Sheldon Howard Jacobson Ph.D.
Founder Professor in Computer Science
Director, Bed Time Research Institute
Director, Simulation and Optimization Laboratory
Telephone: (217) 244-7275
Fax: (217) 265-4035
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9042-8750
Primary and Affiliate Appointments:
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Founding Director: Institute for Computational Redistricting (ICOR)
Founding Director: Bed Time Research Institute (BTRI)
Web Sites of Interest within the BTRI
1) The 2020 Election is coming. Visit Election Analytics for our analysis and forecasts.
2) What drives obesity? Visit Driving Obesity for the answer.
3) March Madness 2021... What are your bracket odds? Visit Bracketodds for help with your Mens and Womens brackets.
Broader Impacts: How research supported by the National Science Foundation makes the world better for all. Read the Workshop Report: Setting a Broader Impacts Innovation Roadmap.
The final two weeks key factors Trump needs to keep the White House, Published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(12 October 2020, The Morning Call, Michelle Merlin) Kutztown University grapples with pandemic exodus of 1,000 students, $3.5 million budget hit quotes Jacobson on colleges dealing with COVID-19 cases and the town-gown relationship.
(7 October 2020) Op-Ed:
(29 September 2020, New York Times, Janet Morrissey) Using Technology to Tailor Lessons to Each Student quotes Jacobson on the value of technology-driven personalized learning.
(25 September 2020) Op-Ed; Six Lessons Colleges are Teaching us About COVID-19, Published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in T .
(23 September 2020) Commentary: Rural Illinois must embrace CDC guidelines and more testing for COVID-19, Published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Chicago Tribune.
(15 September 2020) WAMC News Podcast Episode 137 with Ian Pickus features Jacobson on the opening of college campuses.
(14 September 2020) Op-Ed: How mathematics can help you vote this November, Published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(10 September 2020) Op-Ed: The sensible way to return to college during the COVID-19 pandemic, Published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Washington Times.
(6 September 2020) Op-Ed: For maximum Covid compliance, build bridges with students, not barriers, Published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Times .
(5 September 2020, Salt Lake Tribune, Josh Newman) Could Utah and the rest of the Pac12 play the upcoming basketball season in a bubble? quotes Jacobson on bubble and pods for enabling college basketball this year.
(4 September 2020) Op-Ed: Cancel college golf? You must be joking Published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(3 September 2020, Crains Chicago Business, Jon Asplund) Return of college students strains COVID contact tracing in one place" quotes Jacobson on the challenges of contact tracing.
(31 August 2020 Crains Chicago Business, John Asplund) Behind U of I's COVID test Why Chicago's becoming a biotech hub Safety Council rejects CDC's quotes Jacobson on CDC policy to not test asymptomatic people.
(30 August 2020) Commentary: Partnership, not punishment, is the key to keeping colleges open Published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Times of Northwest Indiana.
(29 August, Fortune, Lee Clifford) One university may have the best COVID testing operation in the U.S. and tests students twice a week references statistics reported in the Chicago Sun Times op-ed by Jacobson and Jokela.
(27 August 2020, COVIDCalls Podbean, Scott Knowles) EP114 The Return to Campus hosted Jacobson as a guest.
(27 August 2020, Vanity Fair, Bomani Jones) College football players are unpaid stars on the field and have no power off it references Jacobson fatality risk for college football players.
(26 August 2020, Insider, Kelly McLauglin) The University of Ilinois COVID-19 testing plan is so aggressive that it accounts for 20% of the states tests references statistics reported in the Chicago Sun Times op-ed by Jacobson and Jokela.
(24 August 2020) Op-Ed: If the University of Illinois cant prevail over COVID-19, no other big university will be able to either, Published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Chicago Sun Times.
(24 August 2020) Op-Ed: COVID-19: Lessons learned from UNC can benefit hundreds of other colleges, published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(22 August 2020, Saturday Sports Talk with Steve Kelly and Loren Tate, WDWS AM1400, Champaign, IL) Jacobson was a guest discussing the delay of Big 10 college football during the Covid-19 pandemic (from 14:10 to 32:25).
(21 August 2020) Resoundingly Human Podcast TSA is intercepting thousands more firearms, but thats good news features Jacobson research reported in the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics.
(17 August 2020) Op-Ed: Mayors, its time to step-up, published by Jacobson in T.
(17 August 2020, Journal Courier, Rochelle Eiselt) Insider Exclusive: College towns could see new wave of virus cases, Professor says quotes Jacobson on the risk to college towns as student return to campuses in the fall.
(17 August 2020, The Verge, Nicole Wetsman) College towns brace for a new wave of Covid-19 quotes Jacobson on threats to local residents in college towns as students return to campus.
(16 August 2020) Op-Ed:
(15 August 2020) Op-Ed: Covid-19 is putting the student back in student-athlete, published by Jacobson in the Columbus Dispatch.
(14 August 2020) Op-Ed: Here's how college basketball should play this season during COVID-19
(11 August 2020) Research finds TSA may have missed thousands of firearms at checkpoints in 2014-2016. Recent TSA reports support such findings press release issued by INFORMS, based on research published by Jacobson in the INFORMS Journal of Applied Analytics. See also
· (David Shaper, National Public Radio, 11 August 2020) TSA Finds 3 Times Usual Rate Of Guns At Checkpoints, Despite Drop In Air Traffic
· (Robert Silk, Travel Weekly, 11 August 2020) TSA says guns found in carry-ons tripled in July.
· (Private Officer News Magazine, 23 August 2020) TSA Finds 3 Times Usual Rate Of Guns At Checkpoints, Despite Drop In Air Traffic.
(10 August 2020, International Business Times, Marcy Kreiter) Gun Seizures at US Airports Triple Compared to Last Year Despite Drop in Air Travel, TSA Says quotes Jacobson on firearms detected at airports.
(10 August 2020, The Center Square, Kevin Bessler) Professor warns that university towns in Illinois vulnerable for COVID-19 spread quotes Jacobson on the risk to small university town residents when students return.
(10 August 2020) Op-Ed: Who is at risk if we play college football this fall?
(9 August 2020), Op-Ed: No turning back once in-person education begins published by Jacobson in the Roanoke Times.
(8 August 2020, Michael Larson, Larson Live) Jacobson was a guest discussing college football during the covid-19 pandemic.
(5 August 2020, Emily Giambalvo, Robert Klemko, Washington Post) College football players fear stigma of sitting out could outlast pandemic quotes Jacobsons statistics on college football player fatalities.
(3 August 2020, Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports) Professor whose alarming Covid-19 predictions sparked #WeAreUnited movement now more optimistic quotes Jacobson on risk to college football players during Covid-19 pandemic.
(31 July 2020), Op-Ed: Recasting How We Cast Votes published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(26 July 2020), Op-Ed: Womens intercollegiate sports should get a green light this fall published by Jacobson in Wisconsin State Journal.
(22 July 2020, Dierdre Fernandes, Boston Globe) UMass Amherst reopening plan draws sharp criticism from town officials, residents quotes Jacobson on town-gown relationships as universities reopen in the fall.
(21 July 2020), Op-Ed: COVID-19: the new STD published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in The Daily Californian.
(16 July 2020) Career Advice:
(15 July 2020) Op-Ed: Get your flu vaccine in the fall published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in Modern Healthcare.
(14 July 2020) Op-Ed: With Covid-19, nows no time to rest on our laurels published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Champaign News Gazette.
(10 July 2020, NPR Illinois: Morning Edition) Statewide: College towns and the Coronavirus Jacobson comments on the town-gown divide and how universities are bringing students back in the fall in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic (from 17:50 to 25:00).
(9 July 2020) Op-Ed: Chicago travel order makes no sense, published by Jacobson in the Daily Herald (Chicago).
(8 July 2020) Op-Ed: 14 day quarantine into New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut? Good luck, published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(5 July 2020) Op-Ed: University towns poised to become the next Covid-19 epicenters, published by Jacobson in the Indianapolis Star.
(30 June 2020, Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports) Coronavirus in College Football: Hospitalizations, deaths projected by data analysts if FBS plays in 2020 quotes Jacobson on projected deaths of college football players if college football returns in the fall.
(24 June 2020) Op-Ed: Stop Wearing Face Masks Incorrectly, published by Jacobson in The Hill.
(22 June 2020, Matt Zalaznick, University Business) "Why managing risk - and panic - is key to keeping colleges open quotes Jacobson on managing risk for colleges reopenings in the Fall.
(18 June 2020) Op-Ed: Three Questions Every University Must Ask as They Plan to Reopen, published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in The Hill.
(10 June 2020) Op-Ed: We need better face masks, now published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Morning Consult.
(15 May 2020) Op-Ed: Want to reduce Deaths? Look to TSAs PreCheck Model Published by Jacobson in Crains Chicago Business.
(5 May 2020) Op-Ed: We need custom COVID-19 plans for the four distinct regions of Illinois Published by Jacobson in the Chicago Tribune.
(27 April 2020, David Koenig, Associated Press) As Fewer People Fly, Rate of Guns Found by TSA in Bags Jumps quotes Jacobson on why a higher rate of guns is being found by the TSA at airport security checkpoints. See also Gruntstuff, Donna Miller, 28 May 2020.
(24 April 2020) Op-Ed: Airport security in a post-COVID-19 world, Published by Jacobson in The Hill. See also
· (Jim Nash, Biometric Update.Com, 29 April 2020) Airport security wants a good look at travelers from a distance
(19 April 2020) Op-Ed: Second wave of coronavirus infections could hit Big Ten campuses hard, published by Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela in the Wisconsin State Journal.
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Sheldon H. Jacobson, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (217) 244-7275
Fax: (217) 244-6869
Last updated: 25 October 2020
First Posted: 5 June 1999