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.

Profile on Nick Holonyak

News-Gazette (Nov. 23) At 89 ￿ nine years removed from his induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and four since he retired after a 50-year run at the UI ￿ Holonyak remains a man in demand.

NCSA Announces GECAT Funding of Two International Seed Projects

HPC Wire (Nov. 22) -- The Global Initiative to Enhance @scale and Distributed Computing and Analysis Technologies (GECAT) project, led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)’s NSF-funded Blue Waters Project, which seeks to build connections across national borders as a way of improving a global cyberinfrastructure for scientific advancement, has announced the funding of two seed projects that connect researchers on different continents to high performance computing resources that would not otherwise be attainable.

Jet fuel from sugarcane? It￿s not a flight of fancy

The Conversation (Nov. 20) --  Illinois scientists Deepak Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher, Stephen Long, a professor of crop sciences and plant biology, and Vijay Singh, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, discuss how they are engineering sugarcane to produce bio-jet fuel.

University degrees combine computer science and ag, music

Associated Press (Nov. 20) -- The University of Illinois plans to offer new degrees that combine computer science with music or crop sciences. University officials say the new bachelor of science in computer and crop sciences will be the first degree of its kind in the U.S. Also: Herald & Review

Researchers Show Ultrafast Light Pulses Can Trigger Neurons to Fire

Futrism (Nov. 18) -- A host of mental health issues have been tied to light: From trouble related to our circadian rhythms to seasonally related mood disorders, light can have a profound impact on our health. In a new study at Illinois, researchers led by Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering, have put this long-held theory to the test using ultrafast light pulses that can trigger mouse neurons to fire, as well as altering the patterns in which they fire. Also: Photonics Online (Nov. 20)

Wired In: Keilin Jahnke

News-Gazette (Nov. 19) -- Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KEILIN JAHNKE, a Ph.D. student in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois. She's a new mom and a founder of Akelos, which aims to help nonprofit organizations create community-specific solutions for water-distribution and -filtration needs. Akelos aims to support engineering project efforts around the world, consulting on assessing, designing, implementing and evaluating new or existing water projects.

Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity

R&D Magazine (Nov. 18) -- Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.

Blue Waters featured among world's largest supercomputers

Popular Science (Nov. 14) --  “A supercomputer is a large machine designed to focus its power on a single problem,” says Bill Gropp, who runs the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois, home to a machine called Blue Waters. In other words, a large server farm might be powering your Gmail experience or streaming your Netflix, but its computing power is focused on many individual tasks, not a single, complex one.

Changes in Non-Extreme Precipitation May Have Not-So-Subtle Consequences

Weather Nation (Nov. 14) --  Nonextreme precipitation can have a strong effect on ecosystems, agriculture, infrastructure design and resource management, pointing to a need to examine precipitation in a more nuanced, multifaceted way. “This study shows that everyday precipitation events – not just the extremes that have been the focus of most studies – are changing,” says Praveen Kumar, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Illinois, and the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory.

Engineering dean named new provost

News-Gazette (Nov. 15) -- College of Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris will be the next provost of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first person to hold the job on a permanent basis in more than two years.

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