blog posts Champaign-raised, U of I grad actor gets Broadway shot in 'Hamilton' Feb 1, 2023 11:15 am News Gazette (Feb. 1) Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, a Champaign schools and U of I grad, will make his Broadway debut Thursday, playing the iconic Aaron Burr from hit rap-musical 'Hamilton.' Could Brazil surpass U.S. as world's top corn exporter? Jan 31, 2023 3:30 pm Effingham Daily News (Jan. 30) 'Brazil could surpass the U.S. in corn exports sometime between 2024 and 2026,' says Joana Colussi, a postdoctoral researcher at the U. of I. and native of Brazil. 'We’ll see. There are many factors at play.' Hamlin’s injury highlights precarious position of many young NFL players Jan 30, 2023 11:00 am The New York Times (Jan. 29) 'The world’s collective heart is pouring itself out for Hamlin, but the main point is there are a lot of journeymen players who leave the league with serious problems,' says U of I labor law expert Michael LeRoy. Soy protein lowers cholesterol, risk of heart disease, study finds Jan 27, 2023 11:15 am VegNews (Jan. 27) 'As we hypothesized, soybeans’ effects on cholesterol metabolism are not only associated with their protein concentrations and composition, but also with peptides that are released during digestion,' says Professor Elvira de Mejia. Do you know who owns your vet? Jan 26, 2023 11:15 am Freakonomics (Jan. 25) Rose Peters, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at Illinois, describes her current role as well as her experience working at a practice that was bought by a private-equity firm, which led to huge staff turnovers. Fulton County grand jury could be necessary ammo in prosecuting Trump Jan 25, 2023 10:00 am Newsweek (Jan. 24) 'Would the grand jury report help the credibility of the government’s allegations? Probably,' says law professor Andrew Leipold. '...We can be modestly confident the jurors' oversight made the report more careful and precise.' Wanted (by scientists): Birds and bats killed by wind, solar facilities Jan 23, 2023 11:15 am Undark (Jan. 23) 'I’m supportive of renewable energy developments. I’m also supportive of doing our best to conserve biodiversity,' says Mark Davis, a U. of I. conservation biologist. 'And I think the two things can very much coexist.' COVID-19 vaccines tested in clinical trials, despite bogus social media claims Jan 19, 2023 10:15 am FactCheck.org (Jan. 18) 'Sasha Latypova’s argument is a classic example of a causal fallacy,' says U of I law professor Jacob S. Sherkow. 'It’s bogus as a matter of law, as a matter [of] logic, and a matter of fact.' Monogamous prairie voles reveal the neurobiology of love Jan 17, 2023 11:45 am Scientific American (Jan. 17) Nearly 50 years ago, U of I ecologist Lowell Getz discovered that prairie voles were monogamous. His research teams went on to document their social behaviors and the hormones that underpin them. Study: Exxon Mobil accurately predicted warming since 1970s Jan 13, 2023 9:45 am The Associated Press (Jan. 12) Working with Exxon scientists in the 1980s, 'It was clear that Exxon Mobil knew what was going on,' says U of I climate expert Don Wuebbles. But, 'at the same time they were paying people to put out misinformation.' Website tracks COVID levels in wastewater to help people ‘make informed decisions’ Jan 11, 2023 1:15 pm Chicago Sun-Times (Jan. 10) 'This helps you decide what you as an individual want to do based on the trends in your local area,' says Bill Jackson, executive director of the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago. Gen Z’s ‘life-changing’ new way of getting what they want - without having to work for it Jan 10, 2023 1:15 pm New York Post (Jan. 9) When U of I student Samantha Palazzolo heard about so-called Lucky Girl Syndrome, she decided to try it. Palazzolo told herself every morning that she would have a lucky day. Lo and behold, it worked. As historians gather, battle continues over how to write about the past Jan 9, 2023 10:15 am The New York Times (Jan. 8) U of I professor Carol Symes says since its inception in the 19th century, the historical profession had often done 'the work of injustice,' bolstering empire, colonization, subjugation with 'apologetics for those movements.' Poets&Quants’ MBA Program of the Year for 2022: The Gies iMBA Jan 5, 2023 10:45 am Poets & Quants (Jan. 5) Illinois' iMBA has revolutionized online business education, and not just because of its $23K price tag. In 2022, it launched a pair of fully online, credit-bearing graduate certificates, with up to six more options within the year. 3M plant in Illinois was nation's worst emitter of climate-killing ‘immortal’ chemical in '21 Jan 3, 2023 11:30 am Inside Climate News (Dec. 29) 'Any emissions of CF4 are going to drive further climate change and lead to things that are going to affect our planet for many, many thousands of years.' says Professor Donald Wuebbles. Intelligence predictions improve with whole-brain connectivity profiles Dec 22, 2022 11:00 am Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (Dec. 21) 'Intelligence appears to emerge from the global architecture of the brain and to reflect the efficiency and flexibility of systemwide network function,' said U of I researcher Aron Barbey. U of I researchers have a plan to harvest fresh water from ocean vapor Dec 21, 2022 10:15 am Gizmodo (Dec. 20) U of I professor Praveen Kumar says drought-affected places like the American Southwest would be ideal beneficiaries of a device that would harvest water vapor from above the ocean to supply fresh water. Why winter solstice matters, is celebrated around the world Dec 20, 2022 11:15 am The Conversation (Dec. 20) Native American communities held solstice ceremonies as well,, says U. of I. professor Rosalyn LaPier, and reflect their understanding of the workings of the solar system and the interconnectedness of the world.” Chicago to fund a passenger rail line extension to the Far South Side Dec 19, 2022 11:45 am WTTW-TV (Dec. 16) 'The red line extension…would actually generate new business development, commercial development, which would begin to circulate those dollars within the community,' says urban planning professor Lou Turner. U of I's Discovery Partners Institute will launch cannabis research facility Dec 16, 2022 11:30 am Green Market Report (Dec. 15) Given its strengths in agriculture, genomics, medicine, 'It’s a natural for us to be a gathering point' for cannabis research, says DPI director Bill Jackson. 'It’s an industry Illinois wants to win in, ...that’s going to be sizable.' Are we seeing more destructive tornadoes in winter months? Dec 14, 2022 10:45 am Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Dec. 13) 'The only months in the U.S. that have experienced a robust positive trend in tornado activity are December and January,' says U of I atmospheric sciences professor Jeff Trapp. 'So yes, this is indeed factual.' Destination Decatur for pipeline pumping liquified carbon dioxide from Cedar Rapids Dec 13, 2022 11:15 am Herald & Review (Dec. 12) 'Everybody knows the (carbon sequestration) work that’s been done here, and it’s a model for what’s being done around the world,' says U of I geologist Sallie Greenberg. Supreme Court appears divided on the independent state legislature theory Dec 12, 2022 10:45 am Christian Science Monitor (Dec. 8) The original meaning of 'legislature' in the elections clause 'was clear,' writes U of I Law Dean Vikram Amar. State legislatures are 'constrained by the state constitution,' and not 'independent' in any context. Before Jackie Robinson, Jorge Pasquel broke baseball’s color barrier — in Mexico Dec 7, 2022 11:15 am L.A. Times (Dec. 7) The Mexican League fully integrated pro baseball. It 'meant that you see each other as equals,' says U of I's Adrian Burgos. 'You share the locker room, the dugout space. It is a different dimension.' Catholic bishops a religious outlier in opposing Respect for Marriage Act Dec 5, 2022 11:30 am National Catholic Reporter (Dec. 5) U of I law professor says the bill’s finding about 'decent and honorable' opposition seems to counter bishops' warning of a new 'compelling government interest' to force the religious to violate their consciences. Congress quashed a rail strike by forcing a deal between workers and bosses Dec 2, 2022 10:15 am WBEZ-FM (Dec. 1) Robert Bruno, a professor and director of the Labor Education Program at the U. of I., discusses the implications for rail workers and other unionization efforts around the country. How a simple ‘thank you’ from your partner can reduce holiday stress Dec 1, 2022 10:00 am Healthline (Nov. 30) 'We wanted to understand what makes couples resilient,' says U of I professor Allen Barton. 'All couples face challenges, but some relationships remain strong even in the midst of difficulty.' Elon Musk may inadvertently spur Congress to action on social media regulations Nov 30, 2022 10:45 am Fast Company (Nov. 30) The attempt at self-regulation consists of Musk and his inner circle making ad hoc calls that aren't necessarily politically neutral. 'It seems to be leaning more toward the right rather than the left,' says U of I professor Dennis Baron. Perennial rice could raise yields and cut costs Nov 29, 2022 11:00 am 'Now we can consciously choose to make a better crop and a better, more sustainable agriculture. We can fix the errors of history,' says study co-author Erik Sacks, a plant geneticist at the U. of I. My Thanksgiving: How testifying for Native Americans made me a witness to history Nov 28, 2022 10:45 am Salon (Nov. 24) 'I’m a scholar of Native American history,' writes Frederick Hoxie, a professor emeritus of history, law and American Indian studies at Illinois. 'But my real education came from working with Native people in the present.' How the Latter-day Saints came to back Senate’s same-sex marriage bill Nov 23, 2022 10:15 am Washington Post (Nov. 22) Robin Fretwell Wilson, who helped craft a compromise on the bill, describes civil rights such as same-sex marriage and religious liberty as 'puzzle pieces' that can fit together if people of good faith work together. Bison’s relocation to Native lands revives a spiritual bond Nov 22, 2022 2:15 pm AP (Nov. 22) 'Depending on what Indigenous group you’re talking to, the bison originated in the supernatural realm and ended up on Earth for humans to use,” says Prof. Rosalyn LaPier, who grew up on the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Montana. U.S. Senate signals support for amended Respect for Marriage Act Nov 18, 2022 11:15 am Deseret News (Nov. 16) Federal law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 'Those laws still sit on the books. The Supreme Court says, "Thou shalt not enforce that law," but those laws should come off the books,' says Robin Fretwell Wilson. How to avoid impending holiday travel disruptions Nov 16, 2022 11:45 am The Hill (Nov. 15) U of I's Sheldon Jacobson writes, 'With the busy holiday travel period just a week away, labor storms are brewing in two legacy airlines that could derail many people’s travel plans.' Here's how to minimize the risk of travel disruption. Meat on the menu, not the agenda, at COP27 climate conference Nov 15, 2022 12:45 pm Reuters (Nov. 15) Activists at the climate summit in Egypt will pressure policymakers to acknowledge the role of meat, dairy in global warming. Livestock are responsible for about 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a U of I led study. Republicans tout benefits of fossil fuels at climate talks Nov 14, 2022 11:45 am A.P. (Nov. 11) Professor Don Wuebbles responds: 'Nobody’s out there saying children are going to burn to death. What we are saying is this is an extremely serious problem...and we need to deal with it.' Geometry reveals the tricks behind gerrymandering Nov 11, 2022 10:15 am Scientific American (Nov. 10) Professor Wendy Cho and U of I colleagues designed an algorithm to counteract legislative gerrymandering, using a computer to construct a large number of splits that are not necessarily perfect. Americans with disabilities need an updated long-term care plan, say advocates Nov 10, 2022 10:30 am NPR (Nov. 9) About half of families that care for a loved one with disabilities have made plans for the future, and an even smaller portion have revisited those plans to ensure they're up to date, says U of I Professor Meghan Burke. Thousands of farmers in China have started to grow a remarkable new perennial rice Nov 9, 2022 10:00 am NPR ( Nov. 7) 'This is a really big deal. This is a change in the way that we think about agriculture,' says Erik Sacks, a plant geneticist at the U. of I. who collaborated with the Chinese scientists and co-wrote a new study. Are political ads more negative this year? Nov 7, 2022 12:00 pm Daily Herald (Nov. 5) While the FEC regulates political advertising on TV, radio, newspapers and billboards, there’s no disclaimer rules for digital media. 'It’s like the Wild West for social media,' says U. of I. advertising professor Michelle Nelson. Smartphone data may predict mortality risk Nov 4, 2022 4:30 pm WebMD (Nov. 3) What if a smartphone app could gather data from everyday cardio activities to predict how long you’ll live? Researchers at Illinois laid the groundwork for the possibility in a study. Forecast – A Fragile Climate: NASA minds, technology track the changing planet Nov 2, 2022 11:15 am WGN-TV (Nov. 1) U of I's Don Wuebbles: 'We basically have three choices. We can mitigate, reduce emissions; we can adapt, be more resilient; or we can suffer... We need to do a lot of mitigation and adaptation if we’re going to reduce suffering for the future.' ‘Fast furniture’ is cheap. And Americans are throwing it in the trash Oct 31, 2022 11:00 am New York Times (Oct. 31) Many Ikea beds and Wayfair desks are designed to last about five years, says U of I professor Deana McDonagh. 'I relate to fast furniture like I do to fast food. It’s empty of culture, and it’s not carrying any history with it.' Five years and $150 million later, what a mega-business school can do Oct 27, 2022 2:15 pm Poets & Quants (Oct. 27) Larry and Beth Gies returned to Illinois to celebrate all that their pledge has helped to make possible. The list of achievements for what became the Gies College of Business is extraordinary by any standard. US test scores fell during the pandemic - but experts say don't blame school closings Oct 25, 2022 10:45 am Salon (Oct. 25) "Even when instruction was being provided...students and staff may have been dealing with issues that meant there was less focus on conventional academics, or that instruction may have been less effective,' says U of I's Paul Bruno. Scientists found a way to predict your death by how you walk Oct 24, 2022 11:00 am Yahoo News (Oct. 21) The test is 'a very good external measure of what’s going on internally,' and could easily be replicated using the accelerometer in a wrist sensor or a smartphone, says Professor Bruce Schatz, a leader of the U of I study. What we know and don’t know about long COVID Oct 20, 2022 12:15 pm The Hill (Oct. 20) 'People don’t talk about just getting COVID anymore,' says Tara Leytham Powell, a professor of social work at Illinois. 'Long COVID is more of a fear.' Biden administration proposal would make it harder to classify workers as contractual Oct 19, 2022 2:45 pm WTTW-TV (Oct. 18) 'By classifying workers as independent contractors, employers like Lyft and Uber...are not required to follow any of the same federal laws or state or local laws that other employers do,' says U of I labor expert Alison Dickson. Landing on Mars: A balance of technical skill and hard-earned luck Oct 17, 2022 3:00 pm Space.com (Oct. 15) U of I professor Zachary Putnam sees two problems. 'Landing really big things...for more advanced missions and human exploration, and landing lots of smaller, less expensive things at relatively low cost.' U of I alumna among 2022 McArthur 'genius' grant winners Oct 13, 2022 1:15 pm WBBM-TV (Chicago, Oct. 12) Tomeka Reid, who earned her DMA at Illinois, founded the Chicago Jazz String Summit in 2013. It's an annual event celebrating stringed instruments and their 'unique contributions to the improvisational jazz sphere.'