blog postsSurvey: 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.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 11:00 am115 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 am38 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 can police trainers learn from the current crisis?Jun 17, 2020 8:30 am24 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.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 pm12 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 am11 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 ThomasAre 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. Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:45 am9 views 'One lesson that we should learn from this pandemic is that we really are all in this together. We are so connected that a new disease appearing anywhere...can quickly impact the whole world, and only a global response can control it.'MLB baseballs juiced? Dejuiced? A few minutes with Alan NathanDec 10, 2019 9:30 am9 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.'Five 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 themHow 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.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.'What 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.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.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. 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.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.How is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:00 am7 views Q + A with Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the multi-institutional collaboration.What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 9:45 am7 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.'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.Will a coronavirus vaccine be a cure-all?Aug 25, 2020 2:30 pm7 views Thomas O’Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health, suggests that it is unrealistic to expect a vaccine to fully resolve the current coronavirus health crisis.'It was a bad day for Peoria County about 450 million years ago.'Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm7 views 'A meteorite bigger than the State Farm Center hit near the present-day Village of Glasford, a little ways southwest of Peoria. It created a 2.5-mile-wide crater that we now call the Glasford structure.'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 changeCould 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's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 5:00 pm5 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.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.