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RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY: New research by doctoral student Tamilia D. Reed and educational psychology professor Helen A. Neville indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is critical to black American women's life satisfaction and mental health.

Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 24, 2014

A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans’ mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women’s psychological well-being.

Published Date: September 24, 2014


Linda Herrera, a social anthropologist in the department of education policy, organization and leadership at Illinois, found there was much more going on behind the scenes and in online spaces than what initially appeared in Egypt's 'Facebook revolution' of 2011.

Intrigue, power struggles and genuine doubt all found in the Facebook of Egypt's revolution

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 17, 2014

Egypt’s 2011 revolution, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a big believer in the power of social media. A past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed events through their Facebook pages, the University of Illinois education professor became, for a moment in time, a “complete cyber-optimist.”

Published Date: September 17, 2014


A multidisciplinary team is researching Illinois college students' attitudes toward health insurance and Obamacare. The team: (from left, seated) Julian Reif, health economics and finance; Brian Quick, communication and College of Medicine; (from left, standing) Chelsey Byers, Extension; Laura Payne, Extension and recreation, sport and tourism; Susan Farner, kinesiology and community health; Maggie Phan, research assistant, Extension; Carien Williams, College of Medicine; and Marian Huhman, communication.

Uninsured community college students confused about Obamacare, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:September 4, 2014

Young adults in Illinois who recently obtained coverage under Illinois’ expanded Medicaid program said they were unfamiliar with “Obamacare” and were unaware that their Medicaid benefits were related to the federal health care law, according to a new survey of community college students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: September 4, 2014


The federal stimulus hurt rather than helped college access and affordability by prompting reductions in student financial aid programs, suggest analyses by Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor in the department of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education.

Federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 26, 2014

While state lawmakers honored provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by not slashing their appropriations for higher education during the recent economic crisis, a new analysis by higher education expert Jennifer A. Delaney indicates that the stimulus program may have failed to promote college access and affordability.

Published Date: August 26, 2014


Bystander intervention programs may have limited success in addressing bullying in middle schools unless children and adults perceive school officials as committed to eradicating the problem, suggests a new study by Dorothy L. Espelage. Espelage is a Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the College of Education.

Study examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander intervention

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 11, 2014

A new study of middle-school youth reveals the powerful role of school culture, including teachers’ and staff members’ perceptions, in creating environments that promote or discourage bullying and bystander intervention.

Published Date: August 11, 2014