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Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized and larger than those in extreme precipitation. 

Innovative materials are the foundation of countless breakthrough technologies, and the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center will develop them. The new center is supported by a six-year, $15.6 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers program. It is led by Professor Nadya Mason of Engineering at Illinois’ Department of Physics and its Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. 

The latest versions of most smartphones contain at least two and sometimes three built-in cameras. Researchers at the University of Illinois would like to sell mobile device manufactures on the idea of adding yet another image sensor as a built-in capability for health diagnostic, environmental monitoring, and general-purpose color sensing applications.

Shiva Abbaszadeh, an assistant professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, has teamed with the Carle Foundation Hospital to use active cancer patient scans to improve the accuracy of molecular imaging technology for disease diagnostics and treatment.

Last month, Andy Singer and David Weightman embarked on a West Coast tour of a few of the nation’s well-known university design centers prior to construction of the $48 million Siebel Center for Design, which will open on the University of Illinois campus in a couple of years. The campus’ commitment to the project echoes the value it places on design thinking to the core education of future students.

Concerns that the process of U.S. congressional redistricting may be politically biased have fueled many debates, but a team of University of Illinois computer scientists and engineers has developed a new computer algorithm that may make the task easier for state legislatures and fairer for their constituents.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million, three-year grant to four professors in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for a project that has potential to advance the frontiers of 3-D printing.

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, found that five key biomarkers in blood that characterize sepsis can give physicians as much information as hours of monitoring symptoms.

Katy Huff, Assistant Professor in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, is the 2017 winner of the American Nuclear Society Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award.

 

MechSE associate professors Kimani Toussaint and Amy Wagoner Johnson have been awarded a 4-year, $600K grant by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to study preterm birth using a novel suite of technologies.

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