Campus Highlights

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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

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

Published Date:August 14, 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 14, 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