Campus Highlights

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Illinois' muskrats and minks found to harbor toxoplasmosis

Published Date:January 28, 2015

A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Researchers found antibodies for Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, in 18 of 30 muskrats and 20 of 26 minks tested for the disease in central Illinois.

Published Date: January 28, 2015


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Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs

Published Date:January 27, 2015

Tort reform advocates have hailed caps on noneconomic damages as a silver bullet for controlling health care costs – as a way to reduce defensive medicine and attract more physicians to a state, particularly those practicing in high-risk specialties. But according to David Hyman, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and professor of medicine at Illinois, there’s scant evidence to support any of those claims.

Published Date: January 27, 2015


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Software teaches computers to translate words to math

Published Date:January 22, 2015

If Johnny has five apples and seven oranges, and he wants to share them with three of his friends, can a computer understand the text to figure out how many pieces of fruit each person gets? Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education.

Published Date: January 22, 2015


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Many countries, one Indoor World Cup

Published Date:January 20, 2015

Held every fall, Illinois’ Indoor World Cup offers soccer fanatics on campus a chance to compete against each other in a friendly tournament of nations, over a shared love of 'football.'

Published Date: January 20, 2015


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A new explanation for gender gaps in academia

Published Date:January 15, 2015

Psychology professor Andrei Cimpian and his colleagues found that the expectation that one must be brilliant to succeed in certain academic fields was associated with the underrepresentation of women in those fields.

Published Date: January 15, 2015


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Campus employee’s record label earns two Grammy nominations

Published Date:December 23, 2014

Meagan Hennessey – manager of web services for the University of Illinois College of Business – and her husband, Richard Martin, released an album of saxaphonist and band leader Isham Jones' music in August on their historic reissue label, Archeophone Records. The album, “Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides,” has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in two categories: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

Published Date: December 23, 2014


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Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brain

Published Date:December 23, 2014

Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain noninvasively.

Published Date: December 23, 2014


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Book plating honors newly promoted faculty

Published Date:December 17, 2014

Fourteen years ago, the University Library initiated a program in which newly tenured or promoted faculty select a book to be added to the Library collections. These selections are book-plated in their honor, and stand as a reminder now and into the future of the remarkable accomplishments of the faculty members at Illinois.

Published Date: December 17, 2014


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New research into the 14th century Black Death plague

Published Date:December 10, 2014

It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.

Published Date: December 10, 2014


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Illinois partners with DOE's national security lab

Published Date:December 9, 2014

Sandia National Laboratories and the U. of I. have signed a five-year agreement to advance collaboration and information sharing between the U.S. Department of Energy’s national security lab and one of the world’s premier research universities. This partnership’s goals include solving the nation’s big problems, sustaining and engaging human capital, and accelerating the adoption of new technology. Initial technical focus areas include programs in complex systems and resiliency, data science, digital manufacturing and on-demand power.

Published Date: December 9, 2014


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Business Insider profiles Illinois' amazing tech visionaries

Published Date:December 2, 2014

Surrounded by corn and soybean fields, Urbana-Champaign doesn’t strike you at first as a place where future tech leaders would emerge. It's why many people fail to realize that Illinois has bred some of the most remarkable tech visionaries in history. They built companies that essentially changed tech history as we know it.

Published Date: December 2, 2014


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Illinois tech all stars: Amazing alumnae

Published Date:December 2, 2014

Business Insider ran an article highlighting 11 of the "most amazing tech visionaries in history" that came from the University of Illinois. We loved the list, but some of our Twitter followers wanted to hear about amazing women alums as well. Here's our quick answer.

Published Date: December 2, 2014


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Download the 2014 guide to gift books for children

Published Date:December 1, 2014

The 2014 Guide Book to Gift Books, published by the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois, offers suggestions for books in a wide range of styles, genres and subject matter, “whether you’re looking for a cheerful picture book, an absorbing nonfiction title or a pulse-pounding novel.”

Published Date: December 1, 2014


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New book explores the legacies of sculptor Lorado Taft

Published Date:November 18, 2014

“The Chicago Years” begins with Taft’s return to the U.S. in 1886, when he settled in the Windy City, thus commencing his most productive and influential period, which continued until his death in 1936. Nearly all of Taft’s major works were produced during these years, and are lavishly illustrated in more than 200 color and black-and-white images throughout the book.

Published Date: November 18, 2014


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Some plants regenerate by duplicating their DNA

Published Date:November 14, 2014

When munched by grazing animals (or mauled by scientists in the lab), some herbaceous plants overcompensate – producing more plant matter and becoming more fertile than they otherwise would. Scientists say they now know how these plants accomplish this feat of regeneration.

Published Date: November 14, 2014


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The case for the English major

Published Date:November 14, 2014

A degree in English, Professor Christopher Freeburg says, is an excellent primer for careers in a variety of fields—but, particularly in today’s world, with growing emphasis on the STEM fields, the point must be made clearer. Freeburg advocates the “vocationalization” of his field—that is, giving students an awareness of how the skills they’re learning in English classes are applicable in the modern workplace.

Published Date: November 14, 2014


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The first cat toy that behaves like prey

Published Date:November 12, 2014

The concept: Real prey doesn’t move randomly - it reacts. Mousr reacts to cats, using a 360-degree camera and sensors to detect when the toy has been caught or has hit an obstacle.

Published Date: November 12, 2014


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Social support critical to women's weight-loss efforts

Published Date:November 5, 2014

Being accountable to another person and receiving social support may be vital in motivating some women to lose weight and keep it off, a new study says.

Published Date: November 5, 2014


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Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassment

Published Date:October 29, 2014

Adolescent boys who bully peers and engage in homophobic teasing are more likely to perpetrate sexual harassment later on, suggests a new study of middle-school students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published Date: October 29, 2014


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Magnetic fields that sculpt solar systems seen for first time

Published Date:October 28, 2014

Astronomers have caught their first glimpse of the invisible magnetic fields that sculpt solar systems.

Published Date: October 28, 2014