blog postsThe presidency: A tense time for transitionJan 13, 2021 10:15 am0 views 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.What happens when the coronavirus mutates?Jan 5, 2021 8:45 am0 views 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.What is the new variant of coronavirus in the UK?Dec 23, 2020 8:00 am7 views 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. 2020 a bad year in many ways, but what about global carbon emissions?Dec 15, 2020 9:00 am1 views 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.Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19?Dec 7, 2020 9:30 am3 views 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 LeRoyDoes the U.S. need to pursue transitional justice in the post-Trump era?Nov 18, 2020 10:30 am0 views To promote accountability in government, President-elect Biden ought to pursue 'transitional justice' in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.Should we rethink assumptions about the 2020 election?Nov 12, 2020 12:00 pm0 views 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.Does hunting with lead ammunition endanger human, environmental health?Nov 12, 2020 9:15 am0 views Studies have shown that meat harvested from deer killed with lead ammunition can be contaminated with lead particles, endangering human health and harming wildlife.Did the presidential debates matter?Oct 27, 2020 3:00 pm2 views Two experts in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences say debates are highly effective with undecided voters - if there are any.Should the Senate conduct Supreme Court hearing amid pandemic, election season?Oct 12, 2020 9:15 am3 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 pm2 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 pm2 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 am1 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 pm1 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 pm5 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 pm5 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 am7 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 am3 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 am12 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.