with an emphasis on female artists.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm975 views An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.Restoring a lost heritageAug 8, 2017 8:00 am1497 views New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryosAug 8, 2017 7:00 am1802 views University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm634 views Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women tend to be unrealistic, and their focus on women's bodies may may be detrimental to women and their infants, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholar Toni Liechty.Lizard blizzard survivors tell story of natural selectionAug 3, 2017 1:00 pm831 views An unusually cold winter in the U.S. in 2014 took a toll on the green anole lizard, a tree-dwelling creature common to the southeastern United States. A new study offers a rare view of natural selection in this species, showing how the lizard survivors at the southernmost part of their range in Texas came to be more like their cold-adapted counterparts further north.Illinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am971 views John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, has received a selective NEH Public Scholar award less than six months after receiving the highest career award in the field of military history.Searching for an ancient Maya pilgrimage path: Fire and waterAug 2, 2017 9:30 am543 views It is our final day in the field and we are searching for the last of the ancient Maya ceremonial pools, Pool 25. Mud sucks at our boots as we wade through a jungle swamp. The sap from black poisonwood trees (Metopium brownie) burns our skin. Spike-covered trees snag us, while others swarm with ants. The grassland around this last pool should be a welcome relief. At the edge of the jungle, however, we are met with cutting grass, aptly named for its razor-sharp edges, rising well above our heads. The knee-deep water hides holes that catch us unaware.Cicada wings may inspire new surface technologiesAug 2, 2017 8:00 am1710 views Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities. Chamber singers, laughter and schnitzel with music: A few of my favorite thingsJul 31, 2017 2:30 pm284 views Illinois Chamber Singers got a taste of Europe this summer.Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humansJul 31, 2017 2:00 pm1596 views Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely associated with autism spectrum disorders in humans are regulated differently in unresponsive honey bees than in their more responsive nest mates, the study found.States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patienceJul 31, 2017 10:15 am350 views State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am466 views A new book by Robert Olshansky, the head of the University of Illinois department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, details the lessons learned from disaster recovery all over the world that can guide governments in better responding to a large disaster. What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am660 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesCan President Trump pardon himself?Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm381 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason MazzoneSearching for an ancient Maya pilgrimage path: The elusive poolsJul 26, 2017 8:30 am696 views CARA BLANCA, Belize — Armed with a compass, a map, a GPS device and a drone, we begin our exploratory trek through the jungle. The thick vegetation is no match for our team of eight, six of whom are quick with a machete. Four hours after circumventing towering hardwoods and hacking our way through spidery vines, massive palm fronds and dense fern bushes, we stand at the edge of Pool 21, less than a kilometer from the road.University of Illinois alumna to head Rare Book and Manuscript LibraryJul 25, 2017 11:45 am3150 views Lynne M. Thomas, who earned her master’s degree in library and information sciences at the University of Illinois, has been selected as the new head of the U. of I. Rare Book and Manuscript Library.Cognitive cross-training enhances learning, study findsJul 25, 2017 9:00 am1139 views Just as athletes cross-train to improve physical skills, those wanting to enhance cognitive skills can benefit from multiple ways of exercising the brain, according to a comprehensive new study from University of Illinois researchers.Physical activity could combat fatigue, cognitive decline in cancer survivorsJul 25, 2017 8:00 am956 views A new study indicates that cancer patients and survivors have a ready weapon against fatigue and “chemo brain”: a brisk walk.Lutein may counter cognitive aging, study findsJul 24, 2017 12:45 pm3664 views Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers.Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle modelsJul 24, 2017 10:00 am738 views In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species vary in how they take in carbon dioxide and emit water through stomata, the pores in their leaves. The data boosted the accuracy of mathematical models of carbon and water fluxes through plant leaves by 30 to 60 percent.