blog postsPlacebo effect largely ignored in psychological intervention studiesJul 9, 2013 3:00 pm101 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Many brain-training companies tout the scientific backing of their products – the laboratory studies that reveal how their programs improve your brainpower. But according to a new report, most intervention studies like these have a critical flaw: They do not adequately account for the placebo effect.Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconductMar 18, 2015 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what's now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.Program helping poor in India become better informed buyers, sellersMar 19, 2007 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois professor has started a grassroots program to help poor people in India improve their consumer and business skills.Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefitsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.Market failure to blame for sex discrimination at Wal-MartJun 15, 2011 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wal-Mart's relentless pursuit of efficiency has yet to fully extend to its own workforce, as sex discrimination is still a major issue for the ubiquitous big-box giant, according to research published by a University of Illinois expert in employment discrimination.Expert: Cutting-edge gains not always death knell for old-guard firmsNov 27, 2007 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For every technological breakthrough that spawns new industry giants such as Microsoft or Intel, old-guard companies wither or die, according to an evolutionary theory of capitalism embraced for well over a half-century.Study takes rare look at how materialism develops in the youngDec 11, 2006 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Christmas approaches, many people blame advertising for stoking the desire among teenagers to own the latest and best in computers, clothes, toys, video games, jewelry, sports equipment and cosmetics.Vikram Amar, noted constitutional law scholar, named dean of U. of I. College of LawJul 6, 2015 9:00 am87 views Vikram Amar has been named the 13th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.Tax changes loom for state of Illinois ahead of budget address, expert saysFeb 17, 2015 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.Students at Illinois devise plan to redevelop abandoned coke oven plantApr 1, 2005 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The task was to create a range of alternatives for redeveloping a derelict vestige of Chicago's once booming steel industry. The time frame: four days.Research: NCAA football exploits players in 'invisible labor market'Aug 23, 2012 9:00 am68 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - College football exploits players in an "invisible labor market," and the only plausible way for student-athletes to address their interests is the credible threat of unionization, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Study: NCAA eventually prevails in most student-athlete lawsuitsJul 7, 2014 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When student-athletes sue the NCAA, they win the initial round of litigation almost half of the time. But according to a new study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics, the NCAA eventually wins more than 70 percent of the time on appeal - a finding that could pressure both groups to adopt a new model for amateur athletics that more closely aligns itself with the employment relationship.Are state proposals for pension reform constitutional?Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am65 views A Minute With™... law professors John D. Colombo and Laurie ReynoldsStudy: Crop diversity myths persist in mediaNov 2, 2011 9:00 am59 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth, according to a forthcoming study by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.John D. Colombo named interim dean of U. of I. College of LawMay 1, 2014 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor, has been named interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 14 board meeting in Springfield.Public employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert saysMar 24, 2015 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.Paper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparationsJun 30, 2015 9:00 am56 views A new approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals, says a paper from Patrick Keenan, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in international criminal law.Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels marketJul 21, 2011 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new research at the University of Illinois.Sarbanes-Oxley Act unfair when company is bankrupt, law scholar saysAug 16, 2005 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - sometimes referred to as SOX - has come under heavy fire from business groups for adding to the cost of annual corporate audits. Another problem with the law is its encroachment on the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to an article in the University of Illinois Law Review.What can Illinois' new criminal justice reform commission accomplish?Feb 17, 2015 10:15 am53 views Eric A.Johnson, expert on criminal law and procedureStar status among financial analysts overrated, new study saysApr 10, 2008 9:00 am50 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some Wall Street analysts are hailed as stars, packing enough wallop to send stock prices soaring or tumbling as their earnings forecasts ripple through a growing landscape of financial news outlets.Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'Mar 3, 2014 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A seemingly innocuous proposal that would allow litigants to withhold evidence during the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for large corporations to conceal information in lawsuits, according to a University of Illinois expert in civil procedure.The possible national, long-term effects of Wisconsin's labor legislationMar 1, 2011 9:00 am45 views A Minute With™... labor and employment relations professor Ariel AvgarLabor relations expert: The NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuitApr 7, 2014 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A labor dispute serves the NCAA's interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for timeAug 13, 2014 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.New business facility at Illinois blends instruction, sustainabilityAug 19, 2008 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois business students will study this fall in a new, $60 million-plus building filled with high-tech classrooms, counseling and career services, and a state-of-the-art laboratory that simulates real-time market trading.Scholar questions sanctioning of gambling on U.S. military basesMay 13, 2004 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - She served at the naval station at Keflavik, Iceland, and in the cold and darkness of the arctic winter fed quarter after quarter into slot machines on the U.S. military base. Some nights Senior Airman Lenyatta Tinnelle won. But over the course of a year she lost $28,000.Law needs to be changed to make it easier to prosecute domestic violenceDec 23, 2003 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To deal effectively with domestic violence offenders, criminal laws should be changed to include the kind of evidence now admissible for prosecuting child molesters and rapists, a scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues.Study: Renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealedOct 14, 2013 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should minimally modify - and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal - the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers.Center to focus on entrepreneurial education as academic disciplineMar 4, 2004 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Developing entrepreneurial education as an academic discipline is the goal of a center being established by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Scholar's plan addresses 'spousal refusal,' nursing-home cost burdenApr 2, 2007 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Spousal refusal, an increasingly popular way for elderly couples to qualify for Medicaid coverage to avoid nursing-home costs, has been painted by critics as an abuse of public funds.Rise of unincorporated businesses linked to regulatory, ethical issuesAug 22, 2005 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rapid expansion of non-incorporated businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), raises questions ranging from government regulation to professional ethics, according to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.GM, Chrysler bankruptcies created troubling legacy, legal scholars sayNov 10, 2010 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcy reorganizations represented a sea change in corporate restructuring, one that could portend the end of our current system of bankruptcy reorganization, according to a published article by two University of Illinois experts in bankruptcy law.Internet opens new avenues for con artists seeking to bilk the elderlyMar 23, 2007 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As more elderly Americans use the Internet, the potential for Internet fraud that targets the elderly grows, according to an article in the latest issue of the Elder Law Journal.Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraintsFeb 27, 2014 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The viability of the bioenergy crops industry could be strengthened by regulatory efforts to address nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. That, in turn, means that the industry should be strategic in developing metrics that measure the ability to enact positive changes in agricultural landscapes, particularly through second-generation perennial crops, according to a paper by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.Does the U.S. need 'potty parity' legislation?Jul 16, 2010 9:00 am36 views A Minute With™... Kathryn Anthony, a professor in the School of ArchitectureInterpreting the Supreme Court's health care rulingJul 2, 2012 9:00 am35 views A Minute With™... Kurt T. Lash, the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law at IllinoisWhy did the European Union deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?Oct 16, 2012 9:00 am34 views A Minute With™... Bryan Endres, the director of the European Union Center and a professor of agricultural lawIllinois' pending parental notification law for minors seeking abortionsJun 24, 2010 9:00 am33 views A Minute With™... Leslie J. Reagan, a professor of law, of history and of women's studiesGun rights still fuzzy despite high court ruling, U. of I. expert saysJun 28, 2010 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The long-debated question over the right to bear arms remains unsettled despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extends Second Amendment guarantees to state and local gun-control laws, a University of Illinois legal expert says.Income inequality partially driven by tax laws, University of Illinois expert saysApr 29, 2014 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Income inequality is partly a self-inflicted problem, and elected officials have used the law to exacerbate the problem, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.Economics students to compete in College Fed ChallengeNov 4, 2008 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of University of Illinois economics students will compete Nov. 10 in the district finals of the College Fed Challenge, a national contest promoting the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy.U.S. forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targetsJun 13, 2013 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In order to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must change to address environmental sustainability issues, according to an article by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.Labor expert: Hospitals at risk of no-show health care workers during Ebola outbreakOct 14, 2014 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hospitals and other health care agencies are at risk of doctors, nurses, janitors and other essential workers walking off the job during an infectious disease outbreak, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.Loser-pays-all rule in criminal cases could work for wealthy defendantsNov 5, 2012 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adopting a loser-pays-all rule for criminal litigation would likely be feasible only if the rule applied to defendants who are wealthy, says a study from a University of Illinois law professor.Expert: Keep consumer protection agency free of 'regulatory capture'Jan 9, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of "regulatory capture" is now more acute than ever, according to a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.Following Wall Street's lead can taint corporate reputations, study showsMay 30, 2008 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Corporate reputations take a beating when scandals erupt, faulty products force recalls or earnings tumble, yielding sell-offs that leave investors jittery.'Causal overdetermination' provides middle ground for courtsAug 21, 2013 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A disagreement among state courts on the subject of drunk-driving homicide can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove in these cases not that the driver's intoxication caused the fatal accident, but merely that it contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper by a University of Illinois expert on criminal law.The President's call to reform taxation on capital gainsJan 22, 2015 4:15 pm26 views Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at IllinoisStudy: News media bias can net mistakes at the ballot boxJun 25, 2008 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The media slant political news to the left or right to increase ratings and profits, spinning up an information vacuum that can lead to mistakes at the ballot box, a new study by three University of Illinois economists says.