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Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave

A new book by Illinois information sciences professors Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter tells how a former slave founded an integrated town in western Illinois that became a station on the Underground Railroad.

Honey bee researcher Gene Robinson elected to National Academy of Medicine

Entomology professor Gene Robinson, an international leader in honey bee research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine “for pioneering contributions to understanding the roles of genes in social behavior.” Robinson directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Study: Online positive psychology exercises improve quality of life in hemodialysis patients

Kidney dialysis patients who engage in technology-based positive psychology exercises during their treatments may significantly improve their depressive symptoms and quality of life, a new study found.

Illinois sociologist wins MacArthur fellowship

Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has been named the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur fellowship, or “genius grant.”

Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author says

An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best.

Study: Los Angeles nonprofits improving park access for marginalized residents

A coalition of nonprofits in Los Angeles led a park-equity movement that shifted California’s funding priorities and brought green spaces closer to the homes of low-income people of color, a new study found.

Ebert Symposium to feature IMAX film, astronaut videographer, storytelling with data

The first Roger Ebert Symposium will explore the cinematic presentation of science with help from an IMAX film shot from space, a former astronaut and a diverse group of academics and experts.

Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds

A new study finds that 21-month-old infants can distinguish between respect-based power asserted by a leader and fear-based power wielded by a bully.

Study: Denver’s inequities in park access traced to segregation, funding policies

Exclusionary zoning codes and funding policies that favored wealthy white neighborhoods explain why some Denver residents have less access to the city's parks, a University of Illinois researcher found.

 

College towns important to alumni’s enjoyment of homecoming events, study finds

Out-of-town alumni's enjoyment of homecoming events depends almost as much on their fondness for the college town as for the institution itself, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study.

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