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Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languages

Students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning, researchers at the University of Illinois found.

Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study finds

Researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service suggest in a new study that environmental greenness may not be associated with higher test scores in schoolchildren after all.

For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievement

When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois.

How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.

Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adults

Black and Hispanic adults who graduate college with student loan debt have significantly lower net worth at age 30 than students who don't borrow to pay for college, according to a new study led by University of Illinois scholar Min Zhan.

Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilities

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law nearly 30 years ago, a survey of child care providers in Illinois indicates little has changed with regard to the inclusion of children with disabilities in child care settings.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of students

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.

Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prison

University of Illinois design students created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison learn how to meet certain challenges.

Conference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher education

The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference at the University of Illinois.

New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells

University of Illinois researchers say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets, insight that could guide development of new pharmaceutical agents. The researchers described their tracking system and their findings on the most effective delivery vehicles in the journal Nature Communications. 

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