blog posts Why is the use of hypersonic missiles in the Russia-Ukraine conflict significant? Mar 22, 2022 8:15 am6894 views The U.S. recently confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defence fired a hypersonic ballistic missile to destroy an underground arms depot in western Ukraine. This event marks Russia’s first use of the Kinzhal ballistic missile in this war and the first known use of a hypersonic missile in combat. Mechanical science and engineering professor Kelly Stephani spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the significance of this technology. Team identifies compound with potent antiseizure effects Mar 22, 2022 8:00 am1027 views Researchers studying epileptic seizures of the temporal lobe – the most common type of epilepsy – discovered a compound that reduces seizures in the hippocampus, a brain region where many such seizures originate. The compound, known as TC-2153, lessened the severity of seizures in mice. Can historical racism in medicine help explain current racial differences in medical care? Mar 22, 2022 8:00 am786 views Acquiring new medical knowledge and assessing health are not as objective as people think, said history professor Rana Hogarth, who is the adviser for a new series of podcasts by the Science History Institute in Philadelphia to explore issues of racism in science and medicine. Study ties present-day Native American tribe to ancestors in San Francisco Bay Area Mar 21, 2022 2:00 pm1503 views A genomic study of Native peoples in the San Francisco Bay Area finds that eight present-day members of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe share ancestry with 12 individuals who lived in the region several hundred to 2,000 years ago. August and December graduates, Dean's List honorees named Mar 15, 2022 8:00 am20954 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign lists the 9,614 students named to the Dean’s List in December, as well as the 3,572 December graduates and 1,736 August graduates. Project helps East St. Louis residents overcome barriers to COVID-19 testing, vaccination Mar 11, 2022 8:15 am1169 views A project that is underway in East St. Louis, Illinois, is investigating strategies for overcoming barriers to COVID-19 testing and vaccination among more than 548 medically and socially vulnerable residents of St. Clair County. Cohen selected as Carle Illinois College of Medicine dean Mar 10, 2022 10:30 am3467 views Dr. Mark S. Cohen will be the next dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and senior vice president and chief academic officer at Carle Health, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Cohen is currently a professor of surgery and pharmacology at the University of Michigan. Dixon to deliver distinguished lecture on media stereotyping Mar 10, 2022 10:30 am181 views Travis L. Dixon, a professor and director of graduate studies in communication, will deliver the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on March 23. Vigilantism is an identity for some people, researchers report Mar 10, 2022 8:15 am1671 views A new study finds that some people routinely monitor the behavior of others and are eager to punish those who violate laws or societal norms, especially when they believe authorities have failed to do so. These self-appointed enforcers willingly embrace the job of keeping order, aren’t particularly concerned about accidentally punishing innocent people, and consider themselves kind and moral actors, the researchers found. How do we solve the problem of agricultural nutrient runoff? Mar 10, 2022 8:00 am1602 views Agricultural runoff from Midwestern farms is a major contributor to a vast “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Nitrogen, phosphorous and other farm nutrients drain into the Mississippi River, which empties into the Gulf, spurring algae to overpopulate and suffocating other aquatic life. Illinois is a main culprit in this ongoing environmental blight. News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates spoke with U. of I. natural resources and environmental sciences researcher Lowell Gentry about possible solutions. Book examines history of Mexico City's public square, evolution of Mexican spatial identities Mar 9, 2022 1:45 pm522 views Benjamin Bross used the public square and historic events that took place there to explain the emergence and evolution of Mexican identities over time. Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite pandemic Mar 9, 2022 12:00 pm2000 views The seventh annual Illini Success report shows that recent University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years – despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. Private investment in California's solar energy industry increases climate vulnerabilities, study finds Mar 9, 2022 10:30 am1256 views The large-scale infrastructure needed to attract private investment in solar energy makes it more vulnerable to climate extremes, said urban and regional planning professor Sean Kennedy. Directors del Toro, Zwigoff join 'Ebertfest' slate Mar 8, 2022 9:00 am1552 views Director Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Kim Morgan will screen a black-and-white version of their Oscar-nominated movie “Nightmare Alley” at the 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest.” Director Terry Zwigoff also will attend with his cult classic film “Ghost World.” Previously announced participants are directors Azazel Jacobs and Ramin Bahrani. How will termination of research partnerships with Russia affect global scientific research? Mar 7, 2022 1:30 pm1571 views University Library professor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe said the actions are a significant shift in policy from a long tradition of scientific diplomacy. English professor's novel tells of Black Civil War soldiers' fight for freedom Mar 3, 2022 8:30 am371 views The novel is a retelling of the Civil War story of brother against brother, only this time one is the former slave of the other. Who wins and who loses in MLB labor dispute? Mar 2, 2022 10:00 am791 views The current MLB lockout is already shaping up to be the most pivotal labor dispute in the sport since the mid-1990s, which means fans should prepare for the likelihood of more canceled games, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Illinois choirs, C-U Symphony to present oratorio rarely performed in US Mar 1, 2022 9:30 am313 views The oratorio depicts the events of Kristallnacht. The music includes five spirituals that express hope and reconciliation. New approach to flexible robotics and metamaterials design mimics nature, encourages sustainability Feb 28, 2022 2:00 pm1854 views A new study challenges the conventional approach to designing soft robotics and a class of materials called metamaterials by utilizing the power of computer algorithms. Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Technical University of Denmark can now build multimaterial structures without dependence on human intuition or trial-and-error to produce highly efficient actuators and energy absorbers that mimic designs found in nature. Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain Feb 28, 2022 2:00 pm2125 views A multidisciplinary team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has devised a new approach to 3D imaging that captures DNA methylation, a key epigenetic change associated with learning in the brain. The scientists say their proof-of-concept study in pigs will easily translate to humans, as the new method relies on standard MRI technology and biological markers already in use in human medicine. Study: Pro-worker ideas in political platforms resonate with voters Feb 28, 2022 8:00 am255 views Voters reward political parties that espouse pro-worker ideas with more votes in elections, says a new paper co-written by J. Ryan Lamare, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Can pet dogs be infected with coronavirus? Feb 25, 2022 11:00 am1549 views Researchers at the U. of I. diagnosed a pet dog in Chicago with infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This is the first dog in Illinois to test positive for the coronavirus. A team led by pathobiology professor Ying Fang made the diagnosis. She talks about the findings and future research in pets. Studies examine effects of California's push for computer science education Feb 24, 2022 8:15 am1672 views Despite California’s push for computer science education, race and gender disparities persist among the high schools offering these courses, the students enrolled in them and the teachers. Water filtration membranes morph like cells Feb 23, 2022 1:00 pm1027 views Morphogenesis is nature’s way of building diverse structures and functions out of a fixed set of components. While nature is rich with examples of morphogenesis – cell differentiation, embryonic development and cytoskeleton formation, for example – research into the phenomenon in synthetic materials is scant. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers are taking a step forward using electron tomography, fluid dynamics theories and machine learning to watch soft polymers as the polymers learn from nature. Study identifies key regulator of cell differentiation Feb 21, 2022 2:00 pm927 views Scientists have identified a molecule that regulates the fate of cells, switching off their ability to differentiate into distinct cell types. Paper: Regional public universities make local economies more resilient Feb 21, 2022 8:00 am484 views The local economies of regional public universities tend to be more resilient to economic shocks, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economists. Study examines accuracy of arrest data in FBI's NIBRS crime database Feb 18, 2022 1:15 pm578 views A study of one state's arrest data in the FBI's NIBRS database found that while the majority of the cases were correct, the timings of arrests and other factors may lead to inaccuracies. Stinging insects and their venom are focus of Insect Fear Film Festival Feb 18, 2022 8:30 am479 views The short films and film clips will feature humorous and horrific depictions of stinging insects and their effects. Illinois musicians, chemists use sound to better understand science Feb 17, 2022 9:30 am1984 views The use of sonification to understand the physical mechanisms of protein folding led to a new discovery about the ways a protein can fold. Computer science professor named 2022 Sloan Research Fellow Feb 15, 2022 9:30 am1513 views Computer science professor Bo Li is among 118 recipients of the 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.” Awardees receive a two-year $75,000 fellowship to further their research. Exhibition of art by the formerly incarcerated emphasizes shared humanity, art's power to connect Feb 11, 2022 11:00 am941 views “Reckless Law, Shameless Order: An Intimate Experience of Incarceration” explores shared experiences of detention. What explains the continuing appeal of Super Bowl advertisements? Feb 11, 2022 10:00 am1058 views The Super Bowl remains one of the few programs where people aren’t skipping the ads, says a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign business professor and consumer marketing expert. Oncology dietitians rarely ask cancer patients about food insecurity, study finds Feb 11, 2022 8:15 am735 views While many cancer survivors experience food insecurity, few oncology registered dietitians interviewed by U. of I. researchers indicated that they routinely screen their patients for it. Three Illinois faculty members elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 10, 2022 3:30 pm1536 views Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. They are William Hammack, the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; Youssef Hashash, the William J. and Elaine F. Hall Endowed Professor and John Burkitt Webb Endowed Faculty Scholar in civil and environmental engineering; and Klara Nahrstedt, the Grainger Distinguished Chair of Engineering in computer science and the director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the U. of I. Adaptation of classic play examines issues of politics, greed, public trust Feb 10, 2022 3:00 pm613 views Illinois theatre students’ adaptation of “An Enemy of the People” considers how the truth gets told (or not told) during a public health crisis. How can Illinois address the problem of PFAS pollution? Feb 10, 2022 8:00 am556 views The state of Illinois is investigating the occurrence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in community water supplies across the state, with an eye toward developing policies to reduce their use. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to increased risk of certain cancers and potential developmental problems in children. News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates spoke about the issue with John Scott, a senior chemist with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. 'Molecular Velcro' enables tissues to sense, react to mechanical force Feb 9, 2022 1:45 pm757 views The Velcro-like cellular proteins that hold cells and tissues together also perform critical functions when they experience increased tension. A new University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study observed that when tugged upon in a controlled manner, these proteins – called cadherins – communicate with growth factors to influence in vitro tumor growth in human carcinoma cells. Study: High COVID-19 rates in older Latinos linked with economics, outside help Feb 9, 2022 8:15 am459 views Financial hardship and outside help were significantly associated with COVID-19 diagnoses among older Latinos, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign social work professor Lissette Piedra and her team found. Study: Lower acculturation linked with poorer cognitive function in older Hispanics Feb 9, 2022 8:00 am869 views A new study on culture and cognition found that long-term Hispanic immigrants who were less acculturated to the U.S. performed significantly worse on cognitive function tests than their highly acculturated peers. New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap Feb 8, 2022 10:00 am911 views A new set of molecular building blocks aims to make complex chemistry as simple and accessible as a toy construction kit. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a new class of chemical building blocks that simply snap together to form 3D molecules with complex twists and turns, and an automated machine to assemble the blocks like a 3D printer for molecules. This automation could allow chemists and nonchemists alike to develop new pharmaceuticals, materials, diagnostic probes, catalysts, perfumes, sweeteners and more. February Dance features choreography by four Illinois faculty members Feb 3, 2022 3:30 pm640 views The dance concert will be performed Feb. 3-5 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. What are the consequences for US interests in Russia-Ukraine conflict? Feb 1, 2022 8:00 am1419 views The brewing Russia-Ukraine conflict will have significant consequences for U.S. interests in Eastern Europe, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman. How vulnerable to inflation are the finances of older adults? Jan 31, 2022 8:00 am785 views Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment takes some of the sting out of inflation, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign tax policy expert says. Two classes of University Scholars honored, including five new Urbana-Champaign honorees Jan 31, 2022 8:00 am2150 views Five University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Since an in-person celebration was not possible a year ago in consideration of COVID-19 precautions, a gathering in honor of two years of University Scholars from the Urbana campus is taking place today. The award is presented by the University of Illinois System to faculty members from the Chicago, Springfield and Urbana universities. Krannert Art Museum exhibition of Pueblo pots shows connections to ancestral land, community Jan 28, 2022 9:15 am551 views The exhibition features work from family pottery lineages and shows how women were inspired by previous generations of artists while developing their own interpretations of the designs. Rural air pollution may be as hazardous as urban, study finds Jan 26, 2022 2:00 pm2686 views New research shows that chemical reactivity, seasonality and distribution of airborne particulate matter are critical metrics when considering air pollution’s impact on human health. Current environmental regulations focus on the mass of pollutant particles, and researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are pushing to refocus regulatory efforts on more regional and health-relevant factors. 14 Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows Jan 25, 2022 5:45 pm2827 views Fourteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2021 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Illinois artist's portrait of student advocate Albert Lee will be formally dedicated Feb. 1 Jan 25, 2022 9:15 am730 views Lee’s portrait is installed near a display of the history of housing on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Study: Telehealth services for the elderly should include caregivers Jan 24, 2022 4:30 pm573 views Family caregivers are often involved in the day-to-day activities of their older relatives, such as communicating with doctors, helping them navigate the health care system and making decisions that affect their care. When the pandemic hit, forcing health care systems to switch to telehealth visits, many of the caregivers who would have been involved in in-person care were left out of the process, according to a new observational study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Krannert Art Museum exhibition of sacred, supernatural prints celebrates printmakers' technical skills Jan 24, 2022 2:45 pm633 views The works include Christian imagery, as well as devils, demons and monsters.