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  • Charlottesville protests

    The Huffington Post (Opinion, Aug. 14) – Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, a professor of higher education administration and the director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership at Illinois, writes about the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Alumna

    Chicago Tribune (Aug. 15) – Erika Harold, a former Miss America, Illinois alumna and unsuccessful congressional candidate, is expected to announce a Republican bid for attorney general for the chance to challenge four-term Democrat Lisa Madigan. 

  • Global health

    Quartz (New York, Aug. 13) – Charles Ledford, a professor of journalism at Illinois, writes about the consequences of the 2017 version of the United States’ anti-abortion Global Gag Rule.

  • Spectral-Analysis Device

    The Next Web (Amsterdam, Aug. 10) – Researchers at Illinois created a spectral-analysis device using a 3-D printer and some ingenious engineering. The device can process samples of blood, saliva or urine using the light from a cellphone’s flash and the optics from its camera.  

  • Biology and gardening

    The Washington Post (Aug. 9) – Some gardeners turn to compost tea to build soil microbes. James Nardi, a biologist at Illinois, offers this advice: “Work with your fellow nonhuman gardeners. I never use synthetic fertilizers, and I never use pesticides.” Nardi’s 2007 book, “Life in the Soil,” remains an excellent introduction to the subject.

  • Bioengineering

    Photonics (Pittsfield, Mass., Aug. 8) – Researchers from Illinois recently tested gradient light interference microscopy, which produces images from multiple depths of a sample that can then be composited into a single 3-D image. It was tested on various samples, including live bovine embryos. Researchers believe that the technique could be used to help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans. “One of the holy grails of embryology is finding a way to determine which embryos are most viable,” says Mathew Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences and bioengineering at Illinois.

  • African American studies

    Chicago Tribune (from the Daily Southtown; Aug. 6) – The historical significance of Robbins, Illinois, which will celebrate its 100th birthday this fall, reaches beyond the town and the state, says Erik S. McDuffie, professor of African American studies at Illinois. “The fact that you have black working-class people in the Chicago area wanting to live freely and control their own destinies speaks volumes.”

  • Crop Sciences

    The Herald-News (Joliet, Ill., Aug. 2) – Fruit trees do grow in Illinois, and it’s definitely worth it for homeowners to plant them, says Mosbah Kushad, a crop sciences professor at Illinois. The flavor of an apple right off the tree is much better than one picked early hundreds of miles away. “They have a better taste because you can let them ripen,” he says. “When it looks good, you eat it.”

  • Immigration law

    Chicago Tribune (July 27) – Michael H. LeRoy, a professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the College of Law at Illinois, discusses the significance of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ use of the phrase “illegal alien” in his announcement that the federal government will withhold funding for sanctuary cities. “He wants to create the impression that all aliens who are in the U.S. without permission are criminals,” LeRoy says.

  • State medical payments

    Chicago Tribune (July 27) – While Illinois’ leaders waged a two-year budget battle, the state fell years behind in reimbursing medical providers for their services, skimping physicians and dentists even if their patients were up-to-date with their premiums. In downstate Urbana-Champaign and Springfield, where dentists are typically out-of-network providers, most U. of I. employees are paying their full tabs upfront and waiting for the state to reimburse them, says Thomas Hardy, a spokesman for the University of Illinois System.