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Bringing science into the conversation

There’s a lot of noise about the environment, food, families, agriculture, health, and finances on social media these days…and in the University of Illinois College of ACES, we have scientists available to discuss these topics that are on your mind and in the news. Join us for our regularly scheduled live Twitter chats using #askACES. During these one-hour chats, our ACES scientists will be online to answer your questions. We’ll follow this chat up with a taped podcast that you can go back and reference at any time. Our goal is simple – to connect you to the science and help answer your questions.

Next Episode | December 14th

How to Prepare for the Next Step: College

We know high school students have long to-do lists and tons of commitments, especially senior year. Learning how and what to focus on to prepare for the application process may lessen the level of stress they feel come fall. By following a few simple guidelines, students can navigate the application process and make college a more enjoyable and affordable experience. Join us over your lunch break on December 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT for a Twitter chat with ACES experts Brianna Gregg and Debra Korte. They’ll answer your questions about application essays, scholarships, campus visits, and more! Use #askACES to ask your questions and engage in the conversation!

Latest Episode

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Birds in urban areas


Many people enjoy watching and feeding birds, however in some cases birds can become a pest and in rare case pose a threat to human health and safety. Many bird species are also becoming more common in urban areas which could contribute more conflicts between birds and humans. Conversely with more birds coming into towns and cities it provides people the opportunity to landscape their yards to maximize them for birds. Join us for a chat with ACES experts from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Mike Ward, associate professor, and Jeff Brawn, professor and head, will answer your questions about Canada geese, hunting season, and his research findings on the topic.

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