Campus Highlights

Campus Highlights

  • 5/8/2013
    Once derided as barbaric and tantamount to human cockfighting by many lawmakers, the mixed martial arts industry was on the fringe of the sports landscape during its early years in the U.S. and was banned in 36 states. Over the past decade, however, MMA and its foremost promotional vehicle, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, have made a dramatic turnaround, winning mainstream acceptance and legalization in all but two states Connecticut and New York.
  • 5/2/2013
    Theres hope for patients with myotonic dystrophy. A new small molecule developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has been shown to break up the protein-RNA clusters that cause the disease in living human cells, an important first step toward developing a pharmaceutical treatment for the as-yet untreatable disease.
  • 4/30/2013
    Tere OConnor, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been granted a Doris Duke Artist Award. The awards represent a deep investment in the potential of the 20 recipient artists, who each receive an unrestricted $225,000 grant, plus $25,000 to fund an audience-development project and another $25,000 to invest in a retirement account that will allow them to continue their creative work later in life.
  • 4/30/2013
    Researchers at the University of Illinois have identified biomarkers that can be used to determine ovarian cancer survival and recurrence, and have shown how these biomarkers interact with each other to affect these outcomes.
  • 4/17/2013
    Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.
  • 4/11/2013
    A thin plastic ribbon printed with advanced electronics is threaded through the eye of an ordinary sewing needle. The device, containing LEDs, electrodes and sensors, can be injected into the brain or other organs.
  • 4/10/2013
    New hires success on the job is highly dependent on their knowledge of the formal and informal social systems in the workplace, suggests a new study led by Russell Korte, a professor of human resource development in the College of Education.
  • 4/10/2013
    University of Illinois juniors Manan Raval and David Schmid have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year for demonstrating leadership and academic promise in science or engineering. Seth Cazzell, a sophomore in materials science and engineering, and Shyam Saladi, a junior in electrical engineering, earned honorable mentions in the national competition.
  • 4/3/2013
    Tilda Swinton, star of "Julia," will return to the film festival on April 19.
  • 3/21/2013
    The outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act could have complicated tax consequences for same-sex couples, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, an expert on taxation and retirement issues.
  • 3/21/2013
    Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer and his colleagues discovered that elite athletes tend to be faster than their nonathletic peers at a variety of cognitive tasks that are important in sport and in daily life.
  • 3/12/2013
    Fitness DVDs are a multimillion-dollar business, and those targeting adults over the age of 55 are a major part of the market. With names like Boomers on the Move, Stronger Seniors and Ageless Yoga, the programs promise much, but few have ever been rigorously tested.
  • 3/1/2013
    Advancements in the use of computed tomography (also known as CT) imaging by researchers at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital are enabling them to diagnose life-threatening conditions in dogs and cats faster, dramatically affecting the course, outcomes and costs of treatment.
  • 2/19/2013
    Watch senior Alina Weinstein's record breaking floor exercise performance on Feb. 16, 2013. Weinstein broke school records in both the all-around (39.600) and floor exercise (9.975) to help the 21st-ranked University of Illinois women's gymnastics team rally to egde the Iowa Hawkeyes, 195.975-195.875, in front of a Gym Jam record crowd of 2,316 fans at Huff Hall.
  • 2/13/2013
    Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book Seduction of the Innocent, by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies. Werthams personal archives, however, show that the doctor revised childrens ages, distorted their quotes, omitted other causal factors and in general played fast and loose with the data he gathered on comics, according to an article by Carol Tilley, published in a recent issue of Information and Culture: A Journal of History.
  • 2/13/2013
    Computer Science Professor William Gropp has been appointed the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of only two such chairs in the United States. The chair is the result of a $2 million gift from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation.
  • 2/8/2013
    The European Union Center is pleased to announce the Twelfth Annual EU Day event on February 15th. Highlights of the event include the annual "State of the European Union" address, delivered by His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States.
  • 2/7/2013
    Weng Cho Chew and Thomas J. Overbye, both professors of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
  • 2/5/2013
    Bullied teens often are assured that it gets better. And a new study suggests that bullying does, indeed, tend to decline as teens progress through high school and move toward adulthood.
  • 1/23/2013
    As the Asian carp population grows and the threat of the invasive species entering Lake Michigan through one of the Chicago canals is monitored, University of Illinois researcher Cory Suski has found that carbon dioxide is quick and effective in repelling fish from an area.