blog postsAiming for hoops and practicing EnglishMay 29, 2018 9:45 am1 views I can see that their trust is growing. They are looking to their female trainer as a role model, an outlier in a society that doesn’t always encourage young girls to pursue athleticsBringing yesterday's plants to digital lifeJul 31, 2019 1:00 pm0 views This imaging process is part of Endless Forms, an NSFdigitization project. Our part is to digitize specimens from across the country in three groups: succulent plants, carnivorous plants and epiphytes.Building an orchestra of brassFeb 21, 2019 10:15 am1 views The University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble tackles music never meant for the saxophone.Building a prairie and watching for beesAug 6, 2020 8:45 am7 views Two years ago, Professor Alexandra Harmon-Threatt built this outdoor labby planting more than 80 prairie species here. Her mission is to attract ground-nesting bees. She is here to see which bees are showing up. But that’s not all she’s after.Catching bats for conservationMay 18, 2021 11:00 am0 views 'With all the intimidation and preparation leading up to this night, I had built the bats up to be something dramatic – even fearsome – in my mind, but sitting there in my hand, the bats are smaller and sweeter than I anticipated. They are fuzzy.'Celebrating our diversity through foodSep 28, 2020 9:30 am5 views 'My background is not a gauge of my worthiness or an obstacle to communication but an amalgamation of experiences and culture that I can share with my colleagues,' writes undgrad student Yi-Ying Tung.Chasing bumble bees on a patch of prairieJul 21, 2020 9:15 am1 views Scientists know so little about bumble bees that it’s hard to make recommendations about the kinds of habitat they need, says Tommy McElrath, insect collection manager of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Connecting a virus to cancer – in sea lionsMar 31, 2021 9:45 am43 views 'To say the images made us pathologists excited is an understatement. It was a eureka moment that was a long time in the making.'Deciphering the history of a Chinese vaseSep 29, 2018 8:45 am3 views Scientists are helping determine the age of an antique Chinese porcelain vase in Krannert Art Museum’s collection through an X-ray fluorescence analysis of its paintDestination: ConservationFeb 12, 2019 8:45 am0 views My task is to survey randomly chosen fields in the (Conservation Reserve Enhancement) program to figure out whether and how these conservation areas are affecting birds that have declined in numbersDouble the traps, double the turkeysApr 11, 2018 9:45 am1 views Since 2015, I've spent each winter capturing and tagging wild turkeys with GPS transmitters to study their habitat use and nesting behavior in forests managed with prescribed fireExcavating a cave without leaving campusNov 14, 2018 11:45 am0 views Students learn to map a cave, lay out an excavation grid and use ground-penetrating radar to locate potential underground features - all in virtual realityExploring the unknown: The Motmot sinkholeJul 9, 2018 9:00 am3 views 'The ancient Maya viewed openings in the earth, such as this sinkhole and a nearby pool, as portals to the underworld – a realm within which deities and ancestors reside'Extracting history from a cornfieldJul 17, 2019 8:45 am1 views The scientists and students have access only to the foundations of the 800-year-old village, as plows have erased everything else. Looters, too, have damaged the site.Finding an ancient Maya city in the jungles of BelizeAug 7, 2018 8:45 am2 views 'The site is impressive, with monumental buildings and a temple that rises 30 meters above our heads. ...the west side of the temple platform is a sheer 10-meter drop'Finding one elusive birdOct 16, 2020 9:00 am2 views Illinois Natural History Survey assistant ornithologist Anastasia Rahlin conducted field surveys in Volo Bog State Natural Area, and her efforts paid off with the discovery of a king rail, a water bird that blends in well with its surroundings.Finding the holiday spirit in rare booksDec 20, 2018 3:00 pm2 views The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has holiday- and winter-themed books and images, from a depiction of a 1683 frost fair on a frozen river to illustrations of Norse folk talesFinding time for playDec 5, 2019 8:00 am2 views Graduate student Mary Lyons studies teachers’ strategies for supporting young children’s play-based learning.Finding water closer to home in Jimu VillageOct 10, 2018 4:00 am2 views Many of these happy faces wore skeptical frowns last April when we first approached the villagers with our crazy idea to find a new water source for them using high-tech instrumentsFollowing the sounds of prairie cicadasSep 24, 2020 1:00 pm2 views Scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey study the elusive insect.Gathering data to save a rare turtleAug 13, 2020 9:45 am8 views 'Our goal is to learn as much as we can about (Blanding's turtles). Knowing...how many Blanding’s turtles remain – in the context of the turtle community as a whole – will help in the development of viable conservation and recovery plans for them.'Girish Chowdhary: My path to IllinoisMar 27, 2020 9:00 am0 views 'At Illinois, this vision has bloomed into an invaluable research collaboration for some of the brightest minds crop sciences. The robots can do the research fieldwork required in a fraction of the time.'Govindjee's photosynthesis museumJul 9, 2019 8:00 am6 views Plant biology professor emeritus Govindjee, who has made key contributions to the scientific understanding of photosynthesis, is also an archivist and historian of photosynthesis research.Grace and healing: Parkinson's dance class exercises body, mindJun 12, 2020 10:30 am2 views Dance for People with Parkinson’s uses dance to inspire patients to expand the limits of their condition. 'You just have to keep moving, one way or another. If I ever stop moving, that’s the end of it.' says participant Gary Stitt.Hunting Goodenough DaysNov 30, 2020 8:00 am2 views Artist Bea Nettles uses photographs of names from gravestones to create poetry for her book projects. Her most recent book 'Head Lines: Worlds Warning' is a chronology of the COVID-19 outbreak.Illinois outreach: The weavers of Tambo PerccaroJul 16, 2018 3:45 pm4 views 'About 70 people are waiting for us in the courtyard of the community center when we arrive. They are llama herders, farmers and weavers. Many have walked for miles to be here...'In search of ‘white birds in a nest’Jul 24, 2018 8:00 am1 views Our willingness to tromp through swamps and brambles is fueled by the hope of catching a glimpse of “white birds in a nest” (Macbridea alba) in bloomJourney to becoming a physician-innovatorJul 17, 2018 8:45 am3 views A a member of the inaugural class of the world’s first engineering-based medical school talks about how she got to IllinoisMeasuring the unseen life of a riverSep 25, 2019 8:00 am2 views Illinois researchers can learn about the life of a river without seeing the animals that live there.Petroglyphs: Preserving the Past in 3DMar 7, 2019 1:45 pm8 views Archaeology team uses a portable 3D scanner to recreate the details of a hand petroglyph from a site overlooking the Mississippi River in Monroe County, Illinois.