blog posts 14 Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows Jan 25, 2022 5:45 pm2857 views Fourteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2021 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2020 deadlier than previous five years, even with COVID-19 numbers removed, study finds Jul 19, 2021 1:30 pm1979 views An upswing in death rates from non-COVID-19 causes in 2020 hit hard for men ages 15-64, according to a new study by computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and internal medicine professor Janet Jokela. 3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye required Jan 21, 2014 9:00 am369 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures - all with conventional microscopes and white light. 3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body's immune response to obesity Feb 17, 2021 1:00 pm1187 views Researchers who focus on fat know that some adipose tissue is more prone to inflammation-related comorbidities than others, but the reasons why are not well understood. Thanks to a new analytical technique, scientists are getting a clearer view of the microenvironments found within adipose tissue associated with obesity. This advance may illuminate why some adipose tissues are more prone to inflammation – leading to diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disorders – and help direct future drug therapies to treat obesity. 3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing May 23, 2018 2:00 pm5222 views University of Illinois engineers built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can’t: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges. The water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structures have multiple applications in biomedical engineering, cancer research and device manufacturing. 3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, more Jun 18, 2013 9:00 am101 views 3-D printing now can be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet providing enough stored energy to power it. A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brain Apr 11, 2013 9:00 am1190 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain. A civil engineer reflects on the I-35 bridge collapse and its aftermath Aug 3, 2007 9:00 am67 views A Minute With™... Robert H. Dodds Jr., a professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineering Advanced polymers help streamline water purification, environmental remediation Jan 21, 2020 8:00 am1372 views It takes a lot of energy to collect, clean and dispose of contaminated water. Some contaminants, like arsenic, occur in low concentrations, calling for even more energy-intensive selective removal processes. A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring Aug 25, 2014 9:00 am647 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they grow Mar 12, 2018 8:45 am4660 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. A little support from their online friends calms test-anxious students Apr 27, 2017 10:00 am1567 views Reading supportive comments, “likes” and private messages from social media friends prior to taking a test may help college students who have high levels of test-anxiety reduce their nervousness by 21 percent and improve their scores, researchers at the University of Illinois found. Alumnus wins fellowship, will work on prosthesis project in Guatemala Jun 13, 2012 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent University of Illinois graduate has received a Whitaker International Fellow Grant to fund overseas bioengineering research during the 2012-13 academic year. AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heard Sep 15, 2015 9:45 am2108 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy. Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of Engineering Jun 20, 2013 9:00 am1212 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill - Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering. A perfect March Madness bracket? That's a long shot. Mar 13, 2014 9:00 am84 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Are there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11? Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am27 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. Jacobson Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundle Aug 1, 2019 8:00 am3259 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. Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the future Nov 13, 2019 7:30 am1354 views A new proof-of-concept study details how an automated system driven by artificial intelligence can design, build, test and learn complex biochemical pathways to efficiently produce lycopene, a red pigment found in tomatoes and commonly used as a food coloring, opening the door to a wide range of biosynthetic applications, researchers report. A scientist's view of NCAA tournament brackets Mar 16, 2012 9:00 am41 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibiotic Oct 27, 2015 11:00 am4267 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane. Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study finds Sep 5, 2014 9:00 am211 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers. Basar named College of Engineering interim dean Dec 19, 2017 1:30 pm4175 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. Bashir named College of Engineering dean Oct 10, 2018 9:30 am10266 views Rashid Bashir, the executive associate dean and chief diversity officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will become the next dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Nov. 1. Batteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structure Mar 21, 2011 9:00 am805 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside. Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soil Oct 2, 2014 9:00 am706 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In addition to providing renewable energy, grass crops like switchgrass and miscanthus could store some of the carbon they pull from the atmosphere in the soil, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers. Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home Jun 18, 2015 10:30 am1077 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues. Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home Jun 18, 2015 4:15 pm2022 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues. Black hole size revealed by its eating pattern Aug 12, 2021 1:00 pm2159 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. Bracketology: Crunching the numbers Mar 11, 2013 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Bragg named interim dean of College of Engineering Jul 3, 2012 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael B. Bragg has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Breaking the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testing Feb 25, 2020 8:00 am1064 views Researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. By combining electron microscopy and laser heating, scientists can evaluate these materials much more quickly and inexpensively than with traditional testing. BTN premieres documentary on pioneering educator Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm741 views “William L. Everitt: An Optimist’s Journey” premieres Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. CST/10:30 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network. The new 30-minute documentary tells the story of the inventor, author, visionary and former dean of what is now The Grainger College of Engineering. Bubbling up: Previously hidden environmental impact of bursting bubbles exposed in new study Nov 18, 2021 10:00 am2291 views Bubbles are common in nature and can form when ocean waves break and when raindrops impact surfaces. When bubbles burst, they send tiny jets of water and other materials into the air. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign examines how the interplay between bubble surfaces and water that contains organic materials contributes to the transport of aerosolized organic materials – some of which are linked to the spread of disease or contamination – into the atmosphere. Carbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles current Feb 9, 2009 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By pushing carbon nanotubes close to their breaking point, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated a remarkable increase in the current-carrying capacity of the nanotubes, well beyond what was previously thought possible. Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity Nov 17, 2017 9:45 am2262 views Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois. Carle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completed Nov 2, 2015 9:00 am881 views Leaders of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System announced the completion of a set of agreements and policies related to joint research practices and governance of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recurs Aug 6, 2014 9:00 am266 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according to new findings from researchers at the University of Illinois. Changes in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences Sep 18, 2017 7:45 am1105 views Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized and larger than those in extreme precipitation. These changes can have a strong effect on ecosystems, agriculture, infrastructure design and resource management, and point to a need to examine precipitation in a more nuanced, multifaceted way. Channel migration plays leading role in river network evolution, study finds Apr 14, 2021 10:00 am723 views Satellite views of Earth’s major river systems reveal their familiar treelike drainage patterns. The pattern – called dendritic – and its prevalence suggests that it may be the optimal state in which rivers exist. Challenged by the knowledge that numerical models of drainage evolution have yet to substantiate this assumption, researchers are now thinking of rivers as existing in a persistent reorganizational state instead of being in a set, stable configuration. Understanding this has implications for land use and infrastructure management decisions. Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnastics Oct 9, 2014 9:00 am228 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics. Cheap, nontoxic carbon nanodots poised to be quantum dots of the future Mar 8, 2021 2:00 pm1039 views Tiny fluorescent semiconductor dots, called quantum dots, are useful in a variety of health and electronic technologies but are made of toxic, expensive metals. Nontoxic and economic carbon-based dots are easy to produce, but they emit less light. A new study that uses ultrafast nanometric imaging found good and bad emitters among populations of carbon dots. This observation suggests that by selecting only super-emitters, carbon nanodots can be purified to replace toxic metal quantum dots in many applications, the researchers said. Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatment May 26, 2017 11:00 am925 views Melanoma is a particularly difficult cancer to treat once it has metastasized, spreading throughout the body. University of Illinois researchers are using chemistry to find the deadly, elusive malignant cells within a melanoma tumor that hold the potential to spread. Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall Jul 25, 2016 10:15 am1505 views University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to etch very tall, narrow finFETs, a type of transistor that forms a tall semiconductor “fin” for the current to travel over. Chemical reactions break free from energy barriers using flyby trajectories Jul 15, 2021 10:45 am1745 views A new study shows that it is possible to use mechanical force to deliberately alter chemical reactions and increase chemical selectivity – a grand challenge of the field. Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause fouling Jul 25, 2018 7:30 am1975 views Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to new research, these additives may amplify the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip that bacteria – like those responsible for Legionnaires’ disease – have on pipe interiors. Children's book by U of I students teaches third graders about automotive engineering Jun 7, 2021 10:45 am3868 views A new book written and illustrated by two recent alumnae of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign introduces third graders to the nuts and bolts of automotive mechanics and engineering. CHIME in Illinois puts students to work on COVID-related data science projects Aug 4, 2020 8:45 am821 views An international public health initiative connects students and public health agencies with data-information needs. Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality, researchers report Oct 22, 2020 9:30 am2664 views A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical and chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the nanostructures that help cicada wings repel water and prevent bacteria from establishing on the surface. The new technique – which uses commercial nail polish – is economical and straightforward, and the researchers said it will help fabricate future high-tech waterproof materials. Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots Sep 25, 2017 8:30 am3567 views Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of University of Illinois mechanical engineers and entomologists are looking to click beetles, who can right themselves without the use of their legs, to solve this robotics challenge.