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The culture of Historic Route 66 and Midwesterners intrigue Australians, Europeans and other international tourists particularly, according to a new study of tourism along the 2,400-mile route that connects Chicago to Los Angeles.

Route 66, Midwest culture charm international tourists, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2013

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.

Published Date: October 21, 2013


Soaring obesity rates among youth at risk of abuse/neglect point to a need for changes in child welfare policy, according to new research by Jesse Helton and Janet Liechty, faculty members in the School of Social Work.

Obesity found to be higher in preschoolers suspected of being maltreated

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 9, 2013

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.

Published Date: October 9, 2013


As part of ongoing research on organ donor registration in Illinois, professor Brian Quick, in the department of communication and the College of Medicine, led a study that found promotion of donor registration at DMVs brought an increase in donor sign-ups.

Organ donor promotion at DMV brings increase in registrations

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 9, 2013

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.

Published Date: October 9, 2013


Jay Rosenstein was one of six Urbana professors named University Scholars for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Urbana campus faculty members named University Scholars

Author: Jeff Unger

Published Date:September 10, 2013

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.

Published Date: September 10, 2013


Dieting at an early age and experiencing mild depressive symptoms increase boys and girls risks of developing eating disorders and engaging unsafe weight-loss behaviors as young adults, suggests a new study by Janet Liechty, a professor of social work and of medicine at Illinois.

Study examines factors leading to eating disorders in young adulthood

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 9, 2013

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.

Published Date: September 9, 2013