blog postsCarle-Illinois student Roxana Azimi: But I'm not an engineer!Sep 19, 2018 9:00 am0 views I’m one of 32 students who make up the inaugural class at the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. Two-thirds of my classmates are engineers. I’m not one of themImage of Research: Kinetic structuresApr 2, 2018 10:45 am1 views Architecture graduate student Yuan Liao designed this kinetic structure. Such structures can be folded into smaller volumes for storage or transport.Toe-tagged tarantulas in a pickle jarMar 6, 2018 8:30 am2 views Toe-tagging your dead tarantulas and storing them in a gallon-sized pickle jar is not the best solution to long-term preservationFrom pythons and ferrets to coughing parrots: Adventures in exotic animal medicineNov 1, 2017 9:00 am0 views 'A ferret from another household got his tongue bit by a piranha and I had to stitch it back together. The ferret had been trying to drink out of the fish tank...'Surveying the serpents of the BadlandsOct 24, 2017 10:45 am0 views Today, we are visiting a traditional snake hibernaculum – a rock outcrop on a butte in which generations of snakes have come to spend their wintersMitzi and the giant hairballSep 27, 2017 12:00 pm0 views We anaesthetize Mitzi and thread the endoscope down her throat to her stomach. Then we see it: a huge hairball. It is bigger than the size of a fist, and it is stuck.Restoring a lost heritageAug 29, 2017 9:30 am1 views The Illinois State Archaeological Survey is partnering with Robert Allerton Park to identify, restore, interpret and preserve ten ancient moundsJourney to the riverbank and back in timeDec 14, 2016 9:30 am0 views An afternoon storm passes over the river banks we were examining, halting field work for a while. Photo by James BestUnlocking the secrets of the Amazon RiverNov 23, 2016 9:45 am2 views 'This river is huge – the main channel can be up to 4 kilometers wide and 60 meters deep, and the water level can change by up to 15 meters between low- and high-flow seasons.'The cornfield death marchNov 3, 2016 12:30 pm4 views So here we are, drenched in sweat, and only two-thirds of the way to finishing the task at hand...the dew point is in the upper 70s and my phone app tells me that the heat index is well north of 100 degrees.The art and science of Mammoth Hot SpringsNov 2, 2016 11:15 am1 views Bruce Fouke and photographer Tom Murphy will give a lecture and host a book signing Nov. 16 at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the U. of I., 1206 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.Backstage at an American musicalSep 28, 2016 3:30 pm1 views University of Illinois theatre students got a backstage look at "Hamilton" before it opened in Chicago on Sept. 27.Tourists behaving badly at YellowstoneJul 25, 2016 2:00 pm2 views Students learned about the politics and other issues surrounding the national parks through an on-site course this June in the Greater Yellowstone area.Drawing insights from ancient plantsJun 30, 2016 12:00 pm0 views A team of researchers from the Illinois Natural History Survey is digging for fossils in southwest Montana. Plant fossils offer a lot of information about past climate.Drought and pilgrimage at the Cara Blanca Pools, BelizeJun 13, 2016 3:15 pm4 views Cara Blanca, Belize, hosts more than two dozen pools used by the Maya. The Illinois team focuses their efforts on a temple at Pool 1. Hunting for fossils in Madison County, MontanaJun 2, 2016 1:30 pm5 views University of Illinois entomologist and paleontologist Sam Heads and his team are in the Ruby Valley of southwest Montana to hunt for fossils from the Oligocene epoch, some 23 million to 33 million years ago.Blog: A guide to the Japan House gardensMay 31, 2016 2:00 pm1 views Your guide, Jim Bier, designed and built the gardens at Japan House and has maintained the gardens for 19 years.Blog: Salvaging the past in an ancient Maya settlementMay 16, 2016 1:15 pm1 views We are working in the the cleared agricultural fields near Cara Blanca Pool 7, a pre-Columbian residential area in west central Belize. Hundreds of ancient Maya structures once housed a thriving community here.On the campaign trail: Breaking away from the packApr 21, 2016 1:15 pm5 views My approach to covering the 2016 presidential primaries in Iowa and Illinois for Getty Images was not unlike the Star Wars rebels’ strategy for successfully attacking the Death Star...BLOG: Finding a home for the bones of Tam Pa LingApr 4, 2016 1:00 pm1 views Since 2009, we have excavated at Tam Pa Ling (“Cave of the Monkeys”), where we discovered fossils of the earliest modern humans living in this part of the world. Since then, we have found the bones of at least three people who lived in this cave around 50,000 years ago. Today, these bones will find a permanent home in a new museum in Vientiane.Expedition to the highest lake in the world: The child decidesMar 17, 2016 2:00 pm0 views Team Illinois did not and make it to the lake near the top of the volcano this year. The climatic disturbance known as El Nino (the child) made the decision for us – and for several others. Expedition to the highest lake in the world: Timing is everythingJan 20, 2016 3:15 pm1 views "With offerings of water, beer, mountain herbs and coca leaves, we had petitioned Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) for permission to safely climb the volcano..."Expedition to the highest lake in the world: Expect the unexpectedJan 13, 2016 7:00 am9 views Plans may be perfect, but obstacles arise. The weather is unexpectedly cold; the ice on the lake is too thick; the snow on the mountain is melting much later in the season than normal.