blog postsBook Corner: Living along the flood-prone Mississippi RiverSep 16, 2010 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Nearly every year, areas of the Midwest are subjected to massive flooding. Sandbags are filled and stacked, FEMA arrives and there is a discussion of whether this is a 500-year flood, a 1,000-year flood, or just another flood typical of the summer season.Book Corner: Notion of lovesickness in Russian literature exploredNov 19, 2009 9:00 am49 views The idea that love - especially the unrequited variety - and the passion associated with it could render one physically ill goes way back on the cultural-historical timeline. According to Valeria Sobol, a UI professor of Slavic languages and literatures, scholars have traced the concept of "lovesickness" all the way back to the Greeks.Book Corner: Photographer Berenice Abbott profiled in author's first bookApr 7, 2011 9:00 am32 views Terri Weissman's first book has generated considerable buzz for the undervalued photographer it profiles. "The Realisms of Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photography and Political Action" was published in January as the winner of the 2010 Phillips Book Prize. It has been excerpted in Scope, the new magazine started by former Gravitas editor Ian Garrick Mason, and also in Berfrois, a scholarly news aggregation website.Book Corner: Pre-Civil War social paradoxes exploredJan 21, 2010 9:00 am8 views The years leading up to the Civil War were a time of immense economic growth, however, some Americans worried that the booming industrial and commercial expansion came at the price of American values such as honesty, hard work and dedication to the common good.Book Corner: Tying together revolts in the U.S. and IndiaJun 17, 2010 9:00 am70 views The two revolts occurred almost back-to-back in the mid-19th century, in India and the U.S., but no one had studied the two together, says Rajmohan Gandhi, a research professor in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Illinois.Book Corner: Women’s stories that guided their livesMay 7, 2009 9:00 am3 views Every person has a narrative compass - one or more stories that have guided their lifework.Book Corner: Writer profiles alienated youth on the U.S./Mexico borderNov 15, 2012 9:00 am4 views Many make their living by crawling through the sewers beneath the border cities of Nogales, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., and mugging migrants seeking new lives in the United States. Some of these young men and women, who call themselves Barrio Libre ("Free Hood"), traffic in drugs in the desolate deserts where more than 5,000 people trying to enter the U.S. have died.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am749 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.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am1254 views A new book by Illinois information sciences professors Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter tells how a former slave founded an integrated town in western Illinois that became a station on the Underground Railroad.Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study findsDec 3, 2018 9:30 am734 views Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using substances by the end of eighth grade, a new study found.Brazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm947 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.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1586 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."Bullying 'gets better' for most - but not all - teens, study saysFeb 4, 2013 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bullied teens often are assured that "it gets better." And a new study suggests that bullying does, indeed, tend to decline as teens progress through high school and move toward adulthood.Business owners should go 'green' in rebuilding after disastersApr 25, 2006 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters unleash their furies on communities, the losses can be especially devastating for small-business owners with limited budgets and flimsy safety nets. But when the skies clear, and the cleanup and rebuilding begins, savvy owners may actually find a silver - or "green" - lining beneath the rubble and ruin.Cancer and treatment side effect: Stronger mother-daughter tiesJul 10, 2013 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A bout with cancer can be the catalyst for growth and healing in mother-daughter relationships, suggests a new study by a University of Illinois social work professor.Can you really be both overweight and malnourished?Mar 21, 2015 2:45 pm730 views A Minute With...™ Leia Kedem, Illinois Extension's 'Moderation Maven'Capitalism and democracy not compatible on the Internet, author saysMar 14, 2013 9:00 am154 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two decades into the digital age, the Internet is now "enmeshed in the fabric of nearly every aspect of life," says University of Illinois communication professor Robert McChesney. In ongoing debates about its influence and future, there are, he says, celebrants and skeptics.Casualties get scant attention in wartime news, with little change since World War IMay 1, 2014 9:00 am147 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The human costs of America's wars have received scant attention in daily war reporting - through five major conflicts going back a century - says an extensive and first-of-its-kind study of New York Times war coverage being published this month.Changes in the Middle East, driven by a Facebook generationFeb 25, 2011 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... sociologist Asef Bayat and education professor Linda HerreraChanges in White House documents raise concern about rewriting historyNov 25, 2008 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There were 45 nations in the "Coalition of the Willing" when the U.S. invaded Iraq.Checks and balances, presidential power the topics of Nov. 29 Cline SymposiumNov 15, 2018 11:00 am176 views Constitutional checks and balances and the power of the presidency will be topics of a speech and roundtable Nov. 29 at the U. of I.Chicago's Large Lot Program sowing change in inner-city communitiesMar 19, 2019 2:30 pm483 views Chicago's Large Lot Program is promoting positive changes in inner-city neighborhoods by allowing residents to buy and repurpose vacant lots that have been plagued by crime and other problems, U. of I. researchers found.Child abuse risk tied to type, degree of disability, study findsApr 25, 2011 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have long known that children with disabilities are at increased risk of being abused by their caregivers. But a groundbreaking new study by Jesse Helton, a faculty member in the Children and Family Research Center in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, indicates that the risk and degree of physical abuse varies according to the child's type and level of disability - and those at greatest risk of maltreatment may be those with average functioning or only mild impairments.Children from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1706 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.Children view same-race friendships differently for blacks, whitesSep 21, 2011 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - African American children who have mainly African American friends may be viewed as "cool" and more popular by their classmates - but white students who affiliate mostly with other white students may be perceived less positively, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.Child-welfare study shows recovery coaches can help reunite familiesMar 10, 2006 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On any given day, as many as 70 percent of the Illinois children in foster care are in that situation, at least in part, because their parents abuse drugs or alcohol. Only a small percentage will ever be reunited with their parents.Child-welfare web site gives caseworkers first-time access to dataNov 17, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Child-welfare caseworkers tend to focus on daily crises.Chinatowns project unrealistic image of China, study showsFeb 11, 2009 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois doctoral student Grace Yan was born and raised in China, but when she visited Chicago's Chinatown to collect data for a study on identity and ethnicity issues related to tourism in that neighborhood, what she found was largely unfamiliar.Civil War at 150: Bringing down the 'House of Dixie' set off a revolutionMar 21, 2011 9:00 am95 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The American Civil War not only was a series of monumental struggles on the battlefields, it also was a revolution behind the lines - a profound upending of the social order that played out in the South through the four years of the war, says University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine.Civil War photos gave carnage a wide view, but also aided the grievingJun 19, 2013 9:00 am492 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Anyone with a passing interest in the Civil War has seen the photos of the battlefield dead. There are the rows and fields full of corpses from battles such as Antietam and Gettysburg (which will mark its sesquicentennial July 1-3). There are the faces and the expressions.Climate change could be impetus for wars, other conflicts, expert saysAug 21, 2008 9:00 am19 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.Clinic provides needed services while fulfilling researchNov 7, 2002 9:00 am12 views One of the advantages of living in a community that’s home to a major research university is access to resources that would otherwise likely be available only in a large, urban area. The Audiology and Speech Clinic, operated by the UI’s department of speech and hearing science, is just such a resource for residents of Central Illinois.Clothing industry led the way in seeing kids as consumers, scholar saysNov 25, 2003 9:00 am182 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "It takes a village to raise a child" may be a popular ideal. "It takes a marketplace to raise a child" may be closer to today's reality, says Dan Cook, the author of an upcoming book on the history of the clothing industry and the rise of the "child consumer."College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industryAug 24, 2018 12:15 pm648 views Many teens in China are embarking on study tours of U.S. colleges, creating a potentially lucrative market sector for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses in the Midwest, a new study found.College towns important to alumni’s enjoyment of homecoming events, study findsAug 31, 2018 8:30 am671 views Out-of-town alumni's enjoyment of homecoming events depends almost as much on their fondness for the college town as for the institution itself, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study.Combat helmet that could relay injury data is goal of U. of I. projectMar 6, 2008 9:00 am9 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.Communication scholar makes the case for subsidies to save journalismFeb 4, 2010 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Journalism in the U.S. needs government support, preferably tens of billions of dollars - and soon, says Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communication professor and co-author of a new book making the case.Communities with less variety in housing types have higher foreclosure rates, say Illinois researchersNov 6, 2018 8:45 am620 views Illinois researchers find that less variety in housing types leads to less stability and higher rates of foreclosures.Comparing the '60s civil rights movement and today's gay rights movementJul 2, 2013 9:00 am393 views A Minute With™... Illinois history professor Kevin MumfordCompromise is a dirty word: Why Washington won't workSep 18, 2015 11:15 am416 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Thomas RudolphConspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggestsNov 29, 2017 9:45 am1413 views Those who are more news media literate are less likely to believe conspiracy theories, even ones that resonate with their politics, a study suggests.Coping skills program for disaster survivors tested with children living in chronic povertyDec 10, 2018 11:30 am517 views An emotional coping skills program developed for natural disaster survivors appears to help young children deal with the traumatic experiences associated with living in chronic poverty, a new study found.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 2, 2018 8:45 am622 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeCould France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm605 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2976 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.Creativity, flexibility important when setting fitness goalsJan 4, 2006 9:00 am52 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Throughout the land, glossy new calendars adorn kitchen walls and office desktops. And for many people, the new year prompts thoughts of an old tradition: making - and, in many cases, ultimately breaking - New Year's resolutions.Crisis nursery kids more likely to return to families from foster careSep 19, 2011 9:00 am114 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children who receive crisis nursery services prior to being placed in out-of-home care are twice as likely to be reunited with their biological families as other children in Illinois' child welfare system, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm744 views The success of community health interventions targeting Latinos could be hindered by linguistic and cultural gaps unless researchers recognize the diversity that exists among Latino populations and work closely with community members to adapt programming accordingly, a new study led by University of Illinois researchers suggests.‘Culture of affluence’ complicates women’s help-seeking for domestic violenceSep 19, 2016 2:15 pm789 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.Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am215 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.