Campus Highlights

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App allows online teaching of music theory

Published Date:August 6, 2013

University of Illinois music professor Heinrich Taube has developed a computer application that could change the way music theory is taught. Called Harmonia, the program allows teachers to create an endless variety of composition or analysis assignments, provides students with immediate feedback, and performs instant harmonic analysis of complex compositions. It is the first app created at the U. of I. to appear in Apple's iTunes store for computer applications, and could pave the way for teaching music theory online.

Published Date: August 6, 2013


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Peter Constable to be next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Published Date:August 2, 2013

Peter D. Constable, a Purdue University professor of veterinary clinical sciences and the head of that department, will become the dean of the U. of I. College of Veterinary Medicine in January 2014, pending approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Published Date: August 2, 2013


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H. Edward Seidel chosen next leader of NCSA

Published Date:July 28, 2013

H. Edward Seidel, the senior vice president of research and innovation at Moscow's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois.

Published Date: July 28, 2013


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A real-life thriller about rare book thefts

Published Date:July 27, 2013

“Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It” is a Depression-era cat-and-mouse thriller about the pursuit of the worst rare-book ring in U.S. history, says author Travis McDade, curator of law rare books at the College of Law.

Published Date: July 27, 2013


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IGB's Robinson to give congressional testimony on value of brain, behavior research

Published Date:July 26, 2013

Institute for Genomic Biology Director Gene Robinson will speak in support of President Obama's BRAIN initiative, a new research effort to better understand the brain and reveal new methods for treatment and prevention of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy.

Published Date: July 26, 2013


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Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of Engineering

Published Date:June 20, 2013

Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering.

Published Date: June 20, 2013


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Gettysburg, 150 years ago: New art of photography brought the carnage home

Published Date:June 19, 2013

In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, photography was still early in its development, barely two decades old. Most people had seen few photographs, and many of those they had seen were portraits. "The capacity of photography to represent the real carnage of war was very new and very shocking to people."

Published Date: June 19, 2013


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Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform

Published Date:June 14, 2013

Law professor Jay P. Kesan says the current non-negotiable approach to user privacy is in need of serious revision, especially with the increased popularity of Web-based software that shares information through cloud computing.

Published Date: June 14, 2013


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University of Michigan associate librarian to lead U. of I. libraries

Published Date:June 10, 2013

John P. Wilkin has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.

Published Date: June 10, 2013


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20-minutes of yoga stimulates brain function, helps focus

Published Date:June 5, 2013

Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.

Published Date: June 5, 2013


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Team finds gene that helps honey bees find flowers (and get back home)

Published Date:May 29, 2013

Honey bees dont start out knowing how to find flowers or even how to get around outside the hive. Before they can forage, they must learn how to navigate a changing landscape and orient themselves in relation to the sun. In a new study, researchers report that a regulatory gene known to be involved in learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates also kicks into high gear in the brains of honey bees when they are learning how to find food and bring it home.

Published Date: May 29, 2013


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Video feature: Do you know the story of Illinium?

Published Date:May 29, 2013

This is the story of the discovery, and later disqualification of Illinium, the Illinois Element. Produced by UI-7 students Chuntunay Phillips and Tian Lu.

Published Date: May 29, 2013


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Expanding knowledge of adverse drug reactions in pets

Published Date:May 21, 2013

Dr. Sidonie Lavergne, a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, is an expert in veterinary pharmacology, toxicology, and the immune system. She is concerned that a lack of awareness of drug hypersensitivity reactions in the veterinary field has led to an underestimation of the severity and frequency of these reactions. For this reason, she is spearheading an investigation into the nature and occurrence of allergic events, focusing on both dogs and humans.

Published Date: May 21, 2013


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Sacred lotus genome sequence enlightens scientists

Published Date:May 13, 2013

The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a symbol of spiritual purity and longevity. Its seeds can survive up to 1,300 years, its petals and leaves repel grime and water, and its flowers generate heat to attract pollinators. Now researchers report in the journal Genome Biology that they have sequenced the lotus genome, and the results offer insight into the heart of some of its mysteries. The sequence reveals that of all the plants sequenced so far and there are dozens sacred lotus bears the closest resemblance to the ancestor of all eudicots, a broad category of flowering plants that includes apple, cabbage, cactus, coffee, cotton, grape, melon, peanut, poplar, soybean, sunflower, tobacco and tomato.

Published Date: May 13, 2013


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The evolution of 'ultimate fighting' from fringe to mainstream entertainment

Published Date:May 8, 2013

Once derided as barbaric and tantamount to human cockfighting by many lawmakers, the mixed martial arts industry was on the fringe of the sports landscape during its early years in the U.S. and was banned in 36 states. Over the past decade, however, MMA and its foremost promotional vehicle, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, have made a dramatic turnaround, winning mainstream acceptance and legalization in all but two states Connecticut and New York.

Published Date: May 8, 2013


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New molecule heralds hope for muscular dystrophy treatment

Published Date:May 2, 2013

Theres hope for patients with myotonic dystrophy. A new small molecule developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has been shown to break up the protein-RNA clusters that cause the disease in living human cells, an important first step toward developing a pharmaceutical treatment for the as-yet untreatable disease.

Published Date: May 2, 2013


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Dance professor Tere O'Connor named Doris Duke Artist Award recipient

Published Date:April 30, 2013

Tere OConnor, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been granted a Doris Duke Artist Award. The awards represent a deep investment in the potential of the 20 recipient artists, who each receive an unrestricted $225,000 grant, plus $25,000 to fund an audience-development project and another $25,000 to invest in a retirement account that will allow them to continue their creative work later in life.

Published Date: April 30, 2013


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Team finds markers related to ovarian cancer survival, recurrence

Published Date:April 30, 2013

Researchers at the University of Illinois have identified biomarkers that can be used to determine ovarian cancer survival and recurrence, and have shown how these biomarkers interact with each other to affect these outcomes.

Published Date: April 30, 2013


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The most powerful microbatteries ever documented

Published Date:April 17, 2013

Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.

Published Date: April 17, 2013


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Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brain

Published Date:April 11, 2013

A thin plastic ribbon printed with advanced electronics is threaded through the eye of an ordinary sewing needle. The device, containing LEDs, electrodes and sensors, can be injected into the brain or other organs.

Published Date: April 11, 2013