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How should the Supreme Court rule on gerrymandering?

An Illinois professor says a gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court could have profound effects on U.S. democracy and suggests a technological solution.

Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persist

Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?

News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher.

 

Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?

A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.

Paper examines links between parents’ earnings, gender roles, mental health

New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers’ and fathers’ psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities – and the amount of financial support they provide – conflict with conventional gender roles.

Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimization

An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.

States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patience

State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.

What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?

Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the times

Study: Supreme Court decision complicates prosecuting child abusers

A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than 200 prosecutors.

Survey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary science

In an online survey about their workplace experiences, 88 percent of academics, students, postdoctoral researchers and administrators in astronomy and planetary science reported hearing, experiencing or witnessing negative language or harassment relating to race, gender or other physical characteristics at work within the last five years. Of the 423 respondents, 39 percent reported having been verbally harassed and 9 percent said they had suffered physical harassment at work.

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