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

Week of Dec. 14, 2015

Holiday Depression and Anxiety
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Family gatherings, work parties, social expectations and alcohol combine to make the holiday season one of the most stressful. "The holidays can bring interpersonal stressors and trigger people to reflect back on their year, especially around New Year's Eve," says Scott Langenecker, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology in the UIC College of Medicine. "This kind of reflection, especially for people who experienced depression in the last year, is itself a risk factor for new episodes of depression, anxiety or substance abuse." Langenecker can talk on risk factors for anxiety and depression, what to do if a loved one is depressed or anxious, and how to reduce stress in a healthy way over the holidays.

Learning CPR for Holidays
Contact: Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Heart attacks spike during the holiday season due to a combination of stress, alcohol and snow shoveling. Everyone can help reduce the number of unnecessary heart attack deaths by learning CPR, says Dr. Marina Del Rios, assistant professor of emergency medicine in the UIC College of Medicine and director of community outreach, Illinois Heart Rescue. Del Rios says that the more bystanders who know how to perform CPR, the fewer heart attack deaths. And, since heart attacks most often happen in the home to someone you know, learning CPR before the holidays is a good idea. Illinois Heart Rescue has three-minute teaching videos at

Racial Segregation and Chicago Housing Search
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Whites, blacks and Latinos all prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods but don’t end up doing so, according to a Chicago-based study co-authored by UIC professor Maria Krysan. Krysan, head of sociology and faculty member in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, who studies racial attitudes and segregation, says the research calls into question "the often-repeated idea that minorities self-segregate." Krysan can discuss some of the factors involved with the results and how housing policies can help break down a continuing pattern of segregation.

No-drill Dentistry
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

For those individuals about to face a dentist’s drill, fear not. A new seven-year study in Australia found that the need for fillings fell 30 to 50 percent if patients used preventive care after the first sign of tooth decay. Advanced cavities, however, will still need to be treated with a drill, many dentists believe. Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, UIC associate professor of restorative dentistry, is available to discuss.

2015: The Year We Left Moore's Law Behind
Contact Bill Burton: (312) 996-2269 /

2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's law, which accurately predicted that the number of transistors on a computer chip would double every 18 to 24 months. Now that the smallest transistors have been shrunk to 10 nanometers -- only a few dozen atoms across -- chipmakers have left behind the world of classical physics and entered the realm of quantum effects. As the year draws to a close, UIC theoretical physicist Dirk Morr has looked ahead at what the crossover from classical to quantum transport of current will look like to physicists and engineers. 

18, Friday | Free | Call: (312) 413-2695

The University of Illinois Cancer Center is joining forces with Governors State University to reduce cancer disparities in South Side neighborhoods and the south suburbs, including Roseland, South Holland and Markham. The new partnership will be discussed and updates on neighborhood cancer incidence and mortality rates provided. 10 a.m. - noon. Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center; 1250 W. 119th St.

Thru 18, Friday | 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.