By Emily Chen; Photo by Tyler Baldassone In 2016, the Marching Illini (MI) made a complete 180 turn regarding environmental sustainability. What once was an organization where paper was invaluable is now a completely digitalized, efficient system. Known as “The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band”, the MI was founded in 1867 and has been performing […]Read More The Green, Orange and Blue
By Elise Snyder Expanded polystyrene aka Styrofoam: It’s ideal for keeping your cup of coffee hot or your DNA samples cold, but once it’s usefulness has run out, Styrofoam often ends up in the trash and, eventually, a landfill. This was the case for Styrofoam at the University of Illinois until the spring of 2016 […]Read More Styrecycle: Where Are They Now?
I’ve lived my whole life by the corn. I’m not a farm kid, but the town that I grew up in is on the edge of Chicago suburbia, so if you drive five minutes west out of town, you’re in the cornfields. Then I chose to come to UIUC for college. I’m not saying this […]Read More The GO Abroad: A Summer in Sweden
By Alida de Flamingh If you’ve ever watched Jurassic Park you may have wondered, “Is it even possible to get genetic material from dinosaurs?”. The answer is not as straight-forward as you might think.. Most researchers agree that dinosaurs might have existed too long ago for DNA to be retrieved from bones or eggs, and […]Read More A Look into UIUC’s Ancient DNA Lab: having a blast looking into the past
By: Ana Mendoza Do you love being outside but hate all the mosquito bites that come with it? Although summer is coming to an end, autumn definitely does not fall short of outdoor activities. From pumpkin patches to camping and hiking, this homemade mosquito repellent recipe will help you be bug-bite free this autumn without […]Read More Green It Yourself! – Mosquito Repellent
By: Caeli Cleary Near the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, there is an area the size of Connecticut that is completely void of any life. This area, which is known as the Gulf’s “dead zone,” is created by a number of environmental factors acting in tandem. One contributor is fertilizer runoff, which […]Read More A Small but Powerful Hero: Cover Crops
Grad Interviews: This grad is getting her PhD Koalafication! By Alida de Flamingh This issue’s Grad Interview is with Christina Ruiz-Rodriguez who studies Koala genetics. “Ultimately, the findings of my research will benefit both Zoo and wild koala populations” “One of the coolest things about koalas is that they are only found in Australia.” “Koalas […]Read More Grad Interviews: This grad is getting her PhD Koalafication!