blog postsShould the Senate conduct Supreme Court hearing amid pandemic, election season?Oct 12, 2020 9:15 am1 views There is no election-year exception to the process the Constitution creates for the nomination of individuals to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, says law professor Jason Mazzone.A daily dose of the extremeSep 28, 2020 4:45 pm1 views Renowned atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles writes about unnatural disasters and the link to climate change.How is campus adjusting HVAC systems during the coronavirus pandemic?Sep 28, 2020 1:00 pm1 views The campus has addressed many indoor air-quality concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic by assuring that HVAC systems are operating properly and supplying fresh outdoor air to buildings.In person or by mail? What to consider in choosing how to voteSep 14, 2020 11:15 am2 views Illinois political science professor Brian Gaines has some suggestions for choosing how to cast a ballot this fall – by mail or in person – and what to watch for in the election.Why people care about public monuments - and why they tear them downSep 10, 2020 9:15 am0 views Public monuments are built to represent an idea—and this year, in particular, the ideas of the past have been put under the microscope.Have we gone too far trashing politics?Sep 8, 2020 11:15 am4 views Illinois communication professor Ned O’Gorman doesn’t want us to give up on politics. His book 'Politics for Everybody' argues for the necessity of politics, but 'authentic politics,' not winner-take-all.Sports historian sees professional player protests as unprecedentedSep 1, 2020 4:15 pm0 views There’s nothing new about political protest in sports, but recent athlete-led game boycotts or strikes following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, seemed to set a new standard.Should government do more for the working poor during pandemic?Aug 27, 2020 3:00 pm0 views Another round of federal stimulus checks and increased unemployment benefits would be “economic stabilizers” for the working poor during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Will a coronavirus vaccine be a cure-all?Aug 25, 2020 2:30 pm1 views Thomas O’Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health, suggests that it is unrealistic to expect a vaccine to fully resolve the current coronavirus health crisis.COVID-19 and the elections: What can we expect?Aug 21, 2020 3:00 pm1 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines discusses the impact of the pandemic during a pivotal election year.Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:45 am3 views 'One lesson that we should learn from this pandemic is that we really are all in this together. We are so connected that a new disease appearing anywhere...can quickly impact the whole world, and only a global response can control it.'Why 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 am6 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 pm3 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 pm10 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 am115 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.'