blog postsA 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.'What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:00 am0 views John F. Kennedy was known for his eloquence as a public speaker, perhaps more than any modern president. But what made him so effective?Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 11:15 am0 views The major shift underway in TV – from broadcast and cable to streaming – is also bringing targeted advertising to mainstream media, says Professor Mike Yao. 'Total surveillance' could be one result.Future Environments: How drones, AI can help farmers grow more foodJan 31, 2019 10:30 am0 views Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, discusses how technology will help farmers feed a growing populationWhat might come of Venezuela’s political crisis?Feb 5, 2019 1:30 pm0 views Illinois political scientist Damarys Canache discusses the history and politics behind the crisis of two presidents in VenezuelaWhat do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?Feb 11, 2019 10:45 am0 views E-cigarettes are relatively untested products with a lot of variability in the kinds of chemicals they contain. So right now, there isn’t a clear picture of the long-term health impacts, says Illinois' Cabral BigmanAre 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 explainsWill there ever be a cure for potholes?Feb 27, 2019 2:45 pm0 views Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Henrique Reis proposes a solution.Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time?Mar 2, 2020 11:15 am0 views 2020 census information wil arrive in millions of mailboxes this month . A U of I professor who also chairs a U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee explains why the census matters and the challenges in making it work.Does lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 9:15 am0 views Lack of paid sick time makes the U.S. acutely susceptible to a global health crises like COVID-19, and is part of the larger problem of tying health care to employment, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Is the US ready for the 2020 census? And what's at stake for Illinois?Mar 10, 2020 9:15 am0 views A U of I demographer voices both praise and concern for 2020 census preparations, and notes the importance of an accurate count. Cynthia Buckley calls the census 'a decennial celebration of the idea that everybody counts.'What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?Mar 12, 2020 11:15 am0 views Russia is taking advantage of the polarized views of Americans and trying to promote its own geopolitical interests when it spreads disinformation around our presidential election, says Professor Richard Tempest.Expanding our understanding of justiceMar 20, 2018 11:30 am0 views What is justice? When is it achieved? And how is the study of philosophy affecting how we prepare for earthquakes? Colleen Murphy brings light to some of our most complex issuesHow can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions?Mar 23, 2020 3:45 pm0 views Human development and family studies professor Kelly Tu: 'For some kids, having more information helps them to process and understand the changes and cope, whereas for other kids, less information is better.'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.What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic?Mar 26, 2020 9:30 am0 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy.Can relationships flourish through technology alone?Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am0 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.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:00 am0 views Communicating about risk in an epidemic can be tricky, especially when comparing the levels of risk between different social groups, says Illinois communication professor Cabral Bigman.What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 10:15 am0 views U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracín has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior.Predicting social behavior during pandemics to guide public health policiesApr 14, 2020 2:15 pm0 views The work of these researchers in information sciences provides insights that can help public health officials plan for events such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 10:45 am0 views Targeting groups to blame is often also the result of underlying social or political tensions – and groups that are seen as economic threats, as not conforming, often bear the brunt of this.Examining Trump's First 100 Days in OfficeApr 17, 2017 5:45 pm0 views In this symposium, 31 experts analyze the administration’s achievements—as well as its shortcomings and missteps—across a wide range of areasWhat was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 11:00 am0 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, holds historical and symbolic significance for both France and the world, say two University of Illinois historians.Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am0 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.What's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 5:00 pm0 views Scholars have made key discoveries in the past decade about the 14th-century plague known as the Black Death – for one thing, finding its source – says history professor Carol Symes.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 9:30 am0 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says employment relations exper Robert BrunoHow are drones changing warfare, threatening security?Apr 30, 2018 10:30 am0 views Political science professor Nicholas Grossman’s new book looks at the state of drone technology and how it’s changing the nature of warfare and terrorismWill Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 3:30 pm0 views Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at Illinois, discusses the impact of new state legislation on Illinois teachersThe uphill battle facing marginalized workers displaced by COVID-19May 5, 2020 9:45 am0 views Marginalized workers can face either the stress from losing work, or the stress from having to work in situations where they are at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19.Will live broadcasts of oral arguments be a permanent fixture at the Supreme Court?May 6, 2020 8:00 am0 views 'The court’s decision to hold, for the first time ever, arguments by telephone in 10 cases this month and to live broadcast those arguments is revolutionary,' says law professor Jason Mazzone.