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  • A little prairie can rescue honey bees from famine on the farm, study finds

    Honey bee hives placed near flowering prairies in late summer and early fall were much healthier than those left near soybean fields after August, the researchers found.

  • Illinois research tracks genomic changes that reinforce darter speciation

    Scientists have spent decades trying to understand the factors that allow closely related organisms to evolve into separate species.

  • New study looks to biological enzymes as source of hydrogen fuel

    Illinois scientists are looking to biological processes to find an efficient source of hydrogen gas as an environmentally friendly fuel.

  • World AIDS Day commemorated with films at KAM, KCPA

    Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will screen short films addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic to commemorate World AIDS Day.

  • With production halted at an Iowa facility, cellulosic ethanol takes another hit

    Successful Farming (Nov. 21) 'Dreams of second-generation cellulosic ethanol production were already on life support,' says Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin. 'The plug was just pulled on the respirator.'

  • Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

    Eight faculty members at Illinois have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list, a global listing of scientists who produced the past decade’s most influential papers.

  • 'Do we want to get to the moon or not?'

    He called himself 'a voice in the wilderness.' He sat in conference rooms filled with scientists who ridiculed his ideas. But Houbolt was going to be heard. And we were going to land on the moon.

  • No. 25 Illini Volleyball hits the road for B1G trip

    The two-match swing starts with a Friday (11/22) night meeting with Maryland at 7 p.m. CT in College Park, then travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Sunday (11/24) at noon CT.

  • Structures near airports increase risk of airplane-goose collisions

    Researchers found that – in colder months, at least – some geese are hanging out on rooftops, in a rail yard and in a canal close to Midway Airport’s runways, increasing the danger of goose-plane collisions.

  • Financial incentives for crowdsourced delivery workers can improve service

    Targeted financial incentives can increase the service capacity of crowdsourced delivery workers without incurring additional costs for retailers, according to new research co-written by a Gies Business professor.

  • Cockburn dominant again as Illini cruise against The Citadel

    Kofi Cockburn scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Illinois past The Citadel 85-57 on Wednesday night. It was the fourth double-double for the 7-foot freshman.

  • Un camino a sí misma: Brenda

    Brenda's Illinois journey involved both connecting with her Mexican heritage through La Casa Cultural Latina, and opening herself to new experiences and challenges.

  • If you don’t notice something within 1.5 seconds, you may never see it

    New Scientist (Nov. 20)  'The most natural (assumption) is that the longer an object is (in your field of view), the more opportunity you have to notice it. ... It seems not to help you very much,' says Illinois' Katherine Wood. 

  • Campus celebrates 100th birthday of Red Oak Rain Garden trees

    The Red Oak Rain Garden (RORG) was the first rain garden on our campus, and the two red oak trees that the garden’s name honors—fondly called the RORG sisters—have just turned 100 years old.

  • Joey Gunther named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

    Redshirt senior Joey Gunther earned the honor with his come-from-behind victory at 174-pounds that helped lead Illinois to a, 19-14, upset over No. 13 Missouri last Thursday, 

  • Do you overspend at the holidays? Your smartphone may be to blame

    USA Today (Nov. 19) A study co-written by Illinois professor Yuqian Xu finds consumers end up spending more because they tend to buy more frequently when using mobile apps.

  • Making big waves

    From Illinois graduate to CEO of CurlMix, Kim Lewis is on a mission to empower curly-haired women.

  • O'Brien named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

    Morgan O'Brien was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after leading the No. 25 Illinois volleyball team in two matches over the weekend.


  • How Illinois businesses are preparing before recreational marijuana use begins

    Daily Herald (Nov. 17) 'There isn’t an express prohibition' related to recreational marijuana use, says Illinois professor Michael LeRoy, s0 employers retain the right to fire employees for their marijuana use.

  • Dozens of potential new antibiotics discovered with free online app

    A web tool developed at Illinois speeds the discovery of drugs to kill Gram-negative bacteria, which are responsible for the vast majority of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths.

  • The 1909 Cherry Mine disaster and Illinois rescue and relief fund work

    On November 13, 1909, a fire trapped 300 miners in Cherry, Illinois, killing 259 workers - citizens, immigrants, and children. Meanwhile, Illinois international students raised funds to help support the devastated families.

  • Paper: Outcomes vary for workers who 'lawyer up' in employment arbitration disputes

    A worker who retains legal counsel to litigate a workplace dispute in arbitration doesn’t account for the potentially countervailing effect of employers hiring their own legal counsel, says U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.

  • Illini Men's Basketball back home vs Hawaii tonight

    After a week off, Illinois begins a five-game homestand tonight, hosting Hawaii (7 p.m.). 

  • 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.

  • 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.'

  • 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.

  • 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.