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Week of April 10, 2017

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

A recent Trump administration budget proposal would trim funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. Rachel Havrelock, director of UIC's Freshwater Lab, says Great Lakes funding ensures that the region bounces back from historic pollution and can move forward into a blue economy. Havrelock, an expert on the role that water sharing and water management plays in peacemaking, diplomacy and economic equality, will host a related summit in May, and can address the impact of such cuts.

Victimized by violence
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

A three-year UIC study aims to increase what we know about young black males and their experiences as victims of violence. Black males are disproportionately impacted by violence and it often causes their disability or death, according to the Department of Justice and American Journal of Health. "To help change that, we need to learn more about what happens, how often it happens, and how many people are impacted," says Henrika McCoy, UIC associate professor of social work. McCoy can comment on her study.

Mouth malignancies
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

Nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral/oropharyngeal cancer this year, causing 9,750 deaths, making it the sixth most common cancer in the world. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Beth Miloro, UIC clinical assistant professor of oral medicine and diagnostic sciences, can comment.

May 10 - 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

UIC's Freshwater Lab's summit will bring together community leaders, government officials, and researchers from both the U.S. and Canada to address lead poisoning, oil pipelines, budget cuts and other threats to the Great Lakes region. Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Register online