Political left, right similarly motivated to avoid rival views
A new report from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Winnipeg suggests people on both sides of the political aisle are similarly motivated to dismiss monetary enticements in order to distance themselves from hearing or reading opposing ideals and information.
Social Justice Initiative receives grant for ‘Intellectual Quilting’ think tanks
The Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago has received a grant from the Lannan Foundation to convene a series of education-focused national think tanks. The aim of the seminars will be to engage researchers, civic leaders and community organizers in dialogues over the coming year pertaining to social and racial justice issues.
Naked mole-rats turn into plants when oxygen is low
Deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats can survive by metabolizing fructose just as plants do, researchers report this week in the journal Science. Understanding how the animals do this could lead to treatments for patients suffering crises of oxygen deprivation, as in heart attacks and strokes.
Spotlight on Student Research
More than 300 students filled the UIC Forum April 3 to communicate — in just a few minutes — the importance of their months and years of work to faculty, alumni, staff and community members. The Student Research Forum allows undergraduate, professional and graduate students to talk about their research experiences. This year, it was combined with UIC Impact Day, an event that celebrates students and their scholarly pursuits in and outside of the classroom.