blog posts Survey: Teacher shortage worsening for most Illinois districts Mar 3, 2021 9:00 am '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 choices May 1, 2020 11:00 am '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 do we love horror films? Oct 25, 2022 9:45 am Horror films dominate Netflix queues right now. English professor Jim Hansen spoke about why we love horror. He says it’s because horror films let us 'choose the shape of our fears and then to face up to those fears.' Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name? Jul 21, 2020 9:45 am 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 does the film 'Oppenheimer' tell us about the development of the atomic bomb? Aug 1, 2023 10:15 am 'Oppenheimer' examines the process of building an organization of unprecedented scale and wrestles with how to view one individual’s decisions as relevant in the face of such a massive system, says Dean Kevin Hamilton. How does COVID-19 affect the heart? Mar 23, 2021 9:15 am 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. What can police trainers learn from the current crisis? Jun 17, 2020 8:30 am 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. Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization? Aug 18, 2020 8:45 am '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.' Will a coronavirus vaccine be a cure-all? Aug 25, 2020 2:30 pm 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. COVID-19 and the elections: What can we expect? Aug 21, 2020 3:00 pm Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines discusses the impact of the pandemic during a pivotal election year. Skepticism about coronavirus vaccines persists in communities of color Feb 16, 2021 10:15 am 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 is the coronavirus spreading across the globe? Jan 23, 2020 12:00 pm Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discusses the outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus. The presidency: A tense time for transition Jan 13, 2021 10:15 am 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. When will teens recover from social isolation of COVID? Aug 11, 2021 9:00 am Social isolation is not a good situation for anybody, but for teenagers it’s particularly hard. Studies have long indicated that teens who are socially isolated are at higher risk for mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Listen: Men’s wheelchair basketball coach Matt Buchi Mar 26, 2019 9:00 am Illinois men's wheelchair basketball coach Matt Buchi interviewed following the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on the Illinois campus. Why are so many states trying to limit transgender rights? Jun 14, 2022 2:00 pm An increasing number of states are proposing anti-transgender bills aimed at issues affecting children. They will lead to more legislation limiting the rights of transgender adults as well, says Professor Toby Beauchamp. Why is the use of hypersonic missiles in the Russia-Ukraine conflict significant? Mar 22, 2022 8:45 am Russia used a hypersonic ballistic missile to destroy an underground arms depot in western Ukraine, marking the first known use of a hypersonic missile in combat. Professor Kelly Stephani explains what makes hypersonic missiles different. Is it too soon for restaurants, retailers to reopen? Jun 2, 2020 4:45 pm Kinesiology and Community Health professor Justine Kaplan talks about best practices for restaurants and retail stores as they consider reopening. MLB baseballs juiced? Dejuiced? A few minutes with Alan Nathan Dec 10, 2019 9:30 am '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.' What role do judges play in employment harassment cases? Nov 28, 2017 9:00 am 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 Thomas 'It was a bad day for Peoria County about 450 million years ago.' Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm '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.' Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War? Sep 12, 2017 3:30 pm News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. What does Amanda Gorman's Super Bowl performance mean for poetry? Feb 3, 2021 8:45 am 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 change Why people care about public monuments - and why they tear them down Sep 10, 2020 9:15 am Public monuments are built to represent an idea—and this year, in particular, the ideas of the past have been put under the microscope. Should we rethink assumptions about the 2020 election? Nov 12, 2020 12:00 pm 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. Five minutes with ... Pasquale Bottalico Dec 19, 2018 4:15 pm 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 them Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis? Apr 24, 2020 2:30 pm 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. How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Navalny affect opposition to Putin? Feb 10, 2021 8:00 am '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 explains the continuing appeal of Super Bowl advertisements? Feb 11, 2022 10:30 am Maria Rodas, an expert in consumer behavior and brand management, speaks about the enduring popularity of Super Bowl advertisements. This year, the network broadcasting the game has sold several 30 second spots for a record-high $7 million. What are the novel coronavirus health risks? Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am Christopher Brooke, an expert in viruses and how they spread, discussed what makes the novel coronavirus virus a public health concern. When danger becomes the norm Mar 29, 2021 11:15 am 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. Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture? Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am 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. Could cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids? Oct 25, 2019 1:45 pm 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. Do kids need a COVID-19 vaccine? Nov 4, 2021 9:15 am The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for school-aged children offers protection for children as well as easing challenges faced by their families and their schools, says Rebecca Lee Smith, a U of I epidemiologist. What is the new variant of coronavirus in the UK? Dec 23, 2020 8:00 am 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. The challenges professors, students face with the move to online classes Mar 26, 2020 12:15 pm 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. How is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project? Apr 10, 2019 8:00 am Q + A with Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the multi-institutional collaboration. How does sexual harassment affect young women in physics? Apr 23, 2019 11:15 am 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. Could Legionnaires' bacteria lurk in idled buildings? Apr 29, 2020 2:45 pm 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 happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter? Jun 11, 2019 9:45 am 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.' Future Environments with Rohit Bhargava: New tools in cancer microenvironments Jul 31, 2018 1:45 pm Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, explains how chemical imaging, machine learning, and 3D printing are changing how we think about and fight cancer How worried should we be about the 2020 census? Oct 18, 2018 3:15 pm Demographer, sociology professor Cynthia Buckely says preparations are underfunded and behind schedule, even as the political fight continues regarding adding a citizenship question Can pet dogs be infected with coronavirus? Feb 25, 2022 3:30 pm On Feb. 6, a team led by U of I pathobiology professor Ying Fang diagnosed a pet dog in Chicago with the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This is the first dog in Illinois to test positive for the coronavirus. What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law? May 8, 2019 9:45 am 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 bankruptcy Student debt relief plan: A shot in the arm Sep 28, 2022 11:30 am 'Student loan debt is impacting people’s lives,' says Prof. Jennifer Delaney. 'When you borrow for college, you’re much less likely to buy a house right away, you hold back on retirement savings, don’t start a small business, wait on starting a family.' Are global CO2 emissions rebounding to pre-COVID-19 levels? Nov 9, 2021 12:15 pm The annual Carbon Budget Project report found that global fossil carbon dioxide emissions in 2021 are set to rebound close to their pre-COVID-19 levels, says Illinois atmospheric sciences professor and report co-author Atul Jain. Why is a past attempt to ban 'Beloved' from a high school curriculum a political issue now? Nov 10, 2021 8:45 am Professor Emily Knox, author of 'Book Banning in 21st-Century America,' says societal issues, such as changing racial demographics and disagreements over how to teach the history of race, prompt challenges to certain kinds of books. What led to the attempted coup in Brazil, what comes next? Jan 19, 2023 8:45 am Professor Jerry Dávila, who specializes in the history of Brazil in the 20th century, spoke about civil unrest in Brazil. 'It was a coup attempt, and it was styled after the (Jan. 6, 2021) attack on the U.S. Capitol.' Will 2024 be the year of the cicada in Illinois? Jan 24, 2024 10:15 am Cicada expert Catherine Dana describes the variety and abundance of cicada species that will make 2024 a very special year. The overlap of Brood XIII and Brood XIX this year only occurs once every 221 years. How vulnerable to inflation are the finances of older adults? Jan 31, 2022 9:15 am Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment takes some of the sting out of inflation for older adults, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign elder law and tax policy expert Richard L. Kaplan.