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  • file photo of Governor J. B. Pritzker putting on a face covering

    Gov. Pritzker makes U of I's saliva test available to all schools outside Chicago

    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.

  • Tufted Titmouse. Photo via Creative Commons

    Plucky birds caught on video while yanking hair from live animals

    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.'

  • landscape image from Navaho Reservation in Arizona. Getty Images.

    Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too

    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.

  • Illustration of a blindfolded face by Mark Pernice for the New York Times

    You Anon: Reconsidering what it means to 'be yourself' online

    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. 

  • The MRI-compatible imaging cap incorporates both EEG electrodes and EROS sensors. (Courtesy: L Brian Stauffer)

    Combining 3 ways to measure brain function offers new insight into working mind

    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.

  • ingredients in a meal kit. USDA photo.

    Do meal kits reduce food waste? USDA interviews U of I's Brenna Ellison

    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.

  • Ryan "Merf" Murphy displays a TikTok video he created to explain that a previous TikTok video he made that went viral was actually a joke. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

    Thousands believe TikTok joke about dinosaur bones found on Illinois farm

    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...'

  • Burger King 'now hiring' sign. Photo via Flickr by Mike Mozart

    The radical notion of a 4-day workweek

    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?

  • U. of I. senior track and cross country athlete Ayah Aldadah

    Illini runner helping change how IHSA athletes will look in competition

    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. 

  • hand in latex glove hold Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    New COVID-19 guidance calls for all Illinois college students to be vaccinated

    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.'

  • mosquito image via Shutterstock

    Heavy June rain brings late emergence of mosquitoes in Illinois

    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.

  • woman uses a parasol while walking in extreme heat in Washington, D.C. Credit: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty

    Influential US climate report moves ahead — under new leadership

    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.

  • single plant grows on expanse of dry, cracked earth. Credit: Blend Images/Corbis

    With droughts escalating, scientists look to CRISPR gene editing

    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. 

  • Pols review congressional maps. Photo by SAGA Communications

    2022 will be a year of change in Illinois politics

    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 Nikkie Usher

    Professor's new book: Chasing subscription dollars is bad for journalism

    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. 

  • Blessing Hospital nurse Michelle Summy places a used santizing towel for her PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) headgear after tending to a COVID-19-positive patient. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

    COVID-19 infections are rising again in parts of Illinois. Here’s where and why.

    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.

  • Chicago's Space to Grow initiative turned a Morrill Elementary School playground green. (Photo courtesy: Space to Grow)

    How to make cities more livable? Selectively remove pavement

    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. 

  • This is an anterior view of a 3D model of Triamyxa coprolithica, a 230-million-year-old, previously undiscovered beetle species.

    In fossilized dinosaur poop, scientists find hidden treasure

    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.

  • hairdresser works on a customer's hair.

    Black and Latinx hairdressers exposed to high levels of phthalates

    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.

  • group photo at signing ceremony includes players, coaches and Chancellor Robert Jones. Photo courtesy Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at Illinois

    Illinois college athletes can now hire agents, sign endorsement deals

    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.

  • In this Sunday, June 16, 2013 photo, a home is for sale in Glenview, Ill.  AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

    The red-hot Illinois real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down

    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.

  • enhanced photo of Professor Alan Nathan within a baseball diamond. No credit given for photo or graphics.

    How to save Major League Baseball from itself

    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.

  • hand opens door to a job fair. Photo by Luke Sharrett for Bloomberg News

    Downward U.S. jobless claims trend stalls out

    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.

  • A person wearing a mask walks around the campus of University of Illinois at Chicago Friday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2020. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Pat Nabong/Sun-Times, Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

    U. of I. requires vaccinations for all students returning to campuses this fall

    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%. 

  • graphic image of golden heart-shaped trophy by Adam Maida / The Atlantic

    The most effective way to thank your significant other

    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.

  • woman works on a laptop in a cafe setting. Getty Images

    Working, post-COVID: Hybrid workforce may not be the panacea after all

    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.

  • Matt Vaskey of Hive Supply in Pilsen speaks with Andy Smolen of the Franklin Park Public Works Department during their inspection of the hives, Monday, June 14, 2021. | Kevin Tanaka/Pioneer Press (Kevin Tanaka / Pioneer Press)

    Why is the Village of Franklin Park putting beehives atop its municipal building?

    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 supplies

    Ars Technica (Boston, June 8) – A team of researchers looked at pairing solar energy production with pollinator habitats.

  • Vehicles pass in front of the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington on Jan. 22. (Al Drago/Bloomberg)

    Proceed with caution on central bank digital currency

    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...'

  • Rep. Kam Buckner, who played football at the University of Illinois, is sponsoring a bill to allow student athletes to get agents and endorsement deals.

    New Illinois gambling bill would legalize wagering on college sports

    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.