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Brian Allan named University Scholar for Urbana-Champaign campus

Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus, including Brian Allan, have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. They will be honored at a Sept. 12 ceremony at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign.

Honey Bees Remember Happy and Sad Times, Scientists Discover

While the brains of honey bees are tiny compared to those of humans, the insects are capable of some surprisingly advanced thinking.

Trelease Woods: Mapping a centuries-old forest (video)

Trelease Woods, a centuries-old forest on the cusp of Champaign-Urbana, offers lessons to students and professors alike at the University of Illinois. A fragment of a once much larger forest around the city of Urbana, the woods contain trees that are 400 years old and tell a story of the history of the area.

Improved model could help scientists better predict crop yield, climate change effects

A new computer model incorporates how microscopic, mouth-like pores on leaves (pictured) may open in response to light—an advance that could help scientists create virtual plants to predict how higher temperatures and rising levels of carbon dioxide will affect food crops.

Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggs

Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the other. A new study reveals that American robins that preferentially use one eye significantly more than the other when looking at their own clutch of eggs are also more likely to detect, and reject, a foreign egg placed in their nest by another bird species – or by a devious scientist.

Illinois Units, Foundation Fund Purchase of Animal MRI at Beckman Institute

A Bruker 9.4 Tesla preclinical animal MRI system will be sited at the Beckman Institute. The addition of the system to the institute’s Biomedical Imaging Center will aid in research in many areas, including brain development and function, and cellular mechanisms in cancer. The installation project will begin this fall and is expected to take a year.

IB alumna awarded Fulbright grant to teach in Malaysia

Katherine Micek, of Orland Park, Illinois, was offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia. She received her B.S. in Integrative Biology in May 2017.

A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate

Plant biology professor Evan DeLucia and his colleagues found that hotter conditions expected by midcentury will lead to a need for crop irrigation in the Midwest, a region that relies primarily on rainfall to grow crops.

Jessica Conroy receives NSF grant to study tropical water cycles

Conroy was awarded the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate past patterns of the water cycle in the tropical Pacific.

Will more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne disease?

The risk of some mosquito-borne diseases can go up with increased rainfall, entomology professor Brian Allan said. However, excess rainfall can reduce the number of mosquitos that hatch in stormwater catch basins, such as the Culex species that carry West Nile virus.