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  • 3-D Fabrication

    Chicago Tribune (Sept. 18) -- It might be the next big breakthrough in high-tech, 3-D fabrication, and it got its inspiration in part from a pop-up Christmas card. Researchers at Northwestern University and Illinois say they have developed a way to create complex 3-D structures from flat surfaces, which could revolutionize a host of areas such as semiconductor manufacturing, building construction and tissue regeneration.

  • 3-D Printing

    Journal Standard (Pearl City, Ill., June 20) -- About 30 girls between 7 and 11 years old learned about science and technology careers today through a MakerGirl workshop on 3-D printing at Pearl City School. MakerGirl is a science, technology, engineering and math initiative started by female engineering students at the U. of I. The group is traveling to schools in 19 states over 8 weeks this summer.

  • $5M gift for Business Analytics Center

    Crain’s Chicago Business (Oct. 25) – Illinois’ College of Business announced a $5 million gift from the Deloitte Foundation to establish a business analytics center to offer training, possibly online, and perhaps degrees in data analytics.

  • Abortion history

    WHYY-FM (Philadelphia, Jan. 21) – Before the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade 45 years ago, abortion was illegal in most of the United States, including in Illinois. In 1965, a group of women began an underground network in Chicago called “Jane,” which counseled and helped women who wanted to have abortions. “It was very clandestine and secretive,” according to Leslie J. Reagan, a professor of history at Illinois and the author of “When Abortion Was a Crime.”

  • Abortion history

    Bustle (New York, June 30) – Leslie Reagan, a professor of history at Illinois, in her history of American abortion, pointed out that the first laws against abortion were actually attempts to control poisoning, because herbal abortifacients, which were commonly available and widely advertised in the 1800s, were totally unregulated and often dangerous to the women who took them.

  • Accounting

    The Wall Street Journal (April 13) – According to a study by accounting professors from Illinois and Duke University, training auditors to look for "cognitive dissonance" resulted in the auditors' identifying 70 percent of the fraudulent companies they encountered. 

  • ACES Dean

    Capital Press (Salem, Ore., Aug. 9) – A Washington State University administrator and former wheat breeder will depart for the U. of I. in the fall. Kimberlee Kidwell, the associate dean of academic programs for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at Illinois beginning Nov. 1.

  • Administration

    Chicago Tribune (Jan. 19) – University of Illinois System trustees Thursday approved freezing in-state tuition for incoming freshmen for the third straight year, the institution's longest stretch of stable tuition in four decades. The decision not to increase tuition for the class entering this fall comes amid a broader effort announced this week to boost enrollment at U. of I.’s three campuses by 15 percent during the next five years.

  • Administration

    Rockford Register Star (March 12) -- The University of Illinois is managing to weather the fiscal storm of the state budget impasse and is looking forward to a strong future at its Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen met Thursday with the Rockford Register Star’s editorial board to discuss the university’s progress.

  • Administration

    U.S. News & World Report (from The Associated Press; March 16) – The University of Illinois System leadership says a proposal will be introduced in the state Legislature to provide at least $170 million in financial aid. System President Tim Killeen announced the Invest in Illinois proposal, or Triple I, on Wednesday.

  • Administration

    Chicago Tribune (April 22) – Lawmakers threw foundering Illinois public universities and community colleges a life preserver Friday, agreeing to spend $600 million to keep campuses open through summer. “The U. of I. may be forced to make additional significant reductions in faculty, staff, academic offerings, student programs, economic development initiatives and public service if it does not receive more than the 27.8 percent of last year’s appropriation that is provided in the stopgap bill,” president Tim Killeen says.

  • Administration

    WNIU-90.5 FM (NPR; DeKalb, Ill., Sept. 22) – The University of Illinois has received a relatively glowing financial report from Moody’s Investor Service, but it comes with some caveats. The firm credits U. of I. leaders for having bolstered the school’s balance sheet. 

  • Administration

    Herald and Review (Decatur, Ill., Oct. 5) – The University of Illinois System says it has cut the number of its employees by 484 over the past 18 months, about 3 percent of the school's non-instructional workforce. The university said in a news release Wednesday that most of the cuts were made through attrition as people left jobs and that 202 of the positions were in the system’s central administration.

  • Administration

    Chicago Tribune (Oct. 23) -- The University of Illinois is on track to remove lucrative perks from the president and chancellor's compensation packages. President Timothy Killeen would no longer be eligible for a $225,000 retention bonus after five years in the job. Also, new University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis will give up a $50,000 annual housing allowance because he has decided to live in a university-owned house.

  • Administration

    Chicago Tribune (Dec. 2) -- Illinois Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says she’s aiming to hire a permanent athletic director by the Jan. 21 board of trustees meeting in Chicago, although she’s willing to pass that deadline if the right candidate hasn’t been identified.

  • Administration and Agriculture

    Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill., July 20) – The hiring of Kimberlee Kidwell as the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the hiring of Robert Jones as the new chancellor boosted the spirits of agricultural scientists at Illinois, as the two have strong academic credentials. Kidwell is a nationally respected scholar of plant breeding and genetics, and Jones is an internationally respected authority on plant physiology.

  • Admissions

    The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 16) -- Illinois, which has among the most Chinese undergraduates of any public university in the nation, is admitting state residents at the same clip as it was a decade ago, but fewer are enrolling because the school has sharply raised tuition.

  • Adopting research animals

    WTTW-TV (Chicago; Sept. 14) – Starting next year, universities and other publicly funded institutions must include on their websites adoption policies for the dogs and cats they use for research. “The new law doesn’t change anything we do, as we have had adoption procedures in place for more than 20 years,” says Robin Kaler, the associate chancellor for public affairs at Illinois. The U. of I. is exploring a partnership with Homes for Animal Heroes, which would expand those options. 

  • Advertising

    Study Finds (Los Angeles, Jan. 13) – U. of I. researchers sought to find out how people feel about online behavioral advertising, the mechanism behind those pesky images that match up with our online searches and travels. “The perception of risk is much stronger than the perception of benefit,” says Chang-Dae Ham, a professor of advertising at Illinois. “That drives (users) to perceive more privacy concern, and finally to avoid the advertising.”

  • Advertising

    Chicago Tribune (Feb. 2) – While watching Super Bowl LII on Sunday, keep an eye peeled for another type of high-stakes game: a multimillion-dollar advertising tussle between fast-food rivals Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Wendy’s is airing a commercial that aggressively chides McDonald’s for using frozen beef patties instead of fresh hamburgers like Wendy’s. “Comparative advertising is rarely a good idea,” says Shachar Meron, a lecturer in advertising at Illinois. “It’s usually a smaller guy trying to take down the big dog … a cry for attention.”

  • Advertising

    The New York Times (Feb. 21) -- Companies introduced advertising in the early and mid-2000s with women who did not look like stereotypical models. But after that splash of realism, subsequent years saw only a smattering of the same. “YouTube, selfies and everyone being a media creator are helping to change what we see,” says Michelle R. Nelson, a professor of advertising at Illinois. “At the same time, we want to see people who are like us, but maybe the idealized version of ourselves.”

  • Advertising

    CNN (Sept. 18) – On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union, law firm Outten and Golden and labor union Communications Workers of America filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 other employers for allegedly using Facebook ads to discriminate against potential job seekers. Facebook isn’t the only company allowing advertisers to target ads, according to Mike Yao, a technology and advertising expert at Illinois. “Facebook is an easy target, but I think the problem goes way beyond Facebook,” he says.

  • Aerodynamics

    The News & Observer (from The Associated Press; Raleigh, N.C., April 17) – A research team led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has received a $9.9 million grant from NASA for the development of a more aerodynamically capable aircraft. The team includes contributors from Illinois. 

  • Aerospace engineering

    Sustainability Times (Paris, April 3) – U. of I. scientists have looked at various configurations of fuel and battery to see which ones would yield the best results in ensuring that planes kept their carrying capacity and range but with drastically reduced emissions. To do so, they explored how much net carbon emissions various hybrid-electric planes would emit based on their fuel use as well as on carbon use needed to charge their batteries. “In the energy supply chain there’s a phrase, from ‘well to wake.’ That is, fuel production begins at the oil well and ends at the wake of the airplane,” says Phillip Ansell, a professor of aerospace engineering at Illinois.

  • Affirmative Action

    Chicago Sun-Times (Opinion, Dec. 10) -- “What unique perspective does a minority student bring to a physics class?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked during oral arguments of Fisher v. University of Texas, a case on affirmative action brought by a white student who says the university denied her admission because of her race. I posed Roberts’ question to Illinois physics professor Philip Phillips, an African American well regarded internationally for his work in a field that would leave most of us dizzy because of its complexities.

  • African American studies

    Chicago Tribune (from the Daily Southtown; Aug. 6) – The historical significance of Robbins, Illinois, which will celebrate its 100th birthday this fall, reaches beyond the town and the state, says Erik S. McDuffie, professor of African American studies at Illinois. “The fact that you have black working-class people in the Chicago area wanting to live freely and control their own destinies speaks volumes.”

  • African American Studies

    PolitiFact (Sept. 22) – Being better than the past is “a pretty low bar,” says Bruce Levine, a history and African American Studies professor at Illinois who has authored books about slavery and the Civil War. Not only do African-Americans currently trail whites in many economic measures, but they “continue to face major discrimination in hiring, access to housing, mortgages and decent schools and – as almost weekly headlines from around the country demonstrate – death, while unarmed, at the hands of police.”

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering

    Ag Professional (Philadelphia, Sept. 13) – Investors and executives in the agricultural industry are getting a first look at TerraSentia, a new agricultural robot developed at Illinois that autonomously measures crop traits.  

  • Agricultural and consumer economics

    The Washington Post (Opinion, Jan. 2) – While a large part of the agricultural research establishment is focused on one aspect of the challenge of feeding the world of the future – calories – another part of the scientific community is focused on a related but different one: adequate nutrient consumption, according to Gerald C. Nelson, a professor emeritus of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois.

  • Agricultural and Consumer Economics

    Ag Professional (Philadelphia, May 9) – U.S. farmers can plant the annual corn crop in as little as two weeks in some cases, say Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs, professors of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois.

  • Agricultural and consumer economics

    The Washington Post (June 5) – President Donald Trump’s tweet about Mexican trade barriers refers to “massive trade deficits.” In 2016, the United States exported $18.7 billion in agricultural products to Mexico and imported $23.8 billion, a deficit of $5.1 billion. Trade economists say there’s a good reason for that deficit, and it doesn’t have anything to do with trade barriers. “The trade deficit is increasing because we’re coming out of a recession and people are consuming more things in the United States,” says Kathy Baylis, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois.

  • Agricultural and consumer economics

    Borgen Magazine (Seattle, Nov. 28) – A group of researchers from the U. of I. traveled to Morogoro, a town in central-southern Tanzania, to address the burgeoning suspicion among farmers that fertilizers there were ineffective and potentially dangerous. The group collected 300 samples of fertilizer from local markets and found that while some of the samples looked terrible, only two of the 300 samples failed to meet quality standards for fertilizer.

  • Agricultural careers

    AgriNews (La Salle, Ill., March 14) – Kimberlee Kidwell, the first female dean of the College of ACES at Illinois, welcomed more than 530 young women to a daylong career discovery event. “When I was your age, I didn’t know I wanted to be a plant breeder,” Kidwell told attendees. 

  • Agricultural economics

    Bloomberg (April 10) – The number of U.S. farms that are either very big or pretty small probably grew during a period when agriculture incomes fell 22 percent, pressuring mid-sized growers whose debt skyrocketed. “We’ve had sort of a hollowing out of the middle,” says Todd Kuethe, an agricultural economist at Illinois. “Either you’re one of these large farms or you’re one of these rural, residential farms.”

  • Agricultural Economics

    Bloomberg (April 12) – Prices for distillers dried grains are falling as U.S. ethanol output holds at a seasonal record-high pace. That’s increased supplies of distillers dried grains as a byproduct of ethanol making, especially as ample corn supplies make the ingredient cheap for fuel producers. “To get the added ethanol, the added DDGs come along whether the market really needs them or not,” says Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois. 

  • Agricultural economics

    USA Today (June 6) – American farmers already plagued by a near biblical parade of misfortune that includes years of low prices and a trade war with China are now grappling with record Midwest rain that will likely prevent a large portion of this year’s crop from even getting planted. “This is more than a cyclical thing,” says Gary Schnitkey, a professor of agricultural economics at Illinois. “It’s a series of events that we’ve never seen come together. ... It’s going to be a blow to everyone’s financial position.”

  • Agricultural economics

    KUNC-FM (Greeley, Colo., Oct. 10) – President Donald Trump’s administration will allow a 15 percent gasoline-ethanol blend to be sold year-round. The move is welcomed by corn growers and biofuel groups. Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois, says that, in the short term, “it’s not going to provide any relief from the low prices and income issues we’re experiencing right now in Corn Belt agriculture.”

  • Agricultural economics

    Ag Web (Philadelphia, Nov. 5) – In October, President Donald Trump announced he wants gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, typically referred to as E15, to be available 12 months of the year. However, one economist isn’t sure year-round sales of E15 will help work through the massive corn stocks on hand or even the increase in corn acres expected for 2019. “I don’t think it will help the balance sheet this year,” says Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois. “And I’m not confident for next year.”

  • Agricultural Economics and Climate Change

    Agri-View (Madison, Wis., July 11) – During the next 70 to 100 years, the world’s climate is projected to change dramatically. The sector that is most likely to be affected by these changes is agriculture. A number of studies support that assertion, but relatively few look at the effect of climate change on agriculture from a comprehensive economic perspective, says Illinois economist Sandy Dall’Erba.

  • Agricultural law and policy

    Farm Futures (St. Charles, Ill., Oct. 31) – A flip in either or both chambers of Congress with next week’s midterm elections may reverberate into pig farms and soybean fields. “You can make an argument that” a Democrat-controlled House or Senate would be “more willing to stand up to the president,” says Jonathan Coppess, the director of the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program at Illinois. “A big question would be trade. Does a Congress less aligned with the president exert more checks and balances?”

  • Agricultural Research Lab

    Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, Ill., May 30) – Research conducted at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, threatened with closure under the Trump administration’s proposed budget, creates a vital economic impact that ripples from Peoria across the globe. The work done at the lab also begets more research at other institutions, says Kimberlee Kidwell, the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at Illinois.

  • Agriculture

    Ag Professional (Philadelphia, Jan. 3) – Some seed mixes used to grow habitat for bees and wildlife have been contaminated with an aggressive and prolific weed that can be a scourge for farmers, including those in Minnesota. Contaminated seeds sold and planted in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois have been sent to Illinois for scientific testing for positive identification of Palmer amaranth and other weeds. 

  • Agriculture

    U.S. News & World Report (Jan. 26) -- Fertilizer prices at the end of 2015 fell to the lowest – as a whole – in six years, according to an Illinois study.

  • Agriculture

    Bloomberg (Jan. 29) – Corn could prove a bottom-line bulwark this year for U.S. farmers. The potential for greater profit from the cereal compared with soybeans in key regions such as central Illinois may lead U.S. farmers to shift some acres to the yellow kernels. “Farmers are going to really take a hard look at corn this year as an alternative to soybeans,” says Gary Schnitkey, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois.

  • Agriculture

    Scientific American (Feb. 14) – Entomologist Joseph Spencer of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the U. of I. worries that technology to defeat the corn rootworm will work only briefly against an inventive foe. The most costly beetle in the U.S. keeps evolving ways to resist pesticides designed to protect a $50 billion corn industry.

  • Agriculture

    Successful Farming (Des Moines, Iowa, May 20) – Mired by a rainy and chilly spring, U.S. farmers may soon give up on planting corn in rain-soaked parts of the Farm Belt because it is getting too late for money-making yields, says Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois.

  • Agriculture

    Journal-Courier (Jacksonville, Ill., June 22) Even if west-central Illinois receives an inch of rain today, crops will still be thirsty. The combination of 90-degree temperatures and a lack of rain in the past couple of months have led to growing concerns among grain farmers over what yields will be. “A little bit of that concern is over the preseason prediction of drought conditions,” says Aaron Dufelmeier, director of the University of Illinois Extension office that serves Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Morgan and Scott counties.

  • Agriculture

    Herald-Whig (Quincy, Ill., Sept. 3) – Prices being paid for farmland as well as sales activity have flattened during the first half of 2017, with a trend that will apparently continue for the balance of the year, a survey says. “There was a very slight drop in farmland values, only 1.6 percent for excellent quality land, in the first half of 2017, with most respondents indicating this trend will continue through the balance of the year,” says Gary Schnitkey, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois.

  • Agriculture

    Ag Professional (Philadelphia, Oct. 15) – While weeds occasionally dodge herbicides, can they avoid robots? U. of I. researchers are using a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to find out.

  • Agriculture

    Newsweek (Oct. 22) -- Right now – at this very moment – there are over 7 billion humans on Earth. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. K.C. Ting, head of Illinois' department of agricultural and biological engineering, works with farmers to increase yield while keeping the costs of things like water and fertilizer flat – or reduced.