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Illinois researchers help Hollywood get the science right
Two University of Illinois researchers are among a national group of scientists selected to help leaders in the entertainment industry improve the accuracy of the scientific content of their productions. (2008-11-18)

Study finds Illinois is most critical hub in food distribution network
Illinois is the most critical hub in the network of US domestic food transfers, according to a new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. According to the report, the US food network moves more than 400 million tons of food annually. Of that total, more than 70 million tons are transported through Illinois, the most of any state in the nation. (2014-12-18)

Symposium marks century of discovery for U. of I. entomology department
The University of Illinois department of entomology celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009 and will mark this milestone with a symposium Dec. 11 -- two days before the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Indianapolis. Lectures will include (2009-12-03)

Farmers who plant -- or replant -- after June 20 may see yields drop by half
A costly deadline looms for many growers in the Midwest, as every day of waiting for the weather to cooperate to plant corn and soybeans reduces potential yields. (2008-06-10)

Daniel Ralph Wins 1997 McMillan Award
Cornell Physics Professor Daniel Ralph is the winner of the University of Illinois' 1997 William L. McMillan Award for fundamental contributions to the study of nanoscale structures. (1997-10-01)

Scarcity Of Illinois Prairie Chickens Tied To Lack Of Genetic Diversity
An endangered grasslands bird species that the state of Illinois is attempting to save the greater prairie chicken used to part of the stronger populations in other Midwest states but has been weakened by a loss of genetic diversity. The findingsprovide hope for success for the state's efforts under way to introduce birds from the other Midwest populations into nests in two Southern Illinois counties. (1996-09-04)

Internal dissension cited as reason for Cahokia's dissolution
Dr. Thomas E. Emerson and Dr. Kristin M. Hedman from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey-Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois present a new case for Cahokia's demise. The new theory was published in Southern Illinois University Press' volume, 'Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation in Complex Societies.' Emerson and Hedman contributed a chapter that explores internal divisions that led to the collapse of Cahokia. (2016-02-23)

Role of soy foods in addressing obesity to be topic of Illinois forum
The problem of obesity, especially among children, has risen to near epidemic proportions in recent years. To help address this problem, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a forum May 25-26 to examine the role that soy foods can play in managing a person's weight. (2005-04-28)

Study: Multi-tasking on the street not a good idea for older people
Older adults may put themselves at risk by talking on cell phones while crossing the street, researchers report in a new study. The researchers found that adults aged 59 to 81 took significantly longer than college students to cross a simulated street while talking on a mobile phone, and their heightened cautiousness in initiating crossing did nothing to improve their safety. Older adults on cell phones also were more likely to fail to cross in the time allotted for the task. (2011-03-16)

Flaky graphene makes reliable chemical sensors
Researchers demonstrate that films made of randomly stacked graphene flakes can detect lower concentrations of some chemicals than films made of graphene crystals. (2012-01-17)

Illinois income tax increase a missed opportunity for tax reform
University of Illinois law professor Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement issues, says the state of Illinois has a seriously outmoded tax structure that's in dire need of reform. (2011-01-19)

Corn Rootworm Changing Behavior, Posing New Threat To Crops
Crop rotation is failing as a defense against Western corn rootworms in a growing number of Midwest fields. The beetles have adapted, are spreading and pose a threat to corn crops this year, say scientists at the University of Illinois. (1998-02-06)

Researchers seek to improve drought resistance of biofuels crops
A new multi-institutional initiative seeks to determine the genetic basis of drought resistance in a grass closely related to current biofuels feedstocks and food crops. (2012-07-23)

Illinois town provides a historical foundation for today's bee research
A study published in the journal Science reveals a decline in bee species since the late 1800s in West Central Illinois. The study could not have been conducted without the work of a 19th-century naturalist. The new article shows a considerable decline in the number of bee species in the Carlinville, Illinois area since earlier landmark studies. (2013-03-01)

Illinois' imperiled eastern massasauga rattlesnakes retain genetic diversity
A long-term study of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes in Illinois reveals that -- despite their alarming decline in numbers -- the few remaining populations have retained a surprising amount of genetic diversity. (2018-08-13)

Study reveals how pesticide use and climate affect monarch butterflies
An analysis of data in Illinois has found a link between higher county-level use of an herbicide called glyphosate and reduced abundance of adult monarch butterflies, especially in areas with concentrated agriculture. This association was only evident during the initial years of the adoption of herbicide-resistant crops (1994-2003), however, when glyphosate use was increasing most quickly. (2017-05-17)

Clerkship order linked with outcomes on clerkship subject exams, grades, not clinical performance
Susan M. Kies, Ed.D., of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, and colleagues conducted a study to assess whether the order in which third-year core clerkships are completed affects student performance. (2010-09-14)

Illinois-Intel partnership leads to prototype for debugging innovations
In a major collaboration, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Intel will unveil a new process for parallel programming systems at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture held in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 23-27. This process, called QuickRec, allows steps in a process to be retraced to learn where something went wrong. It is a prototype for a multicore Intel architecture record and replay system for multithreaded programs. (2013-06-17)

Research shows arsenic, mercury and selenium in Asian carp not a health concern to most
Researchers at the Prairie Research Institute's Illinois Natural History Survey have found that overall, concentrations of arsenic, selenium, and mercury in bighead and silver carp from the lower Illinois River do not appear to be a health concern for a majority of human consumers. (2014-01-28)

Herbivores play important role in protecting habitats from invasive species
Herbivores consume more non-native oak leaf material in areas with diverse native plant communities than in less diverse communities. Why diverse plant communities tend to resist invasion by non-native plants, remains uncertain. Researchers from the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Morton Arboretum have been examining the potential role of herbivores on the invasion of non-native plant species in diverse plant communities. (2014-10-02)

Palmer amaranth could affect Illinois soybean yield
Although agricultural weed Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) primarily impacts southern US states, new research shows it could soon spread further north and damage soybean yields in Illinois. (2016-01-27)

Harris Lewin elected to National Academy of Sciences
Harris Lewin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, it was announced today. Lewin, an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences and founding director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, was recognized for research he conducted during his 27 years at the University of Illinois. He is now vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Davis, where he earned his doctorate in 1984. (2012-05-01)

Study: How we explain things influences what we think is right
New research focuses on a fundamental human habit: When trying to explain something (why people give roses for Valentine's Day, for example), we often focus on the traits of the thing itself (roses are pretty) and not its context (advertisers promote roses). In a new study, researchers found that people who tend to focus on 'inherent traits' and ignore context also are more likely to assume that the patterns they see around them are good. (2016-07-05)

Only tax increase can cure Illinois budget woes, study says
Tax increases are the only solution to a widening budget crisis that a new study says has landed Illinois among the nation's most financially troubled states, a soon-to-be-released report by a team of University of Illinois economists warns. (2009-11-17)

Two Parasitic Wasps Show Promise For Controlling Pest Flies
With the goal of improving the natural biological control of flies, scientists have scoured Illinois feedlots. After three years of study, they say that two parasitic wasps known as Spalangia endius and Spalangia nigoraenea are especially important in the Midwest and actually could emerge as weapons. Such is the finding of a study of parasites that feed on stable and house flies in Illinois. (1997-07-15)

Researchers move endangered mussels to save them
Researchers at the University of Illinois have transported two endangered freshwater mussel species from Pennsylvania to Illinois in an attempt to re-establish their populations in the western part of the Ohio River Basin. (2013-09-11)

Illinois waterways, waterfowl detailed in new book
Illinois wetlands, waterways and waterfowl have come together in a 672-page book and companion field guide that blend history, biological research, conservation management and a wealth of color photographs and facts. The book, (1999-12-09)

Study: Different species share a 'genetic toolkit' for behavioral traits
The house mouse, stickleback fish and honey bee appear to have little in common, but at the genetic level these animals respond in strikingly similar ways to danger, researchers report. When any of these creatures confronts an intruder, many of the same genes and brain gene networks gear up or down in response. This discovery, reported in the Proceedings of teh National Academy of Sciences, suggests that distantly related organisms share some key genetic mechanisms that help them respond to threats. (2014-12-01)

Illinois' guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordable
Studies reveal that Illinois' guaranteed tuition rates law is driving tuition rates higher at the state's public universities and is linked with declining state appropriations. (2015-06-01)

Heat, rainfall affect pathogenic mosquito abundance in catch basins
Rainfall and temperature affect the abundance of two mosquito species linked to West Nile Virus in storm catch basins in suburban Chicago, two University of Illinois researchers report. (2012-07-06)

Original northern border of Illinois was south of Chicago and Lake Michigan
Chicago residents today might have had a Wisconsin zip code if the originally proposed northern boundary of Illinois had been approved. It was a straight line from the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan to just south of the Rock and Mississippi River confluence. (2014-09-11)

Who makes the NCAA tournament? Researchers at the University of Illinois can help
The field for NCAA Tournament will be announced March 11, and basketball fans want to know which teams will be a part of March Madness. Researchers at the University of Illinois may have discovered the secret to forecasting the field. They also make a case that the much-maligned RPI really is a dependable tool for tournament decision-makers. (2018-03-05)

U of I faculty assist in evaluating US food security programs
Representatives of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank shared results of a national study sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The study is completed every four years by nearly 200 food banks and analyzes the effectiveness of emergency food distribution throughout the United States. Craig Gundersen, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for this report. (2010-02-04)

Radiologist Aruna Vade, M.D., receives highest honor from Chicago Radiological Society
The Chicago Radiological Society has given Loyola Medicine pediatric radiologist Aruna Vade, M.D., F.A.C.R., its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Vade was honored for her 'outstanding leadership in organized medicine on local, state and national levels and her many years of dedicated service to radiology.' (2016-05-04)

Restoring Farm Land To Natural Wetlands Key To Stemming Flood
Some of the lessons learned from the catastrophic flood of the Upper Mississippi River in 1993 may be sinking in, according to a University of Illinois researcher (1997-05-02)

Midwest wetlands almost gone but may still have most species
Wetlands in the Midwest? It may be hard to believe but vast areas of today's Corn Belt used to get so wet that malaria was common. While the remaining wetlands are small and scattered, there's still hope -- new research shows that most of the original species may still survive. (2003-01-28)

Health campaigns that promote exercise may cause people to eat more
New research from the University of Illinois suggests that weight-loss campaigns that promote exercise may actually cause people to eat more. (2009-02-27)

Poison Centers benefit patients, reduce medical costs, study finds
Illinois hospitals could save $34.6 million if all poisoning patients admitted received assistance. (2014-03-10)

New Illinois coalition supports cigarette tax increase
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), an international medical society with over 650 members in Illinois, along with more than a dozen Illinois-based public health, education, and environmental groups, today announced their support of a statewide increase on cigarette tax. (2005-05-25)

Team finds bovine kobuvirus in US
A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the US, researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. (2019-12-12)

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