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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 / newstips@uic.edu

Week of July 18, 2016

 
 
Baton Rouge Shootings
 
Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 / sparmet@uic.edu

An ambush like the Baton Rouge shooting that left three officers dead is not something that officers routinely face on the job. But when they do, it's likely to involve a gun and lead to fatalities, says UIC's David Swedler. Swedler, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, has studied how public gun ownership impacts the number of law enforcement officers killed on the job from state to state. His research focuses on hazards officers as well as truck drivers and other professionals face at work.

 
Political Psychology
 
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 / bflood@uic.edu

Republican versus Democrat. Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter. How do people’s moral, political and religious beliefs steer them into segregated ideological enclaves, such as "Red" and "Blue" communities? Social and political psychologist Matt Motyl studies how basic psychological and sociocultural processes make productive political dialogue difficult and rare. Motyl, assistant professor of psychology, can discuss ways to bridge moral divisions and cultivate a more civil and respectful political environment, as well as how events like the Baton Rouge shootings might affect the election.

 
Thyroid and Pregnancy
 
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 / sparmet@uic.edu

Women need to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone to both become pregnant and to maintain healthy pregnancies. But many women don't know if their thyroids are properly functioning, says Dr. Marla Barkoff, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the department of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism in the UIC College of Medicine. Thyroid problems can sometimes go unnoticed, especially because some of them are similar to general symptoms of early pregnancy, including fatigue. Barkoff urges women of childbearing age to get tested for thyroid problems before planning to become pregnant. "Getting thyroid problems corrected with supplemental iodine or thyroid hormone can help increase the chances for success when it comes to conceiving, and help ensure a safe pregnancy and healthy baby," Barkoff says.

 
 
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 / bflood@uic.edu

new report from the Urban Transportation Center at UIC features proposed ways to improve and enhance the Illinois Department of Transportation’s public engagement practices, especially those involving underserved or disadvantaged populations. Joseph Hoereth, director of UIC's Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, can discuss the findings and how the recommendations can be applied to demographic groups of all kinds. 

 
 
 
20, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 355-5922

"Holá Cuba!" series presents film on the life of activist Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived since 1984. The 1997 documentary features an interview with Shakur, who discusses her history and her life in Cuba. 6 p.m. Pop Up JUST Art Gallery, 729 W. Maxwell St.

 
 
27, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 355-5922

"Holá Cuba!" series presents two short films. "Maestra" explores the experiences of nine women, who as young girls were among the youngest teachers involved with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign. (33 min.) "With a Stroke of the Chaveta" takes viewers into the legendary cigar factories of Cuba to witness the unique practice of “la lectura de tabaquería,” the collective reading of literature while tabaqueros roll habanos. (28 min.) 6 p.m. Pop Up JUST Art Gallery, 729 W. Maxwell St.

 
 
Aug. 3 | Free | Call: (312) 355-5922

"Holá Cuba!" series presents film that takes a candid look at one of Cuba's most controversial human rights issues: the treatment of gay and lesbian people since the Cuban Revolution of 1959. (57 min.) 6 p.m. Pop Up JUST Art Gallery, 729 W. Maxwell St. 

 
 
Thru Aug. 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Exhibition focuses on the theme of "environment" with fine art photographs, mixed media and paintings. Series marks 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Room 207, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.

 
 
Aug. 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Closing event for exhibition focused on the theme of "environment" with fine art photographs, mixed media and paintings. Series marks 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. 3:30 - 5 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Room 207, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.