blog postsMany responders in emotional distress one year after hurricane in Puerto Rico, study findsApr 13, 2020 1:00 pm989 views Responders who assist people after disasters are at increased risk of mental health problems, and interventions are needed to support them, a study found.What messages best influence public health behavior?Apr 8, 2020 7:45 am620 views Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior. She speaks about the special challenges of the present moment.How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?Apr 7, 2020 9:30 am1279 views A key message coming through about COVID-19 is that older folks face much greater danger, but what does that suggest to the young? Cabral Bigman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about the challenge of “social comparison frames” in an epidemic.How to foster children’s learning while sheltering at homeApr 6, 2020 8:30 am1870 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home.Can relationships flourish through tech alone?Mar 31, 2020 8:45 am572 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining relationships now lacking in face time due to COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says John Caughlin, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions?Mar 23, 2020 2:30 pm1246 views Professor of human development and family studies Kelly Tu discusses ways parents can help children cope with the changes and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.Emotions play key role on social media during outbreaks, study suggestsMar 20, 2020 3:15 pm1104 views The role of social media in motivating people to assess their risk and alter their behavior in a disease outbreak is little-understood, but a recently published study of South Koreans during a 2015 MERS outbreak – led by Sang-Hwa Oh at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – suggests emotions might play a key part.Smoking prevalent among pregnant women enrolled in Illinois WIC program, study findsMar 18, 2020 10:00 am1506 views Despite public-awareness campaigns about the potential health risks of smoking while pregnant, more than 15% of low-income women in Illinois may be lighting up anyway, a new study suggests.Is the US ready for the 2020 census? And what's at stake for Illinois?Mar 10, 2020 10:15 am919 views A demographer who’s followed the 2020 census praises outreach and education efforts, but also raises concerns about budget delays and testing – and notes that though the count in Illinois can be challenging, it needs to be accurate to avoid losing “a lot of green” in the form of federal dollars.Author makes case for politics to those who've lost faithMar 4, 2020 9:45 am677 views It may seem incredible in an age of polarized division, but Ned O’Gorman is making a positive case for politics for those who’ve lost faith. The communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues in “Politics for Everybody” that politics is a necessity, not an option – and we know from everyday experience how to do it better, in ways not fundamentally “us versus them.”Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time?Mar 2, 2020 10:00 am616 views The 2020 census kicks into high gear this month with information arriving in millions of mailboxes. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who also chairs a U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee explains why the census matters and describes challenges in making it work.German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote addressFeb 5, 2020 9:30 am622 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.Focus on context diminishes memory of negative events, researchers reportFeb 5, 2020 8:45 am738 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.Team creates game-based virtual archaeology field schoolJan 29, 2020 8:00 am2160 views Before they can get started at their field site – a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts – 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport. This is ANTH 399, a course designed to bring the archaeological field school experience to undergraduate students who never leave campus.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1458 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?Jan 23, 2020 9:30 am288 views Receiving the earned income tax credit in installments rather than a lump sum benefitted more than 500 families living in Chicago public housing, U. of I. researcher Karen Kramer's team found in a new study.The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am1711 views An expert on the growing role of drones in warfare and terrorism discusses the implications of the recent killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani in a Q&A.What do we really know about poverty?Dec 16, 2019 9:45 am958 views The holidays are a time we focus on those in need and heap scorn on the Scrooges and Mr. Potters who don’t. But how well do we understand poverty, in either the U.S. or globally? Illinois sociologist Brian Dill addresses some misconceptions.Study: Leaders of nonprofits that use sport to better society often lack business skillsDec 5, 2019 2:15 pm611 views Many nonprofits using sport to create social change may fail because their leaders lack the leadership and business skills critical to the organizations' survival, U. of I. professor Jon Welty Peachey found in a study.US politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?Dec 4, 2019 11:45 am394 views There’s more happening in Ukraine than just U.S. politics. A U. of I. professor talks about how the country is dealing with a long-term war and its consequences.Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual menNov 14, 2019 12:00 pm1431 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade is the co-creator of a new scale that enables researchers to assess the impact of racialized sexual discrimination on gay and bisexual men of color.Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm1347 views A U. of I. specialist on Middle Eastern politics explains why Kurds often feel they have “no friends but the mountains,” why they’re a political threat to Turkey’s president and motivations for the recent Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria.Evidence of humans, not 'bots,' key to uncovering disinformation campaignsOct 28, 2019 1:00 pm914 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.Expert on academic equity, mindsets to speak at the U. of I.Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm449 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. Impeachment is underway: So who makes the rules?Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am859 views An impeachment investigation may be based in charges of wrongdoing, but it’s still a political process, says Illinois political science professor Gisela Sin. Even the design of rules and procedures is done strategically and with an eye on the outcome.Anger-prone children may benefit most from maternal sensitivity, study findsOct 3, 2019 9:30 am1058 views Anger-prone children may benefit most from caregivers who are sensitive to their emotional needs and behavioral cues, University of Illinois researchers Nancy McElwain and Xi Chen found in a new study.What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm1276 views Hong Kong’s nearly four-month protest is only the latest in a series, all centered on concerns about retaining freedoms and gaining the right to choose the city’s leadership, says University of Illinois history professor Poshek Fu, a Hong Kong native and specialist on modern China. The current protest movement is notable, however, for its social media-driven, guerrillalike tactics, its longevity and the international attention it has received.Study examines effects of climate change, land loss on Louisiana’s Houma tribeSep 27, 2019 9:00 am1014 views Repeated disasters and environmental changes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are rapidly eroding the land, and along with it, the Houma tribe’s ability to sustain its culture, health and livelihoods.Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm647 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois.Research tracks narcissism from young adulthood to middle ageSep 11, 2019 8:15 am1360 views The belief that one is smarter, better looking, more successful and more deserving than others – a personality trait known as narcissism – tends to wane as a person matures, a new study confirms. But not for everyone, and not to the same extent.Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm526 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment.OCCRL hosts conference on racial justice, equitable outcomes in higher educationSep 9, 2019 9:00 am938 views Racial justice on community college campuses is the focal point of an upcoming institute in San Diego, the third such conference organized by the U. of I. Office of Community College Research and Leadership.Study: Action-oriented goals produce higher probability of purchases under tight deadlinesSep 9, 2019 8:45 am578 views If you want sell a product or service quickly, it helps to try a busy consumer, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Financial education programs, income-based repayment plans promote prosperitySep 5, 2019 11:15 am552 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.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am15421 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.Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomicsAug 20, 2019 8:30 am1053 views They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law, neurobiology, and social and behavioral science. Participants in the 2019 Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics spent a week together in the classroom and the lab, learning not only how to amplify and sequence a fragment of their own DNA, but also discussing the implications of genomics research involving their ancestors and communities.Optimistic people sleep better, longer, study findsAug 7, 2019 9:00 am3939 views People who are the most optimistic tend to be better sleepers, University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez found in a new study of 3,500 young and middle-aged adults.Infants expect leaders to right wrongs, study findsJul 29, 2019 2:00 pm1035 views Infants 17 months of age expect leaders – but not others – to intervene when one member of their group transgresses against another, a new study reveals. The findings add to growing evidence that children in their second year of life have a well-developed understanding of social hierarchies and power dynamics, the researchers say. Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehaviorJul 29, 2019 9:15 am2136 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior.Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy FellowJul 29, 2019 8:30 am1379 views Liliane Windsor, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disastersJul 24, 2019 1:00 pm1008 views Caregivers Journey of Hope can help social service workers to mitigate the stress and trauma they may experience while helping others recover from disasters, U. of I. researchers found in a new study.Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage, says a writer of its historyJul 17, 2019 9:30 am657 views Responding to terrorists requires reasoning rather than outrage, said an Illinois historian who has written a new book on terrorism and its history.Perinatal depression screenings may not detect women having suicidal thoughts, study findsJul 16, 2019 9:30 am585 views Perinatal depression screenings may overlook a significant proportion of women who are having suicidal thoughts, according to a new study led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen M. Tabb.Citizenship and the census: What happens now?Jul 1, 2019 7:30 am413 views An Illinois professor who studies how Latinos deal with the census responds to the Supreme Court’s decision on the citizenship question.Will there be any constraints now on partisan gerrymandering?Jun 28, 2019 2:45 pm584 views The Supreme Court this week said it can’t provide the cure to partisan gerrymandering, so the focus will have to be on prevention, says an Illinois political science professor who hopes her research can play a part.Parental involvement in children's schooling consistently beneficial, study findsJun 20, 2019 9:45 am1892 views In a new study of more than 480,800 families, psychologists at the University of Illinois found that the more involved parents were in their children’s schooling, the better the children’s adjustment.What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am760 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights.Study: Teens at greater risk of violence, injury during sexual assaults than previously thoughtMay 30, 2019 10:00 am476 views In a recent study of the forensic evidence in 563 sexual assault cases, U. of I. researchers found “striking similarities” in the types of injuries and violence experienced by adult and adolescent victims.Does the Supreme Court need to care about public opinion?May 29, 2019 9:45 am290 views The Supreme Court has to consider public opinion and its popularity in deciding politically divisive cases, says a University of Illinois political scientist.Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalizationMay 6, 2019 10:15 am1323 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book.