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Exposure to greenery could reduce stress levels

By Caroline Vakil

April 22, 2015

Trees have healing powers. At least, that is the conclusion of landscape architecture researcher Bin Jiang. He, along with fellow researchers — Chun-Yen Chang, researcher at the Laboratory of Healthy Landscape Healthy People of the National Taiwan University, and William Sullivan, professor of land...

Study examines health care costs for obese and smokers

April 22, 2015

A new University study revealed that health care costs among the obese and smokers are substantially higher than for their non-obese and non-smoking counterparts. In addition, it suggests health care expenses associated with obesity and smoking were considerably larger among women, non-Hispanic whites and o...

University research group creates immersive experiences through virtual reality

Cory Scribner, senior in Engineering, uses the Oculus Rift virtual reality program to operate devices in a model of a research reactor that was once on campus. His research group, headed by Rizwan Uddin, develops virtual reality programs that can be used in academic and workplace settings.

By Abrar Al-Heeti

April 22, 2015

Paul McCartney stands on stage. His band is in the background warming up for another song. There is the sound of a drum and cymbals starting up a rhythm. Bright lights shine from overhead and from below the stage to reveal the waving arms and excited movements of the eager, cheering crowd. It’s after tu...

Illini Hackers named season winners by Major League Hacking

Members of Illini Hackers, an organization officially formed in fall 2014, pose outside the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science. 

By Sarah Soenke

February 11, 2015

On the night of Jan. 27, the long wooden tables of Siebel Center’s room 2405 were nearly filled by 8:15 p.m. With a Pandora station pumping music through the hall’s speakers, students pulled out takeout containers, laptops — one even had a desktop monitor — and plenty of soda for fuel until midnig...

A sweet change

By Bridget Hynes

February 11, 2015

Two researchers at the University have developed a sensor material out of hydrogel that monitors blood glucose levels continuously. In other words, the sensor can evaluate fluctuating levels of glucose­­ in the bloodstream in a linear fashion, instead of testing for it at different points in time. T...

UI study finds disabled adults face malnutrition

By Susan Szuch

February 11, 2015

A study by Ruopeng An, professor in community health, has found that physical, mental and financial barriers can all be obstacles in receiving proper nutrition for adults with disabilities. The study indicated that approximately 10 to 25 percent of U.S. adults fall into one or more categories of disa...

University team charged over new microbattery potential

Images of the creation of the 3-D architecture, depicting the anode in images a–c and the cathode in images d–f.

December 3, 2014

In the not-so-distant future, students who have been waiting hours for a cellphone battery to recharge may only need to wait for mere minutes. The departments of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering are collaborating to create a lithium-ion microbattery that could charge up to 1...

Four UI Professors design Robotic Bats

Four UI Professors design Robotic Bats

December 3, 2014

Imagine looking up into the sky and seeing winged robots flying high above construction sites. These mechanical bats have been programmed to take photographs and collect data on any potential safety threats or hazards before swooping back down to Earth. No, this is not the plot of a science-fiction novel, but...

New analytical method gives insight into plant evolution

By Claire Hettinger

December 3, 2014

A new procedure for analyzing data developed by a University professor has provided insight into how plants have evolved on earth. Tandy Warnow, professor in computer science and bioengineering, said her job is to “develop new methods for really hard problems in evolution.” She, along with a tea...

UI professor develops flexible, adaptive camouflaging material

Materials Science and Engineering Professor John Rogers and his team tested the material by changing pixels to create the abbreviation of the University.

September 10, 2014

Nature has inspired many an artist, musician and writer. And now, nature’s color-shifting creatures have inspired a scientist: John Rogers, a University materials science and engineering professor. Intrigued by the camouflaging capabilities of animals like the cuttlefish and certain types of octopus ...

Engineering professor receives ASC Fellowship

Dr. Harry Hilton, professor emeritus in Aerospace Engineering, right, with former Ph.D student Alister Fraser in 1965.

September 10, 2014

Harry Hilton, professor emeritus in aerospace engineering, has recently been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society for Composites. Hilton began teaching at the University in 1949, when the aerospace engineering program was still in its infancy — only five years old at the time.  Since then, h...

Office windows can improve sleep and overall health, study suggests

September 10, 2014

Windows in offices can help workers sleep better and live healthier lives, according to a study co-authored by Dr. Mohamed Boubekri, associate professor in architecture. Results showed that workers who had office windows and exposure to daylight slept an average of 46 minutes more every night than those...

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