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The Midwest has a new national park. How did that happen?

The Midwest has a new national park at Indiana Dunes, and a University of Illinois professor explains how it happened and why the park is valuable.

Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked disease

A study co-written by Theodore P. Cross, a senior research specialist in social work at the University of Illinois, examines the impact on families' coping when a child is diagnosed with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis.

Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behavior

In many societies, teenagers are repeatedly told – by adults, peers and popular media – that teens are more likely than younger children to take risks, ignore their parents, skip schoolwork and succumb to bad influences. But stereotypes are not destiny, a new study of Chinese middle school students suggests.

Study: White parents who feel left behind by today’s economy favor harsher parenting practices

White parents who feel that they’re falling through the cracks of today’s economy may be more likely to believe in authoritarian parenting practices such as spanking and demanding obedience, a new study found.

What do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?

E-cigarettes carry mixed messages about benefit and risk, but they’re relatively untested products with uncertain long-term health outcomes, says an Illinois professor who has studied health communication issues around vaping.

What might come of Venezuela’s political crisis?

Illinois political scientist Damarys Canache discusses the history and politics behind the crisis of two presidents in Venezuela.

'Revealing Greater Cahokia' details research on ancient North American metropolis

With a population between 10,000 and 30,000 in its heyday (A.D. 1050-1200) and a sprawling assortment of homes, storage buildings, temples, cemeteries, mounds and other monuments in and around what is now St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois, the ancient Native American city known as Greater Cahokia was the first experiment in urban living in North America.

New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear age

Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.

What’s it take to get asylum? And what’s driving those seeking it?

An Illinois professor who has aided in asylum cases talks about the criteria, changes in the process and why Central Americans are seeking this protection.

Coping skills program for disaster survivors tested with children living in chronic poverty

An emotional coping skills program developed for natural disaster survivors appears to help young children deal with the traumatic experiences associated with living in chronic poverty, a new study found.

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