What will be the impact of the decision to no longer name birds after people? Nov 9, 2023 9:00 am751 views The American Ornithological Society’s decision to rename birds that were named after people will allow us to consider how we remember historical figures and acknowledge the oppression in our nation’s history, says University of Illinois history professor David Sepkoski, who studies how biological and environmental sciences interact with culture. How can Illinois better preserve its cultural identities? Oct 18, 2023 8:00 am619 views Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced new funding to support communities working to preserve and celebrate their unique cultural heritage. The “State Designated Cultural District” initiative will provide $3 million to selected cultural districts to aid such efforts. U. of I. anthropology professor Helaine Silverman, whose work focuses on the ways that nations and communities create and deploy cultural heritage as a means of building identity and attracting tourism, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the new program and its implications for the state. Illinois English professor writes children’s biography of pioneering Black botanist Oct 12, 2023 12:00 pm402 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign English professor Janice Harrington has written a children’s biography of pioneering Black botanist Charles S. Parker, “Rooting for Plants: The Unstoppable Charles S. Parker, Black Botanist and Collector.” Library’s 15-millionth volume is influential manuscript on agricultural management from Middle Ages Oct 6, 2023 11:00 am1754 views The 15-millionth volume in the collection of the University Library is a copy of Walter of Henley’s 13th-century work “Hosbondrye,” one of the most influential works on agriculture and land management in the Middle Ages. Science historian Naomi Oreskes to talk about how free market ideology blocks climate action Sep 27, 2023 1:00 pm402 views Naomi Oreskes, a leader in examining efforts to undermine the scientific truth on the causes of global warming, will give a Center for Advanced Study MillerComm lecture on how free market ideology is preventing action on climate change. History professor Rosalyn LaPier featured in Ken Burns’ ‘The American Buffalo’ documentary Sep 25, 2023 4:00 pm1139 views History professor Rosalyn LaPier, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis, talks about the history of the bison and their connection to Indigenous people in the new Ken Burns documentary “The American Buffalo.” U. of I. alum Joanne Lee Molinaro – ‘The Korean Vegan’ – to give talk, cooking demo on campus Sep 7, 2023 9:00 am477 views Joanne Lee Molinaro, known as “The Korean Vegan,” gained fame through her TikTok videos and now is a best-selling cookbook author. She’ll be on campus at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of the PYGMALION Festival. New paper points to better way to assess noncognitive abilities Sep 5, 2023 8:00 am449 views New research led by Bo Zhang, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois, points to a better way of assessing noncognitive abilities such as personality and career interests. Illinois professor examines the overlooked role of food in civil rights struggle Aug 30, 2023 8:30 am734 views African American studies professor Bobby J. Smith II tells the overlooked story of how food was used as both a weapon and a tool of resistance during the Civil Rights Movement in his new book “Food Power Politics: The Food Story of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.” Illinois professor describes how whaling shaped U.S. culture even after petroleum replaced it Aug 14, 2023 12:30 pm467 views University of Illinois English professor Jamie L. Jones examines the massive energy transition from whale oil to fossil fuels and the continuing influence of the dying industry of whaling in her new book “Rendered Obsolete: The Afterlife of U.S. Whaling in the Petroleum Age.” How will a new Illinois law help with teaching the history of Native Americans in the state? Aug 10, 2023 11:45 am828 views A new law requiring Illinois public schools to teach Native American history will help students learn about the Indigenous people who originally occupied the land, as well as the contemporary Native American community in the state, says Illinois history professor Rosalyn LaPier. What does the recent rebellion by armed forces in Russia mean for Putin’s future? Jul 12, 2023 1:15 pm535 views Russian president Vladimir Putin weathered a recent insurrection by the Wagner mercenary group, but the crisis has damaged his standing, said Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest. Illinois professor examines lasting legacy of al-Andalus for Arabs, Muslims today May 30, 2023 9:30 am696 views Comparative and world literature professor Eric Calderwood wrote about the diverse meanings attributed to al-Andalus and the enduring cultural influence it has today. Two Illinois researchers receive ACLS Fellowships Apr 6, 2023 2:15 pm1420 views Illinois history professor Yuridia Ramírez and Latina/Latino studies professor José de la Garza Valenzuela have been awarded 2023 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships. Book describes how Hong Kong media waged Asia's cultural cold war Apr 6, 2023 10:15 am758 views Hong Kong was a battleground for the competing ideologies of China, Taiwan and the U.S. in the post-World War II period. The conflict drove the expansion and transformation of the Hong Kong media, says history professor Po-Shek Fu. Should educators worry about ChatGPT? Apr 4, 2023 9:15 am2441 views Educators need to help students understand and use artificial intelligence language tools in appropriate ways to prepare them for a future in which their use is commonplace, says English and information sciences professor Ted Underwood. Illinois historian examines how emotional intimacy became politically valued in post-WWII Britain Mar 24, 2023 8:30 am1387 views History professor Teri Chettiar said emotional well-being was seen as a key factor for a stable democracy in the period following World War II. Is Russia-Ukraine war heading toward stalemate? Mar 2, 2023 10:00 am2872 views One year into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the most likely outcome is a stalemate, despite the mounting cost in blood and treasure, said Edward A. Kolodziej, Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international relations and global politics. Video series highlights history of skin in the early modern world Feb 23, 2023 9:15 am1083 views A series of eight videos available online highlights the research of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign history professor Craig Koslofsky on ways of marking and understanding skin in the early modern world. Mellon-funded project tracks how stories of racial violence spread, were reported Feb 17, 2023 8:45 am813 views Ryan Cordell, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of information sciences and of English, is leading a project to examine how stories of racial violence circulated in late 19th century and early 20th century newspapers and how those stories relate to trends in contemporary social media. Site of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave is newest national park Jan 30, 2023 11:00 am2039 views The New Philadelphia National Historic Site in western Illinois, commemorating the first U.S. town to be legally founded by African Americans, is the nation’s newest national park. Several University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors were among those leading the effort seeking national park status for the site. What led to the attempted coup in Brazil, what comes next? Jan 19, 2023 8:00 am2068 views The Jan. 8 insurrection in Brazil’s seat of government was styled after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, says Jerry Dávila, the Lemann Chair in Brazilian History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and executive director of the Illinois Global Institute. Illinois anthropology professor awarded NEH Fellowship Jan 17, 2023 3:00 pm740 views Anthropology professor Erin Riggs has been awarded a 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. New website compiles ocean data from landmark 19th-century scientific voyage Jan 10, 2023 10:30 am1315 views English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood’s Oceans 1876 project makes a treasure trove of 19th-century marine data accessible to help scientists better understand how our oceans have changed and how to protect them. Why was the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol considered an 'auto-coup d’état'? Jan 4, 2023 8:00 am1231 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research’s Coup d’État Project initially categorized the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as an “attempted dissident coup.” But that classification has evolved to include the additional classification “attempted auto-coup d’état,” said Scott Althaus, the center’s director and a professor of both political science and communication at Illinois. Book examines tallgrass prairies' ecological history, effects on Indigenous cultures Dec 14, 2022 11:00 am934 views History professor Robert Morrissey wrote in his new book, “People of the Ecotone,” about how the ecology of the tallgrass prairie shaped the culture and created unique opportunities for the Indigenous people who lived there. Architecture professor's book examines cultural tourism that began in Depression-era Mississippi Nov 30, 2022 8:30 am903 views Architecture professor Paul Hardin Kapp writes about how the women of Natchez, Miss., preserved their city’s antebellum architecture and created our image of the Old South. Paper: Neurotic personality trait a key risk factor for stress perception Nov 29, 2022 8:00 am1593 views While all of the “Big Five” personality traits – agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism and openness – are related to experiencing stress, neuroticism showed the strongest link, according to research co-written by Bo Zhang, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois. What message did voters send this midterm election? Nov 17, 2022 8:00 am817 views The message sent by voters this midterm election? Candidates matter, since most voters assess candidates in multiple ways, not only according to party label, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines. Project to reconnect Native American tribes with historic hide painting, artistic tradition Nov 16, 2022 8:30 am1308 views The “Reclaiming Stories” project aims to reconnect members of the Miami and Peoria tribes with their artistic tradition of hide painting and to center Indigenous knowledge in interpreting the practice. Why do we love horror films? Oct 25, 2022 9:15 am1105 views Horror films let us “choose the shape of our fears and then to face up to those fears,” said English professor Jim Hansen. Illinois journal highlights new findings on the Black Death's timeline, origin Oct 24, 2022 9:30 am1090 views The Black Death was killing people in Asia more than a century before it was seen in Europe, according to new evidence put forth in a special issue of “The Medieval Globe.” New database catalogs police shootings in Illinois to improve accountability Oct 7, 2022 11:00 am1830 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research and an interdisciplinary team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts have developed a statewide registry on the use of lethal force by police officers in Illinois. What's the future of drones in counterterrorism operations and the Ukraine war? Aug 8, 2022 12:00 pm910 views Counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine underscore the importance of unmanned aircraft to future military capabilities, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist Nicholas Grossman, the author of “Drones and Terrorism: Asymmetric Warfare and the Threat to Global Security.” Will the Jan. 6 committee hearings affect public opinion? Jun 20, 2022 11:00 am1534 views It’s unlikely that the ongoing Jan. 6 committee hearings will resonate with the public as much as the Watergate hearings did 50 years ago, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines. What are the global security implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Jun 15, 2022 8:00 am3923 views The Russian invasion of Ukraine directly challenges the security order established by the Western democracies after World War II, said Edward A. Kolodziej, Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international relations and global politics. Why are so many states trying to limit transgender rights? Jun 14, 2022 8:15 am6070 views The increasing number of bills aimed at limiting transgender rights is part of the rise in authoritarianism in the U.S., said Toby Beauchamp, a professor of gender and women’s studies. History professor's book examines racism in Russia May 10, 2022 7:00 am3898 views History professor Eugene Avrutin explores the history of racism in Russia over the past 150 years, from a society that was relatively free of racial violence to the elevation of whiteness under President Vladimir Putin’s rule. How does history suggest that work will change following the COVID-19 pandemic? May 6, 2022 7:00 am824 views Following a pandemic, workers historically have recognized the value of their labor and become unwilling to accept poor wages and working conditions, said Carol Symes, a history professor who specializes in medieval studies. Two Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Apr 29, 2022 8:30 am1230 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos and history professor Maria Todorova have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation. They are among 261 new members elected to the academy this year in recognition of their accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. Illinois information sciences alumnae, professor preserving Ukrainian cultural heritage online Apr 28, 2022 8:45 am1090 views The Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online project aims to preserve digital records when web servers and physical records and objects are at risk of being destroyed by Russian attacks on Ukraine. Professor's novel weaves clues to a mysterious disappearance with whales trying to save the planet Apr 19, 2022 10:15 am538 views “Rare Stuff,” the debut novel of comparative and world literature professor Brett Ashely Kaplan, features themes of Jewish identity and loss. Paper: COVID-19 outcomes not consistently explained by race, social vulnerability Apr 14, 2022 8:00 am874 views The racial health disparities experienced by minority populations in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic ought to be concerning for everyone, said Wendy K. Tam Cho, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist who’s an expert in data-driven social research. Illinois researchers make Deseret Alphabet texts available for study Apr 5, 2022 8:15 am1107 views Linguistics professor Ryan Shosted and computer science professor Neal Davis are providing resources that they hope can shed light on the dialect and culture of late 19th-century Utah, as well as help answer other research questions. How does Russian invasion exacerbate Ukraine's humanitarian crisis? Mar 29, 2022 11:45 am605 views The damage sustained by Ukraine will require years of rebuilding efforts, says Illinois sociology professor and demographer Cynthia Buckley. Can historical racism in medicine help explain current racial differences in medical care? Mar 22, 2022 8:00 am1238 views Acquiring new medical knowledge and assessing health are not as objective as people think, said history professor Rana Hogarth, who is the adviser for a new series of podcasts by the Science History Institute in Philadelphia to explore issues of racism in science and medicine. Book examines history of Mexico City's public square, evolution of Mexican spatial identities Mar 9, 2022 1:45 pm698 views Benjamin Bross used the public square and historic events that took place there to explain the emergence and evolution of Mexican identities over time. Private investment in California's solar energy industry increases climate vulnerabilities, study finds Mar 9, 2022 10:30 am1842 views The large-scale infrastructure needed to attract private investment in solar energy makes it more vulnerable to climate extremes, said urban and regional planning professor Sean Kennedy. Directors del Toro, Zwigoff join 'Ebertfest' slate Mar 8, 2022 9:00 am1680 views Director Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Kim Morgan will screen a black-and-white version of their Oscar-nominated movie “Nightmare Alley” at the 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest.” Director Terry Zwigoff also will attend with his cult classic film “Ghost World.” Previously announced participants are directors Azazel Jacobs and Ramin Bahrani. English professor's novel tells of Black Civil War soldiers' fight for freedom Mar 3, 2022 8:30 am496 views The novel is a retelling of the Civil War story of brother against brother, only this time one is the former slave of the other.