blog postsWhat are the novel coronavirus health risks?Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am0 views The novel coronavirus that first broke out in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has now spread to 48 countries. As the first case of possible community spread has been reported in the United States, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discusses how the virus spreads and what makes it a public health concern.Team deciphers how myotonic dystrophy generates lethal heart dysfunctionsFeb 27, 2020 9:00 am129 views Roughly 80% of people with myotonic dystrophy – a common form of muscular dystrophy – experience dangerous heart ailments, and heart rhythm defects are the second-leading cause of death in those with the condition. In a new study, researchers traced the molecular events that lead to heart abnormalities in myotonic dystrophy and recreated the disease in a mouse model. Firms' office locations affect recent graduates' access to high-wage job opportunitiesFeb 27, 2020 8:30 am165 views A firm’s decision on where to locate its branch offices has reverberations in higher education and students’ post-graduation upward income mobility, according to new research from U. of I. labor economist Russell Weinstein.Joint production of 'Cabaret' offers original choreography, fresh take on pre-WWII BerlinFeb 26, 2020 2:00 pm218 views The theatre, dance and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois programs are collaborating on a joint production of “Cabaret,” in recognition of their 50-year partnership with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.College of Education expanding doctoral programs in special educationFeb 26, 2020 8:00 am693 views The College of Education is expanding the capacity of its doctoral programs in special education to help address a nationwide shortage of researchers and faculty members in the field.Breaking the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testingFeb 25, 2020 8:00 am503 views Researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. By combining electron microscopy and laser heating, scientists can evaluate these materials much more quickly and inexpensively than with traditional testing.Let it snow: Researchers put cloud seeding to the testFeb 24, 2020 2:00 pm447 views Cloud seeding has become an increasingly popular practice in the western United States, where states grapple with growing demands for water. Measuring how much precipitation cloud seeding produces has been a longstanding challenge. Researchers have developed a way to use radar and other tools to more accurately measure the volume of snow produced through cloud seeding.Camera-trap study captures Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, other rare beastsFeb 24, 2020 8:15 am955 views Scientists deployed motion-sensitive camera traps across a 50-square-mile swath of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra and, over the course of eight years, recorded the haunts and habits of dozens of species, including the Sumatran tiger and other rare and endangered wildlife. Their observations offer insight into how abundant these species are and show how smaller creatures avoid being eaten by tigers and other carnivores.New CRISPR base-editing technology slows ALS progression in miceFeb 21, 2020 10:15 am1840 views A new CRISPR gene-editing method can inactivate one of the genes responsible for an inherited form of ALS, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report in a new study. The novel treatment slowed disease progression, improved muscle function and extended lifespan in mice with an aggressive form of ALS.U of I among top producers of Fulbright awardsFeb 20, 2020 8:00 am3241 views For the ninth time in the past 10 years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Thirteen students from the Urbana campus received Fulbright awards for the 2019-20 academic year.Ebert Film Fest to feature remastered 'Cotton Club,' Farrelly brothers comedyFeb 19, 2020 1:00 pm615 views A remastered “Cotton Club,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” will be featured as part of this year’s Roger Ebertfest’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.”Insect Fear Film Festival examines insects' close relatives: crustaceansFeb 18, 2020 11:45 am560 views The 2020 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature crustaceans, which share a common ancestor with insects.Hospital-level policies key to maximizing benefits, managing costs of robot-assisted surgeryFeb 18, 2020 8:30 am600 views Robot-assisted surgery is a major advancement in minimally invasive surgical care delivery, making it imperative for hospitals to codify policies that leverage the quality benefits while managing the cost, says Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois who studies innovation in health care.Yearlong series brings prominent authors to campusFeb 17, 2020 1:15 pm1635 views A U.S. poet laureate, best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize winners are among the writers coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for “A Year of Creative Writers.”U of I student diagnosed with bacterial meningitisFeb 14, 2020 5:45 pm804 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and has been hospitalized for treatment. There is not believed to be a continued risk to others in the community.Historic Latinx murals return to campus Feb. 21Feb 14, 2020 8:15 am430 views Murals removed for restoration from the former home of the department of Latina/Latino studies and La Casa Cultural Latina will be reintroduced to the university and the local community in a pair of events Feb. 21. A reinstallation at the Illini Union will be permanent, while another display at Spurlock Museum is expected to remain for a decade.Trio honored Feb. 24 for investigation of Zhang caseFeb 13, 2020 1:15 pm1298 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert J. Jones will honor three Division of Public Safety employees Feb. 24 with the Chancellor’s Medallion for their investigation of the June 2017 disappearance of visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.Some bariatric surgery patients don't sense heightened blood alcohol levelsFeb 13, 2020 1:15 pm1042 views A study of 55 women found that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy weight-loss surgeries may dramatically change patients’ sensitivity to and absorption of alcohol.Building trust in a market for women vendorsFeb 13, 2020 8:15 am184 views This market street, like many others in the city, bustles with activity on a cold December morning as men and women set up shops on the sidewalks for the rest of the day. But something sets this market apart from the rest. This Sunday market is a mahila bazaar, a retail zone set aside for women vendors only. Two Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 12, 2020 9:00 am1702 views Two University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This honor is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early career researchers. Book examines dangers of reading for young men in late 19th-century FranceFeb 11, 2020 9:00 am742 views Excessive reading by young men was seen as a cause of declining virility and of the perceived national decline in fin-de-siècle France.Survey measured student experiences of sexual misconduct, university's responseFeb 10, 2020 8:30 am407 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign released its third survey of student experiences of sexual misconduct and the university’s response to those incidents. The Sexual Misconduct and Perceived Campus Response Survey was administered previously in 2015 and 2017.Sottos elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 7, 2020 1:00 pm2450 views Nancy Sottos, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She is one of 87 new members and 18 international members announced by the Academy on Feb. 6.Paper: Historical roots of birthright citizenship traced to demand for workersFeb 6, 2020 8:30 am555 views Birthright citizenship has served pragmatic economic purposes by giving the U.S. a competitive labor advantage, said Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Immigration justice talk part of CAS Abolition InitiativeFeb 5, 2020 12:00 pm343 views Activist organizers will talk about their work opposing detentions, deportations and criminalization of immigrant communities in a panel discussion. It is part of the Center for Advanced Study’s Abolition Initiative.Hybrid microscope could bring digital biopsy to the clinicFeb 5, 2020 10:30 am1077 views By adding infrared capability to the ubiquitous, standard optical microscope, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope to bring cancer diagnosis into the digital era.German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote addressFeb 5, 2020 9:30 am550 views A German diplomat based in Chicago but recently posted in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine will speak on “The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism” as part of the annual European Union Day on Feb. 21 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Focus on context diminishes memory of negative events, researchers reportFeb 5, 2020 8:45 am669 views In a new study, researchers report they can manipulate how the brain encodes and retains emotional memories. The scientists found that focusing on the neutral details of a disturbing scene can weaken a person’s later memories – and negative impressions – of that scene.Book examines pope’s environmental encyclical, how religion can address climate changeFeb 3, 2020 12:45 pm424 views Robert McKim, a professor emeritus of religion, edited a book of essays examining the issues raised by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical calling for protection of Earth and its environment.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1371 views As many newspapers decline and disappear – highlighted by two Chicago Tribune reporters recently sounding the alarm about a perceived threat to the Trib – a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign touts the growth and viability of nonprofits and other alternatives.Jill Ellis, coach with most wins in U.S. soccer history, named 2020 commencement speakerJan 30, 2020 10:00 am5192 views Jill Ellis, the head coach of the first women’s soccer team at Illinois who later won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will be the 2020 commencement speaker at Illinois.Study: Tasting no-calorie sweetener may affect insulin response on glucose tolerance testJan 29, 2020 11:15 am1776 views Simply tasting or consuming sucralose may affect blood glucose and insulin levels on glucose tolerance tests, scientists at the University of Illinois found in a new study.Team creates game-based virtual archaeology field schoolJan 29, 2020 8:00 am1587 views Before they can get started at their field site – a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts – 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport. This is ANTH 399, a course designed to bring the archaeological field school experience to undergraduate students who never leave campus.Reading history in the soilJan 28, 2020 8:30 am460 views “Huh.” Looking down at the material in the glass beaker, I’m perplexed. I’m trying to determine the ratio of silt to clay in my sample and something isn’t right. The sediments in my beaker came from the floor of a religious shrine in Cahokia, an ancient Native American metropolis that grew up in and around present-day St. Louis, 900-1,000 years ago.Media advisory: Coronavirus forum on campus Tuesday to discuss local responseJan 27, 2020 2:15 pm2576 views A panel of local health officials will discuss the coordinated local response to the global coronavirus concern at a 9 a.m. forum Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Fire Service Institute, 11 Gerty Drive, Champaign. Experts will be available onsite for media interviews.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am826 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”Illinois professor emerita, former professor awarded NEA translation fellowshipsJan 24, 2020 9:00 am436 views Elizabeth Lowe, the founding director of the University of Illinois’ Center for Translation Studies, and Armine Kotin Mortimer, a professor emerita of French literature, will translate works that are not available in English.Researchers expand microchip capability with new 3D inductor technologyJan 23, 2020 12:15 pm1839 views Smaller is better when it comes to microchips, researchers said, and by using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform, developers can use up to 100 times less chip space. A team of engineers has boosted the performance of its previously developed 3D inductor technology by adding as much as three orders of magnitudes more induction to meet the performance demands of modern electronic devices.What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe?Jan 23, 2020 10:30 am3906 views The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. Virologist Leyi Wang, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discussed the outbreak of the new strain with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?Jan 23, 2020 9:30 am191 views Receiving the earned income tax credit in installments rather than a lump sum benefitted more than 500 families living in Chicago public housing, U. of I. researcher Karen Kramer's team found in a new study.New understanding of condensation could lead to better power plant condenser, de-icing materialsJan 23, 2020 8:15 am806 views For decades, it’s been understood that water repellency is needed for surfaces to shed condensation buildup – like the droplets of water that form in power plant condensers to reduce pressure. New research shows that the necessity of water repellency is unclear and that the slipperiness between the droplets and solid surface appears to be more critical to the clearing of condensation. This development has implications for the costs associated with power generation and technologies like de-icing surfaces for power lines and aircraft.Book chronicles history of gender-neutral pronouns, from Shakespeare to emailJan 22, 2020 12:00 pm1219 views Dennis Baron (he/him/his), a University of Illinois professor emeritus of English, writes about the history of pronoun use and how we adapt the language to fit our circumstances.Ancient and modern intersect in 'Hive' exhibition at Krannert Art MuseumJan 21, 2020 9:00 am1996 views “Hive” – a combination of 18-foot-tall inflatable sculptures and an immersive sound installation – is on view for the coming year at Krannert Art Musem.New study examines mortality costs of air pollution in USJan 21, 2020 8:30 am904 views Scholars from the Gies College of Business at Illinois – from left, Julian Reif, Tatyana Deryugina, David Molitor and Nolan Miller – studied the effects of acute fine particulate matter exposure on mortality, health care use and medical costs among older Americans through Medicare data and changes in local wind direction.Advanced polymers help streamline water purification, environmental remediationJan 21, 2020 8:00 am1092 views It takes a lot of energy to collect, clean and dispose of contaminated water. Some contaminants, like arsenic, occur in low concentrations, calling for even more energy-intensive selective removal processes.Program for parents aims to help youths with autism successfully transition to adulthoodJan 16, 2020 10:30 am2666 views A 12-week training program will be offered in Naperville, Illinois, for parents of youths and young adults with autism so they can help their children successfully transition to adulthood.Illinois music professor awarded NEH FellowshipJan 15, 2020 12:30 pm1090 views Music professor Christina Bashford was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a project examining violin culture in Britain.Researchers gain control over internal structure of self-assembled composite materialsJan 15, 2020 12:00 pm1023 views Composites made from self-assembling inorganic materials are valued for their unique strength and thermal, optical and magnetic properties. However, because self-assembly can be difficult to control, the structures formed can be highly disordered, leading to defects during large-scale production. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan have developed a templating technique that instills greater order and gives rise to new 3D structures in a special class of materials, called eutectics, to form new, high-performance materials.Study: 'Value instantiation' key to luxury brands' embrace of corporate social responsibilityJan 13, 2020 8:30 am334 views Although luxury brands and social responsibility seem fundamentally inconsistent with each other, the two entities can coexist in the mind of the consumer, provided the brand can find someone – typically, a celebrity – who successfully embodies the two conflicting value sets, says new research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois.The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am868 views An expert on the growing role of drones in warfare and terrorism discusses the implications of the recent killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani in a Q&A.