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For These Female Scientists Who Grew up in China and Found Fame in the US, Gender Equality Needs More Work

May 4, 2020

South China Morning Post -- Today, Professor Heng Ji is one of the most-referenced authors in her field of NLP but said that female Chinese academics do not get the recognition they deserve. “I want to index the email addresses of all the magnificent women scientists in China, so when the committees in China invite experts to give speeches, they can reference the list and invite females,” said Ji.

Commentary: We Need Custom COVID-19 Plans for the Four Distinct Regions of Illinois

May 4, 2020

Chicago Tribune --  Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson argues that the state of Illinois needs a bottom-up approach to enhance and enforce public health protocols.

QuillBot Raises $4M to Help You Become a Better Writer Using AI

May 2, 2020

Built In Chicago -- Illinois CS alumni Rohan Gupta, Anil Jason, and David Silin have received $4.25 million in backing from GSV Ventures and Sierra Ventures. Their startup company, Quillbot, aims to use AI to improve how we write.  

Airport Security in a Post-COVID-19 World

May 2, 2020

The Hill -- Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the need to balance air system security with public health security and proposes incremental modifications to airport security protocols. 

These Data Science Wizards Tell Us What's Really Happening With Coronavirus

April 28, 2020

Popular Mechanics -- Four projects that “reveal the patterns and insights that can help you make sense of the latest COVID-19 statistics” include Associate Teaching Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider's interactive 91-DIVOC visualizations.

As Fewer People Fly, Rate of Guns Found in Bags by TSA Jumps

April 27, 2020

The Associated Press -- Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson offers a possible explanation behind the uptick in gun-carrying rates at airports: people who are still flying during a pandemic may be different — and more prone to carry a gun. In particular, leisure travelers have mostly stopped flying.  “People who are leisure flyers traveling with their families, they don’t bring guns to checkpoints,” Jacobson said.

Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections Could Hit Big Ten Campuses Hard

April 22, 2020

Wisconsin State Journal -- University communities could see a spike in COVID-19 cases when students return to campus. In this guest column, Illinois Professors Sheldon H. Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela discuss possible risks, implications, and mitigation strategies.

The Discipline That is Transforming Higher Ed

April 15, 2020

The Chronicle of Higher Education -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's CS + X programs are cited as an example of an growing trend towards integrating computer and data science into a variety of disciplines, even as the computer science enrollment boom strains colleges.

The Best Graphs and Data for Tracking the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 6, 2020

The Verge -- This list of six of the best sites illustrating coronavirus data includes Teaching Associate Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider's interactive visualizations.

Why Coronavirus Scammers Can Send Fake Emails From Real Domains

April 2, 2020

Vox -- Coronavirus scammers are sending fake emails from real domains. Assistant Professor Gang Wang explains why email authentication systems have low adoption rates. “The current situation is that not everybody is doing it. So essentially the problem is that you cannot punish other people for not doing it. You cannot just block their emails automatically because you will not receive legitimate emails from them."


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