blog postsStudy: Tradeoffs between commute time, safetyOct 22, 2019 11:45 am136 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 am102 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 pm149 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 am7330 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 am556 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 am369 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.Illinois theatre department opens season with plays addressing injustice, revengeOct 16, 2019 11:15 am421 views The Illinois theatre department opens its season with stories of justice, injustice, revenge and redemption.New book casts anthropologist’s eye on culture of MBA degree, global capitalismOct 16, 2019 8:30 am657 views A new book by University of Illinois professor Andrew Orta studies the culture of contemporary business education and the MBA degree through the lens of a professional anthropologist.Media advisory: Sexual harassment summit open to media but recording not allowedOct 15, 2019 4:15 pm139 views A day-long summit on sexual harassment on Wednesday, Oct. 16 is open to the news media, but audio and visual recording will not be allowed.Illinois releases faculty sexual misconduct reportOct 15, 2019 10:00 am435 views The Committee on Faculty Sexual Misconduct today released its report outlining 65 recommendations to change policies, processes and practices addressing sexual harassment and misconduct.Prescribing oral opioids for dogs likely doesn’t help them, veterinary experts sayOct 14, 2019 7:45 am1680 views Sending ailing dogs home with oral opioids may not be an effective way to manage their pain, experts report in a free, online continuing education program recently developed for veterinarians. In light of growing evidence that such drugs don’t work well in dogs – added to the fact that humans sometimes abuse opioids prescribed for pets – the common practice of prescribing oral opioids for dogs in pain should be reexamined, the experts say. Anticipating the need among opioid prescribers for additional training to meet regulatory mandates, these experts created an online continuing education program that addresses the problem. The training includes cautions about unwarranted prescription of oral opioids and advice on effective pain management for veterinary patients. Artists consider nuclear industry's legacy in Krannert Art Museum exhibitionOct 10, 2019 2:30 pm398 views The exhibition “Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape” at Krannert Art Museum spotlights the impact of the nuclear industry on the landscape.Homecoming 2019 brings new events, parade routeOct 7, 2019 12:30 pm4420 views Illinois Homecoming takes place Oct. 13-19 with new events, a new parade route and former University of Illinois President Stanley O. Ikenberry serving as the parade grand marshal.Anger-prone children may benefit most from maternal sensitivity, study findsOct 3, 2019 9:30 am899 views Anger-prone children may benefit most from caregivers who are sensitive to their emotional needs and behavioral cues, University of Illinois researchers Nancy McElwain and Xi Chen found in a new study.Researchers repurpose failed cancer drug into printable semiconductorOct 2, 2019 9:30 am1138 views Many potential pharmaceuticals end up failing during clinical trials, but thanks to new research from the University of Illinois, biological molecules once considered for cancer treatment are now being repurposed as organic semiconductors for use in chemical sensors and transistors.What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm849 views Hong Kong’s nearly four-month protest is only the latest in a series, all centered on concerns about retaining freedoms and gaining the right to choose the city’s leadership, says University of Illinois history professor Poshek Fu, a Hong Kong native and specialist on modern China. The current protest movement is notable, however, for its social media-driven, guerrillalike tactics, its longevity and the international attention it has received.Study finds rising ozone a hidden threat to cornOct 1, 2019 6:00 am1078 views Like atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide, ground-level ozone is on the rise. But ozone, a noxious chemical byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, has received relatively little attention as a potential threat to corn agriculture. A new study begins to address this lapse by exposing a genetically diverse group of corn plants in the field to future ozone levels. The study found that some members of the corn family tree are more susceptible than others to yield losses under high ozone air pollution.Weighing bears, corralling otters and healing wild beastsSep 30, 2019 8:15 am1334 views How do you weigh a fully grown American black bear? These veterinary medicine students know the answer, and it's a bit more complicated than just saying, "very carefully."Purple martin migration behavior perplexes researchersSep 30, 2019 8:00 am1392 views Purple martins will soon migrate south for their usual wintertime retreat, but this time the birds will be wearing what look like little backpacks, as scientists plan to track their roosting sites along the way. The researchers recently discovered that purple martins are roosting in small forest patches as they migrate from North America to Brazil, an unexpected behavior. The scientists published their findings in the Journal of Field Ornithology. Study examines effects of climate change, land loss on Louisiana’s Houma tribeSep 27, 2019 9:00 am864 views Repeated disasters and environmental changes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are rapidly eroding the land, and along with it, the Houma tribe’s ability to sustain its culture, health and livelihoods.Study: Personalized promotion a potential 'win-win' for retailers, consumersSep 26, 2019 10:00 am747 views “Personalized promotion” is a potentially lucrative opportunity for retailers to extract even more money from consumer wallets that also enhances customer satisfaction, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.How are Illinois birds faring?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am1976 views According to a new study reported in the journal Science, bird populations in North America have experienced a troubling decline in the past five decades. The scientists estimate the continent has lost close to 3 billion birds, roughly 29% of their total numbers in 1970. Senior wildlife ecologist Thomas J. Benson of the Illinois Natural History Survey discusses the status of birds in Illinois with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. Benson leads the Critical Trends Assessment Program, which monitors the biological condition of the state’s forests, wetlands and grasslands, and collects data on plants, birds and arthropods.Measuring the unseen life of a riverSep 24, 2019 8:00 am496 views It’s morning on the bayou. I’m in the Calcascieu River at the Fort Polk Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana, and the river is teeming with life. The bank is littered with freshwater mussel shells, no doubt a feast for a raccoon last night. Cricket frogs bounce around at my feet as if loaded with tiny coiled springs.What’s at stake in auto workers strike?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am220 views The strike of more than 47,000 auto workers is a way of recouping some of what union members lost during the Great Recession, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and the director of the Labor Education Program in Chicago.Krannert Center performance “HOME” provides inspiration for Pygmalion’s hackathonSep 24, 2019 8:00 am439 views The performance of “HOME” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is providing the inspiration for PYGHACK, the culture festival Pygmalion’s hackathon. Both consider issues related to the concepts of home and an inclusive community.Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm571 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois.Illinois Architecture reveals presence and progress of women in the professionSep 19, 2019 8:45 am1106 views A Women’s Reunion and Symposium at the School of Architecture will recognize the contributions of female architecture graduates.Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nervesSep 16, 2019 2:00 pm4299 views Researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light – bringing mechanical engineering one step closer to developing autonomous biobots.Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellenceSep 12, 2019 11:00 am9984 views The new freshman class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university.Five professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campusSep 12, 2019 10:45 am3052 views Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Research tracks narcissism from young adulthood to middle ageSep 11, 2019 8:15 am955 views The belief that one is smarter, better looking, more successful and more deserving than others – a personality trait known as narcissism – tends to wane as a person matures, a new study confirms. But not for everyone, and not to the same extent.Endangered animals project looks at tigers, habitat loss, climate changeSep 10, 2019 8:45 am483 views University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver will present “TIGER” this fall. It’s the fifth performance in his project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” telling stories about endangered animals and habitats.Researchers unveil new volcanic eruption forecasting techniqueSep 10, 2019 7:00 am856 views Volcanic eruptions and their ash clouds pose a significant hazard to population centers and air travel, especially those that show few to no signs of unrest beforehand. Geologists are now using a technique traditionally used in weather and climate forecasting to develop new eruption forecasting models. By testing if the models are able to capture the likelihood of past eruptions, the researchers are making strides in the science of volcanic forecastingEbert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm452 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment.OCCRL hosts conference on racial justice, equitable outcomes in higher educationSep 9, 2019 9:00 am864 views Racial justice on community college campuses is the focal point of an upcoming institute in San Diego, the third such conference organized by the U. of I. Office of Community College Research and Leadership.Study: Action-oriented goals produce higher probability of purchases under tight deadlinesSep 9, 2019 8:45 am529 views If you want sell a product or service quickly, it helps to try a busy consumer, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Financial education programs, income-based repayment plans promote prosperitySep 5, 2019 11:15 am493 views People with student loans who participate in financial education programs become better financial managers, building personal wealth after college, University of Illinois researchers found in a recent study.Paper: As an act of self-disclosure, workplace creativity can be risky businessSep 4, 2019 9:15 am418 views It’s increasingly common for managers to instruct employees to “be creative” during brainstorming sessions. But according to a new paper from Jack Goncalo, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois, being creative in the workplace is potentially fraught with peril because creativity itself is deeply personal.Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am1628 views Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.Researchers develop technique to de-ice surfaces in secondsSep 3, 2019 12:00 pm1730 views Airplane wings, wind turbines and indoor heating systems all struggle under the weight and chill of ice. Defrosting and de-icing techniques are energy-intensive, however, and often require large masses of ice to melt completely in order to work. Researchers from the University of Illinois and Kyushu University in Japan have developed a new technique that requires only a thin layer of ice at the interface of a surface to melt, allowing it to slide off under the force of gravity.Krannert Art Museum invites new perspectives on modern and contemporary artSep 3, 2019 11:00 am336 views “Art Since 1948” – a new, long-term installation at Krannert Art Museum – showcases the museum’s modern and contemporary collection.Tiny thermometer measures how mitochondria heat up the cell by unleashing proton energyAug 29, 2019 12:45 pm1618 views Armed with a tiny new thermometer probe that can quickly measure temperature inside of a cell, University of Illinois researchers have illuminated a mysterious aspect of metabolism: heat generation.Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focusAug 28, 2019 2:30 pm700 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools.Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian cultureAug 28, 2019 9:30 am1252 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramAug 27, 2019 11:45 am3799 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign names 161 freshmen and sophomores Chancellor’s Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential. Children use video games to explore science in two NSF-funded projectsAug 26, 2019 2:30 pm1040 views U. of I. educational psychology professor H. Chad Lane receives $3.2 million from the National Science Foundation to fund two projects that use the video game Minecraft to explore big ideas in science.Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am826 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.New technique gives polyurethane waste a second lifeAug 26, 2019 4:00 am751 views Polyurethane is used in a wide range of materials, including paints, foam mattresses, seat cushions and insulation. These diverse applications generate large amounts of waste. A team at the University of Illinois has developed a method to break down polyurethane waste and turn it into other useful products.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen documentary on flamenco dancer, short filmsAug 23, 2019 11:30 am338 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 am11510 views The University of Illinois announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2019 spring semester.