blog posts What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking? Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am1621 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy. Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests Nov 29, 2017 9:45 am1613 views Those who are more news media literate are less likely to believe conspiracy theories, even ones that resonate with their politics, a study suggests. Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual men Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm1584 views 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 women, new moms unrealistic, study says Aug 7, 2017 1:30 pm1564 views 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. Smoking prevalent among pregnant women enrolled in Illinois WIC program, study finds Mar 18, 2020 10:00 am1547 views 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. Research tracks narcissism from young adulthood to middle age Sep 11, 2019 8:15 am1535 views 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. Tailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert says Mar 21, 2017 8:45 am1534 views 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. Latino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTN May 11, 2016 11:45 am1498 views 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. Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power? Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1486 views 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 Study adds new evidence that infants track others’ mental states May 7, 2018 7:00 am1484 views 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. Will anything ever change for the Kurds? Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm1460 views 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. Year-round distribution of Earned Income Tax Credit has significant benefits, says study Jan 7, 2016 9:45 am1453 views 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. Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist Sep 20, 2017 8:45 am1449 views 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. 'Positive illusions' in romantic relationships Dec 16, 2014 9:00 am1443 views A Minute With™... Brian Ogolsky, a professor of human development and family studies, who studies romantic relationships Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs Apr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1431 views 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. Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalization May 6, 2019 10:15 am1431 views 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 images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says study Feb 22, 2016 10:00 am1406 views 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. Illinois social work professor named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow Jul 29, 2019 8:30 am1391 views 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. Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differences Feb 6, 2018 9:45 am1390 views 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. How worried should we be about the 2020 census? Oct 18, 2018 2:00 pm1389 views An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says. Projects offer COVID-19 testing, explore virus transmission's social factors Dec 2, 2020 9:45 am1369 views 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 Nov 17, 2004 9:00 am1367 views 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 May 16, 2016 8:45 am1364 views 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. What does the Chicago Tribune sale mean for the future of newsrooms? Jun 2, 2021 8:00 am1364 views 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. U. of I. professor on White House team working to improve access to federal programs Nov 9, 2015 12:30 pm1361 views 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. Science at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planet Apr 17, 2017 8:30 am1357 views 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. New book contends that local newspapers bear brunt of news media's increasing elitism Jul 6, 2021 11:15 am1352 views 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. How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19? Apr 7, 2020 9:30 am1327 views 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 Jul 5, 2016 9:00 am1319 views 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 Nov 5, 2015 9:45 am1298 views 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. Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds Sep 3, 2018 2:00 pm1295 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. What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest? Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm1287 views 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. Online racial discrimination linked to depression, anxiety in teens Jan 8, 2009 9:00 am1285 views 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. What does refugee vetting look like on the ground? Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1276 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense. Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial wounds Jan 5, 2021 2:30 pm1269 views 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. Study: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidates Aug 4, 2015 9:00 am1266 views 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. How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions? Mar 23, 2020 2:30 pm1265 views 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-cigarette use rising dramatically among Illinois teens, survey finds Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am1259 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. Is autism a disorder, an identity or both? Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am1256 views 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. COVID-19 cases, deaths in U.S. increase with higher income inequality Jan 25, 2021 9:45 am1249 views 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. What should we make of Russia’s revolution now? Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am1246 views A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial. Do COVID-19 apps protect your privacy? Jun 8, 2020 1:00 pm1244 views Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don’t indicate the information will be secure. Gangs, violence rob inner-city kids of physical activity, study says Jul 27, 2011 9:00 am1220 views 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. Negative public images hamper child welfare investigators Mar 14, 2013 9:00 am1219 views 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. Today's immigration policies rooted in long history, author says Sep 22, 2020 11:45 am1214 views 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 Nov 8, 2010 9:00 am1211 views A Minute With™... Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites? Oct 26, 2018 3:15 pm1198 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. Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author says Oct 1, 2018 11:45 am1195 views An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best. Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality? Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1185 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin. Home-packed lunches include more vegetables if children help, study finds Dec 18, 2018 10:45 am1181 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.