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  • Tornadoes, windstorms pave way for lasting plant invasions

    High-speed wind storms can cut through massive swaths of forest, destroying trees and wildlife habitat, and opening up opportunities for invasive species to gain ground.

  • Raising the minimum wage is good for older workers

    The St. Louis American (July 17) U of I study finds raising the minimum wage doesn't cost people jobs, helps raise wages of older workers - contrary to the notion that higher minimum wages force earlier retirements.

  • Study: Even in competitive markets, shareholders bear burden of corruption

    While the U.S. traditionally ranks low on worldwide corruption indices, domestic political corruption still imposes substantial costs on U.S. shareholders.

  • Follow Illini Football at Big Ten Media Day

    Coach Lovie Smith's main press conference is at 12:15 p.m., but there are opportunities throughout the day to hear from Smith and the student-athlete representatives. 

  • Historian: Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage

    It's possible to respond to terrrorism without playing into terrorists’ hands, but it requires a better understanding of their goals and strategies, of how terrorism works, of psychological warfare.

  • Athletics announces plans for Hall of Fame weekend in September

    A star-studded Fighting Illini Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend is planned for Sept. 20-21 when the Class of 2019, including athletes and coaches from 11 different sports, will be inducted.

  • Mark Dressman: Teaching on the Navajo Nation

    'Living on the Nation was like a foreign country to the (College of Education students). People spoke differently, dressed differently. I loved seeing the looks on their faces as they were discovering things.'

  • George Huff: Transitioning the Illini into a respected power

    Part two of three: The story of George Huff and his influence on U of I history. He grew from a strapping farm boy into a dominating athlete, then into a strategically talented coach annd visionary administrator.

  • Extracting history from a cornfield

    The scientists and students have access only to the foundations of the 800-year-old village, as plows have erased everything else. Looters, too, have damaged the site.

  • Partisan gerrymandering is nothing new, but technology has made it much more precise

    WCBU-FM (July 16) U of I's Chris Mooney says drawing congressional districts used to involve guesswork. "But now, it’s super high-tech, they really can identify where people are given the data we’ve got.” 

  • Illini Soccer announces 2019 schedule

    The Illini will take on six 2018 NCAA Tournament teams in 2019, welcoming four of those opponents to Champaign. They'll kick off the season on Thursday, August 22, welcoming the Loyola Ramblers.

  • Perinatal depression screenings may not detect women having suicidal thoughts, study finds

    Perinatal depression screenings may overlook a significant proportion of women who are having suicidal thoughts, according to a new study led by social work professor Karen M. Tabb.

  • Recreating a lost masterpiece

    Jane Bergman hopes that her artistic rendition of a former glass dome in Altgeld Hall helps bring it back

  • Wisconsin: An election battleground state for petroleum and biofuels industries

    Wisconsin State Journal (July 15) "There’s (a) civil war within the Republican Party...pitting two significant Republican constituencies...and neither one is in a position to issue any kinds of compromises.'

  • Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them?

    Sara Benson, expert on copyright law, talks about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws – potentially making it illegal to republish them.

  • College of ACES partners with Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

    'This partnership with ACES helps what we’re doing with the youth, not only introducing them to the agriculture space, but also exposing our kids to U of I,' says Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic medalist 

  • Computer modeling, satellite images could help spot signs of potential bridge failure

    NBC News (July 12) Illinois engineering professor Bassem Andrawes says the method holds promise as a useful complement to visual inspections. But, he says, there is 'room for improvement.'

  • Santos named iSchool dean

    Eunice Santos will become the dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

  • Are discoveries of small animals in produce really that rare?

    In 40 media stories (2003 to 2018), frogs, lizards, snakes, mice, birds, and even a bat, were found in salad greens, green beans, or mixed vegetables. Ten of these were alive.

  • A new idea for maintaining communication satellite megaconstellations

    'When satellites break, providing a spare quickly is important... In our solution, another orbit that is lower than the actual orbit, which we call the parking orbit; becomes an intermediate warehouse of (spare) satellites.'

  • Scientists transform tobacco into factory for high-value proteins

    'This research shows the potential to (produce) medicinal and industrial proteins at costs that are orders of magnitude cheaper than current production methods,' says IGB researcher Justin McGrath.

  • New Illini Athletics hype video: Join the Fight

    This new Illini Productions video captures the excitement of approaching new athletic seasons. It's time to Join the Fight, Illini Nation! 

  • Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workers

    In an era of rising inequality and aging populations, the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says economics professor Mark Borgschulte.

  • Pentagon's supply and demand problem: Shortage of tech talent, oversupply of jobs

    Roll Call (July 9) 'It’s hard to beat the pay' of the private sector, says Illinois computer science professor Sibin Mohan, whose latest graduates earned an average starting salary of $99,741.

  • Govindjee's photosynthesis museum

    Plant biology professor emeritus Govindjee, who has made key contributions to the scientific understanding of photosynthesis, is also an archivist and historian of photosynthesis research.

  • Human waste an asset to economy, environment, study finds

    Human waste might be an unpleasant public health burden, but scientists at  Illinois see sanitation as a valuable facet of global ecosystems and an overlooked source of nutrients, organic material and water.

  • Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career Award

    Six researchers were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor bestowed on young professionals at the outset of their research careers.

  • Pathogen that's killed many oak trees in California, Oregon identified in Illinois

    WTTW-TV (July 2) 'The pathogen can cause both a blight and sudden death, depending on the host,' says Illinois' Diane Plewa. 'Currently, there is no evidence that any oak trees in Illinois are infected at this point.'

  • How might 'Medicare for All' reshape health care in the U.S.?

    A single-payer health care system such as Medicare for All could expand access to care at equivalent costs – or less – to most consumers, according to health policy expert Thomas O’Rourke.

  • Campus flashback: The Rinky Dink golf course

    The short, ragged, but cherished on-campus course, located south of Kirby Street and east of Fourth Street, was a tee shot from Assembly Hall (now the State Farm Center).

  • Carle Illinois welcomes Class of 2023

    On Sunday, June 30, the engineering-based college of medicine welcomed the class of 2023 with a white coat ceremony.

  • The varying definitions of patriotism in the United States

    Your Valley (July 2) Today, many people accuse people from the ‘other’ side of being unpatriotic. Why? 'Because standing up for your country can mean different things to different people,' says Illinois' Sean Laurent.

  • Wettest weather in 124 years has Midwest farmers adapting to 'soggy new normal'

    Bloomberg (July 1) “On a decadal time scale, yeah, you’re going to see record after record falling,” says Illinois atmospheric scientist Don Wuebbles. 

  • Illini Golf in the pros: Stricker wins U.S. Senior Open Championship

    Illinois alum Steve Stricker won his second major championship on Sunday, as he took a commanding six-shot lead over the tournament field at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. 

  • Citizenship and the census: What happens now?

    Professor Julie Dowliing says not having a citizenship question will improve response rates, but more than a year of news coverage about this topic will have an impact.

  • Will there be any constraints now on partisan gerrymandering?

    Last year, Justice Kagan summarized the concern: the 2010 redistricting cycle 'produced some of the worst partisan gerrymanders on record,' predicting 'technology will only get better, so the 2020 cycle will only get worse.'

  • Don't miss a moment: Basketball season tickets now on sale

    Fighting Illini Basketball season ticket renewals are underway, and new season tickets are on sale now to the general public as well.

  • History professor's book 'The Heartland' reviewed

    The Washington Post (June 27) – In “The Heartland,” Kristin L. Hoganson, a professor of history at Illinois, tackles one of America’s most common national myths, impossible to miss in political speeches, electoral forecasts and endless dissections of the white working class. “Americans persist in imagining a heart,” Hoganson writes. “Beset by disunity, they imagine their nation as a body with a protected, essential core: the heartland.”

  • Krannert Art Museum builds world-class collection of Dutch political prints

    Krannert Art Museum has amassed the largest museum collection of early modern Dutch political prints outside of Europe, thanks to strategic acquisitions guided by Maureen Warren, KAM’s curator of European and American art.

  • Bastianelli nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award

    Illinois volleyball's Ali Bastianelli has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the organization announced on Wednesday.  

  • Study urges alternative thinking about African resource extraction issues

    Attempts to solve the conflict over resource extraction in sub-Saharan Africa by imposing Western environmental regulations aren’t working. But it’s not for the reasons most experts might suspect, according to a new Illinois study.

  • Box turtle-hunting dogs help conservationists

    Fox News (June 26) – Some dogs find joy in bones and treats. John Rucker’s seven Boykin spaniels are excited about praise after finding ornate box turtles, a threatened species. “The dogs themselves are incredible tools for conservation,” says Dr. Matt Allender, the director of the Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory at Illinois. “When we’re out trying to search for turtles, humans can find maybe one turtle every two and a half-to-four hours of searching time, whereas dogs can find four in an hour.”

  • Beckman Institute purchases animal MRI machine

    Eighteen University of Illinois colleges, departments, and schools, along with a generous gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, are funding the purchase of a Bruker 9.4 Tesla preclinical animal MRI system.

  • Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

    In a new study, researchers challenged previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior with newly developed laboratory techniques that measure polymer flow at the molecular level.

  • Fighting Illini Kids Club All-American memberships now available

    The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is now accepting applications for its annual Fighting Illini Kids Club program.

  • Using coral to track ancient climate patterns

    Corals can help scientists track ancient climate patterns, but new research suggests that traditional methods for analyzing coral’s ancient growth aren’t as accurate as previously thought. 

  • USDA allowing farmers who plant cover crops to prevent erosion to maintain eligibility for prevented planting indemnity

    KFGO-FM (June 20) This should encourage farmers to seed cover crops on more acres. 'It clearly moves the needle toward prevent planting at this point. What is hard to figure out is how much,' says Illinois' Scott Irwin.

  • Quinn, Poulter named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year

    Illini Volleyball setter Jordyn Poulter and track and field sprinter Devin Quinn are recipients of the 2018-19 Dike Eddleman Awards presented annually to the top Fighting Illini female and male athlete. 

  • Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cells

    Illinois study suggests three phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on fat, immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation, insulin resistance associated with obesity.

  • Dosunmu, Sukaree named Fighting Illini Freshmen of the Year

    The Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 2018-19 Freshmen of the Year: Basketball's Ayo Dosunmu and golf's Kornkamol Sukaree.