blog postsU. of I. professor on White House team working to improve access to federal programsNov 9, 2015 12:30 pm1206 views Jake Bowers, a University of Illinois political science professor, has been appointed to a White House team that’s applying insights from social and behavioral science to improve access to federal programs. Bowers began his stint with President Obama’s year-old Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) last month.Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adultsNov 5, 2015 9:45 am1168 views A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health – specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain – vary with fitness level in older adults.Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, cliniciansOct 27, 2015 10:30 am481 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.How has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am2673 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismHealth care, research failing to adapt to US’ growing multiracial populationOct 12, 2015 10:00 am1021 views University of Illinois social work professor Karen Tabb Dina found that multiracial youth who switch racial identities over time report being healthier as young adults than their minority peers who maintain consistent racial identities.Why has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia?Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am1624 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literaturesWhat can be done about coercive control in abusive relationships?Oct 8, 2015 2:30 pm513 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Hardesty, expert on intimate partner violenceBritish Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1388 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."Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2717 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.Compromise is a dirty word: Why Washington won't workSep 18, 2015 11:15 am403 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Thomas RudolphStudy: Easy explanations for life’s inequities lead to support for the status quoSep 9, 2015 8:00 am598 views What if you heard that on planet Teeku, the Blarks were a lot richer than the Orps, and you had to guess why? In a new study, participants were asked to select from several potential explanations for this fictional disparity. A majority focused on inherent traits of the Blarks and Orps (maybe the Blarks were smarter, or better workers than the Orps), rather than on external factors.Attorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am322 views Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys – often a small minority – are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers’ deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact.60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am1297 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismHow does Iran view the nuclear deal?Aug 13, 2015 3:45 pm622 views A Minute With...™ Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, expert on the Middle EastStudy: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidatesAug 4, 2015 9:00 am1195 views As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone.Parents' health literacy affects child weight-loss tactics, study findsJul 28, 2015 11:30 am67 views Parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information, a new study suggests.Women's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new studyJul 22, 2015 2:00 pm312 views Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey.Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am203 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.When Greeks voted 'no' on bailout terms, were they saying they wanted to leave the EU?Jul 9, 2015 4:30 pm201 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Kostas Kourtikakis, expert on the EU and its institutionsStudy: Learning categorical information gives children a feeling of déjà vuJul 8, 2015 8:00 am131 views During development, children must learn both broad facts about the world (that dogs have four legs, for example) and information that is more specific (that the family dog is scared of snow). While research in developmental psychology suggests that young children should have an easier time learning specific, concrete facts, a new study reveals that they learn general facts so effortlessly that they often can’t tell that they learned anything new at all.Supreme Court OKs redistricting commissions. But do they produce fairer maps?Jun 30, 2015 10:45 am263 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Brian GainesMass shooting in a South Carolina churchJun 22, 2015 12:30 pm158 views A Minute With...™ Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American studiesEgypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we thinkJun 15, 2015 9:00 am456 views Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sexJun 10, 2015 10:00 am532 views Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous criticMay 26, 2015 9:00 am643 views Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. One immediate result of the controversy: There would be no mention of relativity in Einstein’s Nobel Prize. One long-term result: a split between science and the humanities. Science historian Jimena Canales tells the tale of that day and the debate that followed in a new book.What happens now in the wake of the U.K. elections?May 13, 2015 11:00 am152 views A Minute With™...Brian Gaines, expert on British politics and electionsHow the British royal family's brand is changingMay 12, 2015 4:15 pm487 views A Minute With™...Cele Otnes, expert on marketing and advertisingHistorian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquestApr 23, 2015 9:15 am221 views Illinois has an early colonial history that’s easily forgotten, or boiled down to just the explorers Marquette and Jolliet and a few French fur traders. What’s missing in that, however, is a surprising history of European and native cooperation, interracial marriage and mixed-race communities, according to a University of Illinois history professor.Popular images of journalists have changed little over a century, says a new bookApr 23, 2015 9:00 am158 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you think reporters are scoundrels, you might point to popular culture. If you think they're heroes, you might do the same.How will the state's funding suspension affect the Autism Program of Illinois?Apr 10, 2015 3:30 pm712 views Linda Tortorelli, resource coordinator for the Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois on the Urbana campus150 year anniversary of the Confederate surrender at AppomattoxApr 6, 2015 10:00 am161 views Bruce Levine, professor of history and expert on the Civil WarHow we view Lincoln may say more about us than him, says scholar of photo historyApr 2, 2015 9:00 am196 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Americans see a lot of Abraham Lincoln - on our money, in advertising, in photos and films. It's easy to think we know the guy.Can you really be both overweight and malnourished?Mar 21, 2015 2:45 pm727 views A Minute With...™ Leia Kedem, Illinois Extension's 'Moderation Maven'Project to use tablets to screen women for perinatal depressionMar 19, 2015 9:00 am155 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 am26 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 am115 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 am26 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 am76 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 am4 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 am155 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 am172 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 am293 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 am1707 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 am311 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 am144 views A Minute With™... Tamara Chaplin, a University of Illinois historian of modern France'Positive illusions' in romantic relationshipsDec 16, 2014 9:00 am433 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 am56 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 am49 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 am11 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 am72 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.