blog postsGov. Pritzker makes U of I's saliva test available to all schools outside ChicagoAug 5, 2021 10:30 am0 views Chicago Tribune (Aug. 4) Test developed at U of I gives rapid results and is part of the Governor's efforts to slow the spread of the delta variant, which is reponsible for a tenfold rise in COVID-19 cases, largely among young adults and children.Plucky birds caught on video while yanking hair from live animalsAug 4, 2021 11:45 am2 views Live Science (Aug. 4) The inspiration for a study of birds that pluck hair off of living animals to line their nests came when a U of I researcher saw a tufted titmouse standing on a raccoon’s back, plucking its hair. 'My curiosity was piqued.'Native Americans are targets of voter suppression tooAug 3, 2021 12:30 pm0 views The Hill (July 27) Frederick Hoxie, a professor emeritus of history, law and American Indian studies at the U. of I., and two co-authors write about the history of Native American voter suppression.You Anon: Reconsidering what it means to 'be yourself' onlineAug 2, 2021 11:30 am4 views New York Times (July 31) Prof. Emily van Duyn recently embedded with a group of progressive women in rural Texas. 'There’s a lack of anonymity in their community,' she says, so the group turned to discreet digital organizing. Combining 3 ways to measure brain function offers new insight into working mindJul 30, 2021 10:45 am2 views Physics World (July 30) U. of I. psychology researchers have developed a novel trimodal brain-imaging system incorporating electroencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging and event-related optical signal imaging.Do meal kits reduce food waste? USDA interviews U of I's Brenna EllisonJul 29, 2021 11:15 am7 views U.S. Department of Agriculture (July 28) Meal kits became more popular during the pandemic, as many households opted for food delivery to help maintain social distancing. Professor Ellison has studied their efficiency.Thousands believe TikTok joke about dinosaur bones found on Illinois farmJul 28, 2021 10:30 am4 views Chicago Tribune (July 28) Not a single dinosaur fossil has ever been found in Illinois, but paleontologist Joe Devera says he takes calls weekly claiming discovered dino-fossils. 'I told him it was a cow. He said no, he knows, he’s a doctor...'The radical notion of a 4-day workweekJul 26, 2021 11:00 am2 views Chicago Sun-Times (July 26) U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno says, rather than defaulting to the traditional 8-hour/day schedule, employers should ask, how much work time is required for employees to earn their salary?Illini runner helping change how IHSA athletes will look in competitionJul 22, 2021 11:00 am2 views WMBD-TV (Peoria, Ill., July 21) Ayah Aldadah testified before the Illinois House of Representatives in support of a law that will allow high school athletes to compete in hijabs and extra layers due to their religious beliefs. New COVID-19 guidance calls for all Illinois college students to be vaccinatedJul 21, 2021 3:15 pm321 views Chicago Tribune (July 20) U. of I. spokesperson Robin Kaler says masks were required during summer school, but will be optional in the fall for those vaccinated. 'Science is showing us that vaccines are the best way to protect our students.'Heavy June rain brings late emergence of mosquitoes in IllinoisJul 20, 2021 11:15 am2 views The Center Square (July 19) 'When you have a very heavy rainfall event like we have seen here in Illinois over the past couple of weeks, it’s not unusual that after that you would see large numbers of mosquitos,' says U of I's Chris Stone.Influential US climate report moves ahead — under new leadershipJul 19, 2021 4:45 pm4 views Nature (July 16) The fact that the fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment is finally under way comes as a welcome relief to many scientists. 'We’re behind and we need to get to work,' says U of I's Donald Wuebbles, a lead author on the 2018 report.With droughts escalating, scientists look to CRISPR gene editingJul 16, 2021 9:45 am2 views Genetic Literacy Project (July 15) Led by U of I Professor Stephen Long, researchers have found that by altering the expression of a single gene, they can produce a model crop that uses water 25% more efficiently with no loss of yield. 2022 will be a year of change in Illinois politicsJul 13, 2021 3:00 pm400 views WTAX-FM (July 12) Delaying Illinois' primary to June 28 will allow for Census-delayed congressional map. Professor Brian Gaines says the new date won't really benefit any candidate. But the map, drawn by Democrats, are a different story.Professor's new book: Chasing subscription dollars is bad for journalismJul 12, 2021 1:30 pm2 views CNN Business (July 9) With media outlets chasing subscription dollars over advertising dollars, content and coverage skews toward affluent and urban customers who are willing to pay. COVID-19 infections are rising again in parts of Illinois. Here’s where and why.Jul 9, 2021 11:15 am4 views Chicago Tribune (July 8) 'If you wanted to evolve the virus to be as dangerous as possible, the perfect situation would be to have a large unvaccinated population together with a vaccinated population,' says physics professor Nigel Goldenfeld.How to make cities more livable? Selectively remove pavementJul 8, 2021 11:30 am5 views Next City (July 8) Professor Mary Pat McGuire writes that roads and parking lots take up about 30% of city surface. It pollutes waterways through rapid run-off, contributes to flooding, and raises temperatures through the urban heat island effect. In fossilized dinosaur poop, scientists find hidden treasureJul 7, 2021 8:30 am2 views CNN (July 2) 'Insect fossils of this type, preserved in three-dimensions like this, are practically unheard of from the Triassic (period), so this discovery is very important,' says Sam Heads, director of the Center for Paleontology at the U. of I.Black and Latinx hairdressers exposed to high levels of phthalatesJul 1, 2021 11:15 am0 views Environmental Health News (July 1) 'It's really concerning because a lot of hairdressers are reproductive-age women, and there's lots of research out there to suggest that there are risks from prenatal exposure to phthalates,' says Professor Susan Schantz.Illinois college athletes can now hire agents, sign endorsement dealsJun 30, 2021 11:30 am0 views Chicago Tribune (June 29) '(Name, image and likeness) legislation represents the most dramatic, meaningful change to come to the collegiate model since the adoption of athletic scholarships back in the early 1950s,' U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman said.The red-hot Illinois real estate market is showing no signs of slowing downJun 28, 2021 9:45 am0 views The Center Square (June 25) 'It is going to take a while before we see a significant contribution from new construction to add to the inventory and therefore reduce some of the pressure,' U of I Professor Geoffrey Hewings says.How to save Major League Baseball from itselfJun 25, 2021 9:00 am0 views South Side Sox (June 25) Illinois professor Alan Nathan, the world’s foremost authority on the physics of baseball, discusses spin and goo gunk, the characteristics of the baseball and his ideas for meaningful, fun metrics.Downward U.S. jobless claims trend stalls outJun 24, 2021 10:00 am2 views The Wall Street Journal (June 24) 'We have reallocation happening, where most of the people who are coming back to work are searching for a new employer, potentially changing occupation or industry. That process is a lot slower,' says Eliza Forsythe.U. of I. requires vaccinations for all students returning to campuses this fallJun 22, 2021 3:15 pm0 views Chicago Sun-Times (June 21) U of I has been praised for its stringent COVID-19 protocols that led to no hospitalizations or deaths on the Urbana-Champaign campus in the fall with a positivity rate below 1%. The most effective way to thank your significant otherJun 21, 2021 3:00 pm20 views The Atlantic (June 21) 'We tend to overestimate our efforts (in) a relationship and under-estimate the amount of work our partner is contributing,' says U of I's Allen Barton. His research found that showing gratitude was highly linked to marital quality.Working, post-COVID: Hybrid workforce may not be the panacea after allJun 17, 2021 10:30 am2 views Forbes (June 17) A consensus seems to be coalescing around a greater mixture of home- and office-based work. A U. of I. study found that having control over the work-life boundary can buffer the spikes in stress often caused by work-life balance issues.Why is the Village of Franklin Park putting beehives atop its municipal building?Jun 16, 2021 11:00 am4 views Chicago Tribune (June 15) 'There is a lack of habitat and there are many insecticides out there that are toxic to bees,' says Richard Hentschel, a U. of I. Extension horticulture educator. Solar farms could double as pollinator food suppliesJun 9, 2021 10:00 am0 views Ars Technica (Boston, June 8) – A team of researchers looked at pairing solar energy production with pollinator habitats.Proceed with caution on central bank digital currencyJun 2, 2021 10:15 am9 views Washington Post (June 1) 'There is a legitimate market for privacy of transactions,' says U. of I. economist Charles Kahn. 'Bitcoin is in this market. The providers of stored value cards are in this market. To a certain extent, PayPal is in this market...'New Illinois gambling bill would legalize wagering on college sportsJun 1, 2021 11:15 am38 views WBEZ-FM (June 1) U. of I. AD Josh Whitman stressed the mental health of athletes who are subject to online ridicule. 'The commentary is vile, it’s abusive, it’s threatening and in some cases it directly references gambling losses,' Whitman said.