Campus Highlights

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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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New research into the 14th century Black Death plague

Published Date:December 8, 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 8, 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


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Team discovers how microbes build a powerful antibiotic

Published Date:October 27, 2014

Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. Their discovery solves a decades-old mystery, and opens up new avenues of research into thousands of similar molecules, many of which are likely to be medically useful.

Published Date: October 27, 2014


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Flu at the zoo: Helping animal exhibitors prepare for disasters

Published Date:October 23, 2014

When bad weather strikes or illness invades, zoos and aquariums are among the most vulnerable facilities affected, said University of Illinois veterinarian Yvette Johnson-Walker, a clinical epidemiologist who contributes to emergency response training efforts at animal exhibitor institutions.

Published Date: October 23, 2014


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ECE Video: From a glorious past to a futuristic new building

Published Date:October 16, 2014

This short video shows some of the historic achievements of the people in Electrical and Computer Engineering, leading up to the 2014 dedication of a state-of-the-art building.

Published Date: October 16, 2014


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Hospitals at risk of no-show workers during Ebola outbreak

Published Date:October 14, 2014

Hospitals and other health care agencies are at risk of doctors, nurses, janitors and other essential workers walking off the job during an infectious disease outbreak, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.

Published Date: October 14, 2014


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New insights on safety while talking and driving

Published Date:October 8, 2014

“Drivers were less likely to be involved in a collision when their remote partner could see what they were seeing,” graduate student John Gaspar said. “And this benefit seems to be driven by changes in the way partners talked to the driver.” Seeing the driver and watching what was going on in traffic during the conversation allowed the non-driving partner to stop speaking, for example, when something unexpected occurred on the road, or to point out a situation that might be dangerous

Published Date: October 8, 2014


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Professor Julie Dowling named to U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee

Published Date:October 6, 2014

The national advisory committee, on which Dowling will serve a three-year term, advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of its programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census.

Published Date: October 6, 2014


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Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

Published Date:October 1, 2014

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report.

Published Date: October 1, 2014


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Discovery: A new role for estrogen in the pathology of breast cancer

Published Date:October 1, 2014

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which estrogen prepares cells to divide, grow and, in the case of estrogen-positive breast cancers, resist cancer drugs. The researchers say the work reveals new targets for breast cancer therapy and will help doctors predict which patients need the most aggressive treatment.

Published Date: October 1, 2014