blog posts Do politics or protests have a place in sports? Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm7383 views A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protest Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors Program Aug 28, 2018 8:00 am7289 views The Campus Honors Program announces the names of 159 freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars. What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic? Mar 26, 2020 6:45 am7177 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy. Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 'The Overstory' Apr 15, 2019 4:45 pm7080 views Author Richard Powers, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois, has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel “The Overstory.” What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference? Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am6929 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests. Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt away Jan 18, 2016 10:00 am6927 views A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer needed, eliminating the need for additional surgery to remove the monitors and reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage. Potential new cystic fibrosis treatment uses 'molecular prosthetic' for missing lung protein Mar 13, 2019 1:00 pm6828 views An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale, says new research from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa. Cystic fibrosis is a lifelong disease that makes patients vulnerable to lung infections. There are treatments for some but not all patients, and there is no cure. The drug restored infection-fighting properties in lung tissue donated by human patients as well as in pigs with cystic fibrosis. It has potential to become the first treatment to address all types of cystic fibrosis, regardless of the genetic mutation that causes the protein deficiency. Brain activity reflects differences in types of anxiety May 29, 2007 9:00 am6820 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - All anxiety is not created equal, and a research team at the University of Illinois now has the data to prove it. The team has found the most compelling evidence yet of differing patterns of brain activity associated with each of two types of anxiety: anxious apprehension (verbal rumination, worry) and anxious arousal (intense fear, panic, or both). Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential Nov 18, 2016 9:15 am6811 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study." Greater prairie chickens cannot persist in Illinois without help, researchers report Feb 27, 2017 6:00 am6758 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. Supersweet Sweet Corn: 50 Years in the Making Aug 7, 2003 9:00 am6701 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. s Many Midwestern retailers sell mislabeled invasive vines Jan 8, 2018 9:00 am6584 views Gardeners hoping to celebrate the beauty of American bittersweet – a native vine that produces orange berries in the fall and is used for wreaths – may be unwittingly buying an invasive bittersweet instead. That’s because many Midwestern retailers are selling oriental bittersweet with labels misidentifying it as the native plant, researchers report. These sales are occurring in stores and online. Six Illinois researchers named AAAS fellows Nov 23, 2015 10:00 am6534 views Six researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Drinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study finds Feb 29, 2016 2:15 pm6528 views In a new study of more than 18,300 U.S. adults, U. of I. researcher Ruopeng An found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol. On-campus child care needed for increasing number of student-parents Feb 22, 2010 9:00 am6508 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The lack of affordable, high-quality on-campus day care programs that cater to undergraduate students who double as parents is a stealth issue that has the potential to harm both the student-parent and the child, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education. Campus sets new marks for undergraduate enrollment, diversity Sep 13, 2017 10:30 am6498 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached record levels of undergraduate and total enrollment this semester, and also set high marks for diversity and first-generation representation in the freshman class. Entrepreneur, UI grad Max Levchin to deliver commencement address Mar 12, 2018 10:00 am6472 views Max Levchin, a U. of I. alumnus, co-founder of PayPal, former chairman of Yelp and currently the CEO and founder of the consumer-financing platform Affirm, will serve as the commencement speaker Saturday, May 12. Marching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov 20, 2015 10:45 am6445 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus. The ethical dilemmas inherent in school social work Jul 6, 2010 9:00 am6434 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social worker New U. of I. license plate available Mar 26, 2019 8:15 am6338 views A new version of the U. of I. license plate is available starting today. The updated version, with the "block I" logo, will be mailed to current plate-holders at no charge to them. A portion of the license plate fee goes toward scholarships for in-state students with demonstrated need. Illinois student's puzzle to appear in The New York Times Jan 2, 2020 1:30 pm6330 views Computer science student Adam Aaronson loves puzzles, and a crossword puzzle he created will be published in The New York Times. Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful? Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am6318 views The expansive new set of vaccination requirements issued by the Biden administration affecting the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the mandate emanating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on shakier legal ground, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Caffeine may offset some health risks of diets high in fat, sugar Dec 19, 2019 1:00 pm6303 views A new study in rats suggests that caffeine may offset some of the negative effects of an obesogenic diet by reducing lipid storage, weight gain and the production of triglycerides. Extracting history from a cornfield Jul 17, 2019 12:30 pm6291 views When I get to the archaeological site, I’m surprised to see that it’s in the middle of an active cornfield. Dusty furrows with tiny sprigs of corn come to within about 10 feet of the dig. The researchers are already here, gently peeling back their tarps, assembling their gear and getting ready for another day. The tarps cover the excavation of one of about two dozen dwellings that stood on this site roughly 800 years ago. A short distance away, another team works on a second house. What are the guiding principles of 'environmental sustainability'? Apr 14, 2008 9:00 am6277 views A Minute With™... William C. Sullivan, a professor of landscape architecture Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasize Apr 27, 2016 10:45 am6137 views Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study. Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career Award Jul 3, 2019 1:15 pm6109 views Six researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Surviving a football frenzy Nov 15, 2019 8:00 am6061 views Thirty-one. That’s the number the Illinois football coaching staff writes on the white board for the players to see. Many of the fans filing into Memorial Stadium today know this number, as well. Thirty-one is the number of points by which pundits predict Illinois will lose to Wisconsin. That’s a tough number. Doesn’t matter. My job as a university photographer is to tell the Illini story. There is always plenty to capture and celebrate. The weather is spectacular. It is Homecoming. Illinois has been competitive against some tough foes. I can work with that. Study links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adults Dec 13, 2016 8:45 am6007 views A study of older adults offers insight into how a pigment found in leafy greens that tends to accumulate in brain tissue may contribute to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime. Most homemade masks are doing a great job, even when we sneeze, study finds Sep 17, 2020 9:30 am5949 views Studies indicate that homemade masks help combat the spread of viruses like COVID-19 when combined with frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. Many of these studies focus on the transfer of tiny aerosol particles; however, researchers say that speaking, coughing and sneezing generates larger droplets that carry virus particles. Because of this, mechanical engineer Taher Saif said the established knowledge may not be enough to determine how the effectiveness of some fabrics used in homemade masks. Record-speed data transmission could make big data more accessible Mar 22, 2016 9:45 am5911 views With record-breaking speeds for fiber-optic data transmission, University of Illinois engineers have paved a fast lane on the information superhighway – creating on-ramps for big data in the process. Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring Apr 3, 2014 1:00 pm5891 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. Social skills, extracurricular activities in high school pay off later in life Mar 25, 2009 9:00 am5889 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It turns out that being voted "Most likely to succeed" in high school might actually be a good predictor of one's financial and educational success later in life. Jill Ellis, coach with most wins in U.S. soccer history, named 2020 commencement speaker Jan 30, 2020 10:00 am5823 views Jill Ellis, the head coach of the first women’s soccer team at Illinois who later won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will be the 2020 commencement speaker at Illinois. Illini Success report shows Illinois graduates succeeding in job placement, starting salaries Mar 5, 2020 10:00 am5821 views The annual Illini Success report shows 93% of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s recent graduates found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began a volunteer program. The average salary for a full-time-employed recent graduate was $63,515, up from last year’s $60,885. Disposable surgical masks best for being heard clearly when speaking, study finds Dec 23, 2020 8:00 am5694 views Researcher Ryan Corey recently heard from a friend who teaches at a school where some of the students have hearing loss. The friend wanted to know if he had any ideas to help her communicate with these students while wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Corey, who also has hearing loss, did not know what to tell her. So, he headed to the Illinois Augmented Listening Laboratory to look for solutions. Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-making Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am5681 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. Physical activity may strengthen children's ability to pay attention Mar 31, 2009 9:00 am5669 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. Quick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of blood Jul 3, 2017 7:30 am5656 views A new portable device can quickly find markers of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood. Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds Jun 20, 2017 9:00 am5639 views Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs. Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yield Nov 17, 2016 1:00 pm5628 views Researchers report that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis. This confirms a hypothesis some in the scientific community once doubted was possible. Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Illinois acquires Isaac Newton manuscript Apr 30, 2018 12:45 pm5618 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. Hittite class offers glimpse of Bronze Age language, technology Dec 9, 2019 9:00 am5597 views Illinois students in a Hittite class learn to write the ancient language in clay using cuneiform symbols. Scott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has died May 31, 2018 10:45 am5577 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. How has Twitter changed news coverage? Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am5574 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalism Cocoa flavanols boost brain oxygenation, cognition in healthy adults Nov 24, 2020 4:00 am5567 views The brains of healthy adults recovered faster from a mild vascular challenge and performed better on complex tests if the participants consumed cocoa flavanols beforehand, researchers report. Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patients Nov 27, 2017 8:30 am5554 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. Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture May 14, 2020 8:15 am5531 views Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still a subject of debate. In a new study, scientists report that corn was not grown in the ancient metropolis of Cahokia until sometime between A.D. 900 and 1000, a relatively late date that corresponds to the start of the city’s rapid expansion. How does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children? Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am5487 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social work First-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT score Feb 2, 2016 12:00 pm5477 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.