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  • Obesity researcher to give public lecture March 30

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Internationally known obesity researcher Richard Lee Atkinson will discuss the prospects for effective treatment in a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the University of Illinois. The lecture is free and will be in Room 150 of the Animal Sciences Laboratory, 1207 W. Gregory, Urbana.

  • Journalism students reveal most probable 'Deep Throat' identities

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. After six semesters of digging and analysis, a journalism class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has produced a list of seven candidates for "Deep Throat," the anonymous source who helped two Washington Post reporters expose the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s.

  • Clinic provides needed services while fulfilling research

    One of the advantages of living in a community that’s home to a major research university is access to resources that would otherwise likely be available only in a large, urban area. The Audiology and Speech Clinic, operated by the UI’s department of speech and hearing science, is just such a resource for residents of Central Illinois.

  • Journalism professor, students identify 'Deep Throat'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The identity of "Deep Throat" is no longer a mystery, at least not for one investigative journalism class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Professor’s research leads to new state law on child support

    A 12-year educational effort by a UI professor of family economics paid off earlier this summer when a bill containing new guidelines for child support in Illinois was signed into law. The law increases the percentage a non-custodial parent pays for support of the second child in a two-child family.

  • Clothing industry led the way in seeing kids as consumers, scholar says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "It takes a village to raise a child" may be a popular ideal. "It takes a marketplace to raise a child" may be closer to today's reality, says Dan Cook, the author of an upcoming book on the history of the clothing industry and the rise of the "child consumer."

  • Maltreated children more likely to engage in delinquent behavior

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children who have experienced maltreatment are significantly more likely to engage in delinquent behavior, according to a unique new study matching child welfare and juvenile court records from Chicago and its Cook County suburbs.

  • Low-income parents often prefer license-exempt child care, study indicates

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - All low-income working parents in Illinois can get subsidized child care, under one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation, but more than half the parents get that subsidized care from providers exempted from state licensing.

  • Scholars to discuss how media have shaped attitudes toward American Indians

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A panel of professors, including the grandson of author Dee Brown, will hold a symposium in his honor March 4 examining how the media have helped craft attitudes about American Indians. Brown played an influential role in reshaping perceptions about American Indians and westward expansion with his 1970 book "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." For more than two decades leading up to its publication, Brown, who died in 2002, was a librarian and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • High cost of assistive technologies keeping some people from work, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Access to assistive technologies (AT) may be a critical factor in the employment success of persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCID), according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Schools failing to accommodate teens who are pregnant or new mothers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Title IX legislation of 1972 has been celebrated for the dramatic benefits it brought to girls in school sports.

  • Study finds no link between marijuana use and oral cancer

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Oral cancer probably hasn't been high on the average pot smoker's list of concerns - despite the fact that marijuana smoke contains known carcinogens. It may be even less of a concern now in light of new research that found no link between marijuana use and risk of developing oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC).

  • Presidential vote expert gives Democrats 'distinct electoral advantage'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - History has some good news for the Democrats on the eve of their convention next week in Boston.

  • Financial education programs would benefit low-income people, scholars say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Personal finance education is a growing trend in schools and workplaces, but it misses many of those who need it most, say social work professors Steve Anderson and Min Zhan.

  • What's left unsaid about sexuality and schools can be harmful, author says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sexuality is not an easy topic for discussion as it relates to schools, but what is left unsaid can cause a lot of harm, says Cris Mayo, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of a new book.

  • Child-welfare web site gives caseworkers first-time access to data

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Child-welfare caseworkers tend to focus on daily crises.

  • Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you build it, they will come ... with wallets bulging, eager to exchange greenbacks for peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and beer, and T-shirts and ball caps with team logos.

  • Forum Feb. 1 to explore world response to tsunami disaster

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How the world has responded to the Dec. 26 tsunami will be the topic of a 90-minute forum beginning at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Methamphetamine's ruinous effects on children documented in midwest study

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In its destructive effect on rural families and their children, methamphetamine may be in a class of its own, based on the first study from an ongoing research project in seven Central Illinois counties, conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Online master's degree gives teachers the tools to think globally

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - All education is global. At least that's the perspective of a new online master's degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • New program aims to keep seniors mentally active and thriving

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Puzzles, brain-teasers, games and creative problem-solving. For many, they're a fun diversion, but could they also help keep seniors mentally vibrant as they age?

  • Students sleep in professor's class with their pillows and his blessing

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With final exams just around the corner, stress levels are rising for college students everywhere. But at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, students in kinesiology professor Weimo Zhu's class are riding out the tension in the "horse position" - a meditative posture characterized by slightly bent knees and outstretched arms.

  • Experts should be thinking -- now -- beyond Katrina rescue effort

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While post-Katrina rescue and evacuation operations continue to be the priority in New Orleans, urban planning expert Rob Olshansky says now also is the time to be staging the next phase of the city's disaster-recovery plans.

  • Creativity, flexibility important when setting fitness goals

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Throughout the land, glossy new calendars adorn kitchen walls and office desktops. And for many people, the new year prompts thoughts of an old tradition: making - and, in many cases, ultimately breaking - New Year's resolutions.

  • Beckman researchers study communication part of language

    Researchers can get their inspiration from a mentor, or colleague, or perhaps even a lecture that strikes a chord. Psychology researcher Kara Federmeier got hers from her younger brother when she was still in high school.

  • Forum to look at earthquakes, including potential in central U.S.

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Should the October earthquake in Pakistan, and the widespread devastation it caused, raise concerns in the central United States?

  • Child-welfare study shows recovery coaches can help reunite families

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On any given day, as many as 70 percent of the Illinois children in foster care are in that situation, at least in part, because their parents abuse drugs or alcohol. Only a small percentage will ever be reunited with their parents.

  • Business owners should go 'green' in rebuilding after disasters

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters unleash their furies on communities, the losses can be especially devastating for small-business owners with limited budgets and flimsy safety nets. But when the skies clear, and the cleanup and rebuilding begins, savvy owners may actually find a silver - or "green" - lining beneath the rubble and ruin.

  • How can graduating seniors best prepare for the job market?

    A Minute With™... Brandon J. Bute, assistant director of the campus Career Center

  • Study elicits 'child's eye' view of methamphetamine abuse and its effects

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The children's stories are distressing: They had been left alone and hungry for days, were physically abused, forced to get high, told to steal from loved ones and to lie to authorities, and they had seen their parents "hyper" and delusional.

  • Advertising and its methods put 'on trial' in the 1930s, author says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the current world of product placement, cross-promotion, pop-up ads, and ad-driven politics, it's hard to imagine there was ever a time when advertising as an institution was severely challenged.

  • Anxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accurately

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adults who are highly anxious can perceive changes in facial expressions more quickly than adults who are less anxious, a new study shows. By jumping to emotional conclusions, however, highly anxious adults may make more errors in judgment and perpetuate a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in their relationships.

  • How do you know when your children are ready to stay home alone?

    A Minute With™... Dottie Squire,  the Resource Development Coordinator at the Child Care Resource Service

  • How mothers respond to baby’s distress matters

    A mother’s attentiveness to her baby’s distress, especially in the first year, is more important to his secure attachment than positive feedback when he’s happy and content, concludes a UI study published in the June issue of the Journal of Family Psychology.

  • What happens to U.S.-born children when their parents are deported?

    A Minute With™... Noreen M. Sugrue, coordinator of Health Policy Initiatives

  • Why is the number of fatal motorcycle crashes increasing?

    A Minute With™... John Sudlow, project coordinator for the free Motorcycle Rider Program at Illinois

  • Four-day Katrina 'Summit' at U. of I., elsewhere, strives for positive change

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A year after hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coasts, rebuilding efforts are finally moving forward. But it's the remaining, deeper tears in the region's social fabric that will be the main focus of a unique series of dialogues and events at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign designed to build community, connect diverse local and national audiences and ignite real and long-lasting positive change.

  • Facebook, 'soft surveillance,' and the Millennial Generation

    A Minute With™... Noshir Contractor, a professor of speech communication and of psychology

  • Parent’s conversational style contributes to child’s security

    Parents who use a particular conversational style with their children – drawing them out to elicit detailed memories about past shared events and to talk about emotions – contribute to the child’s secure attachment, sense of self-worth, and eventual social competence, says a UI study published last month in a special edition of Attachment and Human Development. 

  • Ramifications of North Korea's nuke test

    A Minute With™... Julian Palmore, the director of the UI's Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security

  • What does 'fair' mean when it comes to redistricting?

    A Minute With™... Brian J. Gaines, a professor of political science

  • Looking ahead after congressional, state elections

    A Minute With™... James D. Nowlan, a senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs

  • Investigative reporting back in style, with bright future, professor says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The news business may be in constant turmoil these days, but investigative reporting is alive and well, says a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner who is writing his second textbook on the subject, due out in June.

  • Students become micro-lenders, assisting entrepreneurs around world

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois students who enrolled in Bruce Wicks' recreation, sport and tourism course on entrepreneurism this semester did so thinking they would be learning how to create a business plan and finance, begin and market a small business.

  • Leisure time with colleagues may be beneficial on the job, researchers say

    If the 1961 Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" were updated to reflect today's workplace realities, the remake might feature the corporate-ladder climbing character "Finch" bowling, returning tennis serves or simply tossing back beers with his colleagues after work.

  • Will US plans for a missile defense system in Europe lead to a new arms race?

    A Minute With™... Julian Palmore, a professor of mathematics and expert on international security issues

  • Research suggests fitness may reduce inflammation

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although a number of studies have suggested that regular exercise reduces inflammation - a condition that is predictive of cardiovascular and other diseases, such as diabetes - it's still not clear whether there is a definitive link. And if such a link exists, the nature of the relationship is by no means fully understood.

  • Rare "Hear It Now" recordings lend insight on Murrow and news history

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 1950s program "See It Now," hosted by Edward R. Murrow, has earned a place in the early history of television news. Most recently it was the setting for the 2005 movie "Good Night and Good Luck," in which Murrow famously clashed with U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

  • Professor: Communication system at critical juncture, time for action is now

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Our communication system is rapidly transforming before our eyes. But we don't have to just watch, University of Illinois professor Bob McChesney says in a new book. In fact, we shouldn't.

  • As Medvedev assumes Russia's presidency, are great changes imminent?

    What's going on in Russia and what does its president, Vladimir Putin, have in mind for the nation and for himself? Richard Tempest, a professor of Slavic literature and the head of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center who was in Russia in June, is an expert on Putin and Putin's Russia. In an interview with News Bureau writer Andrea Lynn, Tempest offered his assessments of the nation and its leader.