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  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are insect populations rising with Earth's temperature?

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Donald Wuebbles

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen P. Long is Illinois' lead investigator on a new Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a joint effort with the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    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

  • Gene that plays key role in replicating viruses also halts inflammation

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying vaccinia virus, a close relative of smallpox, have determined that a gene necessary for virus replication also has a key role in turning off inflammation, a crucial anti-viral immune response of host cells.

  • 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.

  • University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten and his colleagues found that the vibration of an odorant molecule's chemical bonds contributes to the perception of smell.  Click photo to enlarge

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sickle cell researcher to talk about finding a cure Jan. 31

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Dr. William A. Eaton, the chief of the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health, will give a public lecture, "Searching for a Cure of Sickle Cell Disease," Jan. 31 (Thursday) beginning at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

  • Thomas O'Rourke

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

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

  • 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.

  • Molecular level discovery could play role in development of new antibiotics

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have uncovered the molecular activity of an enzyme responsible for naturally turning a small protein into a potent antibiotic known as a lantibiotic.

  • 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.

  • Psychology professor Dolores Albarracn led the study that found " intentions are formed from words that appear in consciousness in a haphazard way."

    Two words, in differing order, can increase or decrease cooperation

    CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that study subjects sometimes read meaning into the words "nice" and "act," in ways that can influence the subjects' willingness to cooperate with others on simple tasks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • U. of I. a recipient of grant funds to upgrade rural health network

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois is one of 12 institutions in Illinois to receive funding from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program, an initiative to improve health-related communications infrastructure nationwide. The university will share in the $21 million grant to the state of Illinois. The money will be used to enhance the state's cyber-infrastructure, improving the communications capabilities of health providers all over the state.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Toxin combination common in fish appears capable of impairing motor skills

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Pups of female rats exposed to a combination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and methylmercury (MeHg) slip and fall more often trying to maneuver on a rotating rod than do pups from non-exposed moms, scientists say.

  • 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?"

  • Alejandro Lleras receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Alejandro Lleras, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute, is a recipient of an Early Faculty CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The $400,000 award will be distributed over five years, beginning in 2008.

  • Illinois biologist among 57 Presidential Early Career Award winners

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Carla E. Cáceres, a professor of animal biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 57 young researchers named today as recipients of the 2003 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas week snowstorm in Ohio river valley broke all records

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even though spring and warm-weather thoughts are here, a chilling, soon-to-be published report says that December's immense Midwest snowstorm was one to remember.

  • Study finds school environment can moderate student aggression

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The culture of a school can dampen - or exacerbate - the violent or disruptive tendencies of aggressive young teens, new research indicates. A large-scale study from the University of Illinois found that while personal traits and peer interactions have the most direct effect on the aggressive behavior of middle school students, the school environment also influences student aggression.

  • Scientists issue warning about dangers beetle poses to Illinios ash trees

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Campers across Illinois are being asked to be firewood wary. There could be an unwanted pest hidden inside that could be devastating to the state's 118 million ash trees if it emerges later this summer from unburned wood.

  • 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.

  • If you want to help your children with homework, take it easy, studies suggest

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What can parents do to help children doing poorly in school? Two new studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggest that supporting their children's autonomy and refraining from being controlling will help kids do better on their homework and raise their grades.

  • The emerald ash borer has been found in Chicago. Can its spread be stopped?

    A Minute With™... Extension entomologist Phil Nixon

  • 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.

  • To stem disease, keep cats indoors, stop feeding strays, scientist urges

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Keep pet cats inside, stop feeding strays, cook meat sufficiently and reconsider the way the veterinary profession and public health agencies think - and teach - about the zoonotic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii.