blog postsWhat’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?Oct 17, 2019 9:15 am3 views Poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries all contribute, but the biggest factor is that their countries of origin are as violent as war zones, says law professor Lauren Aronson.'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.'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.How do we combat global food insecurity during pandemics?May 26, 2020 8:45 am2 views About 265 million worldwide are estimated to face food shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Entomlogy professor Esther Ngumbi talks about what can be done to reduce the problem.On the 50th anniversary of RFK's assassination, how should we remember him?Jun 5, 2018 5:00 am2 views June 5 marks a half-century since Robert Kennedy’s assassination, in the midst of his presidential campaign and a tumultuous 1968 that also claimed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am2 views Aunt Jemima is retiring. Uncle Ben is changing. Mrs. Butterworth is getting a review. These and other familiar brands are being rethought due to their use of Black images. Advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.Where does the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program stand?Jun 30, 2020 9:15 am2 views The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor, but the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remains a stopgap measure at best, says immigration expert, Law professor Lauren Aronson.Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:45 am2 views 'One lesson that we should learn from this pandemic is that we really are all in this together. We are so connected that a new disease appearing anywhere...can quickly impact the whole world, and only a global response can control it.'How has the #MeToo movement impacted the Kavanaugh nomination?Sep 24, 2018 2:45 pm2 views Without the #MeToo movement, would the allegations leveled against Brett Kavanaugh even come to light? No, says Illinois law professor Lesley WexlerWill 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.'Brexit clouded by uncertainty, says Gies professorDec 11, 2018 11:45 am2 views With the scheduled Brexit vote cancelled for Dec. 11, Gies College of Business professor Candace Martinez says, 'Uncertainties are everywhere. This is uncharted waters, to be sure.'Kindt: Justice Department reversal on online gambling 'correct decision'Jan 17, 2019 12:00 pm1 views Internet gambling won’t be legal for much longer after the Department of Justice reversed a controversial 2011 ruling, says professor John W. Kindt, a leading national gambling critic 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.'Brexit' is coming – or maybe not. Why is this happening?Mar 26, 2019 10:00 am1 views Illinois political science professor Kostas Kourtikakis explains some of the forces behind 'Brexit' and why it’s so difficult to achieve.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.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 4, 2018 4:30 am1 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeHow might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 13, 2017 9:15 am1 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-GallaherWhat effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies?Apr 29, 2020 8:00 am1 views Professor Robert Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert, discusses the potential for a surge in consumer bankruptcy filings due to the coronavirus pandemic.The stinging truth about murder hornetsMay 15, 2020 11:30 am1 views Entomologist Adam Dolezal discusses the threats posed by a new insect in the NorthwestWhat have we learned about intimate partner violence?May 26, 2020 2:30 pm1 views With stay-at-home orders in many states, police in some areas noticed more reports of domestic violence. Professors Jennifer Hardesty, Brian Ogolsky reviewed research to separate what we know from what remains unknown.How the George Floyd unrest can lead to changeJun 9, 2020 1:00 pm1 views History professor Kevin Mumford studies racial unrest in the U.S. in the 20th and 21st centuries. Protests like those seen today in the wake of the death of George Floyd are just the first steps necessary for long-lasting change, Mumford says.Do summer jobs provide lifelong benefits for teens?Jun 11, 2018 9:00 am1 views Employers want employees with communication skills and good work ethics. Teens can get practice those in summer jobs, where the consequences are lower than in a professional job later in lifeWhy the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 3:15 pm1 views While many people are hearing it for the first time, the idea of abolishing the police is not new. It has been built over decades by organizers, many of them black feminists, says Professor Naomi Paik, who studies policing and prisons.How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic?Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am1 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross.Will legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois?Jun 20, 2019 9:45 am1 views The financial impact of legal marijuana could boost the Illinois economy significantly, says Robert Bruno, a professor of Labor and Employment Relations.Will there be any constraints now on partisan gerrymandering?Jun 28, 2019 2:00 pm1 views Last year, Justice Kagan summarized the concern: the 2010 redistricting cycle 'produced some of the worst partisan gerrymanders on record,' predicting 'technology will only get better, so the 2020 cycle will only get worse.'What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 11:15 am1 views What political considerations might influence either the choice of a Supreme Court nominee or the two parties’ strategies in the confirmation fight?What tips can help educators convert in-person courses to online instruction?Jul 9, 2020 2:15 pm1 views Professor Kashif A. Ahmad, who has taught online courses for a decade, offers his best practices for creating online courses.What is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1 views Illinois physics professor Liang Yang discusses the significance of the recent neutrino detection in Antarctica and what it means for the future of observational astronomyCan Major League Baseball owners, players avoid another work stoppage?Jul 20, 2020 8:45 am1 views A coronavirus-abbreviated Major League Baseball season will open amid the backdrop of significant labor tension between owners and players, says U. of I. labor historian Daniel A. Gilbert.