Campus Highlights

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Researchers map the pulse pressure, elasticity of arteries in the brain

Published Date:August 20, 2014

Researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique that can noninvasively image the pulse pressure and elasticity of the arteries of the brain, revealing correlations between arterial health and aging.

Published Date: August 20, 2014


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Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers

Published Date:August 19, 2014

A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. “White matter” describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity.

Published Date: August 19, 2014


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Theatre prof's New Student Convocation Speech: Your mix tape, 2018

Published Date:August 16, 2014

University of Illinois theatre professor Lisa Dixon prepares to address new students at Convocation on August 22. Her speech, Mix-tape 2018, will feature a variety of music.

Published Date: August 16, 2014


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Faculty art, four WWI-related exhibitions open at Krannert Art Museum

Published Date:August 15, 2014

An exhibition of new works by the University of Illinois School of Art and Design faculty will open Aug. 28 (Thursday) at Krannert Art Museum, along with four exhibitions related to the centenary of World War I. A public reception, with cash bar, will be held 5-7 p.m., and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.

Published Date: August 15, 2014


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University Housing reduces pesticide use, earns Green Shield certification

Published Date:August 12, 2014

University Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has recently earned Green Shield Certification for its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which relies on common-sense pest prevention techniques to eliminate pest problems through least-toxic methods. It is the second university program in the nation to earn the certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation by the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

Published Date: August 12, 2014


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Advertising Professor Peter Sheldon wins national teaching award

Published Date:August 11, 2014

Peter Sheldon, lecturer in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, has received the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Distinguished Teaching Award in the Advertising Division. The award is intended to encourage and recognize individual excellence in undergraduate teaching over a sustained period of time.

Published Date: August 11, 2014


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Returning troops and their families: After the reunion

Published Date:July 30, 2014

Many service members will arrive in the U.S. to happy reunions. But reunited couples and families will have work to do in the months that follow, says Leanne Knobloch, a University of Illinois communication professor who has studied the relationships of military families post-deployment for about five years.

Published Date: July 30, 2014


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Citizen scientist's bee tagging method produces new insights

Published Date:July 22, 2014

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.

Published Date: July 22, 2014


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Snake-killing fungus is similar to bat-killing white nose syndrome

Published Date:July 18, 2014

Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows scientists to monitor the progression of the infection in living snakes.

Published Date: July 18, 2014


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Research: Business should embrace 'boomerang employees'

Published Date:July 15, 2014

According to two studies co-written by a University of Illinois expert in organizational behavior and human resources management, organizations of all types are beginning to recognize and embrace the value of recruiting and welcoming back former employees.

Published Date: July 15, 2014


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Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowires

Published Date:July 2, 2014

Illinois researchers are using plastic that shrinks when heated to pack nanowires together for electronics applications.

Published Date: July 2, 2014


Neal Cohen named Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative Director

Neal Cohen Named Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative Director

Published Date:June 30, 2014

Neal Cohen, a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, brings a record of exceptional scholarship and administrative experience to the position. He currently serves as the founding director of the Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory (CNLM, a partnership with Abbott Nutrition) and leads both the Neuroscience Program (NSP) and the Center for Lifelong Improvement of Minds and Brains (CLIMB) at the U of I.

Published Date: June 30, 2014


Allen Renear: new dean of Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Allen Renear named dean of Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Published Date:June 20, 2014

Published Date: June 20, 2014


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Fritz Drasgow named dean of Labor and Employment Relations

Published Date:June 17, 2014

Fritz Drasgow has been named the dean of the university’s School of Labor and Employment Relations, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Published Date: June 17, 2014


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Filtering prankster responses from surveys

Published Date:June 11, 2014

Educational psychologist Joseph Robinson-Cimpian’s sensitivity analysis helps researchers identify potential mischievous responders – teens who intentionally provide false information on questionnaires as a prank.

Published Date: June 11, 2014


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What drones can do for Agriculture

Published Date:June 4, 2014

This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university’s South Farms.

Published Date: June 4, 2014


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For the first time in the lab, stem cells take initial step toward specialization

Published Date:June 3, 2014

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first time this critical step has been demonstrated in a laboratory.

Published Date: June 3, 2014


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Hurricanes with female names more deadly than male-named storms

Published Date:June 3, 2014

An analysis of more than six decades of death rates from U.S. hurricanes shows that severe hurricanes with a more feminine name result in a greater death toll, simply because a storm with a feminine name is seen as less foreboding than one with a more masculine name. As a result, people in the path of these severe storms may take fewer protective measures, leaving them more vulnerable to harm.

Published Date: June 3, 2014


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Palmer amaranth threatens midwest farm economy

Published Date:June 3, 2014

An invasive weed that has put some southern cotton farmers out of business is now finding its way across the Midwest – and many corn and soybean growers don’t yet appreciate the threat, University of Illinois researchers report.

Published Date: June 3, 2014


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Police reform law underenforced by Department of Justice

Published Date:May 29, 2014

A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.

Published Date: May 29, 2014