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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


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