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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

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