In The News Archive

This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools. This collection of recent stories focuses on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.

Women mentors make a difference in engineering

The Atlantic (May 22) Lin Bian from the University of Illinois, who recently showed that gendered stereotypes about intelligence take root at the young age of 6, says that the study reveals how “role models inoculate women against negative beliefs during critical transitions.” The start of college is one such transition—a point when life gets upended, and when people feel a surge of uncertainty about their place in the world. That’s when mentoring can make the most difference. 

University of Illinois receives $100,000 grant to support women in computer science

Chicago Inno (May 22) -- The University of Illinois has received a $100,000 grant in recognition of their progress, and to continue supporting women in computer science. The U of I received the $100,000 grand prize for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) NEXT Award, which recognizes schools that have made strides in recruiting and retaining women in technology, and provides grant funding toward further resources and research on the topic.

Researchers create first significant examples of optical crystallography for nanomaterials (May 18) Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a novel way to determine crystal type based on optics—by identifying the unique ways in which these crystals absorb light.


Higher mass transit use linked with lower obesity rates

UPI (May 16) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed a link between higher mass transit use and lower obesity rates in the United States. Also: American Journal of Managed Care (May 17), Emax Health (May 17) ZME Science (May 17), Pacific Standard Magazine (May 17), New York Daily News (May 17), Consumer Affairs (May 17), Minnesota Post (May 18)

Self-Healing Technology Improves Battery Performance

R&D Magazine (May 15) Self-healing technology— which is becoming more common in the wearable devices and robotics industries— is now being utilized to improve the life of batteries.

Two CS assistant professors earn NSF Career Awards

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette (May 16) Two University of Illinois assistant professors in computer science have won prestigious career awards from the National Science Foundation to support their research.

Given by the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program, the awards recognize junior faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Electroplating Delivers High-Energy, High-Power Batteries

R&D Magazine (May 15) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois, Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation and Nanjing University in China developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also open the door to flexible and solid-state batteries. Also: Chemical & Engineering News (May 18)

Huang Research Group: Virtual Doctor in Development to Explain Test Results

Chicago Tonight (May 11) -- Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a way of explaining individual medical test results in layman’s terms with the help of a computer-generated physician who speaks directly to patients via online videos and audio statements.

Blue Waters has a projected $1 billion impact on state economy

Chicago Inno (May 12) -- A report released this past week on the economic impact of this supercomputer -- on the Illinois campus, its five surrounding counties, as well as nationwide spillover effects -- puts a whole new meaning to the term "return on investment."

American University of Ras Al Khaimah sign MOU with University of Illinois

Business Wire (May 13) -- The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), UAE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Illinois. The agreement, which was initiated by AURAK’s School of Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, is centered on the establishment of a ‘3+2’ cooperative academic program in which students can earn a bachelor’s degree at AURAK and a master’s degree in Illinois. Also: Trade Arabia (May 14) Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette (May 16)

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