blog postsU of I researchers' emergency ventilator prototype shows promising resultsMar 30, 2020 3:45 pm0 views Newsweek (March 30) More than 40 engineering, medical, and manufacturing experts began work on March 16 to create a device to help patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.The effects of COVID-19 will ripple through food systemsMar 26, 2020 1:15 pm3 views Scientific American (March 26) As COVID-19 leads to widespread income losses, fewer consumers may be able to afford specialized or high-value products such as organic vegetables, says U of I Professor Megan Konar.What can COVID-19 teach us about access to college?Mar 23, 2020 10:00 am0 views Forbes (March 22) U of I undergrad admissions director is excited by the innovations to college admission created in response to COVID-19. 'The new tools we are developing...may open up all kinds of possibilities.'Prof. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is helping run a study of library responses to COVID-19Mar 19, 2020 2:00 pm2 views Inside Higher Ed (March 19) Academic libraries 'have built digital infrastructures, collections and services for the past two decades,' she says. Library users have long been 'remote' and libraries have adapted.Newly discovered ‘magic methyl’ reaction could turbocharge potency of some drugsMar 17, 2020 4:00 pm16 views Science (March 16) The new catalyst, created by a team led by U of I organic chemist M. Christina White, is a huge improvement on previous multistep methods that were expensive and time-consuming.Stop joking that black people are immune to coronavirusMar 16, 2020 1:00 pm7 views CityLab (March 14) U of I professor Rana Hogarth bristles at memes suggesting black people are impervious to Covid-19. These racist beliefs hearken back to the 18th-century yellow fever disaster.Weinstein’s 23 year sentence signals shift in #MeToo justiceMar 12, 2020 1:30 pm0 views Bloomberg (March 11) 'These...high-profile women were probably the only ones with enough credibility and social power to get this going,” says Illinois professor Louise Fitzgerald, expert in the psychological effects of harassment.U of I student names new bug species after Lady Gaga citing its 'wacky fashion sense'Mar 11, 2020 12:30 pm5 views CBS News (March10) 'If there is going to be a Lady Gaga bug, it’s going to be a treehopper, because they’ve got these crazy horns, they have this wacky fashion sense about them,' says Illinois grad student Brendan Morris.Experts say there's still no evidence you can catch COVID-19 from petsMar 10, 2020 12:00 pm7 views 'At this time, people should be minimally concerned about this coronavirus affecting their pets. The virus seems well-adapted to spread between people and, therefore, unlikely to jump to dogs or cats,' says U of I's Will Sander.How should parents talk to their children about the coronavirus?Mar 9, 2020 11:45 am0 views WBEZ-FM (March 6) Tara Powell, a professor of social work at Illinois whose research focuses on trauma recovery and resilience in children, joins an expert panel to discuss the question.Staying informed about crisis can come with a cost. 54% feel stress reading coronavirus newsMar 5, 2020 11:45 am2 views Yahoo! Sports (March 4) 'It’s good to read data specific to one’s population,' says U. of I. data scientist Sheldon Jacobson. Jack Welch, U of I alum, G.E. chief who became business superstar, dies at 84Mar 3, 2020 1:45 pm2 views New York Times (March 2) Jack Welch, who led General Electric Co. through two decades of extraordinary corporate prosperity and became the most influential business manager of his generation, died Sunday.U of I students studying abroad in Italy asked to leave as soon as possibleMar 2, 2020 11:30 am9 views Chicago Tribune (March 1) 'The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is requiring all of our students studying in Italy to depart at the earliest opportunity. You may return to the U.S., your home country, or travel elsewhere.'Did a 'volcanic winter' wipe out the toolmakers of Sumatra 74,000 years ago?Feb 26, 2020 11:00 am0 views Science (Feb. 25) A new study suggests they survived the eruption and thrived for another 50,000 years. Illinois anthropologist Stanley Ambrose questions the study's conclusions.Weinstein guilty verdict shows the #MeToo movement is bringing unprecedented changesFeb 25, 2020 1:00 pm1 views '#MeToo is so far the most successful effort to change the ground rules,' says Louise Fitzgerald, a professor of psychology and of gender and women’s studies at Illinois.U of I researchers describe AI system to help farmers monitor plants, increase yieldsFeb 24, 2020 8:45 am0 views Inverse (Feb. 20) 'Instead of establishing a small field plot, running statistics and publishing the means, what we’re trying to do involves the farmer far more directly,” says Professor Nicolas Martin.Climate science deniers hoping to influence 2022 assessment of climate impactsFeb 19, 2020 1:00 pm0 views Scientific American (Feb. 18) U of I professor who oversaw the last assessment says Trump science advisor Kelvin Droegemeier will work to produce an assessment free of Trump’s erroneous assertions about climate change.100+ researchers have taken a U of I workshop for genomics researchers, Indigenous communitiesFeb 17, 2020 1:15 pm0 views Washington Post (Feb. 16) 'Having better science isn’t just about keeping science in the ivy tower of academia; science is about helping communities,' says program founder, genomic researcher Ripan MalhiGov. Pritzker touts benefits of $500 million investment in U of I-led research institute networkFeb 17, 2020 9:00 am0 views Journal Gazette & Times Courier (Feb. 13) 'Today’s announcement is so exciting. It will fast-track construction planning and we hope to break ground for DPI in a few months,' says University System President Tim Killeen.Trump expansion of land mine use may cause more civilian casualties, alienate alliesFeb 12, 2020 1:30 pm0 views Los Angeles Times (Feb. 10) Illinois law professor Lesley Wexler writes about the implications of the Trump administration’s recently announced intent to expand the U.S. armed forces’ use of land mines.Farmers would go from trade bailout to subsidy cuts under Trump's budget proposalFeb 11, 2020 11:00 am0 views Bloomberg News (Feb. 10) U of I professor Jonathan Coppess, an Obama administration head of the federal agency that administers farm subsidies, calls the budget proposal 'incoherent in the extreme.'Bumblebees are dying across North America, Europe as the climate warmsFeb 10, 2020 11:15 am1 views Washington Post (Feb. 7) '...bumblebees are exquisitely adapted to cold climate...(but) it’s a challenge for them to adjust behaviorally or physiologically to warming temperatures,' says entomologist May Berenbaum.'Insects run the planet, something most people don't know'Feb 5, 2020 1:00 pm0 views Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Feb. 4) Illinois professor May Berenbaum will deliver the keynote address, 'How humans affect insect evolution without even realizing it,' at a celebration of the life, works of Charles Darwin. Impeachment trial of Trump something of a ratings bustFeb 4, 2020 8:45 am2 views Voice of America (Jan. 31) 'People have entered a state of avoidance,' says professor Nikki Usher. The predictable outcome didn’t help, either. 'It’s like tuning in to watch a movie when you know what the ending is.'NYT Book Review of Dennis Baron's 'What's Your Pronoun'Jan 31, 2020 3:00 pm6 views New York Times (Jan. 22) 'Pronouns are suddenly sexy,' Dennis Baron declares at the start of 'What’s Your Pronoun?' And by 'sexy,' he means 'thorny.'Reducing air pollution saved the US $24 billion on elderly health benefitsJan 29, 2020 10:30 am0 views 'One of the main ways...we differ from previous studies of air pollution is that we rigorously estimate the counterfactual life expectancy of individuals killed by acute pollution exposure,” says Illinois's Tatyana DeryuginaWhy your zodiac sign is probably wrongJan 27, 2020 3:30 pm2 views The Conversation (Jan. 24) James Kaler, an Illinois professor of astronomy, writes that the science of astronomy is at odds with one of the basic organizing principles in astrology – the dates of the zodiac.With model of mummy’s vocal tract, researchers recreate voice of long-dead Egyptian priestJan 24, 2020 10:15 am2 views Washington Post (Jan. 24) Illinois expert Daniel Bodony says the vocal tract is only half of what makes 'the human being sound like the human being,' so the electronic re-recreation 'sounds tinny.'How an African American UPS worker challenged powerful union leaders, and wonJan 22, 2020 4:45 pm4 views Philadelphia Inquirer (Jan. 22) A decisive move in 2018 'unwittingly fueled an expansion of opposition caucuses across the country,' says Robert Bruno, a labor historian at the U. of I. The TSA intercepted a record number of guns at airport checkpoints last yearJan 21, 2020 1:15 pm0 views Washington Post (Jan. 21) Illinois' Sheldon Jacobson says TSA’s concerns over the 2019 increase come without context. 'Yes, it’s a big number, but it’s inconclusive what it means,' he says.