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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.

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May 2017 media appearances

New plasmonic sensor improves early cancer detection

Science Magazine (May 30) -- A new plasmonic sensor developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will serve as a reliable early detection of biomarkers for many forms of cancer and eventually other diseases. Also: Science Blog (May 30), Phys.org (May 30), Science Daily (May 30), Knowridge Science Report (May 30), News-medical.net (May 30), Hail Science (May 30), Internet Medicine (May 30), U.S. Senior Citizen (May 30), Medical Web Times (May 30), Long Room (May 30), Nanowork (May 30), Science Magazine (May 30)

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

Phys.org (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)

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.

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.

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)

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)

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

Chicago Tonight (May 11) -- Scientists at the University of Illinois are working to bridge that gap. They’ve developed a way of explaining individual 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."

This is how robotic cars can easily fix our terrible motorway driving

MIT Technology Review (May 10)  -- A new study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that the addition of just a small number of autonomous cars can ease the congestion on our roads.. Also: International Business Times (May 10) R&D Magazine (May 10) New Atlas (May 15), Chicago Inno (May 16), Popular Mechanics (May 22) The Drive (June 5)

Construction Drones

Builder (May 10) --  Three computer science and engineering professors at Illinois have created a quadcopter drone specifically designed to monitor construction site progress, highlight deviations and predict potential delays. “The Flying Superintendent” allows project managers to perform site checks and gather progress information on a frequent basis.

Researchers develop new capabilities for genome-wide engineering of yeast

Phys.org (May 4) In a new article in Nature Communications, University of Illinois researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies—creation of standardized genetic components, implementation of customizable genome editing tools, and large-scale automation of molecular biology laboratory tasks—will enhance our ability to work with yeast. Also: Ethanol Producer Magazine (May 11)

Lightform develops exciting new tech that can turn anything around you into a screen

Yahoo News (May 1) The device Lightform, developed by University of Illinois alumni, is developing is a computer and 3D scanning device. When connected to a video projector, it lets you scan complex scenes fast and turn basically any object into a screen. AR without a headset, as the company puts it.

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