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

Week of July 05, 2016

Lead in CPS Water
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

David Jacobs, UIC adjunct associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health and chief scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing, wants national and local governments to provide funding to test drinking water for lead, provide education for children affected by lead, and manage the replacement of lead pipes in municipal water systems. He also wants governments to align all local lead exposure regulations with the new CDC blood-lead guidelines, and ensure that clinical laboratories report all data to CDC, state and local health authorities. Dr. Jacobs can talk about elevated levels of lead found in water in some Chicago Public Schools.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

A key challenge facing states and municipalities is how to prioritize and select future transportation improvement or expansion projects. A new report from the Urban Transportation Center at UIC proposes a new process designed to provide the Illinois Department of Transportation with a preliminary structure for long-range planning decisions and project selection. The process would prioritize projects based upon a federal planning framework style called Performance-Based Planning and Programming, and allow for flexibility so it can be applied to any future transportation project. Robert Ginsburg, UIC research assistant professor, can explain the process.

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

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves throughout financial markets. Dale Rosenthal, UIC 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.

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. 

Boys College Summer Literacy Institute
July 5 - 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 thru Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. UIC’s Education, Theatre, Music, and Social Work Building, Room L268, 1040 W. Harrison St.

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.

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

Exhibition focuses on the theme of "environment" with fine art photographs, mixed media and paintings. Event features remarks by visiting artists. Series marks 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. 3:30 - 5 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Addams Hall, Room 207, 830 S. Halsted St.