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Week of Oct. 10, 2016

Suicide Awareness Walk
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

The Chicago Out of the Darkness Walk, a suicide awareness and prevention event sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is this Saturday, Oct. 15. "Many people struggle with feelings of deep depression, and feel ashamed to talk about them, especially if they are contemplating suicide," says Scott Langenecker, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the cognitive neuroscience center in the UIC College of Medicine. "The walk is one way to work towards reducing stigma associated with talking about depression and suicide." 

'Locker Room' Talk
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Missing from most coverage of Donald Trump's "locker room" talk on the "Access Hollywood" bus: everyone involved was at work on the studio lot of their employer, which at the time was a division of General Electric, says William Bielby, UIC professor of sociology. Bielby, who researches organizations, workplace discrimination and social inequality, has studied gender bias in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years and is available to discuss this aspect of the Trump crisis.

Flu Season
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

October traditionally marks the beginning of flu season, and this is the time to get vaccinated to ward off illness throughout the winter. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits and missed work and school, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2016-17 influenza vaccines will protect against three or four strains, and, like last year, will include the H1N1 "swine flu" strain. Sheila Allen, UIC clinical assistant professor and director of immunization programs, can comment.

12, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Joe Ferguson, City of Chicago inspector general. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

13, Thursday | Paid Event | Call: (312) 413-8702

UIC's Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will honor 20 icons of entrepreneurship at the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Media are invited to join inductees and guests at the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. Reception will provide an opportunity for interviews, photo and video. Dinner and an awards presentation will begin at 7 p.m. RSVP and tickets required. Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. 

15, Saturday | Free, Open to media | Call: (312) 996-8277

UI Health's Mile Square Health Center and the Program for Healthcare Justice for People with Disabilities will host ScreenABLE Saturday: A Celebration of Wellness for Women with Disabilities. The event will offer free accessible mammograms and other women's health screenings. 

17, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Edward Burke, 14th Ward alderman. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

27, Thursday | Free - Registration Required | Call: (312) 355-5030

UIC's Center for Public Safety and Justice will host a civic engagement event featuring public safety representatives and residents of Chicago's North Lawndale and West Garfield Park communities. Participants will share their experiences and lessons learned from the center's pilot project, which included community tours, restorative justice peace circles and shared meals. Reception with light refreshments to follow. 2 - 4 p.m. Registration is required. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.