- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A new report from The Science Coalition highlights two spin-off companies founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Peter D. Constable, a Purdue University professor of veterinary clinical sciences and the head of that department, will become the dean of the U. of I. College of Veterinary Medicine in January 2014, pending approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees.
- H. Edward Seidel, the senior vice president of research and innovation at Moscow's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois.
“Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It” is a Depression-era cat-and-mouse thriller about the pursuit of the worst rare-book ring in U.S. history, says author Travis McDade, curator of law rare books at the College of Law.
- Institute for Genomic Biology Director Gene Robinson will speak in support of President Obama's BRAIN initiative, a new research effort to better understand the brain and reveal new methods for treatment and prevention of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy.
- Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering.
- In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, photography was still early in its development, barely two decades old. Most people had seen few photographs, and many of those they had seen were portraits. "The capacity of photography to represent the real carnage of war was very new and very shocking to people."
- Law professor Jay P. Kesan says the current non-negotiable approach to user privacy is in need of serious revision, especially with the increased popularity of Web-based software that shares information through cloud computing.
- John P. Wilkin has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.