blog postsWhy are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am2586 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.Why the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2581 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers?Feb 16, 2021 8:15 am2551 views According to a new commentary in Disability and Health Journal, people with disabilities who rely on service dogs often are prohibited from bringing their working dogs into teaching and research laboratories. This one barrier can stop them from pursuing careers in science, says Joey Ramp, a researcher in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and lead author of the commentary. Ramp spoke about the issue with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates.How has the definition of ‘effective leadership’ changed?Nov 2, 2016 3:30 pm2479 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.How does 'Mad Men' help us understand '60s culture?Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm2428 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureHow has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am2410 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertising100-year-old trans fat pioneer celebrates news of an FDA banJun 4, 2015 1:00 pm2403 views A Minute With™... Fred Kummerow, trans fat expertWhat's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 10:00 am2397 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois.The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?Mar 8, 2019 9:45 am2370 views The Midwest has a new national park at Indiana Dunes, and a University of Illinois professor explains how it happened and why the park is valuable.How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am2286 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 AmarWhat is the new variant of coronavirus in the UK?Dec 23, 2020 8:00 am2279 views New mutations to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, including one in the United Kingdom with higher infection rates that has sparked new travel bans. Erik Procko, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been studying mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that binds to human cells. In an interview, Procko discussed the new variation and whether mutations to the spike protein could create resistance to vaccines or other treatments.What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2261 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.Comparing the '60s civil rights movement and today's gay rights movementJul 2, 2013 9:00 am2258 views A Minute With™... Illinois history professor Kevin MumfordIs affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am2254 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 policiesMonster hurricanes: Why have recent storms been so huge?Oct 15, 2018 10:45 am2249 views Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as the first Category 4 storm in recorded history to reach shore in the northeast Gulf Coast. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Deanna Hence about the storm’s size, strength and path, and the impact of global climate change on future hurricanes. How does sexual harassment affect young women in physics?Apr 23, 2019 10:30 am2242 views In a study reported in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research, nearly 75% of 471 undergraduate women in physics who responded to a survey offered during a professional conference reported having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment – mostly gender harassment – in their field. U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy, a co-author of the report, talked to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the study, which also examined the respondents’ feelings of belonging and legitimacy as scientists and scholars.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am2148 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.Transgender bathrooms: An architectural perspectiveMay 26, 2016 11:00 am2128 views A Minute With...™ Kathryn Anthony, an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor of architectureIn person or by mail? What to consider in choosing how to voteSep 14, 2020 10:00 am2118 views Voters this fall must determine not only who they’re voting for, but also the safest way to cast a ballot. Brian Gaines, a political science professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, maps out some risks to consider and mistakes to avoid. He also cautions against leaping to conclusions about any alleged irregularities on Election Day.The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am2065 views An expert on the growing role of drones in warfare and terrorism discusses the implications of the recent killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani in a Q&A.Why schools should move from traditional to 'balanced' calendarsJun 22, 2006 9:00 am2045 views A Minute With™... Carolyn Shields, the head of the department of educational organization and leadershipHow do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife?Jun 30, 2021 8:00 am2026 views Celebrating the nation’s Independence Day with fireworks is an enduring tradition, but fireworks can be a source of distress and danger to wildlife. Dr. Sam Sander, a clinical professor of zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about how fireworks affect wildlife and the environment, and how to minimize the risks.Can data analytics help you fill out a March Madness bracket?Mar 7, 2017 9:30 am1999 views Fill in your March Madness bracket from the center out, says bracketologist Sheldon H. Jacobson.Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1966 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.How to foster children’s learning while sheltering at homeApr 6, 2020 8:30 am1897 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home.Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1879 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.Does hunting with lead ammunition endanger human, environmental health?Nov 12, 2020 8:45 am1850 views A recent study from Wesleyan University found that 48% of ground meat samples made from white-tailed deer killed with lead shotgun slugs in Illinois were contaminated with lead, while meat from deer killed by archers contained no lead. Illinois Natural History Survey human dimensions scientist Craig Miller spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the risks associated with lead ammunition in hunting.60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am1849 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismShould the government implement a vaccine passport system?Jul 29, 2021 8:00 am1800 views Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for the vaccinated while still being realistic about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am1790 views Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am1787 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesHow can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am1787 views Coaches and educators should work together to help athletes achieve their full potential, U. of I. scholars and former collegiate athletes Joseph L. Cross and Bruce W. Fouke say in a new study.The social trends behind the '12 Years a Slave' storyOct 23, 2013 9:00 am1743 views A Minute With™... Ronald Bailey the head of the African American studies department at the University of IllinoisWould replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1732 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 GundersenWhat is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1725 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.Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am1723 views A global response, such as that organized by the World Health Organization, is needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ian Brooks, a research scientist whose focus is global health informatics.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1696 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.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1686 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”What makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1671 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 is higher education making college degrees more attainable?Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am1635 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.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1623 views As many newspapers decline and disappear – highlighted by two Chicago Tribune reporters recently sounding the alarm about a perceived threat to the Trib – a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign touts the growth and viability of nonprofits and other alternatives.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1595 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name?Jul 21, 2020 9:00 am1583 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades, says Jay Rosenstein, an Illinois professor of media and cinema studies. His documentary on the use of American Indian mascots in sports aired in 1997 and he has closely followed the issue since.What makes Merapi such a dangerous volcano?Jun 14, 2006 9:00 am1576 views A Minute With™... Midwest volcanologist and geology professor Susan W. KiefferDo labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy?Mar 1, 2021 8:00 am1574 views The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would be the most significant revision of U.S. labor law since 1947, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?Oct 31, 2018 10:45 am1570 views Influenza has no cure, but vaccines and anti-viral treatments could help thwart another deadly outbreak, says microbiology professor Christopher Brooke.Will movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am1559 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business.How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?Jun 26, 2018 9:00 am1513 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 can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am1505 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am1503 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects.