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

Week of June 13, 2016

Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Gay or bisexual men who have had sex with another man in the past 12 months are not allowed to donate blood, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But Dr. Richard Novak, professor and head of infectious disease in the UIC College of Medicine, says that current tests for the HIV virus can detect it in blood within just a few days of the donor becoming infected with the virus. If a donor knows they had risky sex in the last week or so, a more sensitive RNA-based test to detect the HIV virus could be performed. "There's still a very, very small window where the virus can go undetected, but there are ways to mitigate the risk involved," said Novak.

Orlando Nightclub Shooting
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

In response to news of the horrific nightclub attack in Orlando that killed 50 people, masses of users took to social media to remember the victims. Hundreds of thousands of mourners expressed their condolences. Kelly Page, UIC adjunct lecturer in managerial studies, can explain the significance of how we publicly react to acts of terror.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Even in cities like Chicago, with its economic challenges, violent crime and population decline, developers rush to erect new office towers and apartment buildings when they have financial incentives to do so, according to urban planner Rachel Weber. Weber, a Great Cities Institute fellow and author of "From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago," says urban redevelopment is more a product of credit than consumer demand. Weber, UIC professor of urban planning and policy, can talk about how financial markets affect urban property markets and the shifting geographies of office and residential development in Chicago.

Father's Day
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Father’s Day is a special Sunday when the focus is on the bond between father and child. Researchers at UIC are studying ways to help fathers, who have a criminal justice and mental health history, to have effective relationships with their children (sons and daughters) -- whether the dad is physically present in the home or not. Otima Doyle, UIC assistant professor of social work, can explain.

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

Exhibition focuses on the theme of "environment" with fine art photographs, mixed media and paintings. Series marks 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Room 207, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.