blog postsWhat does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1177 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.What should we make of Russia’s revolution now?Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am1176 views A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.Poor social, communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullyingOct 30, 2013 9:00 am1168 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Poor social and communication skills and psychosocial problems such as depression, low self-esteem and anger - all of which are often associated with disabilities - serve as risk factors for peer rejection and as predictors for bullying and victimization, according to a new study that was conducted at the University of Illinois.Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1167 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adultsNov 5, 2015 9:45 am1165 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.Illinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1160 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.”What makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am1158 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.Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am1104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the increased popularity of geek culture - movies based on comic books, video games, virtual worlds - and the ubiquity of computers, the geek's close cousin, the nerd, still suffers from a negative stereotype in popular culture. This may help explain why women and minorities are increasingly shying away from careers in information technology, says Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am1102 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Study adds new evidence that infants track others’ mental statesMay 7, 2018 7:00 am1096 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.Year-round distribution of Earned Income Tax Credit has significant benefits, says studyJan 7, 2016 9:45 am1092 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.Quality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am1079 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Commercial broadcasters are doing the "bare minimum and not much more" for children's educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now.Health care, research failing to adapt to US’ growing multiracial populationOct 12, 2015 10:00 am1018 views University of Illinois social work professor Karen Tabb Dina found that multiracial youth who switch racial identities over time report being healthier as young adults than their minority peers who maintain consistent racial identities.How could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm1014 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.Illinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am996 views John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, has received a selective NEH Public Scholar award less than six months after receiving the highest career award in the field of military history.When will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am990 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsGraphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says studyFeb 22, 2016 10:00 am985 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.What’s most important for the future of our national parks?Jun 8, 2016 8:30 am983 views National Park Service at 100: A Minute With™ parks and politics expert Robert PahreVacations part of Soviet Union's 'good life,' with Sochi the dream resortJun 3, 2013 9:00 am982 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Soviet Union had its Gulag. It also had its seaside resorts.Study: Two ancient populations that diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’May 31, 2018 1:00 pm981 views A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago remained apart for millennia before mixing again. This historic “reconvergence” occurred before or during their expansion to the southern continent.Is it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am978 views Journalism professor Stephanie Craft: To be news literate, know how to judge a story’s credibility, and also be intentional in how you consume news and understand the forces that shape it.Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am971 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.Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am969 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.Gangs, violence rob inner-city kids of physical activity, study saysJul 27, 2011 9:00 am956 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.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm947 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.Study: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East AsiansJul 5, 2017 10:15 am946 views Westerners view handshaking more positively than do East Asians, researchers report in a new study. Western men also rate handshakes initiated by men and women differently, the study found. What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am946 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needsApr 23, 2018 12:30 pm940 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. Brazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm933 views Think Brazil and you might think beaches, rain forest, the 2016 Olympics – all far removed from central Illinois. Yet the University of Illinois is perhaps the most comprehensive center of Brazilian studies in the U.S.Five years after the Arab Spring: Despair, but also hopeJan 21, 2016 11:15 am930 views A Minute With...™ Asef Bayat, sociologist and Middle East expert'Star Wars' and the coming of age of special effectsDec 1, 2015 10:15 am913 views A Minute With...™ Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studiesGender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm893 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.How to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness bracketMar 9, 2016 12:00 pm886 views A Minute With...™ bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonSurvey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am848 views In an online survey about their workplace experiences, 88 percent of academics, students, postdoctoral researchers and administrators in astronomy and planetary science reported hearing, experiencing or witnessing negative language or harassment relating to race, gender or other physical characteristics at work within the last five years. Of the 423 respondents, 39 percent reported having been verbally harassed and 9 percent said they had suffered physical harassment at work.Do we really know what's driving income inequality?Jun 6, 2016 8:30 am843 views Rethinking inequality and its causes: A Minute With™ sociologist Kevin LeichtHow do sexual assault survivors fare?Jan 31, 2018 8:00 am829 views Whether or not survivors share their stories publicly, they often carry lifelong scars associated with being sexually traumatizedIn rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and functionJul 18, 2018 1:00 pm826 views Male and female rats exposed in the womb and during lactation to plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates had significantly fewer neurons and synapses than those that were not exposed, researchers report in a new study. The phthalate-exposed rats had reductions in the size of their medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region that regulates behavior, and showed deficits in cognitive flexibility. What are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am826 views Wynne Korr, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, discusses the challenges of diagnosing and providing treatment for this vulnerable population in light of the state's financial problemsStudy links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am825 views People who had outstanding balances on their student loans when they graduated or dropped out of college had lower net worth, fewer financial and nonfinancial assets, and homes with lower market values when they reached age 30, according to a paper by University of Illinois social work professor Min Zhan.Will targeted marketing bring an end to ‘Super Bowl of advertising’?Jan 24, 2018 11:45 am820 views Targeted marketing threatens to end the 'Super Bowl of ads' and to further erode privacy, says an Illinois advertising professor.Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am812 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.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am793 views Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, a doctoral student in child development at Illinois, is the author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who resist gang recruitment. Raised in low-income areas of inner-city Chicago notorious for gang violence, Merrin has personal experience with the environmental factors that push and pull youths into gang affiliation.Review finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am792 views A systematic review of the scientific studies cited by brain-training companies as evidence that their products improve cognition in daily life finds no convincing evidence to support those claims. While people tend to improve on the specific tasks they practice, the researchers report, the conclusion that computerized brain-training programs yield broader cognitive benefits or improve real-world outcomes for their users is premature at best.Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study findsSep 3, 2018 2:00 pm784 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.Study: Supreme Court decision complicates prosecuting child abusersJul 19, 2017 11:15 am781 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.Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differencesFeb 6, 2018 9:45 am765 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.Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am747 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.Regardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sexJul 26, 2016 9:15 am731 views Despite societal perceptions that older adults’ love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests.Study links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am730 views A new study of older adults finds an association between higher blood levels of phosphatidylcholine, a source of the dietary nutrient choline, and the ability to regulate attention to manage competing tasks. The study also identified a brain structure that appears to play a role in this association.Can you really be both overweight and malnourished?Mar 21, 2015 2:45 pm725 views A Minute With...™ Leia Kedem, Illinois Extension's 'Moderation Maven'