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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?

    '...post-pandemic, 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.'

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.'

  • 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

    Can President Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform?

    Any legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform will face significant headwinds in the Senate, says Lauren R. Aronson, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at Illinois. 

  • Slavic languages and literatures professor Richard Tempest – an expert on Putin and charismatic politics. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Navalny affect opposition to Putin?

    'Navalny is a very clever character. He’s gamed out the different scenarios. His own life and health will be protected, because it would make a terrible impression if he died in prison,' says professor Richard Tempest.

  • poet and English professor Angel Garcia.

    What does Amanda Gorman's Super Bowl performance mean for poetry?

    Gorman captured the attention of the nation as the youngest-ever inaugural poet. She’ll reach a far wider audience with her Super Bowl appearance. Poet, professor Ángel García hopes Gorman will inspire people to work for social change

  • educational history professor Jon Hale

    How might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois?

    An education reform bill in Illinois establishes a fund for Freedom Schools, which could help address learning gaps children may experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Professor Jon Hale.

  • John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Johnson, and Martin Van Buren are the only four presidents in history who have skipped the inauguration of their successor. (Wikimedia Commons.)

    The presidency: A tense time for transition

    Historically, skipping inaugurations have generally been the result of bitter and divisive politics. It’s only happened four times before, with the most recent being 152 years ago.

  • professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    What happens when the coronavirus mutates?

    Mutations in the coronavirus that have become widespread so far are unlikely to create resistance to the vaccines developed, but may require new tests for detection, says Illinois professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés.

  • Erik Procko, a professor of biochemistry. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    What is the new variant of coronavirus in the UK?

    The new strain of coronavirus circulating in the U.K. has a mutation that makes its spike protein bind 20 times more strongly to the receptor on human cells, says Illinois professor Erik Procko.  

  • Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    2020 a bad year in many ways, but what about global carbon emissions?

    The annual Carbon Budget Project report found that the global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions caused a record drop in CO2 emissions for 2020, says Illinois atmospheric sciences professor and report co-author Atul Jain.

  • Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19?

    In most cases, an employer could require a COVID-19 vaccination. It might seem like a violation of an employee’s personal freedom, but “No one has a legally enforceable right to a specific job,” says Professor Michael LeRoy

  • Professor Colleen Murphy. Photo by L. B. Stauffer

    Does the U.S. need to pursue transitional justice in the post-Trump era?

    To promote accountability in government, President-elect Biden ought to pursue 'transitional justice' in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.

  • polling map showing projected red, blue states. graphic via Wiki Commons

    Should we rethink assumptions about the 2020 election?

    We may want to question some assumptions about state-level voting predictions and the role of the pandemic in the recent election, says Professor Scott Althaus, whose expertise centers around news coverage, politics and public opinion.