Expert Insights

University of Richmond faculty and staff are experts in their fields of study and chosen careers. Our experts have longstanding and ongoing research and expertise that adds perspective to the news of the day on a wide range of topics. The insights below include faculty-authored columns and research-based articles, as well as comments about headline news.

Recent Expert Insights


Why do frozen turkeys explode when deep-fried?
Just in time for Thanksgiving, chemistry professor Kristine Nolin explains the science behind the dangers of putting even a partially frozen turkey in a deep-fryer.
November 15, 2021
The Conversation
Resolutions that stick
Health psychology professor Camilla Nonterah explains what successful New Year's resolutions have in common.
October 22, 2021
The Conversation
Tax or treat! State laws on candy taxation vary wildly
Law professor Hayes Holderness explains why not all candy is candy, at least in the eyes of tax law.
October 18, 2021
The Conversation
SNAP benefits are rising for millions of Americans, thanks to a long-overdue 'Thrifty Food Plan' update
Political science professor Tracy Roof explains factors impacting food assistance programs.
September 13, 2021
The Conversation
The invasive emerald ash borer has destroyed millions of trees - scientists aim to control it with tiny parasitic wasps
Biology professor Kristine Grayson explains how scientists are attempting to control an invasive pest that has destroyed millions of trees.
August 18, 2021
The Conversation
Tick bites: Every year is a bad tick year
Biology professor Jory Brinkerhoff, a disease ecologist, discusses the rise in tick-borne diseases across the U.S.
August 5, 2021
The Conversation
234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the IPCC climate report - here's what you need to know and why it's a big deal
Geography professor Stephanie Spera talks about why the latest climate report is a "big deal."
August 4, 2021
The Conversation
Does outer space end -- or go on forever?
Physics professor Jack Singal, an astrophysicist, explores what is beyond outer space.
July 26, 2021
The Conversation
The EU wants a carbon tax on imports, but would it be the climate solution officials expect?
Economics professor Timothy Hamilton, an expert on environmental economics, explores whether carbon border taxes are an effective tool as countries try to slow climate change.
May 3, 2021
The Conversation
Why your mom may be the mother of all heroes
Just in time for Mother's Day, psychology professor Scott Allison, a leading expert on heroes, explains how mothers are masters at helping their children meet the full range of human needs.
March 2, 2021
The Conversation
Bipartisanship in Congress isn't about being nice - it's about cold hard numbers

New presidents often reach out across the aisle and for good reason.

February 12, 2021
The Conversation
How US Education Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona can stop the teacher shortage
SPCS education professor Bob Spires co-authored this piece.
February 11, 2021
The Conversation
UR's Wyatt Tee Walker collection shows the power of the civil rights movement
Boatwright Library is home to oral histories, journals, and other works from Walker, chief strategist for Martin Luther King Jr.
February 9, 2021
The Conversation
Do authors really put deeper meaning into poems and stories - or do readers make it up?

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, an English professor considers the roles of poets and readers in determining meaning. 

February 9, 2021
The Conversation
New steps the government's taking toward COVID-19 relief could help fight hunger
Political science professor Tracy Roof authored this piece.
February 1, 2021
The Conversation
Salt doesn't melt ice: Here's how it actually makes winter streets safe
Chemistry professor Julie Pollock authored this piece on the science behind how salt treats icy roads.
January 22, 2021
The Conversation
Customers hate tipping before they're served - and asking makes them less likely to return
Marketing professor Sara Hanson co-authored this piece in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
January 14, 2021
Opinion
Column: Anthropologists with a Decade of Research on the U.S.-Mexico Border Weigh in on Trump's Border Wall
Anthropology professors Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey authored this piece..
December 16, 2020
The Conversation
A neuroscientist's tips for a new year tune up for your brain
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience Kelly Lambert authored this piece in 2018 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
December 10, 2020
Rana Dajani Column: "I Believe COVID-19 Will Make Stronger and More Well-Rounded Students"
Jepson School of Leadership Studies Visiting Scholar Rana Dajani authored this piece.
October 28, 2020
The Conversation
No, President Trump, suburbia is no longer all white - and Black suburbanites are more politically active than their neighbors
Political science professor Ernest McGowen authored this piece.