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

Week of Nov. 21, 2016

Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Robert Selby, a 54-year-old man from St. Louis, received a retinal implant at UIC that will allow him to see edges and detect objects. Selby has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease that causes vision loss, and has been legally blind for about 30 years. He is one of about 60 people in the United States that have the Argus II implant (made by Second Sight) and UIC is the only medical center in Illinois to offer the Argus II. 

Trump and unions
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

According to exit polls, if only union members had voted, Trump would not be president-elect, says Bob Bruno, director of UIC's Labor Education Program. "And if the Democratic Party wants to once again be the party of the working class it needs to embrace what union workers have historically stood and fought for," says Bruno, who is available for comment.

Repealing Obamacare?
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 ACA under Trump and how those changes would affect the more than 20 million people newly-insured under the law.

Fake news
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

"With the advent of each new communication technology, the ability to scale up propaganda has increased, and our ability, as individuals, to make sense of it and give it the attention we need to determine what we believe about it has not increased," says Steve Jones, UIC distinguished professor of communication.

Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication, says the problem is not specific to social media. "The solution is media literacy," Papacharissi says. "Most news outlets cannot do a whole lot, because they make money off ratings, and controversy generates ratings, and unfortunately controversy is generated around facts vs. propaganda battles."

Fundamentally, the issue of fake news is about use, a lack of critical thinking in evaluating online content and political information, and not unique to the U.S., according to Dmitry Epstein, UIC assistant professor of communication. "We do know what works are psychological filters that lead people to distrust certain types of communication and trust others."