blog postsAre we experiencing another unaccompanied child 'crisis' at the southern US border?Jun 15, 2021 9:15 am0 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 normMar 29, 2021 11:15 am2 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 am7 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 careMar 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 districtsMar 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 colorFeb 16, 2021 10:15 am8 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.'Can President Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform?Feb 15, 2021 9:30 am2 views 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. How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Navalny affect opposition to Putin?Feb 10, 2021 8:00 am8 views '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.What does Amanda Gorman's Super Bowl performance mean for poetry?Feb 3, 2021 8:45 am6 views 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 changeHow might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois?Jan 27, 2021 3:30 pm2 views 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.The presidency: A tense time for transitionJan 13, 2021 10:15 am3 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 am8 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 am3 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 pm2 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.