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  • Illinois communication professor John Murphy’s new book examines the legacy of John F. Kennedy through his speeches.

    What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?

    An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.

  • U. of I. journalism professor Stephanie Craft has focused much of her recent work on news media literacy, trying to understand what people know about the news media and how it works, and how that influences attitudes about politics and civic engagement.

    Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests

    Those who are more news media literate are less likely to believe conspiracy theories, even ones that resonate with their politics, a study suggests.

  • Photo of University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade

    Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual men

    University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade is the co-creator of a new scale that enables researchers to assess the impact of racialized sexual discrimination on gay and bisexual men of color.

  • Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women are unrealistic and may heighten women’s self-consciousness and dissatisfaction with their bodies, women said in a new study led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Toni Liechty.

    Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study says

    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.

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign social work professor Karen M. Tabb and Brandon Meline, the director of maternal and child health management at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

    Smoking prevalent among pregnant women enrolled in Illinois WIC program, study finds

    Despite public-awareness campaigns about the potential health risks of smoking while pregnant, more than 15% of low-income women in Illinois may be lighting up anyway, a new study suggests.

  • University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and his colleagues found that, for most people, narcissism declines between young adulthood and middle age.

    Research tracks narcissism from young adulthood to middle age

    The belief that one is smarter, better looking, more successful and more deserving than others – a personality trait known as narcissism – tends to wane as a person matures, a new study confirms. But not for everyone, and not to the same extent.

  • University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Liza Berdychevsky found in a recent study that young women who take sexual risks when traveling fall into five different clusters, based on their motivations for these behaviors and their perceptions of the risks involved. Sexual health campaigns should leverage this diversity in developing messages that are tailored to the needs and beliefs of particular groups of young women, Berdychevsky said.

    Tailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert says

    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.

  • A new documentary tells the story of Latinos in American baseball, much of it through the research of a University of Illinois history professor.

    Latino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTN

    The history of Latinos in baseball is the subject of a new documentary, “Playing America’s Game,” which premieres Saturday, May 21, on the Big Ten Network. A production of BTN and the University of Illinois, the film profiles U. of I. history professor Adrian Burgos Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history.

  • Professor Anita Hund

    Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?

    News reports, social media campaigns such as #MeToo are raising awareness of sexual misconduct and helping survivors find their voices, says educational psychologist Anita Hund

  • A new brain-imaging study supports the idea that infants as young as 7 months have a basic grasp of other people’s true and false beliefs.

    Study adds new evidence that infants track others’ mental states

    A brain-imaging study offers new support for the idea that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs. When 7-month-old infants in the study viewed videos of an actor who saw – or failed to see – an object being moved to a new location, activity in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs changed in the infants, just as it did in adults watching the same videos.

  • The Kurds are unlikely to fully realize any hopes of autonomy, says Illinois political scientist Avital Livny, who specializes in the politics of religion and ethnicity in the Middle East.

    Will anything ever change for the Kurds?

    A U. of I. specialist on Middle Eastern politics explains why Kurds often feel they have “no friends but the mountains,” why they’re a political threat to Turkey’s president and motivations for the recent Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria.

  • The Earned Income Tax Credit is now only paid as a lump sum after tax return filing, but spacing it out over the course of the year can result in significantly lower borrowing, more stable finances and less financial stress for low- and moderate-income families, according to a recent study led by Ruby Mendenhall, a professor of sociology and of African American studies at Illinois.

    Year-round distribution of Earned Income Tax Credit has significant benefits, says study

    The Earned Income Tax Credit aids millions of Americans each year, lifting many out of poverty – but spacing it out in multiple payments could significantly reduce recipients’ dependence on payday loans and borrowing from friends and family, along with other benefits, suggests a recent University of Illinois study of a pilot program in Chicago.

  • Photo of U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin

    Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist

    Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

  • Brian Ogolsky

    'Positive illusions' in romantic relationships

    A Minute With™... Brian Ogolsky, a professor of human development and family studies, who studies romantic relationships

  • A team led by social work professor Kevin Tan, right, found in a recent study that girls are more likely than boys to struggle with significant academic, behavioral and social needs than boys during eighth and ninth grade. The team, left to right, includes graduate students Esther Shin, Gaurav Sinha and Yang Wang.

    Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs

    The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems as high school freshmen, a new study found.


  • Amanda Ciafone, a professor of media and cinema studies at Illinois, is the author of the book “Counter-Cola.”

    Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalization

    Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book.

  • Graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, like these approved for use in the U.S., may not have the desired effect, according to a University of Illinois study.

    Graphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says study

    Images of disease and suffering should move smokers to kick the habit – at least, that’s the thinking behind graphic warning labels used on cigarette packages in much of the world, and maybe someday in the U.S. According to a University of Illinois study, however, those graphic images may not be effective with many people who perceive them as a threat to their freedom, choice or autonomy.

  • Photo of University of Illinois social work professor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow for 2019-20 Liliane Windsor

    Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow

    Liliane Windsor, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • History professor Rana Hogarth's research focuses on the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.

    Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differences

    Physicians played a key role in defining racial differences in the age of slavery, planting ideas that have carried to the present day, says a U. of I. historian in a new book.

  • Demographer and Illinois professor of sociology Cynthia Buckley is part of The Census Project.

    How worried should we be about the 2020 census?

    An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says.

  • Man wearing face mask shown in car's side view mirror. In front of his car, workers wearing safety gear are preparing to test patients for COVID-19.

    Projects offer COVID-19 testing, explore virus transmission's social factors

    U. of I. researchers, local clinicians and volunteers are providing pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics in Rantoul, Illinois, to essential workers and other high-risk residents, and are exploring the behavioral factors behind infection clusters.

  • Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you build it, they will come ... with wallets bulging, eager to exchange greenbacks for peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and beer, and T-shirts and ball caps with team logos.

  • Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differences

    A new study reveals that police recruits and experienced officers are more likely than others to subscribe to colorblind racial beliefs – the notion that they – and people in general – see no differences among people from different racial groups and treat everyone the same.

  • Portrait of journalism professor Brant Houston.

    What does the Chicago Tribune sale mean for the future of newsrooms?

    As more newspapers are purchased by “vulture” hedge funds – highlighted by the recent acquisition of Tribune Publishing Co. by Alden Global Capital LLC  – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign journalism professor Brant Houston touts nonprofit news organizations as a viable alternative to traditional newspaper business models.

  • Political science professor Jake Bowers is spending the year on a White House team that uses social and behavioral science to aid government programs.

    U. of I. professor on White House team working to improve access to federal programs

    Jake Bowers, a University of Illinois political science professor, has been appointed to a White House team that’s applying insights from social and behavioral science to improve access to federal programs. Bowers began his stint with President Obama’s year-old Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) last month.

  • Illinois scientists are making advances in pharmaceutical chemistry (1); tracking invasive species (2) and emerging diseases (3); understanding pollinator biology, behavior and population status (4); exploring genomics (5); developing new imaging techniques (6); improving photosynthesis (7) and developing and harvesting biomass for bioenergy production (8).

    Science at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planet

    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.

  • Photo illustration of Dr. Nikki Usher and her new book.

    New book contends that local newspapers bear brunt of news media's increasing elitism

    A new book by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign journalism professor Nikki Usher examines the market failure of local newspapers in the context of larger U.S. problems such as rising social inequality, geographic polarization and political discord. In “News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism,” Usher posits that newspapers are becoming more focused on serving wealthy, white and politically liberal news consumers.

  • Communicating about risk in an epidemic can be a challenge, especially when comparing the levels of risk between different social groups, says Illinois communication professor Cabral Bigman.

    How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19?

    A key message coming through about COVID-19 is that older folks face much greater danger, but what does that suggest to the young? Cabral Bigman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about the challenge of “social comparison frames” in an epidemic.

  • Study: How we explain things influences what we think is right

    New research focuses on a fundamental human habit: When trying to explain something (why people give roses for Valentine’s Day, for example), we often focus on the traits of the thing itself (roses are pretty) and not its context (advertisers promote roses). In a new study, researchers found that people who tend to focus on “inherent traits” and ignore context also are more likely to assume that the patterns they see around them are good.

  • Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adults

    A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health – specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain – vary with fitness level in older adults.

  • In a new study, psychology professor Renee Baillargeon found that 21-month-old infants expect people to respond differently to leaders and bullies.

    Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds

    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.

  • Hong Kong’s protests grow out of the city’s unique history as a former British colony and Cold War cultural battleground, says Illinois historian Poshek Fu.

    What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?

    Hong Kong’s nearly four-month protest is only the latest in a series, all centered on concerns about retaining freedoms and gaining the right to choose the city’s leadership, says University of Illinois history professor Poshek Fu, a Hong Kong native and specialist on modern China. The current protest movement is notable, however, for its social media-driven, guerrillalike tactics, its longevity and the international attention it has received.

  • Educational psychologist Brendesha Tynes says adolescents are increasingly experiencing both individual and vicarious discrimination online, which in turn triggers stress, depression and anxiety.

    Online racial discrimination linked to depression, anxiety in teens

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the early days of the Internet, some scholars once predicted a lessening of racism and race-based discrimination in online interactions thanks to the anonymity and race-neutral nature of the medium. But according to a new study published by a University of Illinois professor who studies race and the Internet, adolescents are increasingly experiencing both individual and vicarious discrimination online, which in turn triggers stress, depression and anxiety.

  • Doctoral student Sophia Balakian

    What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?

    A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.

  • U. of I. social work professor Kevin Tan standing outside the Mahomet-Seymour School District building with director of instruction Nicole Rummel and superintendent Lindsey Hall, both of Mahomet-Seymour school district.

    Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial wounds

    U. of I. scholars are coordinating online parenting seminars and activities for students and staff members at two Illinois school systems that will explore the role of social and emotional learning in healing racial wounds. 

  • A new study says the sequential election format of the U.S. presidential primary is the best mechanism to select a candidate who would prevail in a head-to-head election against any one of the other candidates, says co-author and University of Illinois economist Mattias Polborn.

    Study: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidates

    As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone.

  • Photo of professor Kelly Tu

    How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions?

    Professor of human development and family studies Kelly Tu discusses ways parents can help children cope with the changes and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • E-cigarettes are introducing increasing numbers of Illinois teens to the habit of smoking, according to the most recent Illinois Youth Survey, which was conducted by senior research scientist Scott Hays of the University of Illinois Center for Prevention Research and Development.

    E-cigarette use rising dramatically among Illinois teens, survey finds

    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.

  • Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne, center, and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and rejects the medicalization of autism.

    Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?

    Speech and hearing science professor Laura DeThorne and doctoral students Henry Angulo and Veronica Vidal discuss how the neurodiversity movement recognizes autistic individuals’ unique experiences, skills and strengths, and resists the medicalization of autism.

  • Sociology professor Tim Liao led a recently published study that examined the association between inequality and COVID-19 cases and deaths in U.S. counties.

    COVID-19 cases, deaths in U.S. increase with higher income inequality

    U.S. counties with higher income inequality faced higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the earlier months of the pandemic, according to a new study led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign sociology professor Tim Liao. Counties with higher proportions of Black or Hispanic residents also had higher rates, the study found, reinforcing earlier research showing the disparate effects of the virus on those communities.

  • Professor Mark Steinberg

    What should we make of Russia’s revolution now?

    A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.

  • Masooda Bashir

    Do COVID-19 apps protect your privacy?

    Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don’t indicate the information will be secure.

  • Fear of crime prevents children in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood from engaging in many physical and recreational activities, including after-school programs and organized sports, according to a new study by Monika Stodolska, left, and Kimberly Shinew, professors in the department of recreation, sport and tourism.

    Gangs, violence rob inner-city kids of physical activity, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many of the adults living in Chicago's South Lawndale neighborhood are first-generation immigrants, raised in Latin American communities where people feel close to nature, leave their doors wide open to their neighbors and the outdoors is an extended space for socializing with the community.

  • Child welfare agencies struggling to increase parent engagement and counter negative stereotypes might consider enhancing social workers' communication skills and creating public service announcements, suggests a new study by, from left, researcher Jill C. Schreiber, Tamara Fuller and Megan Paceley.

    Negative public images hamper child welfare investigators

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even parents who have had no contact with child welfare agencies believe negative stereotypes about social workers and the likely outcomes of abuse or neglect investigations, misconceptions that complicate agencies' efforts to engage parents in interventions.

  • A. Naomi Paik, an Asian American studies professor at Illinois, lays out the long history behind current U.S. immigration policies in a new book.

    Today's immigration policies rooted in long history, author says

    No matter how one feels about current U.S. immigration policies, they did not come out of the blue but are based in a long history, says A. Naomi Paik, an Asian American studies professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She lays out aspects of that history in a new book.

  • Dual-earner families, gender roles, and the economic recession

    A Minute With™... Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations

  • University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade studies racialized sexual discrimination in the online world and the impact it has on gay or bisexual men of color who use dating websites.

    How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites?

    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.

  • Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is a professor and the director of the American Indian Studies Program at Illinois, as well as a professor of history.

    Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author says

    An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best.

  • There’s just not much evidence that more major legislation gets passed during periods when Congress and the presidency are held by the same party, says Illinois political scientist Tracy Sulkin.

    Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?

    Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.

  • University of Illinois postdoctoral research associate Carolyn Sutter found in a recent study that the number of vegetable servings increases when children participate in deciding what foods to pack in their school lunches.

    Home-packed lunches include more vegetables if children help, study finds

    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.