blog postsStudy looking at lighter, cooler equipment to reduce firefighter injuries, deathsOct 26, 2007 9:00 am76 views Firefighters battling wildfires like those devastating Southern California, or even a smaller structural fire, have to endure temperatures in the hundreds of degrees. A study at the Illinois Fire Service Institute on the U. of I.'s Urbana campus is examining an enhanced version of personal protective equipment that is lighter, less restrictive and uses a firefighter's exhaled breath to cool the body and help combat heat stress, which researchers believe contributes to many of the on-the-job deaths and injuries firefighters suffer each year.UI scientist does nutritional detective work in BotswanaNov 15, 2007 9:00 am47 views Many Americans have a soft spot for Botswana. Some developed that fondness for the African country while reading the best-selling “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series. But few have had a chance to do any sleuthing of their own there.Expert compares high cost of health care to goods consumers can relate toNov 16, 2007 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If Americans spent the same amount of money on health care as counterparts in Canada and a number of other countries, the difference between what they spend now and what they would save annually would be enough to pay for two plasma TVs or three Big Macs a day.When did religion become a political weapon in America?Dec 21, 2007 9:00 am83 views A Minute With™... Kevin Coe, a doctoral student in speech communicationWhen – and why – did the Super Bowl become a showcase for advertising?Jan 29, 2008 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Jan Slater, the head of the department of advertisingNew book first to tell inside story of blacks in the advertising businessFeb 11, 2008 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For much of the 20th century, the African-American image in ads was rare, subservient or worse. Blacks were disregarded as consumers, and the doors to the advertising profession were largely closed, says Jason Chambers, a professor of advertising at the University of Illinois.How has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am378 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertisingGroup homes appear to double delinquency risk for foster kids, study saysFeb 28, 2008 9:00 am1813 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Group homes are generally the placement of last resort for children in foster care, and also one of the most expensive options for state child-welfare agencies.Combat helmet that could relay injury data is goal of U. of I. projectMar 6, 2008 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -University of Illinois researchers are pooling their knowledge of health sciences and engineering on a project that ultimately could benefit combat soldiers who've received serious - but often immediately undetectable - blast-related brain injuries.How local issues escalate into significant battles is focus of new projectApr 14, 2008 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Social scientists at the University of Illinois are collaborating on a project that seeks to gain new insights on why and how seemingly small, geographically localized disputes can quickly ignite into border-crossing regional conflicts, and even global wars.Poll: Most still undecided about constitutional convention for IllinoisApr 15, 2008 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Support is lagging for Illinois' first constitutional convention in four decades, but could get a boost from growing unrest over political in-fighting that many citizens fear has paralyzed state government, according to a new University of Illinois poll.As Medvedev assumes Russia's presidency, are great changes imminent?Apr 24, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Richard Tempest, the director of Illinois' Russian, East European, and Eurasian CenterLost Illinois town offers lessons for race relations in America, expert saysMay 1, 2008 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama delivered what many consider the signature speech of his candidacy last month in Philadelphia, pleading for straightforward talk about race as ethnic rumblings dogged his historic bid to become the nation's first black president.U.S. no longer superpower, now a besieged global power, scholars sayMay 8, 2008 9:00 am170 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The United States remains a formidable but besieged global power, according to the editors of "From Superpower to Besieged Global Power: Restoring World Order After the Failure of the Bush Doctrine" (University of Georgia Press).Scholars examine forces strengthening, threatening democraciesMay 12, 2008 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - At the dawn of the 21st century, democracy as a form of government was ascendant. The wealthiest nations were democracies, and democratization was well under way in southern and eastern Europe, and in Latin America.Reality TV provides an education for self-help citizenship, author saysMay 13, 2008 9:00 am79 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many things have been said about reality TV, but "educational" has rarely been among them.What explains China's active and open response to the recent earthquake?May 16, 2008 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Poshek Fu, an Illinois professor of modern Chinese historyObama faces stiff challenges, even if Democrats unite, U. of I. expert saysJun 3, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - History shows Democrats will unite behind Barack Obama, but the party's likely nominee faces a tougher challenge than many expect in his bid to become the nation's first black president, a University of Illinois political expert says.Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar saysJun 17, 2008 9:00 am229 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seventy-five years after the Nazis rose to power, historians still struggle to explain how the Nazis could take such effective hold of Germany and bring it to such murderous extremes in war and in the Holocaust.Negative perception of blacks rises with more news watching, studies sayJul 17, 2008 9:00 am426 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Watching the news should make you more informed, but it also may be making you more likely to stereotype, says a University of Illinois researcher.Why has the bloody race riot in Springfield 100 years ago been largely forgotten?Aug 14, 2008 9:00 am36 views A Minute With™... Clarence Lang, a professor of history and of African-American studiesClimate change could be impetus for wars, other conflicts, expert saysAug 21, 2008 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hurricane season has arrived, sparking renewed debate regarding possible links between global warming and the frequency and severity of hurricanes, heat waves and other extreme weather events.How significant is the 'post-convention bounce, and what's to be made of all those election polls?Aug 26, 2008 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... political scientist Brian GainesObama's success not a sign U.S. has overcome race issue, historian saysSep 11, 2008 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many have speculated that the election of a black president would signal the arrival of a "post-racial" America, a country moving past its problems of race.UI study shows how to lose weight without losing boneSep 18, 2008 9:00 am58 views A higher-protein diet that emphasizes lean meats and low-fat dairy foods as sources of protein and calcium can mean weight loss without bone loss - and the evidence is in bone scans taken throughout a new UI study.Do voters ever learn anything from campaign commercials, or are the ads all just so much mudslinging?Sep 26, 2008 9:00 am16 views A Minute With™... Scott Althaus, a professor of political science and of communication Pending federal legislation would benefit foster children, save millionsOct 8, 2008 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois and other states could save tens of millions of dollars in administrative costs and find safe, permanent homes for thousands more foster children each year if pending federal legislation is signed by President George W. Bush.What is the 'most significant change to federal (child-welfare system) laws in many years,' and how will it improve foster care and facilitate adoption?Oct 8, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Mark F. Testa, the director of the Children and Family Research CenterEducation debate tonight at Columbia a duel of 'fundamental opposites'Oct 21, 2008 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If there's one issue the candidates have been near silent on in the run-up to Election Day, it's education. But when the education advisers for John McCain and Barack Obama square off in a surrogate debate about where their candidate stands on the issues tonight (Oct. 21), it will be a battle of "fundamental opposites" on the educational policy spectrum, says James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.News flash: Candidates' ads actually match deeds in CongressOct 27, 2008 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you think candidates never keep their promises and will say anything to get elected, you're certainly not alone. And you're not right, either.What are the key recommendations in the U.S. government's first-ever comprehensive guidelines on physical activities?Oct 28, 2008 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... David Buchner, a Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health SciencesPersonality shapes perception of romance, but doesn't tell the whole storyOct 30, 2008 9:00 am85 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Personality researchers have long known that people who report they have certain personality traits are also more (or less) likely to be satisfied with their romantic partners. Someone who says she is often anxious or moody, for example, is more likely than her less neurotic counterpart to be dissatisfied with her significant other.'No Child' law gets an 'F' from education professor at IllinoisNov 5, 2008 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The controversial No Child Left Behind law has forced teachers in low-income school districts to craft a curriculum that marginalizes writing at the expense of teaching to the test, resulting in educators who feel straitjacketed by a high-stakes test, according to a U. of I. education professor who has studied the issue.Speech scholar on President Obama’s rhetorical skillsNov 5, 2008 9:00 am80 views A Minute With™... communication professor John MurphyIllinois launches I-STEM InitiativeNov 10, 2008 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The launch of Sputnik in 1957 served as a wake-up call for Eisenhower-era America to train more scientists and engineers. Officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope their new I-STEM Initiative has the same effect.Intervention project helps foster children affected by parents' meth issuesNov 12, 2008 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A narrative- and relationship-based intervention implemented by child-welfare professionals in Illinois has helped foster children in the rural Midwest begin recovering from the traumatic experiences associated with their parents' misuse and/or manufacture of methamphetamine by recruiting people in the children's communities to help them to talk about and better understand the problems that so profoundly affected their lives.Quality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am1072 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Commercial broadcasters are doing the "bare minimum and not much more" for children's educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now.Lecture: Muslim discussions of jihadNov 20, 2008 9:00 am0 views Sohail Hashmi, associate professor of international relations on the Alumnae Foundation, Mount Holyoke College, will give the Annual Fall Lecture in Religion, "When the Far Enemy Became the Near Enemy: The Changing Place of the United States in Jihad Discourse," beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center.Methamphetamine ravages rural parts of Illinois. How will social workers help addicts – and their children, who are often traumatized?Nov 20, 2008 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... social work professor Wendy HaightChanges in White House documents raise concern about rewriting historyNov 25, 2008 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There were 45 nations in the "Coalition of the Willing" when the U.S. invaded Iraq.Bad news for Obama: Getting elected was the easy part. Here's what he should expect...Dec 8, 2008 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... former Illinois Gov. Jim EdgarIs government corruption in Illinois pervasive, or does it just seem that way?Dec 16, 2008 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... political scientist Thomas Rudolph'Recovery coaches' effective in reducing number of babies exposed to drugsJan 5, 2009 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About 11 percent of the 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year have been exposed to alcohol or illicit drugs in the womb, according to a June 2006 report by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. If removed from the home by child protection, these children tend to remain in foster care longer, and chances are very low that they will be reunited with their parents.Online racial discrimination linked to depression, anxiety in teensJan 8, 2009 9:00 am691 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the early days of the Internet, some scholars once predicted a lessening of racism and race-based discrimination in online interactions thanks to the anonymity and race-neutral nature of the medium. But according to a new study published by a University of Illinois professor who studies race and the Internet, adolescents are increasingly experiencing both individual and vicarious discrimination online, which in turn triggers stress, depression and anxiety.Some have predicted 4 million people could show up for the presidential inauguration on January 20. Can the capital handle that kind of crowd?Jan 8, 2009 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Clark McPhail, a professor emeritus of sociologyScholar's new book examines cultural forces behind Obama's victoryJan 13, 2009 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jabari Asim (juh-BAR-ee ah-SEEM) says you could see it coming. He thought a black president was inevitable. Just not quite so soon.Study looks at how mental health care affects outcomes for foster childrenJan 13, 2009 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Of the approximately half-million children and adolescents in foster care in the U.S., experts estimate that 42 to 60 percent of them have emotional and behavioral problems. Despite the prevalence of mental health problems among foster children, little is known about how pre-existing mental health conditions affect their outcomes in foster care.How do Obama's challenges compare to those faced by FDR in 1933?Jan 20, 2009 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... Mark Leff, a professor of historySuper Bowl ads will reflect tough economy, says advertising professorJan 28, 2009 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fewer cars. More horses. A softer sell.Disruptions in daily routine can adversely affect a couple's conversationFeb 9, 2009 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Is the communication in your relationship a little frosty?