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  • Dr. Leyi Wang and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have played a key role in diagnosing coronavirus infection in animal species in zoos across the country. Photo by Leslie Stauffer

    Which animals can catch the coronavirus?

    The U of I's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has played a key role in diagnosing coronavirus infection in animal species in zoos across the country. This is important work for understanding the virus’s behavior and its broad host range, Wang says.

  • Professor Michael Leroy. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful?

    The new vaccination requirements for the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the OSHA mandate is on shakier legal ground, says labor relations expert Michael LeRoy.

  • Professor Jay Rosenstein. Photo coutesy of himself.

    What has been the impact of the Washington Football Team's name change?

    The changes in the past year in the use of Native American imagery in sports and elsewhere have been unprecedented, said Jay Rosenstein, a Center for Advanced Study professor of media and cinema studies.

  • Corp Sciences Professor Stephen Moose. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    Is the future of agriculture digital?

    Crop sciences professor Stephen Moose and his colleagues aim to develop crops that can communicate with – and receive signals from – digital information-processing systems.

  • Dr. Jim Lowe. Photo by Greg Boozell

    Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus?

    Taking large or multiple doses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can cause a toxic overdose, and humans should not take forms intended for animal use, says Illinois veterinary medicine expert Dr. Jim Lowe.

  • Professor Jacob Sherkow. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    Paper: Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editing

    Patent law could create an 'ethical thicket' that discourages access to the medically and ethically dubious practice of heritable human-genome editing, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.

  • political science professor Brian Gaines. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    Is the new Illinois state legislative district map fair?

    An interesting wild card is whether any current Republican representatives will have such poor electoral prospects with the new (congressional) map that they jump into the 2022 gubernatorial contest instead of seeking reelection.

  • political science professor Nick Grossman. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    What's next for Afghanistan?

    Professor Nicholas Grossman, an expert in international relations, speaks about the repercussions of the abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • teens wearing masks. Image by Dmitriy Gutarev via Pixabay

    When will teens recover from social isolation of COVID?

    Social isolation is not a good situation for anybody, but for teenagers it’s particularly hard. Studies have long indicated that teens who are socially isolated are at higher risk for mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

  • Mikihiro Sato is a professor of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    What impact do the Olympics and mass-sporting events have on public health?

    COVID has led to the postponement or cancellation of many sporting events. 'As global society continues to recover...the role of live spectating in promoting life satisfaction may become a more relevant topic for us,' says Professor Mikihiro Sato. 

  • Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Should the government implement a vaccine passport system?

    Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for those vaccinated against COVID-19 while still being realistic about the ongoing public health crisis in the U.S., said bioethics expert Jacob Sherkow.

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    What are the implications of the recent Supreme Court public school speech case?

    The opaque ruling in the public school speech case Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. shouldn’t deter school officials from disciplining students who engage in cyberbullying, harassment or cheating, said media law expert Benjamin Holden.

  • Illinois Natural History Survey postdoctoral researcher Valeria Trivellone. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    How can the world prevent emerging infectious diseases, protect food security?

    Postdoctoral researcher Valeria Trivellone describes how climate change, globalization, urbanization and trade in wildlife all contribute to the emergence of new infectious diseases and worsen food insecurity.

  • Kevin Leicht, a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    Where have all the entry-level professional jobs gone?

     'It’s far cheaper for a big law firm to hold an online meeting with lawyers in India and have them write a legal document overnight while the partners in the U.S. are sleeping than to pay young lawyers in the firm to write it.'

  • Dr. Sam Sander’s research interests include all aspects of clinical zoo and wildlife medicine.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    How do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife?

    'Fireworks can incite flight responses and disorientation in (birds)... In one documented example, birds flew so far out to sea that there was no possibility they would be able to make the return trip,' writes Professor Sam Sander.

  • Professor Robert Bruno. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    Are generous unemployment benefits to blame for worker shortages?

    ', people don’t want to work at low-quality jobs anymore. With employers everywhere looking to quickly rehire, workers have some leverage and they’re using it to temporarily stay out of the labor market in certain industries.'

  • American flag painted on cracked concrete. Stock image.

    Is reconciliation realistic?

    Historians warn that deep-seated racial divides in America make political healing a challenging path.

  • Professor Richard Kaplan

    Are the ultrawealthy breaking the law in avoiding taxes?

    The ultrawealthy aren’t breaking the law in avoiding taxes, but public outrage over their financial legerdemain could prompt legislators to consider an annual wealth tax, says tax policy expert Richard L. Kaplan.

  • Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Are we experiencing another unaccompanied child 'crisis' at the southern US border?

    The issue of unaccompanied migrant children at the southern U.S. border has embroiled the previous three presidential administrations because there’s no easy solution to the problem, says law professor Lauren Aronson.

  • Why do we need a health care equity law?

    The Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act has potential to address health disparities and foster health equity through provisions, says Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall.

  • Professor Brant Houston. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    What does the Chicago Tribune sale mean for the future of newsrooms?

    Journalism professor Brant Houston touts nonprofit news organizations as a viable alternative to traditional newspaper business models.

  • Rachel S. Harris, a professor in the Program in World and Comparative Literature and in The Program in Jewish Culture and Society.  Photo courtesy Rachel Harris

    Why has violence erupted now between Israelis and Palestinians?

    A leadership vacuum and political maneuvering by both Israel and the Palestinians are fueling the violence, said Rachel S. Harris, a professor in the Programs in World and Comparative Literature and Jewish Culture and Society.

  • Professor Gisela Sin, c. 2012. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    Is it time to get rid of the filibuster in the US Senate?

    Although it’s been weakened over the years, the mere threat of a filibuster in the U.S. Senate still provides swing-vote senators with leverage, bargaining power and media attention, said U. of I. political science professor Gisela Sin.

  • photo of Iliana Redstone provided by subject

    How are social media changing higher education?

    The power of social media and unwritten rules about acceptable discourse exert significant influence over teaching, research and the tenure process in higher education, according to sociology professor Ilana Redstone.

  • Ethnographer Ghassan Moussawi

    When danger becomes the norm

    Beirut's inhabitants face daily violence and disruptions, caused by state sanctioned neglect, violence on its people. To ethnographer Ghassan Moussawi, the city reveals how people adapt in the face of continuous danger and scarcity.

  • Illinois medical scholar Mariam Bonyadi Camacho. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    How does COVID-19 affect the heart?

    While many think of COVID-19 as primarily a respiratory disease, its effects on the heart contribute to nearly 40% of deaths – and can strike even healthy children and athletes, says Illinois medical scholar Mariam Bonyadi Camacho.

  • masked woman and child. Stock photo uncredited

    Economist: The path to economic recovery must address child care

    With the damage inflicted to the U.S. economy by the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery will require not only restoring jobs and income, according to a professor at Illinois, but revitalizing a key industry that affects millions of families: child care. 

  • A billboard located along Illinois State route 15 in Centreville advertises for teachers for East St. Louis School District 189. Photo credit: Belleville News-Democrat.

    Survey: Teacher shortage worsening for most Illinois districts

    'You come to college to become a teacher, borrow a significant amount of money along the way, then go into the profession with a very low salary. ...that’s a very difficult invitation to accept,' says College of Education Dean Jim Anderson.

  • Professor Michael Leroy. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Do labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy?

    The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would be the most significant revision of U.S. labor law since 1947, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law.

  • African American nurse gets a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Getty Images

    Skepticism about coronavirus vaccines persists in communities of color

    USA Today (Feb. 16) 'When we talk about why Black people wouldn’t trust a medical establishment a lot of people cite Tuskegee, which makes sense,' says Rana Hogarth, a history professor at Illinois. 'But Tuskegee is not the start.'