Campus Highlights

Campus Highlights

  • 5/22/2014
    Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process.
  • 5/19/2014
    University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke led a team that discovered a simple system to synthesize a large class of medically important molecules using only 12 different chemical “building blocks.”
  • 5/9/2014
    Barbara J. Wilson, the executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at Illinois has been named the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pending approval of the university’s board of trustees.
  • 5/9/2014
    Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. Until now, self-repairing materials could only bond tiny microscopic cracks. The new regenerating materials fill in large cracks and holes by regrowing material.
  • 4/25/2014
    Research by Associate Professor Romit Roy Choudhury and graduate students Sanorita Dey and Nirupam Roy have demonstrated that the accelerometers used in mobile devices posses unique, trackable fingerprints.
  • 4/23/2014
    Jennifer Monson, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been awarded a Doris Duke Impact Award. The honor includes an unrestricted multiyear cash grant of $60,000, plus up to $10,000 for audience development and another $10,000 for creative exploration during what are usually retirement years, according to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
  • 4/15/2014
    Researchers say they now understand the mechanism of action of amphotericin, an antifungal drug that has been in use for more than 50 years – even though it is nearly as toxic to human cells as it is to the microbes it attacks.
  • 4/8/2014
    This is a list of the materials sealed into a time capsule, which will be placed in the base of the Alma Mater statute when it is returned to campus on April 9, 2014.
  • 4/7/2014
    A labor dispute serves the NCAA’s interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.
  • 3/31/2014
    Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed. The finding, described in Nature Communications, will aid efforts to model human motor neuron development, and to understand and treat spinal cord injuries and motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • 3/20/2014
    Gillen D’Arcy Wood, a professor of English, is the author of “Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World,” which documents the aftereffects of an 1815 volcanic eruption, the largest in recorded history. Consequences included climatic cooling, a worldwide cholera pandemic, a boom in opium production and an economic depression in the U.S.
  • 3/17/2014
    Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they’re older, a new study suggests.
  • 3/14/2014
    Professor Bill Hammack looks at the engineering behind a flight "black box." In designing an object an engineer must choose the proper material. Never is this more important than in the "black box" flight data recorder
  • 3/12/2014
    The University of Birmingham has strengthened its links with North America by announcing the establishment of a strategic alliance with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 3/5/2014
    About half of Latinos check “white” in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check “other race.” Their choice of “white” or “other race” may have little to do with their skin color, their use of English or Spanish, or their comfort within the larger culture, contrary to common assumptions, says Julie A. Dowling, a University of Illinois professor of Latina and Latino studies.
  • 3/3/2014
    New evidence establishes for the first time that Cahokia, a sprawling, pre-Columbian city situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, hosted a sizable population of immigrants.
  • 2/26/2014
    Low doses of the soy isoflavone genistein change estrogen-responsive breast tumor cells to a more aggressive, less treatable form of cancer, suggests new research by Juan Andrade and William Helferich, both professors in the department of food science and human nutrition.
  • 2/14/2014
    With no coaches, scholarships, or grand masters—trademarks of today’s powerhouse university chess teams—the club is sending a team to the national “Final Four” tournament for the second year in a row.
  • 2/12/2014
    Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report.
  • 2/6/2014
    Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products.