blog postsWhy is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name?Jul 21, 2020 9:45 am34 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades.Can 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.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.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.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.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.What can police trainers learn from the current crisis?Jun 17, 2020 8:30 am4 views Michael Schlosser is the director of Illinois' Police Training Institute, which has developed training programs that give officers a better understanding of their own implicit biases.Why 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 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.Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict?Jun 4, 2020 4:45 pm2 views Travis Dixon is a professor of communication at Illinois whose research deals with the prevalence and impact of racial and other stereotypes in the mass media. Is it too soon for restaurants, retailers to reopen?Jun 2, 2020 4:45 pm9 views Kinesiology and Community Health professor Justine Kaplan talks about best practices for restaurants and retail stores as they consider reopening.Will movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 4:15 pm0 views 'Even when people feel safe in crowds again...moviegoers who do show up are more likely to forego their popcorn and other treats – which is another challenge, since theaters make most of their money on concessions.'What 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 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.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 effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues?May 14, 2020 8:45 am3 views The continued spread of COVID-19 should prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said U of I law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.Will live broadcasts of oral arguments be a permanent fixture at the Supreme Court?May 6, 2020 8:00 am0 views 'The court’s decision to hold, for the first time ever, arguments by telephone in 10 cases this month and to live broadcast those arguments is revolutionary,' says law professor Jason Mazzone.The uphill battle facing marginalized workers displaced by COVID-19May 5, 2020 9:45 am0 views Marginalized workers can face either the stress from losing work, or the stress from having to work in situations where they are at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 11:00 am106 views 'We found that very breathable fabrics are a good choice, like common t-shirt materials. They tend to have low droplet resistance, and their efficiency increases when used in a two-layer mask.'Could Legionnaires' bacteria lurk in idled buildings?Apr 29, 2020 2:45 pm6 views Many businesses are closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and some building managers have shut off water and air conditioning to conserve resources. That could cause a problem.What 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.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 2:30 pm8 views Illinois wildlife biologist Tara Hohoff says the hypothesis that bats tranfered the novel coronavirus to humans has given them a bad rap, and public fears of exposure to bats are on the rise. What's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 5:00 pm0 views Scholars have made key discoveries in the past decade about the 14th-century plague known as the Black Death – for one thing, finding its source – says history professor Carol Symes.What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 10:45 am0 views Targeting groups to blame is often also the result of underlying social or political tensions – and groups that are seen as economic threats, as not conforming, often bear the brunt of this.Predicting social behavior during pandemics to guide public health policiesApr 14, 2020 2:15 pm0 views The work of these researchers in information sciences provides insights that can help public health officials plan for events such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 10:15 am0 views U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracín has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:00 am0 views Communicating about risk in an epidemic can be tricky, especially when comparing the levels of risk between different social groups, says Illinois communication professor Cabral Bigman.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.Can relationships flourish through technology alone?Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am0 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining close relationships now lacking face time during COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says communication professor John Caughlin.The challenges professors, students face with the move to online classesMar 26, 2020 12:15 pm3 views Moving quickly to online instruction comes with many challenges for professors and students. School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong has been teaching online since 2001.