blog postsRocks, moss and muddy tree rootsApr 15, 2018 12:30 pm4 views Campus staff member tells of finding inspiration for her art on a trip to the Great Smokey Mountains. 'I have one goal in mind,' she writews. 'I want to see something extraordinary.'Exploring 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'Petroglyphs: Preserving the Past in 3DMar 7, 2019 1:45 pm2 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.Govindjee's photosynthesis museumJul 9, 2019 8:00 am2 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.Illinois outreach: The weavers of Tambo PerccaroJul 16, 2018 3:45 pm2 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...'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'Measuring 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.Double 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 fireJourney to becoming a physician-innovatorJul 17, 2018 8:45 am1 views A a member of the inaugural class of the world’s first engineering-based medical school talks about how she got to IllinoisDeciphering the history of a Chinese vaseSep 29, 2018 8:45 am1 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 paintFinding the holiday spirit in rare booksDec 20, 2018 3:00 pm1 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 talesDestination: 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 numbersBuilding an orchestra of brassFeb 21, 2019 10:15 am0 views The University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble tackles music never meant for the saxophone.Aiming for hoops and practicing EnglishMay 29, 2018 9:45 am0 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 athleticsSearching for turtles in a sea of grassJun 5, 2018 10:30 am0 views To survey local Ornate Turtles, one has to find them. Turtle tracking dogs help a lot.Extracting history from a cornfieldJul 17, 2019 8:45 am0 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.Tracking an invisible worldJul 22, 2019 9:30 am0 views Successful experiments are worth the sleepless nights I spend dissecting the processes in living things that are essentially invisible to us.In search of ‘white birds in a nest’Jul 24, 2018 8:00 am0 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 bloomBringing 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.Tracking a forest’s recovery one year after stormAug 1, 2018 10:00 am0 views In February, 2017, a tornado swept through this part of the Shawnee National Forest. There are few canopy trees left standing and invasive understory plants have taken overPlaying a parasite for scienceAug 22, 2018 10:15 am0 views I act the part of the cowbird: I spy on robins to find their nests and slip a foreign egg into each one. Finding water closer to home in Jimu VillageOct 10, 2018 4:00 am0 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 instrumentsExcavating 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 realitySurviving a football frenzyNov 15, 2019 9:45 am0 views Photographer Fred Zwicky puts you on the field as bedlam unfolds and Illinois fans celebrate a major upset victory over heavily favored Wisconsin.