blog postsFaculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am460 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.Social SciencesLife SciencesCounseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2056 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWill the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm549 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.AnnouncementsHonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1336 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Faculty InterviewsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm331 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesDoes one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1124 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesHow could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm951 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.AnnouncementsSocial SciencesMoney in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm197 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat should we know about the white working class?Oct 20, 2016 11:30 am396 views Descriptions of the white working-class often paint a one-dimensional picture, whereas the reality is more complex, says Illinois sociology professor Monica McDermott, the author of “Working-Class White.”HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am518 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.Social SciencesDelinquent youths with PTSD need individualized treatment, studies suggestOct 6, 2016 8:15 am486 views Juvenile offenders who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder are at 67 percent greater risk of entering substance abuse treatment within seven years, a new study led by a University of Illinois scholar found.HealthSocial SciencesPreschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am1569 views Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.Life SciencesSocial SciencesDistracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am1690 views A new study offers evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task as is the ease with which the task is done.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am937 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.Life SciencesSocial SciencesReview finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am659 views A systematic review of the scientific studies cited by brain-training companies as evidence that their products improve cognition in daily life finds no convincing evidence to support those claims. While people tend to improve on the specific tasks they practice, the researchers report, the conclusion that computerized brain-training programs yield broader cognitive benefits or improve real-world outcomes for their users is premature at best.Life SciencesSocial SciencesStudy links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am532 views A new study of older adults finds an association between higher blood levels of phosphatidylcholine, a source of the dietary nutrient choline, and the ability to regulate attention to manage competing tasks. The study also identified a brain structure that appears to play a role in this association.Social Sciences‘Culture of affluence’ complicates women’s help-seeking for domestic violenceSep 19, 2016 2:15 pm271 views Pressures to maintain a facade of a perfect family and other values associated with the “culture of affluence” discourage some affluent women from leaving violent spouses or disclosing that they are being abused, a new study suggests.HumanitiesSocial SciencesProfessor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm475 views A University of Illinois professor who lived through the Iranian Revolution, included three years on death row in an infamous prison, reflects on the experience in a new autobiographic novel.EducationSocial SciencesWounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1162 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.Faculty InterviewsEngineeringSocial SciencesWhat are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am720 views Wynne Korr, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, discusses the challenges of diagnosing and providing treatment for this vulnerable population in light of the state's financial problemsSocial SciencesHumanitiesPolice Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am3262 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups.HumanitiesCampusSocial SciencesBrazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm845 views Think Brazil and you might think beaches, rain forest, the 2016 Olympics – all far removed from central Illinois. Yet the University of Illinois is perhaps the most comprehensive center of Brazilian studies in the U.S.Faculty InterviewsArtsSocial SciencesIf the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am623 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaHealthSocial SciencesRegardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sexJul 26, 2016 9:15 am638 views Despite societal perceptions that older adults’ love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat do voters need to hear from the GOP, Democratic conventions?Jul 18, 2016 12:15 pm566 views A Minute With...™ John Murphy, professor of communication and an expert on political rhetoricFaculty InterviewsSocial SciencesSome historical context as Brazil prepares to host the OlympicsJul 13, 2016 1:00 pm331 views A Minute With...™ Jerry Dávila, expert on the history of Brazil and director of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at IllinoisFaculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWill Venezuela need a massive relief effort?Jul 8, 2016 9:00 am558 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Damarys CanacheLife SciencesSocial SciencesStudy: How we explain things influences what we think is rightJul 5, 2016 9:00 am1071 views New research focuses on a fundamental human habit: When trying to explain something (why people give roses for Valentine’s Day, for example), we often focus on the traits of the thing itself (roses are pretty) and not its context (advertisers promote roses). In a new study, researchers found that people who tend to focus on “inherent traits” and ignore context also are more likely to assume that the patterns they see around them are good.Social SciencesNIH-funded drug abuse program explores problems such as racism, incarcerationJun 24, 2016 8:45 am387 views The creators of a novel substance abuse treatment program have received an infusion of funding from a federal agency for an expanded study of their intervention, which targets marginalized populations who struggle with problems such as racism, sexism, poverty and histories of incarceration.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat’s most important for the future of our national parks?Jun 8, 2016 8:30 am955 views National Park Service at 100: A Minute With™ parks and politics expert Robert PahreFaculty InterviewsSocial SciencesDo we really know what's driving income inequality?Jun 6, 2016 8:30 am785 views Rethinking inequality and its causes: A Minute With™ sociologist Kevin LeichtHumanitiesLawSocial SciencesU.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am517 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.Social SciencesEducationStudy links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am714 views People who had outstanding balances on their student loans when they graduated or dropped out of college had lower net worth, fewer financial and nonfinancial assets, and homes with lower market values when they reached age 30, according to a paper by University of Illinois social work professor Min Zhan.Social SciencesLawStudy: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am637 views A new study reveals that police recruits and experienced officers are more likely than others to subscribe to colorblind racial beliefs – the notion that they – and people in general – see no differences among people from different racial groups and treat everyone the same.CampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTNMay 11, 2016 11:45 am1121 views The history of Latinos in baseball is the subject of a new documentary, “Playing America’s Game,” which premieres Saturday, May 21, on the Big Ten Network. A production of BTN and the University of Illinois, the film profiles U. of I. history professor Adrian Burgos Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history.CampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am563 views University of Illinois history professor Harry Liebersohn has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a career of research achievements. This follows news earlier this spring that he had been named as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin – the first U. of I. history professor, and perhaps the first Illinois professor in any field, to receive that honor.CampusHumanitiesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesSix Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2448 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesWhat the Panama Papers stories tell us about the evolution of journalismApr 20, 2016 9:15 am194 views A Minute With...™ Brant Houston, expert on investigative journalism and co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism NetworkSocial SciencesBusiness‘Mobilization fatigue’ leads to diminishing returns for labor-backed voter turnout drivesApr 18, 2016 9:00 am343 views Repeated voter contact across multiple election cycles can eventually lead to “mobilization fatigue,” says new research from U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.Life SciencesSocial SciencesRat study reveals long-term effects of adolescent amphetamine abuse on the brainMar 30, 2016 9:15 am764 views A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at an age corresponding to human adolescence experience long-term changes in brain function that persist into adulthood.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesThe U.S., Cuba, and baseball, our shared national pastimeMar 24, 2016 11:15 am292 views A Minute With...™ Adrian Burgos, expert on Latinos in baseballHumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am1022 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.”Faculty InterviewsPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesHow to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness bracketMar 9, 2016 12:00 pm772 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 pm504 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 am758 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.Faculty InterviewsSocial SciencesThe politics of seating a Supreme Court justiceFeb 22, 2016 9:45 am391 views A Minute With...™ Alicia Uribe, political scientist and expert on the politics of federal judiciary and Supreme Court appointmentsFaculty InterviewsSocial Sciences'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am447 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyFaculty InterviewsBusinessSocial SciencesWhy not have one national primary election for presidential nominees?Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am1466 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 pm998 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 am231 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.