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  • 8/21/2015Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor writer Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor by Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor published by Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor
    A land use plan adopted for the Sacramento, California, region aimed to get local governments to plan together for development in a way that discouraged sprawl.
  • 8/11/2015Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Adults who have a passion for the outdoors – and are interested in sharing that with others – are needed statewide as volunteers in the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program.
  • 8/4/2015Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone.
  • 7/28/2015Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information, a new study suggests.
  • 7/22/2015Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey.
  • 6/15/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.
  • 6/10/2015Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.
  • 5/26/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. Their dispute, before a learned audience, was about the nature of time – mostly in connection with Einstein’s most famous work, the theory of relativity, which marks its centennial this year.
  • 4/23/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    If you think reporters are scoundrels, you might point to popular culture. If you think they’re heroes, you might do the same.
  • 4/23/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Illinois has an early colonial history that’s easily forgotten, or boiled down to just the explorers Marquette and Jolliet and a few French fur traders.
  • 4/2/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Americans see a lot of Abraham Lincoln – on our money, in advertising, in photos and films. It’s easy to think we know the guy. But what we see in Lincoln may say more about us and our times than about him, said University of Illinois communication professor Cara Finnegan.
  • 3/19/2015Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    Perinatal depression screenings will be available electronically to Champaign-Urbana Public Health clients through a collaborative project led by social work professor Karen M. Tabb Dina, center. Shown with Tabb Dina are co-authors Brandon Meline, director of maternal and child health management at Public Health; and graduate student Maria Pineros-Leano.
  • 3/10/2015Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Nearly 290,000 older adults from the U.S. volunteered abroad during 2012 – an increase of more than 60 percent in less than a decade, a recent study found.
  • 2/24/2015Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    More than half of patients with symptoms of mental illness – and nearly one-third of those who also had diabetes – said their health care providers had never told them to exercise or reduce their intake of dietary fat, according to a new study published in Diabetes Educator.
  • 2/16/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    A musical tribute to the First Amendment is coming to the University of Illinois campus March 3. The multimedia performance, titled “Freedom Sings: Speech, Civility and the University of Illinois,” will be at 8 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.
  • 2/4/2015Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor
    A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state’s high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.
  • 2/3/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The cute cat video seems to be everywhere online, and it’s become a handy epithet for everything that journalism should not be. So what should we make of the fact that The New York Times, that paragon of journalism, has written a lot about cats over 140 years? That’s the question posed by University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich after compiling hundreds of cat-related tales from the Times’ digital archive.
  • 1/26/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as the ads you’re really watching, such as those during the Super Bowl, says a University of Illinois researcher.
  • 1/12/2015Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children’s education, according to a recent survey of parents.
  • 1/8/2015Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.
  • 1/7/2015Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you’re watching national TV news – not because those things are true. That’s one implication of a study of five years of network and cable crime news led by University of Illinois communication professor Travis Dixon.
  • 12/22/2014Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor writer Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor by Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor published by Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor
    In a review of the scholarly research that captured the most public attention online this year, three of the top 100 articles had authors from the University of Illinois.
  • 12/8/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    Older Latinos living in the U.S. who perceive their neighborhoods as safer and more walkable are less likely to develop severe depressive symptoms, and the effect may be long term, a new study suggests.
  • 12/8/2014Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor writer Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor by Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor published by Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor
    A new publication, “Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death,” looks at new research into the plague and its historical significance. The publication is the inaugural issue of a new journal, “The Medieval Globe,” sponsored by the University of Illinois Program in Medieval Studies.
  • 12/8/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    When the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January, adopting rules of procedure will be among the first orders of business. Pretty mundane stuff, it would seem. Pay attention, though, says Gisela Sin, the author of a new book that analyzes over a century of House procedural rule-making, up through 2013. Those rules, written by the majority party, will have a huge impact on what follows in Washington over the next two years.
  • 11/21/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings – Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams – than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.
  • 11/20/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Retired baseball stars Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro -- careers tarred by allegations of steroid use -- received very different treatment over 12 years of national television news coverage, says University of Illinois professor Brian Quick, lead author on a paper about that coverage and its effects, published online Nov. 20 by the journal Communication Research.
  • 11/20/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study.
  • 11/19/2014Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.
  • 11/19/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    Racial discrimination and family issues are key contributors to the acculturative stress experienced by Latina immigrant women in the U.S., new research suggests.
  • 11/3/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    A common perception, especially outside the university classroom, is that teaching and research are two separate domains, with little overlap. That’s not the reality, however, for many University of Illinois faculty – including those whose 18 essays appear in “An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie,” recently published by the University of Illinois Press.
  • 10/7/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    Teens who play video/computer games 21 hours a week or more may be physically healthier and less prone to obesity as young adults than peers who spend their time on other pursuits. But gamers who log the most screen time also may be more prone to depression in young adulthood, a new study says.
  • 10/7/2014Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Illinoisans want more trails, interest in pickleball is on the upswing, and some communities are pulling the plugs on their aging swimming pools, according to a recent survey of the organizations and municipalities that operate public recreation facilities in Illinois.
  • 10/6/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The U.S. Census Bureau has named Julie A. Dowling, a University of Illinois professor of Latina and Latino studies, to its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.
  • 9/24/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans’ mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women’s psychological well-being.
  • 9/24/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    A new study of nearly 600 third-graders may explain why some children who experience peer victimization develop problems with depression or aggression while other children who also get bullied have healthy emotional and social adjustment.
  • 9/17/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Egypt’s 2011 revolution, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a big believer in the power of social media. A past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed events through their Facebook pages, the University of Illinois education professor became, for a moment in time, a “complete cyber-optimist.”
  • 8/19/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Many of life’s problems are also civil legal problems, but people don’t see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.
  • 8/18/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    For some women, sexual adventures during tourist travel can be life-changing – sparking sexual fulfillment and personal growth, or potentially causing devastating health or social problems, two new studies suggest.
  • 7/30/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Many service members will arrive in the U.S. to happy reunions. But reunited couples and families will have work to do in the months that follow, says Leanne Knobloch, a University of Illinois communication professor who has studied the relationships of military families post-deployment for about five years – and is starting new research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • 7/16/2014Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them – particularly the younger ones – suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.
  • 7/10/2014Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor
    Teaching youth to “just say no” has long been viewed as the first line of defense in the war on drugs. And several studies have provided compelling evidence that refusal skills training, which teaches participants strategies for resisting social pressure, can be successful at preventing youth from trying drugs and alcohol.
  • 5/1/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The human costs of America’s wars have received scant attention in daily war reporting – through five major conflicts going back a century – says an extensive and first-of-its-kind study of New York Times war coverage being published this month.
  • 4/30/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The power of ethnic hatred was on full display in the Rwandan genocide that began 20 years ago this month, but it’s only the most extreme example of ethnic and religious strife that continues around the world. Today’s examples can be found in Afghanistan, Egypt and Iraq, among many others. Those trying to understand these “sociocultural” animosities and conflicts – whether academics, journalists or nongovernmental organizations – now have a new tool at their disposal: a public database that pulls together multiple sources on trends in the composition of ethnic and religious groups in 165 countries, going back seven decades, to the end of World War II.
  • 4/3/2014Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Communicating the relevance of one’s scientific research to general audiences and developing educational outreach programs are critical to the career success of college professors and researchers, but graduate curricula often fail to help students cultivate these essential skills.
  • 3/31/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    One state’s citizens are collectively more agreeable and another’s are more conscientious. Could that influence how each state is governed?
  • 3/19/2014Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Economics professors Stefan Krasa and Mattias Polborn have published a paper on a theory of candidate competition that accounts for the influence of both economic and cultural issues on individual voting behavior.
  • 3/5/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    About half of Latinos check “white” in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check “other race.” They identify they are Latino in response to a previous question just for that purpose. Their choice of “white” or “other race” may have little to do with their skin color, their use of English or Spanish, or their comfort within the larger culture, contrary to common assumptions, says Julie A. Dowling, a University of Illinois professor of Latina and Latino studies.
  • 2/27/2014Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Hedrick Smith will speak on “Who Stole the American Dream” in a talk at 7:30 p.m. March 11 on the third floor of Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.
  • 11/22/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
  • 11/13/2013Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor writer Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor by Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor published by Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor
    Growing up in Chicago’s Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, Audrey Petty lived about two miles from the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes. Those 28 high-rises, arranged in horseshoe clusters along the Dan Ryan Expressway, contained more than 4,400 apartments, giving the complex the dubious title of largest public housing development in the nation. But though she could practically see the drab concrete towers from her doorstep, Petty regarded the Robert Taylor Homes as a foreign, mysterious and impenetrable enclave.
  • 10/30/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Poor social and communication skills and psychosocial problems such as depression, low self-esteem and anger – all of which are often associated with disabilities – serve as risk factors for peer rejection and as predictors for bullying and victimization, according to a new study that was conducted at the University of Illinois.
  • 10/23/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    More than half (53 percent) of young women have experienced at least one incident of verbal, physical or substance-facilitated sexual coercion – and more than half of those incidents resulted in sexual intercourse, a recent study of high school and college students found.
  • 10/23/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Single mothers in the U.S. went without health insurance coverage for an average of more than nine months during the country’s most recent economic recession, and mothers who were underemployed went without coverage longer than women who did not work, a new study by scholars at the University of Illinois indicates.
  • 10/21/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Baby Boomers and nostalgia buffs from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom are getting their kicks on Historic Route 66 in Illinois, a new study of tourism related to the road indicates.
  • 10/9/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Obesity rates among preschoolers who have been investigated by child protective services for alleged maltreatment are nearly three times as high as children in the general population, a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests.
  • 10/9/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    More than 90 percent of the public supports organ donation, yet less than half the population registers as donors, surveys show. What if registration was better promoted to those who had previously turned it down? And at the place almost everyone makes that decision, the DMV? Research at 40 Department of Motor Vehicles facilities in Illinois shows such efforts can make a difference.
  • 9/10/2013Jeff Unger writer Jeff Unger by Jeff Unger published by Jeff Unger
    Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Tuesday (Sept. 10) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.
  • 9/9/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Youth who diet at early ages and report at least mild depression are at increased risk of developing eating disorders and engaging in unsafe weight-loss behaviors in young adulthood, new research by Janet Liechty and Meng-Jung Lee at the University of Illinois suggests.
  • 8/29/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    More than three-quarters of U.S. colleges and universities in a survey offer black studies in some form, says a new report from the African American studies department at the U. of I.
  • 7/15/2013Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests.
  • 7/10/2013Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    A bout with cancer can be the catalyst for growth and healing in mother-daughter relationships, suggests a new study by a University of Illinois social work professor.
  • 6/19/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Anyone with a passing interest in the Civil War has seen the photos of the battlefield dead. There are the rows and fields full of corpses from battles such as Antietam and Gettysburg (which will mark its sesquicentennial July 1-3). There are the faces and the expressions.
  • 6/3/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The Soviet Union had its Gulag. It also had its seaside resorts. The same government that threw its citizens into labor camps also gave them vacations and places to spend them, some of them lavish, University of Illinois history professor and chair Diane Koenker says in a new book.
  • 5/6/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Once derided as barbaric and tantamount to human cockfighting by many lawmakers, the mixed martial arts industry was on the fringe of the sports landscape during its early years in the U.S. and was banned in 36 states. Over the past decade, however, MMA and its foremost promotional vehicle, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, have made a dramatic turnaround, winning mainstream acceptance and legalization in all but two states Connecticut and New York.
  • 5/6/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    The shorter the intervals between previous child maltreatment incidents, the greater the likelihood that the child will experience abuse or neglect in the future, suggests a new study by a social work professor at the University of Illinois.
  • 4/22/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Three key issues were at the center of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act: money for border enforcement, a pathway to citizenship and making it illegal to hire undocumented workers. But another provision of the IRCA, often overlooked, has had far-reaching consequences.
  • 4/8/2013Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    The strong emotional and spiritual attachments that exist between people and physical spaces are transforming conservation practices, a trend explored in a new book, Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives From the Social Sciences, published by Springer.
  • 3/14/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Two decades into the digital age, the Internet is now enmeshed in the fabric of nearly every aspect of life, says University of Illinois communication professor Robert McChesney. In ongoing debates about its influence and future, there are, he says, celebrants and skeptics.
  • 3/14/2013Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Even parents who have had no contact with child welfare agencies believe negative stereotypes about social workers and the likely outcomes of abuse or neglect investigations, misconceptions that complicate agencies efforts to engage parents in interventions.
  • 2/26/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision McCollum v. Board of Education, the award-winning documentary The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today will be shown at 7 p.m. March 7 in the auditorium of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana.
  • 2/4/2013Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Bullied teens often are assured that it gets better. And a new study suggests that bullying does, indeed, tend to decline as teens progress through high school and move toward adulthood.
  • 1/29/2013Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, winner of the 2012 Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, will give a public talk on Feb. 11 as part of a U. of I. campus visit.
  • 1/8/2013Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Family members may play a unique and influential role in buffering Mexican youth against the negative effects of stress as they transition into adulthood, suggests a new study by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at universities in Mexico and the U.S.
  • 12/11/2012Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Think your simple wagering strategy for professional football such as always picking the home team or the underdog is going to pay off in the long run? Dont bet on it, say sports economists Scott Tainsky and Yoon Tae Sung.
  • 12/4/2012Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    As survivors of Hurricane Sandy are learning, the emotional toll of natural disasters is as profound as their physical devastation. However, a new study of people who survived Japans deadly earthquake and tsunami in 2011 suggests that leisure activities can play critical roles in victims psychological recovery from natural disasters.
  • 12/3/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Atlantic Magazine named Evenings Empire, by University of Illinois history professor Craig Koslofsky, as one of the 15 best books reviewed by the magazine or published in 2012.
  • 11/27/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    While it might be hard to imagine in the midst of the ad-soaked holiday season, there was a time in the 1930s when advertising faced fierce opposition from the public. Then came World War II, and everything changed, says Inger Stole.
  • 10/25/2012Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Crime, gang activity and other problems of disordered neighborhoods decrease nonresident fathers involvement with their children, but it doesnt have the effect on fathers who live with their children in two-parent households, a recent study indicates.
  • 10/22/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Frederick Hoxie starts each of his courses asking students to list three American Indians, and their answers are almost always the same: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Geronimo.
  • 10/15/2012Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    Despite a number of measures undertaken by the government in Albania to curb sex trafficking, rigorous comprehensive legal and social reforms are needed to address the practices that perpetuate it, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher indicates.
  • 10/3/2012Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor
    The American dream is alive and well in Illinois rural communities among Latino immigrant families, who demonstrate considerable resilience in the face of multiple challenges, a new study indicates.
  • 10/2/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, honored over decades for both her explanatory reporting and major stories on the U.S. Supreme Court and its nominees, will be the 2012 recipient of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
  • 9/12/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The war and military necessity are what prompted Lincoln to issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, says historian Bruce Levine, but the Civil War itself was by then already working to dismantle slavery and upend the southern society built around it.
  • 9/11/2012Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest
    Incidents such as the one that took place at Normal Community High School on Friday (Sept. 7), during which a student armed with a gun briefly took classmates and a teacher hostage at the Illinois school before being subdued, provide sobering reminders that crisis plans are as imperative as lesson plans in U.S. schools today.
  • 8/6/2012Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    People living 700 to 900 years ago in Cahokia, a massive settlement near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, ritually used a caffeinated brew made from the leaves of a holly tree that grew hundreds of miles away, researchers report.
  • 8/6/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    A sense of invulnerability isnt a hallmark of youth as many adults may believe nor is it necessarily detrimental, a new study suggests. However, feeling immune to the problems and threats that affect others can be a blessing or a curse, depending on whether people believe theyre exempt from psychological risks or physical harm.
  • 8/1/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Theres a quiet revolution going on in kitchens and carpools across the U.S. Increasing numbers of men are hanging up their power ties, waving goodbye to jobs with paychecks, and becoming full-time stay-at-home fathers who care for their children while their wives become the familys sole breadwinners.
  • 7/26/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The technological edge can come in a swimmers revolutionary suit, in a cyclists specialized bike, in any athletes drug of choice whether legal, untraceable or not yet banned. Why are we quick to judge only some of this as cheating? And why are sport governing bodies so slow to address the inequalities, and then often after the fact?
  • 6/28/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Behavioral problems in preschoolers may mirror the intensity and frequency of their parents marital conflict and signal possible child maltreatment, suggests a new study co-written by Jun Sung Hong, a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, and researchers at Ewha Womans University and Duksung Womens University, both in Seoul, South Korea.
  • 5/24/2012Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest
    Each year, millions of children are exposed to domestic violence, a traumatic experience that has been associated with cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional problems in childhood as well as a higher incidence of depression and premature death in adulthood. Numerous studies over the past two decades also have indicated that exposure to domestic violence (EDV) places children at higher risk of abuse and neglect.
  • 5/23/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Although often perceived as a burden to taxpayers, government spending on programs that serve the poor stimulates the economy, creates jobs and even enhances property values, according to a recent study led by Mary Keegan Eamon, a professor in the School of Social Work.
  • 5/15/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The Internet is changing the way people get their news, but theres little proof that it is fragmenting or polarizing the news audience the way many assume, says professor David Tewksbury, the head of the University of Illinois department of communication.
  • 5/2/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Four classes, four continents. About every two years, a small class of University of Illinois journalism students under the supervision of professor Nancy Benson reports from a different part of the world, taking a two-week turn as foreign correspondents.
  • 5/2/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    People with mild or moderate disabilities who are creative, intellectually curious and attentive to their feelings those who score higher on the personality trait openness may be significantly more likely to maintain employment, suggests a new study co-written by David Strauser, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois.
  • 4/26/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    While many Chinese studies claim that the treatments for Internet overuse have high response rates, an analysis by researchers in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois found inconsistencies in reporting standards that raise troubling questions about the studies scientific rigor.
  • 4/23/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Could peacekeepers actually be a detriment to ending a war and finding long-term peace? An analysis of conflicts since World War II shows that thats the case more often than not, say two experts on the subject.
  • 4/16/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    llinois in 2006 joined other states in creating a first-person, legally binding consent registry for organ donation. Now the task is persuading more people to sign up, including those newly eligible each year when they turn 18. But how do you reach these teenagers in a multimedia age?
  • 4/16/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    A new report by researchers at the University of Illinois offers sobering information about bullying. Students who are the most vulnerable those with health problems or learning/developmental disabilities, who are poor or are racial/ethnic or sexual minorities are more likely to be victimized by their peers.
  • 3/12/2012Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    For many immigrants coming to the U.S. between 1890 and 1920, Irish meant American, according to historian James Barrett. The Irish were the Americans they interacted with, and whose strategies they often sought to emulate. As a result, the Irish would play a vital role, for good and bad, in Americanizing the newer arrivals and shaping the multiethnic city.
  • 1/9/2012Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Families that have high amounts of unsecured debt, such as outstanding credit card balances and payday loans, diminish their childrens prospects of attending or graduating from college, according to a new study by social work professors Min Zhan at the University of Illinois and Michael Sherraden, the founder of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • 12/15/2011Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Uninsured adults with serious mental illnesses may have a harder time finding care because state budgetary cutbacks are dramatically affecting services and staffing levels at community mental health agencies in Illinois and other states. But full implementation of the federal health care reform law could help alleviate that, according to scholars in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.
  • 12/13/2011Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    The unmet health care needs of Latinos in the U.S. and strategies for addressing the linguistic and other barriers that impede them are examined by a panel of experts in a new book, Creating Infrastructures for Latino Mental Health, co-edited by Lydia Buki, left, a professor in the department of kinesiology and community health, and Lissette Piedra, a faculty member in the School of Social Work.
  • 12/5/2011Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Parents are more likely to blame or doubt a child victim of sexual abuse when the suspected perpetrator is an adolescent rather than an adult, according to a new study that examined child molestation cases in four states. The findings also suggest that, regardless of the age of the perpetrator, parental blame/doubt toward the victim significantly increases if the victim is an adolescent.
  • 11/17/2011Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    About 10 percent of children in low-income families reported at least one homeless episode and an additional 24 percent had at least one episode where they lived doubled up with relatives, friends or other families before age 6, according to a new study led by Jung Min Park, a faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.
  • 10/26/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    According to one estimate, half of Americans are confronting a civil legal problem at any one time. Without access to the right information or advice, or an advocate in civil court, they may lose a home, a job, maybe custody of a child, says Rebecca Sandefur. They may lose out in a divorce, or in a billing or insurance dispute.
  • 10/10/2011Dusty Rhodes, News Editor writer Dusty Rhodes, News Editor by Dusty Rhodes, News Editor published by Dusty Rhodes, News Editor
    A panel of local educators who specialize in meeting the needs of immigrant children will discuss strategies for providing early childhood and elementary education to young Latinos at noon on Oct. 14 (Friday).
  • 9/28/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Its not one border, one time, that makes an immigrant, says Dorothee Schneider. Its not a matter of crossing over and youre done. Despite what many politicians want us to believe, Schneider said, not everyone who has migrated to the U.S. has tried to stay permanently, successful immigration does not always mean Americanization, and successful immigrants dont all become U.S. citizens.
  • 9/19/2011Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest
    Children who receive crisis nursery services prior to being placed in out-of-home care are twice as likely to be reunited with their biological families as other children in Illinois child welfare system, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.
  • 8/31/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Troops overseas often want nothing more than to get back home to loved ones but the reunion period often can be more emotionally taxing than the deployment. Returning service members are at a greater risk of both depressive symptoms and relationship distress, and research shows the two often go together, says University of Illinois researcher Leanne Knobloch.
  • 8/18/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Darkness truly ruled the night in the Europe of 1500. People feared almost everything about the hours after sunset, says University of Illinois historian Craig Koslofsky. Two centuries later well before the age of electricity the cities of northern Europe, at least, had embraced the night much as we do today, says Koslofsky, the author of Evenings Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe, recently published by Cambridge University Press.
  • 8/10/2011Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    We all know one, or think we do: the person whose self-regard seems out of proportion to his or her actual merits. Popular culture labels these folks narcissists, almost always a derogatory term. But a new study suggests that some forms of narcissism are at least in the short term beneficial, helping children navigate the difficult transition to adulthood.
  • 7/27/2011Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Many of the adults living in Chicagos South Lawndale neighborhood are first-generation immigrants, raised in Latin American communities where people feel close to nature, leave their doors wide open to their neighbors and the outdoors is an extended space for socializing with the community.
  • 6/28/2011Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor
    Reality television series such as Intervention that claim to provide unflinching portraits of addiction and treatment dont accurately depict either one, and, at worst, the shows focus on the most extreme cases may deter some viewers from seeking help, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.
  • 6/8/2011Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor
    With the bitter contract dispute between the National Football League Players Association and team owners apparently inching toward the goal line, armchair quarterbacks and television broadcast executives across the U.S. can breathe a collective sigh of relief that their favorite teams probably will kick off the 2011 season as expected and wont leave them with gaping holes in their schedules come fall.
  • 5/25/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Political science professor Tiberiu Dragu says some votes count for more than others in many democracies, and a multi-nation study he co-authored shows that some states benefit significantly in federal funding as a result.
  • 5/19/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Fred Friendly, president of CBS News, left, and journalist Edward R. Murrow share the cover of a new book by journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich, Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest, published this month by the University of Illinois Press.
  • 4/25/2011Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor
    Researchers have long known that children with disabilities are at increased risk of being abused by their caregivers. But a groundbreaking new study by Jesse Helton, a faculty member in the Children and Family Research Center in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, indicates that the risk and degree of physical abuse varies according to the childs type and level of disability and those at greatest risk of maltreatment may be those with average functioning or only mild impairments.
  • 4/14/2011Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor
    Before budding social workers grab their diplomas and embark on the next phase of their careers, many already have begun leaving indelible marks on the lives of people in their communities.
  • 3/30/2011Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor
    While welfare-to-work programs mandate employment and push recipients into the labor market, many low-income single mothers have unstable and low-paying jobs that leave families vulnerable to hunger, inadequate housing, unmet health care needs and other hardships, according to recent studies by two researchers at the University of Illinois.
  • 3/21/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The American Civil War not only was a series of monumental struggles on the battlefields, it also was a revolution behind the lines a profound upending of the social order that played out in the South through the four years of the war, says University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine.
  • 2/16/2011Sharita Forrest, Education Editor writer Sharita Forrest, Education Editor by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor published by Sharita Forrest, Education Editor
    A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois indicates that mothers with chronic substance abuse problems are more likely to make progress in recovering from addiction and to reunite with their children in state custody if they receive residential treatment plus community-based transitional services.
  • 2/7/2011Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    In two new works, anthropologist Jane Desmond tackles a perplexing question relating to the enormously successful Body Worlds exhibits: How does society tolerate and even celebrate the public display of human corpses?
  • 1/27/2011Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor
    Labor expert Robert Bruno says the Great Recession has become a convenient excuse for the vilification of unionized labor.
  • 1/25/2011Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Hundreds of new and returning representatives arrived on Capitol Hill this month probably thinking they know their districts well. But the picture in their heads of the constituents they represent is in fact limited and flawed, thanks to unconscious mental shortcuts that determine who they see and dont see, says Kristina Miler (pronounced Miller), a University of Illinois political scientist.
  • 11/23/2010Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest
    A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois indicates that children who spend in excess of 30 hours per week in non-relative care through the age of 4 1/2 may be exposed to a social environment that popularizes aggression, leading some children to become more physically aggressive than peers who spend less time in nonmaternal care.
  • 11/10/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Tom Conley, a recently retired professor of communication at Illinois who has written a new book on the rhetoric of insults, says people take themselves too seriously.
  • 11/1/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Gay Talese, the author of acclaimed books and articles on topics as varied as the Mafia, sports, immigration, the sexual revolution, The New York Times, and Frank Sinatra, will be this years recipient of the IIlinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
  • 11/1/2010Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    Ignoring topography, efficiency, expense and even their own surveyors recommendations, regional railroad officials in the mid-19th century diverted a new rail line around New Philadelphia, Ill., the first town in the United States planned, platted and legally registered by an African American, a University of Illinois researcher reports. The bypass pushed what would have been a fairly straight, even run of railroad tracks from Griggsville, Ill. to Hannibal, Mo., in a wide, hilly arc around New Philadelphia.
  • 10/6/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Six centers at the University of Illinois dealing with international areas and issues have received $14.7 million in federal grants to continue their programs through the current and next three academic years (2010-2014).
  • 9/29/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today, an hourlong documentary by U. of I. journalism professor Jay Rosenstein, tells the story of Vashti McCollum, a young Champaign, Ill., mother who filed a lawsuit against the Champaign board of education in 1945 that ultimately resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision three years later in her favor.
  • 9/27/2010Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    About 150 students who are taking an introductory course in social work at the University of Illinois this semester will experience the problems that low-income families in their communities struggle with every day when the students participate in a poverty simulation exercise on Tuesday (Sept. 28).
  • 9/21/2010Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $712,000 grant to a University of Illinois researcher who is developing a program to help young adults with alcohol problems stay in treatment and recover with help from their friends.
  • 9/8/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Higher education has shifted from newsmaker to news commentator, at least in The New York Times, according to a University of Illinois study of the papers coverage over six decades.
  • 8/25/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Theres a reason why some sports fans are referred to as die-hards even after they move away, their loyalty to their hometown team endures, according to research by Scott Tainsky and Monika Stodolska, professors of recreation, sport and tourism at Illinois.
  • 8/5/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Proposed cuts to community mental health centers in Illinois continues a disturbing trend in the states lack of commitment to helping families and individuals experiencing a mental illness, says Christopher R. Larrison, a University of Illinois expert on community-based mental health services.
  • 8/4/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Scott Tainsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois, says that many of the same factors that influence whether or not fans attend an NFL game in-person also influence a teams television ratings.
  • 7/27/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Our personalities play a role in every aspect of our lives, from friendships to hobbies, from whom we marry to what we do for a living. Its only natural, then, that personality should also play a role in our political beliefs and behavior, says Jeffery Mondak yet its long been ignored as a subject of study
  • 6/23/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Before Roe v. Wade, there was German measles. Ten years before the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion which likely will be a focus of Senate confirmation questions for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan next week German measles probably played the biggest part in starting to shift public attitudes about the criminal abortion laws, University of Illinois historian Leslie J. Reagan says in a new book.
  • 6/17/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Janet M. Liechty, professor of social work and of medicine at Illinois, says that body image distortion, rather than the more commonly used measure of body dissatisfaction, may be a better screening tool to help identify non-overweight girls at risk for unsafe weight loss practices.
  • 5/17/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Where is the line between us and them? Between our community and you people? In much of our political talk, the groupings often seem clear: red state, blue state; black or white, left or right. But in peoples minds its another matter, says Cara Wong, a political scientist at the University of Illinois.
  • 4/22/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    At the intersection of politics and nature, politics usually wins, even over the best intentions, says U. of I. political scientist Robert Pahre.
  • 4/5/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    If you think Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites that foster online communication and interaction are merely vapid echo chambers of self-promotion, think again, say two University of Illinois professors who study computer-mediated communication and the Internet.
  • 3/24/2010
    Even during tough economic times, a school districts decision to cut support services aimed at helping Hispanic students and their families navigate through the public school system will prove to be a shortsighted one, especially given long-term demographic trends and the need for a highly educated workforce, says a University of Illinois expert in social services for vulnerable populations.
  • 3/12/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    In a new study, Tom ORourke, a professor emeritus of community health at the University of Illinois, examined 25 variables in four categories to see how state policies might affect residents health.
  • 3/4/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The Obama White Houses new-media photo archive is just the latest wrinkle in an old practice of image management and political communication, says Cara Finnegan, a communication professor who studies the political and persuasive uses of photography, and who has been studying the White House Flickr site..
  • 3/4/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    For the work-weary, the word vacation may conjure images of leisurely, carefree days at the beach sipping umbrella drinks. But according to published research by a University of Illinois expert in tourism and recreation, genealogical tourism is one of the fastest growing markets in vacation travel because it represents a conscious shift away from relaxation and into the realm of personal enrichment and fulfillment.
  • 2/15/2010Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    When it comes to violent nonfiction, men are from Mars, the planet of war, but women are from Earth, the planet of serial killings and random murders.
  • 2/12/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Tamara Fuller has been appointed director of the Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2/8/2010Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher.
  • 2/4/2010Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Journalism in the U.S. needs government support, preferably tens of billions of dollars and soon, says Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communication professor and co-author of a new book making the case.
  • 1/20/2010Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    Researchers can predict your performance on a video game simply by measuring the volume of specific structures in your brain, a multi-institutional team reports this week.
  • 1/19/2010Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    Those who value excellence and hard work generally do better than others on specific tasks when they are reminded of those values. But when a task is presented as fun, researchers report, the same individuals often will do worse than those who say they are less motivated to achieve.
  • 1/15/2010Phil Ciciora, Education Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Education Editor by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor
    What we learn from our siblings when we grow up has for better or for worse a considerable influence on our social and emotional development as adults, according to an expert in sibling, parent-child and peer relationships at the University of Illinois.
  • 11/19/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The United States has led the way for decades in promoting free trade and globalization, but contrary to common wisdom, its now among the most vulnerable to a growing backlash against it, says University of Illinois professor Jude Hays.
  • 10/15/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The civil rights movement was never as unified as it often has been portrayed, says University of Illinois professor Clarence Lang.
  • 9/14/2009Melissa Mitchell writer Melissa Mitchell by Melissa Mitchell published by Melissa Mitchell
    In discussions of the recent economic downturn by politicians, journalists and their followers, its been next to impossible to dodge the phrase Wall Street versus Main Street. Clich though it may be by now, the phrase is effective in part because of the instant images both locales evoke. But when John Jakle, a professor emeritus of geography and of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois, references Main Street, its impossible for him to see past the one icon still standing in many a downtown across America: the landmark hotel.
  • 9/4/2009Craig Chamberlain writer Craig Chamberlain by Craig Chamberlain published by Craig Chamberlain
    Presidential rhetoric expert John Murphy says President Obama's healthcare message so far has been too fragmented. Murphy explains what the president needs to do to turn things around.
  • 8/20/2009Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest
    Although the recurrence of child abuse and neglect declined in Illinois during 2008, the state is failing to meet federal guidelines in these areas and could lose millions of dollars in federal funding as a result.
  • 8/20/2009Melissa Mitchell writer Melissa Mitchell by Melissa Mitchell published by Melissa Mitchell
    When most people think of parks, images of slides and swings, ball fields and basketball hoops, Rollerbladers and moms pushing strollers may come to mind. But in some urban neighborhoods with highly migratory immigrant populations, that image may take on a more ominous tint as the Rollerbladers and stroller-pushing mamas are replaced by gangbangers packing knives and guns, and pushing drugs.
  • 8/18/2009Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    Allen H. Renear and Carole L. Palmer, professors of library and information science at Illinois, say that as techniques originally designed to organize and share scientific data are integrated into scientific publishing, scientists' long-standing practice of reading "strategically" will be dramatically enhanced.
  • 8/18/2009Melissa Mitchell writer Melissa Mitchell by Melissa Mitchell published by Melissa Mitchell
    A University of Illinois professor, who also watches and studies bird-watchers, suggests that the popular pastime known as competitive birding that is, participation in various types of activities based around the goal of identifying and/or listing the greatest number of avian species may not be as eco-friendly as it purports to be.
  • 7/15/2009Craig Chamberlain writer Craig Chamberlain by Craig Chamberlain published by Craig Chamberlain
    For Judge Sonia Sotomayor, just being Latina means her objectivity is in question.That’s the message that stands out to University of Illinois professor Isabel Molina-Guzmn in too much of the coverage so far of the Supreme Court nominee, whose confirmation hearings began Monday.
  • 5/14/2009Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    President Barack Obama’s pledge to make his presidency the most open and accountable administration in history could come true if his administration embraces open data formats to make government information accessible to all, says a University of Illinois expert in information science.
  • 3/31/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    More than 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, and an average of 17 die waiting each day, but according to a University of Illinois communication professor TV news says little about need for organ donations nor how to become a donor.
  • 3/16/2009Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    It’s not unusual for governments of neighboring communities to work cooperatively in planning and building transportation infrastructure or tackling environmental issues. But when it comes to zoning matters, most municipalities have adopted an approach best characterized by the Warren Zevon song “Splendid Isolation.”
  • 3/16/2009Phil Ciciora, News Editor writer Phil Ciciora, News Editor by Phil Ciciora, News Editor published by Phil Ciciora, News Editor
    For budding “bracketologists” busily weighing picks for their annual March Madness office pool, a University of Illinois professor has some advice on how to pick winners: In the later rounds of the tournament, ignore a team’s seeding, which is a statistically insignificant predictor of a team’s chances of winning.
  • 2/27/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Presidential rhetoric expert John Murphy says there's a "pretty direct train of influence from FDR to Kennedy to Reagan to Obama. All four talk to us in ways that respect our intelligence, that make us feel like we are worthy of being American citizens.”
  • 2/11/2009Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Recreation, sport and tourism researchers have found that Chinatowns project an unrealistic image of China, but it's an image that residents and visitors mutually negotiate satisfactorily.
  • 2/9/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    It may be the little things you’re not doing in daily routines that are playing a part in strained communication within couples, says researcher Leanne Knobloch. Things like forgetting to walk the dog or fuel the car or take out the trash.
  • 1/28/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Fewer cars. More horses. A softer sell. That’s just part of what viewers can expect in Sunday’s “Super Bowl of advertising,” as companies adjust their marketing in a very down market, says Jan Slater, a branding expert and the head of the department of advertising at the University of Illinois.
  • 1/22/2009Jan Dennis, News Editor writer Jan Dennis, News Editor by Jan Dennis, News Editor published by Jan Dennis, News Editor
    New Philadelphia, a lost western Illinois town where blacks and whites lived together in peace and freedom a quarter of a century before the Civil War, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
  • 1/13/2009Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    A new study co-written by social work professors at Illinois followed 5,978 children in foster care in Illinois for several years to determine whether these children’s placement and permanency outcomes were affected by their histories of intensive mental health treatment.
  • 1/13/2009Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    Jabari Asim, a scholar-in-residence at Illinois is the author of “What Obama Means” (William Morrow), being published on Inauguration Day. Asim thought a black president was inevitable. Just not quite so soon.
  • 1/5/2009Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    A groundbreaking study led by Joseph P. Ryan in the School of Social Work at Illinois indicates that recovery coaches can significantly reduce the number of substance-exposed births as well as help reunite substance-involved families, saving state child-welfare systems millions of dollars in foster-care and other placement costs.
  • 11/25/2008Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    The Bush White House has been rewriting part of its history, according to University of Illinois researchers Scott Althaus (ALL’-touse) and Kalev Leetaru (KAHL’-iv lee-TAR-oo). It “has quietly deleted or modified key documents in the public record that are maintained under its direct control,” they write, in a report posted online this week and cited in a story in The New York Times.
  • 11/12/2008
    A narrative- and relationship-based intervention implemented by child-welfare professionals in Illinois has helped foster children in the rural Midwest begin recovering from the traumatic experiences associated with their parents’ misuse and/or manufacture of methamphetamine by recruiting people in the children’s communities to help them to talk about and better understand the problems that so profoundly affected their lives.
  • 11/12/2008Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Commercial broadcasters are doing the “bare minimum and not much more” for children’s educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now.
  • 11/10/2008Phil Ciciora, Education Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Education Editor by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor
    The launch of Sputnik in 1957 served as a wake-up call for Eisenhower-era America to train more scientists and engineers. Officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope their new I-STEM Initiative has the same effect.
  • 11/5/2008Phil Ciciora, Education Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Education Editor by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor
    The controversial No Child Left Behind law has forced teachers in low-income school districts to craft a curriculum that marginalizes writing at the expense of teaching to the test, resulting in educators who feel straitjacketed by a high-stakes test, according to a U. of I. education professor who has studied the issue.
  • 10/30/2008Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor writer Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor published by Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    In a new analysis, researchers at the University of Illinois found that measuring the quality of romantic relationships is more complex than these earlier studies suggest. While personality has been found to be predictive of perceived relationship satisfaction and success, other measures of relationship quality may offer additional insight into how a romantic relationship is functioning.
  • 10/27/2008Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor
    If you think candidates never keep their promises and will say anything to get elected, you’re certainly not alone. And you’re not right, either.
  • 10/21/2008Phil Ciciora, Education Editor writer Phil Ciciora, Education Editor by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor published by Phil Ciciora, Education Editor
    If there’s one issue the candidates have been near silent on in the run-up to Election Day, it’s education. But when the education advisers for John McCain and Barack Obama square off in a surrogate debate about where their candidate stands on the issues tonight (Oct. 21), it will be a battle of “fundamental opposites” on the educational policy spectrum, says James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 10/8/2008Sharita Forrest, News Editor writer Sharita Forrest, News Editor by Sharita Forrest, News Editor published by Sharita Forrest, News Editor
    Illinois and other states could save tens of millions of dollars in administrative costs and find safe, permanent homes for thousands more foster children each year if pending federal legislation is signed by President George W. Bush.
  • 9/17/2008
    Expert sources at the University of Illinois on issues relating to the 2008 elections
  • 8/21/2008Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Hurricane season has arrived, sparking renewed debate regarding possible links between global warming and the frequency and severity of hurricanes, heat waves and other extreme weather events.
  • 7/17/2008Craig Chamberlain writer Craig Chamberlain by Craig Chamberlain published by Craig Chamberlain
    Watching the news should make you more informed, but it also may be making you more likely to stereotype, says a University of Illinois researcher.
  • 6/17/2008Craig Chamberlain writer Craig Chamberlain by Craig Chamberlain published by Craig Chamberlain
    eventy-five years after the Nazis rose to power, historians still struggle to explain how the Nazis could take such effective hold of Germany and bring it to such murderous extremes in war and in the Holocaust.
  • 6/3/2008Craig Chamberlain writer Craig Chamberlain by Craig Chamberlain published by Craig Chamberlain
    History shows Democrats will unite behind Barack Obama, but the party’s likely nominee faces a tougher challenge than many expect in his bid to become the nation’s first black president, a University of Illinois political expert says.
  • 5/13/2008Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Many things have been said about reality TV, but “educational” has rarely been among them. Yet whether we realize it or not, shows from “Survivor” to “The Apprentice” to the more-recent “Oprah’s Big Give” are imparting lessons for an age of scaled-down and reinvented government, says University of Illinois professor and author James Hay.
  • 5/12/2008Jeff Unger, News Bureau writer Jeff Unger, News Bureau by Jeff Unger, News Bureau published by Jeff Unger, News Bureau
    At the dawn of the 21st century, democracy as a form of government was ascendant. The wealthiest nations were democracies, and democratization was well under way in southern and eastern Europe, and in Latin America. And yet …
  • 5/8/2008Jeff Unger, News Bureau writer Jeff Unger, News Bureau by Jeff Unger, News Bureau published by Jeff Unger, News Bureau
    he United States remains a formidable but besieged global power, according to the editors of “From Superpower to Besieged Global Power: Restoring World Order After the Failure of the Bush Doctrine” (University of Georgia Press).
  • 5/1/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama delivered what many consider the signature speech of his candidacy last month in Philadelphia, pleading for straightforward talk about race as ethnic rumblings dogged his historic bid to become the nation’s first black president.
  • 4/15/2008Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    Support is lagging for Illinois’ first constitutional convention in four decades, but could get a boost from growing unrest over political in-fighting that many citizens fear has paralyzed state government, according to a new University of Illinois poll.
  • 4/14/2008Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Social scientists at the University of Illinois are collaborating on a project that seeks to gain new insights on why and how seemingly small, geographically localized disputes can quickly ignite into border-crossing regional conflicts, and even global wars.
  • 12/13/2007Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor writer Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor published by Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
    A looming ban that will snuff out smoking in public places across Illinois lit up a fiery debate that rivaled abortion, gun control and society's other hottest-button issues, a University of Illinois research scientist says.
  • 10/23/2007Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    As India celebrates 60 years of independence from British rule, an ever-evolving set of economic, environmental, political and cultural challenges lies ahead for the world's largest democracy.
  • 10/15/2007Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Our communication system is rapidly transforming before our eyes. But we don't have to just watch, University of Illinois professor Bob McChesney says in a new book. In fact, we shouldn't.
  • 10/15/2007Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Our communication system is rapidly transforming before our eyes. But we don't have to just watch, University of Illinois professor Bob McChesney says in a new book. In fact, we shouldn't.
  • 10/9/2007Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    "60 Minutes" newsman Mike Wallace will be the first recipient of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, to be awarded Saturday (Oct. 13) in New York.
  • 9/26/2007Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    The 1950s program "See It Now," hosted by Edward R. Murrow, has earned a place in the early history of television news. Most recently it was the setting for the 2005 movie "Good Night and Good Luck," in which Murrow famously clashed with U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
  • 9/20/2007Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    There she is ... Miss China?
  • 9/18/2007Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Occasional fashion-mag spreads aside, punk, as a subcultural phenomenon, is toast.
  • 8/23/2007Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Don't be surprised if some of your colleagues and acquaintances aren't exactly forthcoming about how they spent their summer vacations.
  • 7/25/2007Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    The University of Illinois Library has digitally opened yet another window to the past.
  • 6/14/2007Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    On the eve of the Group of 8 summit that took place in Germany earlier this month, the world watched anxiously as the U.S. and Russian presidents engaged in a rhetorical sparring match over plans by the United States to roll out a third missile defense system, this time in Europe.
  • 5/24/2007Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    A new double study of TV viewers'perceptions of race and crime following exposure to "racialized crime news" provides more evidence of the negative long-term effects of news viewing that over-represents black lawbreakers.
  • 5/17/2007Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Researchers have found a surprising cultural influence on some boys' drive for muscularity.
  • 5/11/2007Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Brant Houston, the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. (IRE), has been named to the Knight Chair for Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 17 meeting in Chicago.
  • 3/27/2007Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    The brighter that city-centers in the northern U.S. glow, the rustier the ghettos in those cities become.
  • 3/12/2007Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    The news business may be in constant turmoil these days, but investigative reporting is alive and well, says a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner who is writing his second textbook on the subject, due out in June.
  • 8/18/2006Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    As an urban planning researcher who studies how cities rebuild following natural disasters, Rob Olshansky has kept his scholar's eye keenly focused on redevelopment plots and subplots surfacing this past year in post-Katrina New Orleans.
  • 8/7/2006Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    For some residents of La Habra, Calif., a clothesline was what it was: a convenient, inexpensive way to dry laundry.
  • 6/12/2006Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    The children's stories are distressing: They had been left alone and hungry for days, were physically abused, forced to get high, told to steal from loved ones and to lie to authorities, and they had seen their parents "hyper" and delusional.
  • 5/17/2006Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor
    A look at the state's changing demographics offers some clues as to how Illinois lawmakers may handle public policy choices in the future, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.
  • 4/7/2006Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of newly empowered Latino immigrants have been stepping out of the shadows, taking to the streets and moving into the public-policy spotlight in recent weeks with their vocal opposition to proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.
  • 3/10/2006Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    On any given day, as many as 70 percent of the Illinois children in foster care are in that situation, at least in part, because their parents abuse drugs or alcohol. Only a small percentage will ever be reunited with their parents.
  • 2/9/2006Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Coming to the land of milk and honey can be hazardous to new immigrants' diet and health.
  • 1/24/2006Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    In the past, when government leaders, policymakers and scholars have turned their attention to peace and security issues, the talk invariably has focused on war, arms control or anti-terrorism strategies. But Julian Palmore believes it's time to expand the scope of the conversation.
  • 2/2/2005Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    In its destructive effect on rural families and their children, methamphetamine may be in a class of its own, based on the first study from an ongoing research project in seven Central Illinois counties, conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 12/22/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    For a small Illinois community dedicated to saving foster children, the Christmas season has been unusually merry and bright.
  • 12/14/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Feminism needs to end its long obsession with the politics of personal appearance, and get past its dim view of beauty, says author Linda Scott, who describes herself as a feminist.
  • 11/17/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Child-welfare caseworkers tend to focus on daily crises.
  • 11/17/2004Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    If you build it, they will come ... with wallets bulging, eager to exchange greenbacks for peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and beer, and T-shirts and ball caps with team logos.
  • 11/3/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Despite the widespread assumption that voter turnout was substantially higher in the 2004 presidential election than it was in the 2000 election, "the numbers suggest a different story," says Scott Althaus, a professor of speech communication and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who conducts research on the effects of presidential campaigns.
  • 10/27/2004Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    With the Bush administration poised to announce activation of its missile-defense system by the end of this year, the European community is eyeing the program with equal doses of interest and skepticism, according to Julian Palmore, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor who specializes in international security issues.
  • 10/25/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    While national preference polls are shedding little light on the outcome of the 2004 presidential race, state-level polls and electoral history can yield important insights, including "some unsettling possible outcomes in next month's election."
  • 10/11/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Personal finance education is a growing trend in schools and workplaces, but it misses many of those who need it most, say social work professors Steve Anderson and Min Zhan.
  • 9/16/2004Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor writer Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor published by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
    With a $5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will create BeeSpace, a system to help scientists analyze all sources of information relevant to the mechanisms of social behavior.
  • 9/9/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Why were so many Americans, as early as the first anniversary of Sept. 11, convinced that Saddam Hussein was behind the terrorist attacks in the United States? Did their mistaken belief that the Iraqi dictator was responsible for the attacks result from the Bush administration's information campaign to convince the public to go to war in Iraq, or was something else at work?
  • 8/31/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Media policy issues will be getting increased attention at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a result of a new research initiative supported by $234,000 from a recording artists organization.
  • 8/23/2004Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Bill Stewart believes that everybody - from the trail-mix-munching hiking enthusiast to the SUV-driving mall-shopper - has what he calls a "land ethic, whether they know it or not."
  • 7/23/2004Andrea Lynn, News Editor and Peter Nardulli, political science writer Andrea Lynn, News Editor and Peter Nardulli, political science by Andrea Lynn, News Editor and Peter Nardulli, political science published by Andrea Lynn, News Editor and Peter Nardulli, political science
    History has some good news for the Democrats on the eve of their convention next week in Boston.
  • 6/16/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Are movies to blame for the public's low opinion of reporters and journalism? Has the Hollywood portrayal of the news business grown harsher in recent decades?
  • 5/11/2004Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor writer Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor published by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
    What can parents do to help children doing poorly in school? Two new studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggest that supporting their children's autonomy and refraining from being controlling will help kids do better on their homework and raise their grades.
  • 5/10/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    If it seems that there have been quite a few rationales for going to war in Iraq, that's because there have been quite a few - 27, in fact, all floated between Sept. 12, 2001, and Oct. 11, 2002, according to a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All but four of the rationales originated with the administration of President George W. Bush.
  • 4/5/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Robert McChesney and other reformers have been talking for years about media politics, but few were listening.
  • 3/18/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Those public service ads that advise parents to "just talk to their teenagers about drugs - they'll listen" should come with a warning label, says the author of a new and path-breaking study.
  • 3/3/2004Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Immigration law. Haitians. Guantánamo Bay. Hispanic voters. Mexico. Temporary work permits. Cuba. Nafta. Sept. 11. The Patriot Act.
  • 2/9/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    All low-income working parents in Illinois can get subsidized child care, under one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation, but more than half the parents get that subsidized care from providers exempted from state licensing.
  • 1/13/2004Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    Children who have experienced maltreatment are significantly more likely to engage in delinquent behavior, according to a unique new study matching child welfare and juvenile court records from Chicago and its Cook County suburbs.
  • 9/1/2003Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor
    Despite huge differences in all kinds of resources, citizens of poorer developing countries have essentially the same level of knowledge about the sources of global warming as citizens of richer developed countries - and that level isn't very high.
  • 8/1/2003Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Move over corn and beans, cattle and hogs. Make way for reindeer herds and Christmas trees, trail rides and trout ponds, produce stands and pumpkin patches, corn mazes and petting zoos - and tourists - sometimes by the busload.
  • 8/1/2003Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Picture this: You're on vacation in Portugal, strolling through the winding streets of a quaint village, described in a travel story you read in your hometown newspaper as an "enchanted paradise - where time stands still." Suddenly you witness two locals engaged in a loud, boisterous verbal exchange, which you perceive as some kind of argument.
  • 7/1/2003Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor
    A new study of gentrification in U.S. cities focuses on the activities of a surprising group of players - not developers, not even politicians, but newspaper reporters.
  • 6/1/2003Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    In the days and weeks following 9/11, it was widely reported that many Muslim Americans were the targets of discriminatory acts - from obscene gestures and rude remarks to vandalism and physical violence. Not so widely known, perhaps, were the ways in which such threats impacted Muslim Americans' everyday lives, including their participation in leisure activities.
  • 6/1/2003Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor
    Few college students can crow that their semester project resulted in an original - not to mention significant - publication.
  • 5/1/2003Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor
    A new book about 9/11, written by 50 professors soon after the horrific event, serves as a clarion call - not to a war on terrorism - but to dissent, dissent against U.S. policies that may have made the event possible, that are continuing to make the world a dangerous place.
  • 4/22/2003Craig Chamberlain, News Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, News Editor by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
    The identity of "Deep Throat" is no longer a mystery, at least not for one investigative journalism class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 3/1/2003Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor
    36-24-36. It sounds like the combination for a safe or lock, and in a way, it is. Those numbers have long been regarded as the right combination for the ideal female body.
  • 12/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    For the storytelling and the story – but also for the perspective it would bring to faculty peers and students – Edith Hudley's wisdom is now in print as "Raise Up a Child: Human Development in an African-American Family" (Lyceum Books).
  • 12/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Preparing preschoolers to read - and to love reading - means more than minding their Ps and Qs.
  • 12/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    A year after the Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan, concerns have been raised about the failure to initiate adequate relief and development efforts in the region.
  • 12/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    The passions and practices of youthful revelers drawn to the so-called rave culture are causing some members of the dominant culture to do some raving of their own. And a fair amount of ranting and hand-wringing, too.
  • 11/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Operating largely outside the radar of white America, grandparents in the black community have found homes and effectively raised children in ways that have eluded established foster-care and welfare programs.
  • 10/1/2002Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Americans are no more attentive today to news of the world than they were before the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a new study in the September issue of PS: Political Science & Politics. The study by Scott Althaus, a professor of speech communication and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is part of a special issue of the journal devoted to civic engagement since the terrorist attacks on the United States a year ago. The Althaus study, "American News Consumption During Times of National Crisis," is available at http://apsanet.org/PS/sept02/althaus.cfm.
  • 10/1/2002Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Not surprisingly, the grandson of the Mahatma Gandhi has spent a lot of time over the last year reflecting on terrorism, war and peace. One of the things that has puzzled Rajmohan Gandhi is the "apparent absence of Abraham Lincoln from the 9/11 discourse."
  • 10/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    It's supposed to be our media, not the media of a few large corporations. It's now a media that no longer serves us well. And we, the public, want it back.
  • 10/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    It's a story of crisp autumn mornings tromping through the Kentucky countryside, and of men and the nature of friendship. It's a story of driving ambition, and contemplating what is lost and gained in an obsession with "making it," versus a life staying put.
  • 10/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    It's a story of crisp autumn mornings tromping through the Kentucky countryside, and of men and the nature of friendship. It's a story of driving ambition, and contemplating what is lost and gained in an obsession with "making it," versus a life staying put.
  • 10/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    More than two decades after an international treaty on women's rights was drafted, then effectively mothballed in the United States by a senate committee, prospects for U.S. ratification are at long last beginning to look up, says an expert in international women's issues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 9/24/2002Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor writer Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor published by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
    The sibling getting favored treatment from mom and dad feels great and has the best self-esteem, right? Not necessarily, researchers say. If a favored sibling doesn't think the preferential treatment is deserved, that child may actually suffer.
  • 9/9/2002Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor and Scott Althaus, assistant professor of speech communication and political science writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor and Scott Althaus, assistant professor of speech communication and political science by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor and Scott Althaus, assistant professor of speech communication and political science published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor and Scott Althaus, assistant professor of speech communication and political science
    Americans are no more attentive today to news of the world than they were before the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a study just released in the September issue of PS: Political Science & Politics. The study by Scott Althaus, a professor of speech communication and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is part of a special issue of the journal devoted to civic engagement since the terrorist attacks on the United States nearly a year ago. The issue is available online at http://www.apsanet.org/PS/sept02/toc.cfm. The Althaus study, "American News Consumption During Times of National Crisis," is available at http://www.apsanet.org/PS/sept02/althaus.cfm.
  • 9/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Relatives acting as foster parents often can provide a permanent home for children. The options for doing that are adoption and legal guardianship.
  • 9/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Relatives acting as foster parents often can provide a permanent home for children. The options for doing that are adoption and legal guardianship.
  • 9/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Scenic landscapes - the type most people reportedly enjoy most - are increasingly falling out of fashion in some quarters. And that view may be out of focus, according to Russ Parsons, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 9/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Scenic landscapes - the type most people reportedly enjoy most - are increasingly falling out of fashion in some quarters. And that view may be out of focus, according to Russ Parsons, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 9/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    After years of media reports about it, the planned community of Seaside, Fla., has become something of a poster child for a brand of city planning known as New Urbanism. But for a trend that's received so much attention, too few people really understand what it's all about, says Emily Talen, a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 9/1/2002Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Although most Americans face hard economic realities every day - the laws of supply and demand, the price of gasoline - there is one part of modern life that offers "diplomatic immunity" from price tags and even the most basic economic principles.
  • 8/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Independent, family-owned newspapers now represent only about one in six papers in the United States, with the rest under corporate ownership.
  • 8/1/2002Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    The editor of a new book about computing thinks of his publication as a bridge for colleagues who are wary of the far side of technology.
  • 8/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    They've been going to Eastern Europe since the fall of communism: journalists from the West ready to train working reporters how to do their jobs in a free society.
  • 8/1/2002Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    In the past, the misdirected office memo could trigger red faces and pink slips. Now, it's the rogue e-mail message that can get a person in hot water.
  • 8/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Across America, the residential landscape is still dotted with ample examples from the post-World War II housing boom. And according to University of Illinois landscape architecture professor Dianne Harris, there's a lot of history behind the picture windows of those 1950s and '60s ramblers and ranch houses.
  • 7/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    A University of Illinois professor who specializes in arms control and international security issues says reports about the danger of so-called "dirty bombs" sensationalized the facts about such weapons, planting new and largely unwarranted fears in the minds of Americans.
  • 6/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    The stack of pages stands as tall as the person who has to use it. It's everything a child welfare worker in Illinois needs to know or reference, and it's always changing, with each new rule, procedure, law, etc.
  • 6/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    As interest in community gardening continues to flourish in many urban areas, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suspect participants are reaping far more than just fresh, homegrown vegetables.
  • 6/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    The status of current and future research aimed at informing policy decisions by the U.S. Social Security Administration will top the agenda when researchers affiliated with the Disability Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and policy analysts from the SSA and other government agencies convene at DRI's annual symposium June 6.
  • 6/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    Unlike their American peers who sometimes wish their parents would suddenly become invisible, many teen-agers who emigrate from Poland to the United States actually complain that they don't get to see Mom or Dad enough.
  • 3/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    The 1996 welfare-reform act was designed to get people off welfare and into the workforce. The dramatic reduction in caseloads that followed seemed to indicate that was happening.
  • 3/1/2002Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    The 1996 welfare-reform act was designed to get people off welfare and into the workforce. The dramatic reduction in caseloads that followed seemed to indicate that was happening.
  • 3/1/2002Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    Researchers have long theorized that people react to health scares such as contaminated food or recalled tires in a straightforward way - they assess their chance of being exposed to the problem and then act to limit their risk.
  • 2/1/2002
    Two University of Illinois researchers duly note in a new study that welcoming a second child into a family and helping the children establish sibling relationships involves many challenging tasks. Unfortunately, they say, the advice parents are getting falls short.
  • 2/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    For students enrolled in University of Illinois professor Bruce Wicks' leisure studies seminars, just learning about tourism can be an adventure.
  • 2/1/2002Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    For students enrolled in University of Illinois professor Bruce Wicks' leisure studies seminars, just learning about tourism can be an adventure.
  • 11/1/2001Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Checklists and formulas don't work in child welfare. Investigating claims of child abuse and neglect is a very-human, complex business where facts are rarely certain and any remedy carries risks.
  • 11/1/2001Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Checklists and formulas don't work in child welfare. Investigating claims of child abuse and neglect is a very-human, complex business where facts are rarely certain and any remedy carries risks.
  • 11/1/2001Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    In these uncertain times, what do authorities on uncertainty management advise?
  • 8/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, News Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, News Editor by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
    As Congress ponders a $3 billion increase in funding for a national missile defense system, University of Illinois professor Julian Palmore is looking at the program's prospects for success from a mathematician's perspective.
  • 7/1/2001Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor writer Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor published by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
    Persist, adapt to challenges, succeed. Why does such tenacity work for one child but not another? A new study suggests that life at home - family stability, parenting styles and stressful experiences - drives how a child behaves and pursues success in academics and relationships.
  • 7/1/2001Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Marketplace plays key role in leisure, even for children, scholar says.
  • 7/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Residents of Los Angeles County go through life generally accepting the reality that an earthquake could shake up their world at any time. And they know that the costs associated with a major earthquake could be astronomical.
  • 7/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Lew Hopkins says that if there's a sacred cow in his profession it's the comprehensive plan.
  • 7/1/2001Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    The news about news isn't good. U.S. newspapers not only are failing readers, they also are failing democracy. Internet news is an equally poor messenger, similarly tainted by the "advancing power of the news corporation." So say the authors of a new critique of the news media from colonial times to cyberspacial.
  • 7/1/2001Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    llinois is known for its recreation programs. The state's system of locally run urban park districts is considered among the best in the country.
  • 6/1/2001Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Tourism is the largest industry in the world, and the largest seller of products and services through the Internet, says Daniel Fesenmaier, director of the National Laboratory for Tourism and eCommerce at the University of Illinois.
  • 6/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    It's no secret that the U.S. population is rapidly aging. Not so well known, however, according to University of Illinois professor Leonard Heumann, is that the nation's most successful housing program for the elderly is grossly underfunded, and consequently, failing to meet current and future demand.
  • 5/1/2001Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    While nearly 3 million Americans travel to France each year, and more than a million French citizens come to U.S. shores annually, it is unlikely that many of the tourists realize that they are entering enemy territory. In his new book, "French Resistance: The French-American Culture Wars" (University of Minnesota Press), Jean-Philippe Mathy offers a salvo-by-salvo analysis of the culture wars now being fought by the intellectuals and journalists of both countries.
  • 5/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    More and more senior citizens are choosing to remain in their homes despite the loss of physical and mental abilities, in large part thanks to the growing availability of home- and community-based care services.
  • 3/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    An international relations specialist from Bangladesh and a business administration professor from Pakistan will be the first scholars from South Asia to reap the benefits of a new program initiated by the University of Illinois.
  • 3/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Sprawl - out-of-control commercial and residential growth on urban perimeters - is increasingly grabbing the attention of urban planners, government officials, politicians and environmental policy activists. It's also creeping into everyday conversations among friends and neighbors.
  • 3/1/2001Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Sprawl - out-of-control commercial and residential growth on urban perimeters - is increasingly grabbing the attention of urban planners, government officials, politicians and environmental policy activists. It's also creeping into everyday conversations among friends and neighbors.
  • 1/24/2001Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The 2000 Illinois Statistical Abstract has been completed by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Illinois.
  • 12/1/2000Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    Just as light-rail stations in East St. Louis, Ill., have helped connect low-income residents to the job market in the St. Louis area, a new program initiated by the University of Illinois and community organizations will help residents get aboard the Internet.
  • 12/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    A new study finds that the secrets teens and young adults tell are remarkably similar -- regardless of the family structure in which they live: original, single-parent or "blended."
  • 11/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The virtual absence of a Western-style feminist movement in former Soviet bloc countries has puzzled academics and journalists alike. Is it a case of deep-rooted patriarchy? A consequence of female oppression? Or is something else at work?
  • 11/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Al Gore and George W. Bush's focus on close state races has worked to the disadvantage of at least one population -- Latinos. In fact, "The election of 2000 is passing them by," said Louis DeSipio, an expert on Latino voting behaviors.
  • 10/16/2000Jeff Unger, News Bureau writer Jeff Unger, News Bureau by Jeff Unger, News Bureau published by Jeff Unger, News Bureau
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  • 10/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The fact that the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates advocate prescription drug coverage for seniors tells us less about the future of U.S. health-care delivery than it does about the present-day clout of the nation's 33 million elderly.
  • 10/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    The fact that the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates advocate prescription drug coverage for seniors tells us less about the future of U.S. health-care delivery than it does about the present-day clout of the nation's 33 million elderly.
  • 10/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Contrary to what many Americans assume, Madison Avenue may not be the only force pumping up the presence and popularity of Halloween in the United States.
  • 7/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    Presidents' and presidential candidates' claims to the contrary, U.S. presidents have very little impact on the economic progress of the country they lead.
  • 7/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    A new volume of child-rearing manuals not only dispels the notion that there is one right way to bring up baby, but also challenges the idea that parents need such advice.
  • 6/1/2000Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    For months the media and the nation focused on the fate of a single Cuban-born ward of the state named Elian and learned about every aspect of his life.
  • 5/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    How is a social problem "racialized?"
  • 5/1/2000Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor writer Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor published by Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
    Criminologists and landscape architects will put their heads together over the newest discoveries in "Environment and Crime" during the annual meeting of the Environmental Design Research Association May 10-14 in San Francisco.
  • 3/1/2000Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    From Jane Fonda in the mid-1980s to "Just Do It" in the '90s, Americans were on a fitness craze. Or were they?
  • 3/1/2000Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    For years the common wisdom in child welfare circles was that relatives of foster children generally won't adopt them, even when acting as their caretakers.
  • 3/1/2000Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor writer Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor published by Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
    It has all the earmarks: The U.S. senatorial race in New York should be one of the most interesting races in the country. "It also could be one of the most expensive senate races ? not just in New York, but ever," says campaign-watcher Michael Krassa.
  • 2/1/2000Mark Reutter, Business Editor writer Mark Reutter, Business Editor by Mark Reutter, Business Editor published by Mark Reutter, Business Editor
    "Need a Lifeline?" A million bucks is riding on the question -- what county in Illinois boasts the most number of hogs?
  • 2/1/2000Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    When asked if they would support the idea of developing more green space in their communities for recreational or aesthetic purposes, people typically embrace the idea. That's because it's a warm-fuzzy concept "right up there with Mom and apple pie," according to Gerrit Knaap, a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois.
  • 2/1/2000Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor writer Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor published by Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
    When asked if they would support the idea of developing more green space in their communities for recreational or aesthetic purposes, people typically embrace the idea. That's because it's a warm-fuzzy concept "right up there with Mom and apple pie," according to Gerrit Knaap, a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois.
  • 2/1/2000Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Welfare rolls have shrunk dramatically in recent years, and states' surveys show that most of those who have left the rolls have jobs.
  • 2/1/2000Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor
    Welfare rolls have shrunk dramatically in recent years, and states' surveys show that most of those who have left the rolls have jobs.