blog postsWill movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am0 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business.What have we learned about intimate partner violence?May 26, 2020 12:30 pm21 views Human development and family studies professors Jennifer Hardesty and Brian Ogolsky discuss their recent study on intimate partner violence.Study: Benefits of workplace wellness programs underwhelmingMay 26, 2020 10:00 am183 views An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied the efficacy of workplace wellness programs and found only a modest impact on employee health, health beliefs and medical utilization.How do we combat global food insecurity during pandemics?May 22, 2020 8:15 am453 views The World Food Programme recently warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could double the number of people facing extreme food shortages, bringing the number of those in crisis to about 265 million worldwide. Esther Ngumbi, a professor of entomology and of African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who writes and speaks about global food security, spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the practices that can help reduce the problem of global food insecurity.Environmental contaminants alter gut microbiome, healthMay 21, 2020 8:00 am536 views Scientists review the research linking dozens of environmental chemicals to changes in the gut microbiome and associated health challenges.University Archives creating record of pandemic's effects on campusMay 20, 2020 8:45 am542 views The University Archives is collecting personal reflections to document campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic.Faculty members, staff, teaching assistants honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in InstructionMay 19, 2020 11:30 am2349 views Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants this spring were honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction. The awards recognize excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.Scientists text-mining social media for data on food-related topicsMay 15, 2020 9:00 am676 views With millions of users daily, social media offer researchers a wealth of textual data to investigate food-, health-related issues, U. of I. food scientists report.Study: Multiscale crop modeling effort required to assess climate change adaptationMay 14, 2020 12:00 pm838 views Crop modeling is essential for understanding how to secure the food supply as the planet adapts to climate change. Many current crop models focus on simulating crop growth and yield at the field scale, but lack genetic and physiological data, which may hamper accurate production and environmental impact assessment at larger scales.Virtual exhibitions highlight art and design graduatesMay 14, 2020 8:45 am724 views Graduates from the School of Art and Design will exhibit their work virtually this spring.Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agricultureMay 14, 2020 8:15 am4662 views Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still a subject of debate. In a new study, scientists report that corn was not grown in the ancient metropolis of Cahokia until sometime between A.D. 900 and 1000, a relatively late date that corresponds to the start of the city’s rapid expansion.What effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues?May 14, 2020 8:00 am707 views The continued spread of COVID-19 ought to prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth’s inner core?May 12, 2020 11:45 am1934 views Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth’s inner core is rotating – revealing a better understanding of the hotly debated processes that control the planet’s magnetic field.Molecule reduces multiple pathologies associated with Alzheimer’s diseaseMay 7, 2020 8:15 am931 views When tested in brain cells and in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, a new compound significantly reduced the number of amyloid plaques in the brain, lessened brain inflammation and diminished other molecular markers of the disease.Rediscovering a path to the Milky WayMay 6, 2020 8:15 am1841 views We’re standing on a roadside at the edge of a muddy expanse. I’m wearing rubber boots, but Tim Pauketat is going to get his feet wet. He left his waterproof boots in Indiana, but this won’t stop him from tromping out into the soggy, overgrown remains of the ancient city of Cahokia.Will live broadcasts of oral arguments be a permanent fixture at the Supreme Court?May 6, 2020 8:00 am399 views The Supreme Court’s livestream of its oral arguments is likely a temporary measure due to COVID-19, said Jason Mazzone, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law at the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Study examines India's policies for financial inclusion of the unbankedMay 5, 2020 10:00 am616 views A new analysis examines why India has had limited success at bringing the unbanked into the formal economy despite numerous policy initiatives.New book shows how ancient Greek writing helps us understand today’s environmental crisesMay 5, 2020 8:00 am543 views University of Illinois classics professor Clara Bosak-Schroeder writes about how the ancient Greeks thought about natural resources.Extending cancellation of summer events through July 5May 1, 2020 4:15 pm441 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has canceled on-campus summer events through July 5. Keeping Illinois connected remotelyMay 1, 2020 9:45 am611 views Use of online technology at the University of Illinois has skyrocketed since mid-March. It is allowing Illinois faculty members and staff to keep doing their work and stay connected with students.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 9:45 am20043 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.Nanostimulators boost stem cells for muscle repairMay 1, 2020 8:00 am911 views In regenerative medicine, an ideal treatment for patients whose muscles are damaged from lack of oxygen would be to invigorate them with an injection of their own stem cells. In a new study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated that “nanostimulators” – nanoparticles seeded with a molecule the body naturally produces to prompt stem cells to heal wounds – can amp up stem cells’ regenerative powers in a targeted limb in mice.COVID-19 experts available for news media interviewsApr 30, 2020 12:00 pm756 views Experts from a variety of fields at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are available to the news media to discuss COVID-19-related topics.Could Legionnaires' bacteria lurk in idled buildings?Apr 29, 2020 2:00 pm856 views Many businesses are closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and some building managers have shut off water and air conditioning to conserve resources. Unfortunately, warmth and lack of clean water flow can contribute to the growth of potentially dangerous microbes, including the bacteria that contribute to Legionnaires’ disease. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center chemist and industrial water treatment specialist Jeremy Overmann spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the problem and potential solutions.Illinois theatre students move year-end showcase onlineApr 29, 2020 12:00 pm786 views A live showcase to display the talents of seniors in the University of Illinois acting program was moved to a digital format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.What effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies?Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am1886 views Most households struggle financially for two to five years before filing for bankruptcy, making a pandemic-related surge in consumer bankruptcy filings unlikely, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor Robert M. Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.Thomas Huang, pioneer in image compression, has diedApr 28, 2020 12:30 pm1910 views Thomas Huang, a pioneering researcher in the field of image compression and an influential educator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, died Saturday. In his long career as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Huang was ranked among the world’s most influential researchers and mentored more than 100 students. He was 83.Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythmApr 28, 2020 10:00 am656 views Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps.Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hivesApr 27, 2020 2:00 pm3076 views Honey bees that guard hive entrances are twice as likely to allow in trespassers from other hives if the intruders are infected with the Israeli acute paralysis virus, a deadly pathogen of bees, researchers report. Their new study, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, strongly suggests that IAPV infection alters honey bees’ behavior and physiology in ways that boost the virus’s ability to spread, the researchers say.'Runs and Data: The Science of Illinois Baseball' documentary premieres May 4 on Big Ten NetworkApr 27, 2020 11:15 am1110 views Physicist Alan Nathan and student Charlie Young team up to explore the evolving world of baseball physics and analytics in a new 30-minute documentary on the Big Ten Network. “Runs and Data: The Science of Illinois Baseball” premieres May 4.Illinois computer scientist, physicist elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 27, 2020 9:00 am1311 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer science professor Sarita V. Adve and physics professor Philip W. Phillips have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation.Holistic approach best for tackling nonmedical drug use, study findsApr 24, 2020 8:15 am1154 views Health practitioners are constantly developing new ways to help those with drug and alcohol addictions wean themselves from their substance of choice. Most such programs have limited success, however. A new study finds that interventions that take a multidimensional approach – tackling the biological, social, environmental and mental health obstacles to overcome while also addressing a person’s substance use – work best for those hoping to stop using drugs.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 8:15 am2369 views Horseshoe bats in China are a natural wildlife reservoir of SARS-like coronaviruses. Some health experts think wildlife markets – specifically in Wuhan, China – led to the spillover of the new coronavirus into human populations. Though not confirmed, the hypothesis has given bats around the world a bad rap, and public fears of exposure to bats are on the rise. Illinois Natural History Survey wildlife biologist Tara Hohoff, the project coordinator of the Illinois Bat Conservation Program, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about bat biology and conservation, and the flying mammals’ role in human health.Inexpensive, portable detector identifies pathogens in minutesApr 23, 2020 12:00 pm3475 views Most viral test kits rely on labor- and time-intensive laboratory preparation and analysis techniques; for example, tests for the novel coronavirus can take days to detect the virus from nasal swabs. Now, researchers have demonstrated an inexpensive yet sensitive smartphone-based testing device for viral and bacterial pathogens that takes about 30 minutes to complete. The roughly $50 smartphone accessory could reduce the pressure on testing laboratories during a pandemic such as COVID-19.What's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 10:00 am1768 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois.University initiates fundraising program for student reliefApr 21, 2020 11:30 am1180 views A new relief fund, Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund, will assist University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students dealing with financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All students can request emergency funding beginning immediately. Illinois professor examines storytelling artistry of Aleksandr SolzhenitsynApr 21, 2020 8:00 am473 views Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest has written a new book about the literary artistry of Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.Dehydrating plant proteins at the speed of soundApr 17, 2020 1:15 pm995 views Food scientists at the University of Illinois devised an energy-efficient, cost-effective method for drying plant proteins using high-frequency ultrasound.What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 9:15 am1644 views There’s a long history of scapegoating marginalized people in epidemics, and of seeing difference in the way those of different races respond to disease, says Rana Hogarth, a U. of I. professor who studies the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.Study: Cultural variables play important role in perceptions of status, powerApr 16, 2020 8:30 am852 views Cultural variables play an important role in perceptions of status and power in business, according to research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and the James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at the Gies College of Busines at Illinois.Loss of senses of smell, taste could identify COVID-19 carriersApr 14, 2020 2:45 pm2999 views M. Yanina Pepino of the U. of I. is on a global team of experts investigating the abrupt loss of the senses of smell and taste with COVID-19 infection. How can researchers predict social behavior during pandemics to enhance public health policies?Apr 14, 2020 8:45 am650 views Eunice E. Santos, the dean of the School of Information Sciences, studies how computational models can help explain social behaviors and the factors that influence decision-making during pandemics.Study reveals unique physical, chemical properties of cicada wingsApr 14, 2020 8:15 am1011 views Biological structures sometimes have unique features that engineers would like to copy. For example, many types of insect wings shed water, kill microbes, reflect light in unusual ways and are self-cleaning. While researchers have dissected the physical characteristics that likely contribute to such traits, a new study reveals that the chemical compounds that coat cicada wings also contribute to their ability to repel water and kill microbes.Many responders in emotional distress one year after hurricane in Puerto Rico, study findsApr 13, 2020 1:00 pm948 views Responders who assist people after disasters are at increased risk of mental health problems, and interventions are needed to support them, a study found.Two Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsApr 10, 2020 10:45 am2843 views Illinois professors Janice N. Harrington, English, and David Sepkoski, history, received 2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships.New study shows how oxygen transfer is altered in diseased lung tissueApr 9, 2020 12:00 pm2039 views A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed tiny sensors that measure oxygen transport in bovine lung tissue. The study – which establishes a new framework for observing the elusive connection between lung membranes, oxygen flow and related disease – is published in the journal Nature Communications.Rohit Bhargava: My path to IllinoisApr 9, 2020 8:15 am1451 views I grew up in Jaipur, India, a city that is well-known for its architecture. My father is an architect, and I grew up helping him, looking at plans and making blueprints. I was always interested in building things.Fungus application thwarts major soybean pest, study findsApr 9, 2020 8:15 am1319 views The soybean cyst nematode sucks the nutrients out of soybean roots, causing more than $1 billion in soybean yield losses in the U.S. each year. A new study finds that one type of fungi can cut the nematodes’ reproductive success by more than half.Illinois students honored with Goldwater scholarshipsApr 8, 2020 8:15 am2126 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign juniors Sriyankari Chitti and William Lyon were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 7:45 am494 views Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior. She speaks about the special challenges of the present moment.