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John A. Rogers, a pioneer in flexible, stretchable electronics, has been given a 2013 American Ingenuity Award by Smithsonian Magazine, the publishing arm of the Smithsonian Institution.

John A. Rogers wins American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian Magazine

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 20, 2013

John A. Rogers, a Swanlund Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been given a 2013 American Ingenuity Award by Smithsonian Magazine, the publishing arm of the Smithsonian Institution.

Published Date: November 20, 2013


University of Illinois engineers    from left, postdoctoral researcher  Fei Tan, graduate students Mong-Kai Wu  and Michael Liu, led by Milton Feng, front  developed a laser that can transmit data at a blazing fast 40 gigabits per second, without errors  the fastest in the U.S.

Tiny laser gives big boost to high speed data transmission

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 5, 2013

High-speed communication just got a turbo boost, thanks to a new laser technology developed at the University of Illinois that transmits error-free data over fiber optic networks at a blazing fast 40 gigabits per second – the fastest in the United States.

Published Date: November 5, 2013


Climate change topic of annual Charles David Keeling lecture at U. of I.

Author: Earn Saenmuk

Published Date:October 30, 2013

Edward Maibach, a professor at George Mason University, will give a lecture in a series that honors Charles David Keeling, an analytical chemist at the University of Illinois and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Published Date: October 30, 2013


University of Illinois chemistry professor M. Christina White and graduate student Paul Gormisky developed a new catalyst that will help streamline the drug-discovery process.

New small-molecule catalyst does the work of many enzymes

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 3, 2013

Researchers report that they have created a man-made catalyst that is an “enzyme mimic.” Unlike most enzymes, which act on a single target, the new catalyst can alter the chemical profiles of numerous types of small molecules. The catalyst – and others like it – will greatly speed the process of drug discovery, the researchers say.

Published Date: October 3, 2013


Nanoantennas made of semiconductor can help scientists detect molecules with infrared light.

Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infrared

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 23, 2013

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum.

Published Date: September 23, 2013


Chemistry professor Jonathan Sweedler, left, microbiology professor John Cronan, biochemistry professor John Gerlt and their colleagues developed a streamlined approach to discovering enzyme function.

It takes a(n academic) village to determine an enzyme's function

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 23, 2013

Scientists have sequenced the genomes of nearly 6,900 organisms, but they know the functions of only about half of the protein-coding genes thus far discovered. Now a multidisciplinary effort involving 15 scientists from three institutions has begun chipping away at this mystery – in a big way. Their work to identify the function of one bacterial protein and the biochemical pathway in which it operates will also help identify the functions of hundreds of other proteins.

Published Date: September 23, 2013


Kevin T. Pitts was one of six Urbana professors named University Scholars for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Urbana campus faculty members named University Scholars

Author: Jeff Unger

Published Date:September 10, 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 10, 2013


Researchers Tatiana Garcia, a graduate student, and civil and environmental engineering professor Marcelo Garcia developed a model that predicts how Asian carp eggs will disperse after spawning that will help resource managers develop strategies for preventing spread of the invasive species to the Great Lakes.

Model developed to track eggs of Asian carp, an invasive species

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 29, 2013

Asian carp are knocking on the door of the Great Lakes, but managers now can better pinpoint strategies to control their rapidly increasing population, according to a new model for tracking carp eggs developed by researchers at the University of Illinois and the United States Geological Survey.

Published Date: July 29, 2013


The magenta-flowered fireweed, which springs up after a burn, dominates a landscape once covered in black spruce in Alaskas Yukon Flats.

Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 22, 2013

A 2,000-square-kilometer zone in the Yukon Flats of interior Alaska -- one of the most flammable high-latitude regions of the world, according to scientists -- has seen a dramatic increase in both the frequency and severity of fires in recent decades. Wildfire activity in this area is higher than at any other time in the past 10,000 years, the researchers report.

Published Date: July 22, 2013


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

H. Edward Seidel chosen to be next leader of NCSA

Author: Mike Helenthal, News Editor

Published Date:July 19, 2013

H. Edward Seidel, the senior vice president of research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, has been named the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Published Date: July 19, 2013