blog postsFlatlands Dance Film Festival to screen documentary on flamenco dancer, short filmsAug 23, 2019 11:30 am89 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen a documentary about Spanish flamenco dancer “La Chana” and short films from around the world.Graduates, Dean's List, Bronze Tablet honorees named for May 2019Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am301 views The University of Illinois announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2019 spring semester. Campus to enforce total ban on tobacco products useAug 20, 2019 10:00 am339 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The updated policy builds upon the smoke-free policy implemented in 2014 that banned the use of all smoke-producing tobacco products on campus.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am1209 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomicsAug 20, 2019 8:30 am656 views They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law, neurobiology, and social and behavioral science. Participants in the 2019 Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics spent a week together in the classroom and the lab, learning not only how to amplify and sequence a fragment of their own DNA, but also discussing the implications of genomics research involving their ancestors and communities.Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9sAug 19, 2019 9:00 am540 views Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team of veterinarians, emergency medical services experts and canine handlers has developed protocols for emergency medical service personnel who may be called upon to help treat and transport the injured dogs.In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomesAug 15, 2019 8:30 am598 views In new product design, connecting with an end user’s heart, rather than their head, can lead to more original and creative outcomes, says published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois and an expert in product development and marketing.Campus to announce Yingying Zhang endowment fundAug 14, 2019 11:00 am582 views Family members and campus officials will discuss Yingying’s Fund, an endowment to honor Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, at a rescheduled news conference Aug. 19 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.The fund will assist international students in crisis and their families.Krannert Art Museum acquires Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer’s conceptual photographsAug 13, 2019 9:15 am645 views Krannert Art Museum has acquired the work of pioneering gay photographer and University of Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer.Researchers turn off backscattering, aim to improve optical data transmissionAug 12, 2019 8:15 am937 views Engineers at the University of Illinois have found a way to redirect misfit light waves to reduce energy loss during optical data transmission. In a study, researchers exploited an interaction between light and sound waves to suppress the scattering of light from material defects – which could lead to improved fiber optic communication. Their findings are published in the journal Optica.Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical propertiesAug 9, 2019 1:00 pm653 views Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. A team led by chemical and biomolecular engineers from the University of Illinois report their findings in the journal Science Advances.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am884 views Coaches and educators should work together to help athletes achieve their full potential, U. of I. scholars and former collegiate athletes Joseph L. Cross and Bruce W. Fouke say in a new study.Optimistic people sleep better, longer, study findsAug 7, 2019 9:00 am2685 views People who are the most optimistic tend to be better sleepers, University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez found in a new study of 3,500 young and middle-aged adults.Correction: Yingying Fund announcement postponedAug 5, 2019 11:30 am270 views Correction: At the request of the family’s attorney, the public announcement of Yingying’s Fund scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 7 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus has been postponed. A new date and time have not been yet been determined. Researchers embrace imperfection to improve biomolecule transportAug 5, 2019 10:00 am626 views While watching the production of porous membranes used for DNA sorting and sequencing, University of Illinois researchers wondered how tiny steplike defects formed during fabrication could be used to improve molecule transport. They found that the defects – formed by overlapping layers of membrane – make a big difference in how molecules move along a membrane surface. Instead of trying to fix these flaws, the team set out to use them to help direct molecules into the membrane pores.Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundleAug 1, 2019 8:00 am1899 views Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers’ budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry’s bottom line.Bringing yesterday's plants to digital lifeJul 31, 2019 8:30 am702 views It’s about 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the herbarium, and the archival paper on which the plant specimen is mounted feels soft between my cold fingers. My hands are instantly warmed as I place the sheet in the light box. I check the computer monitor; everything looks good. I hit the spacebar.Infants expect leaders to right wrongs, study findsJul 29, 2019 2:00 pm815 views Infants 17 months of age expect leaders – but not others – to intervene when one member of their group transgresses against another, a new study reveals. The findings add to growing evidence that children in their second year of life have a well-developed understanding of social hierarchies and power dynamics, the researchers say. Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehaviorJul 29, 2019 9:15 am1349 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior.Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy FellowJul 29, 2019 8:30 am809 views Liliane Windsor, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.DeathsJul 25, 2019 3:30 pm511 views Dolores Jane Byers ... Martin Joseph Knanishu ... Warren C. McCarty ... Kurtis Isaiah Pealer ... Patricia Eileen Price ... Selma Katharine Richardson ... Grace Christine (McCormick) Prestin Samford ... Winton U. SolbergCoping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disastersJul 24, 2019 1:00 pm900 views Caregivers Journey of Hope can help social service workers to mitigate the stress and trauma they may experience while helping others recover from disasters, U. of I. researchers found in a new study.Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggsJul 23, 2019 7:00 pm675 views Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the other. A new study reveals that American robins that preferentially use one eye significantly more than the other when looking at their own clutch of eggs are also more likely to detect, and reject, a foreign egg placed in their nest by another bird species – or by a devious scientist.For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in the brainJul 23, 2019 8:30 am855 views The anemonefish is a gender-bending marvel. It starts out as a male, but can switch to female when circumstances allow – for example, when the only female present dies or disappears. In a new study, researchers found that the male-to-female sex-change occurs first in the fish’s brain and only later involves the gonads – sometimes after a delay of months or years.Search for new semiconductors heats up with gallium oxideJul 22, 2019 10:30 am926 views University of Illinois electrical engineers have cleared another hurdle in high-power semiconductor fabrication by adding the field’s hottest material – beta-gallium oxide – to their arsenal. Beta-gallium oxide is readily available and promises to convert power faster and more efficiently than today’s leading semiconductor materials – gallium nitride and silicon, the researchers said.Tracking an invisible worldJul 22, 2019 8:30 am778 views It’s 2 a.m. on a cold winter night. My timer beeps loudly, waking me up for yet another measurement. It’s been a long day; I’ve been tracking bacterial growth every two hours for the past 18 hours. I stumble off the couch that has served as a bed for countless graduate students before me. I go to my lab bench, pick up the test tubes that I need for my samples, and groggily set off to the incubation room.Study: Even in competitive markets, shareholders bear burden of corruptionJul 18, 2019 8:30 am443 views While the U.S. traditionally ranks low on worldwide corruption indices, domestic political corruption still imposes substantial costs on U.S. shareholders, according to new research co-written by Gies College of Business accounting professor Nerissa Brown.Extracting history from a cornfieldJul 17, 2019 12:30 pm3497 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.Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage, says a writer of its historyJul 17, 2019 9:30 am551 views Responding to terrorists requires reasoning rather than outrage, said an Illinois historian who has written a new book on terrorism and its history.Perinatal depression screenings may not detect women having suicidal thoughts, study findsJul 16, 2019 9:30 am451 views Perinatal depression screenings may overlook a significant proportion of women who are having suicidal thoughts, according to a new study led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen M. Tabb.Illini Fest this Thursday at Park Grill Plaza of Millennium ParkJul 15, 2019 4:15 pm550 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is holding Illini Fest, its first-ever downtown Chicago festival. The event will include more than 40 displays and interactive experiences from colleges and units, including robots, photo booth, virtual reality experience and a solar telescope.Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them?Jul 15, 2019 9:00 am564 views The pending Supreme Court case Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org will test the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws, which could pose a challenge to legal research, scholarship and public access to the law, said U. of I. copyright law expert Sara R. Benson.Santos named iSchool dean at IllinoisJul 12, 2019 10:00 am2505 views Eunice Santos will become the dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Andreas C. Cangellaris, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, recommended the appointment to Chancellor Robert Jones after the conclusion of a yearlong national search.DeathsJul 11, 2019 12:45 pm348 views Phyllis Gordon ... Richard H. “Dick” Howard ... Paul Dale Shaw Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workersJul 10, 2019 8:30 am335 views In an era of rising inequality and aging populations in the U.S., the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says new research from Mark Borgschulte, a professor of economics at Illinois.Govindjee's photosynthesis museumJul 9, 2019 8:30 am2538 views I am in Govindjee’s office suite and I don’t know where to look. Govindjee, a professor emeritus of plant biology who goes by the one name only, is a collector. There are layers of history here: artifacts and papers, books and photographs. There also are homemade scientific instruments that look like plumbing elbows, tiny satellites or props from vintage sci-fi movies.Human waste an asset to economy, environment, study findsJul 8, 2019 8:00 am1971 views Human waste might be an unpleasant public health burden, but scientists at the University of Illinois see sanitation as a valuable facet of global ecosystems and an overlooked source of nutrients, organic material and water.Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career AwardJul 3, 2019 1:15 pm5690 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. June in Illinois featured more rain and lower temperatures than averageJul 2, 2019 2:30 pm75 views Above-average rainfall continued in June, along with an elevated risk of flooding in some areas of Illinois, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Illini Fest event paints Chicago orange and blueJul 2, 2019 11:00 am4519 views Illini Fest, a downtown festival planned for July 18 in Chicago’s Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park, brings the university experience to the more than 150,000 Fighting Illini alumni living in Chicagoland.How might 'Medicare for All' reshape health care in the U.S.?Jul 2, 2019 8:45 am544 views University of Illinois professor emeritus of community health Thomas W. O’Rourke, an expert on health policy analysis, the possible impact of establishing a single-payer health care system in the U.S.Citizenship and the census: What happens now?Jul 1, 2019 7:30 am355 views An Illinois professor who studies how Latinos deal with the census responds to the Supreme Court’s decision on the citizenship question.Will there be any constraints now on partisan gerrymandering?Jun 28, 2019 2:45 pm477 views The Supreme Court this week said it can’t provide the cure to partisan gerrymandering, so the focus will have to be on prevention, says an Illinois political science professor who hopes her research can play a part.DeathsJun 28, 2019 11:45 am407 views Roy O. Walker Jr.Summer construction projects announcedJun 27, 2019 2:15 pm281 views More than 40 capital improvement construction projects are in progress this summer on the Urbana campus. Substantial completion is expected by the start of the fall semester for the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center, Foellinger Auditorium and the Education Building, along with multiple restroom renovations, roof replacements, elevator upgrades, and classroom and laboratory modernizations.Prints as propaganda: Krannert Art Museum builds world-class collection of Dutch political printsJun 26, 2019 9:30 am442 views Krannert Art Museum has amassed the largest museum collection of Dutch political prints outside of Europe.Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular levelJun 24, 2019 7:00 am892 views Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing deformation. In a new study, researchers challenged previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior with newly developed laboratory techniques that measure polymer flow at the molecular level.Study: Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cellsJun 20, 2019 2:15 pm1637 views A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests that the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells reverse the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity in mouse cells.DeathsJun 20, 2019 11:30 am278 views Annie “Anne” Laura Eckerty ... Peter G. MartensParental involvement in children's schooling consistently beneficial, study findsJun 20, 2019 9:45 am816 views In a new study of more than 480,800 families, psychologists at the University of Illinois found that the more involved parents were in their children’s schooling, the better the children’s adjustment.