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Week of Oct. 31, 2016

Inaccurate Antibiotics
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

The wrong antibiotic is prescribed at least half the time to people suffering from sore throats, ear infections and sinus infections, according to a new report. The study provides evidence of substantial overuse of non-first-line antibiotics for three of the most common conditions in ambulatory care that collectively account for more than 40 million antibiotic prescriptions annually. Katie Suda, UIC research associate professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy, served as a member of the Outpatient Antibiotic Use Target-Setting Workgroup that authored the report by The Pew Research Center and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and published in JAMA. She can comment on the report -

Fear of Clowns
Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Stewart Shankman, UIC associate professor of psychology and clinical associate professor of psychiatry, says that, for those who fear or recoil from clowns, early childhood experiences may be to blame. "People may develop a fear of clowns based on a negative association that they had early in life," he says. "For some children, particularly inhibited children, clowns can be overly stimulating, both in terms of their bright colors and activity level. Encountering them can be overwhelming for these kids." Shankman says that learning to avoid clowns at an early age means that adults never learn to get over their fear of clowns and helps maintain the negative feelings they associated with clowns in childhood.

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 |

The Frank Armitage Lecture Series honors and highlights "visual geniuses" -- such as the late Frank Armitage -- who translate complex biomedical information into visual form. The lecture brings together experts from various disciplines in order to explore new opportunities for science visualization in the 21st century. This year's series, "A Life Willfully Forged: Embracing Risk, Courage and Perseverance," features Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 6. Register online.