Campus Highlights

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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

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Snake-killing fungus is similar to bat-killing white nose syndrome

Published Date:July 18, 2014

Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows scientists to monitor the progression of the infection in living snakes.

Published Date: July 18, 2014

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Research: Business should embrace 'boomerang employees'

Published Date:July 15, 2014

According to two studies co-written by a University of Illinois expert in organizational behavior and human resources management, organizations of all types are beginning to recognize and embrace the value of recruiting and welcoming back former employees.

Published Date: July 15, 2014

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Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowires

Published Date:July 2, 2014

Illinois researchers are using plastic that shrinks when heated to pack nanowires together for electronics applications.

Published Date: July 2, 2014

Neal Cohen named Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative Director

Neal Cohen Named Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative Director

Published Date:June 30, 2014

Neal Cohen, a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, brings a record of exceptional scholarship and administrative experience to the position. He currently serves as the founding director of the Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory (CNLM, a partnership with Abbott Nutrition) and leads both the Neuroscience Program (NSP) and the Center for Lifelong Improvement of Minds and Brains (CLIMB) at the U of I.

Published Date: June 30, 2014

Allen Renear: new dean of Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Allen Renear named dean of Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Published Date:June 20, 2014

Published Date: June 20, 2014

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Fritz Drasgow named dean of Labor and Employment Relations

Published Date:June 17, 2014

Fritz Drasgow has been named the dean of the university’s School of Labor and Employment Relations, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Published Date: June 17, 2014

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Filtering prankster responses from surveys

Published Date:June 11, 2014

Educational psychologist Joseph Robinson-Cimpian’s sensitivity analysis helps researchers identify potential mischievous responders – teens who intentionally provide false information on questionnaires as a prank.

Published Date: June 11, 2014

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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