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  • The diseases our cats and dogs give us

    Discovery Magazine (Nov. 14) 'We have this much more intimate relationship with our companion animals than we do with wildlife,' says Prof. William Sander. And that proximity increases the chance of disease sharing.

  • Student receives Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award

    Each year, the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award is given to an Illinois senior  who has demonstrated exceptional attributes in leadership and a desire to make a difference in the world.

  • Sapora Symposium honors Grange, provides networking opportunity for RST students

    The first day of the 16th annual Sapora Symposium was a tribute to Red Grange, the former Illini football star who put college football and the NFL on the map in the 1920s.

  • Surviving a football frenzy

    Photographer Fred Zwicky puts you on the field as bedlam unfolds and Illinois fans celebrate a major upset victory over heavily favored Wisconsin.

  • Illini Wrestling takes down Missouri in thriller, 19-14

    The match came down to the heavyweight bout, and Illini freshman Luke Luffman delivered with a come-from-behind victory over Rodrigo Diaz to send the Illini to 2-1 on the season.  

  • Water helps kids focus, improves ability to multitask: study

    New York Post (Nov. 13) A study co-written by Illinois professor Naiman Khan found that drinking water, staying hydrated increased children’s ability to multitask and improved their reaction times. 

  • Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual men

    Because racialized sexual discrimination is a relatively new area of study, researchers currently don’t have a tool for measuring its impact on the well-being of men of color who use these websites.

  • 'It was a bad day for Peoria County about 450 million years ago.'

    'A meteorite bigger than the State Farm Center hit near the present-day Village of Glasford, a little ways southwest of Peoria. It created a 2.5-mile-wide crater that we now call the Glasford structure.'

  • Simulation reveals how bacterial organelle converts sunlight to chemical energy

    This is a major step toward understanding how some biological structures convert sunlight into chemical energy, a biological innovation that is essential to life.

  • 2019 World Series contenders share Illinois connections

    The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was well-represented in the 2019 World Series.

  • Women's Basketball: Illini top Austin Peay, 76-62

    Redshirt junior Petra Holešínská and freshman Jada Peebles led Illinois on Wednesday night, in a 76-62 victory over the Austin Peay Governors.

  • Education Justice Project earns 2019 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

    'Education Justice Project has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that the incarcerated individuals it serves have the fullest access possible to materials that will afford them new opportunities,' wrote nominators.

  • Board to consider extending AD Josh Whitman's contract through 2023-24

    'Under Josh’s leadership we have seen our athletic programs move steadily forward and upward,' said Chancellor Robert J. Jones. 'We want to ensure that this momentum continues for years to come.'

  • Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it gets

    Illinois researchers have determined how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene – a question that has long eluded scientists.

  • Chancellor Jones named 2020 APLU Chair

    'Robert Jones is an exceptional leader with an extensive background advancing the work of public research universities. We’re thrilled he’s been selected as the next chair of the APLU Board of Directors.'

  • AI to run chemical factories of the future

    Illinois researchers have combined a fully automated robotic platform with artificial intelligence to develop a new way to manufacture chemicals.

  • Two minute video: Illinois' 'Quintessential Engineer' statue

    Illinois Ph.D student Sakshi Srivastava proposed a statue to that would serve as a permanent figure for women of all generations. The statue, The Quintessential Engineer, now stands permanently on the Engineering Quad

  • Cockburn named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

    Illinois' Kofi Cockburn had an impressive debut with the Fighting Illini, averaging a double-double on the week while helping lead the team to a 2-1 record.

  • Humanity and the modern world

    'There’s so much going on in the modern world right nowthat requires at least some knowledge of the sciences and some appreciation and awareness of how science is shaping our world and our lives.'

  • Smartphone diagnostics kit for infectious diseases

    Researchers at Illinois are developing a handheld instrument that can detect the presence of pathogens in less than 30 minutes using a single drop of blood - all with a $10 smartphone clip-on attachment.

  • 'Lovie Ball - Where the Magical Slowly Becomes the Norm'

    Sports Illustrated (Nov. 10) Was Illinois' 37-34 comeback win at Michigan State where the crossroads of phenomenal and realistic happened? What if this version of Lovie Smith’s squad is the actual Illini team here to stay?

  • Film mines Zuckerberg's speeches for growth obsession

    'The obsession with growth revealed in Zuckerberg’s speech over 15 years reminds us how we ended up with a platform that values growth over anything else,' said Professor Ben Grosser.

  • Lovie: 'We're going bowling!'

    Illinois' improbable come-from-behind 37-34 victory at Spartan Stadium against Michigan State gave Coach Lovie Smith's club its sixth win of the season, assuring itself of bowl eligibility for the first time in five years.

  • Four faculty and staff recognized for dedication to diversity and inclusion

    The four were reipients of the 2019 Larine Y. Cowan Make A Difference Awards for their exceptional dedication to and success in promoting diversity and inclusion

  • Marshmallows or Elvis? What you see in the clouds might say something about you.

    Washington Post (Nov. 6) The tendency to see familiar shapes in clouds is called pareidolia, says Illinois cognitive neuroscientist Kara Federmeier.

  • Will anything ever change for the Kurds?

    'Despite decades of domestic conflict between Turks and Kurds, there is no centuries-old feud. ...The current conflict, including Turkish incursion into northern Syria, is largely a story about political power.'

  • Watch 'William L. Everitt: An Optimist's Journey'

    The man who helped transform the University of Illinois into one of the top engineering schools in the country is featured in a new 30-minute documentary airing this month on the Big Ten Network.

  • Martinis named vice chancellor for research and innovation

    Susan Martinis has been named the vice chancellor for research and innovation, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Martinis had served in an interim role since September 2017.

  • Harding named Nagurski National Player of the Week

    Linebacker Dele Harding was named the Bronko Nagurski Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday by the Football Writers Association of America. He was also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

  • Chimesmaster Wood honored in memorial concert

    Members of the Altgeld Ringers will perform a chimes memorial concert Sunday, Nov. 10, in honor of former Altgeld chimesmaster Sue Wood, who died Oct. 6.

  • International Week at Illinois

    International Week aims to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities, and resources available in our community. International Week 2019 will take place from November 10-16.

  • Alumni Interview: Temple Grandin

    The animal-facilities designer and autism-community icon on why we should nurture people who think differently and abandon hope of a Disneyland for pigs.

  • Illini Women run past Chicago State in season opener

    In the 96-66 victory, redshirt junior Petra Holešínská led all scorers with a career-high 29 points, and freshman Kennedi Myles closed the contest with 17 points, 15 rebounds in her career debut. 

  • How does word prediction influence memory?

    'There is an interesting loop of prediction and memory. If I make a prediction and it is confirmed, what happens to my memory? Does it get updated so that my predictions are better next time?'

  • Illini open 115th season of Men's Basketball tonight

    Illinois opens its 115th season of men's basketball on tonight at State Farm Center, hosting Nicholls State. The Fighting Illini have posted an all-time record of 100-14 in season openers. 

  • Rule change could allow foster care, adoption agencies to exclude on religious grounds

    Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson says the idea would harm vulnerable children. 'We're putting children squarely in the middle of the culture war. It’s hard to understand how children are being served by this move.'

  • 100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archived

    Architecture professor Marci Uihlein is leading a project to preserve and catalog a collection of architecture student drawings, dating from 1890 to 1985.

  • Nekrasz teaches students that looks may be deceiving

    'Dr. Frank' is also a certified fraud examiner, and his unique persona helps make him good at his job. He trains his students to challenge assumptions, which can be a valuable quality in fraud detection

  • Illinois professor tops 'Power List' of analytical scientists

    Professor Jonathan Sweedler was named to the top spot on the Analytical Scientist’s 2019 Power List, which highlights tremendous talent, ingenuity, and leadership in analytical science across the world.

  • Defense keys second-half surge as Illini bury Rutgers

    The Illini forced three turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns to turn a tight contest into their third straight win.

  • New approach uses light to stabilize proteins for study

    Researchers have developed a way to use light to control the lifetime of a protein inside the cell. It will allow better observation of how specific proteins contribute to health, development and disease.

  • No. 19 Illinois volleyball welcomes Michigan and Michigan State this weekend

    The No. 19 Illinois volleyball team continues its homestand this weekend as Illinois hosts Michigan on Friday before taking on Michigan State on Saturday.

  • Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

    A new tool uses an interactive database of geographic and genetic information to help authorities quickly identify where the confiscated tusks of African elephants were originally poached.

  • Nugent enters U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame

    The visionary first director of a ground-breaking U of I program for students with disabilities,, enters the Olympic & Paralympic HOF as a 'special contributor.' 

  • U of I researchers created a high-res map to show how foods travel from farm to table

    Yahoo! Lifestyle (Oct. 30) 'People love maps!' says Professor Megan Konar. 'Now that we have a map of our national food supply chain, we can visualize and appreciate it.'

  • Will hiding 'like' counts, other metrics improve social media?

    Ben Grosser began experimenting with hiding the metrics on social media platforms years ago. He says hiding them makes users feel less competitive and reduces negative social effects.

  • Meet America's newest marathon star

    Wall Street Journal (Oct. 29) Illinois's Daniel Romanchuk is the winner of five major races in just over a year; he's already qualified for Tokyo 2020; and he’s only 21 years old.

  • Human reflexes keep two-legged robot upright

    Mechanical science and engineering professor João Ramos developed a human-operated robot, named Little Hermes, which relies on human reflexes to remain upright during locomotion.

  • What to do with dad: Activities for Dads Weekend 2019

    Welcome to all Dads! We are excited to host you this weekend. There are many activities that the whole family can enjoy. Make their weekend the best it can be!

  • Evidence of humans, not 'bots,' key to uncovering disinformation campaigns

    It’s easier to spot online political disinformation by looking for traces of the humans behind it, says an Illinois professor and his research colleagues.