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  • Researchers to discuss potential of swine as models for human disease

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Biomedical scientists from around the world will discuss the potential of swine as models for understanding and treating a variety of human diseases when they gather for the Swine in Biomedical Research Conference on

  • 'Secret Agent Worms' to debut at Ag Open House

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- "Secret Agent Worms," corn as a vitamin and fuel, and kenaf as an alternative cash crop are among the exhibits to be displayed March 2-3 at the 12th Annual College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Open House at the University of Illinois.

  • Biotech pioneer to discuss turning innovations into businesses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The founder of a global company that helps turn breakthrough ideas in biotechnology into moneymaking businesses will speak this week at the University of Illinois.

  • As the EPA begins to regulate greenhouse gases, climate change has already begun

    A Minute With™...atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles

  • Three researchers to take part in mapping the honeybee genome

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A buzz being heard around the entomology department these days is a genomic celebration. Three departmental researchers will have key roles in a recently announced federal project to map the some 15,000 genes of a honeybee (Apis mellifera).

  • Negative self-image of adolescents fosters increasingly damaging behaviors

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adolescents who think little of themselves tend to shy away from interactions with peers. This uncertainty and withdrawal then draws negative feedback from other students, prompting even more withdrawal and leaving them with few chances to have close friends and as targets for teasing or bullying.

  • New protein synthesis not essential to memory formation

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois challenges the premise that the brain must build new proteins in response to an experience for that experience to be recorded in long-term memory.

  • Do higher corn prices mean less adherence to ecological principles?

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Expectations of higher corn prices are leading some farmers to neglect or ignore integrated pest management strategies, and their behavior could undermine the very technologies that sustain them, University of Illinois researchers report today at the American Chemical Society meeting in Boston.

  • Lecture on human genome postponed

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A lecture on the human genome, scheduled for Thursday at the University of Illinois, has been postponed because of Tuesdays terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

  • Microbiologists, other panelists to participate in anthrax forum

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Two University of Illinois microbiologists will be among the five panelists participating in a free, public forum on anthrax and bioterrorism that begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24) in Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana. Members of the audience will be able to ask questions of the expert panelists after they speak.

  • Sediment samples suggest how plants would fare in hotter, drier future

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sediment samples dating back thousands of years and taken from under the deep water of West Olaf Lake in Minnesota have revealed an unexpected climate indicator that can be factored into future projections.

  • A new biofuels research initiative and Illinois' leading role in developing renewable energy

    A Minute With™... Stephen P. Long, Illinois' lead investigator on a new Energy Biosciences Institute

  • Insights gained from molecular modeling may lead to better insecticides

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the most damaging crop pests, the corn earworm, may be outwitting efforts to control it by making structural changes in a single metabolic protein, but new insights uncovered by molecular modeling could pave the way for more efficient insecticides, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Weather forecasts may be predictors for prevalence of West Nile virus

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Weather forecasts could become barometers for predicting the potential threat of West Nile virus to humans and wildlife, according to scientists at two state agencies based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • By creating molecular 'bridge,' scientists change function of a protein

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By designing a molecular bridge, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have forged a successful pathway through a complex ocean of barriers: They've changed the function of a protein using a co-evolution approach.

  • Chemist, entomologist among new fellows of arts and sciences academy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chemist Peter Beak and entomologist Gene E. Robinson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the 202 newly elected fellows and foreign honorary members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • 'Brains in Action' set for May 24 at Children's Museum

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Faculty members and students of the neuroscience program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign want children and their families to join them to learn about "Brains in Action" from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., May 24, at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 356 N. Neil St., Champaign.

  • Study of protein folds offers insight into metabolic evolution

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois have constructed the first global family tree of metabolic protein architecture. Their approach offers a new window on the evolutionary history of metabolism.

  • West Nile virus focus during ornithologists' meeting

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The West Nile virus is the focus of a dozen research papers to be presented Aug. 9 (Saturday) during the 121st Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, Aug. 5-9, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Misfiring proteins tied to inflammation and sick feeling of type 2 diabetics

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After a series of studies in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Freund, a clearer picture is emerging: A disruption of signaling proteins in the immune system may be responsible for the inflammation that makes someone with type 2 diabetes feel sick and increases the risk of serious complications.

  • Lectures launch yearlong exploration of new biology

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. What are the implications now that the human genome has been sequenced? How will that scientific breakthrough, along with others in the field of biology, affect various areas of human life, from health and medicine to food production?

  • Census of protein architectures offers new view of history of life

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The present can tell you a lot about the past, but you need to know where to look. A new study appearing this month in Genome Research reveals that protein architectures - the three-dimensional structures of specific regions within proteins - provide an extraordinary window on the history of life.

  • Odorant shape and vibration likely lead to olfaction satisfaction

    CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A new study of the sense of smell lends support to a controversial theory of olfaction: Our noses can distinguish both the shape and the vibrational characteristics of odorant molecules.

  • Web page provides pet owners with information on dog flu

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has established a Web page with information about canine influenza, which has spread to pet dogs in 10 states after first being diagnosed in January 2004 at a Florida greyhound track. No cases have been reported in Illinois.

  • 'i-emerging' event to showcase new technologies seeking investors

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A computer that can recognize users faces, and even their moods. A method of delivering vaccine by a single pill that would eliminate the need for booster shots. An electronic "nose" that could be used by physicians to monitor dialysis patients and diagnose disease and by USDA inspectors to ensure fish is fresh.

  • Public symposium to coincide with Catalogue of Life global team meeting

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Throughout the scientific literature our collective knowledge, from where an organism lives, to what it eats, to its physical characteristics, is linked to scientific names, such as "Homo sapiens," the name for humans.

  • Illinois researchers help Hollywood get the science right

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two University of Illinois researchers are among a national group of scientists selected to help leaders in the entertainment industry improve the accuracy of the scientific content of their productions.

  • Two Illinois scientists among 291 AAAS fellows

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists Nick Holonyak Jr. and Susan E. Fahrbach of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among 291 people selected as 2002 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Protein that kills cells also important for memory

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A protein known primarily for its role in killing cells also plays a part in memory formation, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report. Their work exploring how zebra finches learn songs could have implications for treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Studies of free-ranging cats aim for insights on endemic diseases

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two studies of free-ranging cats - one at the University of Illinois South Farms and the other in Allerton Park near Monticello - will allow researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois to document how cats use the environment and to track the presence of Toxoplasma gondii in local cat populations.

  • Beckman researchers study communication part of language

    Researchers can get their inspiration from a mentor, or colleague, or perhaps even a lecture that strikes a chord. Psychology researcher Kara Federmeier got hers from her younger brother when she was still in high school.

  • Four-day symposium on biodiverstiy part of international initiative

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The complexity and diversity of life, from insects to trees to mollusks to big cats and more, will be the topic of a four-day symposium for scientists converging on the University of Illinois campus Feb. 7-10.

  • Run for your popcorn: Mutant insects expected to take over Illinois campus

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The world's latest most-feared technological nightmare comes true Feb. 28, but only for about six hours. Genetically engineered insects will be running amok - though just on the big screen - during the 21st annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • As the population ages, how can Medicare be made sustainable?

    A Minute With™... Thomas O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community health

  • Fatty acid pathway, glucose produce triacetic acid lactone

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have designed a potential roadmap to use a biosynthetic pathway taken from a common microorganism to produce compounds that could serve as precursors to explosives or components in everyday devices such as liquid crystal displays or anti-cancer agents.

  • New book entertainingly tells 'What Good Are Bugs'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Insects are vital to every ecosystem and essential to our existence, Gilbert Waldbauer says, answering a common question posed by the title of his new book, "What Good Are Bugs?"

  • Researchers improve design of genetic on-off switches

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have set a new standard in the design and engineering of nuclear hormone receptor-based genetic on-off switches, without causing new problems or aggravating existing ones.

  • U. of I. researcher named Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - William T. Greenough, a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, today was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Airport baggage screeners may need continuing education, study indicates

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Baggage screeners have just seconds amid loud airport noises and the pressure of rushed airline travelers to scan X-rays of carry-on items for weapons. How good they are at finding one may depend on the specificity of their training, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Research involving adult stem cells receives state grants

    Two of 10 state grants announced April 24 bring more than $841,000 to two UI scientists – Matthew B. Wheeler and Stephen J. Kaufman – for research involving two forms of adult stem cells.

  • Turn on your neurons at the Children's Museum

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Neuroscientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite children and their families to learn about their brains at the fourth annual Brain Awareness Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 (Sunday) at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 356 N. Neil St., Champaign.

  • Chief of Illinois State Water Survey to discuss drought assessment

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Despite recent rains over parts of Illinois, drought conditions have worsened in central and southwestern regions of the state, say officials of the Illinois State Water Survey.

  • Genomic Biology Institute's first grant to focus on soybeans and climate change

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the five newly named research themes of the Institute for Genomic Biology under construction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has landed the institute's first major federal grant.

  • UI scientist develops enzyme inhibitor that may slow cancer

    UI scientist Tim Garrow, in collaboration with Jiri Jiracek of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has applied for a provisional patent on a class of chemicals that has future therapeutic uses in medicine, specifically cancer treatment.

  • Easter named acting dean of ACES

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Robert A. Easter was named today to be acting dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. He will become interim dean, pending approval of the Board of Trustees at its meeting Sept. 13 in Chicago.

  • Are insect populations rising with Earth's temperature?

    A Minute With™... U. of I. Extension entomologist Phil Nixon

  • Inaugural lecture of The Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Lecture Series to be Oct. 19

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The seemingly lost tradition of shared family meals will be the focus of the inaugural lecture of The Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Lecture Series to be held Oct. 19 (Thursday) at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

  • UI researchers to take part in research on gene function in mustard plant

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. University of Illinois researchers have major roles in a newly announced $43.8 million National Science Foundation-funded initiative to define the function of the genes in a plant considered a model for understanding all plants. Eventually, their findings could have dramatic implications for all agricultural crops.

  • Researchers seeking alternative to surgery for brain cancers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With a four-year, $450,000 grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working to develop an immunotherapy that would be a safe alternative to surgery for brain cancers.

  • U. of I. entomology department swarms to 'Bee Movie'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What do entomologists do on autumn weekends? This Sunday the University of Illinois department of entomology is going to see an animated insect film: "Bee Movie," starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger.