blog postsReport outlines growing climate change-related threats to Great Lakes regionMar 22, 2019 10:15 am0 views A team of Midwestern climate scientists has released a new report with grim predictions about the impact of climate change on the Great Lakes region. The report foresees a growing trend of wetter winters and springs, with increases in heavy rain events leading to flooding, particularly in urban areas with hard surfaces that cannot absorb the excess water. Rural areas will likely see more erosion, and unpredictable cycles of heat and rainfall could undermine agriculture.Study in mice examines impact of reused cooking oil on breast cancer progressionMar 21, 2019 1:00 pm187 views University of Illinois researchers found in a new study of mice that consuming the chemical compounds found in thermally abused cooking oil may trigger changes that promote the progression of late-stage breast cancer.Events focus on perinatal mental, physical healthMar 21, 2019 10:45 am160 views An expo, national symposium and film screening are planned in Champaign to heighten awareness of women’s mental and physical health during and after pregnancy. The IDEA Women's Health Coalition is planning the events.'Ebertfest' full schedule announced, with actresses Gershon, Madsen, Tilly as guestsMar 21, 2019 9:00 am523 views This year’s Ebert Film Fest will include “Almost Famous” and “Sideways,” documentaries on Maya Angelou and Fred Rogers, and guest actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly.Chicago's Large Lot Program sowing change in inner-city communitiesMar 19, 2019 2:30 pm354 views Chicago's Large Lot Program is promoting positive changes in inner-city neighborhoods by allowing residents to buy and repurpose vacant lots that have been plagued by crime and other problems, U. of I. researchers found.Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges?Mar 18, 2019 1:00 pm273 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses why so few community college students transfer to selective colleges and universities.Aretha Franklin concert film 'Amazing Grace' to open Ebert Film FestMar 14, 2019 3:45 pm547 views An Aretha Franklin concert film from nearly 50 years ago, now restored and released, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.”Study: Free fatty acids appear to rewire cells to promote obesity-related breast cancerMar 13, 2019 2:15 pm840 views Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that free fatty acids in the blood appear to boost proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells - potentially explaining obese women's higher risk of breast cancer after menopause.Potential new cystic fibrosis treatment uses 'molecular prosthetic' for missing lung proteinMar 13, 2019 1:00 pm3279 views An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale, says new research from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa. Cystic fibrosis is a lifelong disease that makes patients vulnerable to lung infections. There are treatments for some but not all patients, and there is no cure. The drug restored infection-fighting properties in lung tissue donated by human patients as well as in pigs with cystic fibrosis. It has potential to become the first treatment to address all types of cystic fibrosis, regardless of the genetic mutation that causes the protein deficiency.Illinois labor professor awarded ACLS fellowshipMar 12, 2019 1:45 pm238 views University of Illinois labor professor Emily E. LB. Twarog is the recipient of a 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award will fund the research and writing of her second book, “Hands Off: The History of Sexual Harassment Resistance in the Service Sector, 1935-2018.”Mutations in noncoding genes could play big role in regulating cancer, study findsMar 12, 2019 11:00 am877 views RNA transcribed from genes that seem not to code for anything may play an important role in regulating cancer, a new study suggests. A number of these noncoding RNA fragments lie next to known cancer genes, the study found. Understanding how they interact with those cancer genes could open new avenues to understanding cancer’s behavior and treating it.Scholar: TV show 'The Wire' accurately depicted how public schools help vulnerable studentsMar 11, 2019 9:00 am316 views A new paper from University of Illinois law professor and education law expert Margareth Etienne explores the fictional portrayal of popular educational policy reforms favored by academics in the fourth season of “The Wire,” the critically acclaimed TV show on HBO from 2002-08, and reviews what the show got right and wrong in its depiction of how a large, urban public school functions in a community.The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?Mar 8, 2019 9:45 am979 views The Midwest has a new national park at Indiana Dunes, and a University of Illinois professor explains how it happened and why the park is valuable.Study: Impact of food waste campaigns muted, but point toward right directionMar 8, 2019 8:45 am642 views Food waste campaigns are a low-cost way to curb waste at all-you-can-eat dining establishments, but they may need to be combined with other environmental changes to make a difference, says new research co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois.Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked diseaseMar 7, 2019 11:45 am240 views A study co-written by Theodore P. Cross, a senior research specialist in social work at the University of Illinois, examines the impact on families' coping when a child is diagnosed with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis.Preserving the Past in 3DMar 7, 2019 8:15 am935 views We lug heavy equipment up a steep ravine in the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. A local landowner leads our team of archaeologists past a small waterfall up to the top of the bluff, where two rock shelters contain a number of ancient petroglyphs.Study: Messages of stewardship affect Christians' attitudes about climate changeMar 6, 2019 9:30 am1891 views Christians’ attitudes toward the environment and climate change are shaped by whether they hold a view of humans as having stewardship of the Earth or dominion over the planet, and reading material from religious sources advocating a stewardship interpretation can increase their concern for environmental issues, a new study found.Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires celebrated 18th-century Mount Vesuvius bookMar 5, 2019 4:00 pm564 views The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired a significant scientific treatise known for its beautiful illustrations of Mount Vesuvius.Is there a cure for potholes?Feb 27, 2019 2:00 pm1861 views Temperatures may be on the rise, but many motorists and pedestrians remain focused on the ground as they attempt to navigate safely around the many potholes that develop this time of year. Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Henrique M. Reis spoke with Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about how potholes form and if there are any potential solutions.Ancient extinct sloth tooth in Belize tells story of creature’s last yearFeb 27, 2019 1:00 pm1193 views Some 27,000 years ago in central Belize, a giant sloth was thirsty. The region was arid, not like today’s steamy jungle. The Last Glacial Maximum had locked up much of Earth’s moisture in polar ice caps and glaciers. Water tables in the area were low. The sloth, a beast that stood up to 4 meters tall, eventually found water – in a deep sinkhole with steep walls down to the water. That is where it took its final drink.Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behaviorFeb 27, 2019 11:00 am570 views In many societies, teenagers are repeatedly told – by adults, peers and popular media – that teens are more likely than younger children to take risks, ignore their parents, skip schoolwork and succumb to bad influences. But stereotypes are not destiny, a new study of Chinese middle school students suggests.Illinois library, disability services part of project to improve availability of accessible materialsFeb 21, 2019 1:30 pm716 views The University of Illinois is part of a project that will establish a network of repositories of accessible books for people with print disabilities.Composer Renee Baker to premiere new score for historic silent filmFeb 21, 2019 10:00 am453 views The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music will screen two silent films with new scores by composer Renee Baker in recognition of Black History Month.Building an orchestra of brassFeb 20, 2019 11:00 am600 views Everything is chaos. We don’t have all our music. We don’t have a permanent rehearsal space. I’ve never had my own ensemble before. Everything is unfamiliar, and everything has come together much more last-minute than I had hoped for. But for this first-ever rehearsal of the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble we all share one thing – excitement.Illinois holds first Health Make-a-Thon competitionFeb 19, 2019 12:30 pm475 views Champaign County residents are welcome to submit entries to the first Illinois Health Make-a-Thon competition. The 10 top ideas for improving human health will receive up to $10,000 each in Health Maker Lab resources to create a real prototype of their idea.Two Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 19, 2019 10:00 am1984 views Electrical and computer engineering professor Haitham Al-Hassanieh and chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Diwakar Shukla are recipients of this year's Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards "honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields."Termite threats on the big screen at Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 19, 2019 9:30 am392 views The 2019 Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois features termites – a threat to all things wooden but also a valuable part of the ecosystem.Paper: Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countriesFeb 19, 2019 9:00 am605 views A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, says new research from Don Fullerton, a Gutgsell Professor of Finance at Illinois and a scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit tells of the making of a gentlemanFeb 18, 2019 9:00 am635 views “Making Mr. Darcy,” an exhibit at the Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library, looks at the environment in which Jane Austen created her literary gentlemen.Study: White parents who feel left behind by today’s economy favor harsher parenting practicesFeb 18, 2019 8:15 am505 views White parents who feel that they’re falling through the cracks of today’s economy may be more likely to believe in authoritarian parenting practices such as spanking and demanding obedience, a new study found.Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified foodFeb 13, 2019 10:45 am861 views A tiny insect, no bigger than the head of a pin, is threatening to topple the multibillion-dollar citrus industry in the U.S.The battle to save it is pitting producers and researchers against a formidable brown bug, the Asian citrus psyllid.Exhibition of Indian paintings passed 'From Hand to Hand' at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 13, 2019 10:00 am171 views Indian paintings depicting Hindu epics, royal portraits and stories of love can be seen at Krannert Art Museum’s “From Hand to Hand” exhibition, opening Feb. 28.Are global warming, recent Midwest cold snap related?Feb 12, 2019 8:15 am2796 views Last month, the Midwest experienced record-breaking cold temperatures and many are wondering how, when the climate is experiencing an unprecedented warming trend, we can still experience such frigid cold. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles to explain.Destination: ConservationFeb 12, 2019 8:15 am523 views I’m soaking wet from head to toe after walking through a mile of head-high dew-covered grass. Finally, I make it to my destination: an overgrown field dotted with copses of shrubs next to the Spoon River in western Illinois. I take the caps off of my binoculars. I’ve got my clipboard, a new data sheet and the stopwatch app on my phone ready to go. For the next 10 minutes, I will make a note of every bird I see or hear (mostly hear), recording its species and estimating how far away from me it is.Study of Arctic fishes reveals the birth of a gene – from ‘junk’Feb 11, 2019 2:00 pm931 views Though separated by a world of ocean, and unrelated to each other, two fish groups – one in the Arctic, the other in the Antarctic – share a surprising survival strategy: They both have evolved the ability to produce the same special brand of antifreeze protein in their tissues. A new study describes in molecular detail how the Arctic fishes built the gene for their antifreeze from tiny fragments of noncoding DNA, regions once considered “junk DNA."What do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?Feb 11, 2019 11:15 am420 views E-cigarettes carry mixed messages about benefit and risk, but they’re relatively untested products with uncertain long-term health outcomes, says an Illinois professor who has studied health communication issues around vaping.First film and guests announced for 21st annual ‘Ebertfest’Feb 11, 2019 10:30 am1219 views A post-World War II romance is the first film announced for this year’s “Ebertfest,” coming April 10-13 to downtown Champaign and the U. of I. The film will be shown in memory of its co-star, Scott Wilson, a frequent past festival guest. Organizers also announced an added role in this year’s festival for film critic Richard Roeper.New model predicts how ground shipping will affect future human health, environmentFeb 11, 2019 10:00 am1313 views The trucks and trains that transport goods across the United States emit gases and particles that threaten human health and the environment. A University of Illinois-led project developed a new model that predicts through 2050 the impact of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and short- and long-term climate change caused by particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.Experts call for national research integrity advisory boardFeb 11, 2019 9:45 am253 views It’s been proposed before, but so far no one has heeded the call for an official advisory board to support ethical behavior in research institutions. Today, leaders in academia with expertise in the professional and ethical conduct of research have formalized a proposal to finally assemble such an advisory board. The proposal appears in the journal Nature.Phthalates may impair fertility in female miceFeb 7, 2019 12:00 pm644 views A phthalate found in many plastic and personal care products may decrease fertility in female mice, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study.February Dance features collaborations between faculty, alumniFeb 6, 2019 12:15 pm311 views Dance faculty and alumni will present new work in February Dance to celebrate the dance department's 50th anniversary.University librarian recognized for achievements in library automationFeb 6, 2019 11:15 am374 views University of Illinois Librarian and Dean of Libraries John Wilkin is being honored for his innovation in library technology, including online publishing and providing access to digital content.What might come of Venezuela’s political crisis?Feb 5, 2019 12:15 pm506 views Illinois political scientist Damarys Canache discusses the history and politics behind the crisis of two presidents in Venezuela.Germanic languages and literatures professor receives Humboldt Foundation research prizeFeb 4, 2019 9:00 am223 views University of Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded an international research prize for her work on emblems and the culture of Nuremberg, Germany.Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languagesJan 29, 2019 11:30 am1074 views Students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning, researchers at the University of Illinois found.Krannert Art Museum to feature newly acquired Louise Fishman painting in spring exhibitionJan 29, 2019 9:30 am379 views Krannert Art Museum recently purchased a painting by University of Illinois alumna Louise Fishman that will be part of an exhibition of 20th century paintings at the museum.Microplastic contamination found in common source of groundwater, researchers reportJan 25, 2019 6:30 am3781 views Microplastics contaminate the world's surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater systems. A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of the global drinking water supply.What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am537 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.Conservation efforts help some rare birds more than others, study findsJan 23, 2019 8:15 am1111 views Land conservation programs that have converted tens of thousands of acres of agricultural land in Illinois back to a more natural state appear to have helped some rare birds increase their populations to historic levels, a new study finds. Other bird species with wider geographic ranges have not fared as well, however.Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platformsJan 22, 2019 9:00 am2244 views Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study.