blog posts Morning of the remote controlled biobot Feb 7, 2023 10:15 am Amazing Stories (Feb. 6) An interview with Rashid Bashir, a professor of bioengineering and the dean of the Grainger College of Engineering at Illinois. This is the first interview in a series called 'Living in the Land of Science Fiction.' Men's Basketball vs Minnesota rescheduled for Feb. 20 Feb 7, 2023 8:45 am The game was originally slated for tonight, but was postponed due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols within the Minnesota program. Next up for the Illini is a home game on Saturday, Feb. 11 against No. 24 Rutgers. House Republicans wear 'tone deaf' assault rifle pins amid shootings Feb 6, 2023 12:15 pm Salon (Feb. 3) Professor Nicholas Grossman was among those deriding the hypocrisy of the symbol. 'Legislators from party that defends recent coup attempt by their...party leader replace traditional patriotic flag pin with a pin depicting a rifle.' Why are so many tall and supertall buildings being built? Feb 3, 2023 10:45 am Very tall buildings are attractive options in cities where land is at a premium, but they come with construction challenges, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign architecture professor Abbas Aminmansour. Ken Norman: A double-double machine Feb 6, 2023 11:15 am Ken Norman was the guy that every conference coach coveted. In his junior and senior seasons—1985-86 and '86-87—Norman was a double-double machine. He had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds on 25 occasions. Study links exercise intensity, attentional control in late-adolescent girls Feb 6, 2023 10:30 am Researchers found that girls ages 15-18 who engage in less moderate and vigorous physical activity are slower and less accurate than their peers on a measure of attentional control - they can be more impulsive and more easily distracted. Probe can measure both cell stiffness and traction, researchers report Jan 25, 2023 2:15 pm The 'magnetic microrobot' probes gave precise information about both tissue stiffness and traction, revealing for the first time that while malignant tumors may become stiffer in response to surrounding tissues, cancer cells do not alter their tractions. Cook, McKenzie lead Illini to 69-62 victory over Minnesota Feb 6, 2023 9:45 am Illinois used a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter to secure its 11th home victory of the season in a 69-62 win over Minnesota at State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon. Mellon Foundation funds study of racial terror in US newspapers, 1863-1921 Jan 27, 2023 10:45 am A project to study newspaper reports about anti-Black violence in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century U.S. newspapers could provide context to the spread of white supremacist ideologies in social media today. Site of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave is newest national park Jan 30, 2023 1:45 pm The New Philadelphia National Historic Site in western Illinois commemorates the first U.S. town to be legally founded by African Americans. Several U of I professors were among those leading the effort seeking national park status. Scientists turn data into sound, gain new insights into tiny DNA, huge galaxies Feb 3, 2023 9:45 am Los Angeles Times (Feb. 3) – U of I biochemist Martin Gruebele regularly dons a pair of headphones in his lab at the U of I to hear a cacophony of clinking, jarring noises. These sounds help him understand how bodily proteins interact with water. Illini Women's Basketball falls to Michigan, 74-57 Feb 3, 2023 9:15 am Illinois (17-6, 7-5) returns to State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon for its United as One Game as the Illini host Minnesota (9-13, 2-9) at 2 p.m. CT. Champaign-raised, U of I grad actor gets Broadway shot in 'Hamilton' Feb 1, 2023 11:15 am News Gazette (Feb. 1) Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, a Champaign schools and U of I grad, will make his Broadway debut Thursday, playing the iconic Aaron Burr from hit rap-musical 'Hamilton.' Pumping Mississippi River water west: Pipe dream or solution? Feb 2, 2023 10:15 am The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 1) Relieving the Colorado River Basin with Mississippi River water would be physically possible, but any large-scale diversion attempt would be politically difficult, says U of I professor Chloe Wardropper. Road test at Michigan tonight for Illini Women's Basketball Feb 2, 2023 9:30 am It's a 5:30 CT start for the Illini tonight on the road in Michigan. Both teams have identical records going into the contest, 17-5 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten conference. Celebrate Black History Month at Illinois Feb 1, 2023 10:15 am Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of Black heritage and culture. Uase this site to find events and stories of impact from Black students, alumni, faculty and staff at U of I. Teaching generations of students about outbreaks – with art Jan 26, 2023 12:45 pm 'The art show is a midpoint in a journey to revamp the health district’s Germ Busters program, which conducts outreach to K-8 students on a variety of infectious diseases.' Paper: New law, regulations may diminish appeal of some retirement accounts Jan 30, 2023 9:45 am A new law and regulations affecting inherited retirement accounts could create hefty taxation issues for some beneficiaries, says Richard Kaplan, an expert on U.S. tax policy and retirement issues. Wrongful conviction course now required for all police recruits in Illinois Feb 1, 2023 8:45 am U. of I. Police Training Institute director Michael Schlosser worked with colleagues at the Illinois Innocence Project to develop a Wrongful Conviction Awareness and Avoidance course that is now required training for police recruits across Illinois. Illini use big second half to roll past Nebraska, 72-56 Feb 1, 2023 8:30 am A strong Illinois defensive stand in the final minutes of the game kept Nebraska without a field goal for the last six minutes of action, and four Illini finished in double figures in the 16-point victory. Could Brazil surpass U.S. as world's top corn exporter? Jan 31, 2023 3:30 pm Effingham Daily News (Jan. 30) 'Brazil could surpass the U.S. in corn exports sometime between 2024 and 2026,' says Joana Colussi, a postdoctoral researcher at the U. of I. and native of Brazil. 'We’ll see. There are many factors at play.' Seven Illinois faculty members elected to AAAS Jan 31, 2023 9:00 am Seven professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2022 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are chosen by their peers for outstanding contribution to the field. Illini back at State Farm Center tonight vs. Nebraska Jan 31, 2023 8:45 am Illinois has won six straight over Nebraska, its longest streak in the series since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten, and one shy of the Illini's series record seven-game win streak from Jan. 3, 1921 through Dec. 11, 1976. $9.5M funding will help U of I researchers decode influenza-antibody interactions Jan 26, 2023 1:00 pm 'We're optimistic this initiative will help scientists develop new, untested approaches that can reveal how pathogens work and how the human immune system responds to pathogen infection,” said Leslie Vosshall of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Hamlin’s injury highlights precarious position of many young NFL players Jan 30, 2023 11:00 am The New York Times (Jan. 29) 'The world’s collective heart is pouring itself out for Hamlin, but the main point is there are a lot of journeymen players who leave the league with serious problems,' says U of I labor law expert Michael LeRoy. Team effort lifts Illini Women's Basketball over Michigan State Jan 30, 2023 10:45 am 'We got back to our identity about finding ways to win, making plays when we had to, and showing some toughness when we had to,' said head coach Shauna Green. 'This was a much, much, much-needed win in response to the Purdue loss.' Illinois Extension provides nearly 25,000 meals through deer donation pilot program Jan 27, 2023 10:15 am 'Food prices are high, meat prices are high, and pantries are really struggling with getting meat right now. This is an opportunity for hunters to help their communities while doing something they enjoy and supporting local small businesses.' Soy protein lowers cholesterol, risk of heart disease, study finds Jan 27, 2023 11:15 am VegNews (Jan. 27) 'As we hypothesized, soybeans’ effects on cholesterol metabolism are not only associated with their protein concentrations and composition, but also with peptides that are released during digestion,' says Professor Elvira de Mejia. Illinois alum awarded Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Jan 26, 2023 4:15 pm Brittney Nadler will complete a summer internship at the State Department in 2024 and an overseas internship at a U.S. embassy or consulate in summer 2025. Upon successful completion of the program, Nadler will become a U.S. diplomat. Four women choreographers to present at Studiodance 2023 Jan 27, 2023 10:00 am Four women choreographers from the U of I dance department will present work at Studiodance 2023 examining toxic environments, biases and assumptions, new motherhood and the resilience of women. Synapses and silicon: Student contest blends biology and computer science to advance AI Jan 24, 2023 9:00 am The 2023 Bio-informed AI Research Competition encourages students in the behavioral and computer sciences to pursue collaborative AI research. The inaugural winners advise applicants in 2023 to 'be brave' and stay open-minded. Illini Wrestling travels to Minnesota for next Big Ten dual Jan 27, 2023 9:00 am No. 17 Fighting Illini wrestling squad heads to Minnesota Saturday to take on the No. 11 Golden Gophers (1 p.m., BTN). Lst weekend the Illini lost 17-17 at No. 15 Northwestern via tiebreakers, but had a dominant win at home against No. 22 Maryland. Paper: California's proposal to manufacture insulin could curb prices, improve public health Jan 24, 2023 9:30 am Legal scholar Jacob Sherkow argues that the state of California’s proposal to manufacture and distribute insulin at cost could be a game-changer for curbing out-of-control price increases, but there are hurdles to overcome first. Physician innovators' new bedside table keeps comfort, safety close at hand Jan 25, 2023 2:00 pm Carle Illinois College of Medicine students have redesigned the common bedside table to make it more stable, flexible, and easier to use. It hopes to improve both patient care and medical professional's workspace. Do you know who owns your vet? Jan 26, 2023 11:15 am Freakonomics (Jan. 25) Rose Peters, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at Illinois, describes her current role as well as her experience working at a practice that was bought by a private-equity firm, which led to huge staff turnovers. Women's Basketball returns for two-game homestand starting tonight vs Purdue Jan 26, 2023 9:15 am Illinois women's basketball (6-3 B1G) is set to host the program's first Philanthropy Night on Thursday as the Illini host Purdue (5-4 B1G) for a 7 p.m. game at State Farm Center. Geothermal 'battery' repurposes abandoned oil and gas well in Illinois Jan 25, 2023 2:00 pm Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have successfully demonstrated efficient geothermal heat storage while simultaneously repurposing an abandoned oil and gas well. Soy protein blocks LDL cholesterol production, reducing risks of metabolic diseases Jan 23, 2023 9:45 am U of I food scientists discover that soybean varieties with greater proportions of the protein B-conglycinin reduce plasma cholesterol levels and promote liver homeostasis, showing potential for preventing fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis. Camera-trap study provides photographic evidence of pumas' ecological impact Jan 23, 2023 9:15 am A camera-trap study of two ecosystems – one with pumas and one without – adds to scientists’ understanding of the many ways apex predators influence the abundance, diversity and habits of other animals, including smaller carnivores. Fulton County grand jury could be necessary ammo in prosecuting Trump Jan 25, 2023 10:00 am Newsweek (Jan. 24) 'Would the grand jury report help the credibility of the government’s allegations? Probably,' says law professor Andrew Leipold. '...We can be modestly confident the jurors' oversight made the report more careful and precise.' Illini down Ohio State, 69-60 Jan 25, 2023 9:00 am Illinois brought the energy from start to finish in a bounce-back 69-60 win against Ohio State at State Farm Center on Tuesday night. Great friends, beautiful memories: UIAA's Korea Chapter celebrates 100 years Jan 24, 2023 10:30 am Duck Choo Oh’s Homecoming coronation in 1955 symbolized the blossoming of an international era for the University of Illinois. The seeds of that growth started nearly five decades earlier with President Edmund Janes James (1904–20). Click beetle-inspired robots jump using elastic energy Jan 23, 2023 3:30 pm U of I professor Sameh Tawfick led a new study introducing click beetle-sized robots small enough to fit into tight spaces, powerful enough to maneuver over obstacles and fast enough to match an insect’s rapid escape time. What led to the attempted coup in Brazil, what comes next? Jan 19, 2023 8:45 am Professor Jerry Dávila, who specializes in the history of Brazil in the 20th century, spoke about civil unrest in Brazil. 'It was a coup attempt, and it was styled after the (Jan. 6, 2021) attack on the U.S. Capitol.' Illini Men's Basketball hosts Ohio State tonight Jan 24, 2023 9:15 am After an idle weekend, Illinois returns to action Tuesday night, hosting Ohio State at sold out State Farm Center (6 p.m., ESPN). Illinois is 62-29 all-time against Ohio State in games played at State Farm Center. Microelectronics provide a remote control for biological robots Jan 18, 2023 12:15 pm Rashid Bashir’s research group pioneered the development of biobots - tiny biological robots powered by mouse muscle tissue. They demonstrated walking biobots in 2012 and light-activation in 2016. Now they're introducing remote control. Wanted (by scientists): Birds and bats killed by wind, solar facilities Jan 23, 2023 11:15 am Undark (Jan. 23) 'I’m supportive of renewable energy developments. I’m also supportive of doing our best to conserve biodiversity,' says Mark Davis, a U. of I. conservation biologist. 'And I think the two things can very much coexist.' Illinois anthropology professor awarded NEH Fellowship Jan 18, 2023 10:00 am Riggs is a contemporary and historical archaeologist with interests in welfare state initiatives, materiality, national belonging and displacement in the recent past. CABBI, Crop Sciences team achieves first precision gene editing in miscanthus Jan 20, 2023 12:00 pm The results will accelerate efforts to tap the huge potential of this highly productive but genetically complex grass as a source for biofuels, renewable bioproducts, and carbon sequestration. U of I researchers working to convert biowaste into pavement Jan 17, 2023 12:00 pm '(Our process) mimics petroleum formation in nature, where biowaste buried deep underground gradually turns into crude oil over millions of years. In the HTL reactor, the process takes less than an hour,' says principal investigator Yuanhui Zhang.