blog postsLaser light show machine teaches students math, computer programmingApr 20, 2018 8:00 am227 views Laser light shows are no longer just the stage dressing for rock concerts. They’re also a fun way for local middle school students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics from educators and scientists at the University of Illinois.Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm56 views A groundbreaking ceremony for the Siebel Center for Design will take place Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. on a site located on Fourth Street between Gregory Drive and Peabody Drive, Champaign.DeathsApr 19, 2018 2:30 pm57 views Richard Francis Earl Crang ... Donald Earl Hiner ... Thomas E. Jean ... Michael Earl Schlesinger ... Leonard “Lennie” Dean Seward Sr. ... Mary Sleator Temperley ... Cora L. Williams Ngumbi honored with prestigious biology medalApr 19, 2018 2:30 pm17 views Esther Ngumbi, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois, has been selected as the Society for Experimental Biology’s SEB+ section 2018 President’s Medallist. Candidates for the medal are selected on the basis of their outstanding contribution to one of the four fields of research represented by the SEB’s four sections (SEB+, plant, cell and animal biology).MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum to feature work by art and design graduate studentsApr 19, 2018 2:15 pm136 views Krannert Art Museum will feature the work of graduate students in art and design in its MFA Exhibition, opening April 21.Former state representative, agency leader hired as director of community and government relationsApr 19, 2018 9:30 am690 views Robert Flider joins the staff of Chancellor Robert Jones effective April 23 as the director of community and government relations. The hiring is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople – and sometimes more soApr 19, 2018 8:30 am223 views A new study of trial court judges suggests these arbiters of the law sometimes let their personal ideas about gender roles influence their decision-making.Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am457 views Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.Cooler soil temperatures in mid-AprilApr 18, 2018 2:30 pm60 views Colder weather led to cooler than normal soil temperatures during the first half of April 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. Illinois joins coalition seeking greater opportunities for high-achieving low- and moderate-income studentsApr 18, 2018 11:15 am558 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of 100 top universities taking part in the American Talent Initiative, with a shared goal of increasing the recruitment, enrollment and graduation of high-achieving lower- and moderate-income students.Scholars: In #MeToo movement, lessons of restorative and transitional justice importantApr 13, 2018 9:00 am590 views A new paper from a team of U. of I. legal scholars explores restorative and transitional justice in the #MeToo movement.Four students honored by Goldwater scholarship programApr 13, 2018 8:00 am1002 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized with Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, which support students with potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. A fourth Illinois student was selected for honorable mentionRocks, moss and muddy tree rootsApr 13, 2018 7:45 am401 views It’s a summer day in June, and as my husband and I approach the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor center, I have one goal in mind: I want to see something extraordinary. At my request, the ranger at the visitor center pulls out a map, smiles and immediately points to the tallest waterfall in the area: Ramsey Cascades. Getting there will require hiking a rugged 8-mile trail that gains 2,200 feet in elevation. Our reward: a 100-foot waterfall – something you won’t find in Illinois.DeathsApr 12, 2018 4:15 pm260 views Jennifer Kee Anderson ... Joel M. Dexter ... William H. “Doc” Pirkle ... Pola Fotitch Triandis Media advisory: Audio and visual recording allowed at April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations eventApr 12, 2018 2:15 pm66 views News media attending the April 17 Chancellor’s Critical Conversations event will be allowed to record content from the session.Media advisory: Day of Service events planned for April 14Apr 12, 2018 10:00 am18 views News reporters interested in covering the sixth annual Day of Caring meal packaging event Saturday, April 14, are encouraged to go to Memorial Stadium between 10 a.m. and noon.Faculty, staff and teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionApr 12, 2018 9:45 am1274 views The University of Illinois is honoring 21 faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.Study explores carbohydrates’ impact on head, neck cancersApr 12, 2018 9:30 am831 views Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar during the year prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase patients’ risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports.Spurlock Museum Third Thursday Series: ‘University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics'Apr 12, 2018 9:15 am8 views On Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m., Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois presents the talk “University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence.” Adam Bleakney, the head coachof men's and women's track, field and racing, and Stephanie Wheeler, the head coach of women’s basketball, will discuss the program’s roots, its legacy and its continuing leadership and success in wheelchair sports. Sloan Foundation grant continuation to help U. of I. improve STEM minority representationApr 12, 2018 8:15 am248 views The University of Illinois has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue funding for the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois. The program, started in 2015, supports underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is one of nine UCEMs throughout the country.Illinois architecture professor designs transformable, adaptive structuresApr 11, 2018 8:30 am1064 views University of Illinois architecture professor Sudarshan Krishnan designs lightweight and transformable structures that can expand and collapse to adapt to a user’s needs.‘Ebertfest’ adds musical performance to follow final film ‘Rumble’Apr 10, 2018 9:30 am200 views This year’s “Ebertfest” will close with a performance by Native American artist Pura Fe following its final film, “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.”Double the traps, double the turkeysApr 10, 2018 8:45 am332 views I scan the woods around me, carefully eyeing the tree-line through the darkened windows on each side of my blind. I see no turkeys and go back to reading my book. After a few pages, I glance up again and jump in surprise as turkeys emerge over a hill in the field to my right. They are about 40 feet from the Netblaster. I text my crew to let them know our prey has arrived!DeathsApr 6, 2018 11:00 am261 views Clinton Frederick Fink ... John T. Scott ... Helen T. Smith ... Al Ricco John StasiJournalists Balz and Simon part of April 12 panel on Trump-era political reportingApr 5, 2018 10:00 am230 views Political reporting in the Trump era will be the subject of a panel discussion April 12 featuring the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and columnist Roger Simon.Six academic professionals honored with CAPE awardsApr 5, 2018 9:00 am349 views Six employees are recipients of the 2018 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards, which recognize academic professionals for their work, personal and professional contributions.New camera gives surgeons a butterfly’s-eye view of cancerApr 5, 2018 9:00 am1970 views Cancer lurking in tissue could be more easily found when looking through a butterfly’s eye.Geography professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 5, 2018 8:45 am1007 views University of Illinois professor of geography Jesse Ribot has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.Washington University expert on religion, politics to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2018 8:15 am263 views R. Marie Griffith, the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will talk about political and religious disagreements surrounding sex when she delivers the annual Majorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Illini Emergency Medical Services honored at national eventApr 4, 2018 3:00 pm29 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a program of the Illinois Fire Service Institute at Illinois, will be honored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and Masimo, a medical device manufacturer, for excellence in emergency medical services. IEMS will receive the 2018 Excellence in Fire Service-based Emergency Medical Services Award at the 30th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 19 in Washington, D.C.Willard Airport switches to a new parking systemApr 4, 2018 1:15 pm40 views A new, automated system that allows flyers to pay for parking with credit cards has replaced the parking booth at the University of Illinois Willard Airport. Customers who wish to pay with cash may pay for parking inside the terminal.Shrimp-inspired camera may enable underwater navigationApr 4, 2018 1:00 pm887 views The underwater environment may appear to the human eye as a dull-blue, featureless space. However, a vast landscape of polarization patterns appear when viewed through a camera that is designed to see the world through the eyes of many of the animals that inhabit the water. Fourth-wettest February-March on record in IllinoisApr 4, 2018 11:45 am17 views The statewide average precipitation for February-March was 8.69 inches, which made it the fourth-wettest February-March on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Website celebrates achievements of University of Illinois womenApr 4, 2018 9:15 am750 views A new website celebrates the achievements women have made during the University of Illinois’ 150-year history.Image of Research: Bare WitnessApr 4, 2018 8:15 am66 views Deaths from homicides, accidents, disasters or armed conflicts can result in unknown human remains that require identification before further investigation. To identify these remains, an anthropologist can piece together details about a person’s life from their bones. The accuracy of such anthropological methods depends on the diversity of available skeletal research collections, of which there are few around the world. August and December 2017 graduates, Dean's List honorees namedApr 4, 2018 8:15 am540 views More than 4,100 students received degrees last August and December from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 7,845 students earned Dean’s List status.Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am785 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Paper: Surprise can be an agent of social changeApr 3, 2018 8:30 am379 views Surprising someone – whether it’s by a joke or via a gasp-inducing plot twist – can be a memorable experience, but a less heralded effect is that it can provide an avenue to influence people, said Jeffrey Loewenstein, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.‘Chancellor’s Critical Conversations’ series kicks off with Native imagery discussionApr 3, 2018 8:30 am567 views The “Chancellor’s Critical Conversations” series of discussions will begin with a session on native imagery April 10, followed by an April 17 conversation on the topic of free speech.Image of Research: You are what you eatApr 3, 2018 8:15 am1055 views As a chef-turned-nutritional neuroscientist, I explore how the food we eat impacts the way we think. As a part of my graduate training, I design dietary interventions. The “cupcakes” in the image above are actually not cupcakes at all. They’re 90 percent egg powder with a dash of sugar and flour. In academic speak, they’re “tightly controlled isocaloric vessels of lutein that will serve as the intervention of a randomized control trial in preadolescents with below-average retinal lutein levels.”Artists at Krannert Art Museum want you to use your ears as well as your eyesApr 3, 2018 8:00 am176 views Artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme want you to listen to, and not just look at, their work on view at Krannert Art Museum.‘Ebertfest’ final slate includes ‘Interstellar’ in 70mm, ‘Indians who rocked the world’Apr 2, 2018 10:15 am170 views “Interstellar” in 70mm coming to 20th annual “Ebertfest,” as well as documentary on the role of American Indians in rock music.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 2, 2018 8:45 am566 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeImage of Research: Kinetic structuresApr 2, 2018 8:30 am213 views As an architecture student, I came across a whole new world of kinetic structures. I learned that almost any form can be given mobility and deployed by calculating its geometry accurately and by strategically selecting the joints to allow rotation.Federal officials urged to increase perinatal depression treatment in minority womenMar 30, 2018 10:15 am400 views Federal funding is needed to improve diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression in Latina and black women, according to University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo. Optimistic Latinos have healthier hearts, study findsMar 30, 2018 9:30 am242 views Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study of more than 4,900 Latinos in the U.S. led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.DeathsMar 29, 2018 1:00 pm258 views Kathleen L. Hornaday ... Mary Katherine Newman ... Charles P. SlichterResearchers develop model to show how bacteria grow in plumbing systemsMar 29, 2018 11:45 am972 views Bacteria in tap water can multiply when a faucet isn’t used for a few days, such as when a house is vacant over a week’s vacation, a new study from University of Illinois engineers found. The study suggests a new method to show how microbial communities, including those responsible for illnesses like Legionnaires’ disease, may assemble inside the plumbing systems of homes and public buildings20th Ebert Film Fest adds ‘The Big Lebowski’ to lineup, with ‘The Dude’ as guestMar 29, 2018 9:30 am880 views “The Big Lebowski” is coming to the 20th annual “Ebertfest,” along with the man who inspired the movie’s central character, “The Dude,” as a guest.Switzky named first director of Siebel Center for DesignMar 29, 2018 9:00 am2049 views Rachel Switzky has been selected as the inaugural director of the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Switzky, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial design at Illinois, will begin the new role June 18.