blog postsSoil temperatures and moisture levels declining in early MarchMar 16, 2018 3:30 pm62 views Cooler, drier weather has led to declining soil temperatures and moisture levels, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Decision-making is shaped by individual differences in the functional brain connectomeMar 16, 2018 10:15 am454 views Each day brings with it a host of decisions to be made, and each person approaches those decisions differently. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that these individual differences are associated with variation in specific brain networks – particularly those related to executive, social and perceptual processes.DeathsMar 15, 2018 2:30 pm128 views Etha Jereen Broom ... Constance “Connie” Ellen Brown ... Carole Couch ... Sue Jones ... Maurice “Doc” Mecum ... Emily Ann Stipes Watts Native Pop artist collective brings a weekend of eventsMar 15, 2018 2:30 pm62 views Native Pop, an organization that brings American Indian pop art and art making to widespread venues and communities, will present a weekend of events March 30-31 titled “Native Pop Presents: Strong Women: Reclaiming Imagery.” The events feature MaryBeth Nelson (Cherokee), Serena Penaloza (Navajo and Maricopa) and Brent Learned (Cheyenne-Arapaho), who will bring their art, insight and skills to a variety of programs. Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matterMar 14, 2018 1:00 pm1358 views Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first experimental findings to validate this theory.Paper: Changes in NFL mirror changes in modern workplaceMar 14, 2018 9:00 am265 views The NFL has reflected the changing dynamics of the modern U.S. workplace due to the football-workplace connection that was forged during the sport’s early years, said Daniel A. Gilbert, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois and an expert who studies the cultural and labor history of sports.Researchers tap problematic e-waste surplus to recover high-quality polymersMar 14, 2018 8:30 am476 views Mixed-plastic electronics waste could be a valuable source of reusable polymers, a new study led by Illinois Sustainability Technology Center scientists suggests. The team has developed the first energy-efficient and environmentally friendly process that separates mixed polymers so that they can be recycled into new, high-quality plastic products.U of I hosts conferences on hunger for university presidents, student leadersMar 13, 2018 9:00 am181 views Conferences of the organizations Presidents United to Solve Hunger Leaders Forum and Universities Fighting World Hunger will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus this week, co-hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois at Springfield and the University of Illinois System. Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am804 views By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. They hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities announces fellowshipsMar 12, 2018 3:30 pm165 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the U. of I. has awarded its annual faculty and graduate student fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year to seven faculty members and seven graduate students. IPRH also announced the Ragdale Residential Creative Fellow for 2018. Illinois recognized as a HEARTSafe campusMar 12, 2018 11:15 am97 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a student program under the Illinois Fire Service Institute, received national recognition recently when the U. of I. was awarded the designation of a HEARTSafe Campus. IEMS accepted the award Feb. 24 at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation Awards Reception in Philadelphia. Entrepreneur, UI grad Max Levchin to deliver commencement addressMar 12, 2018 10:00 am2011 views Max Levchin, a U. of I. alumnus, co-founder of PayPal, former chairman of Yelp and currently the CEO and founder of the consumer-financing platform Affirm, will serve as the commencement speaker Saturday, May 12. Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they growMar 12, 2018 8:45 am966 views A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers. Study yields more than a million new cyclic compounds, some with pharmaceutical potentialMar 12, 2018 8:30 am388 views Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in disease. The new compounds have cyclic structures that give them stability and enhance their ability to bind to their targets. 20th Ebert Film Fest to open with 'The Fugitive' and feature guest Ava DuVernayMar 9, 2018 4:45 pm315 views The 20th Ebert Film Festival will open with "The Fugitive" and feature Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar-nominated "Selma" and "The 13th," among its guests.DeathsMar 8, 2018 1:30 pm184 views Tom Percival ... Penny A. Watkins-Zdrojewski ... Robert J. CheekAnnual report quantifies Illinois graduates’ first destinationsMar 7, 2018 8:00 am876 views Drawing from the experiences of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students who recently completed undergraduate degrees, an annual survey indicates that the campus will once again exceed national averages related to graduates securing first destinations.Job of a Congress member not one size fits all, authors findMar 6, 2018 10:30 am449 views The job of a Congress member is not one size fits all, say two U. of I. political scientists. In fact, there are five "legislative styles."Tarantulas in a pickle jarMar 5, 2018 4:15 pm607 views Storing your dead tarantulas in a gallon-sized pickle jar is not the best solution to long-term preservation. Especially when those tarantulas are toe-tagged – like corpses in a morgue. But that’s what I find this morning when I open one of the dozens of metal storage cabinets in the chilly insect collection: a pickle jar full of tarantulas.Illinois soil temperatures warmer than normal this winterMar 2, 2018 2:00 pm256 views Illinois’ milder winter soil temperatures may have an impact on pest populations, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Overall, soil temperatures were milder than normal, according to Jennie Atkins with the Illinois State Water Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program. At depths of 4 inches under bare soil, temperatures averaged 35.2 degrees this winter, or 1.4 degrees above the long-term average. Soils averaged 1.8 degrees cooler than last winter. Krannert Art Museum publishes catalogue of Swahili art in conjunction with exhibitionMar 2, 2018 1:45 pm33 views Krannert Art Museum at the U. of I. has published a multiauthored catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean.” On view at the museum, located at Sixth Street and Peabody Drive in Champaign, until March 24, “World on the Horizon” will travel to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., in May and then to Fowler Museum at UCLA in October.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am716 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundDeathsMar 1, 2018 3:15 pm237 views Thomas B. “Tom” Berns ... Richard “Dick” Blaney ... Karen M. DudasBrown receives Whiting Public Engagement FellowshipMar 1, 2018 2:00 pm115 views Ruth Nicole Brown, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Illinois, received a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for $50,000 to expand Black Girls Genius Week, a series of humanities-based workshops for African-American middle school- and high school-aged girls, from central Illinois to Chicago, San Diego and Columbia, South Carolina.Ecological Society of America honors YangMar 1, 2018 1:45 pm139 views The Ecological Society of America has named Wendy H. Yang, a professor of plant biology and geology at Illinois, as an Early Career Fellow. The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education, pedagogy, management and policy.Illinois theatre department, alumni celebrating program’s 50th anniversaryMar 1, 2018 8:45 am381 views The University of Illinois theatre department is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events March 3-5.Virtual predator is self-aware, behaves like living counterpartMar 1, 2018 8:30 am1872 views Scientists report in the journal eNeuro that they’ve built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, “Cyberslug,” reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does.Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am297 views Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine have found that creating short videos that explain information presented during physiology lectures makes teaching easier for medical educators and learning easier for their students.Illinois again a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student AwardsFeb 27, 2018 11:30 am815 views For the seventh time in the past eight years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, part of the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.Individual quantum dots imaged in 3-D for first timeFeb 27, 2018 9:15 am386 views Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2-D images to help reconstruct a 3-D picture. The method demonstrates imaging of individual nanoparticles at different orientations while in a laser-induced excited state.Illinois professor uses big data to research history of gender in fictionFeb 27, 2018 9:00 am481 views A big data research study by a University of Illinois professor shows a decline in the prominence of female characters in fiction and in the number of female authors from the 19th century to the 20th century.Scientists seeking rare river crayfish aren't just kicking rocksFeb 27, 2018 8:30 am527 views As far as anyone can tell, the cold-water crayfish Faxonius eupunctus makes its home in a 30-mile stretch of the Eleven Point River and nowhere else in the world. According to a new study, the animal is most abundant in the middle part its range, a rocky expanse in southern Missouri – with up to 35,000 cubic feet of chilly Ozark river water flowing by each second.Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years laterFeb 26, 2018 8:15 am1967 views A new study links doing one’s homework, being interested and behaving responsibly in high school to better academic and career success as many as 50 years later. This effect, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, holds true even after accounting for parental income, IQ and other factors known to influence achievement, researchers report.DeathsFeb 22, 2018 2:45 pm360 views Marilois Barker ... Donald “Don” Lee Day ...Steven J. D’Urso ... Charles Walter “Erik” Eriksen ... Jack Theodore Harroun ... C. Rex Mahannah ... Kenneth Neil StatzerWould replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1251 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenMuseum open house promotes campus collaborationFeb 21, 2018 4:45 pm163 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois invites faculty, staff and graduate students to attend an open house on specialized research and learning opportunities on Thursday, March 8, from 3-6 p.m. The museum welcomes proposals for collaborative exhibitions, research projects and public programs. The event highlights opportunities for using the museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects from six continents for classes and outreach. Neuroimaging reveals lasting brain deficits in iron-deficient pigletsFeb 20, 2018 4:30 pm592 views Iron deficiency in the first four weeks of a piglet’s life – equivalent to roughly four months in a human infant – impairs the development of key brain structures, scientists report. The abnormalities remain even after weeks of iron supplementation begun later in life, the researchers found.Museum’s Winter Tales concert features American Indian storytellingFeb 20, 2018 12:00 pm88 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois will hold its annual Winter Tales concert, a celebration of American Indian storytelling, on Sunday, March 4, from 1-2:15 p.m. The featured storyteller is SleepyEye LaFromboise of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Tonawanda Seneca tribes. This family concert is free and no advanced reservations are required.Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am375 views Depictions of medical doctors in comics have become less stereotypical and more realistic, says Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois professor of information sciences and a comics historian and scholar.Paper: 'Pseudo-contract' creeps into digital terms and conditionsFeb 20, 2018 8:15 am475 views The boilerplate text that nobody reads when signing up for an online service has very tenuous legal footing, said Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois legal scholar and internationally recognized expert in contract law.Emancipated blacks often targeted for relocation to the tropicsFeb 19, 2018 10:45 am351 views Every significant emancipation of black enslaved people in North America came with plans to relocate them to tropical areas, says a U. of I. historian.Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists thinkFeb 19, 2018 10:00 am933 views Geologic activity within stable portions of Earth’s uppermost layer may have occurred more recently than previously believed.Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression - and may not lastFeb 19, 2018 9:15 am525 views A new study of middle-aged women found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression.Illinois graphic design professor fights human trafficking with app, educationFeb 19, 2018 9:00 am767 views A University of Illinois graphic design professor has developed a cellphone app that enables users to report suspected cases of human trafficking anonymously.DeathsFeb 15, 2018 2:00 pm416 views Donna Kuhlman ... Elsie Willfong ... John E. ZehrIllinois alumna among first group of Knight-Hennessy ScholarsFeb 15, 2018 1:45 pm1018 views Leah Matchett, of Grand Haven, Michigan, and an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of 49 students selected in the first year of the Knight-Hennessy Scholar program for postgraduate study at Stanford University.Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone pollingFeb 15, 2018 10:00 am672 views Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Three Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 15, 2018 9:00 am7930 views Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research.Study links fox domestication to gene activity in the pituitary glandFeb 14, 2018 8:30 am218 views A study of foxes offers new insights into the brain changes that occur in wild canids as they become more tame, researchers report. The study links fox domestication to changes in gene activity in the pituitary gland, a brain center that kicks out hormones to regulate various bodily functions, including the stress response.Chasing waterfallsFeb 13, 2018 4:00 pm177 views MIRI, MALAYSIA — We awake from our post-training slumber at 6:30 a.m. for an activity unlike any of the team-building exercises we have experienced so far. This is only the first week of training for the Fulbright Program here. There are nearly 100 of us on this waterfall hike, braving the rain and humidity together to swim in one of Malaysia’s hidden pools.