Campus Highlights

Campus Highlights

  • 12/20/2013
    An anthropologist unearths disturbing trends in sexual assaults at field sites — and suspects she’s just scratching the surface.
  • 12/17/2013
    Researchers have long thought that biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals were similar only in size. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have found that they can add reactivity to the list of shared traits. Atoms in a nanocrystal can cooperate with each other to facilitate binding or switching, a phenomenon widely found in biological molecules.
  • 12/17/2013
    Like most musicians, Erin Gee – a composition professor at the University of Illinois – experiments incessantly with her instrument, trying to coax it into delivering an increasingly wider range of intriguing sounds. In Gee’s case, her instrument is simply her mouth, but what she does with it defies conventional categorization. It’s not singing, or scatting, or even beat-boxing. Instead, she has created her own musical toolbox – a collection of clicks, hums, pops, sighs, trills, whispers and whistles that composer Martin Brody has described as “new vocal molecules created by recombining the atomic elements of speech.”
  • 11/25/2013
    University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron.
  • 11/25/2013
    In addition to its already well-documented negative direct effects on a person’s well-being, materialism also wields an indirect negative effect by making bad events even worse, according to a paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values.
  • 11/21/2013
    Anthropology professor Ripan Malhi works with Native Americans to collect and analyze their DNA and that of their ancestors.
  • 11/13/2013
    The ever-increasing adoption of digital surveillance technologies by local police departments may dramatically improve the efficiency of criminal investigations, but it also creates the opportunity for abuse and misuse, a University of Illinois expert in criminal law and information privacy says.
  • 11/13/2013
    University of Illinois English professor Audrey Petty is the author of “High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing.”
  • 11/13/2013
    A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.
  • 11/5/2013
    The Illinois iGEM team has won the Best Health and Medicine Project award in the Undergraduate division of the 2013 international iGEM jamboree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More than 40 teams from around the world competed in the Health and Medicine category, and awards were presented in Undergraduate and Overgraduate divisions.
  • 10/30/2013
    Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, a University of Illinois expert in administrative law says in a newly published paper.
  • 10/30/2013
    A new report from The Science Coalition highlights two spin-off companies founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 10/28/2013
    Baby Boomers and nostalgia buffs from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom are getting their kicks on Historic Route 66 in Illinois, a new study of tourism related to the road indicates.
  • 10/24/2013
    Researchers found that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats can survive under a variety of conditions and can live and grow on most carbon and nitrogen sources in caves.
  • 10/17/2013
    The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000.
  • 10/15/2013
    A new study found that river otters in Illinois are being exposed to dieldrin, DDE (a byproduct of DDT), PCBs and other chemicals banned decades ago.
  • 10/10/2013
    Soaring obesity rates among youth at risk of abuse/neglect point to a need for changes in child welfare policy, according to new research by Jesse Helton and Janet Liechty, faculty members in the School of Social Work.
  • 9/25/2013
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has awarded a grant of $1.4 million to the National University Rail (NURail) Center, a multi-university rail transportation and engineering research center led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The nation is experiencing rapid growth in passenger and freight rail, and NURail’s research will help DOT transfer research and technology that will meet this i­­ncreased growth from the lab to the transportation community,” wrote U.S. senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk in a letter of support for the grant proposal.
  • 9/11/2013
    Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Tuesday (Sept. 10) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.
  • 8/6/2013
    University of Illinois music professor Heinrich Taube has developed a computer application that could change the way music theory is taught. Called Harmonia, the program allows teachers to create an endless variety of composition or analysis assignments, provides students with immediate feedback, and performs instant harmonic analysis of complex compositions. It is the first app created at the U. of I. to appear in Apple's iTunes store for computer applications, and could pave the way for teaching music theory online.