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  • Impact of freight industry on the environment

    A U of I-led project developed a new model that predicts through 2050 the impact of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and short- and long-term climate change caused by particulate and greenhouse gas emissions. More...  

  • Patching software security holes

    The University of Illinois at Chicago will lead a $3 million project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design, develop and evaluate a system that will identify security vulnerabilities in web software. More...  

  • Contamination in groundwater systems

    A new study from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of the global drinking water supply. More...  

  • Helping children cope in chronic poverty

    In a recent study, Illinois social work professor Tara M. Powell found that a social-emotional skills program developed for youths who have symptoms of trauma after experiencing natural disasters showed promise at improving the coping skills of young children from rural families affected by chronic poverty. More...  

  • Posthumous exoneration for innocent

    The UIS Illinois Innocence Project announced that Grover Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted in 1981 and died in prison in 1996, received executive clemency based on actual innocence by former Gov. Bruce Rauner. More...  

  • Converting waste into fuel

    Urbana-Champaign researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, into a fuel that can be blended with diesel and that shares diesel’s combustion efficiency and emissions profile. More...  

  • Designing better infrastructure solutions

    Urbana engineering researcher Ann-Perry Witmer has developed a new computer algorithm that helps engineers who work internationally incorporate the influences of local values into their infrastructure designs. More...  

  • Effects of deportation

    UIC researchers are studying the psychological effects of deportation and forced separation of immigrant families crossing into the U.S. that has given rise to a public health crisis that can affect entire communities. More...  

  • Life on Saturn's moon

    UIC has received a $1.1 million, five-year grant from NASA’s Astrobiology Institute to identify biosignatures of life on Titan — Saturn’s largest moon — from either currently living or long-extinct life. More...  

  • Finding water closer to home

    Illinois State Geological Survey geophysicist Tim Larson was part of a project to drill much-needed water wells in Malawi as part of a Geophyscists Without Borders mission. More...  

  • Food Security Symposium

    A distinguished line-up of speakers and nearly 100 attendees interested in new technologies for meeting increased agricultural demand gathered for the Fourth Annual International Food Security Symposium on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Presenters and attendees shared their visions for avoiding a world food crisis. More...  

  • Aquatic ecology in Brazil

    The University of Illinois Springfield has partnered with the Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM) to research the aquatic ecology of the Paraná River in Brazil and the Illinois River in the United States in order to better understand the effectiveness of conservation and restoration efforts. More...

  • Tackling mosquito-borne infectious diseases

    In one of the largest studies of its kind, Illinois researchers analyzed chikungunya and dengue outbreak data from 76 countries over a period of 50 years, focusing on regions across the Indian Ocean that are hard hit by these and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases. More...  

  • Mining Education and Research Center

    The University of Illinois at Chicago has launched a new center that will consolidate efforts to provide education and clinical services, along with conducting research related to health and safety in the international mining industry. More...  

  • Corn hybrids with high yields come with more vaviability

    The agriculture industry is simultaneously tasked with feeding a growing population and minimizing its environmental footprint. For corn breeders, that means improving nitrogen-use efficiency and crowding tolerance, all while maximizing yield. More...