Book: Children’s education included 'mechanical literacy' in the industrial age Feb 27, 2024 9:45 am0 views Elizabeth Hoiem, an information sciences professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, examines how children’s literature and material culture responded to industrialization and shaped the class politics of playful learning in her new book “The Education of Things.” Illinois piano professors teach remote lessons using reproducing piano technology Feb 22, 2024 9:45 am263 views University of Illinois piano professors and students participated in a remote masterclass with technology that allows the exact performance being played on one piano to be reproduced on a remote piano. Starving mosquitoes for science Feb 22, 2024 8:00 am443 views On a scorching summer day, I’m at work in the heart of the arthropod containment laboratory of the Medical Entomology Program. I place my hands in the rubber gloves that reach into a sealed workspace called the glove box, swiftly maneuvering to grab fully engorged mosquitoes. These insects have just fed on a blood meal infected with live dengue virus. They are now resting calmly on a chilled Petri dish, thanks to the low temperatures provided by the ice below. Mice study suggests metabolic diseases may be driven by gut microbiome, loss of ovarian hormones Feb 22, 2024 8:00 am335 views The findings of a study in mice led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign may shed light on the reasons why postmenopausal women have higher incidence of metabolic problems, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Illinois theatre production of 'Airness' follows journey of air guitarists Feb 21, 2024 11:15 am128 views The University of Illinois theatre department’s production of “Airness” at Fat City Bar and Grill follows several air guitarists on the competition circuit as they try to reach the pinnacle of self-expression – “airness.” What does the death of Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny mean for the future of opposition movements in Russia? Feb 20, 2024 11:45 am206 views Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny possessed a unique ability to unite activists and set the agenda for the anti-Putin movement. Now that he’s gone, the coalition he built might splinter, says Richard Tempest, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Insect Fear Film Festival features 'Ant-Men' – movies about humans shrunk to size of ants Feb 15, 2024 9:15 am283 views The 2024 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature films in which humans are shrunk to the size of ants and participate in ant societies. Where do we stand at the two-year mark of the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Feb 13, 2024 8:00 am400 views With the prospects of a more sympathetic U.S. president taking office in 2025, Russian President Vladimir Putin almost certainly won’t seek an off-ramp this year from the war in Ukraine, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman. White people more likely to confront authors of racist online posts to set discussion rules Feb 12, 2024 8:00 am238 views White internet users surveyed in a recent study co-written by communication professor Stewart Coles said they would be more likely to confront the authors of racist social media posts to reinforce norms for online discussions rather than to attempt to change others’ prejudiced beliefs. Study: 'Legacy' phosphorus delays water quality improvements in Gulf of Mexico Feb 7, 2024 10:30 am354 views The same phosphorous that fertilizes the thriving agriculture of the Midwest is also responsible for a vast “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico near the Mississippi Delta. Efforts to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters the Mississippi River system are underway, but research led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign suggests that remnants of the contaminant are left behind in riverbeds for years after introduction and pose an overlooked – and lingering – problem. Microbial division of labor produces higher biofuel yields Feb 5, 2024 8:00 am585 views Scientists have found a way to boost ethanol production via yeast fermentation, a standard method for converting plant sugars into biofuels. Their approach, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, relies on careful timing and a tight division of labor among synthetic yeast strains to yield more ethanol per unit of plant sugars than previous approaches have achieved. Paper: Multistate foodborne illness outbreaks impact restaurant stock price, public perception Feb 2, 2024 8:00 am410 views Foodborne illness outbreaks spanning multiple states bring swift financial losses, increased media attention and a public-relations hit that makes subsequent smaller outbreaks more financially damaging, says Maria Kalaitzandonakes, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois. Illinois student’s ode to house music, street dance to be featured at February Dance concert Jan 31, 2024 11:00 am202 views February Dance, presented by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign dance department, features the work of five choreographers, including Jaymes Crowder-Acres, a senior whose work “Take It to the Cypher” celebrates house music and street dance. Whether a racial minority or majority at their school, white teachers struggle with race relations Jan 31, 2024 8:00 am415 views White teachers who worked at a school where the faculty was majority Black felt shocked, rejected, uncomfortable and anxious when race-related discussions arose, U. of I. education professor Jennifer L. Nelson found in a study of belongingness in the workplace. Krannert Art Museum hosts first solo exhibition of artist Jen Everett Jan 30, 2024 11:15 am272 views Krannert Art Museum is organizing the first solo exhibition for artist Jen Everett, whose work explores themes of Black life, family, responses to turmoil and Everett’s identity as a queer Black woman. Back from the dead: Tropical tree fern repurposes its dead leaves Jan 29, 2024 7:00 am1308 views Plant biologists report that a species of tree fern found only in Panama reanimates its own dead leaf fronds, converting them into root structures that feed the mother plant. The fern, Cyathea rojasiana, reconfigures these “zombie leaves,” reversing the flow of water to draw nutrients back into the plant. Illinois art professor receives United States Artists Fellowship Jan 26, 2024 10:15 am330 views Artist, weaver and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign art professor Kira Dominguez Hultgren has been awarded a 2024 United States Artists Fellowship. What should US policy be toward Venezuela? Jan 25, 2024 8:00 am279 views The Biden administration’s approach to Venezuela has been influenced by the increasing number of Venezuelan migrants coming to the U.S. and the current instability in the Middle East affecting the crude oil market, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Damarys Canache. Will 2024 be the year of the cicada in Illinois? Jan 24, 2024 8:00 am2588 views According to cicada expert Catherine Dana, 2024 will be an eventful year in Illinois with the emergence of two periodical cicada broods across most parts of the state. Ageism, mistaken beliefs complicate acceptance of older adults’ sexuality Jan 23, 2024 10:15 am381 views Despite their having generally permissive attitudes about sexuality in later life, many young adults also harbor ageist misperceptions and erroneous beliefs, according to a new study led by Liza Berdychevsky at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Higher acetaminophen intake in pregnancy linked to attention deficits in young children Jan 16, 2024 8:00 am442 views A new study links increased use of acetaminophen during pregnancy – particularly in the second trimester – to modest but noticeable increases in problems with attention and behavior in 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. The study adds to a growing body of evidence linking the frequent use of acetaminophen in pregnancy to developmental problems in offspring. News media trigger conflict for romantic couples with differing political views Jan 12, 2024 7:30 am529 views For romantic couples with differing political ideologies, negotiating their consumption of political news can cause significant conflict in their relationship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign communication professor Emily Van Duyn says in a new study. Two Illinois professors awarded NEH Fellowships Jan 11, 2024 10:00 am976 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors Julie Turnock and Hermann von Hesse have been awarded 2023 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. New book explores complicated relationship between workers and their work Jan 8, 2024 9:00 am316 views A new book by U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno explores how workers characterize their relationship to their jobs using personal six-word mini-narratives, serving as a broader exploration of how middle-class workers view work in the U.S. Study: Acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to language delays in children Jan 3, 2024 7:30 am1997 views Acetaminophen is considered the safest over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer available during pregnancy and studies have shown that 50%-65% of women in North America and Europe take the analgesic during pregnancy. A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign explored the relationship between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and language outcomes in early childhood. It found that increasing acetaminophen use was associated with language delays. Genetic sequencing uncovers unexpected source of pathogens in floodwaters Dec 18, 2023 9:30 am1088 views Researchers report in the journal Geohealth that local rivers and streams were the source of the Salmonella enterica contamination along coastal North Carolina after Hurricane Florence in 2018 – not the previously suspected high number of pig farms in the region. What are the legal, practical bounds of free speech on college campuses? Dec 18, 2023 9:00 am872 views One of the problems with “speech codes” on university campuses is their selective enforcement. Consequently, there have been calls for the reform of speech and harassment policies at universities nationwide to balance students’ right to freedom of expression with the right to learn free from discriminatory harassment, says Lena Shapiro, a clinical assistant professor of law and the inaugural director of the College of Law’s First Amendment Clinic. Design students’ use of AI in projects teaches career skills Dec 15, 2023 10:30 am875 views Graphic design students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign used AI tools for projects this semester. Their professors said they need to be familiar with the tools that they’ll be using in the workplace after graduation. Book examines role of famous forgeries in Czech cultural revival Dec 12, 2023 8:00 am276 views Two manuscripts that played a crucial role in the Czech cultural revival turned out to be forgeries. But their contributions to Czech literature and national culture were real, says Slavic languages and literatures professor David Cooper. Database expands to document police uses of lethal force across US Dec 5, 2023 11:00 am564 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research and an interdisciplinary team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts have developed a nationwide registry on the use of lethal force by police officers in the U.S., identifying more than 23,000 incidents between 2014-2021. Why are global carbon emissions starting to increase again? Dec 5, 2023 8:00 am394 views On Dec. 5, the Global Carbon Project published the Global Carbon Budget 2023, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign atmospheric scientist Atul Jain is among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the report. Jain talked about the current state of the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian. Lightning sparks scientists’ design of ultraviolet-C device for food sanitization Dec 5, 2023 7:30 am525 views Scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a self-powered device that uses UV-C light to inactivate bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. The Tribo-sanitizer could be used in the home, agricultural industries and disaster zones where electricity is limited. In TED Talk, Long describes three photosynthetic changes that boost crop yields Nov 29, 2023 11:15 am523 views In a newly released TED Talk, Stephen Long, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of plant biology and crop sciences, described his and his colleagues’ efforts to boost photosynthesis in crop plants. He described three interventions, each of which increased crop yields by 20% or more. Researchers engineer a material that can perform different tasks depending on temperature Nov 28, 2023 10:00 am543 views Researchers report that they have developed a new composite material designed to change behaviors depending on temperature in order to perform specific tasks. These materials are poised to be part of the next generation of autonomous robotics that will interact with the environment. Would court ruling mean college athletes are employees? Nov 28, 2023 8:00 am1388 views A ruling in favor of college athletes in Johnson v. NCAA could potentially herald the most consequential change in college athletics since the NCAA was formed in 1906, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Exploring multispecies relationships by walking 'with' the forest in Sri Lanka Nov 28, 2023 6:15 am675 views Emma Lundin, a graduate student in tourism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses her research in a rainforest in Sri Lanka, exploring how to create sustainable nature-based tourist experiences by walking "with" the forest. Team discovers rules for breaking into Pseudomonas Nov 27, 2023 8:00 am770 views Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have found a way to get antibacterial drugs through the nearly impenetrable outer membrane of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that – once it infects a person – is notoriously difficult to treat. Tracking the traffic between our cells Nov 21, 2023 9:30 am585 views We adjust a lens, and a bright constellation swirls into view – points of colored light hung against a deep-hued backdrop. They are not stars, but extracellular vesicles: tiny packages of molecular cargo in nanosized lipid carriers, released by all cells in the body. We are launching a new project with the goal of not only visualizing EVs in living tissue, but also tracking their dynamics. We have been named 2023 Allen Distinguished Investigators by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for this purpose. Renovating historic Altgeld Hall Nov 20, 2023 12:45 pm2312 views The slabs of sandstone that make Altgeld Hall one of the most recognizable buildings on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus have been covered in scaffolding for months. But the results of the renovation work going on there are apparent, as the dark gray stone is restored to a pinkish hue. The work is part of a multiphase project that includes exterior and interior restoration of the building. Cultural capital is key to a sense of belonging for college students of color Nov 17, 2023 11:15 am767 views Psychologists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign explored the factors associated with students' sense of belonging at college and found that of the four factors they identified that contribute to it, cultural capital is a key element for those from marginalized groups. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts opens ticket sales for spring performances Nov 15, 2023 1:30 pm880 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ spring season will feature many genres of music, dance and theater. What impact will the Biden administration’s executive order have on AI development? Nov 15, 2023 9:00 am421 views The best way to think of the Biden administration’s wide-ranging executive order on artificial intelligence is as a trial balloon to gauge what works, says Robert Brunner, the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Researchers identify unexpected twist while developing new polymer-based semiconductors Nov 14, 2023 9:15 am827 views A new study led by chemists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign brings fresh insight into the development of semiconductor materials that can do things their traditional silicon counterparts cannot – harness the power of chirality, a non-superimposable mirror image. What will be the impact of the decision to no longer name birds after people? Nov 9, 2023 9:00 am832 views The American Ornithological Society’s decision to rename birds that were named after people will allow us to consider how we remember historical figures and acknowledge the oppression in our nation’s history, says University of Illinois history professor David Sepkoski, who studies how biological and environmental sciences interact with culture. New antifungal molecule kills fungi without toxicity in human cells, mice Nov 8, 2023 10:00 am2251 views A new antifungal molecule, devised by tweaking the structure of prominent antifungal drug Amphotericin B, has the potential to harness the drug’s power against fungal infections while doing away with its toxicity, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report in the journal Nature. Collaborative learning experiences crucial in preparing engineering students for the workforce Nov 3, 2023 7:00 am1296 views An innovative pair of faculty members in education and engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are partnering to provide experiential learning projects that cultivate the collaborative skills engineering students need for educational and career success. Illinois professor’s book uses design research process to examine, reimagine racialized design Oct 26, 2023 10:45 am652 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign design professor Lisa Mercer has written a book, “Racism Untaught: Revealing and Unlearning Racialized Design,” that examines how racism is perpetuated through design and how to use anti-racist approaches to counter it. Single model predicts trends in employment, microbiomes, forests Oct 25, 2023 8:15 am374 views Researchers report that a single, simplified model can predict population fluctuations in three unrelated realms: urban employment, human gut microbiomes and tropical forests. The model will help economists, ecologists, public health authorities and others predict and respond to variability in multiple domains, the researchers say. The new findings are detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Do we need a new approach to prevent bird window strikes? Oct 20, 2023 11:30 am584 views In early October, nearly 1,000 birds perished after colliding with the windows of a convention center near Lake Michigan in Chicago, marking the largest mass bird die-off in decades. But bird window-strike fatalities are an ongoing threat. Illinois Natural History Survey wildlife ecologist Thomas J. Benson, an expert in bird population trends in Illinois, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the problem and what new strategies may help. How can Illinois better preserve its cultural identities? Oct 18, 2023 8:00 am688 views Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced new funding to support communities working to preserve and celebrate their unique cultural heritage. The “State Designated Cultural District” initiative will provide $3 million to selected cultural districts to aid such efforts. U. of I. anthropology professor Helaine Silverman, whose work focuses on the ways that nations and communities create and deploy cultural heritage as a means of building identity and attracting tourism, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the new program and its implications for the state.