blog postsShould the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm771 views Changes to the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts could be made after the 2018 mid-term elections, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on tax policy and retirement issues, and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am865 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am949 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am328 views Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.What is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1194 views Scientists recently announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that made its way to Earth from an event that occurred 3.7 billion light-years away. Sensors buried within Antarctic ice detected the ghostly cosmic particle, called a neutrino, and traced its origin to a rapidly spinning galactic nucleus known as a blazar. Physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with physics professor Liang Yang about the significance of the discovery.What is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am591 views Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the court’s “pivot point” between its liberal and conservative elements since Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006, said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am358 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1478 views Editor’s note: The number of tick-borne illnesses diagnosed annually in the United States doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summer is prime tick season, and people spending time outdoors should be vigilant, says University of Illinois entomology professor Brian F. Allan. An expert in the spread of insect- and tick-borne diseases, Allan discussed ticks in Illinois, how to prevent bites and when to seek medical attention in an interview with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?Jun 26, 2018 9:00 am804 views Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, discusses the impact that a proposed law could have on the curricula and students in Illinois public schools.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm557 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.Do summer jobs provide lifelong benefits for teens?Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am593 views University of Illinois Extension educator Kathy Sweedler, whose focus area is consumer economics, spoke recently with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about what teens can gain from summer jobs.Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights?May 31, 2018 8:45 am935 views When an employer credibly cites harm to its business interests or reputation from employee speech, the employee has very little legal recourse if they’re fired because of it, said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on employment law.How should we remember Robert Kennedy today?May 17, 2018 9:00 am554 views Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, assassinated 50 years ago, was prone to blunt talk that often made him controversial, says an expert on political rhetoric.Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm1082 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am479 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1255 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am972 views Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 2, 2018 8:45 am606 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeIs the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1329 views News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita HundWould replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1417 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenHow do sexual assault survivors fare?Jan 31, 2018 8:00 am830 views Whether or not survivors share their stories publicly, they often carry lifelong scars associated with being sexually traumatizedWill targeted marketing bring an end to ‘Super Bowl of advertising’?Jan 24, 2018 11:45 am820 views Targeted marketing threatens to end the 'Super Bowl of ads' and to further erode privacy, says an Illinois advertising professor.Are you vulnerable to newly discovered online security risks?Jan 8, 2018 3:15 pm1017 views Nearly everyone is. And the culprits, Meltdown and Spectre, could wreak havoc on personal security if ignored, says computer science professor Chris FletcherWhat does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3397 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtWhat keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am691 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm764 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela LyonsWho wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1403 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressDoes tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am746 views Higher education finance expert Jennifer Delaney talks about the possible ramifications for college students and their families of tax reform proposals being considered by the U.S. Senate What role do judges play in employment harassment cases?Nov 27, 2017 9:15 am257 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 ThomasWhy are global CO2 emissions on the rise again?Nov 21, 2017 12:00 pm524 views The annual Carbon Budget report found that fossil fuel emissions are on the rise again in 2017, says atmospheric sciences professor and report contributor Atul JainWhat should we make of Russia’s revolution now?Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am1176 views A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.How is Illinois contributing to gravitational wave research?Oct 6, 2017 8:45 am902 views Illinois research scientist, NCSA Gravity Group leader Eliu Huerta Escudero on what gravitational waves are, how they were discovered, and the huge data processing effort behind the breakthroughAntibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am2822 views Rates of antibiotic-resistant infections in companion animals are rising at an alarming rate. An Illinois veterinarian discusses what can be done about it.Do politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm1627 views A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protestDoes President Trump’s tax reform plan add up?Sep 28, 2017 10:45 am625 views President Trump’s much-hyped tax overhaul plan is tantamount to a 'tax-reform wish list,' said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policyHow should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am726 views An Illinois professor says a gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court could have profound effects on U.S. democracy and suggests a technological solution.Is the future of hurricane forecasting in danger?Sep 20, 2017 8:00 am694 views Satellites that help forecast hurricanes require constant upkeep and frequent replacement, but budget cuts have left the future of hurricane monitoring satellites in doubtFarewell, Cassini: What have we learned about Saturn?Sep 14, 2017 2:00 pm649 views Astronomy professor Leslie Looney talks about NASA’s Cassini satellite, which will descend into Saturn’s atmosphere tomorrow, twenty years after it's launch Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am915 views Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES, discusses the flood insurance market in light of Hurricane Harvey losses.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm453 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am1102 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3956 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am991 views The proper way to register dissent with speech one finds offensive doesn’t involve blockades or threatening violence. It’s more speech, says lllinois law dean Vikram AmarIs affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am1974 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policiesHow do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1386 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Are you ready for the solar eclipse?Aug 11, 2017 8:30 am481 views Astronomy professor Leslie Looney on what will it look like on – and off – the "path of totality."Are droughts becoming more extreme and severe?Aug 9, 2017 12:00 pm221 views "Because future climate projections exhibit 'more extreme extremes,' drought recovery times will be critical for assessing ecosystem resilience."What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am677 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesCan President Trump pardon himself?Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm412 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason MazzoneAfter two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am571 views "...fixing the major problems that Illinois has – both in policy and in finances – is going to require the governor to work in cooperation with rather than in opposition to the majorities in the General Assembly, and vice versa"