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A new course co-developed by plant science professor Katy Heath teaches graduate students skills such as communicating about their research with nonscientists and developing educational outreach programs. Part of the Amplify the Signal course: graduate students, from left, front row, Cassandra Wesseln, Jennifer Han and Miranda Haus; back row, Rhiannon Peery, Christina Silliman and Heath.

Aspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understands

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:April 3, 2014

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.

Published Date: April 3, 2014


Differences in the collective personalities of state populations are strongly linked with differences in those states politics and how theyre governed, according to a new study by Jeffery Mondak (pictured) and Damarys Canache, professors of political science.

Research shows link between states’ personalities and their politics

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 31, 2014

One state’s citizens are collectively more agreeable and another’s are more conscientious. Could that influence how each state is governed?

Published Date: March 31, 2014


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.

Swing voters hold more sway over candidates on economic issues

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 19, 2014

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.

Published Date: March 19, 2014


When Mexican Americans say they are white on the U.S. Census, its often not for the reasons many assume, says Julie A. Dowling, a professor of Latina and Latino studies and author of a new book.

Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 5, 2014

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.

Published Date: March 5, 2014


Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Hedrick Smith will participate in the Cline Symposiumon campus March 11.

Journalist Hedrick Smith to address the demise of the 'American Dream'

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 27, 2014

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.

Published Date: February 27, 2014