Sheldon Howard Jacobson Ph.D.
University of Illinois at
In the News (2017)
(22 December 2017) Experts:
Atlanta blackout a lesson for other airports (David Wickert,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution) reports commentary by Sheldon H. Jacobson on the
vulnerabilities at airports after the Atlanta Hartsfield power outage.
(30 October 2017) Letter:
Has the TSA spread itself too thin? which appeared in the Chicago Tribune (Voice of the People),
discusses the recently implemented enhanced airport checkpoint screening
procedures for food.
(23 October 2017) Letter: Build on the
Readmission of Airport Travelers, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal, argues that
allowing non-flyers beyond the security checkpoint could provide an added
incentive for enrollment in TSA Precheck©.
(3 October 2017) Algorithms Supercharged Gerrymandering. We Should Use
Them to Fix it (Daniel Oberhaus, Motherboard) reports commentary by
Sheldon H. Jacobson on his algorithm research related to political
redistricting. See also Can
Algorithms Put a Stop to Political Gerrymandering? (Emily Moon, Pacific Standard, 4 October 2017).
(11 September 2017) Study: Congressional redistricting
less contentious when resolved using computer algorithm, based on the paper “The Geo-Graph in Practice:
Creating United States Congressional Districts from Census Blocks,” which will
appear in Computational Optimization and its Applications. See also It is time to set political boundaries (Innovation Magazine, 12 September 2017),
Algorithm Makes Congressional Redistricting More Equitable to Constituents
(Sioban Treacy, Electronics 360, 13 September 2017).
(5 September 2017) “Halting the Erosion of State Support for Higher Education,”
Op-Ed, Insider Higher Ed.
(27 June 2017) Sheldon H. Jacobson was a guest on Top of Mind with Julie Rose on BYU Radio,
discussing the proposed laptop ban on flights from Europe.
(20 April 2017) Traditional
polling methods not adding up (Charlotte Collins, Daily Illini) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the limitations of polling data
and what the future may bring in this domain.
(12 April 2017) Letter:
How to avoid getting bumped from a flight, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune (Voice of the People),
discusses what travelers can do to avoid being involuntarily bumped from a
(9 April 2017) Hawaii’s use of armed private guards at airports draws
new scrutiny (Rob Perez, Honolulu
Star Advertiser) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the use of armed private
security guards at the Honolulu airport.
(21 March 2017) What to
know about the new airline electronics bans (CBC
News Canada) quotes Sheldon H. Jacobson on the US Department of Homeland
Security requirement that large electronic devices be stowed in checked luggage
for flights originating in certain countries in the Middle East and Northern
Africa. See also Here’s Why the U.S. Is Banning Larger Electronics on Some
Overseas Flights (Katie Reilly, Time), Why the airline 'electronics ban'
may not be discrimination (Patrick
Reilly, Christian Science Monitor), Clamping
down on carry-on devices (CBC News
Canada), and two interviews on BBC
(15 March 2017) Moose
and B-Sox talk with Sheldon H. Jacobson about Bracketodds and the Science behind
March Madness (Lazer 103.3, Des Moines, IA).
(8 March 2017) Obesity’s
hefty price tag (Beth Baker, Politico)
quotes fuel consumption attributed to obesity, as reported in Jacobson and King
(17 February 2017) TSA
reasons for tightening TSA Precheck access remain
unclear (Travel Weekly, Robert
Silk) quotes Sheldon H.
Jacobson on recent change to reduce the number of non-PreCheck vetted passengers through expedited screening
Last Updated: 22 December 2017