blog postsAre you vulnerable to newly discovered online security risks?Jan 8, 2018 3:15 pm1069 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 am3542 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 am798 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 pm900 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 am1428 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 am781 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 am542 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 pm590 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 am1218 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 am982 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 am8792 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 pm5765 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 am658 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 am910 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 am727 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 pm670 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 am992 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 pm606 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 am2664 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 am11617 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 am1633 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 am2200 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 am1554 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 am499 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 pm263 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 am700 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 pm452 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 am601 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"When will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am1058 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsWould a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am958 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.Could France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm612 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.Is democracy on the wane in Turkey?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am572 views A recent vote on constitutional changes may mean Turkey is headed even further from its one-time status as a model for Islamic democracy.Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am757 views 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.How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am457 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-GallaherIs Obamacare worth fixing?Apr 5, 2017 3:00 pm624 views Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health at Illinois, has spent much of his professional career examining the nation's health care system. He spoke with News Bureau Life Sciences Editor Diana Yates about the prospects for Obamacare.With the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm683 views With the demise of the American Health Care Act all but rendering health care reform a moribund issue, tax reform likely will present its own challenges for President Trump and Congress, says Professor Richard L. Kaplan.What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1257 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.How far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm405 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.Can data analytics help you fill out a March Madness bracket?Mar 7, 2017 9:30 am1927 views Fill in your March Madness bracket from the center out, says bracketologist Sheldon H. Jacobson.What are the conditions for a constitutional crisis?Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am564 views Constitutional crisis scenarios have yet to occur under Trump, U. of I. law dean and constitutional scholar says.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm663 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the planDoes Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch fit the Scalia mold?Feb 14, 2017 8:30 am309 views Law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.Is it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am1114 views Journalism professor Stephanie Craft: To be news literate, know how to judge a story’s credibility, and also be intentional in how you consume news and understand the forces that shape it.What should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm430 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.What will be the effect of the Trump administration's immigration ban?Jan 31, 2017 12:15 pm201 views The executive order on immigration sets U.S. policy back more than 50 years, says Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment policy.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1649 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.Can the design elements of clothing be copyrighted?Jan 23, 2017 9:15 am331 views Professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson explains an upcoming Supreme Court case at the intersection of copyright and patent for functional designs.What does the future hold for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am400 views Why the sudden impetus to reorganize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? For starters, it was never a bipartisan effort.What should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am590 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am934 views Professor Richard Kaplan discusses the impetus behind congressional leaders’ desire to change Medicaid, the health insurance program with more than 74 million enrollees in the U.S.