blog postsIllinois students honored with Goldwater scholarshipsApr 8, 2020 8:15 am2128 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign juniors Sriyankari Chitti and William Lyon were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 7:45 am500 views Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior. She speaks about the special challenges of the present moment.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:30 am967 views A key message coming through about COVID-19 is that older folks face much greater danger, but what does that suggest to the young? Cabral Bigman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about the challenge of “social comparison frames” in an epidemic.Will Schneider: My path to IllinoisApr 6, 2020 9:00 am669 views Social work professor Will Schneider examines trends in child maltreatment and suggests that interventions for child neglect overlook the most likely cause.How to foster children’s learning while sheltering at homeApr 6, 2020 8:30 am1760 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home.Graduates for August and December 2019, Dean's List honorees namedApr 3, 2020 12:30 pm19333 views The University of Illinois lists the 7,441 students named to the Dean’s list in December, as well as the 3,187 December graduates and 1,507 August graduates.Patrick Earl Hammie: My path to IllinoisApr 2, 2020 8:45 am1075 views Patrick Earl Hammie is a professor of painting and sculpture whose work explores the body in visual culture, black experiences, cultural identity and family.For stroke survivors, light physical activity linked to better daily functionApr 2, 2020 8:30 am606 views Stroke survivors who engage in a lot of light physical activity – taking leisurely walks or attending to nonstrenuous household chores, for example – also report fewer physical limitations than their more sedentary peers, new research shows.Paper: Timely preventative efforts better than mitigation during early stages of outbreakApr 2, 2020 8:00 am1289 views Epidemics such as COVID-19 are characterized by resource constraints due to sudden and unprecedented demand shocks for health care facilities and services, making the initial prevention of disease spread through testing, identification and quarantine activities more important than mitigation or curative efforts, according to research co-written by Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois who studies innovation in health care.Physical force alone spurs gene expression, study revealsApr 1, 2020 1:00 pm672 views Cells will ramp up gene expression in response to physical forces alone, a new study finds. Gene activation, the first step of protein production, starts less than one millisecond after a cell is stretched – hundreds of times faster than chemical signals can travel, the researchers report.Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am16125 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Can relationships flourish through tech alone?Mar 31, 2020 8:45 am340 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining relationships now lacking in face time due to COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says John Caughlin, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.When warblers warn of cowbirds, blackbirds get the messageMar 31, 2020 5:00 am2360 views This is the story of three bird species and how they interact. The brown-headed cowbird plays the role of outlaw: It lays its eggs in other birds’ nests and lets them raise its young – often at the expense of the host’s nestlings. To combat this threat, yellow warblers have developed a special “seet” call that means, “Look out! Cowbird!” In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report that red-winged blackbirds respond to the seet call as if they know what it means.Teresa Cardador: My path to IllinoisMar 30, 2020 9:00 am607 views The concept of “meaningful work” isn’t something that’s found or discovered. It’s created over time through people and organizations with similar values to create meaning over time, said U. of I. labor expert Teresa Cardador in a presentation to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Survey of US academic libraries documents COVID-19 pandemic responsesMar 27, 2020 11:30 am1372 views An online survey is tracking the responses of academic libraries to the COVID-19 pandemic and providing data on their actions in real time.Girish Chowdhary: My path to IllinoisMar 26, 2020 8:00 am2196 views I was born in Mumbai, India, to parents who worked full-time. My mother, who was the first woman to work as an officer in the Maharashtra Civil Services, came in at a time when parental leave did not exist. Because of this, I spent my early years with my grandparents in Kumta, India. My grandfather was a university physics professor and instilled in me an interest and respect for science – particularly astrophysics.What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online?Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am1164 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning.What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic?Mar 26, 2020 6:45 am5360 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy.Computational human cell reveals new insight on genetic information processingMar 25, 2020 1:00 pm1311 views Researchers have developed the first computational model of a human cell and simulated its behavior for 15 minutes – the longest time achieved for a biological system of this complexity. In a new study, simulations reveal the effects of spatial organization within cells on some of the genetic processes that control the regulation and development of human traits and some human diseases.Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am2291 views Professors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, who teach only online courses and develop learning technologies, discuss the potential impact of social distancing on postsecondary distance learning.Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis, study findsMar 24, 2020 6:00 am10847 views A bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious disease affecting millions of people worldwide, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mie University in Japan.Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detectorMar 24, 2020 6:00 am2081 views Graphene-based biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient’s blood or serum. But current designs need a lot of DNA. In a new study, crumpling graphene makes it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical “hot spots,” researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found.How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions?Mar 23, 2020 2:30 pm1143 views Professor of human development and family studies Kelly Tu discusses ways parents can help children cope with the changes and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.Esther Ngumbi: My path to IllinoisMar 23, 2020 8:00 am2452 views I grew up on the Kenyan coast, in a town called Mabafweni, in Kwale County. My parents were teachers, but their income was not enough to sustain us and send us to school. So, we also farmed. I got up early every day to work on the farm before school. When I was a young person working on my family farm, I saw every year that halfway through the growing season, insects would come and take away much of our food. And then drought would come and take much of what was left. This had a big influence on me.Emotions play key role on social media during outbreaks, study suggestsMar 20, 2020 3:15 pm1041 views The role of social media in motivating people to assess their risk and alter their behavior in a disease outbreak is little-understood, but a recently published study of South Koreans during a 2015 MERS outbreak – led by Sang-Hwa Oh at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – suggests emotions might play a key part.Smoking prevalent among pregnant women enrolled in Illinois WIC program, study findsMar 18, 2020 10:00 am1456 views Despite public-awareness campaigns about the potential health risks of smoking while pregnant, more than 15% of low-income women in Illinois may be lighting up anyway, a new study suggests.COVID-19: No more face-to-face instruction, students asked to move homeMar 17, 2020 9:30 am4224 views Message from Chancellor Robert Jones discusses additional steps to follow current guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials to enact social distancing as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease.Two hormones drive anemonefish fathering, aggressionMar 16, 2020 8:15 am1071 views Two brain-signaling molecules control how anemonefish dads care for their young and respond to nest intruders, researchers report in a new study. Because there are many similarities in brain structure between fish and humans, the findings offer insight into the fundamental nature of parental care, the scientists say.2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceledMar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1512 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am859 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests.Urbana-Champaign COVID-19 message to students, faculty members, staffMar 12, 2020 9:30 am20086 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communicated Wednesday evening with students, faculty members and staff on measures the university is taking to protect the campus community in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The message discusses course delivery, travel, and university-sponsored events and meetings.Is the US ready for the 2020 census? And what's at stake for Illinois?Mar 10, 2020 10:15 am862 views A demographer who’s followed the 2020 census praises outreach and education efforts, but also raises concerns about budget delays and testing – and notes that though the count in Illinois can be challenging, it needs to be accurate to avoid losing “a lot of green” in the form of federal dollars.Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady GagaMar 10, 2020 8:15 am8148 views According to Brendan Morris, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, treehoppers are the wackiest, most astonishing bugs most people have never heard of. They are morphological wonders, sporting bizarre protuberances that look like horns, gnarled branches, antlers, fruiting fungi, brightly colored flags or dead plant leaves. To draw attention to this group, Morris named a newly discovered treehopper species after Lady Gaga, a musical performer who has her own flamboyant, shape-shifting style.Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 8:30 am1328 views Lack of paid sick time makes the U.S. acutely susceptible to a global health crises like COVID-19, and is part of the larger problem of tying health care to employment, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Veterinary infectious disease expert weighs in on coronavirus threatMar 9, 2020 8:15 am8690 views Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the new coronavirus that make it more like influenza and less like SARS or the virus that causes the especially lethal Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.Using technology during mealtime may decrease food intake, study findsMar 6, 2020 12:15 pm858 views Being distracted by technology during mealtime may decrease the amount of food a person eats, nutrition scientists suggest in a new study.Study: Daily avocado consumption improves attention in persons with overweight, obesityMar 6, 2020 9:00 am2103 views A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults with overweight and obesity, a new randomized control trial found. U of I cancels international spring break programs, domestic programs requiring air travelMar 5, 2020 3:00 pm1510 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is canceling all university-sponsored international spring break programs and all university-sponsored domestic student spring break programs that require air travel.Illinois architecture professor named AIA FellowMar 5, 2020 2:45 pm676 views Illinois architecture professor Randy Deutsch has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.Physics professor, Nobel laureate Anthony Leggett donates papers to University ArchivesMar 5, 2020 2:15 pm1542 views Anthony Leggett’s papers from more than 50 years of research and teaching will provide a window on his groundbreaking research in theoretical condensed matter physics.Ebert Film Fest will get creepy with 'Hereditary' and HitchcockMar 5, 2020 12:00 pm949 views Horror will get its due at this year’s Ebert Film Fest with “Hereditary” now in the lineup, which one critic described as “creepy beyond belief.” The 2018 film will be one of at least two from the horror genre at “Ebertfest,” with an Alfred Hitchcock classic due to be announced later along with the rest of the schedule.Illini Success report shows Illinois graduates succeeding in job placement, starting salariesMar 5, 2020 10:00 am4088 views The annual Illini Success report shows 93% of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s recent graduates found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began a volunteer program. The average salary for a full-time-employed recent graduate was $63,515, up from last year’s $60,885.Veterinarians: Dogs, too, can experience hearing lossMar 5, 2020 8:15 am640 views Just like humans, dogs are sometimes born with impaired hearing or experience hearing loss as a result of disease, inflammation, aging or exposure to noise. Dog owners and K-9 handlers ought to keep this in mind when adopting or caring for dogs, and when bringing them into noisy environments, researchers say.Native Artist Series at Krannert Art Museum presents voices, perspectives of Native artistsMar 4, 2020 2:45 pm342 views Native artists from North America will talk about their work and contemporary visual culture at three events this month at Krannert Art Museum.Author makes case for politics to those who've lost faithMar 4, 2020 9:45 am597 views It may seem incredible in an age of polarized division, but Ned O’Gorman is making a positive case for politics for those who’ve lost faith. The communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues in “Politics for Everybody” that politics is a necessity, not an option – and we know from everyday experience how to do it better, in ways not fundamentally “us versus them.”Coral reefs in Turks and Caicos Islands resist global bleaching eventMar 3, 2020 8:15 am538 views A study that relied on citizen scientists to monitor the health of corals on Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean from 2012 to 2018 found that 35 key coral species remained resilient during a 2014-17 global coral-bleaching event that harmed coral reefs around the world. Even corals that experienced bleaching quickly recovered, the researchers found. Some corals appeared healthier in 2017 than they were in 2014.Alumnus Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO and chairman, dies at 84Mar 2, 2020 1:45 pm1826 views John Francis “Jack” Welch Jr., 84, the former CEO and chairman of General Electric Co., has died. He was a chemical engineer who earned a Ph.D. in 1960 in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Coronavirus message sent today to faculty members, staff, studentsMar 2, 2020 1:15 pm9924 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today updated its faculty members, staff and students on the university's policies related to the coronavirus situation, including the immediate return of all people in Italy and the Daegu region of South Korea; restrictions of travel to those and other countries; and the offer to all study abroad participants to end their program early.Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time?Mar 2, 2020 10:00 am541 views The 2020 census kicks into high gear this month with information arriving in millions of mailboxes. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who also chairs a U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee explains why the census matters and describes challenges in making it work.Paper: Disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing poses dangers to driversMar 2, 2020 8:30 am933 views A new paper co-written by Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows that the growing traffic burden in shale energy boomtowns resulted in a surge of road fatalities and severe accidents.