blog postsUniversity of Illinois students receive Critical Language ScholarshipsMay 30, 2019 3:15 pm538 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two University of Illinois undergraduates have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarshipsto study critical languages during the summer of 2019.DeathsMay 30, 2019 11:30 am242 views John “Jack” L. Hayes Jr. ... Wilma J. Parsons ... Jim SchusterStudy: Teens at greater risk of violence, injury during sexual assaults than previously thoughtMay 30, 2019 10:00 am362 views In a recent study of the forensic evidence in 563 sexual assault cases, U. of I. researchers found “striking similarities” in the types of injuries and violence experienced by adult and adolescent victims.Discovering treasures in Library’s storage vaultsMay 30, 2019 9:00 am1706 views The University Library’s Oak Street Library Facility stores more than 4 million volumes in climate-controlled storage vaults.Does the Supreme Court need to care about public opinion?May 29, 2019 9:45 am256 views The Supreme Court has to consider public opinion and its popularity in deciding politically divisive cases, says a University of Illinois political scientist.'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers reportMay 29, 2019 8:00 am19691 views A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report in the journal Astrobiology. The bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ancient and thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars, said University of Illinois geology professor Bruce Fouke, who led the new, NASA-funded study.Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund seeks donationsMay 28, 2019 12:30 pm99 views Crisis knows no season, and for as little as $5 per month, faculty members and staff can make a difference in the life of a co-worker in crisis.New mutations for herbicide resistance rarer than expected, study findsMay 28, 2019 10:00 am721 views New evidence suggests that the mutation rate in amaranth – a group that includes several agricultural weeds – is quite low and that low-level exposure to herbicides contributes little, if anything, to the onset of herbicide-resistant mutations in this group.Digital publishing projects examine Jay-Z's music, Edward P. Jones' fictionMay 28, 2019 9:00 am416 views Analyses of Jay-Z’s music and Edward P. Jones’ fiction are among the first projects of Publishing Without Walls, a University of Illinois digital publishing initiative for humanities scholars.Faculty members receive Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion AwardMay 24, 2019 1:45 pm280 views Eleven faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished PromotionAward for 2019.DeathsMay 24, 2019 1:00 pm83 views Katharine “Kay” Oline Aston ... “Carol” Margadene Bateman ... Lucille “Lucy” L. Finn ... Joseph A. Garza ... Gerald “Jerry” E. Miner Jr. ... Shirley Bash Rittenhouse ... Louis Allen WalthallArtificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuelsMay 22, 2019 12:30 pm2644 views Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting carbon dioxide into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 to store solar energy – in the form of chemical bonds – for use when the sun is not shining and in times of peak demand.Illinois student named Yenching Scholar at Peking UniversityMay 22, 2019 12:15 pm180 views Gabriel Wacks is the first University of Illinois student accepted into Peking University’s Yenching Academy. Along with about 125 scholars from more than 40 countries, he will enroll this fall in an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in China studies.Soils are warming and drying in mid-MayMay 17, 2019 12:15 pm142 views After a cooling spell last weekend, soil temperatures are once again rising in Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materialsMay 17, 2019 9:30 am1968 views Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers identified a mechanism called “threading” that takes place when a polymer is stretched – a behavior not witnessed before. This new insight may lead to new processing methods for sustainable polymer materials.DeathsMay 16, 2019 2:15 pm367 views Robert W. McClearyU of I System transfers Research Park oversight to Urbana campusMay 16, 2019 12:30 pm404 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today transferred oversight of the University of Illinois Research Park from the U. of I. System to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Illinois student honored with Goldwater scholarshipMay 16, 2019 9:00 am532 views U. of I. student Philip Kocheril of Champaign was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.Media Advisory: Willard Airport hosts emergency drill MondayMay 16, 2019 8:15 am240 views Emergency responders will take part in a full-scale emergency exercise at Willard Airport in Savoy on Monday, May 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The exercise will not affect scheduled air travel.Perceived union support buoys 'meaningfulness of work' measuresMay 13, 2019 9:00 am1026 views When employees think of their labor union as supportive and caring, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador, they are more likely to rate their union as fulfilling their psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness – all of which are related to enhanced work meaningfulness.Archivist discusses first African American chemistry PhDMay 10, 2019 2:45 pm300 views Illinois alumnus St. Elmo Brady was the first African American to obtain a doctorate in chemistry in the U.S. He received his degree in 1916 for work completed at Noyes Laboratory and continued his career as a professor of chemistry at historically black colleges and universities. Brady was recently honored for his accomplishment by the American Chemical Society through the designation of a national historic chemical landmark.Receiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hungerMay 10, 2019 12:15 pm674 views Participating in a food-distribution program that provides children from food-insecure households with backpacks of meals for the weekend improves their school attendance on Fridays, a new study found.DeathsMay 9, 2019 2:30 pm269 views Janice Lynn Allen ... Donald Chien-Tao Chiang ... Doris M. Downs ... Max Elmer Reid ... Helen Louise (Camp) Ridlen'Engineering Fire' documentary premieres on BTNMay 9, 2019 8:45 am587 views “Engineering Fire,” 30-minute documentary video chronicling the work of University of Illinois engineers to introduce a solar-cooking device in Haiti, premieres May 12 at 7 p.m. CDT on the Big Ten Network.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 50th season of performancesMay 9, 2019 8:00 am585 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will present its 50th season of performances in 2019-20.Illinois Fire Service Institute training showcase May 15May 8, 2019 1:45 pm72 views The Office of the State Fire Marshal will host the Illinois Fire Service Institute Training Showcase on May 15 outside the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield. The event will provide state legislators with an in-depth look at the training efforts for firefighters taking place throughout the state.What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?May 8, 2019 9:00 am375 views 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 M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois and a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert. Lawless served as reporter for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, which recommended several changes to the law.Three faculty members honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty LeadershipMay 8, 2019 8:45 am507 views The Office of the Provost honored three University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members May 7 with Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership.Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference is May 21-22May 6, 2019 3:30 pm93 views The 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference is May 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. This year the conference will expand beyond the aquatic environment to include air and soil studies, along with the effects of contaminants on human and animal health.DeathsMay 6, 2019 3:30 pm159 views Tom Battershell ... Jeannine W. Corlas ... Keith Randall Erickson ... Philip Clayton Mitchell ... Shirley J. Smith.The Center for Advanced Study announces the Associates, Fellows and Beckman Fellows for 2019-20.May 6, 2019 2:45 pm208 views The Center for Advanced Study announces the Associates, Fellows and Beckman Fellows for 2019-20.April showers prompted continued flood concerns in IllinoisMay 6, 2019 2:15 pm32 views A wet April extended the trend for above-average precipitation in Illinois. This year was the seventh-wettest December-to-April period on record, according to Brian Kerschner, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Mechanics, chemistry and biomedical research join forces for noninvasive tissue therapyMay 6, 2019 2:00 pm1510 views A fortuitous conversation between two University of Illinois scientists has opened a new line of communication between biomedical researchers and the tissues they study. 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.Researchers find protein that suppresses muscle repair in miceMay 6, 2019 12:15 pm501 views Researchers report that a protein known to be important to protein synthesis also influences muscle regeneration and regrowth in an unexpected manner. 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.Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalizationMay 6, 2019 10:15 am977 views 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 activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book.Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 6, 2019 8:45 am57 views Members of the news media may pick up stadium passes and parking passes for commencement at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Champaign. Commencement is Saturday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. Marijuana use among Illinois teens unchanged but 'cool factor' increasing, survey findsMay 2, 2019 1:00 pm414 views The number of Illinois high school seniors who think their peers perceive using marijuana as “cool” doubled – from 25% to 50% over the past decade, according to a new report from the latest Illinois Youth Survey.Study examines impact of climate change on Louisiana’s Houma tribeMay 2, 2019 9:00 am312 views Louisiana's Houma tribe are especially vulnerable to climate change, but mistrust fomented by overt discrimination and forcible relocation complicates efforts to help them adapt to it, new research suggests. Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honors eight employeesMay 1, 2019 9:45 am1237 views The Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award honors eight civil service staff employees for exceptional performance.Long elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2019 8:00 am944 views Stephen P. Long, a professor of crop sciences and plant biology at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive.ELLNORA guitar festival features influential guitarists from around the worldApr 30, 2019 4:15 pm565 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature a wide variety of musicians Sept. 5-7 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Excessive rainfall as damaging to corn yield as extreme heat, droughtApr 30, 2019 8:15 am1300 views Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. Data from the past three decades suggest that excessive rainfall can affect crop yield as much as excessive heat and drought. In a new study, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Illinois linked crop insurance, climate, soil and corn yield data from 1981 through 2016.Study: Mindfulness may help decrease stress in caregivers of veteransApr 29, 2019 12:30 pm377 views Mindfulness therapy may be an effective way of mitigating the stress experienced by spouses and other informal caregivers for military veterans, a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests.U. of I. earns Bronze Level EMS Ready Campus statusApr 29, 2019 12:00 pm94 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a program of the Illinois Fire Service Institute that provides nontransport care to the 58,000 students, staff and faculty members at the Urbana-Champaign campus, was recognized as a Bronze Level EMS Ready Campus at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation.Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation ratesApr 29, 2019 8:30 am631 views Freshmen from low-income families who received Illinois Promise loan-replacement grants at the University of Illinois were significantly more likely to graduate within five years, a new study found.Volunteers needed for Dump & Run collections starting May 6Apr 26, 2019 2:15 pm239 views The University YMCA is seeking volunteers and donations for its 18th annual Dump & Run recycling program. Collections during the May period of Dump & Run will be held exclusively at the Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana, because the MCORE construction project limits access to the University YMCA building on Wright Street.Nigh named Office Professional of the YearApr 25, 2019 4:00 pm223 views Penny Nigh, an administrative aide and assistant to Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations Wanda E. Ward, was honored by the Illinois Administrative Professional at the University of Illinois (formerly The Secretariat) with the 2019 Office Professional of the Year Award.Injections, exercise promote muscle regrowth after atrophy in mice, study findsApr 25, 2019 1:00 pm559 views By injecting cells that support blood vessel growth into muscles depleted by inactivity, researchers say they are able to help restore muscle mass lost as a result of immobility.DeathsApr 25, 2019 11:45 am299 views Louis H. “Bud” Mesker ... Darcy Elizabeth StrackScholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematicApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm747 views A good estimate of how many college students struggle with food insecurity is a difficult number to pin down, says new research from a team of University of Illinois experts who study food choice issues.