blog postsSocial SciencesStudy: Street gangs, crime serve as deviant leisure activities for youthsMay 23, 2017 9:45 am95 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that gang membership and criminality serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling youths' needs for excitement, belonging and social support.Social SciencesPaper: DNA may have only modest impact on sexual assault arrestsMay 23, 2017 9:30 am50 views Most arrests in sexual assault cases occur before crime laboratory results are available, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher found, suggesting that DNA testing may influence arrests in just a small number of cases.Social SciencesStudy: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm312 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study.HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian wants readers to experience the Russian RevolutionMay 3, 2017 10:30 am318 views This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.Social SciencesLife SciencesReport: Even in death, indigenous border crossers marginalizedMay 2, 2017 4:30 pm423 views Of the hundreds of people who die trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico each year, those with indigenous backgrounds are less likely to be identified than those with more European ancestry, a new analysis reveals.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesCould France be the next chapter in a populist surge?Apr 25, 2017 2:15 pm559 views Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate in France’s presidential race, could have significant future influence, says the associate director of the European Center at Illinois.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesIs democracy on the wane in Turkey?Apr 19, 2017 9:00 am505 views A recent vote on constitutional changes may mean Turkey is headed even further from its one-time status as a model for Islamic democracy.Life SciencesAgricultureEngineeringHealthPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesScience at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1091 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.HonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am519 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat does refugee vetting look like on the ground?Mar 21, 2017 9:45 am1106 views A doctoral student found that the vetting process for refugees seeking U.S. admission was long and intense.HealthSocial SciencesTailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1269 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow far can 'America First' go?Mar 15, 2017 1:30 pm326 views America’s own interests, as well as international pressures, may dictate fewer changes in U.S. commitments overseas than President Trump has suggested, says U. of I. political scientist Stephen Chaudoin.HumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am612 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.Expert ViewpointsEducationSocial SciencesIs entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm447 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the planExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesIs it possible to be news literate in a ‘fake news’ world?Feb 8, 2017 9:00 am855 views Journalism professor Stephanie Craft: To be news literate, know how to judge a story’s credibility, and also be intentional in how you consume news and understand the forces that shape it.HealthSocial SciencesCultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm594 views The success of community health interventions targeting Latinos could be hindered by linguistic and cultural gaps unless researchers recognize the diversity that exists among Latino populations and work closely with community members to adapt programming accordingly, a new study led by University of Illinois researchers suggests.Expert ViewpointsLawSocial SciencesWhat should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm377 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat should we expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address?Jan 13, 2017 9:00 am534 views Communication professor John Murphy, who studies presidential rhetoric, says the inaugural address traditionally carries a message of unifying the country, which may be even more important this time.Social SciencesLife SciencesCounseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 10:30 am2211 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWill the White House continue to use photos as a social media tool?Dec 20, 2016 1:45 pm581 views The role of White House photography changed significantly under President Obama, with the pictures no longer just for history.AnnouncementsHonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1697 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm371 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesDoes one-party rule mean all Trump promises become reality?Nov 16, 2016 12:00 pm1145 views Donald Trump may not get everything he wants from Congress, despite its Republican majorities, says Illinois political science professor Tracy Sulkin.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesHow could so many be so wrong predicting the presidential election?Nov 11, 2016 1:00 pm985 views Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines, an expert on polling and public opinion, spoke about what might have happened and the challenges of getting it right.AnnouncementsSocial SciencesMoney in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm199 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat should we know about the white working class?Oct 20, 2016 11:30 am431 views Descriptions of the white working-class often paint a one-dimensional picture, whereas the reality is more complex, says Illinois sociology professor Monica McDermott, the author of “Working-Class White.”HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am549 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.Social SciencesDelinquent youths with PTSD need individualized treatment, studies suggestOct 6, 2016 8:15 am502 views Juvenile offenders who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder are at 67 percent greater risk of entering substance abuse treatment within seven years, a new study led by a University of Illinois scholar found.HealthSocial SciencesPreschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study saysOct 5, 2016 8:45 am1626 views Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.Life SciencesSocial SciencesDistracted much? New research may help explain whyOct 5, 2016 8:15 am1743 views A new study offers evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task as is the ease with which the task is done.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat makes political distrust such a problem?Oct 3, 2016 9:15 am957 views The polarization and dysfunction in Congress has spread in recent years to the voting public, says professor Thomas Rudolph, but it’s more about simply disliking political opponents than differences over ideology.Life SciencesSocial SciencesReview finds little evidence that brain-training games yield real-world benefitsOct 3, 2016 12:15 am692 views A systematic review of the scientific studies cited by brain-training companies as evidence that their products improve cognition in daily life finds no convincing evidence to support those claims. While people tend to improve on the specific tasks they practice, the researchers report, the conclusion that computerized brain-training programs yield broader cognitive benefits or improve real-world outcomes for their users is premature at best.Life SciencesSocial SciencesStudy links nutrition to brain health and cognitive agingSep 28, 2016 9:00 am585 views A new study of older adults finds an association between higher blood levels of phosphatidylcholine, a source of the dietary nutrient choline, and the ability to regulate attention to manage competing tasks. The study also identified a brain structure that appears to play a role in this association.Social Sciences‘Culture of affluence’ complicates women’s help-seeking for domestic violenceSep 19, 2016 2:15 pm300 views Pressures to maintain a facade of a perfect family and other values associated with the “culture of affluence” discourage some affluent women from leaving violent spouses or disclosing that they are being abused, a new study suggests.HumanitiesSocial SciencesProfessor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm489 views A University of Illinois professor who lived through the Iranian Revolution, included three years on death row in an infamous prison, reflects on the experience in a new autobiographic novel.EducationSocial SciencesWounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1242 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringSocial SciencesWhat are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am751 views Wynne Korr, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, discusses the challenges of diagnosing and providing treatment for this vulnerable population in light of the state's financial problemsSocial SciencesHumanitiesPolice Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am3442 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups.HumanitiesCampusSocial SciencesBrazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm866 views Think Brazil and you might think beaches, rain forest, the 2016 Olympics – all far removed from central Illinois. Yet the University of Illinois is perhaps the most comprehensive center of Brazilian studies in the U.S.Expert ViewpointsArtsSocial SciencesIf the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am639 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaHealthSocial SciencesRegardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sexJul 26, 2016 9:15 am671 views Despite societal perceptions that older adults’ love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat do voters need to hear from the GOP, Democratic conventions?Jul 18, 2016 12:15 pm568 views A Minute With...™ John Murphy, professor of communication and an expert on political rhetoricExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesSome historical context as Brazil prepares to host the OlympicsJul 13, 2016 1:00 pm341 views A Minute With...™ Jerry Dávila, expert on the history of Brazil and director of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at IllinoisExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWill Venezuela need a massive relief effort?Jul 8, 2016 9:00 am567 views A Minute With...™ political scientist Damarys CanacheLife SciencesSocial SciencesStudy: How we explain things influences what we think is rightJul 5, 2016 9:00 am1118 views New research focuses on a fundamental human habit: When trying to explain something (why people give roses for Valentine’s Day, for example), we often focus on the traits of the thing itself (roses are pretty) and not its context (advertisers promote roses). In a new study, researchers found that people who tend to focus on “inherent traits” and ignore context also are more likely to assume that the patterns they see around them are good.Social SciencesNIH-funded drug abuse program explores problems such as racism, incarcerationJun 24, 2016 8:45 am404 views The creators of a novel substance abuse treatment program have received an infusion of funding from a federal agency for an expanded study of their intervention, which targets marginalized populations who struggle with problems such as racism, sexism, poverty and histories of incarceration.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesWhat’s most important for the future of our national parks?Jun 8, 2016 8:30 am959 views National Park Service at 100: A Minute With™ parks and politics expert Robert PahreExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesDo we really know what's driving income inequality?Jun 6, 2016 8:30 am807 views Rethinking inequality and its causes: A Minute With™ sociologist Kevin LeichtHumanitiesLawSocial SciencesU.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am541 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.Social SciencesEducationStudy links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am744 views People who had outstanding balances on their student loans when they graduated or dropped out of college had lower net worth, fewer financial and nonfinancial assets, and homes with lower market values when they reached age 30, according to a paper by University of Illinois social work professor Min Zhan.