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  • Student Sustainable Farm: More than a farm stand

    The Sustainable Student Farm’s primary mission is to provide fresh-locally grown food to students through the university dining halls.

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    Software teaches computers to translate words to math

    If Johnny has five apples and seven oranges, and he wants to share them with three of his friends, can a computer understand the text to figure out how many pieces of fruit each person gets? Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education.

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    Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs

    Tort reform advocates have hailed caps on noneconomic damages as a silver bullet for controlling health care costs – as a way to reduce defensive medicine and attract more physicians to a state, particularly those practicing in high-risk specialties. But according to David Hyman, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and professor of medicine at Illinois, there’s scant evidence to support any of those claims.

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    Illinois' muskrats and minks found to harbor toxoplasmosis

    A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Researchers found antibodies for Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, in 18 of 30 muskrats and 20 of 26 minks tested for the disease in central Illinois.

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    Making biofuels more attainable

    Biofuels may be good for the environment, but farmers who decide to grow bioenergy crops face risk like any other commercial venture. Researchers at the University of Illinois, however, have made growing the crops easier by mapping where they thrive best.

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    More than courses: Delivering higher education to the incarcerated

    The Education Justice Project (EJP) at Illinois is working to broaden the horizons and opportunities of incarcerated men through education, and helping individuals on the outside gain a more sophisticated understanding of issues related to incarceration and the abilities and potential of people who have been imprisoned.

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    Led by Samuel Kirk, Illinois shaped the field of special education

    Samuel Kirk’s research – the first of its kind to study exceptional or special needs learners -- pinpointed gaping holes in curriculum for students with learning disabilities. His commitment to these students led to the founding of the first-ever Institute for Research on Exceptional Children more than 50 years ago, and a lasting foundation for today’s special education department.

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    Many countries, one indoor world cup

    Held every fall, Illinois’ Indoor World Cup offers soccer fanatics on campus a chance to compete against each other in a friendly tournament of nations, over a shared love of 'football.'

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    Fascination with cats preceded 'social media' phenomenon

    Journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich found hundreds of cat tales, both fun and serious, over 140 years of New York Times history. In the process, he also found evidence of our evolving relationship with animals and reasons to “take animal news seriously.”

  • Optimistic people have healthier hearts

    Optimists are twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health, according to a new study led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

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    Chicago Tribune (Feb. 4) – Arrest made in slaying of Illinois student

    Chicago Tribune (Feb. 4) – U. of I. student Vicente Mundo’s slaying, which police said marked the first fatal shooting on the Urbana campus in more than 16 years, sent waves of grief between the college community and Chicago as his friends and loved ones tried to understand how this could have happened to someone with so much promise and joy.

  • Illinois chemistry professor Marty Burke explains how his research group breaks down complex chemicals into simple 'building blocks.' His group recently discovered that thousands of molecules that could be very useful as medicines can be built with only 12 different building blocks, which could dramatically speed up drug development.

    Technology from Professor Martin Burke behind $25M medical startup

    Illinois chemistry professor Marty Burke explains how his research group breaks down complex chemicals into simple 'building blocks.' His group recently discovered that thousands of molecules that could be very useful as medicines can be built with only 12 different building blocks, which could dramatically speed up drug development. Hear his full story here.

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    Strong shooting sends Illinois past Rutgers, 66-54

    Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Malcolm Hill added 15 to help Illinois survive a late rally against struggling Rutgers, 66-54 on Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2015).

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    U. of I. Library's unique collection of Indian comic books

    South Asian Studies librarian Mara Thacker began collecting Indian comics for the University of Illinois in 2012, and its libraries now have what she believes is the largest collection of Indian comics in North America.

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    Nominations sought for Provost's new faculty leadership awards

    In recognition of those faculty who distinguish themselves with their vision of the future and their effort to enable and promote others in shaping that future, several campus level awards for excellence in faculty leadership are given annually.

    Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

    Executive Officer Distinguished Leadership Award

    Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award

  • U. of I. student patrol officer Taylor Franzen, Security Coordinator Ryan Johnson and U. of I. student patrol officer Michael Hao display the new SafeWalks app, which is to be released within the next few weeks.

    Planned launch of SafeWalks mobile-friendly app

    Getting home safely on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is about to get easier as members of the Student Patrol program prepare to launch a SafeWalks mobile app.

  • Sign up now for the Campus-Community Day of Service

    Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project as well as a number of other projects being planned to benefit the local community. Several volunteer shifts will be available during the day.

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    New drug compounds show promise against endometriosis

    Two new drug compounds – one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis – appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine.

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    Illini men hold off Spartans 59-54, win third straight

    See highlights from the Fighting Illini's 59-54 win at Michigan State on Feb. 7, 2015. 

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    Washington Post (Feb. 5) - We're all susceptible to 'mis-remembering'

    The Washington Post (Feb. 5) -- When we tell stories about our lives, most of us never have our memories questioned. NBC's Brian Williams, like other high-profile people in the past, is finding out what happens when someone does. Even scientists who specialize in memory research are susceptible to mis-remembering.

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    NYT (Feb. 9) - Illinois governor acts to curb power of public sector unions

    NYT (Feb. 9) - Illinois professor Bob Bruno, director of the labor education program, said the governor’s action was an aggression against public unions in a state where organized labor’s influence runs deep. 

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    Library items are plated to honor newly promoted faculty

    It's a quiet but deeply meaning ceremony: Each year newly promoted faculty members are honored with a book plate in a Univeristy Library volume of their choosing.

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    Chancellor's and Provost's Lecture Series: Jennifer Sheridan, "Transforming the Institution for Women Faculty in STEMM"

    Dr. Jennifer Sheridan, Executive and Research Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at UW-Madison will speak at the Beckman Institute Auditorium, February 18 at 4PM. Her lecture is entitled, “Transforming the Institution for Women Faculty in STEMM.”

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    USA Today (Feb. 13) -- Apps increase disabled students' independence

    USA Today (Feb. 13) -- Advancements in mobile application development have given disabled college students more academic independence. Kyle Murphy, a junior at Illinois, has Duchene muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by muscle weakness and degeneration. Murphy frequently uses Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech recognition software that transcribes a users words onto a Word document. Illinois even installed the Dragon software on its computers so he could complete tests.

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    Fast start for Illini Baseball

    Junior Tyler Jay dazzled in his first career start and the offense dominated the day with 19 hits in a 9-3 win over Lamar. Illinois swept its opening weekend at the Lamar Cardinal Classic and began the season 4-0 for the first time since 2000.

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    Student Jamie Goldberg

    As a small child Jamie Goldberg struggled to read, but a first grade teacher believed in her, and offered tutoring instead of labeling her learning disabled. It’s no surprise that Jamie now wants to be an elementary teacher.

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    Institute for Genomic Biology renamed for Professor Carl Woese

    The University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology has been renamed in honor of a microbiology professor who changed the course of science with his discovery of a third major branch of the tree of life. That professor, Carl R. Woese, died in late 2012.

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    Agweek (Feb. 16) -- A forecast for fewer acres planted in corn for 2015

    Agweek (Feb. 16) -- According to Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good, there is a general consensus that U.S. producers will plant fewer acres of corn in 2015 than were planted in 2014 and increase acreage of higher-valued and lower-cost crops.

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    Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships

    Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.

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    USA Today (Feb. 17) -- Former Illini coach Lou Henson headed for Hall of Fame.

    "I still think they made a mistake," Henson said, offering a good-natured laugh. "There are a lot of people out there that deserve it more than me."