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

Week of Nov. 14, 2016

Repealing Obamacare?
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Anthony LoSasso, professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health, says incremental changes to the Affordable Care Act are much more likely than repeal and replace under the Trump. LoSasso can talk about what might happen to the more than 20 million newly insured under the ACA.

Trump's economics
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

President-elect Donald Trump is right that we can do better in economic growth, says Lawrence Officer, UIC professor of economics. He also says immigration at one time was extremely important, but no longer. Officer is available for comment.

Muslim children bullied
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

The Muslim community is worried that they could be the target of verbal or physical attacks considering the current climate of our country," says Jaleel Abdul-Adil, co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center, citing recent incidents in Louisiana and San Diego. Talking to children about this is difficult but necessary, Abdul-Adil says, because feeling like a target can cause constant stress. He can suggest ways for parents can talk to their children about their fears.

Media diversity
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

News organizations are facing criticism for the role African Americans, Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups had in election coverage. Jane Rhodes, professor and head of African American studies at UIC, is an expert on race in the media, the black press, and social movements.

What polls missed
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Many who voted for President-elect Trump may have been unwilling to reveal their support to avoid social disapproval, according to Robert Bruhl, clinical assistant professor of political science at UIC. Bruhl suggests some other method, such as focus groups, to assess public opinion.  

Political segregation, civility
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Living among people with opposing political views affects one’s ability to form close relationships and could even alter an individual’s personality, according to a study co-authored by Matt Motyl, UIC assistant professor of psychology. Motyl studies ways to improve dialogue between groups in conflict with each other and can explain why the red and blue divide is widening as many Americans seek areas that match their political principles.

Self-driving cars
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking input on the recently released Automated Vehicles Policy, which seeks to speed the delivery of highly automated vehicles, or HAVs. David Swedler, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, has studied distracted driving in long-haul truck drivers and says autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to save lives.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

An Illinois minimum wage increase to $15 would have a positive impact on housing affordability for working households, according to a new report from UIC's Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. The report explores how a raise could affect reliance on public assistance programs, 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 /

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. Bonam can discuss the findings and how stereotyping may contribute to wide-ranging social problems and racial inequalities.

16, Wednesday | Open to media |

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security in coordination with UIC will convene the third National Seminar & Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education, to test and improve campus emergency preparedness. The series brings together higher education leaders and representatives from agencies to work through a designed emergency scenario. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. UIC Forum, Main Hall, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. 

17, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6339

Survivors, activists and health practitioners will discuss the impact of police torture. Hosted by the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. 2 - 3:30 p.m. UIC School of Public Health Auditorium, 1603 W. Taylor St. RSVP here