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Week of Feb 01, 2016

Zika Virus in Men
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

A man returning from South America is among the handful of people, mostly pregnant women, diagnosed with the Zika virus in Illinois. Infectious disease expert Dr. Max Brito, associate professor of medicine and vice chair for urban global health in the UIC College of Medicine, can discuss symptoms of Zika virus in men and if the virus can be transmitted through sexual contact.

21st Century Science Assessment
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

In a new National Science Foundation-sponsored report, James Pellegrino, co-director of the UIC Learning Sciences Research Institute, reflects on the need for substantial change in what students are expected to know and be able to do in science, how science should be taught, and how science competency should be assessed. Pellegrino, distinguished professor of psychology and education, presents a STEM assessment system designed to support classroom instruction, monitor science learning on a broader scale, and indicators aimed to track opportunity to learn. He is available to discuss his report and the research and policy implications of the K-12 STEM indicators system.

Super Bowl Ads
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Super Bowl 50 is set. Marketers are finalizing commercials for the event. Some ads will generate huge buzz. Others will quickly be forgotten. Alan Malter, UIC associate professor of marketing, can discuss media fragmentation, the Internet and customer ads trends.

St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

On the morning of Feb. 14, 1929 in a garage at 2122 N. Clark St., seven men were lined up against the inside wall and sprayed with shotgun and submachine gun bullets. John Binder, UIC organized crime expert, can discuss the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, called “the most infamous of all gangland slayings in America.” Binder, associate professor emeritus, is author of “The Chicago Outfit” and has a collection of vivid images of Chicago’s underworld.

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

Art historian Mirela Tanta will discuss Romanian socialist realismreplete with examples illustrating the impossibility of transposing Socialist reality into art the way Ceausescu had demanded in his many finger-wagging speeches on art. 5 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

Black History Month Opening Reception & Trivia Night
02, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5070

UIC will host a Black History Month opening reception featuring trivia celebrating the achievements and contributions of African Americans. 4 - 6 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

'Beyond the Headlines: My Sister's Story'
04, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5070

Sharon Cooper, sister of Sandra Bland, discusses the life and legacy of her sister, as well as developments in the legal case. 5 - 7 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

05, Friday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Arlene Malinowski performs her autobiographical one-act play, with Q&A to follow. "A Little Bit Not Normal" revolves around a secret kept for over six decades and discovered at a family wedding. With her trademark humor,  Malinowski confronts her own state of mind when depression slipped in. 2 - 4 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

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

In a world obsessed with physical beauty, disability seems to exempt one from being seen as beautiful. This talk is in part Riva Lehrer's memoir of sexual identity, and in part an examination of the societal wall that separates the disabled from inclusion in corporeal delight. Images will be shown from Lehrer's art, which strives to uncover the glamor inherent in non-normative bodies. 2 - 4 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

'Beyond the Headlines: The Hunger Strike at the University of Missouri'
18, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5070

Talk by Jonathan Butler, graduate student at the University of Missouri, whose hunger strike was at the center of a protest over acts of discrimination on the campus in Columbia, Missouri. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.