blog postsArtsIllinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am0 views University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony discusses the gender, age and body biases in product, building and fashion design in her new book, “Defined by Design.”Expert ViewpointsLawWith the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm44 views With the demise of the American Health Care Act all but rendering health care reform a moribund issue, tax reform likely will present its own challenges for President Trump and Congress, says Professor Richard L. Kaplan.DeathsDeathsMar 27, 2017 11:15 am30 views Louis Vincent DiBello ... Paul Stanley Hursey ... Jane Knop ... Eugene (Gene) Andrew Schum Announcements‘Hair’ coming to ‘Ebertfest,’ along with additional films and guestsMar 23, 2017 2:30 pm539 views The 1979 musical film “Hair” has been added to the schedule for this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with four additional films and directors, actors and other guests who will accompany them. Behind the ScenesCasting a net for conservation, and catching ducksMar 22, 2017 8:15 am471 views I'm sitting in a camouflaged blind when the sun breaks the horizon and lights up the southeast Illinois wetland. Hidden by cattails and other vegetation, I watch my breath and note how cold my feet are despite the thick wool socks and insulated waders I’m wearing. A hundred yards away, ducks – most of them mallards or American green-winged teal – begin to drop from the sky to land on the water along the shore, right near my bait.AnnouncementsHistorians take to their soapbox for books that changed the worldMar 21, 2017 1:30 pm171 views Ten U. of I. history professors, staff and students will each make their case for a book that changed everything at the “History Soapbox” on March 30. Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am828 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.HealthSocial SciencesTailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1039 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.CampusAltgeld Tower closed for repairs, carillon on autopilotMar 19, 2017 7:15 am363 views With the closing of Altgeld Tower for repairs, the iconic carillon will be limited to machine-controlled announcements of quarter-hour intervals.Life SciencesAgricultureTeam nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expressionMar 17, 2017 2:45 pm389 views Researchers are nebulizing soybean aphids with RNA to speed the process of discovering the function of many mystery genes.AnnouncementsOscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’Mar 17, 2017 11:00 am597 views Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear are coming to this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with two films, the first announced in this year’s lineup. AnnouncementsNASA awards $750,000 contract to startup for ‘smart’ color-changing air filters for space suitsMar 16, 2017 3:00 pm321 views Serionix, a startup based on a technology created at the U. of I. and incubated at the EnterpriseWorks accelerator at Illinois, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life-support systems. The same technology is on its way into consumer products expected to launch within the year. AnnouncementsIllinois Distinguished Lecture Series in Operations Research announces speakerMar 16, 2017 2:45 pm36 views Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Public Health and Engineering at Yale University’s School of Management, will present “Adventures in Policy Modeling!” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium at 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana. A reception will follow in the NCSA atrium. DeathsDeathsMar 16, 2017 1:45 pm172 views Vivian Gladis Reid ... Thomas Dale “Tim” Roberts ... Russell E. WinterbottomArtsStories of troubled youth and their families depicted in documentary-theater production “WILDERNESS”Mar 16, 2017 8:45 am219 views “WILDERNESS,” a documentary-theater piece coming to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts later this month, tells the stories of a half-dozen adolescents who are sent to a wilderness-therapy program in the desert to work through the issues that are troubling them.HonorsCollege of Engineering professors honoredMar 15, 2017 4:15 pm78 views Princess U II Imoukhuede, a professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her proposal “qBio+cBio=sBio; Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.”moreExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm310 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.HealthLife SciencesStudy links sulfide-producing bacteria and colon cancer in African-AmericansMar 15, 2017 9:15 am625 views A new study reveals that African-Americans have measurable differences in the number and type of bacteria that live in the colon – and those differences are related to their higher-than-average colon cancer risk.ArtsRobotic arm will give Illinois architecture students more fabrication optionsMar 15, 2017 8:00 am495 views The University of Illinois School of Architecture has a new fabrication tool for students to use in building objects they’ve designed. Its industrial robotic arm will allow students in its Detail and Fabrication Program to cut materials at angles and in shapes that they can’t do with the other fabrication tools.HonorsIllinois Program for Research in the Humanities announces fellowshipsMar 14, 2017 3:15 pm29 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the U. of I. awarded its annual faculty and graduate student fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year to seven faculty members and seven graduate students. IPRH also announced its inaugural class of New Horizons summer research fellows for 2017. The program supports faculty summer research and pays for an undergraduate research assistant to support the project. Life SciencesAgricultureReport: Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declinesMar 13, 2017 4:15 pm1145 views Monarch butterfly declines cannot be attributed merely to declines in milkweed abundance, researchers report.HumanitiesUniversity of Illinois Library launches open-access digital publishing networkMar 13, 2017 10:30 am850 views The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet. The publishing network is a network of open-access scholarly publications and publishing infrastructure and resources.DeathsDeathsMar 10, 2017 2:15 pm102 views Larry Dornhoff ... Willie T. SummervilleAnnouncementsLabor experts will present the second of Illini Union Bookstore’s Sesquicentennial Reading SeriesMar 10, 2017 2:15 pm113 views The Illini Union Bookstore at Illinois announces the second installment of its Sesquicentennial Reading Series on Tuesday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Authors Corner on the second floor of the bookstore, located at 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. AnnouncementsStudents encouraged to enter the Sesquicentennial Design CompetitionMar 10, 2017 10:00 am34 views The department of landscape architecture at Illinois announces the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative for students. HonorsIllini Emergency Medical Services honoredMar 9, 2017 10:45 am142 views Illini Emergency Medical Services recently won three competitive awards: Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS, Collegiate EMS Video of the Year and Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year. The awards were presented at the 24th annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conference in Baltimore in late February. IEMS is one of 246 campus-based emergency medical services organizations in North America, and one of 100 that attended the conference. BusinessStudy: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percentMar 9, 2017 8:45 am766 views The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois.CampusAugust and December 2016 graduates, Dean's List honorees namedMar 9, 2017 8:30 am5070 views The University of Illinois announced Dean’s List honorees – all 6,643 of them – and graduates from August and December 2016.AnnouncementsChild Development Laboratory accepting applications for 2017-18Mar 8, 2017 4:15 pm61 views The Child Development Laboratory, 1105 W. Nevada and 1005 W. Nevada, Urbana, is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Full-day child care programs for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years are in session Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a year-round basis. AnnouncementsEU ambassador to speak March 15 at the U. of I.Mar 8, 2017 9:15 am161 views The European Union ambassador to the U.S. is speaking March 15 at the University of Illinois, part of EU Day 2017.DeathsDeathsMar 7, 2017 11:30 am110 views Frances “Francie” Bridges ... Richard Charles Meyer ... John Thomas Pfeffer ... John ThompsonExpert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesCan data analytics help you fill out a March Madness bracket?Mar 7, 2017 9:30 am1137 views Fill in your March Madness bracket from the center out, says bracketologist Sheldon H. Jacobson.CampusMedia Advisory: Video released beckoning Obama to May 13 commencementMar 6, 2017 10:00 am97 views A video featuring students asking former President Barack Obama to speak at the May 13 commencement ceremony was released today.ArtsThis website is watching you. Are you OK with that?Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am1389 views “Tracing You,” an online arts project by University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser, tries to pinpoint the physical location of visitors to the website. Grosser said the project reveals a desire for surveillance.EducationNew book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am392 views The willingness and courage to make decisions is what distinguishes leaders from other people, according to U. of I. education professor Mary Herrmann, the author of a new book that examines the processes and skills that support effective decision-making.AgricultureEngineeringHand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am1613 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.CampusSecond annual report available on Illinois students’ success after graduationMar 1, 2017 10:00 am433 views The second annual Illini Success, an analysis of information gleaned from survey responses and other reports, draws from the experiences of those who completed undergraduate degrees in August 2015, December 2015 and May 2016.HumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am378 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.HumanitiesApp Authors gives elementary students programming experienceFeb 28, 2017 9:30 am271 views A program designed by researchers at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences gives students experience in coding and in using technology to solve problems through building their own phone apps. AnnouncementsHospitable Illinois wetlands in spring signal happy waterfowl hunting in fallFeb 27, 2017 4:15 pm250 views When waterfowl return to Illinois in early spring on their way north, will they find enough food for a two-week layover? A limited food supply during spring migration and subsequent declines in duck populations can affect Illinois’ multimillion-dollar waterfowl hunting industry, say researchers from the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Life SciencesGreater prairie chickens cannot persist in Illinois without help, researchers reportFeb 27, 2017 6:00 am1609 views An iconic bird whose booming mating calls once reverberated across “the Prairie State” can survive in Illinois, but only with the help of periodic human interventions, researchers report.AnnouncementsSocial issues theater group to perform ‘Manifesto’Feb 24, 2017 2:15 pm102 views Inner Voices at Illinois will present “Manifesto,” a performance of intersectional feminist voices of inspiration and intervention, at two locations in March. The performances are free and open to the public, and are in honor of Women’s History Month.AnnouncementsSoils were warm throughout the state this winterFeb 24, 2017 2:15 pm116 views Warmer winter soils may have an effect on agriculture and crop pest control this spring, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.AnnouncementsNYU professor Rosen to lecture March 8 on the state of American journalismFeb 24, 2017 1:15 pm50 views Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, will present his lecture “Winter is Coming: The Trump Regime and the American Press” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at 1092 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana.AnnouncementsIdeas wanted for campus utility conservation projectsFeb 23, 2017 2:00 pm47 views University departments can improve campus energy efficiency through the Revolving Loan Fund. This semester, more than $800,000 will be available for utility conservation projects with short-term payback periods.DeathsDeathsFeb 23, 2017 1:15 pm228 views Peter James Garlick ... Sheldon Ward WilliamsCampusInvestigation finds few instances of illegal discrimination, harassmentFeb 23, 2017 10:15 am175 views A university investigation found a series of deficiencies within Facilities & Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but not systemic discriminatory employment practices and work environments.AgricultureAgricultural robot may be ‘game changer’ for crop growers, breedersFeb 23, 2017 9:45 am1455 views A semiautonomous robot being developed by University of Illinois scientists may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data that crop breeders can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.AnnouncementsImmersive visualization pioneer Donna Cox to receive lifetime achievement awardFeb 22, 2017 3:30 pm96 views Donna Cox, the director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this week at the eighth annual IMERSA 2017 Summit in Denver. The event creates an opportunity to explore the converging worlds of virtual reality-themed entertainment and immersive cinema. ArtsLyric Theatre’s “Viva Verdi!” to showcase highlights of Verdi’s operasFeb 22, 2017 2:00 pm209 views The production of “Viva Verdi!” by the Lyric Theatre, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is a tribute to Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, featuring some of his best-known arias, scenes, choruses and overtures.