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Week of Nov. 07, 2016

World Series Winner
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Will the Cubs winning the World Series translate to a sizeable impact on Chicago's economy? Can the Cubs' success this season bring in new revenue opportunities for the team and brand? Lawrence Officer, UIC professor of economics, can comment.

Election Anxiety
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

An American Psychological Association poll last month found that 55 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans said the election was a source of "significant" stress. Dr. K. Luan Phan, professor of psychiatry and director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Program in the UIC College of Medicine, says that writing down fears and concerns can be a good way to help process and reduce their intensity and increase sense of self-control. "I'd also recommend taking a break from the near constant media coverage of the election, especially on television, if only for a few hours," he said. "Fear of the unknown in general plays a very big role in driving anxious thoughts and feelings, and this election in particular, being so divisive, makes the outcome that much more worrisome to so many people. Taking a break from it by turning off the TV and stepping away from the Internet and realizing that things aren't going to change overnight one way or another is something to keep in mind."

Exit Polls
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Exit polls provide fairly accurate and reliable information regarding what motivates actual voters immediately after they have voted, says Tim Johnson, director of the Survey Research Laboratory in the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Johnson, who is vice president/president-elect for the American Association for Public Opinion Research, can discuss best practices and assess methods related to designing, conducting, and analyzing public opinion polls and resulting data.

Beverage Tax
Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

Cook County commissioners are expected to vote this week on a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, or SSB, like soda and energy drinks. Lisa Powell, professor and director of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health and director of the Illinois Prevention Research Center in the Institute for Health Research and Policy at UIC, is available to discuss background on current research regarding the impact of such taxes on consumption and public health outcomes. "Recent evidence from California and Mexico reveals that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was significantly lower after the implementation of a tax on these items, particularly among low-income households," says Powell. "However, the extent to which SSB taxes reduce obesity depends on substitution of non-taxed foods and beverages, and evidence on this still limited." Powell says a broad tax, covering more than just soda, will help reduce consumption and, importantly, substitution. 

Political Segregation, Civility
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects one’s ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives. It could also alter an individual’s personality, according to a study co-authored by Matt Motyl, UIC assistant professor of psychology. Motyl, who also studies ways to improve dialogue between groups in conflict with each other, says the findings could help explain why the "red" and "blue" state divide is widening as many Americans seek areas that match their political principles.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

An Illinois minimum wage increase up to $15 would have a positive impact on housing affordability among working households, according to a new report from UIC's Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. The report explores reductions in reliance on public assistance programs, as well as what impact changes to the minimum wage will have on larger economic factors, such as employment levels and state and local tax revenue. Study co-author Lauren Nolan, an economic development planner in the center, can comment.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Present-day racial biases may contribute to the pollution and devaluation of African-American communities, according to new research led by Courtney Bonam, UIC assistant professor of psychology. "Some of the findings show that space-focused stereotypes figuratively pollute the way observers imagine a target area and their judgment about an existing structure in it, while other work demonstrates how this presumed figurative pollution leads observers to consider literally polluting black space,” Bonam says. Bonam can discuss the findings and how stereotyping may contribute to wide-ranging social problems and racial inequalities.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Illinois veterans seeking information on transportation options to serve their personal needs can now get detailed and accurate travel information from a new "one-click" website built by the UIC Urban Transportation Center. Through the One-Click Transportation Resource Center, veterans and their families -- as well as senior citizens, persons with disabilities and all Illinois residents -- can quickly find up-to-date travel information for public and specialized transportation, commercial transportation like intercity bus and rail service, and rideshare and carshare options. Lise Dirks, a UIC senior associate researcher in the center, can discuss how the site addresses current gaps in transportation information and service across the state.

07 - 11 | RSVP requested | Call: (312) 413-8702

Join UIC this week to honor those who served. The week will feature military ceremonies, displays, guest speakers and breakfast for veterans of the UIC community. UIC has 350 student veterans enrolled in academic programs throughout the university.

Lecture: 'Mayor Richard M. Daley'
14, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Dennis Judd, UIC professor emeritus of political science and co-author of "Building the City of Spectacle: Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Remaking of Chicago." Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

14, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3265

Dennis Judd, UIC professor emeritus of political science, signs copies of his new co-authored book "Building the City of Spectacle: Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Remaking of Chicago," which examines the building of a tourist economy in Chicago. 1 - 2 p.m. UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Special Collections and University Archives, 3rd floor, 801 S. Morgan St.