blog posts75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am133238 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyMaking a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 9:45 am35071 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.Western media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am25968 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literature'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am21558 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyIs it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am17330 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am15907 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents?Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am15899 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerDid news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am15801 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am11962 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.How former slaves established schools and educated their population after the Civil WarFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am9661 views A Minute With™... Christopher Span, a professor of educational policy studiesHow is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:15 am9291 views The Event Horizon Telescope Project announced that it has captured the first image of a black hole. The feature is located at the center of Messier 87 – a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with University of Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the large, multi-institutional collaboration.Superfluidity: what is it and why does it matter?Dec 20, 2018 8:45 am8759 views 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the landmark physics discovery of superfluidity. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois physics professor and 2003 Nobel Prize winner Anthony Leggett about the significance of the historic finding.Can Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform?Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am7968 views One of the Biden administration’s first acts was to send Congress the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a long-promised immigration reform bill. But any legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform will face significant headwinds in the Senate, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law.What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic?Mar 26, 2020 6:45 am7006 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy.Do politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm6955 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 protestThe movie 'Selma': Historically correct, if not historically accurateJan 14, 2015 9:00 am6712 views Just say the name "Selma," and anyone who knows the history of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s will know what you mean. It was on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in that Alabama city almost 50 years ago (March 7, 1965) that peaceful marchers were beaten back with billy clubs wielded by state and local lawmen. Captured on network television news, it would become known as "Bloody Sunday." The movie "Selma," which opened nationwide last Friday (Jan. 9), tells the story of that day and events before and after, which would prompt passage of the Voting Rights Act that summer. Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African-American studies at Illinois, teaches courses on both the civil rights movement and African-Americans in film. He talked about the film and the history with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am6352 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests.Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19?Dec 7, 2020 8:30 am6269 views In most cases, an employer could require an employee to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. While that might seem like a violation of an employee’s personal freedom, “No one has a legally enforceable right to a specific job,” says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.The ethical dilemmas inherent in school social workJul 6, 2010 9:00 am5905 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am5271 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismWhat are the guiding principles of 'environmental sustainability'?Apr 14, 2008 9:00 am5024 views A Minute With™... William C. Sullivan, a professor of landscape architectureHow does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children?Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am4567 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social workWhat is the coronavirus spreading across the globe?Jan 23, 2020 10:30 am4406 views The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. Virologist Leyi Wang, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discussed the outbreak of the new strain with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.What does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am4253 views With its easy-to-miss symptoms and link to birth defects, the Zika virus is very similar to German measles (rubella), according to history professor Leslie ReaganWhat are the novel coronavirus health risks?Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am4073 views The novel coronavirus that first broke out in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has now spread to 111 countries. As the first case of possible community spread has been reported in the United States, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discusses how the virus spreads and what makes it a public health concern.How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am4042 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare.JFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am3804 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communicationWhat effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies?Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am3772 views Most households struggle financially for two to five years before filing for bankruptcy, making a pandemic-related surge in consumer bankruptcy filings unlikely, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor Robert M. Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.The edTPA assessment and licensing of student teachersApr 25, 2016 9:30 am3572 views A Minute With...™ Illinois Professor Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3566 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtWhy not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am3556 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceCan birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm3533 views In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law.Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict?Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm3490 views Our biases, conscious and unconscious, influence how we process news of events like the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the media plays an important part in forming and reinforcing those biases, says Travis Dixon, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.What happens when the coronavirus mutates?Jan 5, 2021 8:15 am3454 views New mutations to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, including a more-infectious variant first found in the United Kingdom, even as vaccines containing bits of viral genetic material are beginning distribution. In an interview, crop sciences professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés discusses viral mutation and what it could mean for vaccinations.Is Academia Waking Up to the Problem of Sexual Harassment?Sep 19, 2016 2:15 pm3438 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. Is there a cure for potholes?Feb 27, 2019 2:00 pm3420 views Temperatures may be on the rise, but many motorists and pedestrians remain focused on the ground as they attempt to navigate safely around the many potholes that develop this time of year. Industrial and enterprise systems engineering professor Henrique M. Reis spoke with Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about how potholes form and if there are any potential solutions.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3396 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.Are global warming, recent Midwest cold snap related?Feb 12, 2019 8:15 am3264 views Last month, the Midwest experienced record-breaking cold temperatures and many are wondering how, when the climate is experiencing an unprecedented warming trend, we can still experience such frigid cold. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles to explain.What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online?Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am3214 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning.Are bats to blame for the coronavirus crisis?Apr 24, 2020 8:15 am3002 views Horseshoe bats in China are a natural wildlife reservoir of SARS-like coronaviruses. Some health experts think wildlife markets – specifically in Wuhan, China – led to the spillover of the new coronavirus into human populations. Though not confirmed, the hypothesis has given bats around the world a bad rap, and public fears of exposure to bats are on the rise. Illinois Natural History Survey wildlife biologist Tara Hohoff, the project coordinator of the Illinois Bat Conservation Program, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about bat biology and conservation, and the flying mammals’ role in human health.How are Illinois birds faring?Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am2965 views According to a new study reported in the journal Science, bird populations in North America have experienced a troubling decline in the past five decades. The scientists estimate the continent has lost close to 3 billion birds, roughly 29% of their total numbers in 1970. Senior wildlife ecologist Thomas J. Benson of the Illinois Natural History Survey discusses the status of birds in Illinois with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. Benson leads the Critical Trends Assessment Program, which monitors the biological condition of the state’s forests, wetlands and grasslands, and collects data on plants, birds and arthropods.How are anthropological studies of witchcraft relevant today?Oct 27, 2008 9:00 am2927 views A Minute With™... anthropology professor Alma GottliebCould the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education?Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am2863 views Professors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, who teach only online courses and develop learning technologies, discuss the potential impact of social distancing on postsecondary distance learning.Will Illinois’ new education law fix the state’s teacher shortage?May 4, 2018 1:00 pm2767 views Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, discusses whether new legislation in Illinois will remedy the state's shortage of teachers.Why has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia?Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am2726 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literaturesHow will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic?Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am2702 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross.Is the Every Student Succeeds Act an improvement over No Child Left Behind?Dec 10, 2015 11:00 am2655 views A Minute With...™ Lizanne DeStefano, professor emerita of educational psychologyAre black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am2623 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Why the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2547 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.Will a coronavirus vaccine be a cure-all?Aug 25, 2020 8:15 am2546 views Global health authorities are frantically pursuing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in the hope that it will allow everyone to get back to a pre-COVID-19 reality ASAP. Thomas O’Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health, says those expectations are probably overblown.