blog postsSocial Sciences'No Child' law gets an 'F' from education professor at IllinoisNov 5, 2008 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The controversial No Child Left Behind law has forced teachers in low-income school districts to craft a curriculum that marginalizes writing at the expense of teaching to the test, resulting in educators who feel straitjacketed by a high-stakes test, according to a U. of I. education professor who has studied the issue.Expert ViewpointsSocial Sciences'Positive illusions' in romantic relationshipsDec 16, 2014 9:00 am76 views A Minute With™... Brian Ogolsky, a professor of human development and family studies, who studies romantic relationshipsExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am1164 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanySocial Sciences'Recovery coaches' effective in reducing number of babies exposed to drugsJan 5, 2009 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About 11 percent of the 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year have been exposed to alcohol or illicit drugs in the womb, according to a June 2006 report by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. If removed from the home by child protection, these children tend to remain in foster care longer, and chances are very low that they will be reunited with their parents.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial Sciences'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am90 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences'Star Wars' and the coming of age of special effectsDec 1, 2015 10:15 am845 views A Minute With...™ Julie Turnock, a professor of media and cinema studiesSocial Sciences'The Irish Way' in shaping America's cities is subject of historian's new bookMar 12, 2012 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Immigrants arrived by the millions between 1890 and 1920, a surge mostly from eastern and southeastern Europe.Expert ViewpointsSocial Sciences100 years ago: The Christmas Truce of World War IDec 22, 2014 9:00 am32 views A Minute With™... Tamara Chaplin, a University of Illinois historian of modern FranceExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences150 year anniversary of the Confederate surrender at AppomattoxApr 6, 2015 10:00 am157 views Bruce Levine, professor of history and expert on the Civil WarExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences150 years after the Confederate surrender at AppomattoxMar 2, 2015 9:00 am17 views The American Civil War came to an end 150 years ago with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. What role did slavery play in the Confederate defeat? And how might history have been different if Lincoln had lived? University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine (pronounced La-VEEN) has written extensively about the war and its consequences. His 2013 book, "The Fall of the House of Dixie," traced how fighting the war transformed the South from within. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.Social Sciences1986 law helped lay foundation for 'governing immigration through crime'Apr 22, 2013 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three key issues were at the center of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act: money for border enforcement, a pathway to citizenship and making it illegal to hire undocumented workers.Expert ViewpointsSocial Sciences30 years after the Challenger disaster: A 'Where were you when...' eventJan 14, 2016 9:30 am364 views A Minute With...™ communication professor Ned O'GormanExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences50 years after the Cuban missile crisisOct 8, 2012 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Ned O'Gorman, a professor of communication affiliated with the U. of I. Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and International SecurityExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am950 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalismExpert ViewpointsSocial Sciences75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am54 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanySocial SciencesA better bet? Wagering on teams coming off a bye weekDec 11, 2012 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Think your simple wagering strategy for professional football - such as always picking the home team or the underdog - is going to pay off in the long run? Don't bet on it, say sports economists Scott Tainsky and Yoon Tae Sung.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesA fledgling democracy in Egypt: Electing a president, writing a constitutionMay 30, 2012 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Kenneth Cuno, a professor of Middle Eastern historySocial SciencesAbility grouping in elementary school hampers minority students' literacyApr 21, 2009 9:00 am85 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - African-American and Hispanic students placed in ability groups for reading instruction learned less compared to demographically similar minority students who weren't grouped by ability, a new study by a University of Illinois expert in the sociology of education found.Social SciencesAbility to finish college - especially for blacks - affected by family debt, new study suggestsMay 22, 2014 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Family debt diminishes students' prospects of graduating from college, and is particularly detrimental to black students' chances of earning degrees, suggests a new study by social work professor Min Zhan and doctoral student Deirdre Lanesskog, both at the University of Illinois.Social SciencesAccess to legal aid depends a lot on where you live, report saysOct 26, 2011 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - According to one estimate, half of Americans are confronting a civil legal problem at any one time.Social SciencesAds effective even in the midst of multitasking, studies findJan 26, 2015 9:00 am123 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as the ads you're really watching, such as those during the Super Bowl, says a University of Illinois researcher.HumanitiesSocial SciencesAdvertising and its methods put 'on trial' in the 1930s, author saysJun 26, 2006 9:00 am35 views 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.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesAdvertising's next big event: the OlympicsFeb 10, 2010 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... advertising professor Michael GiardinaExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesAfrica is changing. Does it still need our charity?Dec 19, 2012 9:00 am10 views A Minute With™... sociologist Brian DillSocial SciencesAfrican American studies in the U.S. 'is alive and well,' new report saysAug 29, 2013 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The field of African American studies in U.S. higher education "is alive and well, and, in fact, growing and maturing," despite some reports to the contrary, says a new study published online this week by the department of African American studies at the University of Illinois.Social SciencesAlbania must enact reforms to combat sex trafficking, study urgesOct 15, 2012 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite a number of measures undertaken by the government in Albania to curb sex trafficking, rigorous comprehensive legal and social reforms are needed to address the practices that perpetuate it, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher indicates.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesAmerica has been horrified by the shootings at Ft. Hood. How do military counsellors deal with the stress – both the soldiers' and their own?Nov 6, 2009 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... medical historian Mark MicalePhysical SciencesSocial SciencesAnxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accuratelyJul 7, 2006 9:00 am5 views 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.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesAs Medvedev assumes Russia's presidency, are great changes imminent?Apr 24, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Richard Tempest, the director of Illinois' Russian, East European, and Eurasian CenterExpert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesAs Medvedev assumes Russia's presidency, are great changes imminent?Oct 24, 2007 9:00 am0 views 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.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesAs other Arab dictators fall, how is Assad holding on in Syria?Nov 16, 2011 9:00 am11 views A Minute With™... political scientist Milan SvolikExpert ViewpointsSocial SciencesAs U.S. troops withdraw, what's next for Afghanistan?Apr 9, 2009 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... political scientist Paul DiehlExpert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesAs U.S. troops withdraw, what's next for Afghanistan?Jul 5, 2011 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... political scientist Paul DiehlSocial SciencesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesAspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understandsApr 3, 2014 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Social SciencesAssessment of online divorce education programs finds weaknessesNov 8, 2011 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In many states, including Illinois, married couples with children who want to untie the knot must complete court-mandated educational programs - either in group settings or through online classes - before judges will finalize their divorces.Social SciencesLawAttorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am295 views Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys – often a small minority – are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers’ deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact.Expert ViewpointsSocial SciencesBad news for Obama: Getting elected was the easy part. Here's what he should expect...Dec 8, 2008 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... former Illinois Gov. Jim EdgarLife SciencesSocial SciencesBeckman researchers study communication part of languageJan 19, 2006 9:00 am1 views 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.Social SciencesBetter response plans needed for children exposed to domestic violenceMay 24, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Each year, millions of children are exposed to domestic violence, a traumatic experience that has been associated with cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional problems in childhood as well as a higher incidence of depression and premature death in adulthood. Numerous studies over the past two decades also have indicated that exposure to domestic violence (EDV) places children at higher risk of abuse and neglect.EducationBusinessHealthSocial SciencesBeyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1097 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Social SciencesBilingual family liaisons increasingly important service for schoolsMar 24, 2010 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even during tough economic times, a school district's decision to cut support services aimed at helping Hispanic students and their families navigate through the public school system will prove to be a sighted one, especially given long-term demographic trends and the need for a highly educated workforce, says a University of Illinois expert in social services for vulnerable populations.Social SciencesLife SciencesBlack and brilliant? A female genius? Not according to RateMyProfessors, study findsMar 3, 2016 1:00 pm513 views An analysis of more than 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, where students write anonymous reviews of their professors, found that students most often use the words “brilliant” and “genius” to describe male professors and in academic disciplines in which women and African-Americans are underrepresented.Social SciencesBook addresses need for more infrastructure for Latino mental healthDec 13, 2011 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was an alarming message: A Spanish speaking woman in the Champaign area was on the brink of suicide, and a bilingual mental health professional was urgently needed for crisis intervention, but none could be found. Could anyone help?Campus LifeSocial SciencesBook Corner: A closer look at East St. Louis, Ill., a city in perilNov 17, 2011 9:00 am41 views Political corruption, minimal policing and firefighting resources, limited transportation, public works deficiencies and condemned buildings. It's not the backdrop for a prime-time cop show - this is a city three hours from Champaign.Campus LifeBusinessSocial SciencesBook Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am434 views A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.Campus LifeSocial SciencesBook Corner: A look into the past of UrbanaJan 21, 2010 9:00 am1 views Champaign County, Urbana has a rich and dynamic history. Today, Urbana counts nationally known film critic Roger Ebert and several Nobel Prize laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners as current or former residents. Yet, there was no book on the history of Urbana still available in print until "Images of America: Urbana" (Arcadia Publishing), by Ilona Matkovszki and Dennis Roberts.Campus LifeSocial SciencesBook Corner: Collection of essays addresses researchers' challenges when changing field sitesAug 2, 2012 9:00 am0 views The daunting challenge of leaving an anthropological field site and moving to another halfway across the globe may be a situation most familiar to anthropologists, but the intellectual and emotional challenges of uprooting one's life for one's field of study are something that many scholars can relate to, says Alma Gottlieb, a UI professor of anthropology.Campus LifeSocial SciencesBook Corner: Colonial black women: What is freedom?Oct 21, 2010 9:00 am1 views They baked New England's Thanksgiving pies, preached their faith to crowds of worshippers, spied for the patriots during the American Revolution, wrote that human bondage was a sin, and demanded reparations for slavery.Campus LifeSocial SciencesBook Corner: Comparing the lives of black Canadian and Caribbean women in the diasporaSep 20, 2012 9:00 am3 views Oral history is a powerful historical tool, one that can illuminate the often-overlooked individual voices behind a historical event.Campus LifeSocial SciencesBook Corner: Exploring human mobility and its cultural, political and social effectsSep 6, 2012 9:00 am6 views Historians have long been interested in patterns of human movement. Throughout history, people have had to move to survive, either through regular circuits that bring them to communities and resources or through occasional, long-distance migrations, in search of new ways of life.