blog postsWhat can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am596 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.'Revealing Greater Cahokia' details research on ancient North American metropolisJan 22, 2019 8:15 am2468 views With a population between 10,000 and 30,000 in its heyday (A.D. 1050-1200) and a sprawling assortment of homes, storage buildings, temples, cemeteries, mounds and other monuments in and around what is now St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois, the ancient Native American city known as Greater Cahokia was the first experiment in urban living in North America. A new book, “Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America’s First Native City,” offers the most complete picture yet of a decade of archaeological research on a little-known part of the larger city and its precincts in East St. Louis.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm2295 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.Home-packed lunches include more vegetables if children help, study findsDec 18, 2018 10:45 am1104 views The number of vegetables in childrens’ home-packed lunches increased if they participated in deciding what foods to include, a University of Illinois researcher found in a new study.What’s it take to get asylum? And what’s driving those seeking it?Dec 13, 2018 10:30 am916 views An Illinois professor who has aided in asylum cases talks about the criteria, changes in the process and why Central Americans are seeking this protection.Coping skills program for disaster survivors tested with children living in chronic povertyDec 10, 2018 11:30 am548 views An emotional coping skills program developed for natural disaster survivors appears to help young children deal with the traumatic experiences associated with living in chronic poverty, a new study found.Study: Early career choices appear to influence personalityDec 10, 2018 8:15 am3328 views In the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, 16-year-old students in middle-track schools decide whether to stay in school to pursue an academic career or enroll in a vocational training program. A new study offers evidence that the path they choose influences their personality years later.Planning processes for Chicago's 606 Trail spawned gentrification, study findsDec 7, 2018 8:00 am369 views A new study examines the planning processes associated with Chicago's 606 Trail and concludes that delegating management of the project to a nonprofit may have made gentrification the most likely outcome.Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?Dec 6, 2018 10:30 am281 views With the “Land of Lincoln” celebrating its bicentennial, a historian looks at the influence of four Illinois-connected presidents.Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study findsDec 3, 2018 9:30 am783 views Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using substances by the end of eighth grade, a new study found.Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with childrenNov 26, 2018 3:00 pm2229 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10281 views Parents who talk to their children about nonviolent conflict resolution reduce children’s likelihood of abusing their dating partners – even if parents give contradictory messages advocating violence in some situations.Checks and balances, presidential power the topics of Nov. 29 Cline SymposiumNov 15, 2018 11:00 am211 views Constitutional checks and balances and the power of the presidency will be topics of a speech and roundtable Nov. 29 at the U. of I.Historian tells new story about England’s venerated ‘Domesday Book’Nov 13, 2018 10:15 am1497 views An Illinois historian tells a new story about England’s famous “Domesday Book” and what it tells us about the trauma of the Norman conquest.E-cigarette use rising dramatically among Illinois teens, survey findsNov 8, 2018 8:00 am1233 views The use of electronic cigarettes has increased by 65 percent among sophomores and by 45 percent among seniors in Illinois high schools over the past two years, according to this year's Illinois Youth Survey.Communities with less variety in housing types have higher foreclosure rates, say Illinois researchersNov 6, 2018 8:45 am691 views Illinois researchers find that less variety in housing types leads to less stability and higher rates of foreclosures.Study: Culture strongly influences coping behaviors after natural disastersNov 2, 2018 11:45 am560 views Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence young people's coping styles after a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover, a new study found.EU ambassador to speak Nov. 9 as part of EU Day at IllinoisNov 1, 2018 2:15 pm320 views The EU’s ambassador to the U.S. will discuss the U.K. Brexit process and transatlantic relations as part of EU Day on Nov. 9.What does Brazil’s recent election mean for its future?Nov 1, 2018 10:15 am474 views Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.Polling and the election: What to believe?Oct 29, 2018 10:00 am393 views With a much-anticipated midterm just a week away, political scientist Brian Gaines suggests we check some common assumptions about polling.How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites?Oct 26, 2018 3:15 pm882 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade explores the prevalence and impact of racialized sexual discrimination on sexual networking websites used by gay or bisexual men of color.How worried should we be about the 2020 census?Oct 18, 2018 2:00 pm1227 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 am1408 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 am2146 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 pm795 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 am2279 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 am715 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 pm525 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 am882 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 pm1250 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 am375 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 am757 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 pm595 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 pm775 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 am2818 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 am860 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 am8560 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 am996 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 pm753 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 pm1007 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 pm3378 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 am422 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 pm810 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 am666 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 pm1054 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 pm457 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 am2360 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 am628 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 am1353 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 pm1800 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.