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

Week of Nov. 30, 2015

Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Real estate booms don't require growth periods, says Rachel Weber, a fellow of UIC's Great Cities Institute. Even as a city loses population and jobs, developers may have financial incentives to overbuild office and residential towers, Weber said. Her latest book, "From Boom to Bubble," exposes the reasons for Chicago's early-2000s boom.

FDA Approves Anti-aging Drug Trial
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

The FDA has recently approved the design of a trial that will look at the effect of a commonly prescribed diabetes drug called metformin on aging. The trial, called Targeting Aging with Metformin, or TAME, is scheduled to begin in the US next winter.

The trial is possible thanks to several scientists, including S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health, who petitioned the FDA to allow for the study of drugs in trials with multiple endpoints. "Until now, the FDA has allowed trial designs that look at the effect of one drug on one disease," Olshansky said. "But to determine the effect of a drug on aging, researchers need to measure its effects on multiple conditions and diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke cancer and others."

Olshansky was featured in the National Geographic program Breakthrough, "The Age of Aging," which aired Sunday, Nov. 29.

World AIDS Day- Dec. 1
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

An estimated 4,300 people in Chicago are unaware that they are HIV positive, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. UIC's Project HEAL, which has increased HIV testing in the UI Health emergency department from an average of 40 people per year to more than 6,500 people in the last 12 months, celebrates its one-year anniversary on World AIDS Day. Cammeo Mauntel-Medici, project coordinator, can speak on the importance of testing and her work in advocating for change in the AIDS Confidentiality Act, which now allows for more people to be more easily tested.

CPD's Body-Worn Camera Program
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The City of Chicago announced that the Chicago Police Department's body-worn camera program will be expanded in 2016. The UIC Center for Research in Law and Justice will conduct a process and impact evaluation of the program. Dennis Rosenbaum, the center's director and UIC professor of criminology, law, and justice, says the project and other body-worn camera research are opportunities to help guide policy and practice in police-citizen encounters. Rosenbaum can address the impact of the cameras on both police officers and the community.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Racial resentment is a statistically significant and important predictor of white Americans’ opposition to gun control, according to a study by UIC researchers. Alexandra Filindra, UIC associate professor of political science, and Noah Kaplan, UIC visiting assistant professor of political science, found that the "contemporary gun rights narrative is color-coded" and the language of individual freedom is evocative of the white’s resistance to black civil rights that developed after World War II and into the 1970s. Filindra and Kaplan are available to discuss the study and how messages about gun control are communicated.

01, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Gallery lights and sound will be reduced to focus on "Radiant Presence," a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS' Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. The presentation explores HIV stigma, access to treatment, the shifting demographics of people living with HIV, and the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on communities of color and transwomen. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

Architectural Tours of Hull-House
02, Wednesday and 05, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

The Hull-House Museum will host free one-hour tours with an architectural focus on Wednesdays and Sundays during the Chicago Architectural Biennial through Jan. 3. Visitors will learn about neighborhood conditions in the Near West Side at the turn of the 20th century, including life in tenements and sweatshops, and the pioneering work of the Hull-House settlement. Learn about the Model Tenement Movement and how the buildings of Hull-House embodied the ideals of the Progressive Era. 1 - 2 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

02, Wednesday | Pay what you can | Call: (312) 996-6068

Two UIC jazz combos take the stage: the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, coached by Cheryl Wilson, and Zvonimir Tot's Guitar Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall L285, UIC School of Theatre & Music, 1044 W. Harrison St.

03, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8700

Sales tax revenue bonds differ from most transportation financing because the debt is paid from sales taxes and not from transportation revenues. Featured speaker will be Ted Hampton, VP and senior credit officer, Moody’s Investors Service. Seminar is hosted by the UIC Urban Transportation Center. Noon - 1 p.m. Room 110, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, 412 S. Peoria St. 

03, Thursday | Pay what you can | Call: (312) 996-6068

Music majors perform chamber music ranging from violin sonatas and violin-guitar duos to clarinet and saxophone ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall L285, 1044 W. Harrison St.

05, Saturday | Pay what you can | Call: (312) 996-6068

The UIC choirs, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble perform a festive musical celebration in the holiday spirit. 7:30 p.m. Juarez Performing Arts Center, 1450 W. Cermak Road.

Thru Dec. 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

A Chicago Cultural Alliance exhibition and related programs that explore family traditions in Chicago’s Chinese-American and Ethiopian-American communities. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. K-12 guided tours can be scheduled Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. UIC African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, 2nd floor, 830 S. Halsted St.

Thru Dec. 18 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Featuring prints and images from private institutions, health journals and popular media that explore how people of African descent have been represented in public health campaigns. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. Group and guided tours scheduled Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. UIC African American Cultural Center Library, Addams Hall, Room 200, 830 S. Halsted St.