blog postsNew online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3099 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment.Surgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue beginsSep 15, 2015 12:00 pm3092 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A new surgical tool that uses light to make sure surgeons removing cancerous tumors “got it all” was found to correlate well with traditional pathologists’ diagnoses in a clinical study, showing that the tool could soon enable reliable, real-time guidance for surgeons.Supersweet Sweet Corn: 50 Years in the MakingAug 7, 2003 9:00 am3080 views Fifty years ago, sweet corn wasn't all that sweet and had a short shelf-life, which made it difficult for grocery stores to stock it. As a result of the persistence of some UI corn researchers, today's sweet corn not only lives up to its name in taste, it maintains its high quality for more than a week, long enough to get it into stores and onto dinner tables. Jerald "Snook" Pataky, UI plant pathologist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has researched the history of UI’s contribution to the existence of today's supersweet corn and will be one of the featured speakers at Agronomy Day on Aug. 21. sResearch: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am3059 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The stereotype of lawyers being bad with numbers may persist, but new research by two University of Illinois legal scholars suggests that law students are surprisingly good at math, although those with low levels of numeracy analyze some legal questions differently.Scott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has diedMay 31, 2018 10:45 am3038 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.Battery technology could charge up water desalinationFeb 1, 2016 11:15 am3020 views The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study by University of Illinois engineers. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions out of the water.New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progressionJun 20, 2018 8:00 am3000 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.First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contactJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm2970 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.Greater prairie chickens cannot persist in Illinois without help, researchers reportFeb 27, 2017 6:00 am2967 views An iconic bird whose booming mating calls once reverberated across “the Prairie State” can survive in Illinois, but only with the help of periodic human interventions, researchers report.Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defenderMar 4, 2016 8:30 am2961 views A new study offers the first atomic-scale view of an interaction between the HIV capsid - the protein coat that shepherds HIV into the nucleus of human cells - and a host protein known as cyclophilin A. This interaction is key to HIV infection, researchers say.Study: Higher mass transit use associated with lower obesity ratesMay 16, 2017 10:30 am2918 views Healthy mass transit systems could contribute to healthier communities, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers that determined higher mass transit use was correlated with lower obesity rates in counties across the United States.Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2881 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand.Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain developmentJul 1, 2016 9:15 am2879 views In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.Newly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonarJan 5, 2011 9:00 am2873 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't.Study: Happiness improves health and lengthens lifeMar 1, 2011 9:00 am2872 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A review of more than 160 studies of human and animal subjects has found "clear and compelling evidence" that - all else being equal - happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers.Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2869 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.Massive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environmentJul 19, 2017 8:30 am2855 views It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell. The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle.Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they growMar 12, 2018 8:45 am2845 views A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers. Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years laterFeb 26, 2018 8:15 am2841 views A new study links doing one’s homework, being interested and behaving responsibly in high school to better academic and career success as many as 50 years later. This effect, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, holds true even after accounting for parental income, IQ and other factors known to influence achievement, researchers report.New camera gives surgeons a butterfly’s-eye view of cancerApr 5, 2018 9:00 am2812 views Cancer lurking in tissue could be more easily found when looking through a butterfly’s eye.Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am2810 views Rates of antibiotic-resistant infections in companion animals are rising at an alarming rate. An Illinois veterinarian discusses what can be done about it.Congressional redistricting less contentious when resolved using computer algorithmSep 11, 2017 8:30 am2807 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.Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damageJan 13, 2016 9:15 am2805 views Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched or stressed, allowing engineers to address problem areas before they become more problematic.The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm2796 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois.Long-term study shows acid pollution in rain decreases with emissionsNov 16, 2011 9:00 am2793 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Emissions regulations do have an environmental impact, according to a long-term study of acidic rainfall by researchers at the University of Illinois.Products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism may have anticancer effects, study showsJul 12, 2018 9:30 am2785 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.Supervolcanoes likely triggered externally, study findsNov 4, 2015 11:15 am2785 views Supervolcanoes, massive eruptions with potential global consequences, appear not to follow the conventional volcano mechanics of internal pressure building until the volcano blows. Instead, a new study finds, such massive magma chambers might erupt when the roof above them cracks or collapses.3-D cow app will help veterinary students learn anatomyNov 3, 2015 9:30 am2782 views Point your phone or tablet at the poster with a cow image and a small 3-D cow appears before you – Desktop Bessie, with her skeleton, circulatory, digestive and nervous systems, and various organs visible as you move around her. If you’re a veterinary student, the augmented reality cow is a great way to learn a cow’s anatomy.Beschloss Family Media Design Center to be dedicated Sept. 22Aug 31, 2000 9:00 am2781 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22.Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2756 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016Kidwell named College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences deanJul 15, 2016 9:15 am2709 views Currently the executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, Kimberlee Kidwell will be the new U. of I. dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. She also will hold the inaugural Robert A. Easter Chair.Physical activity may strengthen children's ability to pay attentionMar 31, 2009 9:00 am2708 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As school districts across the nation revamped curricula to meet requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act, opportunities for children to be physically active during the school day diminished significantly.Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2706 views A new study links anxiety, a brain structure called the orbitofrontal cortex, and optimism, finding that healthy adults who have larger OFCs tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2706 views Tim Nugent, who died Wednesday at the age of 92 in Urbana, Illinois, was a visionary who changed the world for people with disabilities. Starting with a small program at the University of Illinois a few years after World War II – but for years with little support, and often outright opposition – Nugent sought to change both the opportunities for people with disabilities and public attitudes about them.Machine learning could solve riddles of galaxy formationNov 11, 2015 10:15 am2681 views A new machine-learning simulation system developed at the University of Illinois promises cosmologists an expanded suite of galaxy models – a necessary first step to developing more accurate and relevant insights into the formation of the universe.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.”Structural, regulatory and human error were factors in Washington highway bridge collapseAug 24, 2016 9:00 am2670 views When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur. A new analysis by a team of civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign outlines the many factors that led to the collapse, as well as steps that transportation departments can take to prevent such accidents on other bridges of similar design.Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers reportFeb 12, 2014 9:00 am2650 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report.Hand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am2646 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.Study: Serving water with school lunches could prevent child, adult obesityNov 7, 2017 8:00 am2630 views Encouraging children to drink water with their school lunches could prevent more than half a million cases of child obesity and overweight -- and trim the medical and societal costs by more than $13 billion, a new study suggests.Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robotsSep 25, 2017 8:30 am2627 views Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of University of Illinois mechanical engineers and entomologists are looking to click beetles, who can right themselves without the use of their legs, to solve this robotics challenge.Study: Talking while driving safest with someone who can see what you seeOct 8, 2014 9:00 am2614 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cellphone or to a passenger while driving affects one's performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving simulator and videophone to assess how a driver's conversation partner influences safety on the road.Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study findsOct 18, 2017 9:00 am2607 views Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.First-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT scoreFeb 2, 2016 12:00 pm2605 views Underrepresented students’ first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they’ll graduate college than their ACT score or their family’s socioeconomic status, a new study found.Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2578 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.Light illuminates the way for bio-botsMar 14, 2016 2:00 pm2577 views A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light – and is following where the light shines.Chill-tolerant hybrid sugarcane also grows at lower temperatures, team findsJul 28, 2015 8:00 am2537 views U.S. farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcane’s growing range northward from the Gulf coast, substantially increasing the land available for sugar and biofuels. Several hybrid canes developed in the 1980s have proved hardy in cooler climes, surviving overwinter as far north as Booneville, Arkansas. But until now, no one had tested whether these “miscanes,” as they are called, actually photosynthesize, and thus continue to grow, when the thermometer dips.How has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am2537 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismBook recounts pillaging of rare illustrations from university librariesJun 18, 2018 9:45 am2516 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.Study: Biomarkers as predictive of sepsis as lengthy patient monitoringSep 7, 2017 8:15 am2503 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.