blog postsKrannert Art Museum exhibitions rethink colonial narratives, cultural heritageJan 23, 2018 8:15 am0 views Krannert Art Museum will open two exhibitions on Jan. 25: Artist Allan deSouza looks at the legacy of colonial imperialism, and Palestinian artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme will have the U.S. premiere of their work, which offers new narratives from the Middle East.Faculty members selected for distinguished chairsJan 23, 2018 8:00 am0 views Four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been selected for endowed chairs deemed to be among the most distinguished honors on the campus.Audiology Clinic offers free adult hearing screeningsJan 22, 2018 1:45 pm22 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings Jan. 23 through April 27. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No scheduling is available by email.University Primary School 2018-19 enrollment beginsJan 22, 2018 1:30 pm13 views University Primary School’s preschool to fifth-grade classrooms are now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-19 academic year. University Primary School is the U. of I. College of Education’s lab school. The curriculum is meaningful, engaging and project-based. For more information, visit the school website or call 217-333-3996. University Primary School is located on campus at 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign, in the Children's Research Center. Children must be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in the preschool classroom and 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten.Researchers use sound waves to advance optical communicationJan 22, 2018 10:00 am223 views Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a computer chip. These devices, called optical isolators, may help solve major data capacity and system size challenges for photonic integrated circuits, the light-based equivalent of electronic circuits, which are used for computing and communications.DeathsJan 19, 2018 11:00 am273 views Rosalee June Cobb ... Margie “Pud” Eastin ... Belva M. Edwards ... Joe B. Vermillion Jr.Key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm7786 views Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, suggests a new study led by a researcher at the University of Illinois.U. of I. Symphony Orchestra concert to celebrate Mozart’s birthdayJan 18, 2018 9:45 am348 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will perform some of Mozart’s best-loved works and less familiar pieces in celebration of the composer’s Jan. 27 birthday.Lessons in nature boost classroom engagement afterward, researchers reportJan 17, 2018 10:30 am642 views Third-graders who spend a class session in a natural outdoor setting are more engaged and less distracted in their regular classroom afterward than when they remain indoors, scientists found in a new study.Nathan Gunn to make directorial debut, sing lead with Lyric Theatre at Illinois’ ‘Don Giovanni’Jan 17, 2018 10:00 am613 views Opera singer and University of Illinois School of Music alumnus Nathan Gunn will make his directorial debut at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts with Lyric Theatre at Illinois’ production of “Don Giovanni,” in addition to singing the title role.Preterm babies may suffer setbacks in auditory brain development, speechJan 15, 2018 11:00 am339 views Preterm babies born early in the third trimester of pregnancy are likely to experience delays in the development of the auditory cortex, a brain region essential to hearing and understanding sound, a new study reveals. Such delays are associated with speech and language impairments at age 2, the researchers found.DeathsJan 12, 2018 11:30 am393 views Elizabeth “Betty” Jeanette Baniassadi ... Edward Eugene Jones ... Rosanne Janice Koehler ... Helen Lucille WheatleyIllinois New Teacher Collaborative’s annual leadership summit to be held Jan. 26Jan 11, 2018 9:30 am235 views "Stoking the Flames of Passionate Teaching" will be the theme for the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Winter Leadership Summit on Jan. 26.How massive is supermassive? Astronomers measure more black holes, farther awayJan 9, 2018 1:15 pm600 views Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey announced new measurements of the masses of a large sample of supermassive black holes far beyond our universe.Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am472 views Children who experience high rates of bullying, fighting or absenteeism during seventh grade are at significantly greater risk of not graduating high school on time, a new University of Illinois study suggests.Are you vulnerable to newly discovered online security risks?Jan 8, 2018 3:15 pm883 views Nearly everyone is. And the culprits, Meltdown and Spectre, could wreak havoc on personal security if ignored, says computer science professor Chris Fletcher‘Dream, Believe, Do’ theme of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrationJan 8, 2018 1:00 pm413 views The University of Illinois Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee organized a series of events celebrating the life of civil rights leader, under the theme of “Dream, Believe, Do.”Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees, study findsJan 8, 2018 9:30 am2072 views When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports.New book tackles challenges of strategic brand management in global marketsJan 8, 2018 9:15 am297 views A new book co-written by U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli offers a concise, flexible and modern take on global brand management.Many Midwestern retailers sell mislabeled invasive vinesJan 8, 2018 9:00 am1354 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.DeathsJan 5, 2018 8:45 am255 views Jeanne Synon Folts ... Marjory A. Hudson ... David Bruce Langendorf ... David B. “Dave” Lawrence ... Eva Claire RosenfieldA warm year in Illinois ends with a cold, dry DecemberJan 3, 2018 3:15 pm115 views 2017 was the sixth-warmest year on record in Illinois, with a statewide average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal, in spite of the extremely cold ending to December. Eight of the 12 months in 2017 brought above-normal temperatures, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. The state experienced the warmest February on record with a statewide average of 41 degrees, 10.1 degrees above normal.University of Illinois librarian to help Puerto Rican libraries with disaster recoveryDec 21, 2017 4:15 pm1570 views Miriam Centeno, the collections care coordinator for the University of Illinois Library, will spend two weeks in January in Puerto Rico helping librarians assess and repair damage to their collections from Hurricane Maria.DeathsDec 21, 2017 12:45 pm391 views Ronald Dean Bagley ... Mary Elizabeth Butts Creech ... Teddy Georgia Eddleman ... Jean Frazier Patterson ... Barbara J. Perrero ... Randy B. Rogers ... Phillip Andrew Wassom ... John Wrinkle Welch Hormone therapy combination may benefit health without increasing cancer riskDec 21, 2017 11:30 am877 views Treating ovariectomized mice with a combination of conjugated estrogens and the drug bazedoxifene triggers the expression of genes that improve metabolism and prevent weight gain – without stimulating the uterus and increasing risks of reproductive cancer, a new study at the University of Illinois suggests.Weightless in San Luis PotosiDec 21, 2017 8:45 am1067 views OUTSIDE VALLES, MEXICO — When we first arrived at this stream, I knew we were in a special location. The clear, turquoise blue water rivals that of any picture from a Caribbean tour magazine. When I put my snorkeled face in the water, I can actually see mussels in the streambed below, something that doesn’t happen very often in Illinois streams. Collecting the mussels, however, is proving difficult.Capital improvement projects selectedDec 20, 2017 2:45 pm135 views More than $44 million in student funding will go toward modernizing teaching and learning environments that will benefit the Illinois campus, Facilities and Services announced. Capital improvement projects were selected and approved by the Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment Oversight Committee and are in development. American Concrete Pavement Association honors DarterDec 20, 2017 2:30 pm208 views The American Concrete Pavement Association presented its 2017 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award to Michael I. Darter, principal engineer with Applied Research Associates, Inc. and a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Illinois.‘Illinois Icons’ tells story of three Illinois legendsDec 20, 2017 11:30 am2178 views “Illinois Icons,” a new 30-minute documentary premiering Jan. 16 on BTN, tells the stories of three men who left enduring marks on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Max Abramovitz, Robert Zuppke and Lorado Taft.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3044 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtWhole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers findDec 20, 2017 8:30 am2526 views People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in resistance exercise differ dramatically in how their muscles build protein, a process called protein synthesis, during the post-workout period, researchers report in a new study. Specifically, the post-workout muscle-building response in those eating whole eggs is 40 percent greater than in those consuming an equivalent amount of protein from egg whites, the team found.Basar named College of Engineering interim deanDec 19, 2017 1:30 pm2911 views Tamer Basar has been named the interim dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Engineering effective Jan. 16, subject to approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Heat from below Pacific Ocean fuels Yellowstone, study findsDec 18, 2017 9:45 am3106 views Recent stories in the national media are magnifying fears of a catastrophic eruption of the Yellowstone volcanic area, but scientists remain uncertain about the likelihood of such an event. To better understand the region’s subsurface geology, University of Illinois geologists have rewound and played back a portion of its geologic history, finding that Yellowstone volcanism is more far more complex and dynamic than previously thought. DeathsDec 14, 2017 2:30 pm264 views Charles Edward “Chuck” MatzSix Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm2754 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.November in Illinois was cool and dry with a dash of snowDec 13, 2017 2:45 pm66 views Illinois experienced wide temperature swings in November, with colder-than-normal temperatures canceling out the warmer-than normal days. By month’s end, November was slightly cooler than average in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Dads Association names King DadDec 13, 2017 2:30 pm31 views The Dads Association at the U. of I. named Christopher Thilmany of Schaumburg, Illinois, King Dad 2017 during the annual Dads Weekend on Nov. 11. Thilmany was recognized on the field during the football game with Indiana University. He was nominated by his daughter Gabriella Welch, a sophomore studying public policy and law.High-resolution climate models present alarming new projections for U.S.Dec 13, 2017 12:15 pm1012 views Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs will increase the demand on already-strained natural resources like water and energy. University of Illinois researchers have developed new, high-resolution climate models that may help policymakers mitigate these effects at a local level.U. of I. students propose designs to rehab Chicago industrial areaDec 13, 2017 8:00 am924 views University of Illinois students developed ideas to revitalize an industrial area in Chicago, as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration involving graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am595 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.DeathsDec 12, 2017 8:45 am198 views Barbara Ledora Butts Anderson ... Barbara Ann Armstrong ... Sharol L. "Sherry" Hanson ... Robert J. Mosborg ... Steven Nicholas ... Bernard Spodek ... Ralph R. SwarrDoes revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm536 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela LyonsJapan House Mottainai Holiday BazaarDec 11, 2017 3:15 pm214 views Japan House will hold its annual Mottainai Holiday Bazaar this weekend. The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Mottainai is a Japanese word meaning “what a waste” or “don't waste” and is a treasured Japanese concept.Library adds 14 millionth book, will create display recognizing millionth volumesDec 11, 2017 3:00 pm710 views The University of Illinois Library has added its 14 millionth volume to its collection -- “The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation” by Frederick E. Hoxie, a professor emeritus of history and American Indian studies, written to commemorate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial. The Library will create a new, permanent display to recognize all its millionth volumes. Museum curator, art historian named Krannert Art Museum directorDec 8, 2017 1:30 pm1263 views Jon Seydl, an art historian and currently the senior director of collections and programs and curator of European art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, has been named the new director of Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.Molecular beacon signals low oxygen with ultrasoundDec 8, 2017 9:00 am778 views Researchers have developed a way to find hypoxia, or low oxygen in tissue, noninvasively in real time with light and ultrasound.Who wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1368 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressStudy: Viruses share genes with organisms across the tree of lifeDec 6, 2017 8:45 am664 views A new study finds that viruses share some genes exclusively with organisms that are not their hosts. The study, reported in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, adds to the evidence that viruses are agents of diversity, researchers say.Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am6832 views Two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects – offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. The studies were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am509 views The rising cost of meat and the power of housewives to agitate for a more equitable standard of living is the focus of a new book by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.