blog postsAcademic professionals honored with CAPE awards for 2021, 2020Apr 15, 2021 8:15 am836 views A total of 12 academic professionals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were honored this week with the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award, encompassing the 2020 and 2021 award cycles. The award recognizes academic professionals for their work, personal and professional contributions.K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemicApr 14, 2021 2:15 pm442 views A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university.Channel migration plays leading role in river network evolution, study findsApr 14, 2021 10:00 am278 views Satellite views of Earth’s major river systems reveal their familiar treelike drainage patterns. The pattern – called dendritic – and its prevalence suggests that it may be the optimal state in which rivers exist. Challenged by the knowledge that numerical models of drainage evolution have yet to substantiate this assumption, researchers are now thinking of rivers as existing in a persistent reorganizational state instead of being in a set, stable configuration. Understanding this has implications for land use and infrastructure management decisions.Three Illinois researchers receive ACLS FellowshipsApr 12, 2021 2:45 pm360 views Bobby Smith II, a professor of African American studies; Retika Adhikari Desai, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies; and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies, are 2021 ACLS Fellows.Social comparisons with similar people determine income's effect on happinessApr 12, 2021 2:15 pm181 views It’s the ability to compare ourselves with people of similar backgrounds who earn more and others who earn less that determines our level of happiness in states that have high wealth inequality, U. of I. sociologist Tim Liao found.Young adults may provide care for older relatives much more frequently than thoughtApr 12, 2021 9:30 am352 views Young adults and teens may provide care for adult relatives much more often than previously thought, according to a new study, though they worry about detriments to educational or career goals and would like more training and support. Illinois history professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 9, 2021 1:15 pm394 views History professor Kevin Mumford has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Mumford studies race, politics and sexuality in America.Team cracks eggs for scienceApr 8, 2021 8:00 am254 views Avian brood parasites lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species, forcing the hosts to do the hard work of raising the unrelated young. A team of scientists wanted to simulate the task of piercing an egg – a tactic that only a minority of host birds use to help grasp and eject the foreign eggs. Published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the study offers insight into some of the physical challenges the discriminating host birds face.Four Illinois students honored with Goldwater scholarshipsApr 6, 2021 11:30 am1300 views Four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.Study links prenatal phthalate exposure to altered information processing in infantsApr 6, 2021 7:30 am17212 views Researchers have found evidence linking pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates to altered cognitive outcomes in their infants.New 3D microbatteries stand up to industry standard thin-film counterpartsApr 5, 2021 8:00 am897 views The thin-film lithium-ion batteries used in microdevices such as portable and medical electronics may supply a good amount of power relative to their mass, but do not provide enough power for many devices due to their limited size. Researchers have introduced a fabrication process that builds microbatteries with thick, 3D electrodes using lithography and electrodeposition – and seals each unit in a gel electrolyte-filled package. The new prototype shows the highest peak power density of any reported microbatteries, the researchers said.Hubble Space Telescope spots double quasars in merging galaxiesApr 1, 2021 10:00 am781 views NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is seeing double, uncovering two very close pairs of quasars that existed 10 billion years ago. The objects are close together because astronomers believe they resided in a pair of merging galaxies.Illinois composer's new work, performed by the Jupiter String Quartet, depicts pandemic experienceApr 1, 2021 9:00 am758 views Illinois music professor Stephen Andrew Taylor writes music that represents scientific data, including some of the coronavirus proteins.Connecting a virus to cancer – in sea lionsMar 31, 2021 8:00 am364 views I distinctly remember the first day I saw the images proving our hypothesis about the connection between a herpesvirus and urogenital cancer in wild California sea lions. Our research team was the first to use a revolutionary technique to probe preserved cancerous tissue from marine mammals as we looked for signals of specific viral genes. And we found them: Wherever there was tumor, there also was a strong signal of multiple cancer-promoting viral genes, called oncogenes. There were no viral genes in the adjacent cancer-free tissue. This meant that the virus clearly played a role in cancer development and was not merely a bystander in the animals’ reproductive tracts.Partisan media sites may not sway opinions, but erode trust in mainstream pressMar 29, 2021 11:15 am571 views A study of 1,037 internet users during the 2018-19 U.S. midterm election found that partisan media don't change readers’ politics but can undermine their trust in the mainstream press.Illinois poet's new work uses Gettysburg battlefield to reflect on race, national identityMar 29, 2021 9:15 am333 views English professor Christopher Kempf examines how history gets remembered and reproduced through art.Study: Rapid bulk-testing for COVID-19 key to reopening universitiesMar 29, 2021 8:00 am971 views A new paper co-written by business professors Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee and Sridhar Seshadri shows that rapid bulk-testing for COVID-19 along with other standard mitigation measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing were the keys to successfully reopening college campuses during the pandemic.Machine learning helps spot gait problems in individuals with multiple sclerosisMar 26, 2021 11:00 am1892 views Monitoring the progression of multiple sclerosis-related gait issues can be challenging in adults over 50 years old, requiring a clinician to differentiate between problems related to MS and other age-related issues. To address this problem, researchers are integrating gait data and machine learning to advance the tools used to monitor and predict disease progression.Fast-acting, color-changing molecular probe senses when a material is about to failMar 25, 2021 12:00 pm1028 views Materials that contain special polymer molecules may someday be able to warn us when they are about to fail, researchers said. Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have improved their previously developed force-sensitive molecules, called mechanophores, to produce reversible, rapid and vibrant color change when a force is applied.Illinois researchers to digitally preserve history of live musical performances, including Krannert Center eventsMar 25, 2021 11:45 am877 views The digital scholarship project involving University of Illinois and U.K. researchers will work with materials from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Women, minority representation on Illinois corporate boards lags, study saysMar 25, 2021 8:30 am517 views A new report from labor and employment relations professors Richard A. Benton and Eunmi Mun shows women and nonwhite minorities remain largely underrepresented as corporate board members in the state of Illinois relative to the state’s demographics and their respective industries, but also highlights several promising policies and practices that firms can adopt to help reduce the disparity.More protein doesn't mean more strength in resistance-trained middle-aged adultsMar 25, 2021 7:30 am3006 views A 10-week muscle-building and dietary program involving 50 middle-aged adults found no evidence that eating a high-protein diet increased strength or muscle mass more than consuming a moderate amount of protein while training. The intervention involved a standard strength-training protocol with sessions three times per week. None of the participants had previous weightlifting experience.How does COVID-19 affect the heart?Mar 23, 2021 8:30 am908 views While many think of COVID-19 as primarily a respiratory disease, its effects on the heart contribute to nearly 40% of deaths – and can strike even healthy children and athletes, says Mariam Bonyadi Camacho, a student in the medical scholars program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Camacho co-wrote a recent report on the coronavirus’ cardiac effects, both short- and long-term. She discussed the risks to heart health and possible treatments in an interview. Vaccine study now open for student enrollmentMar 22, 2021 11:15 am2529 views Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April 1.Electronic health record system increases clinicians' cognitive workload, study findsMar 22, 2021 10:15 am4400 views Adopting a new electronic health records system doubled the amount of cognitive effort clinicians at two urgent care clinics expended during the first six months after implementation, researchers found in a recent study.Biography of Egyptian queen shows her influence on Cairo's architectureMar 22, 2021 9:30 am501 views Book uses female sultan’s story to examine the cultural history of medieval-era Cairo and the influence of women in the Islamic world.New book studies intersection of psychology, environmental lawMar 22, 2021 8:00 am725 views A new book from a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign legal scholars considers the unlikely intersection of environmental law and psychology. Arden Rowell, right, and Kenworthey Bilz are co-authors of “The Psychology of Environmental Law,” which explores and analyzes the theoretical and practical payoffs of pollution control, ecosystem management, and climate change law and policy when psychological insights are considered.Microscope that detects individual viruses could power rapid diagnosticsMar 19, 2021 11:30 am1162 views A fast, low-cost technique to see and count viruses or proteins from a sample in real time, without any chemicals or dyes, could underpin a new class of devices for rapid diagnostics and viral load monitoring, including HIV and the virus that causes COVID-19.Illinois researchers awarded grants through new NEH-UK joint digital scholarship programMar 19, 2021 9:00 am910 views The projects aim to advance digital scholarship and find new ways of sharing culture.Study: Black bears are eating pumas' lunchMar 19, 2021 8:00 am1324 views A camera-trap study in the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California reveals that black bears are adept at finding and stealing the remains of adult deer killed by pumas. This “kleptoparasitism” by bears, as scientists call it, reduces the calories pumas consume in seasons when the bears are most active. Perhaps in response to this shortage, the pumas hunt more often and eat more small game when the bears are not in hibernation.Program focused on systemic racial inequities, injustices seeks proposals from local researchersMar 18, 2021 1:00 pm290 views The Call to Action Research Program, initiated by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones to address structures of racism and injustice, is seeking proposals from the Urbana campus and the local community.August and December graduates, Dean's List honorees namedMar 17, 2021 8:00 am22515 views The University of Illinois lists the 10,867 students named to the Dean’s List in December, as well as the 3,428 December graduates and 1,626 August graduates.Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite COVID-19 pandemicMar 16, 2021 10:00 am2274 views Recent University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates still found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years – despite the global pandemic. The sixth annual Illini Success report was released today.Not just CO2: Rising temperatures also alter photosynthesis in a changing climateMar 16, 2021 8:00 am1932 views A new review explores how increasing temperatures influence plant growth and viability despite the higher concentrations of atmospheric CO2.University surpasses $2.25B fundraising goal a year early; campaign will continueMar 11, 2021 11:15 am803 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s “With Illinois” philanthropic campaign has met its $2.25 billion mark in gifts and commitments, but the campaign will continue in light of a variety of ongoing needs.'Hunker down' stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoodsMar 11, 2021 9:00 am999 views The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago. The changes in stress-related gene expression reflect the body’s “hunker down” response to long-term threat. This has implications for health outcomes in communities of color and other marginalized populations, said researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators.Paper: Personal charitable donation budgets flexible in aftermath of deadly stormsMar 11, 2021 8:00 am378 views New research co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors Tatyana Deryugina and Benjamin M. Marx finds that people’s “altruism budget” for charitable giving is flexible and can expand.Study compares discrimination claims of younger and older Americans with cancerMar 10, 2021 8:00 am482 views Researchers assessed the employment discrimination claims made by younger and older American adults with cancer and found substantial differences in the nature – and outcomes – of their claims.'Whiteness' undermines efforts to address systemic racism in public educationMar 9, 2021 3:15 pm1812 views Few educational leaders emerge from college and professional development programs fully prepared to address the systemic racism they encounter in public education, according to a study by U. of I. scholar Nathan Tanner.University to hold stage-crossing experience for 2020, 2021 graduatesMar 9, 2021 10:00 am6748 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is planning an in-person individual, private stage-crossing experience for 2020 and 2021 graduates May 10–17. Graduates may register for a time slot to cross a stage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while their name is announced. COVID-19 safety protocols will apply.Veterans see positive changes in emotional resilience after interventionMar 8, 2021 11:00 pm422 views A six-week training program designed to strengthen resilience against emotional distress in military veterans was associated with positive changes in brain function and increased confidence in their ability to regulate emotions, researchers report.Cheap, nontoxic carbon nanodots poised to be quantum dots of the futureMar 8, 2021 2:00 pm881 views Tiny fluorescent semiconductor dots, called quantum dots, are useful in a variety of health and electronic technologies but are made of toxic, expensive metals. Nontoxic and economic carbon-based dots are easy to produce, but they emit less light. A new study that uses ultrafast nanometric imaging found good and bad emitters among populations of carbon dots. This observation suggests that by selecting only super-emitters, carbon nanodots can be purified to replace toxic metal quantum dots in many applications, the researchers said.Illinois music student part of Grammy-nominated ensembleMar 5, 2021 8:45 am2404 views Sophia Byrd, a University of Illinois senior studying lyric theatre, performed in the oratorio “Place,” nominated for two Grammy Awards.University among top producers of Fulbright US Student AwardsMar 3, 2021 3:15 pm1716 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, as announced recently by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.Mobile app helps young adults talk with friends about risky drug, alcohol useMar 3, 2021 2:00 pm774 views A smartphone app called Harbor, created by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, teaches young adults how to talk to a peer if they are concerned about that other person’s drinking or drug use.Author looks at portrayals of slavery beyond questions of freedomMar 2, 2021 9:30 am437 views Scholars should look at the complexity of slaves’ relationships and the meaning they created through artistic expression, rather than just their acts of political resistance.Division of labor within regenerating liver maintains metabolism, mouse study findsMar 1, 2021 2:00 pm609 views The liver has a rare superpower among body organs – the ability to regenerate, even if 70% of its mass is removed. It also keeps up its metabolic and toxin-removing work during the process of regeneration, thanks to a subset of cells that expand their workload while the rest focus on multiplication, a new study in mice found.Do labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy?Mar 1, 2021 8:00 am1362 views The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would be the most significant revision of U.S. labor law since 1947, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.University updates COVID-19 dashboard to enhance transparencyFeb 26, 2021 12:30 pm465 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign updated its COVID-19 dashboard to add more data points and greater detail.Short-term climate modeling forecasts drought for Southeast USFeb 25, 2021 7:45 am1292 views Many climate models focus on scenarios decades into the future, making their outcomes seem unreliable and problematic for decision-making in the immediate future. In a proactive move, researchers are using short-term forecasts to stress the urgency of drought risk in the United States and inform policymakers’ actions now.