blog postsGraphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says studyFeb 22, 2016 10:00 am908 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.Brazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm908 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.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm903 views An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-beingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am900 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans' mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women's psychological well-being.When will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am891 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsFive years after the Arab Spring: Despair, but also hopeJan 21, 2016 11:15 am890 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 am885 views A Minute With...™ Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studiesPro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am878 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.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am877 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Study: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East AsiansJul 5, 2017 10:15 am869 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. How to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness bracketMar 9, 2016 12:00 pm862 views A Minute With...™ bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonThe ethical dilemmas inherent in school social workJul 6, 2010 9:00 am852 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerDo we really know what's driving income inequality?Jun 6, 2016 8:30 am833 views Rethinking inequality and its causes: A Minute With™ sociologist Kevin LeichtSurvey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am802 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.What are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am786 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 am768 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.Vacations part of Soviet Union's 'good life,' with Sochi the dream resortJun 3, 2013 9:00 am759 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Soviet Union had its Gulag. It also had its seaside resorts.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am759 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.Review finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am759 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.Gangs, violence rob inner-city kids of physical activity, study saysJul 27, 2011 9:00 am751 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.Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am745 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.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am741 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.Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am740 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.Can you really be both overweight and malnourished?Mar 21, 2015 2:45 pm724 views A Minute With...™ Leia Kedem, Illinois Extension's 'Moderation Maven'Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am724 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.How will the state's funding suspension affect the Autism Program of Illinois?Apr 10, 2015 3:30 pm707 views Linda Tortorelli, resource coordinator for the Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois on the Urbana campusRegardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sexJul 26, 2016 9:15 am702 views Despite societal perceptions that older adults’ love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am693 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.Do politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm675 views A U. of I. professor who specializes in the history of sports says it’s not realistic to see sporting events as free of politics or protestQuality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am670 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.Study links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am667 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.Poor social, communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullyingOct 30, 2013 9:00 am664 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.If the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am659 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaWhat can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am655 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesCultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm651 views The success of community health interventions targeting Latinos could be hindered by linguistic and cultural gaps unless researchers recognize the diversity that exists among Latino populations and work closely with community members to adapt programming accordingly, a new study led by University of Illinois researchers suggests.Latino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am648 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.Illinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am621 views University of Illinois history professor Harry Liebersohn has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a career of research achievements. This follows news earlier this spring that he had been named as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin – the first U. of I. history professor, and perhaps the first Illinois professor in any field, to receive that honor.How does Iran view the nuclear deal?Aug 13, 2015 3:45 pm618 views A Minute With...™ Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, expert on the Middle EastIllinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am605 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.Will the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm604 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am590 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.Will Venezuela need a massive relief effort?Jul 8, 2016 9:00 am586 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Damarys CanacheStudy: Easy explanations for life’s inequities lead to support for the status quoSep 9, 2015 8:00 am586 views What if you heard that on planet Teeku, the Blarks were a lot richer than the Orps, and you had to guess why? In a new study, participants were asked to select from several potential explanations for this fictional disparity. A majority focused on inherent traits of the Blarks and Orps (maybe the Blarks were smarter, or better workers than the Orps), rather than on external factors.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm579 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.Could France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm575 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.U.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am574 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.Historian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am574 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.What do voters need to hear from the GOP, Democratic conventions?Jul 18, 2016 12:15 pm570 views A Minute With...™ John Murphy, professor of communication and an expert on political rhetoricBlack and brilliant? A female genius? Not according to RateMyProfessors, study findsMar 3, 2016 1:00 pm558 views An analysis of more than 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, where students write anonymous reviews of their professors, found that students most often use the words “brilliant” and “genius” to describe male professors and in academic disciplines in which women and African-Americans are underrepresented.How should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am552 views An Illinois professor says a gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court could have profound effects on U.S. democracy and suggests a technological solution.