blog postsHow should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am778 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 am708 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 pm656 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 am927 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 pm489 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 am1287 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 am5613 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 am1106 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 am2057 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 am1436 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 am483 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 pm237 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 am681 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 pm419 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 am577 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 am1011 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 am928 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 pm600 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 am556 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 am659 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 am430 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 pm578 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 pm532 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 am1195 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 pm360 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 am1826 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 am532 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 pm594 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 am285 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 am1025 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 pm418 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 pm185 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 am1409 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 am305 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 am326 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 am544 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 am829 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.Will the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm630 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.What might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm569 views It remains uncertain that plans being floated to privatize Medicare by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will have the support of President-elect Donald Trump, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.Is Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm432 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.How could public education change under the Trump administration?Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am910 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.Are global carbon emissions increasing or decreasing?Nov 22, 2016 11:30 am936 views Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the Global Carbon Budget 2016, providing new data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1172 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.How could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm1035 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.How has the definition of ‘effective leadership’ changed?Nov 2, 2016 3:30 pm1488 views David Rosch, a professor of agriculture education and an expert on leadership, spoke recently about popular perceptions of good leadership and how those standards have changed.Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1598 views Giveaways to gambling interests in Illinois have robbed state coffers of billions of dollars, says John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois.What should we know about the white working class?Oct 20, 2016 11:30 am491 views Descriptions of the white working-class often paint a one-dimensional picture, whereas the reality is more complex, says Illinois sociology professor Monica McDermott, the author of “Working-Class White.”What makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1250 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.How will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am559 views Although Americans overwhelmingly support nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, no state has enacted significant new legislation protecting them against discrimination in housing, hiring and public accommodations since 2008, says Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law.Is Academia Waking Up to the Problem of Sexual Harassment?Sep 19, 2016 2:15 pm3406 views U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy supports a federal legislative effort that would require universities to report – and federal funding agencies to consider – findings that any university professor engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex.