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Three University of Illinois professors  from left, P. Brighton Godfrey, Prashant Jain and Shinsei Ryu 'have been selected to receive 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Three faculty members awarded 2014 Sloan Fellowships

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 18, 2014

Three University of Illinois professors have been selected to receive 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Published Date: February 18, 2014


Michelle Kelley, of Schaumburg, Ill., is one of 40 students to receive a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

U. of I. senior wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Published Date:February 13, 2014

A senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the recipients of this year’s prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Published Date: February 13, 2014


Used plastic shopping bags can be converted into petroleum products that serve a multitude of purposes.

Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 12, 2014

Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report.

Published Date: February 12, 2014


University of Illinois chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten and physics professor Taekjip Ha led a study of how the ribosome assembles itself.

Advanced techniques yield new insights into ribosome self-assembly

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 12, 2014

Ribosomes, the cellular machines that build proteins, are themselves made up of dozens of proteins and a few looping strands of RNA. A new study, reported in the journal Nature, offers new clues about how the ribosome, the master assembler of proteins, also assembles itself.

Published Date: February 12, 2014


Professor J. Gary Eden was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in micro-plasma and laser technologies.

Illinois professor elected to National Academy of Engineering

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 6, 2014

J. Gary Eden, the Gilmore Family Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

Published Date: February 6, 2014


A close-up of an elastic polymer that was cut in two and healed overnight.

Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2014

Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products.

Published Date: February 4, 2014


A new 3-D imaging technique for live cells uses a conventional microscope to capture image slices throughout the depth of the cell, then computationally renders them into one three-dimensional image. The technique uses no dyes or chemicals, allowing researchers to observe cells in their natural state.

3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye required

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 21, 2014

Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures – all with conventional microscopes and white light.

Published Date: January 21, 2014


Engineers developed the first tiny, synthetic machines that can swim by themselves, powered by beating heart cells.

Tiny swimming bio-bots boldly go where no bot has swum before

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 17, 2014

The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots.

Published Date: January 17, 2014


Illinois professor Lane Martin was honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Illinois professor Lane Martin earns Presidential Early Career Award

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 9, 2014

University of Illinois professor Lane Martin is among the 102 researchers to receive the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor the U.S. government confers upon young investigators establishing their independent research careers.

Published Date: January 9, 2014


Invisible gas clouds in galaxies absorb light from background quasars based on the clouds' physical properties.  By searching for changes in absorption from repeat observations of the same quasar, University of Illinois astronomers found the first evidence that small-scale gas clouds are likely to exist.

Quasars illuminate swiftly swirling clouds around galaxies

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 7, 2014

A new study of light from quasars has provided astronomers with illuminating insights into the swirling clouds of gas that form stars and galaxies, proving that the clouds can shift and change much more quickly than previously thought.

Published Date: January 7, 2014