blog postsDNA sensor quickly determines whether viruses are infectiousSep 22, 2021 1:00 pm689 views A new sensor can detect not only whether a virus is present, but whether it’s infectious – an important distinction for containing viral spread. Researchers demonstrated the sensor, which integrates specially designed DNA fragments and nanopore sensing, with two key viruses that cause infections worldwide: the human adenovirus and the virus that causes COVID-19. Siebel Center for Design is open for explorationSep 22, 2021 11:00 am254 views Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus opened for business in early August. The multidisciplinary hub of student-focused design thinking and learning was established by a $25 million lead gift from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation.Center for Advanced Study initiative looks at 'infodemic,' how to combat misinformationSep 22, 2021 8:30 am208 views The CAS initiative will bring together experts to discuss misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and conspiracy theories.New BTN documentary 'Cold War: Illinois Stories' premieres Sept. 29Sep 22, 2021 8:00 am349 views A new 30-minute-long documentary tells four separate stories of individuals or programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that were either affected by harsh Cold War politics and their destructive aftermath or, in one segment, shed light on a government film studio dedicated to Cold War propaganda. “Cold War: Illinois Stories” premieres Sept. 29 at 7 a.m. CDT on the Big Ten Network.What has been the impact of the Washington Football Team's name change?Sep 20, 2021 11:00 am1263 views The changes in the past year in the use of Native American imagery in sports and elsewhere have been unprecedented, said Jay Rosenstein, a Center for Advanced Study professor of media and cinema studies.Tiny porous crystals change the shape of water to speed up chemical reactionsSep 20, 2021 10:00 am617 views Chemical engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign now understand how water molecules assemble and change shape in some settings, revealing a new strategy to speed up chemical reactions critical to industry and environmental sustainability. The new approach is poised to play a role in helping chemical manufacturers move away from harmful solvent catalysts in favor of water.Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful?Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am2519 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.Antibodies from original strain COVID-19 infection don't bind to variants, study findsSep 17, 2021 8:30 am3052 views People infected with the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 early in the pandemic produced a consistent antibody response, making two main groups of antibodies to bind to the spike protein on the virus’s outer surface. However, those antibodies don’t bind well to newer variants, a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found.Ultrathin self-healing polymers create new, sustainable water-resistant coatingsSep 16, 2021 9:30 am1324 views Researchers have found a way to make ultrathin surface coatings robust enough to survive scratches and dings. The new material, developed by merging thin-film and self-healing technologies, has an almost endless list of potential applications, including self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-fogging, anti-bacterial, anti-fouling and enhanced heat exchange coatings, researchers said. New book examines race's impact in school choice movementSep 15, 2021 9:45 am380 views A new book by education professor Jon Hale examines the complex history of the school choice movement in the U.S., which was overshadowed by racism and resistance to desegregation.Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal FischerSep 15, 2021 9:30 am453 views “Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics” features his well-known photographic series focused on gay life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as his early work as an Illinois student.Paper: Perception of COVID-19 vulnerability hurts job prospectsSep 15, 2021 8:00 am462 views Job seekers’ perceived risk of contracting and falling seriously ill from COVID-19 may take a significant mental health toll and ultimately affect their ability to secure employment, says new research co-written by Yihao Liu, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois.CAS, McKinley Foundation hosting art exhibit, presentation about transgender older adultsSep 14, 2021 1:15 pm290 views “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” documents the life stories of transgender older adults through photographs and interviews.Study provides basis to evaluate food subsectors' emissions of three greenhouse gasesSep 13, 2021 10:00 am712 views A new, location-specific agricultural greenhouse gas emission study is the first to account for net carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions from all subsectors related to food production and consumption. The work, led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, could help identify the primary plant- and animal-based food sectors contributing to three major greenhouse gas emissions and allow policymakers to take action to reduce emissions from the top-emitting food commodities at different locations across the globe.Is the future of agriculture digital?Sep 10, 2021 8:00 am835 views With colleagues at several institutions, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign crop sciences professor Stephen Moose will lead the development of a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems. With $25 million in newly announced funding, the center will create an Internet of Living Things to learn the intimate biological language of plants and their associated organisms. Moose spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about this new initiative.Class of 2025 sets enrollment recordsSep 8, 2021 10:15 am7030 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign freshman enrollment of 8,303 for the 2021-22 academic year is a record. The new class brings total student enrollment to 56,299, the largest in university history.New recording pairs music of Bach with works by Black composersSep 8, 2021 9:30 am652 views Pianist Rochelle Sennet said she wants her “Bach to Black” project to show that classical music is for everyone, regardless of race or cultural background.New tool maps future climate costs for airlines, passengersSep 8, 2021 8:00 am711 views Researchers built a mathematical model to calculate how much it will cost airlines to cope with rising temperatures in a changing climate.Avocados change belly fat distribution in women, controlled study findsSep 3, 2021 9:00 am35925 views An avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile, according to a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators. One hundred and five adults with overweight and obesity participated in a randomized controlled trial that provided one meal a day for 12 weeks. Women who consumed avocado as part of their daily meal had a reduction in deeper visceral abdominal fat.Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus?Sep 2, 2021 10:00 am1565 views Taking large or multiple doses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can cause a toxic overdose, and humans should not take forms intended for animal use, says Illinois veterinary medicine expert Dr. Jim Lowe.Unified theory explains how materials transform from solids to liquidsSep 2, 2021 9:30 am747 views Years of meticulous experimentation have paid off for researchers aiming to unify the physics that defines materials that transition from solids to liquids. The researchers said a new theoretical model could help develop new synthetic materials and inform and predict civil engineering and environmental challenges such as mudslides, dam breaks and avalanches.Exploring the remnants of an ancient forestSep 2, 2021 8:00 am1014 views At first glance, Trelease Woods looks like any other central Illinois woodland. There’s a well-worn track inside its fenced eastern edge, and the forest floor is littered with twigs and branches. But as I walk along the path with my companions, I notice that some of the trees are bigger than any I’ve seen in this area.Less salt, more protein: Researchers address dairy processing's environmental, sustainability issuesSep 1, 2021 12:00 pm1089 views Researchers say the high salt content of whey – the watery part of milk left behind after cheesemaking – helps make it one of the most polluting byproducts in the food processing industry. In a new study, chemists demonstrate the first electrochemical redox desalination process used in the food industry, removing and recycling up to 99% of excess salt from whey while simultaneously refining more than 98% of whey’s valuable protein content.Krannert Art Museum retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorialAug 31, 2021 11:00 am504 views “A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing” is the first retrospective of Fishman’s works on paper, and features many works of art that have never been shown.Paper: Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editingAug 30, 2021 10:30 am485 views Patent law could create an “ethical thicket” that discourages access to the medically and ethically dubious practice of heritable human-genome editing, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.Is the new Illinois state legislative district map fair?Aug 27, 2021 8:00 am851 views The state legislative district map that was signed into law earlier this summer by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was based on population estimates rather than official U.S. Census data, rendering it vulnerable to legal challenges, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines.Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concernsAug 26, 2021 12:00 pm432 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, also known as “Ebertfest,” has been rescheduled to April out of concern for a spike in COVID-19 variants in the state. The Virginia Theatre in Champaign will automatically transfer all pass and seat reservations for the event to the new dates, and refunds are available to those who cannot attend the rescheduled event. Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honorees named for 2021, 2020Aug 26, 2021 8:00 am1487 views Sixteen civil service employees – eight this year and eight in 2020 – at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were recognized for exceptional performance with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award.ELLNORA guitar festival marks Krannert Center's return to in-person performancesAug 25, 2021 12:00 pm649 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature influential guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles. The festival will take place on a smaller scale than in past years.New imaging, machine-learning methods speed effort to reduce crops' need for waterAug 24, 2021 8:00 am1145 views Scientists have developed and deployed a series of new imaging and machine-learning tools to discover attributes that contribute to water-use efficiency in crop plants during photosynthesis and to reveal the genetic basis of variation in those traits.Illinois artist Ben Grosser's solo show imagines 'Software for Less'Aug 23, 2021 2:00 pm278 views An exhibition of work by Ben Grosser, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of new media, considers what software might look like if its underlying philosophy was not the creation of more, but less.Merit-based employment practices contribute to gender pay gap, study saysAug 23, 2021 8:00 am1276 views Meritocratic employment practices such as performance bonuses often fail to reduce gender-based pay inequality and may actually exacerbate it by allowing the status quo to remain intact at firms, says new research co-written by Eunmi Mun, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Hunting a creature that hunts meAug 20, 2021 8:00 am1608 views It’s a sweltering summer afternoon. I’m pushing aside tree limbs and crunching leaves to get back to the trap that I baited two hours ago with dry ice to attract ticks. When I get closer, I can see a gossamer mist hovering over a bright white cloth in the dark underbrush. Dry ice “sublimates” in the open air, going from a solid to a gaseous state. It gives off a vapor of carbon dioxide gas that’s denser than the air, mimicking the breath of a tick host resting on the ground.Nutrient-rich human waste poised to sustain agriculture, improve economiesAug 19, 2021 12:00 pm960 views The future connection between human waste, sanitation technology and sustainable agriculture is becoming more evident. According to research directed by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign civil and environmental engineering professor Jeremy Guest, countries could be moving closer to using human waste as fertilizer, closing the loop to more circular, sustainable economies.Latinos' beliefs about social status may affect their cardiovascular health, study findsAug 19, 2021 8:45 am486 views Subjective perceptions of their social status may have stronger effects on the cardiovascular health of Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. than objective markers such as income, according to a new study led by Lissette Piedra.Illinois history professor examines Japan's relationships with its riversAug 18, 2021 9:15 am407 views History professor Roderick Wilson looks at how the interactions between rivers, society and government helped shape Japan’s modern transformation.Ebertfest announces first films and guests, COVID-19 protocolsAug 18, 2021 8:00 am632 views The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” announced some of its films and guests for the 2021 event and shared updated COVID-19 safety protocols for the festival. Graphic novel illustrated by Illinois art professor portrays thriving Black community before, after Tulsa massacreAug 17, 2021 1:00 pm412 views Artist Stacey Robinson illustrated the graphic novel to portray the prosperity of the Black community.Light can trigger key signaling pathway for embryonic development, cancerAug 17, 2021 12:45 pm3751 views Blue light is illuminating new understanding of a key signaling pathway in embryo development, tissue maintenance and cancer genesis. Illinois researchers developed a method that makes membrane-bound receptors reactive to light, triggering the Wnt pathway.Team develops bioprocess for converting plant materials into valuable chemicalsAug 17, 2021 9:00 am1205 views A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting of acetate and xylose into high-value chemicals.What's next for Afghanistan?Aug 17, 2021 8:00 am724 views As the military withdraws from Afghanistan nearly two decades after 9/11, the U.S. public should carefully consider the costs and benefits of the effort, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman.Spring semester graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 13, 2021 8:00 am15582 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2021 spring semester. Black hole size revealed by its eating patternAug 12, 2021 1:00 pm1844 views The feeding patterns of black holes offer insight into their size, researchers report. A new study revealed that the flickering in the brightness observed in actively feeding supermassive black holes is related to their mass.Study: Domestic control of COVID-19 takes priority over international travel bansAug 11, 2021 8:00 am767 views A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economist Yilan Xu says taming domestic transmission of COVID-19 ought to be prioritized over international travel bans.Study identifies molecule that stimulates muscle-buildingAug 9, 2021 8:00 am2620 views In a randomized control study of 10 healthy young men, researchers compared how consuming the single amino acid leucine or its two-molecule equivalent, dileucine, influenced muscle-building and breakdown. They found that dileucine boosts the metabolic processes that drive muscle growth 42% more than free leucine does.Study offers insight into underlying causes of seizure disorder in babiesAug 3, 2021 7:00 am701 views Researchers report that infantile spasms, a rare but serious seizure disorder in babies, appear to be the result of a molecular pathway gone awry. In their study of a mouse model of the disorder, the researchers discovered that genetic mutations associated with the disease impair a pathway that is involved in building new synapses in the hippocampus, a brain region essential to learning and memory.What impact do the Olympics and mass-sporting events have on public health?Aug 2, 2021 8:15 am766 views Attending high-profile and mass-participation sporting events may increase individuals’ physical activity levels and enhance their emotional well-being, according to Mikihiro Sato, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.Paper: Some birds steal hair from living mammalsJul 29, 2021 6:15 pm1221 views A new paper in the journal Ecology documents an unusual behavior among titmice, chickadees and tits: A bird will land on an unsuspecting mammal and, cautiously and stealthily, pluck out some of its hair.Should the government implement a vaccine passport system?Jul 29, 2021 8:00 am1838 views Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for the vaccinated while still being realistic about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.Study tests microplasma against middle-ear infectionsJul 29, 2021 8:00 am420 views In a new study, researchers explore the use of microplasma – a highly focused stream of chemically excited ions and molecules – as a noninvasive method for attacking the bacterial biofilms that resist antibiotic treatment in the middle ear.