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The Psychology of Gun Violence

Every day, approximately 100 Americans are killed with a gun, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics.

As gun violence continues to be a polarizing topic in American politics, Associate Professor of Psychology Arlen Moller launched a new course designed to give students the tools to explore this issue from a public health and communications perspective.

Allan Huang '17 wins prestigious award for improving the city he loves

Allan Huang (Social and Economic Development Policy '17 )is a first-generation college student at Illinois Tech who knows the challenges that can come with immigrating to a new country—his parents did it. That's why he's so invested in Chicago's Chinatown. Whether he is mentoring youth to help them get career ready or registering English-language learners to vote, Allan says civic service is what he loves to do. In 2017 he received the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award for his contributions to his community—and he's just getting started.

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What does the GDP mean for the average worker?

Professor of Political Science Jonathan Rosenberg explains what real-world impacts the rise in the GDP has for the average worker.

Who experiences trauma during parent-child separations?

Images of crying children separated from their parents at the border help to illustrate how such traumatic situations could cause lasting damage to those children. But committing acts that harm another person or group of people has negative psychological effects for the perpetrators, too.

Nikki Legate is an assistant professor of psychology in Lewis College who studies the ramifications of stigma, prejudice, and exclusionary behavior.

What are the politics of Korea and China's air pollution?

Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Shapiro explains his study on Korean air pollution and where the pollution really comes from. Shapiro is an East Asia Institute Fellow. He is currently a research affiliate at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.

How are Puerto Ricans responding politically to U.S. hurricane cleanup efforts?

Still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Spring 2018, some Puerto Ricans are calling for statehood while other are relocating to Florida or other parts of the mainland. Professor of History Margaret Power explains how these responses are changing the political landscape of Puerto Rico and beyond.

Margaret Power focuses on Latin America, women, and gender. Her earlier work explored why a large number of Chilean women opposed the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970-73) and supported the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). She also explored various expressions of the global and transnational Right. Currently, she is working on two projects. One focuses on Norvelt, a New Deal community in southwest Pennsylvania named for Eleanor Roosevelt. The other examines the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, the political organization that led the struggle for independence from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Rethinking the 9 to 5: Finding out when your body functions best at work

Assistant Professor of Psychology Mahima Saxena wants people to work smarter, not harder. Her newest topic of research, which secured funding in December 2017 through the first seed grant from Illinois Tech's Center for Interdisciplinary Scientific Computation, seeks to identify how individuals engage in self-regulation over the course of day and through the week.

Professor scores patent for game blending fantasy sports and exercise

Associate Professor of Psychology Arlen Moller was playing online fantasy sports with friends when the idea hit him: What if he could take the same features that made fantasy sports fun and social, and use them to motivate people to exercise more? That's how his research project centered on active fantasy sports began.

Backed by funds Moller received as a new professor at Illinois Tech, the initial study incorporated commercially available fitness-tracking technology and game-based peer feedback to fuel sustainable fitness motivation. Now, five years later, the project has been approved for a United States Patent, with help from students and faculty in Chicago-Kent School of Law.

Is it ethical for psychologists to diagnose Donald Trump without ever having met him?

Distinguished Professor of Psychology Patrick Corrigan explains some of the ethical implications of diagnosing a patient without ever having interviewed them, and how the stigma of calling a person "crazy" hurts all mentally ill people. Corrigan is the principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment and editor of the journal Stigma and Health, published by the American Psychological Association.

How can parents use video games to help kids learn?

Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Carly Kocurek explains how video games, even non-educational ones, can be used to help children learn. She also offers helpful tips for parents to deal with their kids' outbursts surrounding screen time.

How do you know if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Professor of Psychology Michael Young has studied Seasonal Affective Disorder since the '90s and explains how the disorder can be diagnosed and treated.