blog postsWhat's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 5:00 pm0 views Scholars have made key discoveries in the past decade about the 14th-century plague known as the Black Death – for one thing, finding its source – says history professor Carol Symes.What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 10:45 am0 views Targeting groups to blame is often also the result of underlying social or political tensions – and groups that are seen as economic threats, as not conforming, often bear the brunt of this.Predicting social behavior during pandemics to guide public health policiesApr 14, 2020 2:15 pm0 views The work of these researchers in information sciences provides insights that can help public health officials plan for events such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 10:15 am0 views U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracín has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:00 am0 views Communicating about risk in an epidemic can be tricky, especially when comparing the levels of risk between different social groups, says Illinois communication professor Cabral Bigman.Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 10:30 am1 views Professor Sheldon Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Can relationships flourish through technology alone?Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am0 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining close relationships now lacking face time during COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says communication professor John Caughlin.The challenges professors, students face with the move to online classesMar 26, 2020 12:15 pm4 views Moving quickly to online instruction comes with many challenges for professors and students. School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong has been teaching online since 2001.What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic?Mar 26, 2020 9:30 am0 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy.Could social distancing revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 10:00 am0 views Education policy experts Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope talk about how redesigning online courses could reduce costs and broaden access.How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions?Mar 23, 2020 3:45 pm0 views Human development and family studies professor Kelly Tu: 'For some kids, having more information helps them to process and understand the changes and cope, whereas for other kids, less information is better.'What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?Mar 12, 2020 11:15 am0 views Russia is taking advantage of the polarized views of Americans and trying to promote its own geopolitical interests when it spreads disinformation around our presidential election, says Professor Richard Tempest.Is the US ready for the 2020 census? And what's at stake for Illinois?Mar 10, 2020 9:15 am0 views A U of I demographer voices both praise and concern for 2020 census preparations, and notes the importance of an accurate count. Cynthia Buckley calls the census 'a decennial celebration of the idea that everybody counts.'Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 9:15 am0 views Lack of paid sick time makes the U.S. acutely susceptible to a global health crises like COVID-19, and is part of the larger problem of tying health care to employment, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time?Mar 2, 2020 11:15 am0 views 2020 census information wil arrive in millions of mailboxes this month . A U of I professor who also chairs a U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee explains why the census matters and the challenges in making it work.What are the novel coronavirus health risks?Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am8 views Christopher Brooke, an expert in viruses and how they spread, discussed what makes the novel coronavirus virus a public health concern.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 3:00 pm1 views Nonprofit newsrooms are providing a significant new source for news as many newspapers face cuts and closures, says journalism professor Brant Houston, who co-founded of the Institute for Nonprofit News.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 11:15 am0 views The major shift underway in TV – from broadcast and cable to streaming – is also bringing targeted advertising to mainstream media, says Professor Mike Yao. 'Total surveillance' could be one result.What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe?Jan 23, 2020 12:00 pm15 views Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discusses the outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus.Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?Jan 23, 2020 11:15 am2 views Researchers found that paying the earned income tax credit in quarterly installments reduced financial stress and food insecurity among struggling families in Chicago public housing.A US drone killed an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 8, 2020 4:15 pm0 views 'The drone-strike killing of Suleimani was unprecedented... No country has used a drone to try to kill a state political or military leader, and the U.S. has not killed a foreign military leader since World War II.'What do we really know about poverty?Dec 16, 2019 10:45 am0 views Sociology professor Brian Dill finds that many students assume extreme poverty in the world is much higher than in reality, yet underestimate the number of poor in U.S. suburbs.MLB baseballs juiced? Dejuiced? A few minutes with Alan NathanDec 10, 2019 9:30 am8 views 'There could very well be differences from one ball to another within a given year...and that's just a natural consequence of the materials that are used and the actual process...there's a lot of hand work done to create a baseball.'What’s in the global carbon budget?Dec 9, 2019 1:00 pm1 views The Global Carbon Project recently released its 2019 annual report, giving decision-makers access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. U.S. politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?Dec 4, 2019 4:15 pm0 views There’s more happening in Ukraine than just U.S. politics. U. of I. professor Cynthia Buckley talks about how the country is dealing with a long-term war and its consequences.'It was a bad day for Peoria County about 450 million years ago.'Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm3 views 'A meteorite bigger than the State Farm Center hit near the present-day Village of Glasford, a little ways southwest of Peoria. It created a 2.5-mile-wide crater that we now call the Glasford structure.'Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 1:45 pm2 views 'Despite decades of domestic conflict between Turks and Kurds, there is no centuries-old feud. ...The current conflict, including Turkish incursion into northern Syria, is largely a story about political power.'Will hiding 'like' counts, other metrics improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 9:45 am1 views Ben Grosser began experimenting with hiding the metrics on social media platforms years ago. He says hiding them makes users feel less competitive and reduces negative social effects.Could cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids?Oct 25, 2019 1:45 pm8 views Julie Bobitt, director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Illinois, talks about the state's Opioid Alternative program and the feasibility of cannabis as a pain management alternative.Impeachment is underway: So who makes the rules?Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am1 views An impeachment investigation may be based in charges of wrongdoing, but it’s still a political process, says political science professor Gisela Sin. Even the design of rules, procedures is done strategically.