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Week of April 17, 2017

New PSA screening guidelines?
Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

The US Preventive Services Task Force issued a new draft prostate cancer screening recommendation Tuesday. Men younger than 70 with no signs of prostate cancer should no longer be discouraged from checking their PSA levels. Dr. Michael Abern, UIC assistant professor of urology, applauds the proposed recommendation and is avaiable for comment. 

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

A bill to gradually increase Illinois' minimum wage to $15 per hour is under consideration in Springfield. Such a pay bump would positively impact housing affordability for working households, according to a report from UIC's Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. Lauren Nolan, study co-author, can discuss the study that details reductions in reliance on public assistance programs, as well as what impact changes to the minimum wage will have on economic factors.

Genius ideas
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

A bread oven that allows you to make artisan quality bread at home, co-created by a UIC professor, won first prize at UIC's Startup Challenge. Dawn Birkland, director of student and community engagement at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, can comment on how today's college students are looking to solve problems thru startups.

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. They plan 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