blog postsIn rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and functionJul 18, 2018 1:00 pm476 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. First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contactJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm2477 views A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am337 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm474 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.Do summer jobs provide lifelong benefits for teens?Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am574 views University of Illinois Extension educator Kathy Sweedler, whose focus area is consumer economics, spoke recently with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about what teens can gain from summer jobs.Study: Two ancient populations that diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’May 31, 2018 1:00 pm951 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.Workshop on perinatal depression planned for June 1-2May 24, 2018 1:45 pm415 views Women in the Champaign-Urbana area who experience perinatal depression and their health care providers will meet with an international group of experts June 1-2 in Champaign for a workshop about new methods of detecting and treating the mood disorder.Study: Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana siteMay 22, 2018 9:45 am1675 views A study of ancient mound builders who lived hundreds of years ago on the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers new insights into how Native peoples selected the landforms that supported their villages and earthen mounds – and why these sites were later abandoned.How should we remember Robert Kennedy today?May 17, 2018 9:00 am546 views Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, assassinated 50 years ago, was prone to blunt talk that often made him controversial, says an expert on political rhetoric.Study adds new evidence that infants track others’ mental statesMay 7, 2018 7:00 am981 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.Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’May 1, 2018 12:45 pm616 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.How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am426 views A U. of I. professor discusses drones and the implications of their use in terrorism and warfare.Respect Indigenous ancestors: Scholars urge community engagement before researchApr 26, 2018 1:00 pm392 views A new article in the journal Science provides guidance for those intending to study ancient human remains in the Americas. The paper, written by Indigenous scholars and scientists and those who collaborate with Indigenous communities on studies of ancient DNA, offers a clear directive to others contemplating such research: First, do no harm.Professor chronicles how Big Ten brought order to college football, then lost its wayApr 25, 2018 10:45 am309 views U. of I. historian Winton Solberg tells the story of the Big Ten’s first half-century, focusing on the organizers and issues rather than on-the-field action.Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needsApr 23, 2018 12:30 pm893 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. Is autism a disorder, an identity or both?Apr 19, 2018 8:00 am930 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.Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am1571 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?Apr 2, 2018 8:45 am597 views A citizenship question on the 2020 census could add to existing undercounts, says an Illinois professor who serves on a Census Bureau advisory committeeOptimistic Latinos have healthier hearts, study findsMar 30, 2018 9:30 am269 views Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study of more than 4,900 Latinos in the U.S. led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.Gender differences in vocational interests decrease with age, study findsMar 27, 2018 12:30 pm868 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.Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am1501 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.Job of a Congress member not one size fits all, authors findMar 6, 2018 10:30 am613 views The job of a Congress member is not one size fits all, say two U. of I. political scientists. In fact, there are five "legislative styles."Is the tide of sexual misconduct allegations shifting the balance of power?Mar 2, 2018 10:30 am1318 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 HundEmancipated blacks often targeted for relocation to the tropicsFeb 19, 2018 10:45 am382 views Every significant emancipation of black enslaved people in North America came with plans to relocate them to tropical areas, says a U. of I. historian.Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differencesFeb 6, 2018 9:45 am750 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 do sexual assault survivors fare?Jan 31, 2018 8:00 am810 views Whether or not survivors share their stories publicly, they often carry lifelong scars associated with being sexually traumatizedWill targeted marketing bring an end to ‘Super Bowl of advertising’?Jan 24, 2018 11:45 am806 views Targeted marketing threatens to end the 'Super Bowl of ads' and to further erode privacy, says an Illinois advertising professor.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3384 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtWhat keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am677 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggestsNov 29, 2017 9:45 am1215 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.What should we make of Russia’s revolution now?Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am1172 views A U. of I. history professor takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution on its centennial.Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study findsOct 18, 2017 9:00 am2588 views Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.Report identifies factors associated with harassment, abuse in academic fieldworkOct 16, 2017 8:30 am2204 views College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Do they establish clear ground rules for the behavior of everyone on the team? Are the rules consistently enforced? According to a new report, such factors likely influence whether students will witness or experience harassment while working far from home.Making sense of the Arab SpringOct 11, 2017 10:15 am519 views Making sense of the Arab Spring is the aim of U. of I. Middle East expert Asef Bayat, in a new book.No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study findsOct 9, 2017 8:30 am4861 views Today’s college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study – not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study, reported in the journal Psychological Science, analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s. All of the students completed the Narcissism Personal Inventory, the oldest and most widely used measure of narcissism.Do politics or protests have a place in sports?Sep 28, 2017 12:30 pm1350 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 protestHow should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?Sep 26, 2017 8:45 am702 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.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am1205 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.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am1058 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.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3596 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Paper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental healthAug 11, 2017 9:00 am3633 views New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers’ and fathers’ psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities – and the amount of financial support they provide – conflict with conventional gender roles.Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimizationAug 8, 2017 4:00 pm1292 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.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm843 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.Illinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am990 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.States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patienceJul 31, 2017 10:15 am353 views State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am670 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 timesStudy: Supreme Court decision complicates prosecuting child abusersJul 19, 2017 11:15 am682 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.Survey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am835 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.Study: Handshaking viewed more positively by Westerners than by East AsiansJul 5, 2017 10:15 am927 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. Paper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughtsJun 30, 2017 9:15 am400 views New mothers who are in abusive relationships are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. Conducted with women in Brazil, the study is among a growing body of research to establish a link between suicidality and intimate partner violence among postpartum women in low- or middle-income countries.