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  • Trump wants the EPA to lift summertime restrictions on the sale of E15 fuel blends

    Agri News (May 23) Currently, a 10% ethanol blend is the maximum allowed during summer. Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin says the expanded access to E15 ethanol blends won’t lift corn prices out of the doldrums.

  • Kawai wraps up historic run at NCAA Singles Championships

    'To beat 11 ranked opponents, earn unanimous All-Big Ten selection, achieve All-American honors, and reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Singles Tournament (is) as one of the best, if not the best individual season in program history.'

  • Eliminated from B1G Tournament, Illini Baseball awaits NCAA bid

    Despite the early exit from Big Ten tourney competition, Illinois is confident it will be an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament, which would be its first NCAA appearance since 2015.

  • Artificial photosynthesis breakthrough uses gold to turn CO2 into liquid fuel

    Science Alert (May 23) 'The goal here is to produce complex, liquefiable hydrocarbons from excess CO2 and other sustainable resources such as sunlight,' says Illinois chemist Prashant Jain.

  • Wet weather and Trump's trade war put farmers in a quandary

    Bloomberg (May21) The decision to switch corn acres to soybeans may hinge on the fed's plan to help farmers hurt by the trade war with China, which could incentivize bean production despite an existing oversupply of beans, says ag economist Scott Irwin.

  • Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels

    Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis.

  • Using Big Data to survey the night sky

    'Researchers will be able to search through the LSST data and look for individual products. If they want to look at a specific part of the sky over 10 years, we’ll be able to do that.' That's not possible today.

  • Four Illini Baseball team members elected to All-Big Ten First Team

    Garrett Acton, Andy Fisher, Michael Massey and Zac Taylor were all honored as first-team selections, tied for the fourth-most Illini on the first team since the All-Big Ten teams began in 1949.

  • Illinois croplands provide false sense of security to rabbits, study suggests

    Cottontails relied on crop cover to protect them from their main predators – raptors. But, coyotes have been increasing in the Midwest, and crop cover doesn’t help cottontails when coyotes are in pursuit. 

  • Going all in: What it takes to get to the national championships

    Seventy years after hosting the first national wheelchair basketball tournament for collegiate teams, Illinois once again played host in 2019 at the State Farm Center.

  • Kawai advances to second round of NCAA Singles Championships

    Women's Tennis sophomore Asuka Kawai moved into the second round of singles competition of the NCAA Championships after a three-set victory over Maria Mateas of Duke in Orlando, Fla.

  • Recent abortion bans will impact poor, people of color most

    Vox (May 18) Illinois abortion law expert Leslie Reagan says the passage of abortion bans in the 1800s led to the interrogation and prosecution of abortion patients.

  • Gies Business names Experiential Learning office for Magelli

    At Gies Business, learning by doing is in our DNA, and it’s how we help students put their purpose into practice. For 25 years, there was no greater champion of that philosophy than Paul Magelli.

  • Kawai set for NCAA Singles Championships

    Sophomore Asuka Kawai set to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. on Monday. She's the fifth player in program history to earn a berth to the tournament.

  • Illinois baseball keeps winning, beats Michigan State 8-4

    The No. 23 Illinois baseball team pounded six extra-base hits Thursday night, including homers from Zac Taylor and Kellen Sarver, to win at Michigan State, 8-4. Illinois took the opener of the three-game series and won for the 13th time in the last 16 games.

  • A scholar debunks claims the Midwest is insulated and isolated

    In “The Heartland,” Kristin Hoganson, a professor of history at Illinois and the author, among other books, of “American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” debunks claims that the Midwest is insulated and isolated, stable and inward-looking.

  • Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

    Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials.

  • Breakthrough helps farmers grow more food on less land

    An international team is using advanced tools to develop crops that give farmers more options for sustainably producing more food on less land.

  • Researchers accurately predict Australian wheat yield months before harvest

    A new Illinois study published in "Agricultural and Forest Meteorology" shows machine-learning methods can accurately predict wheat yield for the country two months before the crop matures.

  • Illini softball quartet earns NFCA all-region accolades

    The accolades continued to roll in for the Illinois softball team with a quartet of Illini collecting National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation All-Midwest Region honors, the organization announced on Thursday (May 16).

  • Illinois Innovation Network adds nine additional universities

    Nine additional universities have signed up to host hubs that are part of the evolving Illinois Innovation Network, to be built around the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago.

  • Illinois football mini ticket plans are on sale

    Two- and three-game mini ticket plans for the 2019 Illinois football season are on sale through the Fighting Illini ticket office. 

  • Raycraft road trip sets sights on halls of fame, Woodstock, 9/11 memorial

    Recreation, sport and tourism professor Michael Raycraft is preparing to set off on a tour with students to some of the country’s most iconic sites.

  • NASA funds research on hydrogen-powered aircraft

    U. of I. researchers are leading a newly funded project from NASA to develop a novel approach for all-electric aircraft.

  • Illini, Dumont de Chassert lead at NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional

    Fighting Illini men's golf opened NCAA Regional play on Monday at TPC Myrtle Beach, using a 9-under par first round score to sit atop the tournament field. Freshman Adrien Dumont de Chassart is also atop the leaderboard as he posted six birdies

  • Carbon dioxide soars to record-breaking levels not seen in 800,000 years

    There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been for 800,000 years – since before our species evolved.

  • Khroma Quartet are silver medalists at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

    The Khroma Saxophone Quartet have won second place in the Senior Division-Winds/Brass at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

  • What does momentum look like at Illinois? Watch this.

    It's been another record-breaking year on campus, so we're celebrating!

  • Envisioning the library of the future: Town hall May 16

    The campus community is invited to hear about the Library’s building project on Thursday, May 16, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 66, Main Library.

  • AHS students talk about their time at Illinois

    Six graduates from the College of Applied Health Sciences describe their life at Illinois.

  • AI can now defend itself against malicious messages hidden in speech

    Computer scientists have devised a way of making computer speech recognition safer from malicious attacks – messages that sound benign to human ears but hide commands that can hijack a device. Bo Li, a professor of computer science at Illinois, and her co-authors wrote an algorithm that transcribes a full audio clip and, separately, just one portion of it. If the transcription of that single piece doesn’t closely match the corresponding part of the full transcription, the program throws a red flag.

  • Perceived union support lifts 'meaningfulness of work'

    While it has long been thought that the “union premium” extends to a labor union’s ability to provide higher wages, better benefits and increased job security to workers, new research from a University of Illinois expert who studies identity and meaning in occupations and organizations suggests that being a member of a labor union that’s perceived as supportive fosters work meaningfulness – an unexpected dividend that may also have bottom-line benefits for organizatio

  • Illini softball headed back to NCAA tournament

    For the seventh time in program history and the third time in the last four seasons, the Illinois softball team earned a berth into the 2019 NCAA Tournament and was selected as one of the 32 at-large bids, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday (May 12) night.

  • Men's golf heads to NCAA Myrtle Beach regional

    Fighting Illini men's golf will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, May 13-15.

  • Wheelchair track coach, athletes discuss accomplishments, achievements

    Adam Bleakney, the head coach of wheelchair track at Illinois, and student athletes Jenna Fesemyer and Daniel Romanchuk discuss their accomplishments and the training they endure to reach new heights of physical achievement.

  • KCPA announces 50th season of performances

    After celebrating the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening this spring, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has a robust slate 50th season performances scheduled for 2019-20.

  • Illini Baseball set for final home series vs Purdue

    The No. 25 Illinois baseball team hosts Purdue for three games Friday-Sunday to finish its home schedule. Illinois has won nine of its last 12 games to jump back in the D1Baseball top 25.

  • Watch Big Ten Network documentary 'Engineering Fire'

    'Engineering Fire' tracks a team of Illinois scientists as it develops and tests a revolutionary solar-cooking device called a Sun Bucket. The 30-minute documentary video on BTN premieres May 12 at 7 p.m. CDT, immediately following Illinois vs. Purdue baseball.

  • Is a graduated income tax a Trojan horse to soak the middle class? Neigh!

    Chicago Tribune (May 7) The UI/ Illinois Economic Policy Institute report, 'The impact of enacting a progressive income tax in Illinois,' found '13 states with graduated-rate income taxes lowered their rates (and) only two states … raised rates.'

  • What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?

    The primary reason why current bankruptcy law doesn’t work well is that it dates back to 1978, before the explosion of consumer credit, says Robert Lawless, an expert on consumer credit and bankruptcy

  • Fisher named NCBWA Pitcher of the Week

    Senior Andy Fisher was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher of the Week. He's the second Illinois pitcher in history to earn the honor, joining Cody Sedlock (2016).

  • No. 7 seed Illinois sit in third after first round at NCAA regional

    The No. 19 Illini finished the first round of the NCAA East Lansing Regional in third place at 4-over par at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan.

  • Ethanol is facing a shrinking gasoline market

    Ethanol is in a tight spot, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois. His latest analysis calculates that a forecasted 26.1 billion-gallon decline in yearly U.S. gasoline usage by 2030 will drain 2.6 billion gallons of U.S. ethanol use from this year’s estimated 14.3 billion gallons over the next decade.

  • Mechanics, chemistry and biomedical research join forces for noninvasive tissue therapy

    The new findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, show that high-intensity focused ultrasound waves can penetrate biological tissue to activate molecules able to perform specific tasks.

  • What happens to my University email after graduation?

    What you need to know to make sure your important files and software come with you after you leave the University of Illinois.

  • Researchers find protein that suppresses muscle repair in mice

    The discovery, reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could one day lead to new methods for treating disorders that result in muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass, the researchers said.

  • You’ve conquered the escape room, but can you escape the lab?

    New York Times (May 4) Paul Kwiat, a professor of physics at Illinois, is the creator of a laboratory escape room filled with puzzles that are based on science.

  • Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalization

    Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from those resisting its practices, says Professor Amanda Ciafone

  • Illini Softball earns walk-off run rule victory for senior weekend wweep

    Illinois softball's 12-4 five-inning, walk-off victory capped a Senior Weekend sweep against Purdue in the regular season finale on Sunday (May 5) at Eichelberger Field.

  • Hammack receives Carl Sagan Award

    Illinois Professor Bill Hammack joins previous awardees Steven Pinker, Thomas Friedman, and Bill Nye. The first recipient was astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan.