blog postsElectric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study findsAug 6, 2020 9:30 am140903 views Owners of electric multicookers may be able to add another use to its list of functions, a new study suggests: sanitization of N95 respirator masks. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign study found that 50 minutes of dry heat in an electric cooker, such as a rice cooker or Instant Pot, decontaminated N95 respirators inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. This could enable wearers to safely reuse limited supplies of the respirators, originally intended to be one-time-use items. 75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am99108 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyIllinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm80167 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff.Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author saysMar 5, 2014 9:00 am49856 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About half of Latinos check "white" in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check "other race."Study links mobile device addiction to depression and anxietyMar 2, 2016 9:30 am49276 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.Journalists’ Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubblesAug 5, 2020 9:30 am46323 views Washington, D.C., journalists are clustering not in one “Beltway bubble” but in a collection of “microbubbles,” based on a recent study of their Twitter postings. It means they “may be even more insular than previously thought,” say Illinois journalism professors Nikki Usher and Yee Man Margaret Ng.Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am38840 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.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 9:45 am33585 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.Graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named for spring semesterAug 12, 2020 11:30 am32061 views The University of Illinois announces graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees for the 2020 spring semester. Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house catsMay 26, 2011 9:00 am30538 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.Decoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell culturesAug 4, 2020 9:00 am24822 views As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, scientists and health care providers are seeking ways to keep the coronavirus from infecting tissues once they’re exposed. A new study suggests luring the virus with a decoy – an engineered, free-floating receptor protein – that binds the virus and blocks infection.Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellenceSep 12, 2019 11:00 am23568 views The new freshman class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university.Graduates for August and December 2019, Dean's List honorees namedApr 3, 2020 12:30 pm22314 views The University of Illinois lists the 7,441 students named to the Dean’s list in December, as well as the 3,187 December graduates and 1,507 August graduates.Illinois Commitment will help students from middle-income families attend IllinoisAug 27, 2018 8:30 am21771 views Through a combination of institutional, federal and state aid, including Pell Grants and Monetary Award Program grants, Illinois Commitment will provide financial awards to cover the tuition and campus fees for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000, the current median family income in Illinois.Study adds to evidence that viruses are aliveSep 25, 2015 1:00 pm21541 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. Western media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am21520 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literatureTeam finds first wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984Nov 13, 2017 8:15 am21482 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.Asian tiger mosquito gains ground in IllinoisJun 4, 2020 8:15 am20808 views Researchers report that the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, has become more abundant across Illinois in the past three decades. Its spread is problematic, as the mosquito can transmit diseases – like chikungunya or dengue fever – to humans.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am20491 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thomas Jefferson believed that a country's constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20409 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.Urbana-Champaign COVID-19 message to students, faculty members, staffMar 12, 2020 9:30 am20276 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communicated Wednesday evening with students, faculty members and staff on measures the university is taking to protect the campus community in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The message discusses course delivery, travel, and university-sponsored events and meetings.'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers reportMay 29, 2019 8:00 am19948 views A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report in the journal Astrobiology. The bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ancient and thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars, said University of Illinois geology professor Bruce Fouke, who led the new, NASA-funded study.'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am19578 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyUniversity working to contain predicted increase in on-campus COVID-19 casesAug 21, 2020 10:15 am19154 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will employ detailed plans to address the expected initial increase in COVID-19 positive cases through the next several weeks. Modified in-person instruction begins Monday. Data models developed by Illinois faculty members forecast that new cases will decline after the first few weeks of the semester and the daily positivity rate will remain low throughout.Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis, study findsMar 24, 2020 6:00 am18908 views A bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious disease affecting millions of people worldwide, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mie University in Japan.Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am17200 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Online interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am16310 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.Class of 2022 sets records for enrollment, diversity, first-generation studentsSep 12, 2018 9:00 am15590 views Among the Top 10 in numbers in the U.S., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s freshman class sets new high marks for students from underrepresented backgrounds and first-generation college students, as well as a 10-year high of Illinois residents. Counties with more trees and shrubs spend less on Medicare, study findsApr 1, 2019 8:00 am15483 views A new study finds that Medicare costs tend to be lower in counties with more forests and shrublands than in counties dominated by other types of land cover. The relationship persists even when accounting for economic, geographic or other factors that might independently influence health care costs, researchers report.Library offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus membersMar 10, 2016 9:00 am14058 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.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am14016 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents?Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am13780 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerUrbana campus consolidates to single logoAug 14, 2017 1:30 pm13396 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.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am13385 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am12533 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Potato as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, study findsOct 18, 2019 11:45 am12440 views Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, scientists report.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 22, 2019 9:00 am12339 views Eight faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list, a global listing of scientists who produced the past decade’s most influential papers.Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behaviorFeb 27, 2019 11:00 am12028 views In many societies, teenagers are repeatedly told – by adults, peers and popular media – that teens are more likely than younger children to take risks, ignore their parents, skip schoolwork and succumb to bad influences. But stereotypes are not destiny, a new study of Chinese middle school students suggests.Urbana campus to open for fall instruction with COVID-19 safety precautionsJun 18, 2020 3:15 pm11716 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will open the fall semester with as much in-person instruction and residential occupancy as COVID-19 precautions allow.$25M gift from tech entrepreneur and UI alumnus Thomas Siebel will fund construction of Siebel Center for DesignOct 4, 2016 10:00 am11527 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.Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroomJun 7, 2017 1:00 pm10994 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.Paper tubes make stiff origami structuresSep 7, 2015 2:00 pm10871 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.Tests optional for fall 2021 freshman applicantsJun 23, 2020 8:00 am10829 views Students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test results due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting students’ opportunities to take the exams.Eleven Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 29, 2018 10:15 am10669 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10305 views Parents who talk to their children about nonviolent conflict resolution reduce children’s likelihood of abusing their dating partners – even if parents give contradictory messages advocating violence in some situations.Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am10290 views Rates of antibiotic-resistant infections in companion animals are rising at an alarming rate. An Illinois veterinarian discusses what can be done about it.Key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm10140 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.Coronavirus message sent today to faculty members, staff, studentsMar 2, 2020 1:15 pm10092 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today updated its faculty members, staff and students on the university's policies related to the coronavirus situation, including the immediate return of all people in Italy and the Daegu region of South Korea; restrictions of travel to those and other countries; and the offer to all study abroad participants to end their program early.Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am10039 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.Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth’s inner core?May 12, 2020 11:45 am9924 views Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth’s inner core is rotating – revealing a better understanding of the hotly debated processes that control the planet’s magnetic field.