blog posts100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?Oct 30, 2018 11:15 am0 views 100 years after the world's worst influenza pandemic, an expert on the flu virus and how it adapts discusses the severity of influenza today and how the flu shot works2020 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.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.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 2:30 pm9 views Illinois wildlife biologist Tara Hohoff says the hypothesis that bats tranfered the novel coronavirus to humans has given them a bad rap, and public fears of exposure to bats are on the rise. Are droughts becoming more extreme and severe?Aug 11, 2017 10:00 am0 views "Because future climate projections exhibit 'more extreme extremes,' drought recovery times will be critical for assessing ecosystem resilience."Are global warming, recent Midwest cold snap related?Feb 17, 2019 10:30 pm0 views Last month, the Midwest experienced record-breaking cold. If the climate is experiencing unprecedented warming, how can we still have such frigid cold? Atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles explainsAre law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am4 views The controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture gets a well-deserved bad rap, says U. of I. law professor and criminal law expert Kenworthey Bilz.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 3:00 pm1 views Nonprofit newsrooms are providing a significant new source for news as many newspapers face cuts and closures, says journalism professor Brant Houston, who co-founded of the Institute for Nonprofit News.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 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.Are you ready for the solar eclipse?Aug 15, 2017 9:45 am3 views Astronomy professor Leslie Looney on what will it look like on – and off – the 'path of totality.'A US drone killed an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 8, 2020 4:15 pm0 views 'The drone-strike killing of Suleimani was unprecedented... No country has used a drone to try to kill a state political or military leader, and the U.S. has not killed a foreign military leader since World War II.'Brexit clouded by uncertainty, says Gies professorDec 11, 2018 11:45 am3 views With the scheduled Brexit vote cancelled for Dec. 11, Gies College of Business professor Candace Martinez says, 'Uncertainties are everywhere. This is uncharted waters, to be sure.''Brexit' is coming – or maybe not. Why is this happening?Mar 26, 2019 10:00 am2 views Illinois political science professor Kostas Kourtikakis explains some of the forces behind 'Brexit' and why it’s so difficult to achieve.Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them?Jul 15, 2019 10:45 am3 views Sara Benson, expert on copyright law, talks about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws – potentially making it illegal to republish them.Can birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 9, 2018 2:00 pm0 views Professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law, discusses the implications of President Trump’s bid to end birthright citizenshipCan 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 LeRoyCan 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.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. Can President Trump pardon himself?Jul 31, 2017 8:30 am0 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason MazzoneCan relationships flourish through technology alone?Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am2 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining close relationships now lacking face time during COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says communication professor John Caughlin.Can we talk about the Illinois climate?Dec 3, 2018 8:00 am0 views Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel, who is retiring in December, discusses his career, climate change and the recently released National Climate AssessmentCitizenship and the census: What happens now?Jul 1, 2019 8:45 am0 views Professor Julie Dowliing says not having a citizenship question will improve response rates, but more than a year of news coverage about this topic will have an impact.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 4, 2018 4:30 am1 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeCould cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids?Oct 25, 2019 1:45 pm8 views Julie Bobitt, director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Illinois, talks about the state's Opioid Alternative program and the feasibility of cannabis as a pain management alternative.Could Legionnaires' bacteria lurk in idled buildings?Apr 29, 2020 2:45 pm6 views Many businesses are closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and some building managers have shut off water and air conditioning to conserve resources. That could cause a problem.Could social distancing revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 10:00 am0 views Education policy experts Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope talk about how redesigning online courses could reduce costs and broaden access.COVID-19 and the elections: What can we expect?Aug 21, 2020 3:00 pm7 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines discusses the impact of the pandemic during a pivotal election year.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 12, 2017 3:30 pm5 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher.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.