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Our images of journalists, both good and bad, likely come from portrayals in popular culture as much as from what journalists actually do, says University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich, who co-wrote a book on the subject with USC journalism professor Joe Saltzman

Popular images of journalists have changed little over a century, says new book

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2015

If you think reporters are scoundrels, you might point to popular culture. If you think they’re heroes, you might do the same.

Published Date: April 23, 2015


Illinois colonial history is a distinctive one, says University of Illinois historian Robert Morrissey in a new book. The French who settled there found a mutual self-interest with the Illinois Indians, forming not only alliances but mixed-race communities. They often worked against the goals of the French empire.

Historian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquest

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2015

Illinois has an early colonial history that’s easily forgotten, or boiled down to just the explorers Marquette and Jolliet and a few French fur traders.

Published Date: April 23, 2015


This photo of a 30-something Abraham Lincoln, the earliest portrait of the future president, brought a flood of letters to the magazine that first published it, three decades after Lincolns death. Communication professor Cara Finnegan explores their responses, and what they say about how we interpret photos, as part of a new book.

Expert: How we view Lincoln may say more about us than him

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 2, 2015

Americans see a lot of Abraham Lincoln – on our money, in advertising, in photos and films. It’s easy to think we know the guy. But what we see in Lincoln may say more about us and our times than about him, said University of Illinois communication professor Cara Finnegan.

Published Date: April 2, 2015


Perinatal depression screenings will be available electronically to Champaign-Urbana Public Health clients through a collaborative project led by social work professor Karen M. Tabb Dina, center. Shown with Tabb Dina are co-authors Brandon Meline, director of maternal and child health management at Public Health; and graduate student Maria Pineros-Leano.

Project to use tablets to screen women for perinatal depression

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:March 19, 2015

Perinatal depression screenings will be available electronically to Champaign-Urbana Public Health clients through a collaborative project led by social work professor Karen M. Tabb Dina, center. Shown with Tabb Dina are co-authors Brandon Meline, director of maternal and child health management at Public Health; and graduate student Maria Pineros-Leano.

Published Date: March 19, 2015


Increasing numbers of older Americans are traveling abroad to perform volunteer work  and host communities and organizations are clamoring to recruit them, according to studies by social work professor Benjamin Lough and doctoral student Xiaoling Xiang.

More older adults from U.S. volunteering in other countries

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 10, 2015

Nearly 290,000 older adults from the U.S. volunteered abroad during 2012 – an increase of more than 60 percent in less than a decade, a recent study found.

Published Date: March 10, 2015