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  • Swimming & Diving opens season with dual meet in West Lafayette

    Illini Swimming & Diving opens its abbreviated season this week with a double dual meet on Saturday, January 16. The team will take on Purdue and Michigan State starting at 1 p.m. (CT. )

  • Anyone can fall for 'fake news': The psychology of misinformation

    USA Today (Jan. 14) 'Because we cannot physically verify many of our beliefs...we need to trust sources and documentation. If we trust trustworthy sources, we are generally safe... If we trust untrustworthy ones, we are in danger,' says Professor Dolores Albarracin.

  • Paper: Underemployment pervasive for part-time workers in Illinois

    As many as 61% of hourly workers in Illinois are underemployed, with up to 65% and 70% of Black and Latino workers, respectively, logging fewer hours than they would like to work.

  • Illinois-Michigan State matchup postponed

    The Fighting Illini women's basketball team's contest vs. Michigan State, scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 14), has been postponed due to COVID-19-related concerns within the Spartans program.

  • Can something be ‘indefensible but understandable’?

    Bloomberg (Jan. 13) Illinois professor Colleen Murphy says it’s essential to understand acts that we consider beyond the pale. 'You want to know, how did this become possible? You can do that without condoning it.' 

  • Pollinators not getting the 'buzz' they need in news coverage

    A dramatic decline in bees and other pollinating insects presents a threat to the global food supply, yet it’s getting little attention in mainstream news.

  • Women's Basketball: Illini, Spartans set for Thursday tip

    Sunday's matchup is the 73rd in the series between the Illini and the Spartans. Michigan State leads the all-time series, 44-28, including an 18-15 advantage in games played in Champaign.

  • Center for Children's Books announces 2020 Blue Ribbon winners

    'Whether for Zoom sharing or private escapism, books matter intensely right now, and it's stirring to see how many stellar titles appeared this year despite the obstacles,' said Editor Deborah Stevenson.

  • The presidency: A tense time for transition

    Historically, skipping inaugurations have generally been the result of bitter and divisive politics. It’s only happened four times before, with the most recent being 152 years ago.

  • Important return-to-campus information for students

    In order to participate in on-campus activities beginning Jan. 24, it is required that all students, faculty, staff and scholars receive two negative on-campus test results, no sooner than three days apart between Jan. 15-24.

  • MLK Advocacy for Justice Virtual Celebration

    The local community joins the campus each year for this celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2021 theme is “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.”

  • U of I's saliva-based COVID-19 testing started at Milliken University this week

    Herald & Review (Jan. 12) 'The difference with the saliva test is, it's much less invasive (than a nasal swab)...and the results are available in between six and 12 hours, which is a fast turnaround,' said administrator Raphaella Prange. It's also less costly.

  • ChBE prof receives NASA award to help astronauts grow vegetables

    Ying Diao’s goal for this research is to develop wearable sensors for plants to monitor their health and stress levels. Then, a 'smart' plant chamber will be developed to identify the best conditions for a plant to grow in to reduce its stress. 

  • Men's Basketball: Wednesday's game at Nebraska postponed

    Nebraska announced it has paused full team activities due to positive COVID-19 results among its Tier 1 personnel. Next up for the 14th-ranked Fighting Illini is a home game vs. No. 21 Ohio State on Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • Land of Wonderous Cold

    In his newest book of environmental history, English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood explores the race to Antarctica, the continent’s influence on climate change, and. . . Alice in Wonderland.

  • There’s a history of bad actors scamming workers during national crises

    Chicago Tribune (Jan. 10) '...with the unemployment fraud, (scammers are) clogging up the system and creating additional work for the state,' says Robert Bruno, director of the Labor Education Program at Illinois. 

  • New process more efficiently recycles excess CO2 into fuel, study finds

    Illinois researchers Andrew Gewirth and Stephanie Chen designed a new copper-polymer electrode that can help recycle excess CO2 into ethylene, a useful carbon-based chemical that can be used as fuel.

  • No. 12 Illini come up short at home against Maryland

    The teams stayed close throughout the game, with Illinois holding the lead for 22 minutes. Down three with eight seconds left, Dosunmu had a chance to tie the game off of a missed Maryland free throw but could not convert.

  • Climate change is turning cities into ovens

    Wired (Jan. 7) Urban areas, make up just 3% of Earth’s land surface. But they have an outsize impact on the effects of climate change. Researcher Lei Zhao's team shows that hotter cities could be catastrophic for urban public health.

  • Second-half comeback pushes Illini past Northwestern

    The story of the game was the Illini outscoring Northwestern 53-13 in the second half, with their offense coming alive and their defense stifling the Wildcats. Kofi Cockurn recorded his third consecutive double-double.

  • Study: Religion, psychology share methods for reducing distress

    Religious people facing life crises rely on emotion-regulation strategies that psychologists also use, a new study finds. They look for positive ways of thinking about hardship, a practice psychologists call 'cognitive reappraisal.'

  • Energy sorghum may combine best of annual, perennial bioenergy crops

    Study finds that energy sorghum behaves more like miscanthus in its efficient use of light and water. It has higher nitrogen emissions like maize, but researchers believe careful fertilizer management could reduce those levels.

  • Was this a coup attempt? Here’s some history and context to help you decide

    PolitiFact (Jan. 6)  'We define a coup d’etat as the sudden and irregular (i.e., illegal or extra-legal) removal, or displacement, of the executive authority of an independent government,' wrote the Coup D’etat Project at Illinois.

  • Hot Illini Men's Basketball takes on Northwestern tonight

    No. 12 Illinois carries a three-game winning streak into tonight's contest at Northwestern (8 p.m. CT, BTN). The Illini are off to a 4-1 start in Big Ten play for the first time since 2012.

  • Paper: Emotionally appealing ads may not always help consumer memory

    'Ads that pump up the emotional content really move the needle. Advertisers know that for an ad to be effective, it needs to be memorable, which accounts for how often they use high-intensity appeals. But over time, that’s problematic.'

  • Illini Women's Basketball hosts No. 16 Ohio State on Thursday

    Tipoff between the Illini and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. (BTN). The Illini are looking to snap a seven-game Buckeyes win streak. The last Illini win the series was Feb. 14, 2015, a 66-55 decision in Champaign.

  • Minimum wage rising in 26 states. That's important to many older people

    AARP (Washington, D.C., Jan. 5) Professor Mark Borgschulte's study of data from 1983 to 2016 found that higher minimum wages increased earnings and may have encouraged some people ages 62 to 70 to keep working. 

  • Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial wounds

    Illinois' School of Social Work is working with Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District No. 3 on activities that explore the role of social and emotional learning in racial healing.

  • Retracted scientific paper persists in new citations, study finds

    A small portion of scientific papers are retracted for research that is in error or fraudulent. But those papers can continue to be cited by other scientists in their work, potentially passing along misinformation.

  • What happens when the coronavirus mutates?

    Mutations in the coronavirus that have become widespread so far are unlikely to create resistance to the vaccines developed, but may require new tests for detection, says Illinois professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés.

  • Economists: Economic recovery from the pandemic could forge a new path

    Wall Street Journal (Jan. 3)  High-turnover hospitality jobs are likely to come back faster than jobs lost in past recessions, says Alexander Bartik, a professor of economics at Illinois.

  • Data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments

    A new climate model that makes projections specific to urban areas predicts that by the end of this century, average warming across global cities will increase by 1.9 degrees Celsius to 4.4 C, depending on the rate of emissions.

  • Cockburn's double-double leads No. 15 Illini over Purdue

    The Illini defeated the Boilermakers 66-58 Saturday evening, led by a strong performance from freshman Andre Curbelo, Cockburn's second consecutive double-double, and Da'Monte Williams' second double-double of the season.

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  • Dosunmu named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

    Ayo Dosunmu was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday. It is his second weekly conference honor of the season, and third of his career. He shares this week's award with Minnesota's Marcus Carr.

  • Dosunmu drops 30 in Illini's road win over Penn State

    The Fighting Illini defeated Penn State, 98-81, Wednesday night in State College behind 30 points from Ayo Dosunmu. Illinois was down 19-4 early until Kofi Cockburn took over - scoring 16 first-half points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting.

  • Illini Men's Basketball at Penn State tonight

    No. 18 Illinois Men's Basketball concludes a stretch with five out of six away from home, making a second straight trip to the East to face Penn State tonight (5:30 p.m. CT, BTN).

  • Model predicts where ticks, Lyme disease will appear next in Midwest states

    Drawing from decades of studies, scientists created a timeline marking the arrival of deer ticks in the Midwest. Adding an analysis of landscape features, they built a model that can predict where ticks are likely to appear in future years.

  • What is the new variant of coronavirus in the UK?

    The new strain of coronavirus circulating in the U.K. has a mutation that makes its spike protein bind 20 times more strongly to the receptor on human cells, says Illinois professor Erik Procko.  

  • U of I COVID response: What we learned, how we adapted

    Our decisions and operations were adjusted regularly along the way based on what we learned, in response to data we gathered and to react to changing circumstances related to changes in local, state and federal guidance.

  • Brain gene expression patterns predict behavior of individual honey bees

    Researchers used barcodes to track individual honey bees in a study that looked for parallels between the bees’ foraging and egg-laying behavior and patterns of gene expression in their brains.

  • Millions head to the airport despite CDC recommendations

    'Security checkpoints are a small footprint of the large number of people congregating. It becomes a COVID-19 warzone,' says Illinois professor Sheldon Jacobson. 

  • Remembering U of I's meningitis deaths: Another time when mass vaccinations were needed

    WLS-TV (Dec. 18) In 1991, the death of a student from bacterial meningitis scared the campus community. A second Illini student died within days. Officials faced a tough decision - whether to quarantine the campus, send students home or vaccinate.

  • Virtual reality provides new tool for fashion design class

    '(Virtual reality) is very suitable for the first stage of ideation of a fashion garment. Students can go around the mannequin and explore shape, colors, texture and different silhouettes,' says Art & Design Professor Chiara Vincenzi.

  • Head Football Coach Bret Bielema arrives in Champaign

    Illinois head coach Bret Bielema, his wife Jen, and daughters Briella and Brexli arrived in Champaign on Sunday. Bielema was hired on Saturday and began his duties as head coach immediately. 

  • Bret Bielema takes reins of Fighting Illini Football

    Illinois Athletics Director Josh Whitman reached out to a native son in naming Bret Bielema as the 26th Fighting Illini Head Football Coach in the 132-year history of the program.

  • Two Illinois professors awarded NEH Fellowships

    Eduardo Ledesma is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Bobby Smith ll is a professor of African American studies. Each has been awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

  • Technology loan program helps families receive early childhood services online

    A technology loan program provided by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse at U of I helps many families obtain the equipment they need to participate in live video – or telehealth – visits with their children’s therapists.

  • Antifungal drug improves key cystic fibrosis biomarkers in clinical study

    'We have a long way to go, but this has increased our optimism that a molecular prosthetics approach could provide a new way to treat all people with cystic fibrosis,' says study leader. professor and medical doctor Martin D. Burke. 

  • Study tracks elephant tusks from 16th century shipwreck

    In 1533, the Bom Jesus trading vessel carrying more than 100 elephant tusks  sank near present-day Namibia. The wreck was found in 2008, and U of I scientists now have determined the source of much of the ivory recovered from the ship.