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

Week of June 27, 2016

National HIV Testing Day
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Approximately 4,300 individuals in Chicago are HIV positive and don’t know it. Cammeo Mauntel-Medici, project manager for Project HEAL, UI Health's emergency department opt-out HIV testing program, can talk about the importance of HIV testing and how knowing HIV status is one of the most powerful ways to prevent the inadvertent spread of the virus. Project HEAL will celebrate its second year on June 27 -- National HIV Testing Day. Project HEAL has conducted more than 6,200 tests, and identified more than 50 HIV positive individuals. Free HIV testing: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 27, 1740 W. Taylor St.

Brexit Aftershocks
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves throughout financial markets. Dale Rosenthal, clinical assistant professor of finance, is available to discuss the following: economic and trade issues; London vs. Dublin and Frankfurt as a financial center; Scotland and North Sea Oil; their plan to be like Singapore; why companies will relocate and where they are likely to relocate; and security issues this raises (like Northern Ireland and sectarian violence) -- plus how these all will continue to affect financial markets.

Brexit Fallout
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

A vote last week to pull out of the European Union has sent the country's currency spiraling and dampened markets. Lawrence Officer, UIC professor of economics, can discuss what last week's vote means to the U.S. economy.

Sports Medicine Physician Joins Olympic Medical Team
Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

Dr. Mark Hutchinson, director of sports medicine service, professor of orthopaedics and sports medicine and head physician for UIC’s athletic teams, has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee to serve on the medical team during the 2016 Olympic Games. Dr. Hutchinson is available for comment on Chicago’s participation in the Rio Olympic Games and can offer advice for all athletes on preventing and recovering from sports-related injury. 

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

High-rise developments that incorporate mass transit offer the most sustainable and efficient way to accommodate future suburban growth, according to "New Suburbanism: Sustainable Tall Building Development." Author Kheir Al-Kodmany, UIC professor of urban planning and policy, examines the evolution of America's suburbs; the social, economic and environmental impacts of continued low-rise suburban sprawl; and best practices for incorporating tall buildings in suburbs. Al-Kodmany is available to discuss the findings from his analysis of more than 300 projects in 24 suburbs of Washington, D.C., Miami, and Chicago, and how future suburban development can avoid continued sprawl. 

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Formation of organized stakeholder groups, defined measurement standards and a better analysis of existing industry data are needed to develop solid performance measures to expand and improve maritime freight transportation in Illinois, according to a report from the Urban Transportation Center at UIC. The report, which was commissioned by the Illinois Department of Transportation, summarizes key recommendations needed for Illinois to better utilize commercial waterways -- Lake Michigan, major rivers and the canal network -- to transport agricultural products, chemicals, petroleum, coal and other freight. Robert Ginsburg, UIC research assistant professor, can discuss the findings.

Boys College Summer Literacy Institute
June 28 - July 14 | Invitation Only Event | Call: (312) 413-8702

The Boys College Summer Literacy Institute, a new program created by UIC, is launching this summer to provide black boys with an academic foundation not typically offered in elementary school. Boys College gives black boys in grades 3 and 4 the reading and writing skills needed to prepare for and get admitted to top colleges and universities. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. UIC’s Education, Theatre, Music, and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St., Room L268.

Presidential Cancer Moonshot Summit
29, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8277

During his State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a new National Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate cancer research. This week, the University of Illinois Cancer Center will welcome the Illinois community to foster dialogue within the community and build an action plan, as part of the nationwide Moonshot Initiative. Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice chancellor for community-based practice and director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center, can discuss the event and the current state of cancer research, treatment and prevention. Noon - 4 p.m., Student Center West, 2nd floor, 828 S. Wolcott Ave.

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.