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  • Dining procurement

    Chicago Tribune (Dec. 6) – Since fall 2017, the U. of I. has turned more than 50,000 pounds of Illinois-caught Asian carp into silverfin fillets and fish cakes for its dining halls, and it has received no complaints, says Kit Smith, the assistant director of dining procurement at Illinois.

  • Labor and employment relations

    Press Herald (from The Washington Post; Portland, Maine, Dec. 4) – Teachers at a network of charter schools in Chicago went on strike Tuesday, a first for American charters and a sign that they are facing issues similar to the traditional public schools they compete with. For some backers, charters were seen as an alternative to traditional schools, free to innovate without the restrictions of union contracts and other district rules. That may no longer be the case, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

  • Agricultural and consumer economics

    Borgen Magazine (Seattle, Nov. 28) – A group of researchers from the U. of I. traveled to Morogoro, a town in central-southern Tanzania, to address the burgeoning suspicion among farmers that fertilizers there were ineffective and potentially dangerous. The group collected 300 samples of fertilizer from local markets and found that while some of the samples looked terrible, only two of the 300 samples failed to meet quality standards for fertilizer.

  • Science and bullying

    Nature (London, Nov. 28) – A spate of bullying allegations have rocked several high-profile science institutions recently. Researchers, universities, funders and others are dealing with the issue. In general, having policies against bullying is not enough, says C. K. Gunsalus, a specialist in research integrity at Illinois. To stamp out bad behavior, leaders need to apply policies consistently and show that bullying has consequences, she says.

  • Media and cinema studies

    Latino USA (from the Futuro Media Group; New York City, Nov. 26) – A study published in 2018 by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that in the 1,100 most popular films from 2007 to 2017, only 6.2 percent of the characters were Hispanic and 43 films had no speaking characters that were Latinos. However, Latinx audiences make up approximately 21 percent of moviegoers. “They’re finding pleasure in those images even though the pleasure that they find may not necessarily be because of whether or not the characters are Latino or the actors are Latino,” says Isabel Molina-Guzman, a professor of media and cinema studies and Latina/Latino studies at Illinois.

  • American Indian Studies

    KJZZ-FM (Audio, Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 19) – Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert grew up in a community of running. He’s an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe and, even as a child growing up in Flagstaff, he says he would run with his family in Buffalo Park. The Hopi people have a long history of running, and in his new book, “Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain Between Indian and American,” he tells the story of some of the Hopi runners who made history in the early 1900s. Gilbert, a professor and the director of the America Indian Studies Program at at Illinois, discusses how these stories changed the way America thought about Native American people.

  • History

    The Telegraph (London, Nov. 18) – The Domesday Book is full of "fed up" people complaining and took decades longer to complete than previously believed, a historian has found. The famous record was thought to have been commissioned by William The Conqueror in 1085 to survey every piece of land of the vanquished Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. But Carol Symes, a professor of history at Illinois, says her research shows the study was actually commissioned after the death of William I.

  • Economics

    Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, Ore., Nov. 15) – Economics professors Lesly Turner of the University of Maryland and Benjamin Marx of the U. of I. performed a study that found that there are some benefits to taking out a loan for college.

  • Political science

    Governing (Folsom, Calif., Nov. 14) – The election of J.B. Pritzker as Illinois governor and his partnership with state House Speaker Michael Madigan likely won’t help the state’s debt crisis. “What we know with Madigan is that, for one reason or another, digging out of the fiscal hole isn’t his priority,” says Brian Gaines, a professor of political science at Illinois.

  • Psychology

    Herald-Whig (Quincy, Ill., Nov. 14) – Comic book legend Stan Lee and Marvel’s characters always were at the forefront of how to deal with racial and other forms of discrimination, according to Mikhail Lyubansky, a professor of the psychology of race and ethnicity at Illinois.