blog posts Which animals can catch the coronavirus? Oct 14, 2021 2:30 pm0 views 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. Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful? Sep 20, 2021 9:30 am2 views 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. What has been the impact of the Washington Football Team's name change? Sep 20, 2021 11:30 am2 views 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. Is the future of agriculture digital? Sep 10, 2021 9:00 am0 views Crop sciences professor Stephen Moose and his colleagues aim to develop crops that can communicate with – and receive signals from – digital information-processing systems. Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus? Sep 2, 2021 10:15 am0 views 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. Paper: Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editing Aug 30, 2021 3:15 pm0 views 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. Is the new Illinois state legislative district map fair? Aug 30, 2021 9:15 am0 views 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. What's next for Afghanistan? Aug 17, 2021 8:30 am0 views Professor Nicholas Grossman, an expert in international relations, speaks about the repercussions of the abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. When will teens recover from social isolation of COVID? Aug 11, 2021 9:00 am6 views 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. What impact do the Olympics and mass-sporting events have on public health? Aug 2, 2021 8:00 am2 views 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. Should the government implement a vaccine passport system? Jul 29, 2021 8:45 am2 views 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. What are the implications of the recent Supreme Court public school speech case? Jul 21, 2021 8:00 am2 views 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. How can the world prevent emerging infectious diseases, protect food security? Jul 20, 2021 10:00 am2 views 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. Where have all the entry-level professional jobs gone? Jul 1, 2021 9:30 am0 views '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.' How do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife? Jun 30, 2021 8:45 am0 views '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. Are generous unemployment benefits to blame for worker shortages? Jun 23, 2021 9:30 am2 views '...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.' Is reconciliation realistic? Jun 17, 2021 11:30 am0 views Historians warn that deep-seated racial divides in America make political healing a challenging path. Are the ultrawealthy breaking the law in avoiding taxes? Jun 16, 2021 8:00 am0 views 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. Are we experiencing another unaccompanied child 'crisis' at the southern US border? Jun 15, 2021 9:15 am4 views 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? Jun 9, 2021 10:00 am0 views 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. What does the Chicago Tribune sale mean for the future of newsrooms? Jun 2, 2021 9:30 am0 views Journalism professor Brant Houston touts nonprofit news organizations as a viable alternative to traditional newspaper business models. Why has violence erupted now between Israelis and Palestinians? May 20, 2021 10:30 am0 views 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. Is it time to get rid of the filibuster in the US Senate? Apr 28, 2021 8:45 am2 views 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. How are social media changing higher education? Apr 22, 2021 9:30 am2 views 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. When danger becomes the norm Mar 29, 2021 11:15 am4 views 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. How does COVID-19 affect the heart? Mar 23, 2021 9:15 am11 views 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. Economist: The path to economic recovery must address child care Mar 4, 2021 10:45 am0 views 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. Survey: Teacher shortage worsening for most Illinois districts Mar 3, 2021 9:00 am305 views '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. Do labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy? Mar 1, 2021 8:00 am0 views 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. Skepticism about coronavirus vaccines persists in communities of color Feb 16, 2021 10:15 am12 views 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.'