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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of Aug. 15, 2016

Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

Can changes in diet help slow or reverse cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's? To help answer this question, researchers at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy have been awarded a grant to study how the Mediterranean diet and weight loss impact basic cognitive functions such as attention, verbal fluency and information processing. Looking specifically at obese older adults, Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon, deputy director of the IHRP and professor of pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine, and colleagues will conduct the first randomized controlled trial on the topic. Fitzgibbon is the principal investigator on the study and is available for interviews on a potential link between diet and brain function.    

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Women are more safety-conscious than men when proceeding across CTA street-level rail crossings, according to a new UIC Urban Transportation Center report on pedestrians and cyclists. The study also found men under 21 years old who are in a hurry sometimes ignore activated warning signals and proceed across railroad tracks, while people over 51 years old take more notice of active warning devices than passive ones like signage. Paul Metaxatos, UTC associate director for research programs and research associate professor, can discuss the findings from surveys and field studies, as well as recommendations for improved safety at rail grade crossings.

21, Sunday | Free | Call: (773) 633-7971

New students entering UIC this fall – one of the largest classes in five years – will be celebrated at the annual New Student Convocation, UIC’s induction ceremony for freshmen, transfer and international students. The event welcomes new students to the academic community and introduces the newest Flames to UIC traditions. 3 p.m., UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. Media contact onsite: (773) 633-7971.

Sept. 15 | $25; free to students and educators | Call: (312) 413-2194

"Jobs and the Labor Force of Tomorrow." Policy makers, civic leaders, researchers and journalists will discuss migration, training and education in relation to contemporary challenges in metropolitan economies. 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Online registration required. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road.

Sept. 16 | Free | Call: (312) 996-2445

Event honors the legacy of the late Louise Año Nuevo Kerr, associate professor emeritus of history and former associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, who was known for her research on Mexicans and Mexican American immigration to Chicago. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Space is limited. Advance online registration required.