blog posts Events focus on perinatal mental, physical health Mar 21, 2019 10:45 am785 views An expo, national symposium and film screening are planned in Champaign to heighten awareness of women’s mental and physical health during and after pregnancy. The IDEA Women's Health Coalition is planning the events. Evidence of humans, not 'bots,' key to uncovering disinformation campaigns Oct 28, 2019 1:00 pm986 views It’s easier to spot online political “astroturfing,” a type of disinformation campaign, by looking first for digital traces of the human activity that makes it work, say Illinois communication professor JungHwan Yang and his research colleagues, in a new study. Exercise to let students experience what it's like to live on low income Sep 27, 2010 9:00 am131 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - About 150 students who are taking an introductory course in social work at the University of Illinois this semester will experience the problems that Expert compares high cost of health care to goods consumers can relate to Nov 16, 2007 9:00 am28 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. Expert on academic equity, mindsets to speak at the U. of I. Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm463 views Camille A. Farrington, an expert on academic equity and mindsets, will speak at a seminar on the University of Illinois campus on Nov. 14-15. Expert says state policies can have an impact on public health Mar 12, 2010 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a new study, Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health at the University of Illinois, examined 25 variables in four categories to see how state policies might affect residents' health. Experts should be thinking -- now -- beyond Katrina rescue effort Sep 2, 2005 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While post-Katrina rescue and evacuation operations continue to be the priority in New Orleans, urban planning expert Rob Olshansky says now also is the time to be staging the next phase of the city's disaster-recovery plans. Facebook, 'soft surveillance,' and the Millennial Generation Oct 2, 2006 9:00 am29 views A Minute With™... Noshir Contractor, a professor of speech communication and of psychology Fair play in sport not easy to define in a high-tech age, expert says Jul 26, 2012 9:00 am746 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The technological edge can come in a swimmer's revolutionary suit, in a cyclist's specialized bike, in any athlete's drug of choice - whether legal, untraceable or not yet banned. Family debt hurts children's chances for success in college, study says Jan 9, 2012 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Families that have high amounts of unsecured debt, such as outstanding credit card balances and payday loans, diminish their children's prospects of attending or graduating from college, according to a new study by social work professors Min Zhan at the University of Illinois and Michael Sherraden, the founder of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Family thought to play part in reducing stress for young Mexicans, study shows Jan 8, 2013 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Family members may play a unique and influential role in buffering Mexican youth against the negative effects of stress as they transition into adulthood, suggests a new study by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at universities in Mexico and the U.S. Fashion, sex, 'gray market of power' helped lead to French Revolution Nov 22, 2013 9:00 am368 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Today we call it influence, clout, "who you know." It gets junior into the top school, swings the big business deal, gets legislation passed or killed. Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar says Jun 17, 2008 9:00 am2901 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. Federal health care reform law holds hope for mental health services Dec 15, 2011 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Uninsured adults with serious mental illnesses may have a harder time finding care because state budgetary cutbacks are dramatically affecting services and staffing levels at community mental health agencies in Illinois and other states. But full implementation of the federal health care reform law could help alleviate that, according to scholars in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggests Sep 22, 2015 10:00 am2963 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. Filmmaker's documentary tells story of groundbreaking church-state suit Sep 29, 2010 9:00 am269 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Prayer in the schools, Ten Commandments in the courthouse, Christmas mangers on public property. Film screening and panel to mark anniversary of church-state ruling Feb 26, 2013 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision McCollum v. Board of Education, the award-winning documentary "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today" will be shown at 7 p.m. March 7 in the auditorium of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana. Financial education programs, income-based repayment plans promote prosperity Sep 5, 2019 11:15 am557 views People with student loans who participate in financial education programs become better financial managers, building personal wealth after college, University of Illinois researchers found in a recent study. Financial education programs would benefit low-income people, scholars say Oct 11, 2004 9:00 am105 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Personal finance education is a growing trend in schools and workplaces, but it misses many of those who need it most, say social work professors Steve Anderson and Min Zhan. Financial penalties trigger welfare exits, study finds Dec 16, 2013 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Welfare recipients in Wisconsin who received financial sanctions for failing to comply with the program's work requirements were from two to 33 times more likely to exit welfare - with or without jobs - and the effect increased with the duration of the sanctions, according to a new study by a University of Illinois expert on poverty. First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact Jul 5, 2018 1:00 pm3747 views A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found. Five years after the Arab Spring: Despair, but also hope Jan 21, 2016 11:15 am1038 views A Minute With...™ Asef Bayat, sociologist and Middle East expert Focus on context diminishes memory of negative events, researchers report Feb 5, 2020 8:45 am759 views In a new study, researchers report they can manipulate how the brain encodes and retains emotional memories. The scientists found that focusing on the neutral details of a disturbing scene can weaken a person’s later memories – and negative impressions – of that scene. Forum Feb. 1 to explore world response to tsunami disaster Jan 19, 2005 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How the world has responded to the Dec. 26 tsunami will be the topic of a 90-minute forum beginning at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Forum to look at earthquakes, including potential in central U.S. Feb 1, 2006 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Should the October earthquake in Pakistan, and the widespread devastation it caused, raise concerns in the central United States? Four-day Katrina 'Summit' at U. of I., elsewhere, strives for positive change Sep 14, 2006 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A year after hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coasts, rebuilding efforts are finally moving forward. But it's the remaining, deeper tears in the region's social fabric that will be the main focus of a unique series of dialogues and events at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign designed to build community, connect diverse local and national audiences and ignite real and long-lasting positive change. Gang presence in urban parks complicates lives of residents Aug 20, 2009 9:00 am703 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When most people think of parks, images of slides and swings, ball fields and basketball hoops, Rollerbladers and moms pushing strollers may come to mind. Gangs, violence rob inner-city kids of physical activity, study says Jul 27, 2011 9:00 am1223 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many of the adults living in Chicago's South Lawndale neighborhood are first-generation immigrants, raised in Latin American communities where people feel close to nature, leave their doors wide open to their neighbors and the outdoors is an extended space for socializing with the community. Gather the family for the holidays (but leave old conflicts in the past) Dec 19, 2011 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... Leanne Knobloch, a professor of communication Gay Talese to receive lifetime journalism achievement award Nov 1, 2010 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Gay Talese, the author of acclaimed books and articles on topics as varied as the Mafia, sports, immigration, the sexual revolution, The New York Times and Frank Sinatra, will be this year's recipient of the IIlinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor says Mar 3, 2009 9:00 am3839 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the increased popularity of geek culture - movies based on comic books, video games, virtual worlds - and the ubiquity of computers, the geek's close cousin, the nerd, still suffers from a negative stereotype in popular culture. This may help explain why women and minorities are increasingly shying away from careers in information technology, says Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study finds Mar 27, 2018 12:30 pm2102 views Gender differences in vocational interests increase drastically during puberty but tend to decrease across the lifespan, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study. Gender, social orientation affect children's reactions to bullying Sep 24, 2014 9:00 am142 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of nearly 600 third-graders may explain why some children who experience peer victimization develop problems with depression or aggression while other children who also get bullied have healthy emotional and social adjustment. Genealogical tourism redefining leisure travel market, professor says Mar 4, 2010 9:00 am150 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the work-weary, the word "vacation" may conjure images of leisurely, carefree days at the beach sipping umbrella drinks. But according to published research by a University of Illinois expert in tourism and recreation, genealogical tourism is one of the fastest growing markets in vacation travel because it represents a conscious shift away from relaxation and into the realm of personal enrichment and fulfillment. Geographies of death: Study maps COVID-19 health disparities in Greater Santiago Apr 27, 2021 9:00 am399 views People up to age 40 living in economically depressed municipalities in the Greater Santiago, Chile, metropolitan area were three times more likely to die as a result of the infection than their counterparts in wealthier areas, researchers report in the journal Science. German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote address Feb 5, 2020 9:30 am646 views A German diplomat based in Chicago but recently posted in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine will speak on “The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism” as part of the annual European Union Day on Feb. 21 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why? Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am17341 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days. Getting news from the Internet not as divisive as many assume May 15, 2012 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Internet is changing the way people get their news, but there's little proof that it is fragmenting or polarizing the news audience the way many assume, says professor David Tewksbury, the head of the University of Illinois department of communication. Gettysburg at 150 (Vicksburg, too): Neither a turning point in the Civil War Jun 25, 2013 9:00 am1182 views A Minute With™... Civil War historian Bruce Levine Giving up a summer vacation to save money? Try these tips first... May 4, 2009 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... Kathy Sweedler, a consumer and family economics educator with University of Illinois Extension Good cause, tough sell: Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' campaign Feb 17, 2010 9:00 am350 views A Minute With™... Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, clinicians Oct 27, 2015 10:30 am534 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. Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with children Nov 26, 2018 3:00 pm2319 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory. Graphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says study Feb 22, 2016 10:00 am1407 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. Greece elects a parliament but remains divided over austerity measures Jun 19, 2012 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... political scientist Kostas Kourtikakis Group homes appear to double delinquency risk for foster kids, study says Feb 28, 2008 9:00 am3643 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. Haiti still faces crises two months after devastation Mar 19, 2010 9:00 am10 views A Minute With™... Rob Olshansky, a professor of urban and regional planning Have we gone too far trashing politics? Sep 8, 2020 10:00 am680 views We’ve gone too far in trashing politics, no matter how much the campaign season may prompt us to do so, says Ned O’Gorman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Politics is a good thing, but our views of politics have become “twisted.” His recent book “Politics for Everybody” argues for “authentic politics” that focus on different people getting along and working things out, not winner-take-all. HBO's "The Newroom': Will journalists be portrayed as heroes or goats? Jun 18, 2012 9:00 am42 views A Minute With™... journalism professor and former radio reporter Matthew Ehrlich Health campaigns that promote exercise may cause people to eat more Feb 27, 2009 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois suggests that weight-loss campaigns that promote exercise may actually cause people to eat more.