Campus Highlights

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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


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Cognitive test can differentiate between Alzheimer's and normal aging

Published Date:May 22, 2014

Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process.

Published Date: May 22, 2014


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Making better medicines with a handful of chemical building blocks

Published Date:May 19, 2014

University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke led a team that discovered a simple system to synthesize a large class of medically important molecules using only 12 different chemical “building blocks.”

Published Date: May 19, 2014


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Barbara J. Wilson named dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Published Date:May 9, 2014

Barbara J. Wilson, the executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at Illinois has been named the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pending approval of the university’s board of trustees.

Published Date: May 9, 2014


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Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

Published Date:May 9, 2014

Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. Until now, self-repairing materials could only bond tiny microscopic cracks. The new regenerating materials fill in large cracks and holes by regrowing material.

Published Date: May 9, 2014


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Research shows smartphone sensors leave trackable fingerprints

Published Date:April 25, 2014

Research by Associate Professor Romit Roy Choudhury and graduate students Sanorita Dey and Nirupam Roy have demonstrated that the accelerometers used in mobile devices posses unique, trackable fingerprints.

Published Date: April 25, 2014


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Illinois dance professor Jennifer Monson receives Doris Duke Impact Award

Published Date:April 23, 2014

Jennifer Monson, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been awarded a Doris Duke Impact Award. The honor includes an unrestricted multiyear cash grant of $60,000, plus up to $10,000 for audience development and another $10,000 for creative exploration during what are usually retirement years, according to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Published Date: April 23, 2014


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Potent, puzzling and (now less) toxic: Team discovers how antifungal drug works

Published Date:April 15, 2014

Researchers say they now understand the mechanism of action of amphotericin, an antifungal drug that has been in use for more than 50 years – even though it is nearly as toxic to human cells as it is to the microbes it attacks.

Published Date: April 15, 2014


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What's inside the Alma Mater time capsule?

Published Date:April 8, 2014

This is a list of the materials sealed into a time capsule, which will be placed in the base of the Alma Mater statute when it is returned to campus on April 9, 2014.

Published Date: April 8, 2014


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Labor relations expert: The NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuit

Published Date:April 7, 2014

A labor dispute serves the NCAA’s interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.

Published Date: April 7, 2014


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Team finds a better way to grow motor neurons from stem cells

Published Date:March 31, 2014

Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed. The finding, described in Nature Communications, will aid efforts to model human motor neuron development, and to understand and treat spinal cord injuries and motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Published Date: March 31, 2014


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On its bicentennial, meet the volcano that changed the world

Published Date:March 20, 2014

Gillen D’Arcy Wood, a professor of English, is the author of “Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World,” which documents the aftereffects of an 1815 volcanic eruption, the largest in recorded history. Consequences included climatic cooling, a worldwide cholera pandemic, a boom in opium production and an economic depression in the U.S.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


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Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggests

Published Date:March 17, 2014

Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they’re older, a new study suggests.

Published Date: March 17, 2014


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Professor Bill Hammack: Inside a 'Black Box' flight data recorder

Published Date:March 14, 2014

Professor Bill Hammack looks at the engineering behind a flight "black box." In designing an object an engineer must choose the proper material. Never is this more important than in the "black box" flight data recorder

Published Date: March 14, 2014


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Strategic alliance signed with University of Birmingham

Published Date:March 12, 2014

The University of Birmingham has strengthened its links with North America by announcing the establishment of a strategic alliance with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 12, 2014


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Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans

Published Date:March 5, 2014

About half of Latinos check “white” in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check “other race.” Their choice of “white” or “other race” may have little to do with their skin color, their use of English or Spanish, or their comfort within the larger culture, contrary to common assumptions, says Julie A. Dowling, a University of Illinois professor of Latina and Latino studies.

Published Date: March 5, 2014