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.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.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.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.Rocks, 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.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.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.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!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.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. 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. 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.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.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.Researchers 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 buildings‘Gathering’ concert series features new music to celebrate sesquicentennialMar 29, 2018 9:00 am366 views The University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will perform a new composition written to celebrate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial in April concerts at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Urbana’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Interdisciplinary theater piece gives glimpse into world of quantum physicsMar 28, 2018 8:45 am759 views “Quantum Voyages,” an interdisciplinary theater piece created by University of Illinois physics and theatre professors, gives a glimpse into the strange world of quantum physics.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm843 views Gender differences in vocational interests increase drastically during puberty but tend to decrease across the lifespan, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study.Team brings subatomic resolution to computational microscopeMar 26, 2018 10:00 am1932 views Scientists have built a “computational microscope” that can simulate the atomic and subatomic forces that drive molecular interactions. This tool will streamline efforts to understand the chemistry of life, model large molecular systems and develop new pharmaceutical and industrial agents, the researchers say.Decision-making is shaped by individual differences in the functional brain connectomeMar 16, 2018 10:15 am1314 views Each day brings with it a host of decisions to be made, and each person approaches those decisions differently. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that these individual differences are associated with variation in specific brain networks – particularly those related to executive, social and perceptual processes.Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matterMar 14, 2018 1:00 pm3387 views Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first experimental findings to validate this theory.Paper: Changes in NFL mirror changes in modern workplaceMar 14, 2018 9:00 am753 views The NFL has reflected the changing dynamics of the modern U.S. workplace due to the football-workplace connection that was forged during the sport’s early years, said Daniel A. Gilbert, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois and an expert who studies the cultural and labor history of sports.Researchers tap problematic e-waste surplus to recover high-quality polymersMar 14, 2018 8:30 am1363 views Mixed-plastic electronics waste could be a valuable source of reusable polymers, a new study led by Illinois Sustainability Technology Center scientists suggests. The team has developed the first energy-efficient and environmentally friendly process that separates mixed polymers so that they can be recycled into new, high-quality plastic products.Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am1347 views By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. They hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they growMar 12, 2018 8:45 am2072 views A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers. Study yields more than a million new cyclic compounds, some with pharmaceutical potentialMar 12, 2018 8:30 am636 views Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in disease. The new compounds have cyclic structures that give them stability and enhance their ability to bind to their targets. Job of a Congress member not one size fits all, authors findMar 6, 2018 10:30 am585 views The job of a Congress member is not one size fits all, say two U. of I. political scientists. In fact, there are five "legislative styles."Tarantulas in a pickle jarMar 5, 2018 4:15 pm825 views Storing your dead tarantulas in a gallon-sized pickle jar is not the best solution to long-term preservation. Especially when those tarantulas are toe-tagged – like corpses in a morgue. But that’s what I find this morning when I open one of the dozens of metal storage cabinets in the chilly insect collection: a pickle jar full of tarantulas.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1301 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundIllinois theatre department, alumni celebrating program’s 50th anniversaryMar 1, 2018 8:45 am544 views The University of Illinois theatre department is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events March 3-5.Virtual predator is self-aware, behaves like living counterpartMar 1, 2018 8:30 am2193 views Scientists report in the journal eNeuro that they’ve built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, “Cyberslug,” reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does.Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology conceptsFeb 28, 2018 8:30 am355 views Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine have found that creating short videos that explain information presented during physiology lectures makes teaching easier for medical educators and learning easier for their students.Individual quantum dots imaged in 3-D for first timeFeb 27, 2018 9:15 am420 views Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2-D images to help reconstruct a 3-D picture. The method demonstrates imaging of individual nanoparticles at different orientations while in a laser-induced excited state.Illinois professor uses big data to research history of gender in fictionFeb 27, 2018 9:00 am516 views A big data research study by a University of Illinois professor shows a decline in the prominence of female characters in fiction and in the number of female authors from the 19th century to the 20th century.Scientists seeking rare river crayfish aren't just kicking rocksFeb 27, 2018 8:30 am589 views As far as anyone can tell, the cold-water crayfish Faxonius eupunctus makes its home in a 30-mile stretch of the Eleven Point River and nowhere else in the world. According to a new study, the animal is most abundant in the middle part its range, a rocky expanse in southern Missouri – with up to 35,000 cubic feet of chilly Ozark river water flowing by each second.Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years laterFeb 26, 2018 8:15 am2551 views A new study links doing one’s homework, being interested and behaving responsibly in high school to better academic and career success as many as 50 years later. This effect, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, holds true even after accounting for parental income, IQ and other factors known to influence achievement, researchers report.Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1303 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenNeuroimaging reveals lasting brain deficits in iron-deficient pigletsFeb 20, 2018 4:30 pm637 views Iron deficiency in the first four weeks of a piglet’s life – equivalent to roughly four months in a human infant – impairs the development of key brain structures, scientists report. The abnormalities remain even after weeks of iron supplementation begun later in life, the researchers found.Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am398 views Depictions of medical doctors in comics have become less stereotypical and more realistic, says Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois professor of information sciences and a comics historian and scholar.Paper: 'Pseudo-contract' creeps into digital terms and conditionsFeb 20, 2018 8:15 am624 views The boilerplate text that nobody reads when signing up for an online service has very tenuous legal footing, said Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois legal scholar and internationally recognized expert in contract law.Emancipated blacks often targeted for relocation to the tropicsFeb 19, 2018 10:45 am363 views Every significant emancipation of black enslaved people in North America came with plans to relocate them to tropical areas, says a U. of I. historian.Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists thinkFeb 19, 2018 10:00 am968 views Geologic activity within stable portions of Earth’s uppermost layer may have occurred more recently than previously believed.