With the multitudes of green methods and practices available to labs today, it’s simply a waste not to take full advantage of them. We recently discussed the growing prevalence of this technology on college campuses in our blog MSU Green Chemistry Finds Renewable Energy in Biowaste. This week, the University of Illinois at Chicago joins the scene with a revamping of their Science and Engineering Laboratories Complex focused on energy efficiency and conservation.
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Depending on who you ask, antibiotics are the best and worst defense against disease-bearing bacteria. On the one hand, they are very effective and easy to administer. Unfortunately, the more we use them, the more bacteria learn to thrive in a so-called “antibacterial” environment, culminating in a worst-case scenario where all bacteria are entirely resistant to antibiotics. Fighting against that future are bioresearchers from the University of Illinois, Chicago, who are pursuing more clever ways to prevent microbes from diseasing us.
The University of Illinois at Chicago was recently awarded $9.6 million in the form of a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish an Autism Center of Excellence. The center will be one of five funded centers in the United States, and it is the only one in the Midwest. Nationally, the NIH awards $100 million for the Autism Centers of Excellence research program.
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At the University of Illinois at Chicago, biochemists have developed an intuitive solution to the age-old problem of macular degeneration, the leading cause of loss of vision for people over the age of fifty. Their new product is a light-sensitive molecule that can restore vision lost from degenerative eye diseases.
A University of Illinois, Chicago discovery may hold the solution to successfully treating recovering stroke victims. After surviving a stroke, these outpatients can go through years of physical therapy in an attempt to regain one of the most important senses we as people have: our sense of balance. Without it, walking and moving become constant challenges, and the fear of falling becomes an everyday struggle. However, Alexander Aruin, a physical therapy professor at UI Chicago, has made a discovery that could change the lives of these stroke survivors for the better.
Construction of an exciting new research facility was recently announced for the University of Illinois at Chicago. According to a UIC news article, Illinois Governor Quinn declared the commencement of the Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB), which will house researchers from chemistry, biology, and physics. The driving idea behind the building is to foster connections between the three broad fields to focus on specific fields like immunology, orthopedics, tumor growth, and nanoscience.
Are you looking for a little more attention for your lab products? Strong visual aids and great graphics can dramatically impact the outcome while exhibiting at an event. The image below is from one of our Biotechnology Vendor Showcase™ events, presents a great example of how using strong visuals can draw researchers to an exhibit space. Notice the eyes on the poster are positioned at approximate eye level to the viewer. In addition to this, the company builds on the trust theme with the over-head title. Knowing your audience always helps. Take a moment to think about who might stop to look twice at a young child's face... What would make your target audience stop in their tracks?
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Vice Chancellor for Research Joe G.N. Garcia had overall good news to announce in his Feb. 16, 2011 report on the state of research and funding at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The most promising statistic is that UIC has turned a corner with regard to sponsored research funding: for the first time in five years, funding increased, from $347M to $412M for the fiscal year ending in 2010. (The previous year had actually shown a decline.)