April 5, 2021

Carle Illinois Professor Jenny Amos Receives 2021 Excellence Teaching Award

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois teaching associate professor and bioengineering professor Jenny Amos has been selected to receive the 2021 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award recognizes sustained excellence in and innovative approaches to undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. “Dr. Amos is a pillar in the department of bioengineering and has contributed as much, or more, as anyone to the formation and evolution of our […]

March 29, 2021

Bashir Receives AIMBE Professional Impact Award

  • By Ryann Monahan

Rashid Bashir, Professor of Bioengineering, Dean of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering, and Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor has been awarded the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) 2021 Professional Impact Award for Education. The Professional Impact Award for Education recognizes those who have made an outstanding commitment to advancing bioengineering education. Bashir is receiving this award for his leadership in bioengineering education, diagnostic technology development, and for […]

March 12, 2021

‘Hunker down’ stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoods

  • By Ryann Monahan

The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago. The changes in stress-related gene expression reflect the body’s “hunker down” response to long-term threat, a physiological strategy for lying low and considering new actions rather than launching an immediate “fight-or-flight” response. This has implications for health outcomes in […]

March 10, 2021

Cheap, nontoxic carbon nanodots poised to be quantum dots of the future

  • By Ryann Monahan

Tiny fluorescent semiconductor dots, called quantum dots, are useful in a variety of health and electronic technologies but are made of toxic, expensive metals. Nontoxic and economic carbon-based dots are easy to produce, but they emit less light. A new study that uses ultrafast nanometric imaging found good and bad emitters among populations of carbon dots. This observation suggests that by selecting only super-emitters, carbon nanodots can be purified to replace toxic metal quantum dots […]

February 17, 2021

Carle Illinois welcomes eight new Health Innovation Professors

  • By Ryann Monahan

Eight faculty from The Grainger College of Engineering have joined Carle Illinois College of Medicine with Health Innovation Professor appointments. The new faculty deliver on Carle Illinois’ strategy to leverage the University of Illinois’ exceptional faculty to serve as agents of change in medical education, innovation, and research at the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. “As champions of interdisciplinary health research, the new professors will advance the discovery and translation of breakthrough health innovations […]

February 11, 2021

Carle Illinois students among first to receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

  • By Ryann Monahan

Carle Illinois’ College of Medicine students are among the first to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Their clinical studies call them to be on the frontlines of healthcare, in most cases sooner than other medical programs. They are essential workers, and while they do not work directly with COVID-19 patients, they offer support for various efforts across the Champaign-Urbana community. Carle Illinois’ students began receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in […]

February 3, 2021

The Grainger College of Engineering ranks in nations top ten online master’s programs

  • By Ryann Monahan

The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is among the nation’s best online master’s degree programs, according to the latest rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. Carle Illinois College of Medicine aligns its engineering-based curriculum with the top ranked engineering program, with courses designed by teams of basic scientists, clinicians, and engineers.  Carle Illinois’ is the first medical school to integrate engineering and data science into its curriculum. “The […]

January 15, 2021

University of Illinois researchers publish article describing Illinois RapidVent Emergency Ventilator

  • By Ryann Monahan

The design, testing, and validation of the Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator has been published in the journal Plos One. The article, “Emergency Ventilator for COVID-19,” by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers, is the first of its kind to report such details about an emergency ventilator that was designed, prototyped, and tested at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. “This article reports the development and testing of the RapidVent emergency ventilator,” said William King, […]

December 17, 2020

Expanding Innovation in the Face of Adversity: 2021 Health Make-A-Thon

  • By Ryann Monahan

Whether it’s a worldwide pandemic or a profound personal experience, health innovators find fuel to spark their ideas for improving lives around the world. The goal of Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Health Make-A-Thon is to democratize health innovation by challenging trained specialists and ‘citizen scientists’ alike to pitch their best solution to address broad-based health and wellness problems. “The Health Make-a-Thon is a welcome mat thrown out to the community to say, ‘Level playing […]