blog postsPreschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am2637 views Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar saysJun 17, 2008 9:00 am2621 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.What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 9:15 am2620 views There’s a long history of scapegoating marginalized people in epidemics, and of seeing difference in the way those of different races respond to disease, says Rana Hogarth, a U. of I. professor who studies the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am2605 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.Why the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2581 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’May 1, 2018 12:45 pm2553 views By the time boys who are dubbed class clowns reach third grade, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle -- and view themselves as social failures -- as classmates’ disapproval of their behavior grows, a new study found.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am2491 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."How has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am2428 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertisingWhat's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 10:00 am2427 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois.The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?Mar 8, 2019 9:45 am2373 views The Midwest has a new national park at Indiana Dunes, and a University of Illinois professor explains how it happened and why the park is valuable.Illinois sociologist wins MacArthur fellowshipOct 4, 2018 11:45 am2317 views Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has been named the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur fellowship, or “genius grant.”Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with childrenNov 26, 2018 3:00 pm2310 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.Paper: Underemployment pervasive for part-time workers in IllinoisJan 14, 2021 8:00 am2290 views As many as 61% of hourly workers in Illinois are underemployed, underscoring the need for the state to adopt a fair-workweek law, says Alison Dickson, a senior instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am2289 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Distracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am2285 views A new study offers evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task as is the ease with which the task is done.Team creates game-based virtual archaeology field schoolJan 29, 2020 8:00 am2281 views Before they can get started at their field site – a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts – 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport. This is ANTH 399, a course designed to bring the archaeological field school experience to undergraduate students who never leave campus.Comparing the '60s civil rights movement and today's gay rights movementJul 2, 2013 9:00 am2266 views A Minute With™... Illinois history professor Kevin MumfordWhat was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2264 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.How does sexual harassment affect young women in physics?Apr 23, 2019 10:30 am2243 views In a study reported in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research, nearly 75% of 471 undergraduate women in physics who responded to a survey offered during a professional conference reported having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment – mostly gender harassment – in their field. U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy, a co-author of the report, talked to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the study, which also examined the respondents’ feelings of belonging and legitimacy as scientists and scholars.Honey bee researcher Gene Robinson elected to National Academy of MedicineOct 15, 2018 8:15 am2238 views Entomology professor Gene Robinson, an international leader in honey bee research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine “for pioneering contributions to understanding the roles of genes in social behavior.” Robinson directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am2192 views By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. They hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.Egypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we thinkJun 15, 2015 9:00 am2171 views Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehaviorJul 29, 2019 9:15 am2166 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior.In person or by mail? What to consider in choosing how to voteSep 14, 2020 10:00 am2120 views Voters this fall must determine not only who they’re voting for, but also the safest way to cast a ballot. Brian Gaines, a political science professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, maps out some risks to consider and mistakes to avoid. He also cautions against leaping to conclusions about any alleged irregularities on Election Day.Vacations part of Soviet Union's 'good life,' with Sochi the dream resortJun 3, 2013 9:00 am2104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Soviet Union had its Gulag. It also had its seaside resorts.Your personality plays a role in your political behavior, author saysJul 27, 2010 9:00 am2090 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Our personalities play a role in every aspect of our lives, from friendships to hobbies, from whom we marry to what we do for a living.Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study findsJan 8, 2015 9:00 am2084 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am2071 views An expert on the growing role of drones in warfare and terrorism discusses the implications of the recent killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani in a Q&A.Parental involvement in children's schooling consistently beneficial, study findsJun 20, 2019 9:45 am2062 views In a new study of more than 480,800 families, psychologists at the University of Illinois found that the more involved parents were in their children’s schooling, the better the children’s adjustment.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm2027 views Gender differences in vocational interests increase drastically during puberty but tend to decrease across the lifespan, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a new study.Distracted learning a big problem, golden opportunity for educators, studentsOct 13, 2020 11:00 am2005 views Experts say media multitasking negatively impacts learning, but many students believe they're immune to these effects because they're good multitaskers, according to a review paper by U. of I. professor Shelly J. Schmidt.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am1974 views A new book by Illinois information sciences professors Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter tells how a former slave founded an integrated town in western Illinois that became a station on the Underground Railroad.How to foster children’s learning while sheltering at homeApr 6, 2020 8:30 am1897 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1864 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am1850 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismHistorian tells new story about England’s venerated ‘Domesday Book’Nov 13, 2018 10:15 am1838 views An Illinois historian tells a new story about England’s famous “Domesday Book” and what it tells us about the trauma of the Norman conquest.Study: Religion, psychology share methods for reducing distressJan 8, 2021 9:00 am1802 views Religious people facing life crises rely on emotion-regulation strategies that psychologists also use, a new study finds. They look for positive ways of thinking about hardship, a practice known to psychologists as “cognitive reappraisal.” They also tend to have confidence in their ability to cope with difficulty, a trait called “coping self-efficacy.” Both have been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.Rat study reveals long-term effects of adolescent amphetamine abuse on the brainMar 30, 2016 9:15 am1791 views A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at an age corresponding to human adolescence experience long-term changes in brain function that persist into adulthood.'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am1790 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesThe social trends behind the '12 Years a Slave' storyOct 23, 2013 9:00 am1787 views A Minute With™... Ronald Bailey the head of the African American studies department at the University of IllinoisChildren from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1781 views Children in poverty from chaotic homes have better cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes if they spent 35 or more hours weekly in child care.Illinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1779 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization?Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am1732 views A global response, such as that organized by the World Health Organization, is needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ian Brooks, a research scientist whose focus is global health informatics.Historian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am1723 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1718 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1698 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”Study: Supreme Court decision complicates prosecuting child abusersJul 19, 2017 11:15 am1674 views A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than 200 prosecutors.What makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1671 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.Chicago's Large Lot Program sowing change in inner-city communitiesMar 19, 2019 2:30 pm1663 views Chicago's Large Lot Program is promoting positive changes in inner-city neighborhoods by allowing residents to buy and repurpose vacant lots that have been plagued by crime and other problems, U. of I. researchers found.Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggestsNov 29, 2017 9:45 am1610 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.