blog postsMaking a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 11:00 am106 views 'We found that very breathable fabrics are a good choice, like common t-shirt materials. They tend to have low droplet resistance, and their efficiency increases when used in a two-layer mask.'Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name?Jul 21, 2020 9:45 am34 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades.What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe?Jan 23, 2020 12:00 pm15 views Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discusses the outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus.Is it too soon for restaurants, retailers to reopen?Jun 2, 2020 4:45 pm9 views Kinesiology and Community Health professor Justine Kaplan talks about best practices for restaurants and retail stores as they consider reopening.What role do judges play in employment harassment cases?Nov 28, 2017 9:00 am9 views Judges can unilaterally dismiss sexual or racial harassment cases through summary judgment, a legal maneuver that ends up favoring employers over employees, says Law professor Suja ThomasFive minutes with ... Pasquale BottalicoDec 19, 2018 4:15 pm9 views The professor of Speech and Hearing Science talks about his study of the effects of ambient noise in restaurants and its relationship to customers' willingness to spend time in themWhat are the novel coronavirus health risks?Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am8 views Christopher Brooke, an expert in viruses and how they spread, discussed what makes the novel coronavirus virus a public health concern.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 2:30 pm8 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. Could 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.MLB baseballs juiced? Dejuiced? A few minutes with Alan NathanDec 10, 2019 9:30 am8 views 'There could very well be differences from one ball to another within a given year...and that's just a natural consequence of the materials that are used and the actual process...there's a lot of hand work done to create a baseball.'Listen: Men’s wheelchair basketball coach Matt BuchiMar 26, 2019 9:00 am7 views Illinois men's wheelchair basketball coach Matt Buchi interviewed following the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on the Illinois campus.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.What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?May 8, 2019 9:45 am6 views The primary reason why current bankruptcy law doesn’t work well is that it dates back to 1978, before the explosion of consumer credit, says Robert Lawless, an expert on consumer credit and bankruptcyHow worried should we be about the 2020 census?Oct 18, 2018 3:15 pm6 views Demographer, sociology professor Cynthia Buckely says preparations are underfunded and behind schedule, even as the political fight continues regarding adding a citizenship questionWhat happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 9:45 am5 views Historians debate how much the Stonewall riots were a watershed moment for the gay rights movement, but for those involved, 'everything seemed to change overnight.'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.The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?Mar 8, 2019 10:00 am4 views The newly designated Indiana Dunes National Park has beaches, but it also has the Great Marsh, a variety of habitats and amazing biodiversity, says Illinois professor Robert Pahre.How is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:00 am4 views Q + A with Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the multi-institutional collaboration.What can police trainers learn from the current crisis?Jun 17, 2020 8:30 am4 views Michael Schlosser is the director of Illinois' Police Training Institute, which has developed training programs that give officers a better understanding of their own implicit biases.How does a grand jury function in Russia probe?Aug 8, 2017 4:15 pm4 views Special counsel Robert Mueller has empaneled a federal grand jury in relation to his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. What does that mean?Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges?Mar 18, 2019 2:30 pm3 views Community college transfer students are underrepresented at selective four-year institutions, even though they complete degrees at equal or higher rates than their peers, says researcher Eboni Zamani-GallaherThe challenges professors, students face with the move to online classesMar 26, 2020 12:15 pm3 views Moving quickly to online instruction comes with many challenges for professors and students. School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong has been teaching online since 2001.Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 22, 2018 8:30 am3 views Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne on the need to broaden public perceptions of autism to take into account individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengthsHow does sexual harassment affect young women in physics?Apr 23, 2019 11:15 am3 views Nearly 75% of undergraduate women in physics who responded to a survey reported having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment – mostly gender harassment – in their field. What effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues?May 14, 2020 8:45 am3 views The continued spread of COVID-19 should prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said U of I law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational climate in Illinois' public schools?Jun 26, 2018 10:00 am3 views A bill under consideration in the Illinois Legislature could have a transformative effect on history curricula – and kids – in public schools, according to the U of I's Leslie K. MorrowHow might 'Medicare for All' reshape health care in the U.S.?Jul 2, 2019 10:30 am3 views A single-payer health care system such as Medicare for All could expand access to care at equivalent costs – or less – to most consumers, according to health policy expert Thomas O’Rourke.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.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.'What’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?Oct 17, 2019 9:15 am3 views Poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries all contribute, but the biggest factor is that their countries of origin are as violent as war zones, says law professor Lauren Aronson.