blog postsEbert Symposium to feature film director Gregory NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm193 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois.Illinois Architecture reveals presence and progress of women in the professionSep 19, 2019 8:45 am541 views A Women’s Reunion and Symposium at the School of Architecture will recognize the contributions of female architecture graduates.Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nervesSep 16, 2019 2:00 pm1343 views Researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light – bringing mechanical engineering one step closer to developing autonomous biobots.Five professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campusSep 12, 2019 10:45 am2230 views Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Research tracks narcissism from young adulthood to middle ageSep 11, 2019 8:15 am825 views The belief that one is smarter, better looking, more successful and more deserving than others – a personality trait known as narcissism – tends to wane as a person matures, a new study confirms. But not for everyone, and not to the same extent.Endangered animals project looks at tigers, habitat loss, climate changeSep 10, 2019 8:45 am375 views University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver will present “TIGER” this fall. It’s the fifth performance in his project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” telling stories about endangered animals and habitats.Researchers unveil new volcanic eruption forecasting techniqueSep 10, 2019 7:00 am611 views Volcanic eruptions and their ash clouds pose a significant hazard to population centers and air travel, especially those that show few to no signs of unrest beforehand. Geologists are now using a technique traditionally used in weather and climate forecasting to develop new eruption forecasting models. By testing if the models are able to capture the likelihood of past eruptions, the researchers are making strides in the science of volcanic forecastingEbert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm375 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment.OCCRL hosts conference on racial justice, equitable outcomes in higher educationSep 9, 2019 9:00 am564 views Racial justice on community college campuses is the focal point of an upcoming institute in San Diego, the third such conference organized by the U. of I. Office of Community College Research and Leadership.Study: Action-oriented goals produce higher probability of purchases under tight deadlinesSep 9, 2019 8:45 am404 views If you want sell a product or service quickly, it helps to try a busy consumer, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Financial education programs, income-based repayment plans promote prosperitySep 5, 2019 11:15 am455 views People with student loans who participate in financial education programs become better financial managers, building personal wealth after college, University of Illinois researchers found in a recent study.Paper: As an act of self-disclosure, workplace creativity can be risky businessSep 4, 2019 9:15 am379 views It’s increasingly common for managers to instruct employees to “be creative” during brainstorming sessions. But according to a new paper from Jack Goncalo, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois, being creative in the workplace is potentially fraught with peril because creativity itself is deeply personal.Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am484 views Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.Researchers develop technique to de-ice surfaces in secondsSep 3, 2019 12:00 pm1587 views Airplane wings, wind turbines and indoor heating systems all struggle under the weight and chill of ice. Defrosting and de-icing techniques are energy-intensive, however, and often require large masses of ice to melt completely in order to work. Researchers from the University of Illinois and Kyushu University in Japan have developed a new technique that requires only a thin layer of ice at the interface of a surface to melt, allowing it to slide off under the force of gravity.Krannert Art Museum invites new perspectives on modern and contemporary artSep 3, 2019 11:00 am289 views “Art Since 1948” – a new, long-term installation at Krannert Art Museum – showcases the museum’s modern and contemporary collection.Tiny thermometer measures how mitochondria heat up the cell by unleashing proton energyAug 29, 2019 12:45 pm1279 views Armed with a tiny new thermometer probe that can quickly measure temperature inside of a cell, University of Illinois researchers have illuminated a mysterious aspect of metabolism: heat generation.Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focusAug 28, 2019 2:30 pm647 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools.Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian cultureAug 28, 2019 9:30 am1211 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances.Children use video games to explore science in two NSF-funded projectsAug 26, 2019 2:30 pm766 views U. of I. educational psychology professor H. Chad Lane receives $3.2 million from the National Science Foundation to fund two projects that use the video game Minecraft to explore big ideas in science.Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am771 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.New technique gives polyurethane waste a second lifeAug 26, 2019 4:00 am672 views Polyurethane is used in a wide range of materials, including paints, foam mattresses, seat cushions and insulation. These diverse applications generate large amounts of waste. A team at the University of Illinois has developed a method to break down polyurethane waste and turn it into other useful products.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen documentary on flamenco dancer, short filmsAug 23, 2019 11:30 am319 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen a documentary about Spanish flamenco dancer “La Chana” and short films from around the world.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am1988 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomicsAug 20, 2019 8:30 am912 views They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law, neurobiology, and social and behavioral science. Participants in the 2019 Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics spent a week together in the classroom and the lab, learning not only how to amplify and sequence a fragment of their own DNA, but also discussing the implications of genomics research involving their ancestors and communities.Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9sAug 19, 2019 9:00 am1055 views Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team of veterinarians, emergency medical services experts and canine handlers has developed protocols for emergency medical service personnel who may be called upon to help treat and transport the injured dogs.In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomesAug 15, 2019 8:30 am717 views In new product design, connecting with an end user’s heart, rather than their head, can lead to more original and creative outcomes, says published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois and an expert in product development and marketing.Krannert Art Museum acquires Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer’s conceptual photographsAug 13, 2019 9:15 am781 views Krannert Art Museum has acquired the work of pioneering gay photographer and University of Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer.Researchers turn off backscattering, aim to improve optical data transmissionAug 12, 2019 8:15 am1212 views Engineers at the University of Illinois have found a way to redirect misfit light waves to reduce energy loss during optical data transmission. In a study, researchers exploited an interaction between light and sound waves to suppress the scattering of light from material defects – which could lead to improved fiber optic communication. Their findings are published in the journal Optica.Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical propertiesAug 9, 2019 1:00 pm864 views Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. A team led by chemical and biomolecular engineers from the University of Illinois report their findings in the journal Science Advances.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am1029 views Coaches and educators should work together to help athletes achieve their full potential, U. of I. scholars and former collegiate athletes Joseph L. Cross and Bruce W. Fouke say in a new study.Optimistic people sleep better, longer, study findsAug 7, 2019 9:00 am3468 views People who are the most optimistic tend to be better sleepers, University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez found in a new study of 3,500 young and middle-aged adults.Researchers embrace imperfection to improve biomolecule transportAug 5, 2019 10:00 am667 views While watching the production of porous membranes used for DNA sorting and sequencing, University of Illinois researchers wondered how tiny steplike defects formed during fabrication could be used to improve molecule transport. They found that the defects – formed by overlapping layers of membrane – make a big difference in how molecules move along a membrane surface. Instead of trying to fix these flaws, the team set out to use them to help direct molecules into the membrane pores.Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundleAug 1, 2019 8:00 am2527 views Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers’ budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry’s bottom line.Bringing yesterday's plants to digital lifeJul 31, 2019 8:30 am799 views It’s about 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the herbarium, and the archival paper on which the plant specimen is mounted feels soft between my cold fingers. My hands are instantly warmed as I place the sheet in the light box. I check the computer monitor; everything looks good. I hit the spacebar.Infants expect leaders to right wrongs, study findsJul 29, 2019 2:00 pm840 views Infants 17 months of age expect leaders – but not others – to intervene when one member of their group transgresses against another, a new study reveals. The findings add to growing evidence that children in their second year of life have a well-developed understanding of social hierarchies and power dynamics, the researchers say. Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehaviorJul 29, 2019 9:15 am1442 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior.Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy FellowJul 29, 2019 8:30 am943 views Liliane Windsor, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disastersJul 24, 2019 1:00 pm929 views Caregivers Journey of Hope can help social service workers to mitigate the stress and trauma they may experience while helping others recover from disasters, U. of I. researchers found in a new study.Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggsJul 23, 2019 7:00 pm712 views Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the other. A new study reveals that American robins that preferentially use one eye significantly more than the other when looking at their own clutch of eggs are also more likely to detect, and reject, a foreign egg placed in their nest by another bird species – or by a devious scientist.For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in the brainJul 23, 2019 8:30 am956 views The anemonefish is a gender-bending marvel. It starts out as a male, but can switch to female when circumstances allow – for example, when the only female present dies or disappears. In a new study, researchers found that the male-to-female sex-change occurs first in the fish’s brain and only later involves the gonads – sometimes after a delay of months or years.Search for new semiconductors heats up with gallium oxideJul 22, 2019 10:30 am960 views University of Illinois electrical engineers have cleared another hurdle in high-power semiconductor fabrication by adding the field’s hottest material – beta-gallium oxide – to their arsenal. Beta-gallium oxide is readily available and promises to convert power faster and more efficiently than today’s leading semiconductor materials – gallium nitride and silicon, the researchers said.Tracking an invisible worldJul 22, 2019 8:30 am789 views It’s 2 a.m. on a cold winter night. My timer beeps loudly, waking me up for yet another measurement. It’s been a long day; I’ve been tracking bacterial growth every two hours for the past 18 hours. I stumble off the couch that has served as a bed for countless graduate students before me. I go to my lab bench, pick up the test tubes that I need for my samples, and groggily set off to the incubation room.Study: Even in competitive markets, shareholders bear burden of corruptionJul 18, 2019 8:30 am454 views While the U.S. traditionally ranks low on worldwide corruption indices, domestic political corruption still imposes substantial costs on U.S. shareholders, according to new research co-written by Gies College of Business accounting professor Nerissa Brown.Extracting history from a cornfieldJul 17, 2019 12:30 pm3546 views When I get to the archaeological site, I’m surprised to see that it’s in the middle of an active cornfield. Dusty furrows with tiny sprigs of corn come to within about 10 feet of the dig. The researchers are already here, gently peeling back their tarps, assembling their gear and getting ready for another day. The tarps cover the excavation of one of about two dozen dwellings that stood on this site roughly 800 years ago. A short distance away, another team works on a second house.Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage, says a writer of its historyJul 17, 2019 9:30 am565 views Responding to terrorists requires reasoning rather than outrage, said an Illinois historian who has written a new book on terrorism and its history.Perinatal depression screenings may not detect women having suicidal thoughts, study findsJul 16, 2019 9:30 am464 views Perinatal depression screenings may overlook a significant proportion of women who are having suicidal thoughts, according to a new study led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen M. Tabb.Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them?Jul 15, 2019 9:00 am576 views The pending Supreme Court case Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org will test the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws, which could pose a challenge to legal research, scholarship and public access to the law, said U. of I. copyright law expert Sara R. Benson.Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workersJul 10, 2019 8:30 am344 views In an era of rising inequality and aging populations in the U.S., the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says new research from Mark Borgschulte, a professor of economics at Illinois.Govindjee's photosynthesis museumJul 9, 2019 8:30 am2704 views I am in Govindjee’s office suite and I don’t know where to look. Govindjee, a professor emeritus of plant biology who goes by the one name only, is a collector. There are layers of history here: artifacts and papers, books and photographs. There also are homemade scientific instruments that look like plumbing elbows, tiny satellites or props from vintage sci-fi movies.Human waste an asset to economy, environment, study findsJul 8, 2019 8:00 am2327 views Human waste might be an unpleasant public health burden, but scientists at the University of Illinois see sanitation as a valuable facet of global ecosystems and an overlooked source of nutrients, organic material and water.