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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

Health care providers are less likely to counsel patients with mental illness about dietary intake or exercise, despite these patients greater utilization of medical services and increased risks of many diseases, according to new research by Xiaoling Xiang, a doctoral candidate in social work.

Patients with mental illness less likely to receive diet, exercise advice

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2015

More than half of patients with symptoms of mental illness – and nearly one-third of those who also had diabetes – said their health care providers had never told them to exercise or reduce their intake of dietary fat, according to a new study published in Diabetes Educator.

Published Date: February 24, 2015

Former USA Today editor Ken Paulson narrates a performance of Freedom Sings, a musical tribute to free speech in America, told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music. The show is coming to the Illinois campus as the first in a series on free speech in a digital age.

'Freedom Sings' event on March 3 to tell the story of free speech through song

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 16, 2015

A musical tribute to the First Amendment is coming to the University of Illinois campus March 3. The multimedia performance, titled “Freedom Sings: Speech, Civility and the University of Illinois,” will be at 8 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.

Published Date: February 16, 2015

Half as many girls in Illinois are preparing for careers in STEM, according to a study by, from left, curriculum specialist Joel Malin, doctoral student Asia Fuller Hamilton, and director Donald Hackmann of the Pathways Resource Center.

Illinois trailing other states in girls studying science, math

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2015

A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state’s high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.

Published Date: February 4, 2015

Journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich found hundreds of cat tales, both fun and serious, over 140 years of New York Times history. In the process, he also found evidence of our evolving relationship with animals and reasons to take animal news seriously.

There have been a lot of cats in The New York Times, and not all just for fun

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 3, 2015

The cute cat video seems to be everywhere online, and it’s become a handy epithet for everything that journalism should not be. So what should we make of the fact that The New York Times, that paragon of journalism, has written a lot about cats over 140 years? That’s the question posed by University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich after compiling hundreds of cat-related tales from the Times’ digital archive.

Published Date: February 3, 2015