blog postsHow worried should we be about the 2020 census?Oct 18, 2018 2:00 pm0 views An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am0 views A new book by Illinois information sciences professors Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter tells how a former slave founded an integrated town in western Illinois that became a station on the Underground Railroad.Honey bee researcher Gene Robinson elected to National Academy of MedicineOct 15, 2018 8:15 am1043 views Entomology professor Gene Robinson, an international leader in honey bee research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine “for pioneering contributions to understanding the roles of genes in social behavior.” Robinson directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Study: Online positive psychology exercises improve quality of life in hemodialysis patientsOct 9, 2018 1:00 pm569 views Kidney dialysis patients who engage in technology-based positive psychology exercises during their treatments may significantly improve their depressive symptoms and quality of life, a new study found.Illinois sociologist wins MacArthur fellowshipOct 4, 2018 11:45 am1588 views Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has been named the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur fellowship, or “genius grant.”Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author saysOct 1, 2018 11:45 am513 views An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best.Study: Los Angeles nonprofits improving park access for marginalized residentsSep 20, 2018 2:15 pm315 views A coalition of nonprofits in Los Angeles led a park-equity movement that shifted California’s funding priorities and brought green spaces closer to the homes of low-income people of color, a new study found.Ebert Symposium to feature IMAX film, astronaut videographer, storytelling with dataSep 13, 2018 10:15 am782 views The first Roger Ebert Symposium will explore the cinematic presentation of science with help from an IMAX film shot from space, a former astronaut and a diverse group of academics and experts.Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study findsSep 3, 2018 2:00 pm965 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: Denver’s inequities in park access traced to segregation, funding policiesAug 31, 2018 11:30 am250 views Exclusionary zoning codes and funding policies that favored wealthy white neighborhoods explain why some Denver residents have less access to the city's parks, a University of Illinois researcher found. College towns important to alumni’s enjoyment of homecoming events, study findsAug 31, 2018 8:30 am619 views Out-of-town alumni's enjoyment of homecoming events depends almost as much on their fondness for the college town as for the institution itself, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study.Ancient African herders had lasting ecological impact on grazed landsAug 29, 2018 12:00 pm370 views Ancient animal herders added to the ecological richness and diversity of the African savanna thousands of years ago – an effect that persists to the present day, a new study finds. The herders’ practice of penning their cattle, goats and sheep at night created nutrient-rich grassy glades, called hotspots, that still attract wildlife and have increased habitat diversity in the region, researchers report in the journal Nature.College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industryAug 24, 2018 12:15 pm536 views Many teens in China are embarking on study tours of U.S. colleges, creating a potentially lucrative market sector for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses in the Midwest, a new study found.Many young adults lack financial literacy, economic stability, study findsAug 24, 2018 9:30 am2013 views Many youths lack financial literacy and money-management skills, indicating an urgent need for educational programs that will help them enter adulthood better equipped to handle their financial affairs, a new study found.A professor not afraid to cross academic boundariesAug 23, 2018 11:30 am672 views Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall is focused on issues of poverty, inequality and violence, but crosses many academic boundaries in search of answers.Study shows diminished but ‘robust’ link between union decline, rise of inequalityAug 21, 2018 9:45 am8239 views A new study shows a diminished but “robust” link between the decline of unions and the rise in wage inequality.What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am957 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adultsJul 30, 2018 12:00 pm617 views Black and Hispanic adults who graduate college with student loan debt have significantly lower net worth at age 30 than students who don't borrow to pay for college, according to a new study led by University of Illinois scholar Min Zhan.In rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and functionJul 18, 2018 1:00 pm859 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 pm3012 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 am362 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 pm570 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 am597 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 pm984 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 pm426 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 am1871 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 am555 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 am1141 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 pm752 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 am518 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 pm418 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 am326 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 pm965 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 am981 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 am1616 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 am611 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 am281 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 pm906 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 am1606 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 am649 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 am1342 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 am405 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 am770 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 am841 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 am823 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 am3401 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 am706 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 am1288 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 am1178 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 am2616 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.