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Regional planning for residential development is successful only to the extent it aligns with local development priorities, say Arnab Chakraborty and Dustin Allred, University of Illinois researchers in urban and regional planning.

Local development often at odds with regional land use plans, experts say

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 21, 2015

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.

Published Date: August 21, 2015

Master Naturalists, from left, John Marlin, Thom Uebele and Jana Uebele stand in the Florida Orchard Prairie, one of the demonstration gardens on campus that Marlin coordinates and maintains. An entomologist, Marlin is a research affiliate with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Thom Uebele is a research programmer with the School of Life Sciences, and his wife, Jana, is an artist.

Master Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environment

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 11, 2015

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.

Published Date: August 11, 2015

A new study says the sequential election format of the U.S. presidential primary is the best mechanism to select a candidate who would prevail in a head-to-head election against any one of the other candidates, says co-author and University of Illinois economist Mattias Polborn.

Study: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidates

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 4, 2015

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.

Published Date: August 4, 2015

Parents level of health literacy determines the weight-control strategies they would choose for their children, according to a new study led by Janet Liechty, a professor of social work and of medicine. Dr. Salma M. A. Musaad, a visiting research biostatistician in human and community development, and social work doctoral student Jaclyn A. Saltzman were co-authors.

Parents' health literacy affects child weight-loss tactics, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 28, 2015

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.

Published Date: July 28, 2015

Pleasure travel: Womens motives for taking sexual risks during leisure travel and the characteristics of tourist environments that promote sexual experimentation are explored in a new study co-authored by Liza Berdychevsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.

Women's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new study

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 22, 2015

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.

Published Date: July 22, 2015