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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, focusing on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.


Engineers Develop Lightweight Arm Cast Thatís Waterproof and Itch-Proof

My Modern Net (Dec. 12) -- 

Chicago-based startup Cast21 has come up with a more hygienic, lightweight, and breathable alternative to the traditional plaster cast that will drastically improve the life of anyone with a broken limb. The Cast21 team is made up of a trio of engineers from the University of Illinois

Scientists develop a first-of-its-kind in vitro 3D neural tissue model

Science Board (Dec. 12) -- Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have successfully used stem cells to engineer nerve tissues as 3D models of neural networks to study brain function. The work was published in the December 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

MLB study on juiced balls can't explain much: 'Have to accept the baseball is going to vary

USA Today (Dec. 11) -- A panel of scientists, statisticians, MLB officials and executives from a baseball manufacturer released conclusions from a study that aimed to quantify yet another massive spike in home runs in 2019. Sixty percent of the surge was attributable to a decrease in drag and 40% to a change in “launch conditions,” says Alan Nathan, a professor emeritus of physics at Illinois. Also: New York Times (Dec. 11), Chicago Tribune (Dec. 12), (Dec. 11)

First-of-a-Kind In Vitro 3D Neural Tissue Model Developed

Technolgy News (Dec. 11) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have successfully used stem cells to engineer living biohybrid nerve tissue to develop 3D models of neural networks with the hopes of gaining a better understanding of how the brain and these networks work.

The 136 Million Atom-Model

Chem Europe (Dec. 10) -- In one of the largest simulations of a biosystem worldwide, scientists, led by researchers from the University of Illinois, have mimicked his complex process for a component of a bacterium - on the computer, atom by atom.

Farmers want face-to-face talks, not hotlines, about mental health

The Daily Republic -- Farmers don’t want to get help for their mental health from the internet or phone hotlines, new research shows. The study, conducted by University of Illinois professor Josie Rudolphi and several other researchers, surveyed 300 farmers in three counties in central Wisconsin. Also: Wahpeton News (Dec. 8)

New Method Of Genetic Engineering Indispensable Tool In Biotechnological Applications

Spring Hill Insider (Dec. 7) -- Research by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Huimin Zhao and graduate student Behnam Enghiad at the University of Illinois is pioneering a new method of genetic engineering for basic and applied biological research and medicine. 

Charles Gammie among EHT leadership featured in Bloomberg 50

Bloomberg (Dec. 4) -- Physicists found evidence to support Einstein’s black hole concept, but they’d never observed one directly. In 2017, 200-plus scientists affiliated with more than 60 institutions set out to change that, using eight global radio observatories to chart the sky for 10 days. In April, the EHT team released their findings, which included an image of a dark circle surrounded by a fiery doughnut (the galaxy Messier 87), 55 million light years away and 6.5 billion times more massive than our sun.

This app will teach you to play violin

Crain's Chicago Business (Nov. 27) -- The CEO of LinkedIn and other investors are betting on an app created by a Grainger Engineering alumnus, that aims to put a music teacher in students' pockets.

Robotic system can plan and perform biosynthesis without human intervention

Chemistry World (Nov. 27) -- A research team at Illinois created a platform to apply automated learning principles to the development of biofoundries – systems that mimic factories and produce valuable compounds by using biochemical pathways. “We empowered a state-of-the-art robotic system for chemical manufacturing and biological experimentation with artificial intelligence for planning its experiments without human intervention,” says Saurabh Sinha, a U. of I. professor of computer science.


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