The Challenge Jason Troutner knows that modern casts stink. Sometimes literally. Troutner, a University of Illinois mechanical engineering grad, was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition commonly treated with plaster castings of an infant’s foot. He went on to compete in gymnastics, specifically the balance beam, a sport where broken bones are no rare occurrence. “My memories of a cast are standing in a shower with my hand covered in a bread bag and duct tape trying not to get the thing wet,” remembers Troutner. “Then, still, after taking all of these precautions, still having to deal with that itchiness
University of Illinois scientists just figured out how to make a great cancer-fighting drug even better: BTN LiveBIG
Tamoxifen is teaming up with Selinexor to take down breast cancer.
From earthquakes to floods, caves formations help mark history.
That whole "you are what you eat" maxim has some science behind it.
Just hanging out, doing science, no bigs.
Spoiler alert: This story involves an awesome painting of fish.
When most people imagine high-tech, interruptive startups, a grain silo isn’t the first image that comes to mind.
Paul Magelli is a man of many titles. Currently the visiting professor of economics, emeritus, at the University of Illinois, he’s also been in several other roles: senior director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the university’s College of Business, founder of the student-run Illinois Business Consulting organization, and goat farmer. This August, the octogenarian is hoping to add another title to the list: oldest person to ever summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Still, as he’s told his students, “Titles aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.” Even if he doesn’t make it to the very
At the intersection of academics and innovation lie Champaign and Urbana. When it comes to success in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, few colleges can claim to be on the same level as the University of Illinois. The list of Illini alumni in these areas is long and distinguished, and includes names like Fazlur Rahman Khan (structural engineer for groundbreaking skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center in Chicago) and Martin Eberhard (co-founder of Tesla Motors). In information technology and computer science in particular, Illinois excels. From famous figures like Larry Ellison and Marc Andreessen to lesser-known —
Rebel. Prisoner. Leader. Nelson Mandela was all of these things and more. He led the fight against the injustice of the South African apartheid state and was jailed for nearly three decades because of it. Then, shortly after he was freed, he became the father of the “new” South Africa when he was democratically elected as president of the “rainbow nation.” Though he passed on in 2013, Mandela’s name and legacy endure both in his home country and around the world, thanks in part to programs like the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Several Big Ten universities are