School of
Integrative Biology

SIB News

Stephen Long named Stanley O. Ikenberry Chair

Professor of plant biology and crop sciences receives one of U of I's highest honors

University of Illinois professor Stephen Long, a renowned researcher known particularly for his work in photosynthesis and addressing food insecurity, has been named an Ikenberry Endowed University Chair of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences.

Study tracks genomic changes that reinforce darter speciation

Researchers sequenced the genome of the orangethroat darter, pictured, and compared it with that of the rainbow darter, a closely related species. They also hybridized the two species to determine the factors that drive them to diverge.

DOE Project at U of I Will Measure Bioenergy Crop Carbon Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.3 million grant to a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a precise system for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from commercial bioenergy crops grown in central Illinois.

Lessons on how to effectively tackle insect invasions

Dr. Esther Ngumbi details how pest insects can be effectively managed in Africa. Kenyan food production and grazing land is under threat from a huge desert locust invasion. The insects are currently in two counties in northern Kenya and are now spreading to other Kenyan regions including Meru, Laikipia, and Rift Valley. The government has yet to quantify losses but past attacks have caused harvest losses of up to 70%.

Preparing for big goals by researching small things

Megan Choi is a junior in LAS, where she studies integrative biology. Originally from Oswego, IL, Choi is also passionate about competing in triathlons. In the spring of 2019, Choi won a campus-level award for her undergraduate research on the variation in nest architecture of two different species of ants. The College of LAS recently had a chance to ask her a few questions about her experience with undergraduate research on campus.

First Publication of the SIB Connections Newsletter for Fall 2019

The School of Integrative Biology is excited to announce the first publication of SIB Connections, a newsletter designed for our alumni since the School was formed during the 2004-2005 school year.

Announcing the 37th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival

Thank you for helping to make our 37th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (IFFF) such a great success! Hosted by the Department of Entomology and the Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA), it was held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Foellinger Auditorium at UIUC.

Researchers use board game to educate students on role and importance of bees

Researchers from the Berenbaum Lab in the Department of Entomology are helping local kids gain a better understanding of bees, their life cycle, and their role in our world. Led by Dr. Bernarda Calla and Dr. Ling-Hsiu Liao, the group of researchers visited Urbana Middle School’s SPLASH (Students Playing and Learning After School Hours) program to pilot an educational board game about bees and pollination.

Three siblings, five LAS majors, and one strong family bond

The Kaminskis grew up together. Now they go to U of I together

When Robert and Beata Kaminski immigrated to the U.S. from Poland, they knew nothing about American colleges, and relied on their oldest son, Szymon, to guide them.