blog postsStudy links mobile device addiction to depression and anxietyMar 2, 2016 9:30 am40404 views Is cellphone use detrimental to mental health? A new study from the University of Illinois finds that high engagement with mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-age students.Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am35198 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20305 views Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those born between 1980-2000.May 2017 graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 17, 2017 11:00 am16061 views The University of Illinois has announced Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees, as well as graduates for the 2017 spring semester. Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house catsMay 26, 2011 9:00 am15504 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers (and some cat-owners) wanted to know: What do feral and free-roaming house cats do when they're out of sight? A two-year study offers a first look at the daily lives of these feline paupers and princes, whose territories overlap on the urban, suburban, rural and agricultural edges of many towns.Team finds first wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984Nov 13, 2017 8:15 am14396 views Researchers report the first sighting in 30 years of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois. The discovery may be a sign of hope for this state-endangered species, or the animal could be the last of its kind to have survived in Illinois without human intervention, the researchers say.Study adds to evidence that viruses are aliveSep 25, 2015 1:00 pm13499 views A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells, researchers report. The study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a time when neither viruses nor cells existed in the forms recognized today, the researchers say. Library offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus membersMar 10, 2016 9:00 am13166 views The only things one needs to learn Mandarin Chinese or nearly 30 other languages is a computer with a microphone, a University of Illinois NetID and plenty of phonetic practice.$25M gift from tech entrepreneur and UI alumnus Thomas Siebel will fund construction of Siebel Center for DesignOct 4, 2016 10:00 am11117 views The 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will cultivate interdisciplinary design thinking and will foster innovation in undergraduate and graduate curricula in multiple colleges.Key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm9732 views Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, suggests a new study led by a researcher at the University of Illinois.Urbana campus consolidates to single logoAug 14, 2017 1:30 pm9440 views Academic and administrative units at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will go back to the familiar orange block “I” logo, retiring the column “I” they have used since 1997.Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm8827 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13.Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8544 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Three Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 15, 2018 9:00 am8434 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.Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influentialDec 21, 2015 9:15 am8382 views Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015. The list includes “some of the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to a statement from Thomson Reuters.Nanopores could take the salt out of seawaterNov 10, 2015 1:45 pm7856 views University of Illinois engineers have found an energy-efficient material for removing salt from seawater that could provide a rebuttal to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lament, “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.”Pollinator habitat program spreads bad seeds with the goodDec 7, 2016 8:30 am7777 views Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds – including seeds of the potentially devastating agricultural weed Palmer amaranth – along with the good. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have traced the weed seeds to at least one source: pollinator habitat seed sold by a company in the Midwest.Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am7671 views Two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects – offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. The studies were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.Paper tubes make stiff origami structuresSep 7, 2015 2:00 pm7546 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am7365 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery - and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am7277 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers findFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am6646 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A new study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one's ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6594 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Online interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am6523 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you think Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites that foster online communication and interaction are merely vapid echo chambers of self-promotion, think again, say two University of Illinois professors who study computer-mediated communication and the Internet.August and December 2016 graduates, Dean's List honorees namedMar 9, 2017 8:30 am6512 views The University of Illinois announced Dean’s List honorees – all 6,643 of them – and graduates from August and December 2016.Six Illinois researchers named AAAS fellowsNov 23, 2015 10:00 am6487 views Six researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am6399 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyMarching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNov 20, 2015 10:45 am6358 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus.'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am6281 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyRinging in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study findsAug 24, 2017 11:15 am6281 views Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest.Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 18, 2016 10:00 am6026 views A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer needed, eliminating the need for additional surgery to remove the monitors and reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage.Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroomJun 7, 2017 1:00 pm5944 views Roughly 115 million years ago, when the ancient supercontinent Gondwana was breaking apart, a mushroom fell into a river and began an improbable journey. Its ultimate fate as a mineralized fossil preserved in limestone in northeast Brazil makes it a scientific wonder, scientists report in the journal PLOS ONE.Drinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study findsFeb 29, 2016 2:15 pm5858 views In a new study of more than 18,300 U.S. adults, U. of I. researcher Ruopeng An found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.Siblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization'Jan 15, 2010 9:00 am5763 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What we learn from our siblings when we grow up has - for better or for worse - a considerable influence on our social and emotional development as adults, according to an expert in sibling, parent-child and peer relationships at the University of Illinois.Record-speed data transmission could make big data more accessibleMar 22, 2016 9:45 am5707 views With record-breaking speeds for fiber-optic data transmission, University of Illinois engineers have paved a fast lane on the information superhighway – creating on-ramps for big data in the process.Entrepreneur, UI grad Max Levchin to deliver commencement addressMar 12, 2018 10:00 am5455 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. Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am5314 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.U. of I. alumnus Jeff Huber, Grail CEO and ex-Google exec, is 2016 commencement speakerMar 31, 2016 8:15 am5283 views Illinois alumnus Jeff Huber, whose company is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer, will be the U. of I.'s commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.Western media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am5244 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literatureStudy links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adultsDec 13, 2016 8:45 am5238 views A study of older adults offers insight into how a pigment found in leafy greens that tends to accumulate in brain tissue may contribute to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately afterJun 5, 2013 9:00 am5076 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.Campus sets new marks for undergraduate enrollment, diversitySep 13, 2017 10:30 am5054 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached record levels of undergraduate and total enrollment this semester, and also set high marks for diversity and first-generation representation in the freshman class.Five Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm5013 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.Quick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of bloodJul 3, 2017 7:30 am4964 views A new portable device can quickly find markers of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood.Telling stories and touching historyFeb 6, 2018 8:30 am4939 views I slowly turn each page of Florence Lee’s large paper scrapbook, making sure not to wrinkle any of the items she placed inside. Its contents offer a snapshot of student life in the early 20th century at the University of Illinois: a laminated orange and blue button from a homecoming football game, a brochure from the Anti-Cigarette League of America, ribbons and tickets from Dad’s Day events and dozens of photographs of scenes around campus, including personal photographs of Florence Lee with her family and friends. All of these items were either glued or, in the case of some of the flat paper items, had their corners tucked into angled slots cut into the pages. The items that Florence Lee placed in this scrapbook come from her undergraduate years at the University of Illinois – 1917-20. This memento offers a window into that time.No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study findsOct 9, 2017 8:30 am4831 views Today’s college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study – not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study, reported in the journal Psychological Science, analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s. All of the students completed the Narcissism Personal Inventory, the oldest and most widely used measure of narcissism.Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization, new research findsSep 7, 2017 8:00 am4776 views A new study found that monounsaturated fatty acids are linked to general intelligence and the organization of the brain’s attention network.Marching Illini preparing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performanceOct 1, 2015 12:15 pm4745 views When the Marching Illini perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ll march and play for 2 1/2 miles, in front of 3 million people lining the parade route.Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patientsNov 27, 2017 8:30 am4698 views A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the experimental drug PAC-1 can be used safely in combination with a standard brain-cancer chemotherapy drug, temozolomide.Five Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 17, 2017 8:00 am4564 views Five faculty members have been named to the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). The list recognizes “leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world."