blog postsStudy produces staggering estimate of soil depletion from Midwest farmingFeb 25, 2021 9:00 am2 views NPR (Feb. 24) Other soil scientists are skeptical. Illinois professor Michelle Wander says the study relies on a series of assumptions to fill in gaps in the data, and those assumptions probably overestimate topsoil loss. The weather in Texas last week was terrible, but 'unprecedented'? NoFeb 23, 2021 10:15 am0 views Washington Post (Feb. 22) Weather data from the U of I's Midwest Regional Climate Center makes clear that, while February 2021 was indeed unusually cold, it was not unprecedented.MLB’s newly altered baseball may change game’s analytics approachFeb 22, 2021 11:00 am3 views Yahoo Sports (Feb. 19) Scientists have determined that the change will result 'in a small reduction in the distance of a typical fly ball,' which could have an immediate impact on strategy and the way the game is played, says professor Alan Nathan.Without photosynthesis, ozone, and a molecule called Rubisco, we wouldn't existFeb 18, 2021 11:15 am2 views NOVA (Feb. 17) Groundbreaking U. of I. researchers have spent decades teasing apart the workings of photosynthesis. They explain why Rubisco is not perfect, but it is arguably the most important enzyme on the planet.SNAP online availability about to explode, but some worry it won't fully address food insecurityFeb 17, 2021 11:15 am2 views Grocery Dive (Feb. 16) Professor Craig Gundersen says online payments aren’t likely to make much of a dent in solving food insecurity or in reaching the majority of recipients. Tucked away in rural Illinois: Site of America’s first town founded by a free Black manFeb 12, 2021 10:45 am7 views Chicago Tribune (Opinion; Feb. 12) A great-great-grandson of town founder Free Frank McWorter, now a retired Illinois professor, said he wonders: How many Black people are part of the national story?Inside an Illini grad's billion-dollar plan to kill credit cardsFeb 10, 2021 11:15 am2 views Forbes (Feb. 8) Millenials were shunning plastic and supposedly wary of consumer debt. Max Levchin saw a way to repackage buying now and paying later for younger folks - and it's made him a billionaire.States with right-to-work laws lag behind in many social, economic indicatorsFeb 9, 2021 10:45 am2 views KTVH-TV (Feb. 8) Study co-author, U of I Professor Robert Bruno, says research took a broader look at quality-of-life standards and statistics in every state. 'It’s unlike any other right-to-work study.'Feeding dogs 'human-grade' food might make them poop lessFeb 5, 2021 12:15 pm4 views Gizmodo (Sydney, Feb. 4) 'Of all the diet formats we tested over the years, these human-grade foods have been the most digestible,' says Kelly Swanson, a nutrition scientist at the U. of I. 'Over 90% of what was consumed was digested and absorbed.'Why U.S. hiring could rebound faster than expectedFeb 4, 2021 3:45 pm7 views PBS NewsHour (Feb. 3) 'The people looking for jobs do have the skills employers are looking for,' says Eliza Forsythe, a labor economist at the U. of I. 'It’s just that employers aren’t looking for enough of them right now (due to the pandemic).'Coup D’etat Project at U of I: Jan. 6 insurrection fits definition of attempted dissident coupFeb 3, 2021 12:15 pm21 views CNN (Feb. 3) The only other American entries in its global database? A Communist Party USA conspiracy to violently overthrow the government, and the 1996 slaying of an Arkansas family by white supremacists.Robert J. Jones: First African-American chancellor at IllinoisFeb 2, 2021 10:45 am6 views WFLD-TV (Feb. 1) On the first day of Black History Month, Chancellor Jones is featured for breaking barriers as the first African American chancellor at the U. of I. and the first in the Big Ten Conference.Gambling addiction experts see familiar aspects in Robinhood appFeb 1, 2021 12:15 pm15 views NBC News (Jan. 29) Illinois accounting professor Nerissa Brown says any kind of social media-fueled investing can be hazardous. 'It creates this notion that this crowd knows something that I don’t and that I need to get in on that.' Negotiations continue in Chicago over classroom reopening plansJan 29, 2021 3:30 pm26 views Washington Post (Jan. 28) The CTU wants to expand what the bargaining process should include. 'They make the case: "If it impacts our members’ lives and the employer has some control over it, we can bargain over it,"' says labor expert Bob Bruno.Inside Gies College of Business’s latest 'Disruption'Jan 28, 2021 11:30 am8 views Poets & Quants (Jan. 27) – The lab is expected to make a major impact on the direction of all Gies programs. 'This is an opportunity for us to have a unit dedicated to helping us scan the horizon,' Dean Jeff Brown said. Why amputees should consider getting into the gameJan 27, 2021 10:15 am5 views Amplitude (Jan. 20) '[Sports] can help you feel like you belong,' says Illinois adaptive sports researcher Julian Woolf. 'You enter a community, you develop friendships and support structures, people you can lean on.'U of I to freeze tuition rates for the 2021-22 school year, fifth time in six yearsJan 25, 2021 11:15 am4 views State Journal Register (Jan. 22) 'This decision by the trustees again makes clear our commitment to affordability and our belief in the game-changing power of a world-class education,' said University president Tim Killeen.Op-ed: The ideas promoted in Trump’s flawed 1776 Report must be denouncedJan 22, 2021 10:45 am8 views Chicago Tribune (Jan. 21) Leaders in education must state without equivocation that the curriculum promoted by The 1776 Report is not only bad history, but also simply wrong, writes Jon Hale, a professor of education.Regions with greater income inequality see higher rates of COVID infections, deathsJan 21, 2021 11:30 am7 views UPI (Jan. 20) 'Income and racial inequalities are the two greatest social challenges our country is faced with today,' says Illinois professor Timothy Liao. 'For the consideration of the pandemic, both are important, and neither can be ignored.'A post-holiday COVID-19 surge? Not yet, but experts still waryJan 20, 2021 2:00 pm4 views Chicago Tribune (Jan. 18) 'Holiday spikes are important, but what keeps me up at night is a different question: Did holiday socializing spread the (new strain)?” says Illinois professor Nigel GoldenfeldFollowing U. of I’s coronavirus-testing success, other universities adopting its protocolJan 19, 2021 10:00 am3 views Chicago Sun-Times (Jan. 18) 'Zero hospitalizations, no deaths, thank goodness, and kept classes open, research open and businesses open, so we were really happy with the way it all played out,' says Illinois Professor Martin BurkeAnyone can fall for 'fake news': The psychology of misinformationJan 14, 2021 2:15 pm14 views USA Today (Jan. 14) 'Because we cannot physically verify many of our beliefs...we need to trust sources and documentation. If we trust trustworthy sources, we're generally safe... If we trust untrustworthy ones, we're in danger,' says professor.Can something be ‘indefensible but understandable’?Jan 13, 2021 11:00 am13 views Bloomberg (Jan. 13) Illinois professor Colleen Murphy says it’s essential to understand acts that we consider beyond the pale. 'You want to know, how did this become possible? You can do that without condoning it.' U of I's saliva-based COVID-19 testing started at Milliken University this weekJan 12, 2021 10:45 am5 views Herald & Review (Jan. 12) 'The difference with the saliva test is, it's much less invasive (than a nasal swab)...and the results are available in between six and 12 hours, which is a fast turnaround,' said administrator Raphaella Prange. It's also less costly.There’s a history of bad actors scamming workers during national crisesJan 11, 2021 11:30 am1 views Chicago Tribune (Jan. 10) '...with the unemployment fraud, (scammers are) clogging up the system and creating additional work for the state,' says Robert Bruno, director of the Labor Education Program at Illinois. Climate change is turning cities into ovensJan 8, 2021 11:15 am6 views Wired (Jan. 7) Urban areas, make up just 3% of Earth’s land surface. But they have an outsize impact on the effects of climate change. Researcher Lei Zhao's team shows that hotter cities could be catastrophic for urban public health.Was this a coup attempt? Here’s some history and context to help you decideJan 7, 2021 1:30 pm1 views PolitiFact (Jan. 6) 'We define a coup d’etat as the sudden and irregular (i.e., illegal or extra-legal) removal, or displacement, of the executive authority of an independent government,' wrote the Coup D’etat Project at Illinois.Minimum wage rising in 26 states. That's important to many older peopleJan 5, 2021 4:15 pm5 views AARP (Washington, D.C., Jan. 5) Professor Mark Borgschulte's study of data from 1983 to 2016 found that higher minimum wages increased earnings and may have encouraged some people ages 62 to 70 to keep working. Millions head to the airport despite CDC recommendationsDec 22, 2020 9:45 am3 views 'Security checkpoints are a small footprint of the large number of people congregating. It becomes a COVID-19 warzone,' says Illinois professor Sheldon Jacobson. Remembering U of I's meningitis deaths: Another time when mass vaccinations were neededDec 21, 2020 1:30 pm20 views WLS-TV (Dec. 18) In 1991, the death of a student from bacterial meningitis scared the campus community. A second Illini student died within days. Officials faced a tough decision - whether to quarantine the campus, send students home or vaccinate.