blog posts 75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust? Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am155299 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern Germany Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author says Mar 5, 2014 9:00 am65745 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." Journalists’ Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles Aug 5, 2020 9:30 am47190 views Washington, D.C., journalists are clustering not in one “Beltway bubble” but in a collection of “microbubbles,” based on a recent study of their Twitter postings. It means they “may be even more insular than previously thought,” say Illinois journalism professors Nikki Usher and Yee Man Margaret Ng. Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, products Jun 22, 2017 10:30 am39789 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. 'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S. Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am22862 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi Germany Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behavior Feb 27, 2019 11:00 am22585 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. When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents? Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am17862 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social worker Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War? Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am17042 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why? Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am17033 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. Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study finds Nov 16, 2018 10:15 am10319 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. Study shows diminished but ‘robust’ link between union decline, rise of inequality Aug 21, 2018 9:45 am8659 views A new study shows a diminished but “robust” link between the decline of unions and the rise in wage inequality. The movie 'Selma': Historically correct, if not historically accurate Jan 14, 2015 9:00 am7921 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. Do politics or protests have a place in sports? Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm7368 views A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protest The ethical dilemmas inherent in school social work Jul 6, 2010 9:00 am6416 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social worker Cocoa flavanols boost brain oxygenation, cognition in healthy adults Nov 24, 2020 4:00 am5567 views The brains of healthy adults recovered faster from a mild vascular challenge and performed better on complex tests if the participants consumed cocoa flavanols beforehand, researchers report. How has Twitter changed news coverage? Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am5551 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalism Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture May 14, 2020 8:15 am5520 views Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still a subject of debate. In a new study, scientists report that corn was not grown in the ancient metropolis of Cahokia until sometime between A.D. 900 and 1000, a relatively late date that corresponds to the start of the city’s rapid expansion. 'Revealing Greater Cahokia' details research on ancient North American metropolis Jan 22, 2019 8:15 am5419 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. No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study finds Oct 9, 2017 8:30 am5410 views Today’s college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study – not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study, reported in the journal Psychological Science, analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s. All of the students completed the Narcissism Personal Inventory, the oldest and most widely used measure of narcissism. Paper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental health Aug 11, 2017 9:00 am4823 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. Police Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biases Aug 1, 2016 9:15 am4673 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups. Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimization Aug 8, 2017 4:00 pm4507 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. JFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50 Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am4375 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communication How are drones changing warfare, threatening security? Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am4312 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare. Optimistic people sleep better, longer, study finds Aug 7, 2019 9:00 am4000 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. Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor says Mar 3, 2009 9:00 am3742 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the increased popularity of geek culture - movies based on comic books, video games, virtual worlds - and the ubiquity of computers, the geek's close cousin, the nerd, still suffers from a negative stereotype in popular culture. This may help explain why women and minorities are increasingly shying away from careers in information technology, says Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Historian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay men Mar 15, 2016 9:45 am3728 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.” First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact Jul 5, 2018 1:00 pm3714 views A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found. Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict? Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm3709 views Our biases, conscious and unconscious, influence how we process news of events like the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the media plays an important part in forming and reinforcing those biases, says Travis Dixon, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-being Sep 24, 2014 9:00 am3646 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. Group homes appear to double delinquency risk for foster kids, study says Feb 28, 2008 9:00 am3607 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Group homes are generally the placement of last resort for children in foster care, and also one of the most expensive options for state child-welfare agencies. Why not have one national primary election for presidential nominees? Feb 16, 2016 10:45 am3593 views A Minute With...™ Mattias Polborn, professor of economics and political science What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class? Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3578 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin Leicht New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear age Jan 14, 2019 2:30 pm3563 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age. Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange? Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3519 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. Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports Jan 6, 2017 10:30 am3431 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. Study: Early career choices appear to influence personality Dec 10, 2018 8:15 am3404 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. Many young adults lack financial literacy, economic stability, study finds Aug 24, 2018 9:30 am3219 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. Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youths May 23, 2017 9:45 am3119 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. How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am3039 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross. Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classrooms Feb 4, 2016 1:45 pm3029 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Why has Putin's Napoleonic 'cold charisma' made him so popular in Russia? Oct 9, 2015 11:30 am2969 views A Minute With...™ Richard Tempest, professor of Slavic languages and literatures Quality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study says Nov 12, 2008 9:00 am2953 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Commercial broadcasters are doing the "bare minimum and not much more" for children's educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now. Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggests Sep 22, 2015 10:00 am2948 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. Poor social, communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullying Oct 30, 2013 9:00 am2915 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Poor social and communication skills and psychosocial problems such as depression, low self-esteem and anger - all of which are often associated with disabilities - serve as risk factors for peer rejection and as predictors for bullying and victimization, according to a new study that was conducted at the University of Illinois. Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study finds Oct 18, 2017 9:00 am2879 views Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers. Study examines India's policies for financial inclusion of the unbanked May 5, 2020 10:00 am2829 views A new analysis examines why India has had limited success at bringing the unbanked into the formal economy despite numerous policy initiatives. Report identifies factors associated with harassment, abuse in academic fieldwork Oct 16, 2017 8:30 am2766 views College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Do they establish clear ground rules for the behavior of everyone on the team? Are the rules consistently enforced? According to a new report, such factors likely influence whether students will witness or experience harassment while working far from home. Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar says Jun 17, 2008 9:00 am2716 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seventy-five years after the Nazis rose to power, historians still struggle to explain how the Nazis could take such effective hold of Germany and bring it to such murderous extremes in war and in the Holocaust. Study: Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana site May 22, 2018 9:45 am2709 views A study of ancient mound builders who lived hundreds of years ago on the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers new insights into how Native peoples selected the landforms that supported their villages and earthen mounds – and why these sites were later abandoned.