Campus Highlights

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Study of lice tracks pace of molecular evolution

Published Date:January 9, 2014

A new study compares the relative rate of molecular evolution between humans and chimps with that of their lice. The researchers wanted to know whether evolution marches on at a steady pace in all creatures or if subtle changes in genes – substitutions of individual letters of the genetic code – occur more rapidly in some groups than in others.

Published Date: January 9, 2014


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UI's Kate Clancy one of Nature’s 10 People who Mattered for 2013

Published Date:December 20, 2013

An anthropologist unearths disturbing trends in sexual assaults at field sites — and suspects she’s just scratching the surface.

Published Date: December 20, 2013


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Atoms in a nanocrystal cooperate, much like in biomolecules

Published Date:December 17, 2013

Researchers have long thought that biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals were similar only in size. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have found that they can add reactivity to the list of shared traits. Atoms in a nanocrystal can cooperate with each other to facilitate binding or switching, a phenomenon widely found in biological molecules.

Published Date: December 17, 2013


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Video Game, Blek, uses music by U of I composition professor

Published Date:December 17, 2013

Like most musicians, Erin Gee – a composition professor at the University of Illinois – experiments incessantly with her instrument, trying to coax it into delivering an increasingly wider range of intriguing sounds. In Gee’s case, her instrument is simply her mouth, but what she does with it defies conventional categorization. It’s not singing, or scatting, or even beat-boxing. Instead, she has created her own musical toolbox – a collection of clicks, hums, pops, sighs, trills, whispers and whistles that composer Martin Brody has described as “new vocal molecules created by recombining the atomic elements of speech.”

Published Date: December 17, 2013


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Self-soldering nanotubes markedly improve device performance

Published Date:November 25, 2013

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron.

Published Date: November 25, 2013


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Research finds materialism makes bad events even worse

Published Date:November 25, 2013

In addition to its already well-documented negative direct effects on a person’s well-being, materialism also wields an indirect negative effect by making bad events even worse, according to a paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values.

Published Date: November 25, 2013


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Ancient, modern DNA tell story of first humans in the Americas

Published Date:November 21, 2013

Anthropology professor Ripan Malhi works with Native Americans to collect and analyze their DNA and that of their ancestors.

Published Date: November 21, 2013


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Better police surveillance technologies come with a cost

Published Date:November 13, 2013

The ever-increasing adoption of digital surveillance technologies by local police departments may dramatically improve the efficiency of criminal investigations, but it also creates the opportunity for abuse and misuse, a University of Illinois expert in criminal law and information privacy says.

Published Date: November 13, 2013


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Oral histories from Chicago's infamous Robert Taylor Homes

Published Date:November 13, 2013

University of Illinois English professor Audrey Petty is the author of “High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing.”

Published Date: November 13, 2013


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Private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest

Published Date:November 13, 2013

A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.

Published Date: November 13, 2013


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Illinois undergrads take gold at International Genetically Engineered Machine competition

Published Date:November 5, 2013

The Illinois iGEM team has won the Best Health and Medicine Project award in the Undergraduate division of the 2013 international iGEM jamboree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More than 40 teams from around the world competed in the Health and Medicine category, and awards were presented in Undergraduate and Overgraduate divisions.

Published Date: November 5, 2013


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Scholar: Empower Congress to bolster separation of powers

Published Date:October 30, 2013

Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, a University of Illinois expert in administrative law says in a newly published paper.

Published Date: October 30, 2013


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New report highlights Illinois spin-off companies

Published Date:October 30, 2013

A new report from The Science Coalition highlights two spin-off companies founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Published Date: October 30, 2013


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Route 66 drives international tourism to Midwest

Published Date:October 28, 2013

Baby Boomers and nostalgia buffs from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom are getting their kicks on Historic Route 66 in Illinois, a new study of tourism related to the road indicates.

Published Date: October 28, 2013


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Bats' white-nose fungus proves hardy survivor

Published Date:October 24, 2013

Researchers found that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats can survive under a variety of conditions and can live and grow on most carbon and nitrogen sources in caves.

Published Date: October 24, 2013


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U. of I. Library acquires archives of writer Gwendolyn Brooks

Published Date:October 17, 2013

The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000.

Published Date: October 17, 2013


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Illinois river otters still exposed to PCBs banned decades ago

Published Date:October 15, 2013

A new study found that river otters in Illinois are being exposed to dieldrin, DDE (a byproduct of DDT), PCBs and other chemicals banned decades ago.

Published Date: October 15, 2013


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Obesity found to be higher in preschoolers suspected of being maltreated

Published Date:October 10, 2013

Soaring obesity rates among youth at risk of abuse/neglect point to a need for changes in child welfare policy, according to new research by Jesse Helton and Janet Liechty, faculty members in the School of Social Work.

Published Date: October 10, 2013


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NURail Center at Illinois receives $1.4 million US DOT grant

Published Date:September 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has awarded a grant of $1.4 million to the National University Rail (NURail) Center, a multi-university rail transportation and engineering research center led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The nation is experiencing rapid growth in passenger and freight rail, and NURail’s research will help DOT transfer research and technology that will meet this i­­ncreased growth from the lab to the transportation community,” wrote U.S. senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk in a letter of support for the grant proposal.

Published Date: September 25, 2013


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Six faculty members named University Scholars

Published Date:September 11, 2013

Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Tuesday (Sept. 10) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.

Published Date: September 11, 2013