Campus Highlights

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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


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We've been underestimating Earth's potential for terrestrial plant growth

Published Date:September 19, 2014

A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass – the total material in leaves, stems, roots, fruits, grains and other terrestrial plant parts – than previously thought.

Published Date: September 19, 2014


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Do you know the story of Illini Nellie?

Published Date:September 18, 2014

The life and times of Illini Nellie; the world-renowned cow that became a icon at the University of Illinois in the 1930s.

Published Date: September 18, 2014


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Illinois offers unique Chicago vet clinic experience

Published Date:September 2, 2014

“We’re the only clinic in the state that’s affiliated with the university. Not many veterinary schools can offer both experiences, and it gives us a presence in Chicago.”

Published Date: September 2, 2014


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Record number of Illinois students awarded prestigious DOD fellowships

Published Date:August 28, 2014

Seven University of Illinois graduate students have been awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Published Date: August 28, 2014


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A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring

Published Date:August 28, 2014

Researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to use it for automatic insulin dosing – something not possible using current point measurements like test strips.

Published Date: August 28, 2014