blog postsApp Authors gives elementary students programming experienceFeb 28, 2017 9:30 am336 views A program designed by researchers at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences gives students experience in coding and in using technology to solve problems through building their own phone apps. Women have played major role in history -- from the start, authors assertFeb 5, 2007 9:00 am318 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hold on to your bearskin hats and your macramé snoods, readers: You are in for a wild verbal ride through your deep, deep past.How did Little Golden Books revolutionize children's publishing?Sep 18, 2008 9:00 am311 views A Minute With™... Christine Jenkins, the director of the Center for Children's BooksHow has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am307 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertisingProfessor chronicles how Big Ten brought order to college football, then lost its wayApr 25, 2018 10:45 am304 views U. of I. historian Winton Solberg tells the story of the Big Ten’s first half-century, focusing on the organizers and issues rather than on-the-field action.Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crimeJan 7, 2015 9:00 am299 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.IPRH’s ‘Cell Phone Slam!’ rescheduled for March 9Mar 2, 2016 5:30 pm297 views IPRH has rescheduled its "Cell Phone Slam!" for 4 p.m. March 9 in the IPRH Lecture Hall at the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.Volume collects lost stories of underground railroadFeb 13, 2004 9:00 am294 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Long-lost stories about one of the most complex, secretive, dangerous and successful collaborations among black freemen, slaves and white abolitionists are told in a new book, "Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad" (Ivan R. Dee).Guide to children’s books offers a diverse range of suggestions for gift giversDec 14, 2016 1:15 pm294 views Books are great gifts, and the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois can help gift givers find the right book for the young people on their lists.An informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am293 views An informatics approach can help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.Washington University expert on religion, politics to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2018 8:15 am289 views R. Marie Griffith, the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will talk about political and religious disagreements surrounding sex when she delivers the annual Majorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Local development often at odds with regional land use plans, experts sayAug 21, 2015 9:00 am283 views A land use plan adopted for the Sacramento, California, region aimed to get local governments to plan together for development in a way that discouraged sprawl. But the plan did little to check growth on the fringes of cities, and local governments continued to make development decisions based on their own economic self-interests, said University of Illinois researchers Dustin Allred and Arnab Chakraborty.Some online video games found to promote 'sociability,' researchers sayAug 16, 2006 9:00 am276 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hang in there, parents. There is some hopeful news on the video-gaming front.Human Library offers an opportunity for conversations to challenge stereotypesSep 16, 2016 9:15 am275 views A project called the Human Library is designed to challenge stereotypes by bringing people together to talk. A newly formed Champaign-Urbana chapter of the Human Library will hold its first event Sept. 22 as part of the Pygmalion Festival.Industrial design: Illinois' long history with the art of the inevitableJul 18, 2013 9:00 am268 views Toward the end of her freshman year at the U. of I., Michelle Kwak found herself floundering. Having aced all her advanced placement classes at Lemont High School (in suburban Chicago), she was caught off-guard by the rigors of her engineering courses, and turned to one of her deans for guidance. He knew that Kwak considered art her main hobby, and suggested that she check out industrial design - a program she had never heard of.How will Pope Francis be received by the U.S. Congress?Sep 22, 2015 9:30 am260 views A Minute With...™ Valerie Hotchkiss, expert on religion and medieval studiesFamed Stradivari instruments coming to U. of I. for display and performancesOct 11, 2006 9:00 am258 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a University of Illinois alumna returns to her alma mater later this month, her executive jet will reach what musicians might call stradospheric heights.The long history of Latinos in Major League BaseballApr 4, 2011 9:00 am238 views A Minute With™... history professor Adrian Burgos Jr.Organ donor promotion at DMV brings increase in registrationsOct 9, 2013 9:00 am237 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 90 percent of the public supports organ donation, yet less than half the population registers as donors, surveys show.Germanic languages and literatures professor named Getty Residential ScholarMay 4, 2018 8:00 am234 views Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant. She’ll use the residency to work on her book on the relationship between public monuments and cultural politics in the city of Nuernberg.How does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children?Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am232 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social workPrinceton professor of religion and African American Studies Eddie Glaude to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2017 9:00 am226 views Eddie Glaude, a professor of religion and African American Studies of Princeton University, will speak about W.E.B. Du Bois’ views on religion in the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Many new immigrants to U.S. change diet -- and not for the betterFeb 9, 2006 9:00 am225 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Coming to the land of milk and honey can be hazardous to new immigrants' diet and health.Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, librariesFeb 13, 2015 9:00 am224 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While it may be tempting to dismiss as a censor anyone who wants to restrict access to a book, such individuals understand that books are powerful and have the potential to change lives, said Emily Knox, who recently wrote about the people who raise challenges to reading material.Access to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings, says U. of I. library and information science professorJul 10, 2015 9:00 am219 views Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper.New biography on H.G. Wells focuses on late-life lovesDec 20, 2001 9:00 am217 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. That H.G. Wells' intelligence was rivaled only by his appetite for women has never been a secret.Five Illinois scholars awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 9, 2014 9:00 am208 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.How the massive mudslide in Oso, Washington, might have been preventedMar 28, 2014 9:00 am199 views A Minute With™... Rob Olshansky, a professor of urban and regional planningHistorian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquestApr 23, 2015 9:15 am190 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.Researchers posit new ideas about human migration from Asia to AmericasOct 25, 2007 9:00 am189 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Questions about human migration from Asia to the Americas have perplexed anthropologists for decades, but as scenarios about the peopling of the New World come and go, the big questions have remained. Do the ancestors of Native Americans derive from only a small number of "founders" who trekked to the Americas via the Bering land bridge? How did their migration to the New World proceed? What, if anything, did the climate have to do with their migration? And what took them so long?U. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am185 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. There are explosions, a superhero climbing up the outside of a building and another breathing what appears to be green fire.Floral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiserApr 1, 2015 9:00 am179 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will soon display a different kind of artwork. Its annual Petals & Paintings exhibition takes place April 11-12, with an opening gala April 10. The exhibition will feature 21 floral designs that complement or respond to a piece of artwork in the museum.IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Bio-Humanities Fellowships, new research group announcedApr 18, 2016 10:45 am175 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its inaugural 2016-18 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities and its 2016–17 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities.New book examines savagery in colonial Japanese literary worksSep 13, 2010 9:00 am174 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sometimes depicted as "noble savages" to be revered, other times as murderous brutes to be subdued or eradicated, indigenous peoples were the foils against which colonial powers defined modern, civilized society, and which they used to legitimize military conquest, political control and financial exploitation during periods of imperial expansion.Why did St. Patrick's Day become such a big deal in America?Mar 15, 2010 9:00 am169 views A Minute With™... historian James BarrettHow we view Lincoln may say more about us than him, says scholar of photo historyApr 2, 2015 9:00 am169 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.Schools failing to accommodate teens who are pregnant or new mothersApr 23, 2004 9:00 am169 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Title IX legislation of 1972 has been celebrated for the dramatic benefits it brought to girls in school sports.With booming economy in China comes unexpected offshoot: beauty pageantsSep 20, 2007 9:00 am166 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There she is ... Miss China?How are anthropological studies of witchcraft relevant today?Oct 27, 2008 9:00 am165 views A Minute With™... anthropology professor Alma GottliebJFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am161 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communicationExhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am161 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois English professor Ted Underwood recently wrapped up a research project involving more than 4,200 books. Since that work revealed dramatic shifts in the English language between the 18th and 19th centuries, he's now expanding his research to include more than 470,000 books - almost every English language book written during that era and preserved in a university library.U. of I. Library's Project Unica preserves books so rare they exist in only one copyApr 29, 2014 9:15 am159 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Among librarians and booksellers, hymnals and children’s books are infamous for their low survival rate, as a result of overuse and abuse. So when the staff at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library found an eight-page unbound copy of the ABCs and common prayers published in 1536 – more than 450 years ago – they immediately ran the title through several international databases to see if any other libraries had a copy. None did.Book Corner: Exploring the future of cities: Tall buildings and urban designMay 2, 2013 9:00 am159 views Five years ago, with a Fulbright Fellowship funding his summer study in Malta, U. of I. architecture professor Mir Ali agreed to assist the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority and the University of Malta in determining whether more skyscrapers should be built in the tiny island nation. As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Malta consists of a group of islands, the largest of which is the "rock" just off the toe of Italy. The Republic of Malta's government had received close to 50 proposals from developers wanting to build high-rise office buildings, hotels and condominiums.'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The End of the Tour," a new film about a journalist's five insightful days with "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace, will be among the featured films at this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, running April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana.Report details episodes of racial stereotyping in the classroom, offers recommendations to combat itMay 4, 2015 9:00 am155 views Students of color at the University of Illinois say they hear racist remarks, are subjected to stereotypes, feel excluded in group projects or receive other negative messages based on race, according to a new report on race relations.New art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am154 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27. Four exhibitions will open that evening, including a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Nnenna Okore, current work by U. of I. faculty members, and two collection-based shows. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m.Strindberg frustrated by 19th-century gender conventions, scholar saysDec 7, 2006 9:00 am144 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Misunderstood genius or misogynist? Playwright or novelist? Alchemist or artist? Beyond being the unquestioned father of modern prose drama, who was the real August Strindberg and what was he really trying to communicate?New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impactMar 20, 2014 9:00 am142 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D'Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you're wrong. Wood's focus is Tambora - a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as "super colossal" on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora's destructive power.$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am140 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.Parents need to listen to their teens before the teens will listen to themMar 18, 2004 9:00 am139 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those public service ads that advise parents to "just talk to their teenagers about drugs - they'll listen" should come with a warning label, says the author of a new and path-breaking study.