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Week of Oct. 24, 2016

Cubs Making History
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

At the UIC College of Medicine on the Near West Side, you'll find the very spot where the Cubs last won a World Series. The ballpark was called West Side Grounds. It was home of the Cubs from 1893 to 1915. Today, that location is in a flower garden at 912 S. Wood St.

The West Side Grounds, where the Cubs played when they won the 1907 and 1908 World Series. The UIC College of Medicine stands there today. Photo courtesy Brian Bernardoni
UIC/Cubs Connection
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

(Rasenick is available to point out the location of the Cubs original ballpark on the UIC College of Medicine campus)

Mark Rasenick, Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry and co-director of the neuroscience program at the UIC College of Medicine, has cancelled his usual heavy load of academic travel to conferences and talks (including one to Italy) this late October so he could enjoy watching (on TV) the Cubs play in the World Series.

Rasenick, who is developing a blood test to identify depression and determine which antidepressants may work best for individual patients, said that he decided to take the job at UIC because he wanted to be closer to the Cubs, his longtime favorite baseball team. "The first time I saw the Cubs play, it was against the Giants. The New York Giants," Rasenick said.

The UIC College of Medicine sits on what was once West Side Park --  the ballpark where the Cubs originally played up until 1915. "These are the grounds from which the Cubs last made their way to the World Series and won," Rasenick said. "My office here at Wolcott and Taylor is probably right where the right field stands once were." The university’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, near the corner of Wood and Taylor Street, once housed live-in patients. "The psychiatric patients would exit the building when they went out through the ballpark’s left field, which is how we got the phrase, 'outta left field'," Rasenick explained.

Cubs Brand
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Thanks to the postseason run, the Cubs are becoming a lucrative brand. From merchandise to corporate sponsorships, companies are capitalizing on the team's newfound success. Kim Moon, UIC marketing lecturer, can comment on the popularity of the team and what it means for the city and fans across the country.

Divided States of America
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Residential segregation — by moral, political and religious worldviews — has been a key factor that has led to America being more polarized now than after the Civil War, according to Matt Motyl, UIC assistant professor of psychology. Motyl, whose research examines ways to improve dialogue between groups in conflict with each other, says the country's political conversation could be improved by more open primaries, weakening pressures for candidates to act hyper-partisan, and by rebuilding cross-party relationships. Motyl can provide perspective on how and where people have established these ideological enclaves, and the psychological and sociocultural processes that make productive political dialogue difficult and rare. 

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The UIC Center for Public Safety and Justice’s Building Blocks Project is a new civic engagement initiative aimed at breaking down barriers between public safety representatives and local residents, including some who have been in the criminal justice system. Residents of Chicago's North Lawndale and West Garfield Park communities will take the stage with public safety stakeholders for the center's Oct. 27 event, where they will share their experiences and lessons learned from the pilot program. Juliana Stratton, director of the center, is available to discuss the program, as well as restorative justice, constructive conflict, collaboration and fostering strategic partnerships.

25, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-1234

Discussion will examine issues of gender bias and partisanship in media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. 3:15 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall, lower level, 701 S. Morgan St.

26, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-0004

An event will mark the launch of the Global Asian Studies program at UIC. Featured speaker is Vivek Bald, a writer and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of migration and diaspora, particularly from the South Asian subcontinent. Bald, associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will reflect on his 25-year career of revealing stories and the importance of Global Asian Studies as a field of scholarship. Reception to follow. 4 - 6 p.m. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 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. Reception with light refreshments to follow. 2 - 4 p.m. Registration is required. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

28, Friday | $180 | Visit:

UIC will host a forum on precision health with experts including Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” Other speakers include: Eric Green, director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health; Wendy Chung, associate professor of pediatrics in medicine and director of precision medicine, Irving Institute for Translational Research, Columbia University Medical Center; Mark Hoffman, director and chief research information officer, Children’s Mercy Kansas City. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. 3rd Floor For a full list of speakers and to register for the event, go to

29, Saturday | Free | Visit:

The 13th annual Bridging the Gap symposium at UIC features speakers on violence, precision medicine and UIC's commitment to minority education in the health sciences. The symposium brings together clinicians, health care leaders and researchers to discuss health equality for minority and underserved populations. 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Student Center West. 828 S. Wolcott Ave. The full list of speakers and their topics and registration for this free event are online.

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

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

Nov. 2 | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Pat Quinn, former Illinois governor. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

Nov. 5 | Paid Event | Call: (312) 996-4857

The Veterans Day 3K Walk/5K Run is to honor those who have served while creating awareness for the veteran community. Proceeds for the race will go toward programs and initiatives that support the student veteran community. Registration required. 7:30 a.m. kickoff/8 a.m. start. Starting location, Student Recreation Facility, 737 S. Halsted St.

Nov. 6 - 7 | Free | Contact:

2016 Frank Armitage Lecture, A Life Willfully Forged: Embracing Risk, Courage and Perseverance. Featuring Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering, at 10:30 a.m.  Nov. 6. Register online at