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‘Women in Microbiology’: breaking into STEM

‘Women in Microbiology’: breaking into STEM

By Serina Taluja, Assistant Special Sections Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Women in STEM-related fields have faced various forms and degrees of discrimination since the beginning of coed universities. In many cases, women have been told they simply aren’t good at math by nature, or that only men should want to go out and collect microbe samples from the dirt, or that the...

A CRISPR approach to gene editing

A CRISPR approach to gene editing

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

here seems to be a divide between what can be changed in the world and what cannot. For much of science, broadening the horizons of knowledge involves defining and redefining this divide. For genetics, in recent years, the divide has become increasingly blurred. Enter CRISPR-Cas9, a still-developing proces...

University study shows benefits from recycling human wastewater

University study shows benefits from recycling human wastewater

By Serina Taluja, Special Sections Assistant Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Water and food are two necessities that human life is directly dependent on. Humans can survive roughly five days without food and only three days without water. As essential as they are, a striking number of people struggle to access both of these resources on a daily basis, especially in developing ...

Graduate student dedicates herself to keeping cryptocurrency under control

Graduate student dedicates herself to keeping cryptocurrency under control

By Yifan Gu, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph, Uncategorized

There are many facets to Katt Gu. She is both prudent and motivated. She is professional, yet easygoing. She is a first-year doctorate student in informatics at the University who is cultivating a new field that could influence countless investors and transactions. Standing in the Legislative Yuan, a...

‘Women and Ideas in Engineering’: a story of resilience

‘Women and Ideas in Engineering’: a story of resilience

By Molly Zupan, Special Sections Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

In 2015, two female Illinois faculty members began a collaborative project. Three years later, in August, this project was published and stocked on bookshelves.  Laura D. Hahn and Angela S. Wolters co-wrote the book, “Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois,” to “reflec...

Arctic sea ice and US tornadoes: an unexpected correlation

Arctic sea ice and US tornadoes: an unexpected correlation

By Zack Fishman, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

It is very difficult for meteorologists to predict when a tornado will strike or how devastating an upcoming tornado season will be. A challenge to study up close, twisters often only last for minutes and are too small to be spotted on today’s best climate models. It is not even fully understood wh...

University faculty creates 3D printer to aid in cancer research

University faculty creates 3D printer to aid in cancer research

By Bisher Martini, Technograph Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Dr. Rohit Bhargava had a plan to design a 3D printing device capable of printing structures of microscopic sizes. And I was lucky enough to be able to hear why first-hand. Contrary to any expectation I had, I certainly was not expecting a giddy monologue from a man in his 40s, brazen with vigor a...

Quantum Voyage delivers a new way for the public to discover quantum physics

Quantum Voyage delivers a new way for the public to discover quantum physics

By Yifan Gu, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Do you know the basic principles of the ‘Parallel Universe’? That Einstein’s ‘Spooky Action’ is actually occurring? Welcome to the world of quantum physics, as explored by the Quantum Voyage show. To celebrate the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Anthony Leggett’s 80th birthday, the Quantum Voy...

Robobrawl: the University’s largest robot showdown

Robobrawl: the University’s largest robot showdown

By Zack Fishman, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

A crowd of well over a hundred people surround a large acrylic cube near Grainger Engineering Library, with children taking the front seats to see the spectacle to occur inside. The incessant chatter quiets down as the announcer’s voice pierces through the air. At the count of “Fight, robots, fi...

When it comes to inspiring future women engineers, UI doesn’t play GAMES

When it comes to inspiring future women engineers, UI doesn’t play GAMES

By Melissa Niemiec, Assistant Special Sections Editor

April 26, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Hundreds of teenage girls gather at the University each summer. Some are apprehensive, others raring to go as they look forward to the activities of the week. Counselors watch over them, ready to see the girls learn and grow. A person reading this might immediately think cheerleading camp, but no, th...

University engineers create product to combat distracted driving in autonomous vehicles

University engineers create product to combat distracted driving in autonomous vehicles

By Julie Kang, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

A self-driving Uber car struck and killed a woman last month, shedding light on a serious and prominent issue regarding autonomous vehicles. As part of a project facilitated by Design for America, a team of engineers at the University created a module that addresses the dangers of distracted driving in auto...

Modeling cognitive neuroscience with the ‘Cyberslug’

Modeling cognitive neuroscience with the ‘Cyberslug’

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Life is weird. There’s plenty in life that seems simple to explain, but the further down one looks, the more weirdness one finds. Explaining or understanding life is something that’s difficult at best and impossibly intricate at worst. Asking, “Do you understand this?” is best answered with a ...

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