Cultural capital is key to a sense of belonging for college students of color Nov 17, 2023 11:15 am371 views Psychologists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign explored the factors associated with students' sense of belonging at college and found that of the four factors they identified that contribute to it, cultural capital is a key element for those from marginalized groups. How can Illinois better preserve its cultural identities? Oct 18, 2023 8:00 am610 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. Paper: Ancient Maya reservoirs offer lessons for today’s water crises Oct 9, 2023 2:00 pm1047 views Ancient Maya reservoirs, which used aquatic plants to filter and clean the water, “can serve as archetypes for natural, sustainable water systems to address future water needs," writes U. of I. anthropology professor Lisa Lucero in a perspective in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. State politics, industry drive planetary health education for K-12 students in US Sep 27, 2023 12:45 pm289 views While the climes may be a-changing, the state science standards that shape what U.S. schoolchildren learn about environmental problems are shaded by state politics, leaving many unprepared for the challenges ahead, a new study says. Women seeking credibility in health care feel ‘on trial,’ struggle with constraints of double binds Sep 27, 2023 9:45 am271 views Women with chronic, undiagnosed conditions find themselves in several double binds while laboring to establish their credibility as a patient and the legitimacy of their medical problems with their doctors and loved ones, says a new study. Study: YouTube did not actively direct users toward anti-vaccine content during COVID-19 Sep 15, 2023 10:45 am316 views New research led by data science experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and United Nations Global Pulse found that there is no strong evidence that YouTube promoted anti-vaccine sentiment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, performed an algorithmic audit to examine if YouTube’s recommendation system acted as a “rabbit hole,” leading users searching for vaccine-related videos to anti-vaccine content Study links epigenetic changes to historic trauma in Alaska Native communities Sep 7, 2023 7:00 pm613 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers investigated the relationship between historical traumatic events experienced by Alaska Native communities and epigenetic markers on genes that previous studies have linked to trauma. The new study found a similar pattern among Alaska Native participants, with specific epigenetic differences observed in those who reported experiencing the most intense symptoms of distress when reflecting on historic losses. The study also found that individuals who strongly identified with their Alaska Native heritage and participated in cultural activities generally reported better well-being. The new findings are detailed in the International Journal of Health Equity. New paper points to better way to assess noncognitive abilities Sep 5, 2023 8:00 am448 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.” Families with a team mindset strengthened their bonds during COVID-19 pandemic Aug 25, 2023 8:30 am405 views Families that perceived themselves as members of a team working for their collective benefit were more likely to improve their family's well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, U. of I. professor Allen W. Barton found in a new study. Study: People expect others to mirror their own selfishness, generosity Aug 7, 2023 8:00 am3262 views New research shows that a person’s own behavior is the primary driver of how they treat others during brief, zero-sum-game competitions. Generous people tend to reward generous behavior and selfish individuals often punish generosity and reward selfishness – even when it costs them personally. The study found that an individual’s own generous or selfish deeds carry more weight than the attitudes and behaviors of others. New book explores the psychology of being duped Jul 11, 2023 12:15 am785 views According to two psychologists who study memory and perception, fraudsters tend to exploit the common habits of thought and decision-making that make us susceptible – and often oblivious – to their fabrications. Their book, “Nobody’s Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do About It,” gives readers an overview of dozens of types of scams, hoaxes and strategies used by cheaters to deceive, and explains how to evaluate their ploys and avoid becoming a victim. Cave excavation pushes back the clock on early human migration to Laos Jun 21, 2023 9:45 am1280 views Fifteen years of archaeological work in the Tam Pa Ling cave in northeastern Laos has yielded a reliable chronology of early human occupation of the site, scientists report in the journal Nature Communications. The team’s excavations through the layers of sediments and bones that gradually washed into the cave and were left untouched for tens of thousands of years reveals that humans lived in the area for at least 70,000 years – and likely even longer. Cannabis use lower among Illinois teens living in ZIP codes with medical dispensaries Jun 20, 2023 8:30 am839 views Teens who live in Illinois ZIP codes with medical cannabis dispensaries are significantly less likely to use the drug, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found in a new study. Healthy sex life during pandemic tied to an array of sexual coping strategies Jun 15, 2023 9:15 am5892 views Some people's sex lives sizzled, while others' fizzled, early in the COVID-19 pandemic. New research by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign scholar Liza Berdychevsky may explain why. Illinois researchers, Native American tribes working together to curate, increase access to oral histories Jun 12, 2023 9:00 am1124 views Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are part of the Doris Duke Native Oral History Revitalization Project, which aims to make ethnographic materials collected from Native American tribes accessible online and to return materials to those communities. Viral videos about private moments may affect offline relationships May 18, 2023 1:15 pm1277 views Posting videos about intimate relationships to social media platforms may affect offline relationships, according to a case study of the “couch guy” video by Emily Mendelson, a graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lough named School of Social Work dean May 11, 2023 1:30 pm2096 views Benjamin J. Lough will be the next dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Illinois historian examines how emotional intimacy became politically valued in post-WWII Britain Mar 24, 2023 8:30 am1386 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. Book: Professional jobs have changed – but not for the better Mar 22, 2023 1:15 pm672 views The new book “Crisis in the Professions: The New Dark Age” examines the social, political and economic forces that are changing the practice and public perceptions of elite professions such as law, medicine and higher education. Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative accepting freshmen applicants for fall semester Mar 6, 2023 11:45 am4977 views The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications from neurodiverse students who will be incoming freshmen in the 2023 fall semester. What's the remedy for medical misinformation? Feb 27, 2023 1:45 pm685 views Sociology professor Kevin Leicht is co-leading the development of a software app that will alert clinicians to medical misinformation that's circulating on social media so they can address it with their patients if desired. Study examines COVID-19 pandemic's effect on Black, Latina women's mental health Feb 27, 2023 11:00 am1085 views Black and Latina women had high rates of anxiety and depressive symptoms during the pandemic, but prayer had differing effects, kinesiology and community health professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo found in a study. Researchers illuminate gaps in public transportation access, equity Feb 15, 2023 12:30 pm1318 views Public transit systems offering broad coverage of stops and routes may still underserve the communities that rely on them the most, according to a new University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study. The study, by former civil and environmental engineering student Dale Robbennolt and Applied Research Institute senior research scientist Ann-Perry Witmer, applies contextual engineering to help determine lapses in equity in public bus transportation access using data from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District as a case study. Geography, language dictate social media and popular website usage, study finds Feb 9, 2023 7:30 am695 views Since its inception, the internet has been viewed by technology experts and scholars as a way to access information at a global scale without having to overcome hurdles posed by language and geography. However, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found that how people around the world use the same popular social media platforms and websites remains vastly different based on their language and geography. U of I online social work degree programs address diversity needs Feb 8, 2023 10:00 am956 views The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is offering two new degree-completion programs – the iBSW and the iMSW – that aim to address racial and gender disparities in the school’s student population and the social work profession. Study links exercise intensity, attentional control in late-adolescent girls Feb 6, 2023 8:30 am1173 views Adolescent girls who engage in more moderate and vigorous physical activity each day have better attentional control, a new study finds. The study focused on girls and boys aged 15-18. Site of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave is newest national park Jan 30, 2023 11:00 am2035 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. Illinois anthropology professor awarded NEH Fellowship Jan 17, 2023 3:00 pm736 views Anthropology professor Erin Riggs has been awarded a 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. A strong ethnic identity can buffer or bolster the effects of online sexual racism in Black men Jan 13, 2023 12:45 pm694 views A strong commitment to their ethnic identity may be a double-edged sword for young sexual minority Black men when they encounter sexual racism online, according to a study by U. of I. social work professor Ryan Wade. Does a 'fake news' label help audiences identify false information? Jan 11, 2023 8:15 am1145 views Using the term “fake news” does not help audiences distinguish false information or sources and may be doing more harm than good, according to resarch by U. of I. communication professor Emily Van Duyn. Why was the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol considered an 'auto-coup d’état'? Jan 4, 2023 8:00 am1225 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. Implicit bias prevents women from obtaining prompt treatment for health problems Dec 19, 2022 1:15 pm665 views Communication professor Charee Thompson studied implicit bias in health care and women’s prolonged struggles to obtain treatment and emotional support for a variety of mental and physical health problems. Are outspoken social media users more polarized in their views on racial equality? Dec 7, 2022 1:15 pm1169 views In a study of U.S. adults’ social media activity and polarization of their views on the Black Lives Matter movement, communication professor Stewart Coles found that people low in racial resentment who expressed themselves more frequently on these media were less supportive of BLM. Diagnoses of suicidal ideation surged among Black pregnant women in 10-year study Nov 29, 2022 8:00 am1304 views Diagnoses of suicidal ideation and depression increased dramatically among pregnant Black women from 2008-2018, according to a study led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen Tabb Dina. Study: COVID-19 policies harmed minority women's perinatal experiences, magnified inequities Nov 15, 2022 11:30 am701 views A study by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign team explored the impact of health care providers’ COVID-19 mitigation policies on women of color who were pregnant or gave birth during the pandemic. Nine Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 15, 2022 8:00 am7303 views Nine U. of I. researchers have been named to the 2022 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. This year’s list includes 6,938 individuals from around the world whose papers rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science. Study shows the power of 'thank you' for couples Nov 14, 2022 10:15 am2528 views Gratitude may be a powerful tool for couples, increasing relationship satisfaction and protecting against common stressors, says research by human development and family studies professor Allen W. Barton. Refugee teens in Uganda who 'sext' more likely to use condoms, studies find Nov 2, 2022 11:15 am752 views Studies led by social work professor Moses Okumu found that teens in Uganda who "sexted" were more likely to use condoms and that the online media they use may be means of providing sexual health interventions. People who viewed sex as a leisure activity enjoyed more, better sex during the pandemic Oct 13, 2022 7:45 am2458 views People who viewed sex as a leisure activity used their pandemic downtime to engage in more frequent, creative and satisfying sex, U. of I. professor Liza Berdychevsky found in a recent survey. Peer adversity may cause girls to feel their self-worth is constantly at risk Oct 10, 2022 8:30 am652 views Girls with a history of adversity may be especially sensitive to situations that threaten their self-worth, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. New database catalogs police shootings in Illinois to improve accountability Oct 7, 2022 11:00 am1829 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 do we know about political advertising? Oct 5, 2022 1:30 pm1521 views It can be challenging to distinguish between a paid political ad and one that is not in today’s media environment, especially on social media. News Bureau editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with advertising professor Michelle Nelson about the topic. New research from Nelson and her colleagues found that most adults – even those who are politically engaged and educated – do not fully understand online targeting, sources and funding for political ads, or the unique regulatory environment for political speech that is different from commercial speech. Men's experiences of sexual racism differ in two online dating communities Sep 28, 2022 11:30 am7799 views While sexual racism abounds on dating apps, Black men who are sexual minorities reported differing forms of it on the popular apps Jack’d and Grindr, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found. Illinois language justice collective helping to preserve Indigenous Mayan languages Aug 30, 2022 2:00 pm1530 views An Indigenous languages collective at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is helping local Maya learn to read and write Q’anjob’al and working with interpreters for the community. Study: Slogans protesting federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate displayed three themes Aug 26, 2022 9:00 am1573 views U. of I. sociology professor Tim Liao's analysis of the protest slogans about the federal COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate in November 2021 found three distinct themes. Study: Holocaust Museum motivates visitors to create social change Aug 15, 2022 9:45 am1981 views New research suggests that exploring one of the darkest chapters in mankind’s history – the Holocaust – may inspire tourists to act on human rights and social change. Study links protecting Indigenous peoples' lands to greater nonhuman primate biodiversity Aug 10, 2022 1:00 pm1135 views By comparing geographic patterns of nonhuman primate biodiversity and human land-use, researchers discovered that areas managed or controlled by Indigenous peoples tend to have significantly more primate biodiversity than nearby regions. They also found that lorises, tarsiers, monkeys and apes whose territories overlap with Indigenous areas are less likely to be classified as vulnerable, threatened or endangered than those living fully outside Indigenous lands. Study links insulin resistance, advanced cell aging with childhood poverty Jul 25, 2022 12:15 pm770 views Black adolescents who lived in poverty as children and were pessimistic about their future had accelerated immune cell aging and greater levels of insulin resistance in their mid- to late twenties, according to a study by Allen W. Barton, a professor of human development and family studies. North 'plaza' in Cahokia was likely inundated year-round, study finds Jul 21, 2022 8:00 am2788 views The ancient North American city of Cahokia had as its focal point a feature now known as Monks Mound, a giant earthwork surrounded on its north, south, east and west by large rectangular open areas. These flat zones, called plazas by archaeologists since the early 1960s, were thought to serve as communal areas that served the many mounds and structures of the city. New paleoenvironmental analyses of the north plaza suggest it was almost always underwater, calling into question earlier interpretations of the north plaza’s role in Cahokian society. The study is reported in the journal World Archaeology.