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Research examines dogs’ origin in America

Research examines dogs’ origin in America

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

December 7, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, News, Science & Technology

Many people know dogs have descended from wolves, but not many know the true origin of ‘man’s best friend.’ A research project led by a University professor and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey made discoveries on dogs’ arrival to America. Ripan Malhi, professor in anthropology, and ...

UI researchers develop chemical sensor

UI researchers develop chemical sensor

By Caroline Coyle, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

University researchers have created a sensor the size of a stamp that can be used to detect small amounts of chemical warfare agents, including sarin. Sarin is an agent that is man-made and can be spread in gas or liquid form. Exposure to sarin can cause damage to the respiratory system, muscles, g...

Faculty members recognized for contributions to advancement of science

Faculty members recognized for contributions to advancement of science

By The Daily Illini staff report

December 4, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

Four professors at the University were recognized as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the contributions to their respective scientific fields. Narayana Aluru, professor in mechanical science and engineering; William Gropp, professor in computer science; and And...

Study finds use of public transportation lowers community obesity rate

Study finds use of public transportation lowers community obesity rate

By The Daily Illini staff report

November 30, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

Using public transportation can come with several benefits, such as getting a little exercise, saving money on gas and helping the environment. Additionally, researchers at the University have found that an increase in the use of public transit would also result in a lower obesity rate in the community. ...

New center leads to propulsion system development

New center leads to propulsion system development

By Daniel Renteria, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and engineering professors will collaborate in researching propulsion systems for unmanned aircrafts in a new center at the University. The development of The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Propulsion was initiated by the U.S. Department of D...

UI researchers examine cactuses’ spine structures performance

UI researchers examine cactuses’ spine structures performance

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 27, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

Two University researchers conducted a study on six species of cactuses using various types of animal skin to examine how spine structures influence plant performance. Postdoctoral researcher Stephanie Crofts and animal biology professor Philip Anderson both study the biomechanics of puncturing pl...

Illinois to construct new Feed Technology Center

Illinois to construct new Feed Technology Center

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 27, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News, Science & Technology, Showcase, Top Stories

The University is constructing a new Feed Technology Center for the College of ACES to replace the old feed mill at the corner of St. Mary’s Road and Fourth Street in Champaign. The new mill will cement Illinois as a nationally recognized innovation hub in animal nutrition, according to the press release....

University alumna selected for Forbes 30 under 30

University alumna selected for Forbes 30 under 30

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 26, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

A University alumna was chosen for the Forbes 30 under 30 list, which recognizes 600 business and industry figures and entrepreneurs across 20 different industries in the US and in Canada.  Arielle Gross, marketing strategist and University class of 2011 alumna, was selected for the 2019 Forbes list f...

Professor finds contextual engineering improves projects for different cultures

Professor finds contextual engineering improves projects for different cultures

By The Daily Illini staff report

November 26, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

Ann Perry Witmer, professor in Engineering, is developing an algorithm that may help engineers better consider the unique context they are serving when working on projects. The idea came to Witmer when she was working in Wisconsin with organizations on infrastructure projects in rural Central America...

Project aims to sequence genomes of all living species

Project aims to sequence genomes of all living species

By Zihan Wang, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

Scientists at the University are leading the effort to start the Earth BioGenome Project, a project that aims to sequence the genomes of all species on earth. Fifteen years after the Human Genome Project, a project that sequenced the human genome, Gene Robinson, director of the Institute for Genomic...

Students receive free Echo Dots to test new skills

Students receive free Echo Dots to test new skills

By Jose Zepeda, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News, Science & Technology

Free Amazon Echo Dots were given to 200 University Housing residents to test out new Alexa commands developed by a team of undergraduate students at the University. The Echo Dots, distributed by the University’s Social Research and Technology Innovation Lab, are being used to collect data on command...

Bird calls to save endangered plant species

Bird calls to save endangered plant species

By Luis Velazquez, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

A University graduate student is leading research that may bring plant species in Oahu, Hawaii, back from the brink of extinction using bird calls. Sean MacDonald, graduate student in ACES and lead researcher, realized certain endangered plant species historically dispersed by birds were suffering because...

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