blog postsWhat was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2180 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.The heartland always a place of global connection, not isolation, author saysApr 10, 2019 10:00 am725 views An Illinois historian dug into the history of the Midwest and found it’s never been the insular place of heartland myth, but full of global connections.Illinois history professor awarded ACLS FellowshipApr 3, 2019 10:30 am383 views University of Illinois history professor Marsha Barrett has been awarded a prestigious ACLS Fellowship.Study: Families spend half of their evening meal distracted by technology, tasksApr 1, 2019 8:45 am791 views When families gather for dinner at night, they spend nearly half of their time distracted by electronic devices, toys and tasks that take them physically or mentally away from the table, a new study at the University of Illinois found.'Brexit' is coming – or maybe not. Why is this happening?Mar 26, 2019 10:30 am633 views An Illinois political science professor explains some of the forces behind “Brexit” and why it’s so difficult.Study suggests how, when to support military couples after homecomingMar 25, 2019 10:15 am567 views A study of more than 500 military couples in the months after a deployment suggests how and when to help with the transition.Events focus on perinatal mental, physical healthMar 21, 2019 10:45 am737 views An expo, national symposium and film screening are planned in Champaign to heighten awareness of women’s mental and physical health during and after pregnancy. The IDEA Women's Health Coalition is planning the events.Chicago's Large Lot Program sowing change in inner-city communitiesMar 19, 2019 2:30 pm1479 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.The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?Mar 8, 2019 9:45 am1805 views The Midwest has a new national park at Indiana Dunes, and a University of Illinois professor explains how it happened and why the park is valuable.Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked diseaseMar 7, 2019 11:45 am331 views A study co-written by Theodore P. Cross, a senior research specialist in social work at the University of Illinois, examines the impact on families' coping when a child is diagnosed with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis.Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behaviorFeb 27, 2019 11:00 am6593 views In many societies, teenagers are repeatedly told – by adults, peers and popular media – that teens are more likely than younger children to take risks, ignore their parents, skip schoolwork and succumb to bad influences. But stereotypes are not destiny, a new study of Chinese middle school students suggests.Study: White parents who feel left behind by today’s economy favor harsher parenting practicesFeb 18, 2019 8:15 am604 views White parents who feel that they’re falling through the cracks of today’s economy may be more likely to believe in authoritarian parenting practices such as spanking and demanding obedience, a new study found.What do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?Feb 11, 2019 11:15 am581 views E-cigarettes carry mixed messages about benefit and risk, but they’re relatively untested products with uncertain long-term health outcomes, says an Illinois professor who has studied health communication issues around vaping.What might come of Venezuela’s political crisis?Feb 5, 2019 12:15 pm568 views Illinois political scientist Damarys Canache discusses the history and politics behind the crisis of two presidents in Venezuela.What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am628 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.'Revealing Greater Cahokia' details research on ancient North American metropolisJan 22, 2019 8:15 am2849 views With a population between 10,000 and 30,000 in its heyday (A.D. 1050-1200) and a sprawling assortment of homes, storage buildings, temples, cemeteries, mounds and other monuments in and around what is now St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois, the ancient Native American city known as Greater Cahokia was the first experiment in urban living in North America. A new book, “Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America’s First Native City,” offers the most complete picture yet of a decade of archaeological research on a little-known part of the larger city and its precincts in East St. Louis.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm2369 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.Home-packed lunches include more vegetables if children help, study findsDec 18, 2018 10:45 am1125 views The number of vegetables in childrens’ home-packed lunches increased if they participated in deciding what foods to include, a University of Illinois researcher found in a new study.What’s it take to get asylum? And what’s driving those seeking it?Dec 13, 2018 10:30 am944 views An Illinois professor who has aided in asylum cases talks about the criteria, changes in the process and why Central Americans are seeking this protection.Coping skills program for disaster survivors tested with children living in chronic povertyDec 10, 2018 11:30 am554 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.Study: Early career choices appear to influence personalityDec 10, 2018 8:15 am3346 views In the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, 16-year-old students in middle-track schools decide whether to stay in school to pursue an academic career or enroll in a vocational training program. A new study offers evidence that the path they choose influences their personality years later.Planning processes for Chicago's 606 Trail spawned gentrification, study findsDec 7, 2018 8:00 am375 views A new study examines the planning processes associated with Chicago's 606 Trail and concludes that delegating management of the project to a nonprofit may have made gentrification the most likely outcome.Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?Dec 6, 2018 10:30 am303 views With the “Land of Lincoln” celebrating its bicentennial, a historian looks at the influence of four Illinois-connected presidents.Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study findsDec 3, 2018 9:30 am787 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.Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with childrenNov 26, 2018 3:00 pm2253 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10295 views Parents who talk to their children about nonviolent conflict resolution reduce children’s likelihood of abusing their dating partners – even if parents give contradictory messages advocating violence in some situations.Checks and balances, presidential power the topics of Nov. 29 Cline SymposiumNov 15, 2018 11:00 am213 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.Historian tells new story about England’s venerated ‘Domesday Book’Nov 13, 2018 10:15 am1535 views An Illinois historian tells a new story about England’s famous “Domesday Book” and what it tells us about the trauma of the Norman conquest.E-cigarette use rising dramatically among Illinois teens, survey findsNov 8, 2018 8:00 am1246 views The use of electronic cigarettes has increased by 65 percent among sophomores and by 45 percent among seniors in Illinois high schools over the past two years, according to this year's Illinois Youth Survey.Communities with less variety in housing types have higher foreclosure rates, say Illinois researchersNov 6, 2018 8:45 am716 views Illinois researchers find that less variety in housing types leads to less stability and higher rates of foreclosures.Study: Culture strongly influences coping behaviors after natural disastersNov 2, 2018 11:45 am573 views Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence young people's coping styles after a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover, a new study found.EU ambassador to speak Nov. 9 as part of EU Day at IllinoisNov 1, 2018 2:15 pm325 views The EU’s ambassador to the U.S. will discuss the U.K. Brexit process and transatlantic relations as part of EU Day on Nov. 9.What does Brazil’s recent election mean for its future?Nov 1, 2018 10:15 am506 views Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.Polling and the election: What to believe?Oct 29, 2018 10:00 am399 views With a much-anticipated midterm just a week away, political scientist Brian Gaines suggests we check some common assumptions about polling.How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites?Oct 26, 2018 3:15 pm978 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade explores the prevalence and impact of racialized sexual discrimination on sexual networking websites used by gay or bisexual men of color.How worried should we be about the 2020 census?Oct 18, 2018 2:00 pm1321 views An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am1502 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.Honey bee researcher Gene Robinson elected to National Academy of MedicineOct 15, 2018 8:15 am2163 views Entomology professor Gene Robinson, an international leader in honey bee research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine “for pioneering contributions to understanding the roles of genes in social behavior.” Robinson directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Study: Online positive psychology exercises improve quality of life in hemodialysis patientsOct 9, 2018 1:00 pm811 views Kidney dialysis patients who engage in technology-based positive psychology exercises during their treatments may significantly improve their depressive symptoms and quality of life, a new study found.Illinois sociologist wins MacArthur fellowshipOct 4, 2018 11:45 am2294 views Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has been named the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur fellowship, or “genius grant.”Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author saysOct 1, 2018 11:45 am765 views An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best.Study: Los Angeles nonprofits improving park access for marginalized residentsSep 20, 2018 2:15 pm533 views A coalition of nonprofits in Los Angeles led a park-equity movement that shifted California’s funding priorities and brought green spaces closer to the homes of low-income people of color, a new study found.Ebert Symposium to feature IMAX film, astronaut videographer, storytelling with dataSep 13, 2018 10:15 am885 views The first Roger Ebert Symposium will explore the cinematic presentation of science with help from an IMAX film shot from space, a former astronaut and a diverse group of academics and experts.Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study findsSep 3, 2018 2:00 pm1254 views A new study finds that 21-month-old infants can distinguish between respect-based power asserted by a leader and fear-based power wielded by a bully.Study: Denver’s inequities in park access traced to segregation, funding policiesAug 31, 2018 11:30 am383 views Exclusionary zoning codes and funding policies that favored wealthy white neighborhoods explain why some Denver residents have less access to the city's parks, a University of Illinois researcher found. College towns important to alumni’s enjoyment of homecoming events, study findsAug 31, 2018 8:30 am767 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.Ancient African herders had lasting ecological impact on grazed landsAug 29, 2018 12:00 pm601 views Ancient animal herders added to the ecological richness and diversity of the African savanna thousands of years ago – an effect that persists to the present day, a new study finds. The herders’ practice of penning their cattle, goats and sheep at night created nutrient-rich grassy glades, called hotspots, that still attract wildlife and have increased habitat diversity in the region, researchers report in the journal Nature.College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industryAug 24, 2018 12:15 pm808 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.Many young adults lack financial literacy, economic stability, study findsAug 24, 2018 9:30 am2913 views Many youths lack financial literacy and money-management skills, indicating an urgent need for educational programs that will help them enter adulthood better equipped to handle their financial affairs, a new study found.A professor not afraid to cross academic boundariesAug 23, 2018 11:30 am875 views Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall is focused on issues of poverty, inequality and violence, but crosses many academic boundaries in search of answers.