blog postsOpera addressing questions of disability, technology being developed with Lyric Theatre's helpDec 6, 2019 11:45 am323 views A new opera exploring questions of disability, technology and communication is being created with the help of the University of Illinois’ Lyric Theatre program.Study: Leaders of nonprofits that use sport to better society often lack business skillsDec 5, 2019 2:15 pm338 views Many nonprofits using sport to create social change may fail because their leaders lack the leadership and business skills critical to the organizations' survival, U. of I. professor Jon Welty Peachey found in a study.Finding time for playDec 5, 2019 8:15 am412 views Before I step into the classroom, I hear children’s voices and feel the energy these five- and six-year-olds radiate. Once inside, I see bins of materials strewn about – a scene of organized chaos. The bins are full of toys, blocks, interactive cards, game pieces and other materials meant to develop the children’s fine motor skills and enhance their engagement with words and numbers. But I am keenly aware of a worrisome trend in classrooms like this one: They are devoting more time and attention to teaching academic content, thus reducing the time for play. Research suggests that the downward trend in time for play, coupled with growing stressors, could have negative implications for children’s mental health and, in turn, their long-term outcomes.US politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?Dec 4, 2019 11:45 am273 views There’s more happening in Ukraine than just U.S. politics. A U. of I. professor talks about how the country is dealing with a long-term war and its consequences.Alumna named Schwarzman ScholarDec 4, 2019 9:00 am651 views Illinois alumna Katherine Pollman was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, awarded to students who seek a better understanding of China’s role in the world. By imaging the brain, scientists can predict a person's aptitude for trainingDec 4, 2019 8:00 am371 views People with specific brain attributes are more likely than others to benefit from targeted cognitive interventions designed to enhance fluid intelligence, scientists report in a new study. Fluid intelligence is a measure of one’s ability to adapt to new situations and solve never-before-seen problems.Structurally designed 'DNA star' creates ultrasensitive test for dengue virusNov 26, 2019 10:30 am547 views By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star, researchers have created a trap that captures dengue virus as it floats in the bloodstream.Eight Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 26, 2019 10:00 am2276 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eight professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.A little prairie can rescue honey bees from famine on the farm, study findsNov 25, 2019 2:00 pm921 views Scientists placed honey bee hives next to soybean fields in Iowa and tracked how the bees fared over the growing season. To the researchers’ surprise, the bees did well for much of the summer. The colonies thrived and gained weight, building up their honey stores. But in August, the trend reversed. By mid-October, most of the honey was gone and the overwintering brood was malnourished, the team discovered.New study looks to biological enzymes as source of hydrogen fuelNov 25, 2019 8:00 am1355 views Research from the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis has chemists one step closer to recreating nature’s most efficient machinery for generating hydrogen gas. This new development may help clear the path for the hydrogen fuel industry to move into a larger role in the global push toward more environmentally friendly energy sources.Study tracks genomic changes that reinforce darter speciationNov 22, 2019 12:30 pm239 views When they share habitat, orangethroat and rainbow darters tend to avoid one another, even though they are closely related and can produce “hybrid” offspring. The males compete with males of their own species and will almost always ignore females of the other species. A new study offers an analysis of the genomic changes that occur when these fish hybridize, offering insight into the gradual accumulation of incompatible traits that likely drives them to diverge.World AIDS Day commemorated with films at Krannert Art Museum, Krannert CenterNov 22, 2019 11:30 am499 views Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will screen short films addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic to commemorate World AIDS Day.Direct college admissions conference on campus Dec. 6Nov 22, 2019 11:00 am375 views A national conference on direct college admissions policies will be held Dec. 6 on the University of Illinois campus to explore how these programs can increase college access and boost enrollment.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 22, 2019 9:00 am10827 views Eight faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list, a global listing of scientists who produced the past decade’s most influential papers.Paper: Higher financial incentives for crowdsourced delivery workers can improve serviceNov 21, 2019 8:45 am669 views Targeted financial incentives can increase the service capacity of crowdsourced delivery workers without incurring additional costs for retailers, according to new research co-written by Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.Structures near airports increase risk of airplane-goose collisionsNov 21, 2019 8:00 am585 views From mid-November 2015 through February 2016, scientists used GPS transmitters to track the movements of Canada geese near Midway International Airport in Chicago. They discovered that – in the colder months, at least – some geese are hanging out on rooftops, in a rail yard and in a canal close to Midway’s runways. This behavior increases the danger of collisions between geese and airplanes, the researchers say.Dozens of potential new antibiotics discovered with free online appNov 18, 2019 10:00 am990 views A new web tool speeds the discovery of drugs to kill Gram-negative bacteria, which are responsible for the vast majority of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths. The tool also offers insights into discrete chemical changes that can convert drugs that kill other bacteria into drugs to fight Gram-negative infections. The team proved the system works by modifying a Gram-positive drug and testing it against three different Gram-negative bacterial culprits in mouse sepsis. The drug was successful against each.Paper: Outcomes vary for workers who 'lawyer up' in employment arbitration disputesNov 18, 2019 8:00 am461 views A worker who retains legal counsel to litigate a workplace dispute in arbitration doesn’t account for the potentially countervailing effect of employers hiring their own legal counsel, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.Surviving a football frenzyNov 15, 2019 8:00 am5291 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. Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual menNov 14, 2019 12:00 pm765 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade is the co-creator of a new scale that enables researchers to assess the impact of racialized sexual discrimination on gay and bisexual men of color.Simulation reveals how bacterial organelle converts sunlight to chemical energyNov 14, 2019 11:00 am1319 views Scientists have simulated every atom of a light-harvesting structure in a photosynthetic bacterium that generates energy for the organism. The simulated organelle behaves just like its counterpart in nature, the researchers report. The work is a major step toward understanding how some biological structures convert sunlight into chemical energy, a biological innovation that is essential to life.Board to consider extension of Athletic Director Whitman through 2023-24Nov 13, 2019 2:15 pm673 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees will consider a contract extension of Athletic Director Josh Whitman through June 30, 2024.Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it getsNov 13, 2019 8:00 am1626 views New research by engineers at the University of Illinois combines atomic-scale experimentation with computer modeling to determine how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene – a question that has eluded scientists since graphene was first isolated. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Materials.Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the futureNov 13, 2019 7:30 am966 views A new proof-of-concept study details how an automated system driven by artificial intelligence can design, build, test and learn complex biochemical pathways to efficiently produce lycopene, a red pigment found in tomatoes and commonly used as a food coloring, opening the door to a wide range of biosynthetic applications, researchers report. Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm981 views A U. of I. specialist on Middle Eastern politics explains why Kurds often feel they have “no friends but the mountains,” why they’re a political threat to Turkey’s president and motivations for the recent Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria.BTN premieres documentary on pioneering educatorNov 7, 2019 12:00 pm647 views “William L. Everitt: An Optimist’s Journey” premieres Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. CST/10:30 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network. The new 30-minute documentary tells the story of the inventor, author, visionary and former dean of what is now The Grainger College of Engineering. Martinis named vice chancellor for research and innovationNov 7, 2019 10:00 am779 views Susan Martinis is the new vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Illinois, having served as interim vice chancellor for research since September 2017.Film mines Zuckerberg's speeches for growth obsessionNov 7, 2019 9:45 am520 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser’s new film uses 15 years of speeches by Mark Zuckerberg to look at his obsession with growth at any cost.Chimesmaster Wood honored in memorial concertNov 6, 2019 10:45 am982 views Longtime chimesmaster Sue Wood will be honored with a memorial concert Nov. 10 at Altgeld Hall.New approach uses light to stabilize proteins for studyNov 4, 2019 8:15 am1157 views Researchers have developed a new technique that uses light to control the lifetime of a protein inside the cell. This method will allow scientists to better observe how specific proteins contribute to health, development and disease.100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archivedNov 4, 2019 8:00 am1217 views A project led by architecture professor Marci Uihlein will archive and make accessible 100 years of student design work, representing a history of architecture education.Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to sourceNov 1, 2019 5:00 am748 views A new tool uses an interactive database of geographic and genetic information to help authorities quickly identify where the confiscated tusks of African elephants were originally poached.U. of I. accessibility pioneer entering U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of FameOct 31, 2019 11:45 am2291 views Tim Nugent, the visionary first director of a ground-breaking University of Illinois program for students with disabilities, is being inducted posthumously into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am713 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects.Human reflexes keep two-legged robot uprightOct 30, 2019 1:00 pm964 views Imagine being trapped inside a collapsed building after a disaster, wondering if anybody will be brave enough to rescue you. Suddenly, a door bursts open, and standing in the shadows is a robot. But this is not just any robot; this one has quick, humanlike reflexes and is guided by a person from a remote location who feels the same physical forces the robot is experiencing.Paper: Firm’s strategic orientation shapes how it resolves workplace disputesOct 30, 2019 8:45 am445 views When defusing workplace conflict, firms favor alternative dispute resolution practices that align with their underlying strategic bent, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.New website rates local restaurants on accessibility for people with disabilitiesOct 29, 2019 9:15 am3828 views Access Urbana-Champaign, a new website created by a University of Illinois professor of special education and her students, rates local restaurants on their accessibility to people with disabilities.Severe drought shuts down reproduction in copperhead snakes, study findsOct 29, 2019 4:00 am1025 views A long-term study of copperhead snakes in a forest near Meriden, Connecticut, revealed that five consecutive years of drought effectively ended the snakes' reproductive output. Evidence of humans, not 'bots,' key to uncovering disinformation campaignsOct 28, 2019 1:00 pm641 views It’s easier to spot online political “astroturfing,” a type of disinformation campaign, by looking first for digital traces of the human activity that makes it work, say Illinois communication professor JungHwan Yang and his research colleagues, in a new study.Crystallization clarified, researchers reportOct 28, 2019 11:00 am450 views Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have made it possible to observe and simulate the self-assembly of crystalline materials at a much higher resolution than before.Drinking more water improves multitasking ability in children, study findsOct 28, 2019 9:30 am1615 views Drinking water not only keeps children hydrated, but also increases their ability to multitask, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois and their collaborators.Study tracks evolutionary history of metabolic networksOct 28, 2019 7:00 am425 views By analyzing how metabolic enzymes are built and organized, researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary history of metabolism. Their study shows how metabolic networks – which drive every cellular process from protein building to DNA repair – became less random, more modular and more hierarchical over time, the researchers say.Could cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids?Oct 25, 2019 1:15 pm894 views The Opioid Alternative Pilot Project offers medical cannabis as a pain-relief option for those looking to avoid or reduce opioid use, said Julie Bobitt, the director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Illinois.Fire-spawned forest fungi hide out in other organisms, study findsOct 25, 2019 8:15 am493 views When a wildfire obliterates a forest, the first life to rise from the ashes is usually a fungus – one of several species that cannot complete its life cycle in the absence of fire. Scientists have long argued about where and how such pyrophilous (fire-loving) fungi survive, sometimes for decades, between fires. A new study finds that some of these fungi hide out in the tissues of mosses and lichens.Study: Tradeoffs between commute time, safetyOct 22, 2019 11:45 am1147 views Urban commuters may be less likely to encounter automobile accidents if they are willing to increase trip time, researchers report. A new study from the University of Illinois introduces a tool that helps quantify the connection between traffic accidents and city road networks.Passes for 22nd 'Ebertfest' on sale Nov. 1Oct 22, 2019 9:15 am542 views Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” go on sale Nov. 1.Expert on academic equity, mindsets to speak at the U. of I.Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm398 views Camille A. Farrington, an expert on academic equity and mindsets, will speak at a seminar on the University of Illinois campus on Nov. 14-15. Potato as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, study findsOct 18, 2019 11:45 am11499 views Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, scientists report.Impeachment is underway: So who makes the rules?Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am769 views An impeachment investigation may be based in charges of wrongdoing, but it’s still a political process, says Illinois political science professor Gisela Sin. Even the design of rules and procedures is done strategically and with an eye on the outcome.What’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?Oct 17, 2019 8:30 am671 views The surge in unaccompanied children seeking refuge across the U.S. border can be attributed to poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries. But the biggest factor is that their countries of origin – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico – are effectively as violent as war zones, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law.