blog postsProfessor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalizationMay 6, 2019 10:15 am843 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book.Marijuana use among Illinois teens unchanged but 'cool factor' increasing, survey findsMay 2, 2019 1:00 pm390 views The number of Illinois high school seniors who think their peers perceive using marijuana as “cool” doubled – from 25% to 50% over the past decade, according to a new report from the latest Illinois Youth Survey.Study examines impact of climate change on Louisiana’s Houma tribeMay 2, 2019 9:00 am295 views Louisiana's Houma tribe are especially vulnerable to climate change, but mistrust fomented by overt discrimination and forcible relocation complicates efforts to help them adapt to it, new research suggests. Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation ratesApr 29, 2019 8:30 am572 views Freshmen from low-income families who received Illinois Promise loan-replacement grants at the University of Illinois were significantly more likely to graduate within five years, a new study found.How does sexual harassment affect young women in physics?Apr 23, 2019 10:30 am1697 views In a study reported in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research, nearly 75% of 471 undergraduate women in physics who responded to a survey offered during a professional conference reported having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment – mostly gender harassment – in their field. U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy, a co-author of the report, talked to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about the study, which also examined the respondents’ feelings of belonging and legitimacy as scientists and scholars.What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm1991 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.The heartland always a place of global connection, not isolation, author saysApr 10, 2019 10:00 am641 views An Illinois historian dug into the history of the Midwest and found it’s never been the insular place of heartland myth, but full of global connections.Illinois history professor awarded ACLS FellowshipApr 3, 2019 10:30 am305 views University of Illinois history professor Marsha Barrett has been awarded a prestigious ACLS Fellowship.Study: Families spend half of their evening meal distracted by technology, tasksApr 1, 2019 8:45 am669 views When families gather for dinner at night, they spend nearly half of their time distracted by electronic devices, toys and tasks that take them physically or mentally away from the table, a new study at the University of Illinois found.'Brexit' is coming – or maybe not. Why is this happening?Mar 26, 2019 10:30 am570 views An Illinois political science professor explains some of the forces behind “Brexit” and why it’s so difficult.Study suggests how, when to support military couples after homecomingMar 25, 2019 10:15 am503 views A study of more than 500 military couples in the months after a deployment suggests how and when to help with the transition.Events focus on perinatal mental, physical healthMar 21, 2019 10:45 am664 views An expo, national symposium and film screening are planned in Champaign to heighten awareness of women’s mental and physical health during and after pregnancy. The IDEA Women's Health Coalition is planning the events.Chicago's Large Lot Program sowing change in inner-city communitiesMar 19, 2019 2:30 pm1358 views Chicago's Large Lot Program is promoting positive changes in inner-city neighborhoods by allowing residents to buy and repurpose vacant lots that have been plagued by crime and other problems, U. of I. researchers found.The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?Mar 8, 2019 9:45 am1080 views The Midwest has a new national park at Indiana Dunes, and a University of Illinois professor explains how it happened and why the park is valuable.Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked diseaseMar 7, 2019 11:45 am286 views A study co-written by Theodore P. Cross, a senior research specialist in social work at the University of Illinois, examines the impact on families' coping when a child is diagnosed with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis.Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behaviorFeb 27, 2019 11:00 am843 views In many societies, teenagers are repeatedly told – by adults, peers and popular media – that teens are more likely than younger children to take risks, ignore their parents, skip schoolwork and succumb to bad influences. But stereotypes are not destiny, a new study of Chinese middle school students suggests.Study: White parents who feel left behind by today’s economy favor harsher parenting practicesFeb 18, 2019 8:15 am536 views White parents who feel that they’re falling through the cracks of today’s economy may be more likely to believe in authoritarian parenting practices such as spanking and demanding obedience, a new study found.What do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?Feb 11, 2019 11:15 am466 views E-cigarettes carry mixed messages about benefit and risk, but they’re relatively untested products with uncertain long-term health outcomes, says an Illinois professor who has studied health communication issues around vaping.What might come of Venezuela’s political crisis?Feb 5, 2019 12:15 pm531 views Illinois political scientist Damarys Canache discusses the history and politics behind the crisis of two presidents in Venezuela.What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am551 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 am2035 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 pm2172 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 am1021 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 am842 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 am526 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 am3222 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 am327 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 am244 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 am747 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 pm2020 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 am10237 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 am180 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 am1434 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 am1174 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 am641 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 am487 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 pm259 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 am372 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 am375 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 pm591 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 pm1050 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 am1287 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 am2063 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 pm758 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 am2227 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 am637 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 pm474 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 am842 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 pm1186 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 am329 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.