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

Week of January 30, 2017

Children’s oral health
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness in America. One in five U.S. children go without dental care, and more than 40 percent of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. Left untreated, severe tooth decay can lead to malnourishment, anemia, emergency surgery, life-threatening secondary infections and death. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, associate professor and head of pediatric dentistry, can discuss children’s oral health issues.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Findings from a new report produced by the UIC Great Cities Institute suggest that youth joblessness in Chicago continues to be disproportionately felt by young people of color, especially black males, and there is a chronic and concentrated connection between unemployment and the city's violence. Report co-authors Teresa Cordova, director of the institute, and Matt Wilson, an economic development planner at the institute, can comment. 

Media Amid Current Events
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Recent events present an opportunity for journalists to rethink their civic responsibilities, and for citizens to think through information they receive critically, says Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication. Papacharissi, who studies the social and political consequences of new media technologies, says the issues and tensions are not new, but a unique vision for the future of journalism can be advanced - one that will "inform the public, reach out to diverse constituencies, and ultimately resolve these tensions."

Feb. 2, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 355-4549

The UIC College of Dentistry will conduct free examinations and provide oral health education to students from St. Malachy School and kids from Chicagoland Easter Seals at the annual Give Kids a Smile Day. The children will be visited by the Tooth Fairy and Sparky D. Dragon, UIC's mascot. 8:30 a.m. to noon. College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St. The pediatric dental clinics are located on the second floor.

Feb. 2, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

Book presentation by Patrisia Macias, UIC assistant professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies. Commentators are Adam Goodman, UIC assistant professor of Latin American and Latino studies, and Amalia Pallares, UIC professor of Latin American and Latino studies and political science. 3:30 - 5 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall, lower level, 701 S. Morgan St. 

Panel: "The Press, Race, and Contemporary Politics"
Feb. 28 | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

From urban uprisings and the formation of black activist movements to the 2016 Presidential campaign, journalists and media scholars will examine the roll of news media in recent debates about race and politics. Sponsored by the UIC department of African American studies. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Jane Addams Hull–House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. 


Engineering Career Fair
Feb. 2, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2311

Eighty nine hiring companies will attend the UIC Engineering Career Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. The UIC College of Engineering is the largest engineering curriculum in Chicago, with 4,566 undergraduate and graduate students.