blog postsWhat does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3044 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 am595 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 am941 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 am1144 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 am2386 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 am1888 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 am397 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 am4605 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 pm702 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 am556 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 am1095 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 am769 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 am897 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 am3241 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 pm911 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 pm580 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 am958 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 am342 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 am656 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 am377 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 am804 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 am873 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 am375 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.When will the Venezuela crisis end?Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am893 views Political science professor Damarys Canache discusses the plight of Venezuela, where nearly three months of protests have resulted in more than 70 deathsResearch suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am33497 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.Study: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am1124 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that gang membership and criminality serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling youths' needs for excitement, belonging and social support.Paper: DNA may have only modest impact on sexual assault arrestsMay 23, 2017 9:30 am237 views Most arrests in sexual assault cases occur before crime laboratory results are available, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher found, suggesting that DNA testing may influence arrests in just a small number of cases.Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm421 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study.Historian wants readers to experience the Russian RevolutionMay 3, 2017 10:30 am427 views This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.Report: Even in death, indigenous border crossers marginalizedMay 2, 2017 4:30 pm500 views Of the hundreds of people who die trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico each year, those with indigenous backgrounds are less likely to be identified than those with more European ancestry, a new analysis reveals.Could France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm575 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.Is democracy on the wane in Turkey?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am536 views A recent vote on constitutional changes may mean Turkey is headed even further from its one-time status as a model for Islamic democracy.Science at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1188 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.Illinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am606 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1136 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.Tailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1379 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.How far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm346 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.Latino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am648 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.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm498 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the planIs it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am935 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.Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm651 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 should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm396 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.What should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am536 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2658 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand.Will the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm604 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1751 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Is Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm390 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Does one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1160 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.How could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm998 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.Money in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm204 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.