blog posts Have we gone too far trashing politics? Sep 8, 2020 10:00 am668 views We’ve gone too far in trashing politics, no matter how much the campaign season may prompt us to do so, says Ned O’Gorman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Politics is a good thing, but our views of politics have become “twisted.” His recent book “Politics for Everybody” argues for “authentic politics” that focus on different people getting along and working things out, not winner-take-all. Illinois professor uses LGBTQ voices in Beirut to understand daily violence, disruption Sep 3, 2020 8:00 am609 views Ghassan Moussawi, a professor of gender and women’s studies and of sociology, examines the daily survival strategies of Beirut’s LGBTQ residents in his new book “Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut.” What’s different about recent athlete protests? Sep 1, 2020 1:45 pm509 views In the history of protest in sports, the recent strikes by professional athletes in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are unprecedented, says Adrian Burgos Jr., a professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign who specializes in the history of sports. The resumption of pro sports during a pandemic has made the players’ platform even more prominent, he says, and some have used it to try to communicate their lived reality beyond their role as athletes. Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts say Aug 19, 2020 3:45 pm1025 views While many academic institutions are searching for ways to prevent sexual assault and sexual coercion among their faculty members, staff and students, they are failing to address the most common forms of gender-based harassment, say experts who study harassment and discrimination at work and in academic and health care settings. In an opinion published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the experts focus on behaviors that communicate derision, disgust or disrespect for members of one sex or gender group. Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization? Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am1773 views A global response, such as that organized by the World Health Organization, is needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ian Brooks, a research scientist whose focus is global health informatics. Teens who crave excitement more likely to smoke, use multiple illicit substances Aug 5, 2020 9:45 am785 views A new study of high school seniors in the U.S. suggests that teens who are less satisfied with their lives and seek out risky experiences and exciting, unpredictable friends are more likely to use multiple illicit substances regularly. Journalists’ Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles Aug 5, 2020 9:30 am47196 views Washington, D.C., journalists are clustering not in one “Beltway bubble” but in a collection of “microbubbles,” based on a recent study of their Twitter postings. It means they “may be even more insular than previously thought,” say Illinois journalism professors Nikki Usher and Yee Man Margaret Ng. CHIME in Illinois puts students to work on COVID-related data science projects Aug 4, 2020 8:45 am813 views An international public health initiative connects students and public health agencies with data-information needs. Spirituality, financial security essential to Latinos’ positive aging Jul 17, 2020 11:45 am547 views Financial security and spirituality are essential to positive aging in Latino older adults, and programs designed for this population should prioritize these elements, a new study indicates. Two Illinois communication scholars elected ICA Fellows Jul 10, 2020 9:15 am515 views Leanne Knobloch and Angharad Valdivia, both professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been elected Fellows of the International Communication Association, in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. Two other Illinois faculty members received the same honor last year. Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink? Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am2672 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why. How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am3053 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross. What can police trainers learn from the current crisis? Jun 17, 2020 8:15 am967 views Police reform is on the national agenda in response to the choking death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in late May – and many other such incidents before and since. Police Training Institute director Michael Schlosser weighed in on the current crisis. Based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the PTI trains dozens of police departments across the state of Illinois. Schlosser spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. Why the calls for defunding police? Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2585 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Housing instability undermines public health response to COVID-19 pandemic Jun 11, 2020 8:15 am1116 views Housing instability threatens to undermine the U.S. public health response to COVID-19, says a new working paper co-written by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Opposition to sexual- and gender-minority rights linked to support for Christian dominance Jun 11, 2020 7:30 am1105 views Many Christian and political conservatives in the U.S. support legislation to deny sexual and gender minorities the rights most Americans enjoy: unfettered access to jobs, housing, services and public facilities; the opportunity to marry as they choose; and the right to adopt a child. A new study published in the American Journal of Community Psychology offers insight into the factors that correlate with support for such laws. Do COVID-19 apps protect your privacy? Jun 8, 2020 1:00 pm1244 views Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don’t indicate the information will be secure. Study examines impact of high school teacher and student views of freshmen's social, emotional needs Jun 8, 2020 9:00 am1014 views When high school freshmen’s teachers give them lower scores on communication skills, the students receive four times as many disciplinary referrals as some of their peers, a new study found. Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict? Jun 4, 2020 2:30 pm3730 views Our biases, conscious and unconscious, influence how we process news of events like the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the media plays an important part in forming and reinforcing those biases, says Travis Dixon, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. What have we learned about intimate partner violence? May 26, 2020 12:30 pm462 views Human development and family studies professors Jennifer Hardesty and Brian Ogolsky discuss their recent study on intimate partner violence. Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture May 14, 2020 8:15 am5532 views Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still a subject of debate. In a new study, scientists report that corn was not grown in the ancient metropolis of Cahokia until sometime between A.D. 900 and 1000, a relatively late date that corresponds to the start of the city’s rapid expansion. Study examines India's policies for financial inclusion of the unbanked May 5, 2020 10:00 am2901 views A new analysis examines why India has had limited success at bringing the unbanked into the formal economy despite numerous policy initiatives. What's new with the plague? More than you might think Apr 23, 2020 10:00 am2476 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois. What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics? Apr 16, 2020 9:15 am2663 views There’s a long history of scapegoating marginalized people in epidemics, and of seeing difference in the way those of different races respond to disease, says Rana Hogarth, a U. of I. professor who studies the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between. How can researchers predict social behavior during pandemics to enhance public health policies? Apr 14, 2020 8:45 am820 views Eunice E. Santos, the dean of the School of Information Sciences, studies how computational models can help explain social behaviors and the factors that influence decision-making during pandemics. Many responders in emotional distress one year after hurricane in Puerto Rico, study finds Apr 13, 2020 1:00 pm1093 views Responders who assist people after disasters are at increased risk of mental health problems, and interventions are needed to support them, a study found. What messages best influence public health behavior? Apr 8, 2020 7:45 am648 views Dolores Albarracín, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent much of her career studying how people respond to public health messages asking them to change their behavior. She speaks about the special challenges of the present moment. How should we talk about our relative risk for COVID-19? Apr 7, 2020 9:30 am1327 views A key message coming through about COVID-19 is that older folks face much greater danger, but what does that suggest to the young? Cabral Bigman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about the challenge of “social comparison frames” in an epidemic. How to foster children’s learning while sheltering at home Apr 6, 2020 8:30 am1898 views Parents sheltering at home with their kids sometimes struggle to foster their children’s continued engagement with learning. Eva Pomerantz, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the factors that promote children’s motivation and achievement at school. She spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about her research on the topic and her own efforts to keep her children academically engaged while at home. Can relationships flourish through tech alone? Mar 31, 2020 8:45 am733 views Technology can be our friend in sustaining relationships now lacking in face time due to COVID-19, but it depends on how we use it, says John Caughlin, a communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How can parents help children cope with COVID-19 disruptions? Mar 23, 2020 2:30 pm1265 views Professor of human development and family studies Kelly Tu discusses ways parents can help children cope with the changes and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emotions play key role on social media during outbreaks, study suggests Mar 20, 2020 3:15 pm1129 views The role of social media in motivating people to assess their risk and alter their behavior in a disease outbreak is little-understood, but a recently published study of South Koreans during a 2015 MERS outbreak – led by Sang-Hwa Oh at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – suggests emotions might play a key part. Smoking prevalent among pregnant women enrolled in Illinois WIC program, study finds Mar 18, 2020 10:00 am1547 views Despite public-awareness campaigns about the potential health risks of smoking while pregnant, more than 15% of low-income women in Illinois may be lighting up anyway, a new study suggests. Is the US ready for the 2020 census? And what's at stake for Illinois? Mar 10, 2020 10:15 am944 views A demographer who’s followed the 2020 census praises outreach and education efforts, but also raises concerns about budget delays and testing – and notes that though the count in Illinois can be challenging, it needs to be accurate to avoid losing “a lot of green” in the form of federal dollars. Author makes case for politics to those who've lost faith Mar 4, 2020 9:45 am713 views It may seem incredible in an age of polarized division, but Ned O’Gorman is making a positive case for politics for those who’ve lost faith. The communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues in “Politics for Everybody” that politics is a necessity, not an option – and we know from everyday experience how to do it better, in ways not fundamentally “us versus them.” Why does the census matter? What are the challenges this time? Mar 2, 2020 10:00 am640 views The 2020 census kicks into high gear this month with information arriving in millions of mailboxes. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who also chairs a U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee explains why the census matters and describes challenges in making it work. German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote address Feb 5, 2020 9:30 am645 views A German diplomat based in Chicago but recently posted in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine will speak on “The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism” as part of the annual European Union Day on Feb. 21 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Focus on context diminishes memory of negative events, researchers report Feb 5, 2020 8:45 am754 views In a new study, researchers report they can manipulate how the brain encodes and retains emotional memories. The scientists found that focusing on the neutral details of a disturbing scene can weaken a person’s later memories – and negative impressions – of that scene. Team creates game-based virtual archaeology field school Jan 29, 2020 8:00 am2302 views Before they can get started at their field site – a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts – 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport. This is ANTH 399, a course designed to bring the archaeological field school experience to undergraduate students who never leave campus. Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care? Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1737 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.” Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families? Jan 23, 2020 9:30 am303 views Receiving the earned income tax credit in installments rather than a lump sum benefitted more than 500 families living in Chicago public housing, U. of I. researcher Karen Kramer's team found in a new study. The US used a drone to kill an Iranian general. What might be the consequences? Jan 9, 2020 8:45 am2089 views An expert on the growing role of drones in warfare and terrorism discusses the implications of the recent killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani in a Q&A. What do we really know about poverty? Dec 16, 2019 9:45 am1025 views The holidays are a time we focus on those in need and heap scorn on the Scrooges and Mr. Potters who don’t. But how well do we understand poverty, in either the U.S. or globally? Illinois sociologist Brian Dill addresses some misconceptions. Study: Leaders of nonprofits that use sport to better society often lack business skills Dec 5, 2019 2:15 pm637 views Many nonprofits using sport to create social change may fail because their leaders lack the leadership and business skills critical to the organizations' survival, U. of I. professor Jon Welty Peachey found in a study. US politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine? Dec 4, 2019 11:45 am405 views There’s more happening in Ukraine than just U.S. politics. A U. of I. professor talks about how the country is dealing with a long-term war and its consequences. Research explores impact of racial discrimination on dating websites for gay, bisexual men Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm1587 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade is the co-creator of a new scale that enables researchers to assess the impact of racialized sexual discrimination on gay and bisexual men of color. Will anything ever change for the Kurds? Nov 7, 2019 12:00 pm1460 views A U. of I. specialist on Middle Eastern politics explains why Kurds often feel they have “no friends but the mountains,” why they’re a political threat to Turkey’s president and motivations for the recent Turkish attack on the Kurds in Syria. Evidence of humans, not 'bots,' key to uncovering disinformation campaigns Oct 28, 2019 1:00 pm974 views It’s easier to spot online political “astroturfing,” a type of disinformation campaign, by looking first for digital traces of the human activity that makes it work, say Illinois communication professor JungHwan Yang and his research colleagues, in a new study. Expert on academic equity, mindsets to speak at the U. of I. Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm461 views Camille A. Farrington, an expert on academic equity and mindsets, will speak at a seminar on the University of Illinois campus on Nov. 14-15. Impeachment is underway: So who makes the rules? Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am884 views An impeachment investigation may be based in charges of wrongdoing, but it’s still a political process, says Illinois political science professor Gisela Sin. Even the design of rules and procedures is done strategically and with an eye on the outcome.