blog postsVietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am1101 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3945 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Paper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental healthAug 11, 2017 9:00 am3663 views New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers’ and fathers’ psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities – and the amount of financial support they provide – conflict with conventional gender roles.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm1440 views An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm945 views Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women tend to be unrealistic, and their focus on women's bodies may may be detrimental to women and their infants, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholar Toni Liechty.Illinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am996 views John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, has received a selective NEH Public Scholar award less than six months after receiving the highest career award in the field of military history.States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patienceJul 31, 2017 10:15 am356 views State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am677 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesStudy: Supreme Court decision complicates prosecuting child abusersJul 19, 2017 11:15 am778 views A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than 200 prosecutors.Survey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am848 views In an online survey about their workplace experiences, 88 percent of academics, students, postdoctoral researchers and administrators in astronomy and planetary science reported hearing, experiencing or witnessing negative language or harassment relating to race, gender or other physical characteristics at work within the last five years. Of the 423 respondents, 39 percent reported having been verbally harassed and 9 percent said they had suffered physical harassment at work.Study: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East AsiansJul 5, 2017 10:15 am945 views Westerners view handshaking more positively than do East Asians, researchers report in a new study. Western men also rate handshakes initiated by men and women differently, the study found. Paper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughtsJun 30, 2017 9:15 am413 views New mothers who are in abusive relationships are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. Conducted with women in Brazil, the study is among a growing body of research to establish a link between suicidality and intimate partner violence among postpartum women in low- or middle-income countries.When will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am990 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am35517 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am1699 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that gang membership and criminality serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling youths' needs for excitement, belonging and social support.Paper: DNA may have only modest impact on sexual assault arrestsMay 23, 2017 9:30 am276 views Most arrests in sexual assault cases occur before crime laboratory results are available, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher found, suggesting that DNA testing may influence arrests in just a small number of cases.Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm464 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study.Historian wants readers to experience the Russian RevolutionMay 3, 2017 10:30 am470 views This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.Report: Even in death, indigenous border crossers marginalizedMay 2, 2017 4:30 pm540 views Of the hundreds of people who die trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico each year, those with indigenous backgrounds are less likely to be identified than those with more European ancestry, a new analysis reveals.Could France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm599 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.Is democracy on the wane in Turkey?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am554 views A recent vote on constitutional changes may mean Turkey is headed even further from its one-time status as a model for Islamic democracy.Science at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1269 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.Illinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am652 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1177 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.Tailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1421 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.How far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm358 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.Latino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am666 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm536 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the planIs it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am978 views Journalism professor Stephanie Craft: To be news literate, know how to judge a story’s credibility, and also be intentional in how you consume news and understand the forces that shape it.Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm696 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.What should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm417 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.What should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am539 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2881 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.Will the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm628 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1794 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Is Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm426 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1167 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.How could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm1014 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.Money in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm211 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.What should we know about the white working class?Oct 20, 2016 11:30 am483 views Descriptions of the white working-class often paint a one-dimensional picture, whereas the reality is more complex, says Illinois sociology professor Monica McDermott, the author of “Working-Class White.”Historian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am621 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.Delinquent youths with PTSD need individualized treatment, studies suggestOct 6, 2016 8:15 am565 views Juvenile offenders who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder are at 67 percent greater risk of entering substance abuse treatment within seven years, a new study led by a University of Illinois scholar found.Preschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am1896 views Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.Distracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am1980 views A new study offers evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task as is the ease with which the task is done.What makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1157 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.Review finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am792 views A systematic review of the scientific studies cited by brain-training companies as evidence that their products improve cognition in daily life finds no convincing evidence to support those claims. While people tend to improve on the specific tasks they practice, the researchers report, the conclusion that computerized brain-training programs yield broader cognitive benefits or improve real-world outcomes for their users is premature at best.Study links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am729 views A new study of older adults finds an association between higher blood levels of phosphatidylcholine, a source of the dietary nutrient choline, and the ability to regulate attention to manage competing tasks. The study also identified a brain structure that appears to play a role in this association.‘Culture of affluence’ complicates women’s help-seeking for domestic violenceSep 19, 2016 2:15 pm553 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.Professor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm564 views A University of Illinois professor who lived through the Iranian Revolution, included three years on death row in an infamous prison, reflects on the experience in a new autobiographic novel.Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1436 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.