blog postsLife SciencesAgricultureSurvival of many of the world’s nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts reportJan 18, 2017 1:00 pm0 views A report in the journal Science Advances details the grim realities facing a majority of the nonhuman primates in the world – the apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises inhabiting ever-shrinking forests across the planet. The review is the most comprehensive conducted so far, the researchers say, and the picture it paints is dire.DeathsDeathsJan 17, 2017 4:30 pm12 views Charlotte Jane (Honn) Brownfield ... Mary L. Giles ... Margaret McLaren Jensen ... Martin L. Maehr ... Robert J. Nelson ... Dorothy Ann (Sturdivant) SchoepsFaculty InterviewsLawWhat does the future hold for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am102 views Why the sudden impetus to reorganize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? For starters, it was never a bipartisan effort.ArtsHumanitiesIllinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm381 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am305 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.AnnouncementsFeser leaving for job with Oregon StateJan 9, 2017 10:00 am320 views Edward Feser is leaving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become the provost and executive vice president at Oregon State University.Announcements2017 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ponders ‘challenging times’Jan 6, 2017 3:15 pm453 views With a theme of “Pursuing the Dream in Challenging Times,” the 2017 communitywide celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. includes a half-dozen events throughout Champaign and Urbana.Announcements Winter math carnival to be held at IllinoisJan 6, 2017 1:30 pm46 views The department of mathematics at Illinois will hold a family winter math carnival called The Gathering for Gardner 2017 on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 2-5 p.m. at Altgeld Hall, 1409 W. Green St., Urbana. The day is filled with hands-on activities, demonstrations, games, puzzles, refreshments and mathematical prizes for participants.Social SciencesLife SciencesCounseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am1973 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand.Faculty InterviewsHealthLawWhat is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am390 views Professor Richard Kaplan discusses the impetus behind congressional leaders’ desire to change Medicaid, the health insurance program with more than 74 million enrollees in the U.S.DeathsDeathsJan 5, 2017 3:45 pm241 views Betty Jo Brown ... Richard A. Collier ... Elaine Burris “Granny” Cornwell ... Leland “Lee” E. Eversole ... Richard A. Garves ... Mary Margaret Graham ... George E. Gravely ... Beverly Ann Greger ... Cheryl O. Hedrick ... George “Bullet” Russell ... Ronald Eugene Schaede ... Russell E. WinterbottomBusinessAnnouncementsNew online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am1167 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment.AnnouncementsCold, dry December ends a warm year in IllinoisJan 4, 2017 3:00 pm42 views The statewide average temperature for December was 28.6, 1.3 degrees below normal, according to Jim Angel, Illinois state climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. AnnouncementsStephens named Nesbitt Center directorJan 3, 2017 10:30 am1810 views Nathan Stephens will become the director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center effective Jan. 9. The center is named for Bruce D. Nesbitt, who led the U. of I.'s Afro-American Cultural Program for 22 years.DeathsDeathsDec 22, 2016 1:30 pm386 views Ned Goldwasser ... James Edward Huffman ... Robert “Bob” Mooney ... Daniel Ivan PadbergAnnouncementsHu named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences deanDec 22, 2016 9:30 am1389 views Feng Sheng Hu, the associate dean for biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will become the LAS dean Jan. 1 pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWill the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm539 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.AnnouncementsHuman-Animal Studies Summer Institute seeks applicantsDec 19, 2016 4:45 pm70 views The Animals and Society Institute and Illinois seek applications for the first Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in human-animal studies.AnnouncementsAllerton sponsors Winter Wellness WalksDec 19, 2016 3:45 pm48 views The University of Illinois’ Allerton Park will be holding illuminated Winter Wellness Walks Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. until Jan. 16. The free walk runs from the mansion parking lot through the Avenue of the Formal Gardens and the Brick Wall Garden to the Visitor Center.AnnouncementsSolar farm marks one year in operationDec 19, 2016 3:15 pm46 views In its first year of commercial operation, the university’s solar farm generated 7,284 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy for the campus, successfully meeting expectations. Located at the southwest corner of Windsor Road and First Street, Champaign, the solar farm reduced the campus carbon footprint by more than 6,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.AnnouncementsHonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1310 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.DeathsDeathsDec 15, 2016 1:45 pm215 views Howard D. Eskridge ... Kathryn "Katie" Matilda GravlinBusiness‘Cultural distinctiveness’ can influence consumer preferences for certain products, study saysDec 15, 2016 9:15 am443 views The concept of “cultural distinctiveness” prompts consumers to fulfill a need to connect with home by favoring brands or products associated with a related cultural group, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli.BusinessPaper: Credit status not a good predictor of worker productivityDec 15, 2016 9:15 am135 views Credit screening as a condition of employment is a flawed practice that can result in discrimination against low-income and minority applicants, says research from Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.AnnouncementsKrannert Center announces free family concertDec 14, 2016 2:00 pm41 views Children’s reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith and his band will perform a free family concert at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. HumanitiesGuide to children’s books offers a diverse range of suggestions for gift giversDec 14, 2016 1:15 pm234 views Books are great gifts, and the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois can help gift givers find the right book for the young people on their lists.BusinessEducationNew book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am496 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012.HealthLife SciencesStudy links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adultsDec 13, 2016 8:45 am3447 views A study of older adults offers insight into how a pigment found in leafy greens that tends to accumulate in brain tissue may contribute to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.HumanitiesLife SciencesAn informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am237 views An informatics approach can help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.BusinessLaw‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am324 views Even if the Affordable Care Act is ultimately repealed, the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health care plans has already affected employers’ health insurance offerings, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.Behind the ScenesJourney to the riverbank and back in timeDec 12, 2016 9:00 am582 views I wake up to the sound of the engine running. The cook needs power to begin making breakfast at 4:30 a.m., and the captain begins steering the boat to where we will examine the riverbanks. I get dressed, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants tinged with the red of the rocks we have studied – their iron stain is slowly becoming the main color of my wardrobe.Faculty InterviewsLawWhat might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm479 views It remains uncertain that plans being floated to privatize Medicare by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will have the support of President-elect Donald Trump, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.EducationSexual harassment common among middle school children, study findsDec 9, 2016 9:00 am448 views Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, according to a new five-year study by researchers at the University of Illinois.DeathsDeathsDec 8, 2016 1:45 pm164 views Darrel F. “Bump” DeDecker ... Jean M. Due Physical SciencesLife SciencesReport proposes standards for sharing data and code used in computational studiesDec 8, 2016 1:00 pm740 views A new report by prominent leaders in computational methods and reproducibility lays out recommendations for ways researchers, institutions, agencies and journal publishers can work together to standardize sharing of data sets and software code.Faculty InterviewsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm328 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Behind the ScenesLife onboard the research boatDec 8, 2016 12:45 pm279 views Given the confining nature of our vessel, many routines that require no thought or preparation in our everyday lives become chores on the boat.AnnouncementsArchitect selected for Nesbitt Center construction projectDec 7, 2016 12:15 pm723 views A Chicago-based architecture firm led by an Illinois alumna has been selected to design the rebuilt Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.AgricultureLife SciencesPollinator habitat program spreads bad seeds with the goodDec 7, 2016 8:30 am5861 views Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds – including seeds of the potentially devastating agricultural weed Palmer amaranth – along with the good. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have traced the weed seeds to at least one source: pollinator habitat seed sold by a company in the Midwest.AnnouncementsYWCA seeks nominations for the 31st Women's Leadership AwardsDec 6, 2016 3:30 pm70 views The YWCA at Illinois is seeking nominations for the 31st annual Women’s Leadership Awards. Prospective nominees are exceptional women who display leadership, initiative, creativity and dedication, and go the extra mile to get involved in programs and activities that benefit the communities in which they live and work. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses in the greater Champaign-Urbana community who work to advance the mission of the YWCA.HealthLife SciencesPaper: Enzyme that digests vitamin A also may regulate testosterone levelsDec 6, 2016 1:00 pm404 views An enzyme that converts the dietary carotenoid beta carotene into vitamin A in the body may also regulate testosterone levels and growth of the prostate, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a study. AnnouncementsHoliday tune request line begins Thursday, Dec. 8Dec 5, 2016 4:30 pm55 views Dial-A-Carol is a student-run holiday program at Illinois. Each year, the students of Snyder Hall, a University Housing residence hall, host the event. Anyone from anywhere may call 217-332-1882 and request any holiday tune, which will be sung live by students over the telephone. AnnouncementsAgReach, a new international agricultural extension program, begins at IllinoisDec 5, 2016 2:15 pm29 views A new program for worldwide agricultural development kicked off Nov. 30 at Illinois. AgReach was welcomed by a West African drum performance and introduced by professor Alex Winter-Nelson, representing the agricultural and consumer economics department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. A worldwide smallholder farming initiative, AgReach closes gaps in agrisystems so that smallholder farmers thrive. Paul McNamara, an economist and a professor at Illinois, leads the initiative and the team of 18 professionals based at Illinois and in some of the poorest countries in the world, including Sierra Leone, Malawi and Bangladesh. With more than 20 years of experience in agricultural economics and development, McNamara founded AgReach to continue building the $22 million development portfolio composed of projects that have improved the quality of farming in more than 50 countries. “One thing notable about the AgReach program is the mix of disciplines and the breadth of experience among the team,” said Kim Kidwell, the College of ACES dean. “People are a key ingredient in any well-functioning and impactful extension program, and in a relatively short amount of time, the AgReach team has assembled a world-class group of development professionals and scholars to implement its program of capacity development and action-oriented research.” Initiated by the Modernizing Agriculture and Extension Services in 2012, AgReach builds upon other programs including the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services and the Malawi Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Services Project, both housed at Illinois. More information may be found online.Physical SciencesBusinessTSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study findsDec 5, 2016 8:45 am803 views There could be an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security, and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports.Faculty InterviewsEducationHow could public education change under the Trump administration?Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am724 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.BusinessPaper: Corporate board ‘interlocks’ lead to managerial entrenchmentDec 1, 2016 9:15 am379 views The Rolodexes of the business elite help account for the surprising resilience of managerial control of publicly held corporations, leading to an entrenched management structure that comes at the expense of shareholder value, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton.BusinessLife Sciences‘Nudges’ an inexpensive, effective way to increase completion of health promotion programsDec 1, 2016 9:15 am261 views Keeping your message brief and simple – on the level of a gentle reminder, as opposed to constant nagging – can produce gains when trying to increase engagement with health care programs, says new research from U. of I. professor and social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin.HonorsU of I senior from Northbrook named Marshall ScholarNov 30, 2016 11:45 am796 views For the third consecutive year, a U. of I. student has been named a Marshall Scholar. Devin Weiss, of Northbrook, Illinois, is a senior majoring in sociology. HonorsCollege of Engineering faculty members honoredNov 29, 2016 3:00 pm77 views Paul Fischer, a professor of computer science and of mechanical science and engineering, and research colleague Misun Min at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently earned an R&D 100 Award, which recognizes top technologies of the year. Known as the “Oscars of Invention,” the awards are organized by R&D Magazine. more Announcements2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarships availableNov 29, 2016 1:00 pm66 views University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition.