blog postsEngineeringCampusEducationPhysical SciencesIllinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8250 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.HonorsEducationSix Illinois researchers named AAAS fellowsNov 23, 2015 10:00 am6376 views Six researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.EducationComputer app whets children’s appetites for eco-friendly mealsMay 19, 2016 9:00 am4079 views A new educational software application under development at the University of Illinois is introducing middle school students to the topic of climate change and showing them how their dietary choices affect the planet.EducationSiblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization'Jan 15, 2010 9:00 am3417 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What we learn from our siblings when we grow up has - for better or for worse - a considerable influence on our social and emotional development as adults, according to an expert in sibling, parent-child and peer relationships at the University of Illinois.EducationCampusHealthTim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2182 views Tim Nugent, who died Wednesday at the age of 92 in Urbana, Illinois, was a visionary who changed the world for people with disabilities. Starting with a small program at the University of Illinois a few years after World War II – but for years with little support, and often outright opposition – Nugent sought to change both the opportunities for people with disabilities and public attitudes about them.EducationEngineeringCore curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2104 views Dr. Robert Good and professor Rashid Bashir have been named co-chairs of the 18-member group that will lead the effort to build the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s core curriculum. EducationFirst-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT scoreFeb 2, 2016 12:00 pm1898 views Underrepresented students’ first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they’ll graduate college than their ACT score or their family’s socioeconomic status, a new study found.EducationSocial skills, extracurricular activities in high school pay off later in lifeMar 25, 2009 9:00 am1827 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It turns out that being voted "Most likely to succeed" in high school might actually be a good predictor of one's financial and educational success later in life.EducationProject embeds computer science lessons in math instruction for K-5 studentsFeb 2, 2016 12:15 pm1751 views A two-year project funded by the National Science Foundation is laying the groundwork for meeting society’s growing demand for citizens literate in computer science by integrating computing with elementary school mathematics – an approach that holds promise for democratizing access to computer science education and promoting diversity within the U.S. technology workforce.Expert ViewpointsEducationIs the Every Student Succeeds Act an improvement over No Child Left Behind?Dec 10, 2015 11:00 am1667 views A Minute With...™ Lizanne DeStefano, professor emerita of educational psychologyEducationSeventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulationMar 30, 2016 11:30 am1648 views Researchers at the University of Illinois hope to inspire greater numbers of young people to become astronomers – or at least to embrace learning science – with a new computer simulation that engages children’s bodies as well as their minds in learning about how objects move in space.EducationSocial SciencesChildren from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1624 views Children in poverty from chaotic homes have better cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes if they spent 35 or more hours weekly in child care.EducationOn-campus child care needed for increasing number of student-parentsFeb 22, 2010 9:00 am1439 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The lack of affordable, high-quality on-campus day care programs that cater to undergraduate students who double as parents is a stealth issue that has the potential to harm both the student-parent and the child, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education.EducationSocial SciencesWounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1244 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.EducationBusinessHealthSocial SciencesBeyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1184 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. Education'The Game Changer' documentary on accessibility pioneer Tim Nugent premieres Sept. 22 on BTNSep 13, 2016 2:00 pm1174 views A new 30-minute documentary tells the story of Tim Nugent, known by many as the “Father of Accessibility,” who founded the first comprehensive program for college students with physical disabilities at the University of Illinois. Prior to the start of that program, people with disabilities were not expected to go to school, find employment or play sports.EducationBisexual teens at highest risk of bullying, truancy, suicideOct 13, 2011 9:00 am1164 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. EducationCollege of Education opens new digital learning research laboratorySep 22, 2015 10:00 am1134 views The College of Education will host an event Sept. 30 to debut a new research laboratory that enables scholars to study learner interactions with digital technologies in real time while collecting massive amounts of varied data.EducationCampusAnderson named College of Education interim deanAug 10, 2016 10:30 am1103 views James D. Anderson, the head of the department of education policy, organization and leadership and the executive associate dean for the College of Education, will become the interim dean of the College of Education effective Aug. 16.EducationColor-blind racial ideology linked to racism, both online and offlineApr 21, 2010 9:00 am1077 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Images from racial theme parties that are posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace not only elicit different reactions from different people based on their race and their attitudes toward diversity, they also represent an indirect way to express racist views about minorities, according to published research by a University of Illinois professor who studies the convergence of race and the Internet.EducationStudy examines Teach For America’s impact on costs, hiring at five school systemsFeb 19, 2016 10:30 am1000 views Teach For America has reaped millions of dollars in nonrefundable finder’s fees from school systems in the U.S. through lucrative contracts that require schools to hire designated numbers of the organization’s corps members – whether or not its teachers meet districts’ specific content or grade-level needs, a new study suggests.EducationIllinois receives grant to help study community college transfer studentsFeb 5, 2016 9:45 am969 views A $700,000 grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois will fund new studies focused on helping community college transfer students earn baccalaureate degrees.EducationAdding technology to geometry class improves opportunities to learnDec 15, 2009 9:00 am929 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in math education suggests that incorporating technology in high school-level geometry classes not only makes the teaching of concepts such as congruency easier, it also empowers students to discover other geometric relationships they wouldn't ordinarily uncover when more traditional methods of instruction were used.HealthEducationAdults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needsOct 6, 2016 1:30 pm918 views Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study by University of Illinois researchers found.BusinessEducationSpending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am917 views Thinking of higher education funding as an investment that lowers costs – and not as mere consumption spending – could reframe the debate in Springfield, according to research from Walter W. McMahon, an emeritus professor of economics and of educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois.EducationAgricultureE-Learning can have positive effect on classroom learning, scholar saysNov 26, 2008 9:00 am882 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Traditional classroom teaching in higher education could learn a thing or two from online teaching, otherwise known as e-learning, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies computer-mediated communication, information exchange and the Internet.Expert ViewpointsEducationHow has the definition of ‘effective leadership’ changed?Nov 2, 2016 3:30 pm877 views David Rosch, a professor of agriculture education and an expert on leadership, spoke recently about popular perceptions of good leadership and how those standards have changed.EducationWealthy donors, think tanks major influences on education policy, study saysMar 11, 2016 2:15 pm876 views Venture philanthropists are dramatically reshaping public education policymaking in the U.S. by funding integrated networks of think tanks and advocacy organizations that work together to push through to implementation education laws that these wealthy donors favor, a new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests.Expert ViewpointsEducationA close look at Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposalAug 27, 2015 11:45 am856 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Delaney, expert on higher education financeEducationGroup learning makes children better decision-makers, study findsJan 19, 2016 1:00 pm838 views Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the same curriculum through teacher-led discussions, a new study finds.EducationPeople with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study findsJul 6, 2016 9:00 am827 views A recent analysis of online conversations about President Obama’s proposed plan for tuition-free community colleges, America’s College Promise, indicates that a significant number of people oppose the plan because it lacks measures to help them and the millions of other borrowers currently mired in student loan debt.Expert ViewpointsEducationHow could public education change under the Trump administration?Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am821 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.EducationChanges to student financial aid policy created “flawed,” debt-based systemMay 31, 2016 9:15 am819 views A series of modifications to federal student financial aid policy have eroded perceptions of higher education as a public good in the U.S., creating a “flawed” financial aid system that promotes both personal debt and tuition increases, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholars Daniel A. Collier and Richard Herman.Expert ViewpointsEducationThe edTPA assessment and licensing of student teachersApr 25, 2016 9:30 am797 views A Minute With...™ Illinois Professor Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education Social SciencesEducationStudy links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am747 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.LawEducationStudy: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm733 views When academics choose to litigate speech disputes with colleges and universities, they end up losing nearly three-quarters of the time – a finding that points to the growing tension between academic freedom and campus speech codes, says U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy.Social SciencesEducationHumanitiesWebsite promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am730 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.EducationDigital technologies the focus of new College of Education programsNov 12, 2015 10:15 am729 views New degree programs in the College of Education will focus on the research and design of digital learning and teaching technologies and their applications across a range of disciplines. The college is rolling out its first major for students not aspiring to become licensed teachers, an emerging trend in education colleges.EducationLife SciencesVeterinary MedicineWith online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaksJun 27, 2016 11:00 am709 views High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. EducationGuaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study findsAug 23, 2016 9:30 am706 views Guaranteed-tuition laws, touted by lawmakers as protecting college affordability and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, have received failing grades from two University of Illinois experts in higher education finance.HonorsCampus LifeEducationComputerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm700 views College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.EducationSocial SciencesPersonal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am687 views Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, a doctoral student in child development at Illinois, is the author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who resist gang recruitment. Raised in low-income areas of inner-city Chicago notorious for gang violence, Merrin has personal experience with the environmental factors that push and pull youths into gang affiliation.Expert ViewpointsEducationLife SciencesWhat parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am647 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolBusinessEducationNew book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am645 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012.Expert ViewpointsEducationShould Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm633 views A Minute With...™ Rebecca Ginsburg, director of Illinois' Education Justice ProjectExpert ViewpointsEducationLawWhat quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am631 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.Expert ViewpointsEducationWill free SATs improve higher-education equity in Illinois?Aug 5, 2016 10:45 am618 views The state superintendent of education said providing the SAT for free would promote equity in higher education. Education professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher isn't so sure.EducationSexual harassment common among middle school children, study findsDec 9, 2016 9:00 am570 views Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, according to a new five-year study by researchers at the University of Illinois.Campus LifeEducationNew book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoodsMay 2, 2016 1:30 pm567 views The experiences of eight children from around the world as they learned written language, and the ways in which these students used composition to confront social, societal and pedagogical barriers, are explored in a new book by a University of Illinois scholar.EducationBenefits of online interaction for teens outweigh danger, professor saysNov 6, 2007 9:00 am539 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Is there such a thing as being too safe on the Internet? One University of Illinois education researcher believes there is, at least when teenagers are concerned.