blog postsWarming climate, not hunting, probably killed off woolly rhinosDec 1, 2020 11:15 am0 views Mongabay (Nov. 30) 'Whether humans at the end had something to do with (the woolly rhino extinction) is an open question, only because humans have had so much to do with driving other species extinct,' says U of I wildlife geneticist Alfred Roca.Supreme Court backs religious challenge to New York COVID-19 restrictionsNov 30, 2020 12:00 pm2 views The restrictions had already been removed, but the expanded conservative majority on the court felt that it was important to weigh in. U of I professor Robin Fretwell Wilson discusses religious freedom, the Constitution and public safety.For scientists studying ‘disaster fatigue,’ this has been a year like no otherNov 25, 2020 10:45 am0 views Science (Nov. 24) – U of I behavioral health expert Tara Powell and other researchers say they hope the kind of disaster fatigue they documented this year proves to be the exception, not the rule.Ad Council’s challenge: Persuade skeptics to believe in COVID vaccinesNov 23, 2020 11:45 am22 views New York Times (Nov. 23) A COVID vaccine marketing plan must persuade people that the treatment is safe and effective while also providing practical instructions, says Illinois professor Dolores Albarracin.Optimism is valued trait in workplace, but too much can be a problemNov 19, 2020 11:15 am0 views Fast Company (Nov. 19) – Illinois Professor Robyn Gobin: When your optimism clouds your view to the point where you can’t see (or even deny) problems, you could be exacerbating problems, a situation experts call 'toxic positivity.'U of I faculty developed PrairieLearn to help students practice materialNov 17, 2020 11:30 am1 views PrairieLearn exemplifies how some institutions are using technology to focus on discouraging cheating before it happens, rather than penalizing students after the fact.Four astronauts blasted off to the International Space Station on SundayNov 16, 2020 11:30 am2 views Orlando Sentinel (Nov. 13) U of I alum Mike Hopkins says advise from predecessors is key to training. 'You get to hear the little details that don’t show up in a training program...Some of those may not seem like a lot, but they can be very important.'COVID-19 to cost U of I campuses $270M this year, budget projectsNov 13, 2020 11:00 am4 views Chicago Sun-Times (Nov. 12) 'We believe this spending plan will allow us to maintain the...momentum and progress we have built while balancing the need to keep our students, faculty and staff safe, and use resources responsibly,' President Tim Killeen said.Trump admin removes Michael Kuperberg as head of Global Change Research ProgramNov 11, 2020 10:30 am3 views Science (Nov. 10) 'It seems very strange to me, right after the election. You waited four years, and Mike has done a great job of running this,' says U of I climate scientist Don Wuebbles, a leader in producing USA's fourth climate assessment. U of I to students: Get two negative COVID tests before heading home for fall breakNov 10, 2020 11:30 am5 views MarketWatch (Nov. 9) 'The last thing we want to do is send students home infected and put their families at risk,' says Rebecca Lee Smith, a professor of pathobiology and one of the architects of Illinois' COVID-19 mitigation strategy. What a Biden victory will mean for the American workforceNov 9, 2020 11:00 am1 views Politico (Nov. 8) Professor Bob Bruno cautions those who foresee a new era for unions because of Biden's long relationship with unions. 'Labor’s been in this place before where the political stars have aligned, and they haven’t been a priority.'Realistic eyes in this skinless robot are freaking us outNov 5, 2020 11:30 am2 views Engineers at Walt Disney Imagineering (Disney’s Research division), with robotics researchers from the U of I and Cal Tech, have built a spiffily dressed robot with remarkably realistic eyes.‘Wait and see’ is an unsatisfying – but accurate – way to present election resultsNov 4, 2020 11:15 am5 views The Conversation (Nov. 3) 'Telling kids on Christmas Eve that they have to be patient to find out what gifts they receive doesn’t make them happy. The same idea didn’t make many adults happy on election night 2020, either,' writes Professor John Murphy.Breonna Taylor grand juror remarks underscore system unfairness, say criticsNov 2, 2020 12:00 pm1 views The Hill (Nov. 1) 'Because prosecutors have such a large influence over the grand jury, the likelihood that the grand jury is going to go do things that the prosecutor doesn’t want them to do, is, in most cases, very small,' says Professor Andrew Leipold.SCOTUS should not muck around in state election laws. It's dangerous, destabilizingOct 29, 2020 11:30 am2 views New York Tiems (Oct. 28) The prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court taking action with respect to state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing, write Vikram Amar, the dean of the College of Law at Illinois, and two co-authors.Alum Michael Hopkins commands the SpaceX Crew Dragon, launching on HalloweenOct 28, 2020 11:15 am17 views KYTV-TV (Oct. 27) Politics aside, market forces mean fossil fuels will get phased outOct 27, 2020 12:30 pm3 views Washington Post (Oct. 26) 'The Republicans are intentionally ignoring that fact because they want fossil fuel supporters to think it’s the Democrats that are against them, not just impersonal market forces,’ says U. of I. economist Don Fullerton.Instability of school re-openings taking a toll on students' ability to learn, mental healthOct 26, 2020 12:45 pm3 views Axios (Oct. 26) 'In hindsight, we can say it would have been better to go all-remote,' says U of I professor of education policy Jon Hale. 'But there was so much (social and political) pressure to open.'Racial disparity in jobless aid grows as Congress stalls on COVID-19 stimulusOct 22, 2020 2:00 pm4 views USA Today (Oct. 22) 'For Black workers, it’s gotten worse as the pandemic has dragged on. They’ve been less likely to bounce back and find jobs than other groups,' says Eliza Forsythe, a labor economist and professor at Illinois.The tricky business of coronavirus testing on college campusesOct 19, 2020 11:45 am4 views National Public Radio (Oct. 16) And education reporter's weekslong road trip to get an up-close view of how colleges across the U.S. are handling the pandemic comes to Urbana-Champaign.A proposed change to Illinois' income tax is mired in conflicting rhetoricOct 15, 2020 12:15 pm288 views Illinois Times (Oct. 15) Opponents say the tax change would lead to higher income taxes across income levels. U of I's David Merriman says that's probably not so. 'Changes to personal income tax rates just aren’t that common.'Illinois may consider lowering the compulsory school age to 5Oct 13, 2020 10:15 am2 views The Center Square (Oct. 12) – Christopher Span, a professor of education policy, organization, and leadership at Illinois, says not offering early education to five-year-olds widens opportunity gaps that will eventually manifest as achievement gaps. FYI: It's technically illegal to take a selfie with your ballot in IllinoisOct 12, 2020 11:30 am8 views Time Out Chicago (Oct. 9) – 'The idea that any state would ban taking photos of a ballot like that is to make sure it’s hard to show someone how you voted and to (sell votes),' says U of I political science professor Brian Gaines.Unions predict a Great Awakening during a Biden presidencyOct 9, 2020 10:15 am8 views Politico (Oct. 9) Increased union membership across the country would give all workers more leverage, helping to achieve progressive economic goals Democrats have long been calling for, says Illinois labor economist Robert Bruno.After a rocky start, U of I is a national model at managing COVID-19Oct 6, 2020 11:15 am6 views The Center Square (Oct. 5) 'The vast majority of our students have been amazing,' says spokeswoman Robin Kaler. 'They have done the hard thing for 18- to 22-year-olds to do, which is to stay away from each other. That is a big ask.'Trump team delaying work on major climate reportOct 5, 2020 10:45 am7 views E&E News (Oct. 5) Trump administration is slow-walking the next climate report by not seeking out scientists to work on it, says Donald Wuebbles, a U. of I scientist who co-led the first volume of the fourth National Climate Assessment. Colleges learn how to suppress coronavirus: Extensive testingOct 2, 2020 12:15 pm12 views New York Times (Oct. 2) '(U of I is) showing how you can keep a state school open during this pandemic, and that’s something people can copy - if it lasts,' says Carl Bergstrom, a University of Washington infectious-disease expert.Americans will have to absorb heavier blows as the climate crisis intensifiesSep 30, 2020 1:45 pm8 views The Guardian (Sept. 30) – The effects of climate change are still escalating. 'Don’t think of it as the warmest month of August in California in the last century. Think of it as one of the coolest months of August in California in the next century,' says U of I researcher.After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, FDR thought baseball could serve as an uplifting distractionSep 28, 2020 11:45 am2 views Chicago Tribune (Sept. 28) Trump urging college football conferences to play in the midst of the pandemic isn’t exactly comparable, says U of I baseball historian Adrian Burgos. The Great Lakes are filled to their brims, with no signs of recedingSep 25, 2020 10:45 am4 views Illinois expert Don Wuebbles sees the fingerprints of climate change on the lakes’ record high water levels.