blog postsProject to use tablets to screen women for perinatal depressionMar 19, 2015 9:00 am143 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Pregnant women and new mothers at one central Illinois public health clinic will soon receive depression screenings using mobile health - also called mHealth - technology.Book Corner: Historian traces the making of samba in BrazilMar 19, 2015 9:00 am22 views The U.S. and Brazil have a few things in common. Both are continent-spanning nations that began as European colonies. Both have a history of African slavery. And both developed iconic music with strong roots in their respective black communities.More older adults from U.S. volunteering in other countriesMar 10, 2015 9:00 am107 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nearly 290,000 older adults from the U.S. volunteered abroad during 2012 - an increase of more than 60 percent in less than a decade, a recent study found.150 years after the Confederate surrender at AppomattoxMar 2, 2015 9:00 am22 views The American Civil War came to an end 150 years ago with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. What role did slavery play in the Confederate defeat? And how might history have been different if Lincoln had lived? University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine (pronounced La-VEEN) has written extensively about the war and its consequences. His 2013 book, "The Fall of the House of Dixie," traced how fighting the war transformed the South from within. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.Patients with mental illness less likely to receive diet, exercise adviceFeb 24, 2015 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than half of patients with symptoms of mental illness - and nearly one-third of those who also had diabetes - said their health care providers had never told them to exercise or reduce their intake of dietary fat, according to a new study published in Diabetes Educator.New book examines movement to boycott Israeli scholars, universitiesFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Leading scholars and public intellectuals reflect on the social and political forces in contemporary culture that advocate severing ties with Israeli universities in a new volume of essays titled "The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel."There have been a lot of cats in The New York Times, and not all just for funFeb 3, 2015 9:00 am149 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The cute cat video seems to be everywhere online, and it's become a handy epithet for everything that journalism should not be. So what should we make of the fact that The New York Times, that paragon of journalism, has written a lot about cats over 140 years?Ads effective even in the midst of multitasking, studies findJan 26, 2015 9:00 am160 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as the ads you're really watching, such as those during the Super Bowl, says a University of Illinois researcher.The movie 'Selma': Historically correct, if not historically accurateJan 14, 2015 9:00 am94 views Just say the name "Selma," and anyone who knows the history of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s will know what you mean. It was on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in that Alabama city almost 50 years ago (March 7, 1965) that peaceful marchers were beaten back with billy clubs wielded by state and local lawmen. Captured on network television news, it would become known as "Bloody Sunday." The movie "Selma," which opened nationwide last Friday (Jan. 9), tells the story of that day and events before and after, which would prompt passage of the Voting Rights Act that summer. Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African-American studies at Illinois, teaches courses on both the civil rights movement and African-Americans in film. He talked about the film and the history with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study findsJan 8, 2015 9:00 am1562 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crimeJan 7, 2015 9:00 am298 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you're watching national TV news - not because those things are true.100 years ago: The Christmas Truce of World War IDec 22, 2014 9:00 am121 views A Minute With™... Tamara Chaplin, a University of Illinois historian of modern France'Positive illusions' in romantic relationshipsDec 16, 2014 9:00 am318 views A Minute With™... Brian Ogolsky, a professor of human development and family studies, who studies romantic relationshipsLow-crime, walkable neighborhoods promote mental health in older LatinosDec 8, 2014 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Older Latinos living in the U.S. who perceive their neighborhoods as safer and more walkable are less likely to develop severe depressive symptoms, and the effect may be long term, a new study suggests.U.S. House rules about much more than housekeepingDec 8, 2014 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January, adopting rules of procedure will be among the first orders of business. Pretty mundane stuff, it would seem.Election recap: Illinois elected a Republican governor, but Democrats retain the legislatureDec 5, 2014 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Christopher Z. Mooney, the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics on the Springfield campus. Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screeningsNov 21, 2014 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings - Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams - than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.Not all baseball stars treated equally in TV steroid coverage, says study of network newsNov 20, 2014 9:00 am104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Retired baseball stars Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro each had Hall of Fame-worthy numbers, each hitting more than 500 home runs.Long work hours for moms mean less sleep, higher BMI's for preschoolersNov 20, 2014 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study.Discrimination, family conflict key sources of stress for Latina immigrantsNov 19, 2014 9:00 am82 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Racial discrimination and family issues are key contributors to the acculturative stress experienced by Latina immigrant women in the U.S., new research suggests.Why we may not realize the sacrifices made by veteransNov 5, 2014 9:00 am30 views A Minute With™... Scott Althaus, a professor of political science and of communication, and the director of the university's Cline Center for Democracy, whose research examines the dynamics of popular support for warTeen gaming addicts may wind up physically healthier as young adults, study saysOct 7, 2014 9:00 am250 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Teens who play video/computer games 21 hours a week or more may be physically healthier and less prone to obesity as young adults than peers who spend their time on other pursuits. But gamers who log the most screen time also may be more prone to depression in young adulthood, a new study says.Trails, pickleball popular with Illinois fitness enthusiasts, survey saysOct 7, 2014 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinoisans want more trails, interest in pickleball is on the upswing, and some communities are pulling the plugs on their aging swimming pools, according to a recent survey of the organizations and municipalities that operate public recreation facilities in Illinois.Illinois professors find that ethnicity doesn't appear to affect annexation decisions like race doesSep 30, 2014 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the American South, race has been shown in numerous studies to play a role in municipal annexation decisions: predominantly white municipalities were less likely to extend the city limits to include adjacent areas with a higher percentage of African-American residents, according to prior studies. But how are annexation decisions made in the Midwest, where an increase in immigration has resulted in an uptick in the Hispanic population? That's the question two University of Illinois researchers set out to answer.Gender, social orientation affect children's reactions to bullyingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am79 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.Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-beingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am1202 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans' mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women's psychological well-being.What's next now that Scotland has said 'no' to independence?Sep 22, 2014 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... political scientist Brian GainesIntrigue, power struggles and genuine doubt all found in the Facebook of Egypt's revolutionSep 17, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Egypt's 2011 revolution, described at the time as a "Facebook revolution," made Linda Herrera a big believer in the power of social media.75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am4532 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyMedia's responsibilities in covering stories like the Ferguson protestsAug 22, 2014 9:00 am28 views A Minute With™... Christopher Benson, a professor of journalism and of African American studiesMany solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says studyAug 19, 2014 9:00 am120 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many of life's problems are also civil legal problems, but people don't see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.Studies explore sexual risk-taking among women travelersAug 18, 2014 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What happens in Vegas - or on a beach in Cancun, a mountainside in Thailand or almost anywhere - doesn't always stay there, especially in a Web-connected world.The 'riddle' of Putin and RussiaAug 15, 2014 9:00 am63 views A Minute With™... Russia historian Mark SteinbergReturning troops and their families have work to do after the reunion, researcher saysJul 30, 2014 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About 20,000 service members are headed home from Afghanistan before the end of this year. Thousands of others will be returning from other deployments.What's behind the 'children on the border' phenomenon?Jul 18, 2014 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... University of Illinois anthropologist Ellen MoodieLearning to 'just say no' is not a panacea for minorities with alcohol, drug problemsJul 10, 2014 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Teaching youth to "just say no" has long been viewed as the first line of defense in the war on drugs. And several studies have provided compelling evidence that refusal skills training, which teaches participants strategies for resisting social pressure, can be successful at preventing youth from trying drugs and alcohol.The Civil Rights Act turns 50Jun 30, 2014 9:00 am45 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American studiesHow and why WWI started is still debatedJun 26, 2014 9:00 am14 views A Minute With™... political science professor John VasquezSoccer-mad Brazil hosts the World CupJun 13, 2014 9:00 am23 views A Minute With™... Jerry Dávila, a professor of Brazilian history at the University of IllinoisAbility to finish college - especially for blacks - affected by family debt, new study suggestsMay 22, 2014 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Family debt diminishes students' prospects of graduating from college, and is particularly detrimental to black students' chances of earning degrees, suggests a new study by social work professor Min Zhan and doctoral student Deirdre Lanesskog, both at the University of Illinois.Special effects, from 'Star Wars' to the new 'Godzilla'May 22, 2014 9:00 am14 views A Minute With...™ Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studies and expert on special effectsWorldwide, maternal and child death rates are dropping. Not in the U.S.May 13, 2014 9:00 am35 views A Minute With™... Karen Tabb Dina, a professor in the School of Social Work Casualties get scant attention in wartime news, with little change since World War IMay 1, 2014 9:00 am68 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.New public database designed to aid study of ethnic and religious strife worldwideApr 30, 2014 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The power of ethnic hatred was on full display in the Rwandan genocide that began 20 years ago this month, but it's only the most extreme example of ethnic and religious strife that continues around the world.How the Earned Income Tax Credit relieves povertyApr 9, 2014 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... Ruby Mendenhall, a professor of sociology and of African American studies at IllinoisMoney and politics following the Supreme Court's McCutcheon rulingApr 9, 2014 9:00 am11 views A Minute With™... University of Illinois political scientist Thomas RudolphAspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understandsApr 3, 2014 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Communicating the relevance of one's scientific research to general audiences and developing educational outreach programs are critical to the career success of college professors and researchers, but graduate curricula often fail to help students cultivate these essential skills.Research shows link between states' personalities and their politicsMar 31, 2014 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One state's citizens are collectively more agreeable and another's are more conscientious. Could that influence how each state is governed?What to expect in Illinois' general election for governorMar 26, 2014 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Christopher Z. Mooney, the director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsQuestion of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author saysMar 5, 2014 9:00 am1765 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About half of Latinos check "white" in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check "other race."