blog postsEmotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am989 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.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm988 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.What’s most important for the future of our national parks?Jun 8, 2016 8:30 am980 views National Park Service at 100: A Minute With™ parks and politics expert Robert PahreIllinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am975 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.Is it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am952 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.When will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am922 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 am920 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 pm913 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.Do politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm903 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 protestPro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars sayNov 17, 2004 9:00 am900 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.Five years after the Arab Spring: Despair, but also hopeJan 21, 2016 11:15 am899 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 am895 views A Minute With...™ Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studiesStudy: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East AsiansJul 5, 2017 10:15 am893 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. Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am892 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.How to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness bracketMar 9, 2016 12:00 pm882 views A Minute With...™ bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonPoor social, communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullyingOct 30, 2013 9:00 am841 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.Do we really know what's driving income inequality?Jun 6, 2016 8:30 am835 views Rethinking inequality and its causes: A Minute With™ sociologist Kevin LeichtVacations part of Soviet Union's 'good life,' with Sochi the dream resortJun 3, 2013 9:00 am830 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Soviet Union had its Gulag. It also had its seaside resorts.Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am821 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 HundSurvey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am819 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.Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am818 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.Gangs, violence rob inner-city kids of physical activity, study saysJul 27, 2011 9:00 am804 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.What are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am798 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 problemsQuality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am791 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 student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am780 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 am771 views Targeted marketing threatens to end the 'Super Bowl of ads' and to further erode privacy, says an Illinois advertising professor.Review finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am769 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.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am765 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 am745 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.Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am744 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 do sexual assault survivors fare?Jan 31, 2018 8:00 am729 views Whether or not survivors share their stories publicly, they often carry lifelong scars associated with being sexually traumatizedCan you really be both overweight and malnourished?Mar 21, 2015 2:45 pm724 views A Minute With...™ Leia Kedem, Illinois Extension's 'Moderation Maven'Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differencesFeb 6, 2018 9:45 am719 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 will the state's funding suspension affect the Autism Program of Illinois?Apr 10, 2015 3:30 pm709 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 am708 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 am695 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.Study links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am683 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.Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm672 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.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am660 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 timesIf the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am659 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaLatino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am655 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.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm638 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.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am631 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.How should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am629 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.Illinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am627 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.Illinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am623 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.How does Iran view the nuclear deal?Aug 13, 2015 3:45 pm619 views A Minute With...™ Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, expert on the Middle EastWill the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm618 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.Online racial discrimination linked to depression, anxiety in teensJan 8, 2009 9:00 am609 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.Study: Easy explanations for life’s inequities lead to support for the status quoSep 9, 2015 8:00 am591 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.