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Special education professor Meghan M. Burke examined parents' use of procedural safeguards in resolving disputes with schools about the education provided to their children with autism.

Family income, child behavior factors in legal disputes about kids with autism

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:January 12, 2015

Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children’s education, according to a recent survey of parents.

Published Date: January 12, 2015


Optimists are twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health, according to a new study led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:January 8, 2015

People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.

Published Date: January 8, 2015


Travis Dixon found that Muslims and Latinos were significantly overrepresented, and African-Americans largely missing, in crime stories aired over five years on prominent network and cable breaking news programs.

Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crime

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 7, 2015

If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you’re watching national TV news – not because those things are true. That’s one implication of a study of five years of network and cable crime news led by University of Illinois communication professor Travis Dixon.

Published Date: January 7, 2015


U. of I. has three of top 100 scholarly articles receiving the most attention online in 2014

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 22, 2014

In a review of the scholarly research that captured the most public attention online this year, three of the top 100 articles had authors from the University of Illinois.

Published Date: December 22, 2014


Living in walkable, low-crime neighborhoods promotes mental health in elderly Latinos, according to a new study led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

Low-crime, walkable neighborhoods promote mental health in older Latinos

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:December 8, 2014

Older Latinos living in the U.S. who perceive their neighborhoods as safer and more walkable are less likely to develop severe depressive symptoms, and the effect may be long term, a new study suggests.

Published Date: December 8, 2014