blog postsInterweaving technology and traditionJun 19, 2019 9:00 am0 views The MakerBot on my desk is making sounds like waves on a beach. Back and forth, back and forth, it gradually builds up my design in layers. My work focuses on the cosmogony and mythology of Zapotecan motifs. I am especially captivated by the fretwork designs of the archaeological site of Mitla, Oaxaca in Mexico.Aggressive, non-native wetland plants squelch species richness more than dominant natives doJun 19, 2019 8:30 am0 views Dominant, non-native plants reduce wetland biodiversity and abundance more than native plants do, researchers report in the journal Ecology Letters. Even native plants that dominate wetland landscapes play better with others, the team found.Biochar may boost carbon storage, but benefits to germination and growth appear scantJun 19, 2019 8:15 am0 views Biochar may not be the miracle soil additive that many farmers and researchers hoped it to be, according to a new University of Illinois study. Biochar may boost the agricultural yield of some soils – especially poor quality ones – but there is no consensus on its effectiveness. Researchers tested different soils’ responses to multiple biochar types and were unable to verify their ability to increase plant growth. However, the study did show biochar’s ability to affect soil greenhouse gas emissions.Mid-June soils cooler, wetterJun 18, 2019 1:15 pm13 views Soil temperatures are increasing after a cooling period the second week of June, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.New insight from Great Barrier Reef coral provides correction factor to global climate recordsJun 18, 2019 9:45 am214 views Newly developed geological techniques help uncover the most accurate and high-resolution climate records to date, according to a new study. The research finds that the standard practice of using modern and fossil coral to measure sea-surface temperatures may not be as straightforward as originally thought. By combining high-resolution microscopic techniques and geochemical modeling, researchers are using the formational history of Porites coral skeletons to fine-tune the records used to make global climate predictions.Does more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois?Jun 18, 2019 8:45 am128 views Experts have ranked May 2019 as one of the wettest Mays on record in central Illinois. Is it possible that the incidence of mosquito-borne illnesses increases with the amount of rainfall? To find out, News Bureau science writer Ananya Sen asked Brian F. Allan, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois.A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigateJun 18, 2019 8:45 am117 views If current climate and crop-improvement trends continue into the future, Midwestern corn growers who today rely on rainfall to water their crops will need to irrigate their fields, a new study finds. This could draw down aquifers, disrupt streams and rivers, and set up conflicts between agricultural and other human and ecological needs for water, scientists say.U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grantsJun 18, 2019 8:30 am1396 views Thirteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni accepted Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year, providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences.Scholar: Navigating parental rights in juvenile cases fraught with challengesJun 18, 2019 8:00 am43 views Courts have consistently affirmed that parents and guardians have significant latitude in making decisions on how to raise children. But in the juvenile justice context, the traditional role of parental authority has been supplanted or nearly eliminated by the child’s attorney, said Margareth Etienne, a professor of law at Illinois.DeathsJun 13, 2019 2:15 pm171 views Amy M. Blue-Short ... Joyce A. Butsch ... Kenneth Morris Davidson ... Virginia Guthrie ... Jean M. Jessee ... Ralph A. Smith ... William Murphy Tilton ... Harry C. Triandis ... Sherry Marie Weaver ... Jefferey “Jeff” Allen WelchStudy: Irritable bowel syndrome may be underdiagnosed in athletesJun 13, 2019 11:45 am536 views Gastrointestinal problems are common among endurance athletes, and many of them may be struggling with undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome, a new study by University of Illinois food scientists suggests.Bannon named executive director of Willard AirportJun 13, 2019 10:00 am383 views Tim Bannon will become the executive director of the University of Illinois Willard Airport in Savoy. Bannon, currently serving as the airport’s interim executive director, replaces Gene Cossey, who left in February for a similar position in Tennessee.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, SandburgJun 12, 2019 9:00 am633 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones.What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am319 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights.Garrick selected campus's first vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusionJun 11, 2019 10:00 am1132 views The U. of I. selected Sean Garrick to the new senior-level position of vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.Commission on Native Imagery report releasedJun 7, 2019 10:00 am112 views The final report from the Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation's is available online.'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout'Jun 6, 2019 4:15 pm189 views “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus.DeathsJun 6, 2019 1:30 pm132 views John C. Hough Jr. ... Janet D. Knesek (nee Scott) ... Joseph “Joe” Konitzki ... Richard Newport Wright III Researchers develop fast, efficient way to build amino acid chainsJun 6, 2019 8:30 am486 views Researchers report that they have developed a faster, easier and cheaper method for making new amino acid chains – the polypeptide building blocks that are used in drug development and industry – than was previously available. The new approach purifies the amino acid precursors and builds the polypeptides at the same time, unlike previous methods in which the processes were separate, laborious and time-consuming.Free Research Park concert features Alma Afrobeat EnsembleJun 5, 2019 1:15 pm76 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development LLC and the University of Illinois present a free summer concert featuring the Barcelona, Spain-based Alma Afrobeat Ensembleat 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, in Research Park.Last month the third-wettest May in Illinois historyJun 4, 2019 12:15 pm97 views Some areas of Illinois experienced record-breaking amounts of rain in May, as statewide totals mark the sixth consecutive month with above average rainfall, 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.'Citizen scientists' help track foxes, coyotes in urban areasJun 4, 2019 8:15 am307 views As foxes and coyotes adapt to urban landscapes, the potential for encounters with humans necessarily goes up. A team of scientists is taking advantage of this fact to enlist the eyeballs and fingertips of humans – getting them to report online what they see in their own neighborhoods and parks.'Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world'Jun 3, 2019 1:30 pm66 views Through the centuries, people have devised imaginative puzzles to test our wits. Three-dimensional puzzles crafted of wood, metal, plastic and other durable materials are designed to be taken apart, rearranged or untangled. The exhibit “Fall to pieces: Ingenious mechanical puzzles from around the world,” debuts June 4 at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and runs through July 21.U. of I. student selected for Fulbright Summer Institute in LondonMay 30, 2019 3:30 pm400 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois freshman Ari Kelo, a graduate of Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, will join a three-week summer program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of the Fulbright Summer Institute, an initiative of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission.University of Illinois students receive Critical Language ScholarshipsMay 30, 2019 3:15 pm486 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 am224 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 am336 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 am1660 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 am246 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 am19604 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 pm96 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 am694 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 am400 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 pm187 views Eleven faculty members were honored with the Provost’s Campus Distinguished PromotionAward for 2019.DeathsMay 24, 2019 1:00 pm71 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 pm2475 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 pm173 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 am1760 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 pm362 views Robert W. McClearyU of I System transfers Research Park oversight to Urbana campusMay 16, 2019 12:30 pm397 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 am521 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 am235 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 am1006 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 pm296 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 pm654 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 pm261 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 am577 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 am551 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 pm67 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.