blog postsExpert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesHow to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness bracketMar 9, 2016 12:00 pm847 views A Minute With...™ bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonSocial SciencesLife SciencesBlack and brilliant? A female genius? Not according to RateMyProfessors, study findsMar 3, 2016 1:00 pm513 views An analysis of more than 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, where students write anonymous reviews of their professors, found that students most often use the words “brilliant” and “genius” to describe male professors and in academic disciplines in which women and African-Americans are underrepresented.HealthLife SciencesSocial SciencesGraphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says studyFeb 22, 2016 10:00 am815 views Images of disease and suffering should move smokers to kick the habit – at least, that’s the thinking behind graphic warning labels used on cigarette packages in much of the world, and maybe someday in the U.S. According to a University of Illinois study, however, those graphic images may not be effective with many people who perceive them as a threat to their freedom, choice or autonomy.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesThe politics of seating a Supreme Court justiceFeb 22, 2016 9:45 am398 views A Minute With...™ Alicia Uribe, political scientist and expert on the politics of federal judiciary and Supreme Court appointmentsExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am1148 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyExpert ViewpointsBusinessSocial SciencesWhy not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am1512 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political scienceEducationBusinessHealthSocial SciencesBeyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1094 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Social SciencesNational politics shape the impacts of park law enforcementFeb 4, 2016 9:00 am241 views Conservation efforts are designed to restrict activities in protected areas, but the restrictions can have unintended consequences. A University of Illinois researcher examined the results of a multimillion-dollar European Union aid project in West Africa and found that a country’s national governance quality can affect the livelihoods of families who rely on resources from national parks and other protected areas.ArtsSocial SciencesBook looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am645 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.Social SciencesEducationHumanitiesWebsite promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am722 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesFive years after the Arab Spring: Despair, but also hopeJan 21, 2016 11:15 am872 views A Minute With...™ Asef Bayat, sociologist and Middle East expertEducationSocial SciencesPersonal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am656 views Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, a doctoral student in child development at Illinois, is the author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who resist gang recruitment. Raised in low-income areas of inner-city Chicago notorious for gang violence, Merrin has personal experience with the environmental factors that push and pull youths into gang affiliation.Expert ViewpointsSocial Sciences30 years after the Challenger disaster: A 'Where were you when...' eventJan 14, 2016 9:30 am364 views A Minute With...™ communication professor Ned O'GormanSocial SciencesYear-round distribution of Earned Income Tax Credit has significant benefits, says studyJan 7, 2016 9:45 am903 views The Earned Income Tax Credit aids millions of Americans each year, lifting many out of poverty – but spacing it out in multiple payments could significantly reduce recipients’ dependence on payday loans and borrowing from friends and family, along with other benefits, suggests a recent University of Illinois study of a pilot program in Chicago.Social SciencesHumanitiesIllinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1024 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”HealthSocial SciencesProgram that helps children cope after disasters could benefit refugees, at-risk youthDec 21, 2015 9:00 am404 views A social and emotional skills intervention developed to help children recover from the trauma of natural disasters is being pilot-tested with at-risk youth living in poverty in the U.S. and could be adapted to help young refugees heal their psychological wounds.Campus LifeBusinessSocial SciencesBook Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am434 views A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.Expert ViewpointsSocial Sciences'Star Wars' and the coming of age of special effectsDec 1, 2015 10:15 am845 views A Minute With...™ Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studiesEducationSocial SciencesChildren from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1616 views Children in poverty from chaotic homes have better cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes if they spent 35 or more hours weekly in child care.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesDoes climate change result in civil unrest?Nov 18, 2015 8:30 am183 views A Minute With...™ Peter Nardulli, political scientistExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesIs it possible to detect when a politician is lying?Nov 13, 2015 10:15 am356 views A Minute With...™ Michael T. Braun, expert on family communicationsSocial SciencesU. of I. professor on White House team working to improve access to federal programsNov 9, 2015 12:30 pm1124 views Jake Bowers, a University of Illinois political science professor, has been appointed to a White House team that’s applying insights from social and behavioral science to improve access to federal programs. Bowers began his stint with President Obama’s year-old Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) last month.Social SciencesHealthLife SciencesStudy: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adultsNov 5, 2015 9:45 am1078 views A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health – specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain – vary with fitness level in older adults.HealthSocial SciencesGrant funds computer simulation to train social work students, cliniciansOct 27, 2015 10:30 am427 views A federal grant of more than $919,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund one new course at the University of Illinois and support training for clinicians at area agencies in conducting early interventions with people who abuse substances.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am1090 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismHealthLife SciencesSocial SciencesHealth care, research failing to adapt to US’ growing multiracial populationOct 12, 2015 10:00 am990 views University of Illinois social work professor Karen Tabb Dina found that multiracial youth who switch racial identities over time report being healthier as young adults than their minority peers who maintain consistent racial identities.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhy has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia?Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am924 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literaturesExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat can be done about coercive control in abusive relationships?Oct 8, 2015 2:30 pm319 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Hardesty, expert on intimate partner violenceSocial SciencesHumanitiesBritish Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1074 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."Social SciencesHealthLife SciencesFeeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2262 views A new study links anxiety, a brain structure called the orbitofrontal cortex, and optimism, finding that healthy adults who have larger OFCs tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesCompromise is a dirty word: Why Washington won't workSep 18, 2015 11:15 am368 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Thomas RudolphSocial SciencesLife SciencesStudy: Easy explanations for life’s inequities lead to support for the status quoSep 9, 2015 8:00 am576 views What if you heard that on planet Teeku, the Blarks were a lot richer than the Orps, and you had to guess why? In a new study, participants were asked to select from several potential explanations for this fictional disparity. A majority focused on inherent traits of the Blarks and Orps (maybe the Blarks were smarter, or better workers than the Orps), rather than on external factors.Social SciencesLawAttorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am295 views Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys – often a small minority – are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers’ deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact.Expert ViewpointsSocial Sciences60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am947 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow does Iran view the nuclear deal?Aug 13, 2015 3:45 pm602 views A Minute With...™ Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, expert on the Middle EastSocial SciencesStudy: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidatesAug 4, 2015 9:00 am988 views As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone.HealthSocial SciencesParents' health literacy affects child weight-loss tactics, study findsJul 28, 2015 11:30 am51 views Parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information, a new study suggests.HealthSocial SciencesWomen's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new studyJul 22, 2015 2:00 pm211 views Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey.HealthEducationSocial SciencesDads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am148 views Fathers who read to their infants with autism and take active roles in caregiving activities not only promote healthy development in their children, they boost moms’ mental health too, new research suggests.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhen Greeks voted 'no' on bailout terms, were they saying they wanted to leave the EU?Jul 9, 2015 4:30 pm193 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Kostas Kourtikakis, expert on the EU and its institutionsSocial SciencesLife SciencesStudy: Learning categorical information gives children a feeling of déjà vuJul 8, 2015 8:00 am98 views During development, children must learn both broad facts about the world (that dogs have four legs, for example) and information that is more specific (that the family dog is scared of snow). While research in developmental psychology suggests that young children should have an easier time learning specific, concrete facts, a new study reveals that they learn general facts so effortlessly that they often can’t tell that they learned anything new at all.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesSupreme Court OKs redistricting commissions. But do they produce fairer maps?Jun 30, 2015 10:45 am260 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Brian GainesExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesMass shooting in a South Carolina churchJun 22, 2015 12:30 pm138 views A Minute With...™ Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American studiesSocial SciencesHumanitiesEgypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we thinkJun 15, 2015 9:00 am174 views Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.HealthSocial SciencesMany older adults going online to discuss, learn about sexJun 10, 2015 10:00 am314 views Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.Social SciencesHumanitiesPhysical SciencesScience historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous criticMay 26, 2015 9:00 am323 views Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. One immediate result of the controversy: There would be no mention of relativity in Einstein’s Nobel Prize. One long-term result: a split between science and the humanities. Science historian Jimena Canales tells the tale of that day and the debate that followed in a new book.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat happens now in the wake of the U.K. elections?May 13, 2015 11:00 am151 views A Minute With™...Brian Gaines, expert on British politics and electionsExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow the British royal family's brand is changingMay 12, 2015 4:15 pm358 views A Minute With™...Cele Otnes, expert on marketing and advertisingSocial SciencesHumanitiesHistorian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquestApr 23, 2015 9:15 am99 views Illinois has an early colonial history that’s easily forgotten, or boiled down to just the explorers Marquette and Jolliet and a few French fur traders. What’s missing in that, however, is a surprising history of European and native cooperation, interracial marriage and mixed-race communities, according to a University of Illinois history professor.Social SciencesPopular images of journalists have changed little over a century, says a new bookApr 23, 2015 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you think reporters are scoundrels, you might point to popular culture. If you think they're heroes, you might do the same.