blog posts 75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust? Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am211793 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern Germany Western media's stereotypes of Indian culture Sep 1, 2010 9:00 am39415 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literature Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choices May 1, 2020 9:45 am35970 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. 'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S. Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am27349 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi Germany Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus? Sep 2, 2021 10:00 am27136 views Taking large or multiple doses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can cause a toxic overdose, and humans should not take forms intended for animal use, says Illinois veterinary medicine expert Dr. Jim Lowe. When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents? Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am22294 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social worker Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War? Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am20003 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why? Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am19028 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. Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic? Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am17412 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take. Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now? Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am16421 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 War Feb 12, 2007 9:00 am15343 views A Minute With™... Christopher Span, a professor of educational policy studies Superfluidity: what is it and why does it matter? Dec 20, 2018 8:45 am13797 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 employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19? Dec 7, 2020 8:30 am12754 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. Can Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform? Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am10556 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. The movie 'Selma': Historically correct, if not historically accurate Jan 14, 2015 9:00 am9694 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. Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful? Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am9359 views The expansive new set of vaccination requirements issued by the Biden administration affecting the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the mandate emanating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on shakier legal ground, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. How is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project? Apr 10, 2019 8:15 am9331 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. Why is the use of hypersonic missiles in the Russia-Ukraine conflict significant? Mar 22, 2022 8:15 am9198 views The U.S. recently confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defence fired a hypersonic ballistic missile to destroy an underground arms depot in western Ukraine. This event marks Russia’s first use of the Kinzhal ballistic missile in this war and the first known use of a hypersonic missile in combat. Mechanical science and engineering professor Kelly Stephani spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the significance of this technology. How does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children? Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am8428 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social work What are the guiding principles of 'environmental sustainability'? Apr 14, 2008 9:00 am8335 views A Minute With™... William C. Sullivan, a professor of landscape architecture Do politics or protests have a place in sports? Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm8272 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 protest The ethical dilemmas inherent in school social work Jul 6, 2010 9:00 am8108 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social worker What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference? Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am7864 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests. What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic? Mar 26, 2020 6:45 am7372 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. How do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife? Jun 30, 2021 8:00 am6819 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. How has Twitter changed news coverage? Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am6135 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalism JFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50 Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am5858 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communication How are anthropological studies of witchcraft relevant today? Oct 27, 2008 9:00 am5447 views A Minute With™... anthropology professor Alma Gottlieb How effective have economic sanctions been against Russia? Apr 20, 2022 8:00 am5288 views Sanctions imposed against Russia and Belarus may only have meaningful consequences in the longer term, says Taisa Markus, an expert in securities law. How has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century? Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am4742 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertising How are drones changing warfare, threatening security? Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am4627 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare. What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe? Jan 23, 2020 10:30 am4461 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 am4372 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 Reagan What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online? Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am4171 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning. Can birthright citizenship be taken away? Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm4160 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. What happens when the coronavirus mutates? Jan 5, 2021 8:15 am4099 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. What are the novel coronavirus health risks? Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am4090 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. What effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies? Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am4002 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. Why has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia? Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am3993 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literatures Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers? Feb 16, 2021 8:15 am3989 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 common are December tornadoes in the US and why are they so dangerous? Dec 14, 2021 8:00 am3960 views The Dec. 10 tornado outbreak that devastated parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley has left many wondering if winter tornadoes are a new weather threat to consider in the United States. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor and department head (Robert) Jeff Trapp spoke with Illinois News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about this and other details about the timing and geography of tornadoes that we might expect in the future. Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education? Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am3951 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. Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict? Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm3912 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. Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees? Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am3860 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political science Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange? Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3726 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. The edTPA assessment and licensing of student teachers Apr 25, 2016 9:30 am3709 views A Minute With...™ Illinois Professor Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink? Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am3700 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. What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class? Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3584 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin Leicht Is the Every Student Succeeds Act an improvement over No Child Left Behind? Dec 10, 2015 11:00 am3548 views A Minute With...™ Lizanne DeStefano, professor emerita of educational psychology Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois? Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am3546 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.