Campus Highlights

Campus Highlights

  • image of sandia director paul hommert with chancellor phyllis wise
    12/9/2014
    Sandia National Laboratories and the U. of I. have signed a five-year agreement to advance collaboration and information sharing between the U.S. Department of Energy’s national security lab and one of the world’s premier research universities. This partnership’s goals include solving the nation’s big problems, sustaining and engaging human capital, and accelerating the adoption of new technology. Initial technical focus areas include programs in complex systems and resiliency, data science, digital manufacturing and on-demand power.
  • 12/8/2014
    It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.
  • image of tesla cofounder martin eberhard
    12/2/2014
    Surrounded by corn and soybean fields, Urbana-Champaign doesn’t strike you at first as a place where future tech leaders would emerge. It's why many people fail to realize that Illinois has bred some of the most remarkable tech visionaries in history. They built companies that essentially changed tech history as we know it.
  • 12/2/2014
    Business Insider ran an article highlighting 11 of the "most amazing tech visionaries in history" that came from the University of Illinois. We loved the list, but some of our Twitter followers wanted to hear about amazing women alums as well. Here's our quick answer.
  • image of kate quealy-gainer, assistant editor of the bulletin for children's books
    12/1/2014
    The 2014 Guide Book to Gift Books, published by the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois, offers suggestions for books in a wide range of styles, genres and subject matter, “whether you’re looking for a cheerful picture book, an absorbing nonfiction title or a pulse-pounding novel.”
  • 11/18/2014
    “The Chicago Years” begins with Taft’s return to the U.S. in 1886, when he settled in the Windy City, thus commencing his most productive and influential period, which continued until his death in 1936. Nearly all of Taft’s major works were produced during these years, and are lavishly illustrated in more than 200 color and black-and-white images throughout the book.
  • image of the plant ipomopsis aggregata
    11/14/2014
    When munched by grazing animals (or mauled by scientists in the lab), some herbaceous plants overcompensate – producing more plant matter and becoming more fertile than they otherwise would. Scientists say they now know how these plants accomplish this feat of regeneration.
  • image of professor christopher freeburg
    11/14/2014
    A degree in English, Professor Christopher Freeburg says, is an excellent primer for careers in a variety of fields—but, particularly in today’s world, with growing emphasis on the STEM fields, the point must be made clearer. Freeburg advocates the “vocationalization” of his field—that is, giving students an awareness of how the skills they’re learning in English classes are applicable in the modern workplace.
  • image of the mousr cat toy
    11/12/2014
    The concept: Real prey doesn’t move randomly - it reacts. Mousr reacts to cats, using a 360-degree camera and sensors to detect when the toy has been caught or has hit an obstacle.
  • image of professor Sharon Nickols-Richardson
    11/5/2014
    Being accountable to another person and receiving social support may be vital in motivating some women to lose weight and keep it off, a new study says.
  • 10/29/2014
    Adolescent boys who bully peers and engage in homophobic teasing are more likely to perpetrate sexual harassment later on, suggests a new study of middle-school students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • 10/28/2014
    Astronomers have caught their first glimpse of the invisible magnetic fields that sculpt solar systems.
  • image of professor wilfred van der donk
    10/27/2014
    Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. Their discovery solves a decades-old mystery, and opens up new avenues of research into thousands of similar molecules, many of which are likely to be medically useful.
  • 10/23/2014
    When bad weather strikes or illness invades, zoos and aquariums are among the most vulnerable facilities affected, said University of Illinois veterinarian Yvette Johnson-Walker, a clinical epidemiologist who contributes to emergency response training efforts at animal exhibitor institutions.
  • image from inside the new electrical and computer engineering building
    10/16/2014
    This short video shows some of the historic achievements of the people in Electrical and Computer Engineering, leading up to the 2014 dedication of a state-of-the-art building.
  • 10/14/2014
    Hospitals and other health care agencies are at risk of doctors, nurses, janitors and other essential workers walking off the job during an infectious disease outbreak, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.
  • image of professor art kramer
    10/8/2014
    “Drivers were less likely to be involved in a collision when their remote partner could see what they were seeing,” graduate student John Gaspar said. “And this benefit seems to be driven by changes in the way partners talked to the driver.” Seeing the driver and watching what was going on in traffic during the conversation allowed the non-driving partner to stop speaking, for example, when something unexpected occurred on the road, or to point out a situation that might be dangerous
  • 10/6/2014
    The national advisory committee, on which Dowling will serve a three-year term, advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of its programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census.
  • 10/1/2014
    Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report.
  • 10/1/2014
    Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mechanism by which estrogen prepares cells to divide, grow and, in the case of estrogen-positive breast cancers, resist cancer drugs. The researchers say the work reveals new targets for breast cancer therapy and will help doctors predict which patients need the most aggressive treatment.