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  • Entrepreneurship

    Medgadget (Eugene, Ore., Oct. 23) – Anyone who has been in an orthopedic cast knows their inconveniences. They are cumbersome, must be kept dry, which makes bathing difficult, and can cause the skin underneath to become itchy, smelly and irritated. Cast21, an Illinois startup, has designed a cast that solves those problems.

  • Athletics

    Chicago Tribune (Opinion, Oct. 19) – Mens basketball coach Brad Underwood will win at Illinois, I’m sure of it. Why? Two reasons: He thrived at Stephen F. Austin (89-14) and then flipped Oklahoma State in his lone season in Stillwater. Which bring us to the second reason: There are an estimated 325 million Americans, none of whom would fit better as the new coach in Champaign.

  • Hate crimes and journalism

    Poynter (St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 18) – Even as hate crimes occur with more frequency, newsrooms for the most part tend to treat them as individual problems, not as systemic problems that require better follow-through and focus. That’s a problem, says Christopher Benson, a professor of African American studies and journalism at Illinois. “Hate crime is treated as a single event by a perpetrator or a group of perpetrators, instead of looking at it in the context of a lot of systemic problems,” he says.

  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    The State Journal-Register (from The Associated Press; Springfield, Ill., Oct. 16) – The first class of students to be accepted to Illinois’ new medical school will receive about $200,000 worth of free tuition. The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has received approval to begin recruiting its first class of 32 students for  fall 2018. Each student will receive full four-year scholarships funded by donors.

  • University Archives

    Chicago Sun-Times (Oct. 15) – Several archivists from the U. of I. descended into a basement storage room where the Chicago Sun-Times keeps thousands of film press kits. The Sun-Times, which is moving offices later this year from its home next to the Merchandise Mart to office space in the West Loop, is donating the material to the university.

  • Free speech

    WCBU-FM (from The Associated Press; Peoria, Ill., Oct. 11) – Illinois is appointing a task force to develop policies to avoid issues with disruptions of campus events, while maintaining free speech and a welcoming environment.

  • Sports law

    The New York Times (Oct. 10) – If the NFL suddenly began fining, benching or suspending players who do not stand for the national anthem, it may prompt the players union to file a lawsuit, says Michael LeRoy, who teaches sports law at Illinois. “There’s a basic fairness issue when you change a rule during the season, especially when you are getting browbeaten by the president,” LeRoy says. “On paper, it’s not a change in the rule, but in reality it is.”

  • Sexual harassment in science

    The Washington Post (Oct. 10) – Two women have accused a prominent geologist of sexual harassment in a complaint to Boston University. The accusations are the latest to call attention to sexist, racist or other degrading treatment in scientific arenas. Kathryn Clancy, a professor of anthropology at Illinois who has studied harassment in science, says lewd come-ons and coercion in isolated locations are often different from bad behavior in labs and at conferences. 

  • Computer science

    Business Insider (from MIT Technology Review; New York City, Oct. 4) – Several of the speakers invited to a recent conference on artificial intelligence organized by Google highlighted the issue of bias in algorithms. Karrie Karahalios, a professor of computer science at Illinois, presented research highlighting how tricky it can be to spot bias in even the most commonplace algorithms.  

  • Gentrification and health

    Houston Chronicle (from The Urban Edge, Oct. 3) – Who gets healthier as neighborhoods gentrify? “People renovate places that were in poor condition, they build new units, but again the issue is when that does happen, often you see increases in rent,” says Ruby Mendenhall, a professor of African American Studies at Illinois. “Who can take advantage of these new units?”