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  • Sexual harassment

    The Verge (New York City, Nov. 12) – Lara Carlson reported sexual harassment from her department chair to the University of New England’s human resources department. But instead of helping, she says her university retaliated against her, sidelining her once-promising career. Carlson’s story “is the sort of thing that I’ve heard quite a bit over the years,” says Kathryn Clancy, an anthropologist at Illinois. Clancy is an author of a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, published in June, that describes the pervasiveness of sexual and gender harassment in science in academic settings.

  • University of Illinois Extension

    The Southern Illinoisan (from Illinois Farmer Today; Carbondale, Ill., Nov. 10) – When Teresa Steckler looks at a harvested cornfield, she sees free cattle feed. “You’re missing a golden opportunity if it’s available and you don’t use it,” says the University of Illinois Extension livestock educator.

  • Legal marijuana

    Chicago Tribune (Nov. 8) – Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker favors legalizing recreational marijuana use. His election comes just as a new study set the estimated annual economic impact of marijuana legalization at more than $1 billion. The study, by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at Illinois, also estimated legalization would create some 2,600 businesses and 24,000 jobs, plus tax revenue of $525 million annually.

  • Psychology

    Yahoo! Sports (Nov. 6) – Republicans and Democrats differ in their politics, of course. But they also differ on the the golf course. “It’s a super interesting set of findings,” says Chadly Stern, a professor of psychology at Illinois who has studied and written about how one’s political ideology shapes the way they see the world. “It’s very consistent with what we know about the psychological differences between liberals and conservatives, or Democrats and Republicans.”

  • Agricultural economics

    Ag Web (Philadelphia, Nov. 5) – In October, President Donald Trump announced he wants gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, typically referred to as E15, to be available 12 months of the year. However, one economist isn’t sure year-round sales of E15 will help work through the massive corn stocks on hand or even the increase in corn acres expected for 2019. “I don’t think it will help the balance sheet this year,” says Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at Illinois. “And I’m not confident for next year.”

  • State politics

    Chicago Tribune (Nov. 3) – “DuPage (County) is really the epicenter” of this election, says Christopher Mooney, a political scientist at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, part of the University of Illinois System. He cited myriad congressional and legislative races as well as DuPage County's influence on statewide contests including governor, where Democrat J.B. Pritzker is looking to oust first-term Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Soybean genetics

    Farm and Dairy (Salem, Ohio, Nov. 1) – Many soybean varieties have a naturally occurring genetic resistance to the soybean cyst nematode, a major pest affecting the crop. The number of copies of the resistance gene varies among cultivars; a new method, developed by U. of I. researchers, is able to efficiently quantify this variation for the first time.

  • Agricultural law and policy

    Farm Futures (St. Charles, Ill., Oct. 31) – A flip in either or both chambers of Congress with next week’s midterm elections may reverberate into pig farms and soybean fields. “You can make an argument that” a Democrat-controlled House or Senate would be “more willing to stand up to the president,” says Jonathan Coppess, the director of the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program at Illinois. “A big question would be trade. Does a Congress less aligned with the president exert more checks and balances?”

  • Mental health

    Chicago Tribune (Oct. 25) – Mental health care appointments often come with a long wait. “If I’m an average patient with an insurance plan,” says Christopher R. Larrison, a professor of sociology at Illinois who studies community mental health agencies, “I’m probably going to wait at least three weeks for an appointment.”

  • English

    NBC-TV (Video, Oct. 23) – Nafissa Thompson-Spires, a professor of English at Illinois and the author of “Heads of the Colored People,” is interviewed on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”