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Billiot Named One of Twenty Scientists Awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Academies’ Gulf Research Program

September 6, 2019

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced the recipients of its 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships. Now in its fifth year, the fellowship program supports the development of emerging scientific leaders who are prepared to work at the intersections of environmental health, community health and resilience, and offshore energy ... Read more


Optimistic People Sleep Better, Longer, Study Finds

August 7, 2019

People who are the most optimistic tend to be better sleepers, a study of young and middle-aged adults found. More than 3,500 people ages 32-51 were included in the study sample. The participants included people in Birmingham, Alabama; Oakland, California; Chicago; and Minneapolis. The research was led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work ... Read more


Dr. Liliane Windsor Named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow

August 7, 2019

Liliane Windsor, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows are chosen annually in a national competition for highly accomplished health, behavioral and social science professionals who ... Read more


Study: Black Students Receive Fewer Warnings From Teachers About Misbehavior

August 7, 2019

A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive verbal or written warnings from their teachers about behavioral infractions. “While at first glance, disparities in teacher warnings seem less concerning than being expelled or sent to the ... Read more

National Perinatal Depression Research Engagement Symposium Video

May 14, 2019

On May 3-4, 2019, the inaugural National Perinatal Depression Research Engagement Symposium took place at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Speakers discussed topics such as maternal stress, mindfulness interventions, health policy related to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and infant mental health. Speakers from the U. of I. included Karen Tabb Dina, who ... Read more

Youth Marijuana Use in Illinois

May 6, 2019

The number of Illinois teens who reported using marijuana during the past year has remained stable since 2008. However, the number of high school seniors who say using it would make peers perceive them as “cool” doubled – from 25% to 50% over the past decade, according to a new report by the University of ... Read more

Conceptual Interdisciplinary Model of Exposure to Environmental Changes to Address Indigenous Health and Well-Being

May 6, 2019

While Indigenous populations such as the Houma tribe on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are especially vulnerable to environmental change, mistrust fomented by the tribe’s history with overt discrimination, forcible relocation and institutional racism complicates efforts to help them adapt to it, new research suggests. Shanondora Billiot, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois and a ... Read more


Harnessing Technology Series to Host Desmond Patton

April 8, 2019

The Harnessing Technology for Social Good Series welcomes Desmond Patton, Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University. Dr. Patton uses qualitative and computational methods to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media; how and why violence, grief and identity are expressed in social media and the implications on well-being for ... Read more