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Communication professor Leanne Knobloch has spent the past five years studying how military families adjust after a service members return from deployment.

Returning troops and their families have work to do after the reunion

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 30, 2014

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.

Published Date: July 30, 2014

University of Illinois anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy led a new study of sexual harassment and assault of men and women working on scientific field studies.

Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicates

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2014

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.

Published Date: July 16, 2014

A new study by social work professors Douglas C. Smith and Karen M. Tabb suggests that refusal skills training may not help minority adolescents with substance abuse problems avoid relapse.

Learning to 'just say no' is not a panacea for minorities with alcohol, drug problems

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:July 10, 2014

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.

Published Date: July 10, 2014

The dead and wounded get little mention in wartime news coverage, whether its World War I or Iraq, says Scott Althaus, a professor of political science and of communication, pictured in front of columns honoring World War I dead at Illinois Memorial Stadium. Althaus led a study analyzing nearly 2,000 war-related stories that appeared in the New York Times over five major conflicts.

Casualties get scant attention in wartime news, with little change since World War I

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2014

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.

Published Date: May 1, 2014

The Cline Center for Democracy, led by Peter F. Nardulli, is focused on the causes of violent civil strife worldwide. Its latest effort is a newly public database that traces trends in the composition of ethnic and religious groups in 165 countries, going back seven decades.

New database designed to aid study of ethnic, religious strife worldwide

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 30, 2014

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.

Published Date: April 30, 2014